Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s bustling, multicultural capital is home to some of the country’s most impressive buildings, key historical and cultural sites, and world-class shopping.

Kuala Lumpur is a sprawling metropolis, home to over 5 million people. It was the heart of colonial Malaysia under British rule and has been the administrative and economic center since the country became independent in 1957. Home to a diverse and cosmopolitan population, this is where you’ll find some of Malaysia’s most important cultural, historical and religious sites.

Visit Merdeka Square to see where Malaysia’s independence was declared. You’ll find the city gallery, museums and stunning old colonial buildings. Wander across the river to the Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek). This Moorish-style structure was built in the early 20th century and was the city’s main religious site until the modernist National Mosque was completed in 1965.

Near to the National Mosque is the Lake Gardens, a great place to relax. You’ll find manicured lawns and a selection of trees, flowers and wildlife. Admire majestic peacocks and feed parrots in the adjacent Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. Another option is a trip to the National Zoo to see native elephants and tigers. There are also animals from as far away as South America and Australia.

For a staggering panorama of the city, head up Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur). You’ll be able to spot all the major landmarks and get a great view of the PETRONAS Twin Towers. These skyscrapers that define the downtown skyline are among the world’s tallest buildings. A ticket buys you a stunning view from the 86th floor observation deck. You can also enjoy the Lake Symphony water and light show in KLCC Park at the Twin Towers’ base.

Take a trip out to the Batu Caves and explore a site sacred to the city’s Hindu community. There are temples and statues inside a cave complex that rises nearly 330 feet (100 meters) above ground. Make your way back to town to pick up bargain watches and handbags, and enjoy a bowl of noodles on Petaling Street.

Kuala Lumpur’s multicultural population and fascinating history give the city a distinct flare and colorful atmosphere. From mosques and temples to jaw-dropping skyscrapers and Chinese markets, its attractions are as intriguing as they are diverse.

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Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences
Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences
5 out of 5
No. 4 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and KLCC Park. Suria KLCC ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Overall satisfied"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2021

Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
348 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ampang Park, Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC Shopping ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Convenient"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of KLCC Park, Suria KLCC Shopping Centre and Petronas Twin ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Overall is nice."

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2021

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Geo38 Premier Suites Genting Highlands
Geo38 Premier Suites Genting Highlands
3 out of 5
Jalan Permai 2, Genting Permai, Genting Highlands
Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Happy Bee Farm & Insect World and within 3 miles (5 km) of Genting Strawberry Leisure ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (49 reviews)
"Services residence property. Pros: great design, rooms size are decent, clean, basic amenities, great view (with balcony), great security system, great for family stay, nearby restaurants and attraction. Cons: Parking (must park at the given lot number, limited to 1 parking), checking in very slow ..."

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2021

Geo38 Premier Suites Genting Highlands
Somerset Kuala Lumpur
Somerset Kuala Lumpur
4 out of 5
No 187 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ampang Park, Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (665 reviews)
Awesome 10***
"An amazing place. Had the premier studio. Very clean, great breakfast and wonderful and helpful staff. Will definitely return. Keep it up! Thank you"

Reviewed on 20 May 2021

Somerset Kuala Lumpur
Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Genting Highlands Theme Park, SkyAvenue and Skytropolis Indoor Theme ...
2.1/5 (119 reviews)
Very Poor maintenance
"Very poor maintenance, does not have people or reception to check in , No facilities provided as shown during booking, Hotel doors does not have inside locks to lock the door. All are broken. No temperature regulator for water heaters ,water is very hot unable to touch, electric stove is not working, ..."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Homestay in Amber Court
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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