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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Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang
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Bukit Bintang

shopping, dining, garden

4.5/5 (6 Ratings)

Designer brands, discount goods and international and traditional restaurants make this a popular Kuala Lumpur destination. 

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, Pahang
RM94
per night
23 Sep-24 Sep
3.4/5 (2,715 reviews)

"Different from the picture, look smaller than the picture"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep,2019

Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel
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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
4 out of 5
No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
RM247
per night
19 Oct-20 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,381 reviews)

"Great Location, centrally linked to many parts of KL. big rooms"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep,2019

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
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Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
RM384
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,133 reviews)

"Best hotel in KL with amazing views. Great staff, well trained and all of them went the extra mile"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep,2019

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Popular things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

4.5/5 (141 Ratings)

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

4.5/5 (65 Ratings)

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

Petaling Street
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Petaling Street

4/5 (72 Ratings)

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

4.5/5 (93 Ratings)

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

4.5/5 (40 Ratings)

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

Jamek Mosque
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Jamek Mosque

3/5 (5 Ratings)

This magnificent building, located at the confluence of the city's two rivers, is Kuala Lumpur's oldest mosque and a fine example of Mughal architecture.

Top activities in Kuala Lumpur

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.

Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour
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Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour

RM60

Take a half-day adventure to the spiritual Batu Caves, just north of Kuala Lumpur, and climb the 272 steps carved into the sides of giant limestone cliffs to reach the Hindu temple at the summit. Visit the Batik Center to experience traditional Malaysian cloth-dying, used as sarongs and fabric.

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Admission
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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Admission

RM187

At Sunway Lagoon, a world of fun and excitement awaits. Delve into more than 80 rides and attractions at the family-friendly water park. Discover Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon – a tropical sanctuary and home to a fabled lost civilization that revered everything SpongeBob SquarePants.

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.

Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves & Little India Private Tour
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Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves & Little India Private Tour

RM35

Combine colorful markets, scenery, and handicrafts on a tour that takes you to the beautiful Batu caves and the bustling district of Little India. Leave the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur behind and head to the 400-million-year-old Batu Caves.

Full-Day Tour to Crab Island with Lunch
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Full-Day Tour to Crab Island with Lunch

RM231

See the sights of Pulau Ketam, or Crab Island, with a tour of its fishing communities and lively wetlands. This small island off the coast of Port Klang offers a look at the vibrant state of life in this rustic Malaysian setting, along with some of the grandest temples and monuments around.

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