From futuristic skyscrapers to ancient mosques, sightseeing, shopping and more - visit Kuala Lumpur and immerse yourself in the diverse world of Malaysian culture.

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.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang Plaza featuring interior views and modern architecture

Bukit Bintang

Known for Shopping, Dining, Gardens

4.5/5(7 reviews)

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

Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Petronas Twin Towers showing a high-rise building, central business district and modern architecture

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Architecture

4/5(45 reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Check out top attractions like Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, and jump on the metro at Kampang Baru Station or Bukit Nanas Station to see more of the city.

Golden Triangle
Kuala Lumpur which includes a temple or place of worship and heritage architecture

Golden Triangle

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Architecture

4.5/5(303 reviews)

Gourmet restaurants Chinatown and top sights from Kuala Lumpur Tower to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur – discover Golden Triangle, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Mid Valley City
Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mid Valley City

Known for Gardens, Shopping, Family-friendly

5/5(1 review)

Travellers come to Mid Valley City for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Mid Valley Mega Mall and The Gardens Mall while you're in town.

Chinatown
Petaling Street showing a city, street scenes and shopping

Chinatown

Known for Chinatown, Shopping, Temples

3.5/5(11 reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Chinatown is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Petaling Street and Central Market.

Pudu
Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
trover photo by Sharon Zahra

Pudu

Known for Shopping, Family-friendly, Architecture

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Kenanga Wholesale City while getting to know Pudu, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Pudu Station or Hang Tuah Station to see more of the area.

Top hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
4 out of 5
No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Rs4,037
per night
7 Dec-8 Dec

This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Petaling Street and National Mosque ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,456 reviews)

"1. Nice hotel & good location 2. It connects to a big mall - there are many restaurants there. 3. Most of the staff were very friendly & willing to help except one lady with a China doll hair cut & a guy - they both work @ check-in counter his name started with the letter “F”. They sorted brushed ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Rs5,933
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec

This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of KLCC Park and Aquaria KLCC. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,142 reviews)

"Great hotel. Clean, large rooms, fantastic bathroom. Close to all the action in Kuala Lumpur - couldn't be better located. The staff are sharp, friendly and very knowledgeable. Azeera gets special mention - she is very good at her job."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel
Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel
3 out of 5
Genting Highlands Resort, Genting Highlands, Pahang
Rs2,620
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec

Located in the heart of Genting Highlands, this spa hotel is steps from Arena of Stars and Genting Highlands Theme Park. Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park and SkyAvenue ...

3.4/5 (2,810 reviews)

"Close to shopping area. Easy to access to all area"…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel

Popular things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

4.5/5(163 reviews)

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(78 reviews)

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(81 reviews)

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(106 reviews)

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(47 reviews)

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(7 reviews)

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.

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