"Feast For all the Senses"
Kuala Lumpur, popularly referred to as KL, is the capital city of Malaysia. Officially the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, it is also the largest city of the country, spreading over almost 245 sq km. Steel-clad skyscrapers, mega shopping malls, renowned monuments, bustling markets and burgeoning nightlife - that is Kuala Lumpur for you!
Kuala Lumpur is divided into separate districts, each known for something extraordinary. However, the main draw of the city is the Golden Triangle comprising of Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown areas. Popular as the entertainment hub of the city, these are home to some of the trendiest nightclubs, lounges and bars.
Home to three of the 10 largest shopping malls in the world, it comes as no surprise that Kuala Lumpur is often considered as the retail and fashion hub of Southeast Asia. Authentic handicrafts to major international brands are all on sale in the masses of malls in Kuala Lumpur (read 66!). The city's traditional markets are equally enjoyable with atmospheric experiences. Visiting KL during March, May or December during the mega sale event is an escapade in itself for the shoppers.
Kuala Lumpur is a non-stop banquet. Drom dining at lavish restaurants to eating with the locals at the street stalls, almost all of Malaysia's culinary specialities can be found in KL. Do stop by the hawker stalls and traditional neighbourhood kopitiams (coffee shops) to sample the best of the local delicacies. Kuala Lumpur is also the gateway to Malaysia's contemporary art scene with numerous visual arts gallery and exhibition centres.
The 6th most visited city in the world (in 2019), KL is thronged by tourists. Yet, it retains the laidback ambience and jungle lushness of the kampung (village) it once was. Exploring this 21st-century metropolis is a cakewalk with a comprehensive road system and extensive public transportation. Hop on any of the mass rapid transit (MRT), light rapid transit (LRT), monorail, commuter rail or public buses and whizz past Kuala Lumpur in a matter of minutes!
Must Visit Places in Kuala Lumpur
1. Petronas Twin towers
The Petronas Twin Towers located in KLCC, Kuala Lumpur are twin skyscrapers with each tower standing 451.9 meters proud. The tallest twin towers in the world, the major attraction at Petronas Towers is the double-decker sky bridge, and the observation deck, which provides a magical aerial view of Kuala Lumpur.
2. Skyview Deck at the KL Tower
Menara KL, or Kuala Lumpur Tower, located within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, is the tallest telecommunications tower in South East Asia and the 7th tallest in the world. The thrilling 360-degree view of Kuala Lumpur skyline from the tower is the main attraction. The KL Tower is also popular for the revolving restaurant it houses.
3. Visit Batu caves
Batu Caves is a series of limestone caves and temples located in Selangor, Malaysia.
Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this is one of the most famous Hindu shrines outside India. The 400 million years old attraction is the focal point of Thaipusam celebration in Malaysia.
4. Explore Chinatown
Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is the hub of food, accessories, clothing and everything a tourist could ask for. It is one of the most colourful and vibrant areas of Kuala Lumpur. This place is a paradise for shopaholics and gourmands, and provides ample sight-seeing opportunities such as the captivating Buddhist Temples, art galleries and the traditional food and coffee houses.
5. Aquaria KLCC
Located at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Aquaria KLCC is one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia housing more than 250 varied species of animals. Spread over 60,000 square feet over two levels, the main highlight is the 90-meter underwater tunnel.
6. Street Food at Jalan Alor
Jalan Alor is a 500-metre long food street in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the heart of the city in Bukit Bintang Area, it is one of the busiest food streets of the world.
7. Central Market Kuala Lumpur
The Central Market of Kuala Lumpur is handicrafts market clustered with diverse shops selling local arts and souvenirs. Locally known as Pasar Seni, it serves as a major landmark of the city. The market is especially crowded for the festive shopping during Hari Raya, Deepavali and Chinese New Year.
8. Suria KLCC
Suria KLCC is a six storey premier shopping mall located at the foot of the towering Petronas Twin Towers overlooking the KLCC Park. Spread over more than 1.5 million square feet, it has become a beacon for the best shopping, dining and entertainment experience in Malaysia.
9. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, located in Chinatown area of Kuala Lumpur, is the oldest temple of Goddess Mariamman, the manifestation of Goddess Parvati and the oldest Hindu temple in the city. It is beautifully crafted and designed in the Dravidian architecture, having a Raja Gopuram Tower at the entrance.
