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Kuala Lumpur
Travel Guide

Kuala Lumpur

This diverse capital city is a vibrant mix of old and new, boasting some of Malaysia's most treasured cultural and historical gems and remarkable architecture.

After Malaysia gained its independence in 1957, Kuala Lumpur continued the central role it had played under British rule, becoming the country's administrative and economic centre. Its five million inhabitants live in a city of incredible diversity, a sophisticated metropolis that is home to sites of great historical, cultural and religious importance.

Merdeka Square sits at the heart of Kuala Lumpur geographically and historically. It is located among impressive colonial buildings, museums and the city gallery and it was here that Malaysia declared its independence.

For a bird's eye view of the city's landmarks head up one of its famous skyscrapers. The viewing deck of the iconic Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) offers a breathtaking 360 degree panorama of the city, including the famous Petronas Twin Towers. There are few buildings in the world taller than these downtown giants, which dominates the skyline. Head towards the towers themselves to catch the Lake Symphony water and light show at KLCC Park. Then pop up to the 86th floor, where the views are worth every penny of the ticket price.

The Petronas towers may dominate the skyline, but the city boasts other great buildings. Foremost among these are city's stunning Moorish-influenced Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek), built at the turn of the 20th century, and the strikingly modern mid-60s National Mosque.

From there, walk to the nearby Lake Gardens, where you can relax among formal gardens and a variety of flora and fauna. If wildlife is your thing, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, with its beautiful peacocks and peckish parrots, is just next door. Larger creatures can be found at the National Zoo, and they don't come much bigger than the country's native tigers and elephants. The Zoo isn't just home to local wildlife though - its animals have come from as far away as Australia and South America.

Get the best deals on watches and handbags in the Chinatown on Petaling Street before refuelling with some mouth-watering traditional food. Then it's just a short trip to the Batu Caves for a unique glimpse into the history and culture of the city's Hindu population. At its highest, this sacred network of caves reaches almost 100 metres, and contains a vast number of statues and temples.

Mosques, temples, towering buildings, Chinese markets: Kuala Lumpur mixes ancient and modern, religious and secular, seamlessly. This multicultural metropolis, with its rich history and dynamic atmosphere, is unmissable.

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Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
100 Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$40 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is steps from Sunway Putra Mall and Putra World Trade Centre. Hospital Kuala Lumpur and SOGO are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Convenience, easy access and nearby to shopping mall and food outlets"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2021

Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
W Kuala Lumpur
W Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
121 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$204 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and KLCC Park. Pavilion ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (165 reviews)
"1. Customer service is very good 2. Room condition and readiness is not really up to W standard (broken glass door rubber, misplace of pencil, dirty washing basin) 3. Good variety of food served for breakfast 4."

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2020

W Kuala Lumpur
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$78 per night from 3 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maju Junction Mall and Petronas Twin Towers. Kuala Lumpur Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,390 reviews)
"Others was great but the receptionist/front desk should be more polite"

Reviewed on 4 Feb. 2021

The Face Suites 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.
Swiss Garden Residence Kuala Lumpur
Swiss Garden Residence Kuala Lumpur
3 out of 5
2A Jalan Galloway, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$46 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur apartment building is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Jalan Alor and Berjaya Times Square. Petaling ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Parking not Free
"Yes. Parking is not free. Be Prepared to pay for more."

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2020

Swiss Garden Residence Kuala Lumpur
Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
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 (119 reviews)
"Good, I really like the weather here, the environment is quiet"

Reviewed on 2 Sep. 2020

Homestay in Amber Court
The Penthouse KLCC
The Penthouse KLCC
4 out of 5
Vortex KLCC, No. 12 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor
The price is NZ$82 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur Tower and Pavilion Kuala ...
3.9/5Very Good! (138 reviews)
Great View
"Great view. Solid stay overall."

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

The Penthouse KLCC
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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