Kuala Lumpur Tourism Guide

Kuala Lumpur Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

Electricity

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JAN
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26.8°C
OCT
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Language
English, Malay

Currency

Malaysia Ringgit (MYR)

Visa
Visa Required (Common Non-Immigrant Visa)

Cost of a beer

₹ 216 (avg)

Average Cost of a meal at an inexpensive restaurant
₹ 225 (avg)

Average Room Rate
₹ 3,400 per night (3* hotel)

Kuala Lumpur is a city that has fully embraced the contemporary and cutting edge, to deliver incredible sights and experiences to locals and tourists alike. The Malaysian capital’s modern skyline sparkles at nightfall, with the stunning Petronas Towers dominating the cityscape with its distinctive charm. Standing alongside this architecture are incredible examples of colonial-era landmark mixed with traditional street food and markets to create a destination like none other in the world.

To help you get the most out of your holiday, we’ve put together this handy travel guide. We’ll be covering everything from the most popular tourist attractions to the most divine and delectable dining options and everything in between to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

Top Attractions in Kuala Lumpur

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

Whether you want to experience an adrenaline rush like no other, marvel at historical sites or simply get up close and personal with nature, Kuala Lumpur is sure to satisfy every type of traveller.

“Indulge in Malaysia’s urban pulse through Kuala Lumpur. Famous for its Petronas Twin Towers, take a bird’s-eye view of the cosmopolitan metropolis on the world’s tallest building. Explore Petaling Street to witness enthralling street bargaining, savour delicious hawker fare and chat with friendly locals for a glimpse into their lives and the city’s colonial past.”

Sian Hoi, Aspirantsg

Petronas Towers

These twin skyscrapers are both individually among the tallest buildings in the world as well as being the largest twin towers in existence, measuring and eye-watering 378.6 metres (not including the antenna). Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, this icon of Kuala Lumpur is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the city’s stunning skyline and has appeared in several international and Bollywood films: they have even appeared in cartoons and video games. There’s plenty to see across no less than 110 floors, including an enormous high-end shopping mall, a park with a children’s playground and, of course, its world famous sky bridge. Perhaps most of all, Petronas Towers in known for its incredible views of the city, which are even more spectacular at night.

Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: Adults – ₹ 953, Children – ₹ 357 (please be aware that, as this is a popular destinations, tickets may run out by 8am

Opening times: Daily 09.00 am – 21.00 pm

(CLOSED between 13.00 pm – 14.30 pm on Fridays)

Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara)

Another gem on Kuala Lumpur’s sparkling skyline, Kuala Lumpur Tower is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world, measuring a whopping 421 measures (including its antenna). It’s also a place of great religious importance. Its observatory has been used since the nineties as a spot to gaze upon the crescent moon, marking events such as Syawal, Zulhijjah, Ramadhan, Eid al-Adha and more. During the rest of the year however, the observatory is still available to the public, offering amazing views of the city night and day. In fact, if you really want to make a day of it, there’s an incredible revolving restaurant where you enjoy some of the best cuisine in Kuala Lumpur as your sit alongside its mesmerising skyline.

Address: Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening times: Daily 09:00 – 22:00

Aquaria KLCC


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Take a trip into the world of the deep blue sea with Aquaria KLCC, which boasts a vast array of marine species, including everything from turtles to sharks. Explore the underground tunnel, where you can see the likes of moon jellyfish, stonefish and hammerhead sharks: it’s as close as you can get to their natural habitat without actually being in the ocean yourself. This is a large complex with 33 different elements to see, each dedicated to a different educational experience. Speaking of which, the amount of information that is available during your tour really does take this aquarium to another level, providing everything you could need to not only appreciate these amazing creatures but to learn about their lives as well. It’s an experience as educational as it is awe-inspiring.