10. KL Forest Eco Park
The KL Forest Eco Park, formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, is the only tropical rainforest in Kuala Lumpur. The 9-hectare forest reserve is also one of the oldest forest reserves in Malaysia. The well-maintained walking trails, diverse trees, and a kid's playground are the main attractions.
11. National Zoo of Malaysia
The National Zoo of Malaysia, commonly known as Zoo Negara, is spread over more than 100 acres and is home to more than 476 wildlife species. The main highlight of this zoo is Malaysia’s famous giant pandas: Xing Xing and Liang Liang.
12. Shop at the KL Pavilion
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is a premiere shopping destination located in Central Bukit Bintang area. Spread over 7 levels, the mall has 8 shopping precincts. Pavilion Elite, being the mall's retail expansion, houses the largest Coach store in South-East Asia. The Pavilion Crystal Fountain at the entrance of KL Pavilion is Malaysia's tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain and is considered a national landmark.
13. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The beautifully designed and maintained, 19th-century structure, Sultan Abdul Samad Building stands tall at the Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur. It houses the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia. The main highlight is the stunning view of the building when illuminated at night.
14. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Located at Petaling Jaya in Kuala Lumpur, the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is a famous recreational park. It is popular for the Water Park, Scream Park, Wildlife Park, Amusement Park and Asia’s first ever Nickelodeon Theme Park located in its premise.
15. National Mosque of Malaysia
National Mosque of Malaysia, commonly known as Masjid Negara, is one of the largest Sunni affiliated mosques of this country located in Kuala Lumpur. It is a perfect reminiscent of the Grand Mosque in Mecca adorned with abstract shapes and intricate geometric lattices.
16. KidZania Kuala Lumpur
KidZania Kuala Lumpur is a children's theme park - a mini-city that spans across an area of 80,000 sq. ft. Located in Petaling Jaya area, KidZania is an edutainment theme park that allows the kids to get a real life-experience of a job-environment while they indulges in several role-play activities.
17. Masjid Jamek
Masjid Jamek, also known as Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, is the oldest place of Islamic Worship in Kuala Lumpur. Also known as Friday Mosque, it is a melange of Mughal, Islam and Moorish style of architecture with pristine surrounding.
18. Sunway Putra Mall
Located opposite the International Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, the Sunway Putra Mall is a five-story shopping complex that houses over 300 stores. The mall is categorized into 4 sections which house local as well as international brands.
19. Berjaya Hills
Berjaya Hills in Malaysia is an island resort located on a mountain ridge surrounded by lush green forests, an hour away from Kuala Lumpur. Popularly known as Bukit Tinggi, the main draw of this hill resort is the Colmar Tropicale.
20. KLCC Park
The Kuala Lumpur City Center Park, popularly known as KLCC Park, is a 50-acre garden located close to Suria KLCC Shopping Centre. Lake Symphony, the As Syakirin Mosque and the children’s public pool are the major attractions.
21. Trip to Genting highlands
This place is really different from all the touristy places. It has five hotels inside.
22. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre of Kuala Lumpur, located in Setapak Jaya, provides guided tours of world’s foremost pewter crafts and manufacturing company - Royal Selangor. The visitor centre introduces one to the world of pewter through sight, touch and sound.
23. Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur's trendiest shopping and entertainment district housing shopping centres, five-star hotels and sleek nightclubs. Also known as Bintang Walk, the most iconic attraction here is Pavilion KL.
24. KL bird park
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a 20.9-acre public aviary located adjacent to the Lake Gardens. Also known as Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur, this is the largest covered bird park in the world. It houses more than 3,000 birds in enclosed aviaries of which almost 90% are local birds and the rest are imported.
25. Farm In The City
Farm in the City is a unique petting zoo styled like a typical Malaysian village, located in Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan along the Damansara Puchong highway. The zoo is split up into different zones including a turtle and tortoise section, a bird aviary and a reptile cavern.
26. Sepang International Circuit
The Sepang International Circuit is an F1 race track located about 60 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur in Sepang, Selangor. It is popular amongst tourists for the go-kart rides offered.
27. Forest Research Institute Malaysia
Located in Selangor, Forest Research Institute Malaysia is one among the chief institutes in tropical forestry research in the world housing a multiplicity of flora and fauna. The institute provides an opportunity for camping at Perah Campsite, trekking at natural trails and picnic at Sg Kroh.
