Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant and bustling city that is crammed full of exciting attractions, and with entertainment options to suit all tastes and budgets, there really is something for everyone.

Families will love the National Zoo which is home to more than 459 animal species. Bargain hunters can source unusual souvenirs before grabbing a bite to eat from any of the hawker stalls on Petaling Street. If it’s a bit of culture you’re after, wander around Merdeka Square and admire the architectural heritage of the buildings that surround the city’s main civic space. Historically, this is a site of enormous national significance as it was here that Malaysia declared its independence from Britain in 1957.

Visit the Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek), one of the oldest and most venerable mosques in Kuala Lumpur and a wonderful example of soft Moorish architecture. In contrast, the sharp minaret of the National Mosque of Malaysia stands stark against the city skyline, in a nod to modernity.

Take time out to relax in the Lake Gardens. This oasis of calm was created during the colonial era and offers a wonderful escape from the hubbub of the city. This sculpted park is rich with native plants, trees and shrubs and is only a stone’s throw away from the noisy and colourful Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. For an alternative urban retreat, head to the KLCC Park and enjoy the spectacle of the Lake Symphony as synchronised water fountains create dazzling displays.

Looking for that perfect snapshot of the city? The Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) stands at a healthy 421 metres above street level and offers incredible panoramic views. However, there is some strong competition in the form of the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, which punch up into the sky at an incredible 452 metres. Their highlight is the observation deck on the 86th floor, which offers a stunning vista that spectacularly sweeps across the city.

Finally, take time out to recharge your spiritual batteries and soak up some Hindu culture at the inspiring Batu Caves. Marvel at the ornate statues and artwork in the awe-inspiring temples. This sacred site offers a welcome respite from the city’s main tourist attractions and is a must on any Malaysian itinerary.

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Bukit Bintang
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Bukit Bintang

Shopping, Dining, Gardens

A metropolitan neighbourhood, Bukit Bintang offers a variety of options for restaurants and seafood restaurants. Other highlights include the local shopping and the natural splendour of the gardens.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre
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Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Shopping, Skyscrapers, Architecture

A metropolitan neighbourhood, Kuala Lumpur City Centre offers a variety of options for restaurants and bars. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture and skyline. Broaden your horizons with some local shopping.

Golden Triangle
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Golden Triangle

Shopping, Skyscrapers, Architecture

Golden Triangle is a metropolitan neighbourhood that’s popular for its restaurants. The neighbourhood’s architecture, skyline and China town are just some of its charming qualities. Broaden your horizons with some local shopping.

Mid Valley City
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Mid Valley City

Gardens, Shopping, Family-friendly

The Mid Valley City neighbourhood welcomes visitors, with its convenient options for restaurants. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its festivals. Other highlights include the local shopping and the natural splendour of the gardens.

Chinatown
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Chinatown

Chinatown, Shopping, Temples

The Chinatown neighbourhood welcomes visitors, with its convenient options for restaurants. The neighbourhood’s architecture and China town are just a couple of its charming qualities. For a taste of local culture, you can visit the shopping and temples.

Mont Kiara
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Mont Kiara

Family-friendly, Friendly People, Dining

A welcoming neighbourhood, Mont Kiara offers a variety of options for restaurants.

Top hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel
3 out of 5
Genting Highlands Resort, Genting Highlands
RM94/night
23 Jul-24 Jul
3.4/5 (2,664 reviews)

"Good good good good"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul,2019

Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel
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Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
RM400/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,050 reviews)

"Staff was helpful and warm to approach and help. Lovely stay. Request was accommodated too!"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul,2019

Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur
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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
4 out of 5
No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
RM276/night
28 Jul-29 Jul
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,336 reviews)

"Easily accessible, clean and quick check-in and out."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul,2019

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Popular things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

Visit this iconic urban landmark and drink in the view from a dizzying 370 metres above street level.

Batu Caves
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Batu Caves

Re-charge your spiritual batteries at these awe-inspiring caves, Kuala Lumpur's principal Hindu shrine.

Petaling Street
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Petaling Street

Visit this bustling and vibrant street where fake designer goods sit comfortably alongside steaming noodle stalls.

Kuala Lumpur Tower
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Kuala Lumpur Tower

Combine culture, nature and adventure with outstanding views as you tower high above Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
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Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Learn about endangered species, catch an exciting bird show and maybe even make some feathered friends at this fascinating bird park.

National Mosque
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National Mosque

You’ll find modernist architecture inspired by traditional Islamic themes and motifs at Malaysia’s foremost religious site.

Top activities in Kuala Lumpur

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

RM180

Dive into Malacca City's vibrant past as you make your way around town with an experienced local guide. Snap photos of historic churches and hilltop vantage points, visit centuries-old forts, and enjoy a tasty lunch featuring classic Pernakan cuisine before swinging by the stalls of a nearby market.

Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner
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Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner

RM190

Escape the busy city life of Kuala Lumpur with your trip to the hamlet town of Kuala Selangor. Enjoy the boat ride along the river banks of Kampung Kuantan to catch the colonies of fireflies producing magnificent twinkling lights.

Full-Day Excursion to Taman Negara National Park
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Full-Day Excursion to Taman Negara National Park

RM550

Wander through the one of the world's oldest rainforests with a naturalist guide on this day trip to Taman Negara National Park. Enjoy stunning views on a canopy walk, taste sumptuous Malaysian fruits, and learn about the indigenous people of the region with a visit to an Orang Asli village.

Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour

RM100

Escape the heat of Kuala Lumpur and discover Genting Highlands. Located 6,000 feet above sea level, Genting Highlands houses Malaysia's only casino resort and colossal theme parks. Take a cable car ride to the top of the highlands and admire the surrounding view of the hills.

Private Ipoh & Kuala Kangsar Full-Day Tour
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Private Ipoh & Kuala Kangsar Full-Day Tour

RM619

Leave the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur for a change of scenery at the former mining city of Ipoh and the royal town of Kuala Kangsar. Admire the majestic mixture of colonial architecture as well as contemporary buildings and visit the prominent kopitiam to savor tasty local cuisine.

Sekinchan & Kuala Selangor Full-Day Tour
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Sekinchan & Kuala Selangor Full-Day Tour

RM396

Explore Sekinchan—a small farming and fishing village just north of Kuala Lumpur—and see how paddy field crops are harvested, processed, and packed. After a tasty seafood lunch make your way to Kuala Selangor, home of the famous lighthouse at Fort Altingsburg.

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