Address: Convention Centre Complex,, Jalan Pinang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: Adults – ₹ 1,028, Children (3 to 12 years) – ₹ 879, Senior citizens (60+ years) – ₹ 730

Opening times: Daily, 10:00-20:00

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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More than your average art exhibit, this is a journey across the history of the Islamic arts. It includes ever-changing exhibits so depending on when you go, you may get an entirely different experience to someone who went before or after your visit. This is a testament to the sheer amount that they have to show and to the vast influence of Islamic art throughout the world. No matter which exhibit you catch, there’s no doubt that it will be to the incredible standards of authenticity for which this museum is known. Don’t think this is specifically dedicated to Malaysia either: this is a truly international affair. It shows the global history of Islamic art and how it has influenced the world, including everything from clothes to weaponry, as well as fine arts. The beauty inside is reflected by the stunning architecture of the building itself. This is a stunning day out from the moment you step towards the remarkable Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Address: Jalan Lembah Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, 50480, Malaysia

Price: Adult – ₹ 208, Students – ₹ 104, Senior citizens – ₹ 104, Children (6 and under) – Free

Opening times: Daily, 10:00-18:00

KL Bird Park

Calling all bird watchers: the KL Bird Park is the “largest free-flight walk-in aviary” worldwide, spread over a whopping 20.9 acres in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It it home to over 200 species of birds, the vast majority of which are native to Malaysia, meaning you’ll see birds here you’d struggle to find anywhere else. It’s a stunning natural habitat that is lush with dense greens and perfect for the study of these beautiful creatures. In fact, the plant life here is so vast that it provides a great shaded area for anyone just looking to get out of the hot Malaysian sun. This is an enormous park, fit to satisfy even the most discerning of nature lovers. You’ll want around a half a day to truly appreciate all that’s on offer, making this a trip well worth the money.

Address: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: Adult – ₹ 745, Children (3 to 11 years) – ₹ 610, MyKad adults – ₹ 402, MyKid children – ₹ 194

Opening times: Daily, 09:00-18:00

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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The stunning architecture of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building gives only a mere glimpse of its country’s storied history. This product of British colonialism was built in 1897, having been originally constructed as offices for the then British administration. Its design showcases a mix of influences, from Big Ben for the central clock and its towers from Muir Central College. It stands out like a mirage from another world among Kuala Lumpur’s epic modern skyline. Now home to the Malaysian Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture, it’s used for several events throughout the year, most significantly Merkada and Malaysia Day, which celebrate the nation’s independence. On that day, the building lights up in spectacular fashion as a celebration of this unique land.

Address: Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: Free

Opening times: N/A

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

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There’s few better ways to spend a hot summer’s day than at Malaysia’s premier water park, Sunway Lagoon. Here you’ll find everything from rides to acritical waves, suitable for thrill seekers to young children. There’s too many individual attractions to mention so here’s a quick overview of what’s on offer. The Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is perfect for kids (and adults) who love the famed network’s host of colourful characters. This goes beyond a fan service, with rides themed on everyone’s favourite shows. Meanwhile, Water Park is filled with high-octane water thrill rides, including slides, an interactive water playground, a 5D multi sensory cinematic experience and Surfs Beach for those looking for a quick swim. Amusement Park features activities perfect for younger children, including a wild west themed “land”, while Wildlife Park has over 150 species of animals to see. How many parks can boast their own zoo? Extreme Park lets you enjoy the best white knuckle rides and alternative attraction, such as archery, paintball and pedal boating. Finally, Scream Park is the spookiest spot in Malaysia, best known for its Night of Frights event hosted over every Halloween season.

Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, 46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 46150, Malaysia

Price: Adult (13+ years) – ₹ 2,533, Children (12 years or below) – ₹ 2,086, Senior citizens (60+ years) – ₹ 2,086

Opening times: Daily, 10:00-18:00

Jalan Alor

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This is so much more than your ordinary food market. Jalan Alor is a street food extravaganza with virtually every kind of local dish and delicacy. In fact, this district is so large, you’ll struggle to experience all of it in one trip. It’s a theme park for your taste buds and a must see for anyone who wants to appreciate the best of Malaysia’s famed local cuisine. There’s something here for all price ranges, from budget dishes to pricier eating experiences but you can guarantee it’s all authentic and plenty delicious. It’s not just Malaysian food on offer here either, with Chinese, Thai and more found within this busy market. These streets are jam packed, allowing you to dive right into the hustle and bustle of the big city at its purest.

