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Kuala Lumpur Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

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Language
English, Malay 

Currency
Malaysia Ringgit (MYR) 

Visa
Visa Required (Common Non-Immigrant Visa)

Cost of a beer
19MYR 

Cost of a Meal in an expensive restaurant
13 MYR (avg 2 people)

Average Room Rate
228 MYR (3* hotel/ night)

 

There really is no other place like Kuala Lumpur in the world and travellers visit to experience the one of a kind city. Kuala Lumpur is a Metropolis for business and houses 1.8 million people in its centre. The economy is growing fast and now attracts expats from around the world who live in Malaysia to do business in the rapidly growing city. Visitors come to explore the myriad of natural attractions and the modern shopping centres that surround the iconic Petronas Towers. Eating in Kuala Lumpur which is better known as KL, is also a one-time experience, the abundance of gastronomic delights ranging from hawker stalls, cafes and restaurants means you can try something different for every single meal. Residents of Kuala Lumpur would benefit from taking a day every now and again to soak up the sights, new and old as we bet it won’t look the same twice.

“Kuala Lumpur is such a diverse and energetic city where you can enjoy many modern amenities, while still getting the chance to fully immerse yourself in Malaysia’s vibrant culture. Go on a walking food tour and eat like a local sampling different Indian, Chinese, and Malaysian dishes. Get some exercise right next to monkeys as you climb the long stairs up the Batu Cave Hindu Temple. Lastly, enjoy the stunning view of the Petronas Twin Tower from the many rooftop bars around the city.”

By Tom Rogers, www.adventureinyou.com

Top Attractions

A soaring 451.9 metres in height, Petronas Twin Towers, are among the tallest buildings in the world! Interactive displays and tours allow you to take in the view from atop which is of Kuala Lumpur’s mesmerizing skyline. It’s breath-taking during the day and dazzling at night.

The KL Bird Park is a must for bird-lovers and for those who want to experience a serene day out. The gardens are home to over 3,000 birds and you’re free to stroll through the lush acres to see them, from the Mandarin ducks, to hawk eagles.

If you’re feeling more daring, Sunway Lagoon is the place to be. The water park has fun rides and artificial waves while the wildlife park has impressive animal shows with the chance to see white lions, tigers, monkeys, snakes and more.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

You are not going to be stuck for things to do in Kuala Lumpur, with each turn of the head there is something new and exciting to see, bright lights and attractions are in abundance. We recommend speaking to the locals or the concierge in your hotel to find out where the locals like to go, but be sure to add the following to your itinerary.

 Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur 50088, Malaysia

Built in 1998, the Petronas Towers are a must see for, even if you’ve lived in Kuala Lumpur for a long time, this is a view that never gets old. The iconic twin towers stand at 432 metres tall and until 2004 it was the tallest building in the world. The 88 storey buildings were designed by Cesar Pelli and Associates and both feature observation decks at the 41st and 42nd (175 metres high) floors where the towers are joined together by a 58 metre long double decker skybridge. Tower one is occupied by the Malaysian state oil company Petronas and its associates whilst the second tower is occupied by multi-national companies. The towers are surrounded by the KLCC Park where you will find beautifully landscaped walking paths, fountains and a wading pool. The towers also house the Petronas Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the Petrosains Science Centre. Opening hours are 09.00 to 19.00 and are closed for prayers between 13.00 and 14.30. Admission is 84.80 MYR per adult and 31.80 MYR per child.

“I love KL for its immense diversity. You can find all kinds of things to do within hours’ distance from one another. We have beautiful clear beaches and massive malls, lush jungles and some really fun urban activities like bubble soccer (you literally run around inside a large, inflated plastic bubble and try to kick a soccer ball into the net – it’s hilarious!). Live like a local and try a karaoke centre, where much like Japan, you rent a room for a few hours and sing to your heart’s content. If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy shots, visit the bridge at the Petronas Twin Towers, and for shopping, head on over to Petaling Street for affordable souvenirs, or Pavilion and KLCC for high-end goods.”

