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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.

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$73 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Petaling Street and Merdeka Square are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"good location and very nice hotel with good food..love to visit again"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2021

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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$67 per night from 20 Apr. to 21 Apr.
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
"The room was very comfortable, didn't get to use much facilities (gym, pool etc.) due to weather and COVID season. Food variety at buffet quite limited."

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

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The RuMa Hotel and Residences
The RuMa Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
7 Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur
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Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Petronas Twin ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (177 reviews)
"The staffs were very friendly and the amenities were top notch. Not to forget the breakfast. Breakfast at RuMa is the bomb❤️"

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2021

The RuMa Hotel and Residences
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Somerset Kuala Lumpur
Somerset Kuala Lumpur
4 out of 5
No 187 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
The price is NZ$61 per night from 24 Apr. to 25 Apr.
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Ampang Park and Royal Thai Embassy. Petronas ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (662 reviews)
"1. Walking distance to go to KLCC. 2. Convenient for staying, shopping and eating near two shopping malls of the LINC & Intermark 3. Good environment relatively apart from business centre district."

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2021

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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$61 per night from 24 Apr. to 25 Apr.
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (259 reviews)
A good stay.
"Overall - a good place to stay at. The 2-bedroom apartment is extremely well-maintained."

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2021

Somerset Damansara Uptown Petaling Jaya
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
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