Address: Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: Free to browse

Opening times: N/A

Central Market

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Central Market is a place of great historical and cultural significance. It was first founded in 1888 as a “wet market”: a market used specifically for the selling of food goods, such as fresh meat and general produce. It’s now a landmark of Malaysia’s grand cultural heritage, having been classified as such by the Malaysian Heritage Society in the 1970s. It is still a place filled with great food stalls but now also features stores dedicated to all the ethnic groups that enjoy peace and harmony in Kuala Lumpur. As part of its status as a city landmark, it is also home to art performances throughout the year, which aim to shine a spotlight on this unique society. It’s a perfect place to find out more about the history of this great city, as well as get souvenirs unavailable anywhere else.

Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Price: Free to browse

Opening times: Daily, 10:00-21:30

Batu Caves

Found north of Kuala Lumpur, these limestone hills mark the end point of this great city. You’ll first be greeted by the Hindu shrine of Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war and form. As such, the Batu Caves are a place of great religious importance to the people of Kuala Lumpur and this is one of the ten most holy shrines in Malaysia and India. It is the most important site for the Thaipusam Festival, a Hindu festival celebrated by the Tamil community during the Tamil month of Thai. It’s also loved by rock climbing enthusiasts, who come for its dizzying heights and world famous paintings of Hindu gods within the Ramayana cave. It’s a long climb to the top, with a vast staircase that is not for the faint of heat, but the view of the city make this more than worth the journey.

Address: 11km north of Kuala Lumpur in Selangor, Malaysia

Price: Free

Opening times: N/A

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

“Those interested in culture, religion and heritage should explore Chinatown, Little India and the impressive cave temples at Batu Caves. Sample local food in the trendy cafés of the quickly transforming Chinatown or at the more traditional, bustling food street, Jalan Alor. If it is shopping you are after, head to 1Utama, one of the largest malls in the world!”

By Kirsi,Happy Go KL

Crack out your wallet and head to some of Kuala Lumpur’s premium shopping districts, offering everything from famous brand names to the most prestigious items around.

Bukit Bintang

This enormous district is the heart of shopping and entertainment in Bintang, BukIt Bitang. It has gone through several renovations in the last few decades, making it one of the coolest spots in the city. A landmark of Kuala Lumpur, it is home to many of the big cultural events of the year, including St Patrick’s Day, New Year, Malaysia International Fashion week and more. This is shopping heaven with several of the biggest malls around all in this one area, including Bejjaya Times Square, the 13th biggest shopping mall in the world.

Address: 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00

Starhill Gallery

One of the higher-end malls in all of Kuala Lumpur, this features the top luxury brands in the world and is loved by a clientele just as international as the stores. While not suitable for those shopping on a budget, Starhill Gallary is paradise for anyone looking for the cutting edge in fashion, perfumes and some of the very best restaurants in the whole city. There’s even cooking classes and spa treatments available, making this more than a mall: it’s an adventure.

Address: 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00

Suria KLCC

Opened in 1998, Suria KLCC is one of the largest retail malls in all of Malaysia. It can be found in the iconic Petronas Towers, so you’re free to check out that amazing view at the end of your trip! This epic complex is home to over 400 stores, featuring everything from the affordable to the top end of the market. This is a mall for everyone and has enough variety to give customers of all tastes and wallet sizes more bang for their buck. It’s also home to several name brand restaurants, so you needn’t worry about going hungry after a hard day’s shopping.

Address: Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00

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).

Where to Eat in Kuala Lumpur

“Kuala Lumpur fascinates at first sight and is a perfect mix between modern architecture and historical buildings, mosques and temples. Also, as a foodie you won’t get disappointed in this big city as you can choose between Malay, Chinese, Indian food and much more.”

By Tobias Meyer, travel blogger ,homeiswhereyourbagis.com

This amazing city has an incredible array of dining options, dishing up mouth-watering recipes from across the globe that are sure to satisfy every palette.