By Emily, www.emilyquak.com

Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower


No. 2, Jalan Punchak off Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia

The second of Kuala Lumpur’s notorious buildings is the Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower. Built in 1994, the tower stands at 421 meters tall and outdoes the Petronas Towers with its observation deck at 276 metres, over 100 metres higher giving the most spectacular views of the city. The tower is designed with architecture that reflects Malaysia’s Islamic Heritage with Asian scripts, Islamic tiles and Islamic floral and abstract patterns. The tower is the fifth tallest communications tower in the world and is housed atop Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. The reserve is the oldest in the country where you will find many old buildings among the beautiful flora and fauna which is indigenous to Malaysia’s tropical climate. At the top of the tower there is a 360° spinning restaurant where you can enjoy the stunning views over dinner. Opening hours are 09.00 to 22.00 on weekdays and 09.30 to 22.00 on weekends and public holidays. Admission is 52 MYR per adult and 31 MYR per child to reach the first deck. The second deck is only open to adults and admission is 105 MYR.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Jalan Raja | Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Built in 1987 and named after the reigning sultan of Selangor of the time, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish style buildings. The distinguished landmark is set in the East of Merdeka Square and originally served as the secretariat of colonial British administration. The historically significant building housed the courts of Malaysia before they moved to Putrajaya. The building is now the location of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia and is found beside Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. It remains one of the city’s most historical buildings and tourist attractions even without an official purpose. The building can be viewed at any time of day and there are no admission charges.

Batu Caves

Sri Subramaniam Temple, Batu Caves 68100, Malaysia

Located 13 miles North of Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves are a majestic sight of limestone caves and are one of Malaysia’s holiest Hindu sites.  The grounds house temples which have attracted pilgrims for more than 120 years and though indigenous people and Chinese Settlers were already aware of the caves, William Hornaday was accredited with discovering the caves in 1878. The site is a popular attraction with travellers due to the colourful caves, which may attract as many monkeys as they do people. Visiting the Dark Caves is also recommended where you can learn about the area’s natural history. Opening hours and prices vary for each cave but admission to the main temple cave is free.

Price: Free, except for specific exhibitions, donations are welcome.

Opening times: Open daily from 10.00-18.00 except for Thursdays and Fridays when it closes at 21.00.

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

 

4, Jalan Ushawan 6 | Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur 53300, Malaysia

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A visit to the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is both educational and fun. The history of pewter spans over 100 years, which you will learn about in the visitor centre. If you fancy giving pewter making a go for yourself, there are two fantastic workshops to choose from, Hard Knocks or The Foundry. In the Hard Knocks workshop, the experienced pewtersmith will take you step by step through the process of turning a plate into a bowl. Using only a few simple tools you will then engrave the bowl with your initials or personal message and it is then yours to keep. On completion of your bowl you will be given a certificate for your new found skill as a keepsake. The Foundry workshop allows you to create your own pewter accessory. Using the methods used in the factory, you will be taken through the process of casting, polishing and decorating before being shown how to apply your preferred finish. The workshops last for 60 minutes and are 159 MYR per person.

Petrosains Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre, Level 4, Suria KLCC | Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur 50088, Malaysia

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The Petrosains Sceince Discovery Centre is a great day out for anyone who is interested in the science and technology of the energy business. The centre traces the evolution and scientific relevance of the energy industry whilst also exploring what relevance science has on everyday life.   The exhibitions in the centre are designed to be interactive and visitors can engage with displays such as a replica of the Mars Rover and the ISS – International Space Station. This is an especially fantastic day out if you are travelling with children as they will love displays such as the Singing T-Rex. Opening hours are: Monday – closed except public holidays, Tuesday – Friday 09.30 to 17.30, last admission at 16.00 and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays – 09.30 to 18.30 with the last admission at 17.00. Admission is 30 MYR per adult and 18 MYR per child (children under the age of 2 go free).

