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Kuala Lumpur is a city of tantalising contrasts, with seemingly no end to the list of things to do, see – and taste.

Packed with gleaming skyscrapers, large malls and bustling markets, Malaysia’s capital is a magnet for shopping and nightlife, but also a fusion of ancient cultures. Malay, Chinese, Indian, Tamil and Thai people have lived side by side here for generations – a melting pot that’s best appreciated through the local cuisine.

Follow your nose to Petaling Street in Chinatown, and try recipes like ‘Chili pan mee’, a noodle stir-fry of fried onions, fresh scallions, crushed peanuts, shredded pork and a poached egg. Or, head over to Brickfields (Little India) for spicy chicken curry, dosa pancakes and as many banana fritters as you can manage. Take a map to make sure you don’t get lost between these crowded districts.

But it’s not all about the food. The futuristic Petronas Towers define the Kuala Lumpur skyline, while the Islamic Arts Museum and National Museum offer a glimpse into the city’s short history. You can escape the hustle in the verdant Botanical Gardens, or the Batu Caves – a series of spectacular, Hindu shrine-filled chambers beneath a limestone hill, just half an hour north of the city.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport offers direct flights to Singapore and other world-wide destinations.

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From £7 per night

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From £14 per night

Most popular time to visit November–January
Cheapest time to visit September–November
Local currency MYR 10 = £1.88
Language Malay
Average weekend price £38 per night
Average weekday price £39 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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8.0

It can be good for once or twice.

20 January 2019

It can be good for once or twice. But then it will get boring. The best part is the lively vicinity of Bukit Bintang alongside with good seafood that u can get in KL. Sightseeing was also good as it has at least 7 or 8 good sites. I didn't find any special drawbacks except for the weather than can actually be quite normal as Malaysia is supposed to be a tropical country, chokingly hot and humid.

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alikaffash
6.0

Crazy weird city which is struggling to find its indentity.

20 January 2019

Crazy weird city which is struggling to find its indentity. It’s a nice enough place in parts (shopping malls... there are 100’s) but most of the city is very dirty and crowded. It’s kind of half trying to be Malaysian and half trying to be western and it’s a weird mix.

Matt
Matt United Kingdom
6.0

It’s a city like any other.

20 January 2019

It’s a city like any other. The botanical gardens are probably the highlight. The traffic is awful! Not because there’s too much of it but because of their road system. You just hit traffic constantly.

EmmaCharlotte
EmmaCharlotte United Kingdom
8.0

Becouse of the hotel our trip is bad hotel signature staffs...

19 January 2019

Becouse of the hotel our trip is bad hotel signature staffs are verry bad ac dossnt work properly full of dust in room verry bad booking show verry nice pitures but its the worst hotel i have ever been

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Hamdhoon Sri Lanka
8.0

Ive not been to KL quite long but can see that now they have...

19 January 2019

Ive not been to KL quite long but can see that now they have alot of foreigner than local. Food store and even shops all are foreigner selling. but to go about around KL is very convenient with the trains system but its not yet wheelchair friendly environment still got to improve on that.

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10

It is a city full of smiles and multi cultures, the food is...

19 January 2019

It is a city full of smiles and multi cultures, the food is amazing and cost of travel and food is much lower than i ve imagined. Spent around Euro 10 per day only for food and transport. i wish i could stay here for part of my life. The city is so big and buildings are modern and clean! Infrastructure is outstanding and very close to singapore standard but much more economical.

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Klara Martelet Germany

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