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Kuala LumpurMalaysia

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.

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang Plaza featuring interior views and modern architecture

Bukit Bintang

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Bukit Bintang is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Berjaya Times Square and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, and you can get around town on the metro at Bukit Bintang Station.

Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

4/5Very Good!(58 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Check out top attractions like Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, and jump on the metro at Kampang Baru Station or Bukit Nanas Station to see more of the city.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Golden Triangle

4.5/5Wonderful!(389 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants Chinatown and top sights from Kuala Lumpur Tower to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur – discover Golden Triangle, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Golden Triangle
Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mid Valley City

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Mid Valley City is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Mid Valley Mega Mall or The Gardens Mall.

Mid Valley City
Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pudu

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Kenanga Wholesale City and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Pudu. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Pudu Station or Hang Tuah Station.

Pudu
Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mont Kiara

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Mont Kiara is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can plan an outing to Publika Shopping Mall and Hartamas Shopping Centre while you're in town.

Mont Kiara

Top hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is Rp704.711 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,374 reviews)

"The room was clean and located at a great location"…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is Rp386.316 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from SkyAvenue and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Genting Highlands Theme Park. Skytropolis ...

2.1/5 (116 reviews)

"Good, I really like the weather here, the environment is quiet"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

Homestay in Amber Court
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
348 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
The price is Rp545.354 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Ampang Park and Royal Thai Embassy. Petronas Twin ...

4.3/5Excellent! (986 reviews)

"Very clean and good service! The hotel is convenient for customer because it's inside a shopping mall. I appreciated the staff working in restaurant of buffet breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Kuala Lumpur

Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
The price is Rp386.316 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from SkyAvenue and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Genting Highlands Theme Park. Skytropolis ...

2.1/5 (116 reviews)

"Good, I really like the weather here, the environment is quiet"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

Homestay in Amber Court
Arte Plus KLCC By DreamScape
Arte Plus KLCC By DreamScape
3 out of 5
No.3, Lorong Ampang 1, Kampung Berembang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
The price is Rp318.713 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Situated in Kuala Lumpur, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ampang Point Shopping Centre, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Royal Thai Embassy. Petronas ...

3.7/5Good! (3 reviews)

"Worth every penny"…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

Arte Plus KLCC By DreamScape
Citadines DPulze Cyberjaya
Citadines DPulze Cyberjaya
3 out of 5
Lingkaran Cyber Point Timur, Cyber 12, Cyberjaya, Selangor
The price is Rp495.776 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of DPULZE Shopping Centre and Multimedia University Cyberjaya Campus. Putrajaya International ...

4/5Very Good! (239 reviews)

"Place is okay"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

Citadines DPulze Cyberjaya
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.

Popular places to visit in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

4.5/5(199 reviews)

Enjoy the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor, atop the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
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Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

4.5/5(142 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, a favourite shopping spot in Kuala Lumpur. Visit the spas and lively bars in this vibrant area.

Berjaya Times Square
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Berjaya Times Square

4/5(64 reviews)

Enjoy the thrills at Berjaya Times Square and see why this is a popular theme park in Kuala Lumpur. Visit the shops and lively bars in this culturally rich area.

Sunway Pyramid Mall
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Sunway Pyramid Mall

4.5/5(19 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Sunway Pyramid Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Bandar Sunway. Amble around this vibrant area's Chinatown and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Mid Valley Mega Mall
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Mid Valley Mega Mall

4/5(49 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Mid Valley Mega Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum. Amble around this vibrant area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its lively bars.

KLCC Park
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KLCC Park

4.5/5(127 reviews)

Relax by the lake as you gaze at the city skyline or wander the grounds to see statues, water features and landscaped gardens.

Top things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner
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Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner

Rp675.708
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour
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Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour

Rp214.075
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour

Rp356.791
Per adult
Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour
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Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour

Rp642.224
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Skip The Line: Petronas Twin Towers Admission Tickets
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Skip The Line: Petronas Twin Towers Admission Tickets

Rp463.829
Per adult
Malaysia Countryside and Batucaves from Kuala Lumpur
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Malaysia Countryside and Batucaves from Kuala Lumpur

Rp612.715
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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