28. KL Butterfly Park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, located adjacent to the Lake Gardens and the KL Bird Park, is one of the largest butterfly parks in the world. Spread over 80,000 square feet of landscaped garden it houses over 5,000 butterflies, exotic plants, butterfly-host plants and ferns.
29. Merdeka Square
Merdeka Square, also known as Dataran Merdeka, is the iconic landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Situated in front of the famous Sultan Abdul Samad Building, it is a popular sightseeing spot with with buildings like the National Textile Museum and City Gallery surrounding it.
30. Plaza Low Yat
Plaza Low Yat shopping centre is Malaysia's largest IT mall offering seven floors of electronic goods and services. Situated in the Bukit Bintang shopping belt, LYP or Low Yat houses almost 500 retail stores offering services ranging from mobile, computer, and camera to gaming repairs.
31. Tugu Negara
The National Monument of Malaysia, popularly known as Tugu Negara, is dedicated to the 11,000 brave souls who were martyred during the first and the second World War and the subsequent Emergency period of Malaysia's independence.
32. Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, located at Merdeka Square, is a tourist information centre. It exhibits the history of Kuala Lumpur through its collection of photographs, paintings, and miniature models. Housed in a 115 year old Government Printing Office, the main highlight is the Spectacular City Model Show and the iconic I Love KL structure.
33. Berjaya Times Square
Malaysia’s largest inter-city shopping-cum-leisure mall-Berjaya Times Square (BTS) is located in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur. This 203 metre tall tower with 48 floors is a fascinating combination of a hotel, condominium and a shopping center complex with its very own indoor amusement park.
34. Pangkor Island
Pangkor Island is a group of resort island situated in Perak off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It has everything packed for a refreshing vacation right from a vibrant Chinatown to quiet lovely beaches. Trek lovers will find the uphill trek through the jungle quite overwhelming.
35. Thean Hou Temple
The 6-tiered Thean Hou Temple, located in Kuala Lumpur, is one of the largest and most beautiful temples in Southeast Asia. The temple is a fusion of three beliefs - Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. It is extremely colourful and lies on top of Robson Hill, offering a spectacular view.
36. Planetarium Negara
Situated on the hilltop to the east of Lake Garden in Kuala Lumpur, Planetarium Negara is the National Planetarium of Malaysia. Devoted to astronomical and scientific wonders, the planetarium is crowned with a blue dome and comprises of a Space Theatre, exhibition halls and provides hands-on experiments.
37. Muzium Negara
The National Museum of Malaysia, popularly referred to as Muzium Negara, is located near the Southern tip of Lake Garden, past the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The display here is an amalgamation of crafts, weapons, currency, tradition and culture. The three-story museum comprises of four exhibition galleries, each of which has a different theme.
38. Chow Kit Market
located at the Northern end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, is a notorious landmark in the city . It is divided into two halves - one houses the unofficial red light district, while the other is home to largest wet market in the city selling meat, fruits, vegetables and tofu.
39. Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
The Islamic Art Museum of Malaysia has an extensive collection of ancient Islamic artefacts and books from the Middle East, the birthplace of Islam. Located at the brink of Lake Gardens, this museum is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Spanning 30,000 square meters, it is adorned with Islamic patterns and houses more than 7000 artefacts.
40. Federal Territory Mosque
Federal Territory Mosque, also known as Wilayah Mosque is one of the most artistically built mosques in Kuala Lumpur. Established in 2000, this secular mosque is designed in the Ottoman- Malay style. It can accommodate around 17,000 devotees at a time.
41. Masjid India
The ancient mosque of Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Masjid, also called India Mosque or Masjid India, was established in 1883 as a small wooden mosque. It was later renovated with red bricks in 1963. Located in the busy and chaotic streets of Jalan Masjid India Market, tourists also visit the retail shop surrounding the mosque for a lovely shopping experience.
42. Masjid Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
Built-in 1997, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Masjid rests inside the famous International Islamic University of Malaysia. With a capacity to accommodate 9000 devotees in the main prayer hall, it also acts as a centre of Ibadah. The mosque in the Garden of Knowledge and Virtue in IIUM has an exceptional design of the grand dome structure, floral art, and morocco visual art.
43. Saidina Abu Bakar As Siddiq Mosque
Named after Abu Bakr, Mohammad’s successor, Saidina Abu Bakar As Siddiq Mosque was built in 1982. With exceptional architectural excellence, this mosque is situated close to Bangsar village of Kuala Lumpur with devotees crowding up the mosque every day.