Ishin Japanese Dining

Address: No. 202 Persiaran Klang | Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur 58100, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Daily, 12:00–15:00, 18:00-01:00

Truly great, genuine Japanese food is not easy to come by. Ishin Japanese Dining however is here to scratch that culinary itch, featuring world class dishes all cooked and prepared just as it would in its country of origin. Everything here is focused on doing things the Japanese way, including a selection of expertly picked Japanese whiskeys and even classical Japanese music playing in the background. This feels like a culinary embassy with the freshest seafood and a terrifically authentic experience to tantalise all your senses.

Tony Roma’s

Address: Lot No.1.15, Pavillion, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: N/A

Dating back to the early seventies in Florida, Tony Roma’s is a name synonymous with great BBQ. The restaurant in Kuala Lumpur is no exception, offering the best of western BBQ cuisine to an international audience, never losing its authentic American flair. Famed for its succulent ribs, Tony Roma’s goes above and beyond, offering everything from seafood to excellent dessert and drink options. It’s a true taste of the west and perhaps the best.

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The Steakhouse

Aptly named The Steakhouse, this is considered by many to provide the best steak in the city. Their sizzling offerings include world class grilled selections at reasonable prices, finding them fans from across the globe. That’s not all that’s on offer here though, with everything from soup to foie gras being held to their exquisite standards. The service here is also excellent, easily living up to the expectations set by their incredible food and drinks menu.

Address: 48, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Daily, 18:00-00:00

Indian Food in Kuala Lumpur

Mosaic at Mandarin Oriental

This all day, upmarket buffet serves an incredible array of international dishes, all of an astonishing high quality, which is remarkable considering the level of variety on offer here. Although it must be said that they are best known for their stunning spread of local foods and delicacies. Everything from east to west is available here, from Japanese to European and everything in between. There’s so much on offer so prepare to be spoiled for choice.

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Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre (Klcc) Mandarin Oriental | P.O.Box 10905, Kuala Lumpur 50088, Malaysia(KLCC)

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Daily, 18:00-22:30

Bombay Palace

Kuala Lumpur is no slouch when it comes to world-class Indian cuisine, It’s therefore a testament to the consistently excellent quality of the servings at Bombay Palace that it is considered among the best the city has to offer. The food here is nothing short of excellent and well worth the extra money. It’s known for strong spices but if you’re someone with a gentler palette, make that known to the waiter and they’ll cook recipes especially to your tastes. This is top class personalised dining.

Address: 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail | Life Centre, M-3A, Mezzanine Floor, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Daily, 12:00–14:30, 18:30–22:30pm

Atmosphere 360

Address: Th-02 Jalan Punchak | Off Jalan P.Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: N/A

The Atmosphere 360 is a revolving restaurant with an incredible level of quality and service that will leave you in a spin. There’s an excellent variety of food available from its buffet, featuring something for everyone to enjoy no matter your preferences. One thing we’re sure everyone will have in common though is an appreciation of the incredible city skyline, which is especially dazzling lit up after the sun falls for the evening.

Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur

“Kuala Lumpur is one of my favorite cities in the world! The food is amazing, the shopping is incredible, and I think it has some of the best nightlife in all of South-East Asia. My favorite thing to do to start the night is grab a couple drinks at The Heli Lounge, which is an awesome bar on top of an old helipad. Definitely a must visit!”

By Dave, Jonesaroundtheworld.com

Kuala Lumpur is a city that truly comes into its element at night. As such, it has one of the finest nightlife scenes around, offering everything from elegant cocktail bars to high energy, dazzling clubs where you can dance until the early hours of the morning.

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Marini’s on 57

Address: Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Mon-Thur 19:00 – 23:00 ; Fri-Sun 18.30 – 00:00

This fantastic venue is not only known for its stunning Italian cuisine, although that is something that does come highly recommended. Marina’s on 57 is also famous for its superb array of top shelf cocktails, great music, stunning ambience and some of the best views anywhere in Kuala Lumpur, looking towards the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Be sure to come here at night to really appreciate what this bar has to offer, with the towers lighting up the night sky against the stunning backdrop of the city.