National Museum Negara

Jln. Damansara | Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur 50566, Malaysia

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The National Museum Negara opened in 1963 and is Kuala Lumpur’s most visited museum. The museum shows exhibits of Malaysia’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Split into four categories, the museum has the Prehistoric Gallery where you will find displays of the results of historical research and archaeological excavations. The Malay Kingdoms section displays the development of early settlements, the emergence of Malay kingdoms and sultanates, the coming of Islam and the importance of Malacca as a trading centre. The Colonial Era Gallery covers the colonial era starting in 1511 with the Portuguese, the Dutch and then the British and how they exploited raw materials in the spice trade, tin mining and rubber. Lastly, the Malaysia Today Gallery brings us up to date with exhibits from the Malayan Emergence, the struggle for independence, the formation of Malaysia and more. Opening hours are daily 09.00 to 18.00. Admission is 5 MYR per adult and 2 MYR per child, (children under the age of 6 go free).

Perdana Botanical Garden

Jalan Parlimen | Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, Kuala Lumpur 50480 , Malaysia

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The Perdana Botanical Gardens were formally known as Lake Gardens or Tamin Tasak and is more than 10 years old. Originally built as a public park, they have been developed over the years into the beautiful botanic gardens you see today. The garden not only has botanical plants but also gives visitors the feel of being in a rainforest, which is a welcome reprieve from the metropolis beyond it. Opening hours are daily 07.00 to 20.00. Admission is free.

KLCC Park

Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia

KLCC Park was built to offer some greenery around the Petronas Towers and was designed by Roberto Burle Marx. The park has many amenities to offer such as a large children’s playground, a 1.3km jogging track, waterfalls, shelters, benches, a large lake and each day there is a water fountain display. The park houses over 1,900 indigenous trees from 74 species. To the western stretch of the park you will also find a children’s outdoor swimming pool. Admission to the park is free.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

920 Jalan Cenderawasih | Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur 50480, Malaysia

Situated in the Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a must visit. The park houses over 3,000 birds from 200 different species from around the world. The park is separated into section such as World of Parrots, Flamingo Pond, Brahminy Land, Hornbill Park and many more. Don’t miss the feeding sessions with the eagles and the bird shows, check with the park to find out when these will be taking place. There are play areas for the children as well as rowing boats for visitors, binoculars can be hired for your visit and there is also a reference centre to find out more about the park’s birdlife. Opening hours are daily 09.00 to 18.00. Admission is 50MYR per adult and 41 MYR per child.

Aquaria KLCC

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex | Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur 50088, Malaysia

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Located on the concourse level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Aquaria KLCC is said to be the largest aquarium in the world at over 50,000 square feet. Aquaria houses over 150 species of sea life from tiger sharks, blue rays, seahorses, sea snakes and more. The main attraction is the 90m long tunnel which takes you through a giant tank where you can expect to see sand tiger sharks and more. Take a break from the sea life and head to The Stream to discover the giant water rats and Asian small-clawed otter. Jewels of the Jungle is perfect for those who love amphibians and insects. Other sections include Amazon Flooded Forest, The Coast, Oceanarium and Weird and Wonderful. Feeding sessions can be viewed in the 2.5 million litre aquarium on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Opening hours are 11.00 to 20.00 daily.  Admission is 53 MYR per adult and 42MYR per child.

Islamic Arts Museum

Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur 50480, Malaysia

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The Islamic Arts Museum is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular attractions and is regarded as South-East Asia’s largest museum of Islamic art. The building features a beautiful blue domed roof and is set in the 227 acres of Lake Gardens. The 30,000 square feet building holds over 7,000 artefacts so be sure to set aside enough time to see them all. The museum hosts children’s activities such as storytelling and arts and crafts sessions and there is also a children’s library. The museum’s restaurant serves a selection of dishes from Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and the Arab Gulf when you need a light bite and refreshments. Opening hours are 10.00 to 18.00 daily. Admission is 14.85 MYR per adult and 7.40 MYR per child.

Jamek Mosque

Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Jamek Mosque was built in 1907 and is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur. It was officially opened by the Sultan of Selangor on 23rd of December in 1909 and this is the exact spot where Kuala Lumpur’s settlers built their shacks in the 1850s. They would unload their equipment here before trekking up the jungle path to Ampang where they would dig for tin. Until then The National Mosque was built in 1965 near the railway station, Jamek Mosque was the main mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours are Monday – Thursday 09.00 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 4.00. Admission is free.