44. Masjid Al Bukhari
Comparatively a compact and small mosque, Masjid Al Bukhari in Kuala Lumpur is adjacent to the famous Victoria Institution. The inviting atmosphere of Masjid Al Bukhari is open for both Muslim and non-muslim population. Any architecture lover will surely love the dome structure and its intricacies, along with perfect afternoon prayers at Masjid Al Bukhari.
45. Kampung Baru Jamek Mosque
Established in the 1920s, Kampung Baru Jamek Mosque, was built upon the land contributed by Bachik Abdullah in the 1880s. The mosque is famous for the Bubur Lambuk cooking event which takes place on the mosque premises. Kampung Baru Jamek Mosque also holds regular renovations.
46. Masjid Jamek Abdullah Hukum
Built by Abdullah Hukum, one of the pioneers in the development of Kuala Lumpur, this Masjid Jamek Abdullah Hukum is now a part of the heritage of Kuala Lumpur. Amidst the new residential place of KL Eco-city, the century-old Malay stilt house is now on the 7th floor of the building. Masjid Jamek Abdullah Hukum is also restored in the same place. It open for visitors to catch a glimpse of the history it inherits.
47. Sri Kandaswamy Kovil
Located in Brickfields, it is a popular temple in Malaysia which is over a century old, attracting devotees from all over Asia. It is considered to be one of the most orthodox temples in the country. A Maha Kumbhabhishekham (an annual consecration ceremony) is held every year in the temple premises inviting devotees from all over the country.
48. Shree Lakshminarayan Mandir Kuala Lumpur
Shree Lakshminarayan Mandir in Kuala Lumpur is the abode of Lakshminarayan, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu and his wife Goddess Lakshmi. Attached to the temple are a community centre, multi-purpose halls, and a classroom for spiritual and educational lessons. Located near the Jalan Ipoh Road, the temple is open for four hours each in the morning and evening.
49. Taman Tasik Permaisuri
Landscaped on hilly terrain, Taman Tasik Permaisuri is a well-admired and spacious lake-park in the Bandar Tun Razak district, Cheras, It has a vast lake where you will find elegant pink lotuses and lilies blooming. This gleaming lake is surrounded by some attractive picnic spots with concrete tables and stools that are provided by the garden officials.
50. Explore Little India
Located near KL Sentral, Brickfields Little India offers tourists a taste of the subcontinent despite being far away from it. The bustling street sells Indian snacks like gulab jamuns, vadas, samosas, lassi and the like. The smells and sights teleport tourists to India itself, and the area is filled with shops selling glass bangles, traditional Indian clothing, incense sticks and sarees, among others. The Little India locality also houses the Thean Hou temple, the Tamil Methodist Church, the Church of the Holy Rosary, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Tourists can also try out blind massages offered here.
51. Kepong Metropolitan Park
Widely scattered across an area of 95 hectares, Kepong Metropolitan Park is one of the largest recreational parks in Malaysia. Located at the north end of Jinjang in Kuala Lumpur, it is a preferred spot amongst the kite hobbyists as a huge area in the park is specifically dedicated to kite-flying.
52. Pulau Ketam
Pulau Ketam Island is a great place for family outings in Malaysia. Popularly known as the Crab Island, Palau Ketam houses several attractions like local Chinese temples, a breathtaking beach, local food joints and several others. This island houses two major settlements namely Pulau Ketam Village and Sungai Lima Village.
Cafes in Kuala Lumpur
Scattered across Kuala Lumpur, cafes in the city serve delicious brunches and desserts and often have bakeries attached as well. They also serve a wide range of coffees and teas. Cafes such as Acme Bar & Coffee, The Red Beanbag, and Antipodean Cafe offer a wide range of foods from a variety of cuisines. Yeast Bistronomy doubles up as a wine bar and also serves a variety of baked goods. In addition, the city is full of cafes serving western and local cuisine, and some, like Kopenhagen Coffee, specialise in Danish cuisine and coffees.
Street Markets in Kuala Lumpur
Street markets around Kuala Lumpur are a must-visit for all shopaholics visiting this city. Markets on the roadside sell handicrafts, home decorations, clothing, and accessories. The markets are open from the morning to the evening and then re-open again at midnight, and tourists can have a nighttime shopping experience like no other. Tourists can also practise their bargaining skills to get even lower prices. Petaling Street, Central Market and Kasturi Walk are among the biggest shopping attractions around the city.
Nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur
Nightlife is lively in Kuala Lumpur, with a variety of bars, pubs and nightclubs to give tourists a great time. Kuala Lumpur is home to Zouk, rated the third best nightclub in Asia. Skybar, named Asia’s best bar in 2016, offers views of the Petronas towers and a panoramic view of the city. In addition, the city has nightclubs perched atop highrises, offering views of the city at night, as well as views of the green Klang valley around the city.
How to Reach Kuala Lumpur from India
Flights from India to Kuala Lumpur are available from most of the cities whereas direct flights are available from Delhi, Amrtisar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai. There are hundreds of airlines that generally fly on this route out of which most common are Malaysia airlines, Airasia and Singapore airlines.
How to reach Kuala Lumpur by flight
Kuala Lumpur can be easily reached via direct flight to KL international airport. However, one can also take a flight to Singapore and drive down to Kuala Lumpur which is 355 kms away.
How to reach Kuala Lumpur by road
Taxis can be easily hired and one should always ask to turn on the meter and avoid paying high fares which are demanded by the cab drivers. Also, taxi can be rented for visiting tourist attractions and one needs to pay for that per hour (MYR 15 - 25). Renting a car in KL can be pretty daring as there is pathetic traffic on the roads of Kuala Lumpur.
How to reach Kuala Lumpur by train
There are three railway lines: KTM Komuter trains which use KL Sentral as hub and run every 15 - 20 minutes, and has two lines Tanjung Malim_Sungai Gadut and Batu Caves_Pelabuhan Klang. Light rail transit system here are three lines: Ampang_Sentul Timur, Sri Petaling_Sentul Timur and Kelana Jaya_Terminal Putr, though these fucntion very poorly because they were constructed by different companies and one needs to walk, take escalators or lifts to go from one line to another. Kuala Lumpur monorail runs from Kl Sentral to Titiwangsa.
How to reach Kuala Lumpur by bus
Hop on hop off bus is a good way to get an overview of Kuala Lumpur. All day local bus (1 RM), All day city bus (2 RM), All day express bus (5RM). One can use touch n go travel cards for all the rapid KL train and bus lines
How to reach Kuala Lumpur by Waterways
Kuala Lumpur can not be accesed by waterways.
Local transport in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur can be explored best by renting a car, though driving in KL is very confusing because of their one way systems. A lot of air conditioned taxis are available at the designated taxi stands. One can always use KTM Komuter trains, light trail transit and Kuala Lumpur monorail.
Must Know Before You Visit Kuala Lumpur
Money & Payments
Visa and Master card are the most accepted credit cards.
Cash is the preferred mode of transaction and the minimum amount to use the card is MYR 50 at most places except the shopping malls. Alipay is also accepted widely.
One can not carry more than MYR 40,000 when entering into Kuala Lumpur.
Exchanging Currency in KL
Most of the ATMs in Kuala Lumpur are connected to western banks, and hence, you can easily access your bank account.
Currency can also be easily exchanged at the banks by paying some nominal fees.
Forex booths are also very common which display their currency exchange rates on an electronic board.
Internet Access & Wifi
Wifi is easily available at hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafes, and hotels across KL. Mostly for free!
Pharmacies are spread all across the town
The most common pharmacy in KL is Watsons which is located in almost every mall
For those travelling to Kuala Lumpur for 2-3 days, the best-value travel card is KL Travel Pass. The cost includes a single or return transfer on KLIA Express Train and two days rides on LRT, MRT and monorail lines
For an extended stay in KL, opt for MyRapid Card. This is valid on Rapid KL Buses, monorail and Ampang and Kelang Jaya LRT lines.
Best Time To Visit Kuala Lumpur
Located in proximity to the equator, the weather remains hot, and it rains almost throughout the year in Kuala Lumpur; however, May to July remains the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur as the area remains relatively dry during these months, the skies are bluer than ever! The months from December to February and May to August are comparatively drier than the other months. The hotels and flights are expensive during the dry season, while the offseason will afford you some discounts.
Additionally, during these months, tourists can make most out of Kuala Lumpur attractions, such as Sunway Lagoon Park, Bird Park etc.! The temperature during these months ranges between 30 to 35 degree Celsius in the day and 25 to 29 degree Celsius during the night.
Kuala Lumpur can also be best visited in December, January and February as the streets are full of Christmas and New Year cheer, decorated brightly and liveliness is all around!