Zouk Club

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One of the best and most famous clubs in all of the city, the massive Zouk Club is home to so many different rooms featuring so many styles of music, there’s no need to go from club to club anymore. Everything you could possibly want from a night out is right here, no matter what your tastes. Drinks are also very reasonably priced considering how popular this place is. Speaking of which, make sure you get here early to avoid long queues.

Address: 113 Jalan Ampang, Federal Territory, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: N/A

VIEW Rooftop Bar

Address: 199 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur 50400, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 17:00-01:00, Fri & Sat 17:00- 03:00, Closed on Sundays

As the name would suggest, VIEW Rooftop Bar is known for its stunning city views. There’s nothing quite like partying the night away to the sparkling lights of the city. But that’s not all it’s known for. There’s great music here with everything from world class DJs to live bands, depending on the night. No matter when you visit though, you’ll be greeted by a rich, vibrant atmosphere. Earlier in the day, it’s also a great place to chill out with a beer or cocktail. It’s the epitome of elegant fun.

Skybar

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Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: N/A

Opening hours: N/A

This luxury bar is all about high views and high ceilings. If you’re happy to pay a little more for its unique ambience, Skybar is a highlight of Kuala Lumpur’s luxury nightlife scene. This place is packed from morning till night and its bustling ambience never fades. It includes a pool and some of the best cocktails the city has to offer, expertly mixed by their friendly staff. Getting the best view of the city lights will cost you but like everything else here, if you’re willing to pay a little more, what they offer in return is spectacular.

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 world famous Shangri La series of hotels are known as one of the top luxury names in hospitality across the world.

The Shangri La Kuala Lumpurmore than matches the expectations set by its namesake. Decorated with a timeless, elegant style from its lobby to your room, this is everything a person imagines when they dream of the pinnacle of five star hotels. Nothing here falls short of spectacular, from the service to the plush greenery that surrounds its pool. Their rooms are spacious, luxurious and masterfully put together. No detail has gone unnoticed by their designers. There’s also a fully furnished gym, hot tub, massage facilities, a poolside terrace and six restaurants, ranging from the international to the local, all of it at world class standard… just like everything else here.

If there’s one hotel in the whole of Kuala Lumpur that goes beyond expectations, it’s the Club Surjana Resort.It’s easy to forget you are within a bustling city while surrounding by such rich, tropical value that stretches out beyond the hotel like a stunning green sea in the sky. The hotel is surrounded by world-class golf courses at championship standards, so sport lovers out there will be in golfing paradise. In fact, you’ll be in paradise in your incredible rooms as well, which are furnished with teak floors and a terrazzo rain shower and tub. They’re all created by an exceptionally renowned designer and it shows. There’s also a garden restaurant, complete with European and Asian dishes, along with a tennis court, a spa and much, much more.

Travel back in time with The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.This classically styled hotel might ooze the ambience of days gone by but it includes everything you would expect from a modern luxury hotel and then some. From its rooms to its pool area, everything here is built to dazzle guests with its glorious fusion of colonial style décor with an elegant modern twist. The onsite restaurant offers some incredible international cuisine, while the Colonial Café serves up exceptional local dishes. Whatever you pick, you’ll be guaranteed some world class food to go with your five-star experience. The service here is also excellent, with staff going above and beyond to cater to their guests every need.

The majestic Mandarin Oriental hotel is found between the iconic Petronas Towers and is worthy of being paired with that famous Malaysian landmark. This hotel includes stunningly designed rooms, which perfectly balance good taste with flamboyant luxury. They feature exquisite marble bathrooms, specular views and some of the most comfortable beds you’ll ever have the good fortune of laying upon. The rest of the hotel is no less exceptional, with a classical beauty few hotels posses. Amenities here also include a spa, a “mind and body studio”, a tennis court, indoor golf course, a fitness and wellness centre and its incredible Mosaic restaurant, alongside its equally impressive Cantonese offering at Lai Po Heen. There’s also a bar and lounge area, but perhaps most stunning of all is the incredible view of the flow of greenery that is Kuala Lumpur City Park. You’ll find it hard to believe such natural beauty exists in such a busy city.

“Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful combination of a slick modern city and ancient culture. The Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is great for shopaholics since it’s right next to the massive Suria KLCC and has fantastic view of the Petronas Towers. Those looking to experience the quiet, spiritual side of KL should book into the romantic adults-only boutique luxury Villa Samadhi.”

By Revati Victor, www.different-doors.com

Mid-Range Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Talk about making a striking first impression: WOLO Bukit Bintangis one of the coolest looking hotels in all of Kuala Lumpa, no matter the price range. Its name is emblazed on a thick, black strip lining the corner of its reflective upper surface, looking like something that would feel right at home on the streets of Times Square in New York. Its glass sides reflect the clouds as well as the surrounding streets, while below, trees add a dash of nature to the ultra modern exterior. It’s a beautiful statement and luckily, the inside does not disappoint either with a contemporary, artful and elegant design. This is carried through into the stunning room décor. This hotel also includes a 24-hour fitness centre, a bar and coffee shop, all of which more than live up to the standard set by the hotel. It’s a terrific addition to the incredible city.

It’s not only the views that reach up to the clouds, Sky Hotel also has a location, service and value to match the sky high expectations left by its breathless city views. Its lobby is warmly decorated with a seating area as comfortable as the beds that await you in your room. The rooms are rather conservatively designed but they are quite spacious and comfortable. More built for functionality than style, the guestrooms still deliver all the substance you need to make them more than worth the cost. It also includes free Wi-Fi, a computer station, tea and coffee facilities and a fitness centre, all in a convenient location.

Located at the height of Chinatown, you’ll struggle to find a hotel this good in such a sought after area anywhere near the price of The 5 Elements Kuala Lumpur.You’re right where the action is. You’ll be surrounded by plenty of terrific places to eat, including everything from the most authentic local street food to the very best in luxury dining, as well as some of the finest shopping opportunities and most beloved tourist attractions this great city has to offer. Luckily, the hotel itself is no slouch either, offering a service that goes beyond expectation for its price range, which comes in around ₹ 5,307 a night. It features modern décor, well-sized, comfortable rooms with Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities and most impressive of all, their astonishing varied and high quality breakfast that is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Budget Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Found a mere two miles from the famous Berjaya Times Square and within walking distance to the National Museum and the Museum & Antiquity Department is NU Hotel.This budget hotel is located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, offering supreme value and one of the absolute best for its rate. Its elegant, minimalistic appearance follows you all the way from the lobby to your rooms, which offer top class facilities, including a television and free Wi-Fi, all with a warm, modern décor that keeps it standing out from the pack. The breakfast here is also excellent and can be delivered to your room by their helpful, friendly staff.

If you want to get an authentic local experience on a budget, you’ll do no better than the D’Oriental Inn: a low cost hotel that wears its Malaysian heritage with pride. Everything from the entranceway to the room décor is splashed with dashes of that vibrant cultural paintbrush. This is no gimmick. The rooms here are clearly decorated with care and the locally infused designs are masterfully considered to be both elegant and appealing to customers of all backgrounds and tastes. It’s also in a terrific location, found in the heart of the Jalan Petaling Night Market and only a few minutes walk from the Central Market. You won’t need to travel far to experience the best shopping experience Kuala Lumpur has to offer. Amenities here also includes free Wi-Fi in your room and an onsite restaurant, Noval Hotel Kuala Lumpur is far more colourful, flashier and more flamboyant than what you might expect from a budget hotel. Most hotels at this range focus on offering a straightforward service, complete with blandly decorated rooms and a business-like approach. This is a hotel making a break from all of that. Its rooms are decorated with flair, featuring blood red or lush green backgrounds, all with stylish, modern furnishings. This is the ideal location for those looking for style at a low price, with rooms costing around ₹ 3,755 a night. It’s also located within an abundance of local shopping opportunities, particularly useful for those not wanting to travel far to discover the joys of authentic Malaysian street food. The staff are helpful and the breakfast is decent for the price.

