Kuala Lumpur

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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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Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree
Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree
5 out of 5
170 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$114 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Fahrenheit 88 Shopping Mall and Starhill Gallery. ...
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Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
145 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Wp Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$283 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from KLCC Park and Suria KLCC Shopping Centre. Petronas Twin Towers and Ampang Park are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (209 reviews)
Superb stay and location!
"Great stay! Very clean unit and staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Superb location, just a stone’s throw away from Suria KLCC and/ park. The only super minor downside is the pillows were either too soft or firm 😕 just a note for people to bring their own pillow if they have picky necks like ..."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
W Kuala Lumpur
W Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
121 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
The price is NZ$204 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (170 reviews)
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Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

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Expressionz Professional Suites by MyKey Global
Expressionz Professional Suites by MyKey Global
4 out of 5
Jalan 1/65a off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$42 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Located in Malaysian Police Training Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital Pusrawi Sdn Bhd and National Art Gallery. Petronas Twin Towers ...
3.7/5 Good! (116 reviews)
"Overall was OK, design is good. location is.. u better don't miss the turn else it's gonna be a big drive around to go back. the only problem is the water heater is not functioning properly.. the hotter water u'll get it's just slightly warm in my room. not sure about the others. parking rate is ..."

Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2021

Expressionz Professional Suites by MyKey Global
Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya
Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya
4 out of 5
2A Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
The price is NZ$73 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Located in SS 2, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Paradigm Mall, The Starling Mall and Sunway Mentari Business Park. University of Malaya and Sunway ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (263 reviews)
"Only disappointed is entertainment Chanel too limited"

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya
Ceylonz Suite by Five Senses
Ceylonz Suite by Five Senses
3.5 out of 5
3, Persiaran Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$49 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC Shopping Centre. KLCC Park and Ampang ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Very nice place. Everything was so easy and chill. The receptionist was very helpful. The pool and the roof top garden are absolutely breathtaking. I lost my phone at the pool and the guard kept it for me! Highly recommended this place !"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

Ceylonz Suite by Five Senses
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