 

Kuala Lumpur is a truly unique intersection of the religions. One of the most spectacular landmarks of the city are mosques with different architectural styles. When visiting Kuala Lumpur, don’t skip the Jamek Mosque, which is one of the oldest ones, the National Mosque of Malaysia with its modern take on Islam, and Federal Territory Mosque that is very original in style.

By Ivana and Gianni, www.nomadisbeautiful.com

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

 

Central Market

Central Market Annexe | Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur 50050, Malaysia

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Built in 1928, Central Market is now a popular spot for those wanting to take home some local handicrafts. The building is now used by the city’s artistic community where they trade in local merchandise such as Malaysian batik prints, embroidery carvings, sculptures, souvenirs and more. This is the ideal location if you want to buy gifts for family and friends as you may get yourself a great bargain. Opening hours are 10.00 to 22.00 daily.

“Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia offers more than just delicious tasty local food. The city is also a shopping haven and you can find value for money items to high end luxurious brands. Most of Malaysians speak English so communication is never an issue. The city is easily accessible from the airport with high speed electric train, taxis and buses. Thus, you can stay either in budget hotels, boutique hotels or high end luxury hotels”.

By Wilson, http://www.placesandfoods.com

Petaling Street

55 Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petaling Street is a shopping paradise when it comes to bartering and getting branded items at rock bottom prices. Bartering is a must at the night market so don’t always pay the price they ask. Aside from the shopping, Petaling Street also offers an array of hawker stalls for those who like to enjoy a snack or two whilst they shop and is a popular night time spot for local and tourists alike.

“The amazing shopping in Kuala Lumpur is bar none. From street markets to high-end stores, my favourite place to go is Suria, located at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers. Once you’ve done shopping, refuel at one of the many restaurants followed by a relaxing stroll at the park. “

By Kimberly, http://www.kimberlylow.com

Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur

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Whether you like to sip on cocktails in a quiet surrounding, enjoy dancing the night away until the small hours of the morning or are more a couple of drinks type person, Kuala Lumpur has something for everyone.

Heli Lounge Bar (34th floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia) offers a very special experience, this is the only bar where you can enjoy your drinks on a helipad. The bar has been designed using parts of a helicopter to give it a unique look. There’s no better spot to take some photos of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline, but just be cautious as there are no walls or rails as the helipad is in use during the day. The downstairs lounge makes for a lovely setting to relax and unwind after a long day of sight-seeing.

Pisco Bar (29 Jalan Mesui | Off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is a popular night time spot for expats, locals and those who love to dance all night whilst sipping on cocktails. The venue has a 250 capacity and regularly holds live music performances followed by some of the best DJs in town. Head here on a weekend for the perfect way to let your hair down.

Sky Bar (Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur | Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur 50088, Malaysia) is located on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel and offers stunning views of the city and the Petronas Towers. The bar features a narrow swimming pool which is lined with cabanas on one side and a bar on the other. There’s a shuttle buggy that runs from the Petronas Towers every 10 minutes if you fancy a cocktail after a spot of sight-seeing. Music ranges from jazz, easy listening and soft rock to techno on certain nights of the week.

Other fantastic bars that you may wish to try include:

  • Marini’s on 57 – Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur 50088, Malaysia
  • Reggae Bar158 Jalan Tun H S Lee| 5000 Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Zouk Club – 113 Jalan Ampang | Federal Territory, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia
  • Elysium – Jalan Raja Chulan | Suite 32.01, Level 32, Wisma Goldhill, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia
  • Live House – 436, Jalan Tun Razak | Electric Boulevard, Trec KL, Kuala Lumpur 50400, Malaysia
  • Sultan Lounge – Kuala Lumpur City Centre | Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur 50088, Malaysia

Fun Facts

  • Kuala Lumpur was founded by Chinese tin miners in 1857.
  • Kuala Lumpur is fondly known as KL, and its residents are known as KLites.
  • The Batu Caves are a series of cave temples and has one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India including idols of Lord Murugan (God of war) and Lord Hanuman (a symbol of strength and devotion).

Food In Kuala Lumpur

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There are many fantastic choices when it comes to dining in Kuala Lumpur, whether you want to treat yourself to fine dining or are happy to pick something up from a hawker stall, you will not be disappointed.

