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Kuala LumpurMalaysia

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.

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang Plaza showing modern architecture and interior views

Bukit Bintang

4/5Very Good!(24 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

Top hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$79 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,424 reviews)

"Love it. Everything from the moment i stepped into the lobby to the room was an amazing experience."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2020

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$43 per night

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 ...

1.9/5 (107 reviews)

"Property it is very good condition"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 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 NZ$61 per night

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! (990 reviews)

"Looking at the brand, I expect it to be better. The interior of the room looks dated with some mold on the ceiling. Bathroom not super clean. Had a great experience in JB's DoubleTree."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Popular places to visit in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

4.5/5(239 reviews)

Where better to take in the grandeur of Kuala Lumpur than from the 86th floor of the world's tallest twin building?

KLCC Park
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KLCC Park

4.5/5(133 reviews)

This oasis of tropical greenery in the middle of bustling Kuala Lumpur offers fine views from its peaceful landscaped gardens.

Kuala Lumpur Tower
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Kuala Lumpur Tower

4/5(149 reviews)

Enjoy breath-taking views over Malaysia's capital city and a meal among the clouds.

Top activities in Kuala Lumpur

Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour
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Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour

NZ$65
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour

NZ$36
Per adult
Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner
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Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner

NZ$69
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour
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Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour

NZ$22
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Full-Day City Tour with Petronas Twin Towers & Batu Caves
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Full-Day City Tour with Petronas Twin Towers & Batu Caves

NZ$222
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)Transfer
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Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)Transfer

NZ$70
Per adult

Reviews of Kuala Lumpur

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
190
5 - Excellent 38.15261044176707%
4 - Good
233
4 - Good 46.78714859437751%
3 - Okay
69
3 - Okay 13.855421686746988%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.8032128514056225%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.40160642570281124%

5/5 - Excellent

Hessam

22 Mar. 2020

If you want to stay at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, look no further.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Feb. 2020

Some parts of the city are not nice and I had the feeling I should take care a lot of times. Around Kuala Lumpur you can explore a lot of beautiful things and nature what makes the trip worth going. But choose your place if staying wisely

3/5 - Okay

Kathryn

19 Feb. 2020

Kuala Lumpur shines at night time!!! The main business district around the Petronas Towers and KLCC Park is a fantastic area. Good for shopping and eating out. 2 nights in KL is enough.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

KUL, one of the best cities in the world, safe, outstanding food and dining, great mixed culture, so much to do for anyone and everyone, girls love the shopping and also has a F1 circuit! I will be back every year.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Feb. 2020

A great city to visit, make sure you get out the tourist area and experience the real city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan. 2020

I will be going again as there is so much to see and the Malaysian people are very nice. the free hop on hop off is very good and the transport system make it easy to travel around.

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