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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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Most popular time to visit November–January
Cheapest time to visit April–June
Local currency MYR 10 = £1.86
Language Malay
Average weekend price £27 per night
Average weekday price £25 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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Always a great city break.

8 July 2020

Always a great city break. It has the choice of food, shopping and entertainment for all. Good for developing business networks as well and hosting business functions for clients/customers or business partners like shareholders. Excellent for family trips as well. Plenty of landmarks to see.

David Malaysia

Compact city with old town and new business district.

4 July 2020

Compact city with old town and new business district. Plenty to visit. Places of worships, Butterfly Park, Lake Gardens, Memorials, Museum, Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC Shopping, Pavilion Shopping Gallery, Party @ night Changkat Bukit Bintang, Night Markets @ Petaling Street ChinaTown, Souvenirs at Pasar Seni. Excellent public transport to take you within the city and the outskirts. need at least two(2) full days in KL and Batu Caves.

Zainal Abidin
Zainal Abidin Malaysia

KL has rich culture and it is a food paradise.

23 June 2020

KL has rich culture and it is a food paradise. From street food to luxurious dining, all will brighten your travel experience and leave you in awe. The best place to have both is the Bukit Bintang area from Pavilion Mall to Lot 10. Not to mention the people here is extremely friendly that makes you feel at home. Personally, I am a coffee person and KL is definitely a place to explore cafe and desserts too. My favourite will be ACME bar and coffee.

ryanloh97 Malaysia

KL is an interesting city, nice botanical gardens, enjoyed...

6 April 2020

KL is an interesting city, nice botanical gardens, enjoyed the Islamic Art Museum. But when I was walking around, I often found myself the only woman on the street, and the men mostly scowled at me. Didn't always feel comfortable walking alone. Wouldn't recommend for solo women.

Bridget United States

The food in KL is some of the best in the world.

27 March 2020

The food in KL is some of the best in the world. The choice and the price of food is fantastic. It's a wonderful city to walk around, everything is very close, the people are very friendly and the choice of shopping and electronics is wonderful.

Catherine Indonesia

Very much appreciated, at long last, the completion of most...

18 March 2020

Very much appreciated, at long last, the completion of most roadworks and the absence of scaffolding on objects of interest in the city centre which made our exploration of the city all that more rewarding. Public transport first class, as well as a number of good eateries abounding..

Jiri United Kingdom

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