Dining in the Dark (50A Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia) offer their diners a one off experience. Step into the darkened restaurant and let the experts guide you through a culinary experience of heightened senses and be excited by the flavours they serve to you. They have a separate menu for vegetarians and a wine list to accompany your taste journey.

The Whisky Bar (46 Changkat Bukit Bintang | Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia) is not only known for their selection of over 50 of the finest whiskies, but the food menu also attracts many visitors. Their fresh menu of fish and steak options will make your mouth water whilst you peruse the extensive whisky menu in a very relaxed atmosphere.

The Steakhouse (44 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia) is the place to be if you love a good steak. Choose from five cuts of steak which is sourced from Australia, then choose your sauce and style of potatoes. Enjoy the traditional steakhouse setting and choose the perfect wine to finish your meal off perfectly.   Din Tai Fung Pavilion KL (168, Jalan Bukit Bintang | Pavillion, Kuala Lumpur 51000, Malaysia) opened their doors in 1972 and are a steamed dumplings and noodle restaurant. Winning a Michelin star in 2010, the restaurant has a high profile among celebrities. They have become so critically acclaimed that they now have ten restaurants in Asia and Australia. Be sure to treat yourself to a visit and you will not regret it.

El Cerdo (43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia) specialise in all things pork and use flavours from Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico. Chef Werner Kuhn has spent nine years perfecting his pork recipes and the result is a restaurant that has people returning again and again.

Jalan Alor (Bukit Bintang, 50200, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)) is a street in Kuala Lumpur where hawker stalls are out in force. Spend time exploring this busy street choosing from any of the many fantastic street food options. The food found here can be tastier than that found in many restaurants and the prices are perfect for those on a budget. It’s also a great location if you want to escape the more touristy areas as travellers tend to visit Jalan Bukit Bintang as it’s easier to find, but  the time spent locating Jalan Alor will be more than rewarded when you arrive.

“One of the hallmarks of our travels is eating where the locals eat. So much can be learned from a country by what they put on their plates. And Kuala Lumpur is no exception, from its exotic Indian dishes to its Chinese food stalls to its traditional Malay grilled fish. Our must try is the super-sized sweet tissue roti that stands taller than a 5-year-old. Simply delicious. Tip: Take a food tour for the best of the Kuala Lumpur food scene.”

By Erin, http://travelwithbender.com

Top Tips

  • The weather in Kuala Lumpur is often warm and humid throughout the year and it’s important to stay well-hydrated.
  • If visiting religious temples, shoes are expected to be taken off prior to entering as a sign of respect.
  • Remember to book tours from verified places as scammers may operate in this region.
  • It’s best to insist that taxi drivers use the meter to avoid scams and unreasonably high charges.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Luxury Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

 

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located in Chinatown and offers guests an exceptional stay. The hotel is just a 15 minute walk to Merdeka Square and Sultan Abdul Samad Building for those who wish to get out and see the sights.For those wishing to relax and pamper themselves, the hotel features a full service spa and outdoor pool along with two restaurants on their site. There’s also a fitness centre for those who like to keep in shape even on holiday. Room amenities include drinks making facilities, free bottled water, hairdryer, bathrobe and free Wi-Fi.

The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is the perfect location for those wanting to see all of the sights and have a little retail therapy on their visit. The hotel is conveniently located within a 10 minute walk of the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Aquaria KLCC and just 15 minutes from the Shopping centre KLCC. The family friendly hotel includes 3 restaurants on their site along with a full service spa, fitness centre and an outdoor pool. Relax on an evening at the bar/lounge or enjoy a drink by the pool at the poolside bar. Each room has 24-hour room service, TV’s with satellite, drinks making facilities and free toiletries.

Shangri-La Hotel  is located just a five minute walk from the Petronas Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Their restaurant offers Cantonese or French dining or for a lighter snack they also have an on-site café. For a little relaxation the hotel offers a steam room, spa tub and sauna and to keep in shape guests have full use of the fitness centre and swimming pool. Each room comes with drinks making facilities, a mini-bar, free bottled water, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Prices range from 500-620MYR per night.