Getting Around Kuala Lumpur

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The Malaysian capital offers an abundance of fantastic public transport options, meaning you can avoid the hassle of renting a car and negotiating the busy rush hour streets for yourself. While many of the biggest tourist destinations can be reached by foot in the city, you can traverse Kuala Lumpur by metro, bus or taxi if you are planning on going a little further afield.

One of the most popular methods of travel in Kuala Lumpur is the metro. There is a choice of Light Rail Transit LRT) lines here, including the RapidKL, KTM Komuter and Monorail, which reach the furthest corners of the city between them. While these lines are not always connected, they do allow you to explore any destinations, with the RapidKL and KTM Komuter running from the city centre to the suburbs and the KL Monorail expanding across the city centre.

The latter option is likely to be the most appealing to tourists, with services running every 3 to 4 minutes between 6am and 12pm. It is a cheap and convenient way of seeing the biggest and best sights that this city has to offer. However, you should be aware that, as the KL Monorail serves over 5,000 commuters per hour on a normal weekday, it is best to avoid it during rush hour. Please note also that pickpockets operate in this area, so always be aware of your belongings.

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If you do opt for journey by LRT, you will find clearly marked and easy to understand maps in every station. These will help you find your destination and metro line with ease. Printed maps are also available at the station counters. Here you can also buy your tickets, which are available from the automated machines as well. Daily passes are available although it is recommended that your purchase a Touch ‘N Go card during your visit. This prepaid card can be swiped at the turnstiles, with your fare automatically being deducted for a faster and simpler experience.

If you’re planning a trip to somewhere unreachable by metro, you can go by one of Kuala Lumpur’s bus services. RapidKL is the largest bus operator in the city but unfortunately, they are still lacking on service, with no routes or timetables available. If possible, it is therefore advised that you board your bus from Puduraya, the city’s central station which can be found near Chinatown. Hundreds of different services depart here every day, spanning across the city and beyond to neighbouring districts.

No matter which bus you catch though, always remember to pay for your fare as you enter the bus or in advance at the station’s automated machines. If you do pay the driver though, please be considerate and give exact change if possible.

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If you’re sticking to sightseeing in the city, the Hop-on, Hop-off busses are a must. These bight and colourful vehicles depart from more than 20 locations, giving you a hassle-free way to reach the most popular attractions and shopping destinations around the centre. Tickets can be purchased at the Hop-on, Hop-off counter, which can be found at the station in front of the mall Lot10 in Jalan Bukit Bintang. You can also pay for your fare on board the bus.

If you’re willing to fork out a little more for luxury and the convenience of being dropped off at your destination’s door step, then taxi is your best bet. You won’t be short on options here, with an array of different cabs vying for your service. Drivers can often be reluctant to use their meters though, especially around tourist destinations, closing times and for journeys outside of the main city. It is therefore important that you always ask your driver to turn their meter on (e.g. to “flag down”) or negotiate a set fee before you start your journey.

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While some drivers will try to overcharge tourists, taxis in Kuala Lumpur do tend to be an affordable option, with trips in the city centre costing around ₹ 240 on the meter. Taxi rides after midnight are also subject to a 50% surcharge.

Best Time to Visit Kuala Lumpur

The charm of Kuala Lumpur is in the fantastic sites, incredible food, and vibrant neighborhoods. Every nook and cranny seems to hold a new discovery. Climb the 272 steps to the Hindu temple inside Batu Caves, or wander the markets enjoying food from all over Asia. In Kuala Lumpur, a small walk can turn into a grand adventure.

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Kuala Lumpur experiences no cool season, with warm climates being enjoyed all year round in the city. However, this does mean that rain can fall during any month, with storms usually rolling in during the morning or late afternoon. While these can be inconvenient, they do often bring some relief from the hot Malaysian sun.

If you want to experience the city in the least humid climates and most comfortable temperatures, it is recommended that you plan your visit between May through to July.

Flights to Kuala Lumpur

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If you’re feeling excited by everything you’ve read and can’t wait to jet off to this Malaysian capital, then the first step is to book your plane tickets. At Expedia, we offer you the best prices on all journeys, so browse now and start planning your incredible Asian experience.