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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

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$79 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

Located in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Central Market, Merdeka Square and Mid Valley Mega Mall. Kuala Lumpur Tower and Berjaya ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,369 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
The price is NZ$43 per night from 26 Nov. to 27 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 NZ$68 per night from 29 Oct. to 30 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! (987 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.

Holiday Rentals in Kuala Lumpur

Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$43 per night from 26 Nov. to 27 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 NZ$43 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 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 NZ$50 per night from 30 Oct. to 31 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.

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Reviews of Kuala Lumpur

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Top Destination

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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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