Mid-Range Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

 

Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur is located in Chinatown and is in a great location for those with interest in visiting the National Museum or the Lake Gardens as both are within 3km. The hotel has a fitness centre and a choice of indoor or outdoor pools as well as a children’s pool. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a laundry service and each room comes with amenities such as a kitchen area with drinks making facilities, air conditioning, daily housekeeping and a TV with DVD player.

Capri by Fraser Kuala Lumpur offers their guests many great amenities to enjoy their stay. Along with free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre, restaurant and outdoor pool, guests can also take advantage of the free shuttle buses to local attractions and shopping areas to make getting around even easier. Each room also comes with a kitchen area with drinks making facilities, free bottled water, toiletries and bathrobes, air conditioning and daily housekeeping.

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur is located in Bukit Bintang and is great if you are interested in trying the delicious street food in Jalan Alor which is just a 15 minute walk away. If you’re a bit of a night owl then you are in luck as the hotel has its very own nightclub.Along with free Wi-Fi the hotel also offers two outdoor pools, a fitness centre and a shopping centre shuttle service. Each apartment includes a kitchenette with stovetops, a microwave and a dishwasher. Prices range from 380 – 504MYR per night.

Budget Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

 

OYO Rooms Bukit Bintang Jalan Pudu is a fantastic budget hotel which is located just 0.3km from Jalan Alor for those who want to try the hawker stall street food. Breakfast is included with your stay along with free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk. Each of the 30 rooms comes with air conditioning, free toiletries and a TV.

Melange Boutique Hotel is located close to many attractions including the Petronas Towers and Jalan Alor. The smoke free hotel has its very own restaurant and also offers a laundry service along with free Wi-Fi. Each of the air conditioned rooms includes a TV with satellite, minibar, free bottled water and drinks making facilities. 

Chaos Hotel is perfect for those who want to hit the shops as it is located just 2km from Suria KLCC Shopping Centre. The hotel offers concierge services, free Wi-Fi, laundry services and on-site café and shop to make your stay more enjoyable. The air conditioned rooms offer flat screen TVs, free bottled water, slippers and toiletries and hairdryers. Prices range from 138 to 159MYR per night.

To explore more of the fantastic hotels in Kuala Lumpur, our site covers all budgets.

Getting Around Kuala Lumpur

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The best mode of transport to explore Kuala Lumpur is the metro, also known as the LRT (Light Rail Transit). Daily tickets can be purchased however if you are in Kuala Lumpur for a few days, it is better to purchase a Touch ‘N Go Pass which can be swiped as you go through the LRT gates. Travelling between two connecting city’s costs approximately 1.20MYR. There are three LRT lines in Kuala Lumpur, the RapidKL, KTM Komuter and KL Monorail. These stations are not always connected but together they do offer the possibility to travel throughout the city. RapidKL and KTM Komuter connect the city centre with the suburbs; while the KL Monorail runs straight through the city centre. Trains arrive every 3-4 minutes but try to avoid travelling at rush hour as the trains can get very overcrowded.

Using the bus is a good way to reach areas that the LRT do not, be sure to have the correct change for the driver or better still, buy a ticket before boarding the bus, a ticket only costs a few cents per journey. Buses depart from all LRT, stations however information on routes, timetables and departure times are not displayed so waits for buses can be anything from 10 minutes and upwards.

Taking a taxi is by far the most expensive mode of transport in Kuala Lumpur and you can often be sat in traffic for a long time. Be sure to agree a price before getting in the taxi or make sure the driver turns on the meter to avoid being overcharged.

Travelling around on foot can be advantageous as you will explore more of the areas, just be aware that green lights don’t always mean that traffic will stop, so be sure to look properly before crossing.

Best Time to Visit Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur’s temperatures stay at an average level of heat and humidity the whole year through, meaning visits can be planned for any time of year. The tropical climate can bring occasional rainfall but the intensity changes throughout the year. Being surrounded by mountainous areas means that Kuala Lumpur’s temperature is slightly lower than the rest of Malaysia, the daily average is between 29°C – 35°C and 26°C- 29°C at night. March – April are perhaps the best months to avoid as this sees the heaviest rainfall. May-July brings the driest weather so this is the best time to visit if you want to see blue skies but be sure to pack light clothing as this is also the hottest period.

Flights to Kuala Lumpur

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