Kuala Lumpur Holidays

Once little more than mud and marsh, compact Kuala Lumpur is a fast rising metropolis which effortlessly blends its colonial past with space-age towers and mega malls. KL, as it's fondly known, is best explored on foot or via the excellent public transport network including buses, metro (Light Rail Transit) and a monorail making it easy to get around. Taxis are also available, but as the roads can be busy, they may prove be a more expensive option.

At its historic heart is Merdeka Square (Independence Square). Ringed by handsome colonial-era buildings, including the Royal Selangor Club and Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the square marks the place where the Malaysian flag was first hoisted after independence from British rule in 1957. Other notable buildings include the imposing Old Railway Station and the highly acclaimed Jamek Mosque, which is a vision of soaring minarets and onion-shaped domes.

KL’s Golden Triangle is comprised of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and Chinatown. It’s in modern KLCC where you’ll find the eye-catching Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring 88 storeys, you can take in the sweeping vistas from the sky bridge linking the two towers at the 41st and 42nd floors. Alternatively, for skyline views including the Petronas Twin Towers hotfoot it to the higher observation deck of the Menara KL Tower.

Swanky Bukit Bintang is chock-a-block with shopping malls and boutiques as well as trendy cafés, restaurants and nightspots. There’s more high end fashion in the KLCC or at Berjaya Times Square, while Petaling Street in colourful Chinatown is a bargain-hunter’s paradise, particularly the lively night market.

Food is without a doubt a highlight of any visit to KL, with so many opportunities to feast on diverse local and international cuisine. Expect everything from award-winning gourmet restaurants with menus from around the world, to chic bistros and traditional street stalls that tempt with a choice of inexpensive dishes.

    Why visit Kuala Lumpur?
  • Iconic contemporary architecture
  • Colonial heritage
  • Historic mosques
  • Excellent shopping
  • Fabulous food


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Essential facts about Kuala Lumpur
Local Time

GMT +8 hours

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit

Travel information

Kuala Lumpur is approximately 13 hours (non-stop flights) from the UK.

Best time to go

Kuala Lumpur has a tropical climate with consistently high temperatures in the 30ºs, making it a year-round destination. The wettest weather is usually February to May and September to December when sudden thunderstorms or downpours may occur.

Malaysia Tourist Tax

A tourism charge is payable locally at all hotels throughout Malaysia (in addition to the Penang heritage charge and Langkawi Tourism Promotion Fee) and is levied per room per night as follows:-

  • RM5.00 (approx £0.90) for stays in 3* hotels
  • RM10.00 (approx £1.80) for stays in 4* hotels
  • RM20.00 (approx £3.60) for stays in 5* hotels

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