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Welcome to Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's sleek, modern capital is famed for its incredible food, Olympic-level shopping, and welcoming vibes. At once forward-thinking and rooted proudly in tradition, KL, as it is commonly called, is symbolized as much by the vibrant cultural mix of its neighborhoods as by its shimmering, futuristic Petronas Towers. To make the most of your time—and to avoid the city's notoriously heavy traffic—guided tours are highly recommended. Book your skip-the-line tickets and take in the dizzying view from Petronas Skybridge, then visit city highlights such as the King's Palace, Merdaka Square, and the National Museum. Take a street food tour to sample local specialties like nasi lemak (spicy coconut rice with vegetables, anchovy, and peanuts), or one of the countless varieties of Malay-style curries, sopped up with a generous helping of naan or roti. Other popular attractions include the Batu Caves, which house an enormous, golden statue of Lord Murugan and hundreds of fearless macaques. For families, the Sunway Lagoon theme park and KL Forest Eco Park offer plenty of outdoor fun. For something completely different, try an exhilarating hot-air balloon flight over Putrajaya. Malaysia’s capital also makes a convenient gateway for day trips to colonial Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Farther afield, tours of the Cameron Highlands' tea plantations, the fauna-rich Taman Negara rainforest, and the magical evening firefly displays at Kuala Selangor are sure to enchant.

Top 10 attractions in Kuala Lumpur

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Petronas Twin Towers (Petronas Towers)

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A highlight of a trip to Kuala Lumpur is the views from the skybridge at Petronas Twin Towers . Each morning 1,700 passes are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis to visitors who want to visit the skybridge. It’s best to start queuing at 7am as most tickets are gone by 9am. The views from the ground are equally incredible as you gaze up at the 88 story gleaming towers that reach 1,483 ft (452m) into the air. The floor plan is based on the Islamic eight-pointed star and the five sections of the skyscraper reflect the five-pillars of Islam. Beneath the Petronas Towers is KLCC Park, a large urban park with jogging tracks, a playground and wading pools. There is also the huge Suria KLCC shopping mall which has a number of good restaurants.More
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Batu Caves

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The Batu Caves are dedicated to Lord Murugan and an imposing 47 meter high golden statue in his honour stands at the foot of the 272 stairs, which you must climb to view the Temple Cave. The Temple Cave’s ceiling is 100 meters high with holes in the rock illuminating the massive cave below. Beneath the Temple Cave is Dark Cave which is not open to the public without permission from the Malaysian Nature Society who organise daily spelunking tours to see wildlife native only to the caves. The Art Gallery and Museum caves are at the bottom of the staircase and are filled with paintings depicting scenes from Hindu tradition and statues of Hindu deities.More
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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

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Impeccable Merdaka Square - or Dataran Merdeka - was a cricket ground in colonial times. The cricket ground was overlooked by the Royal Selangor Club which housed a club for the colonial rulers. When independence for Malaysia was declared, it was here that the Union Jack flag was lowered and the Malay flag was first raised. The flag still flies on a massive flagpole on the edge of the square. The square is surrounded by historic buildings, the most majestic of which is the Sultan Abdul Samad building which housed the British administration and now houses the Ministry for Heritage, Culture and the Arts. The Moorish style building is dominated by a tall clock tower nicknamed "Big Ben." The square is now the focus of many of the city’s celebrations and the Independence Day festival is held here on August 31st.More
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Thean Hou Temple

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An impressive six-tiered Chinese temple, Thean Hou Temple was opened in 1987 and is dedicated to Thean Hou, the heavenly mother. It is the largest Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur and sits atop Robson’s Hill 6 mi (8 km) from the city center offering excellent views back over the city. The prayer rooms are filled with bright golden statues and dedicated also to the Goddess of the Waterfront and the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Below the main prayer rooms are hawker stalls and souvenir stalls while outside there is a Chinese medicinal herbs garden and a tortoise pond. The celebrations at Chinese New Year are a riot of color and noise as revellers, wearing predominantly red (a lucky color), bang drums and clash symbols while watching the lions dance to ward off evil spirits.More
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Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad)

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Colonial architects A.C. Norman and A.B. Hubbock completed the now iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad) in 1897 during the British administration of the region. Designed for governmental administrative offices, the building on Merdeka Square was the first public building in the country to feature a Mughal architectural style—a school that combines Indian Muslim, Gothic and Moorish influences.More
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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

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The majestic National Mosque, or Masjid Negara, was built in 1965 as a symbol of Malaysia’s recently won independence. It is one of South East Asia’s largest and can hold up to 15,000 people. It is situated in Kuala Lumpur’s Lake Gardens in the center of the city and surrounded by swathes of beautiful gardens near the bird and orchid parks. It was designed by a group of three architects and the eighteen-pointed star dome is said to represent the thirteen states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. The main dome is covered in thousands of blue and green tiles and there are 48 smaller green domes dotting the courtyard inspired by the grand mosque in Mecca. The 240ft (74m) minaret sounds the call to prayer that can be heard across Chinatown.More
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Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower)

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Along with its considerable effectiveness as an instrument of communication technology, the Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower) also functions as a platform for religious observance. The observatory deck doubles as tourist destination and the point from which the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan is marked each August when special designees mark the rising of the crescent moon. There is an excellent restaurant that naturally offers astonishing vistas (it’s a revolving venue), and the tower plays host to a series of annual races, such as the KL Tower International Night Towerthon Challenge. It has also made an appearance in the reality television series The Amazing Race Asia.More
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King's Palace (Istana Negara)

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In Malaysian, “Istana Negara” translates to “National Palace,” and Kuala Lumpur’s Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara) serves as the official residence of the supreme King of Malaysia. The king relocated to a newly built Istana Negara in 2011, and while you can’t enter, it’s possible to see the beautiful architecture of the palace from afar and watch the hourly changing of the guards. Before 2011, the Royal King’s Palace occupied another mansion. The structure was originally built in 1928 by a wealthy Chinese immigrant on a plot overlooking the Klang River. During the Japanese Occupation during World War II, the mansion became the home of the Japanese Governor before becoming a British military office after the Japanese surrendered in 1945. In 1950, the Sultan of Selangor moved into the residence and lived there until Malaysian independence in 1957.More
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Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara)

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Located near the famous Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur, the National Monument (Tugu Negara) commemorates those who lost their lives in the fight for Malaysia’s independence. Built in 1964 to replace a cenotaph originally erected by the colonial British government, the bronze monument stands 50 feet (15.5 meters) tall and depicts seven soldiers, each representing a different quality of leadership, with one carrying the Malaysian flag. The original statue now stands behind the newer piece. American architect Felix de Weldon, the same man who designed the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C., also designed the Malaysia National Monument. Besides serving as a testament to Malaysia’s history, the National Monument itself made history by being the world’s tallest freestanding bronze sculpture grouping.More
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Sunway Lagoon

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Recent reviews from experiences in Kuala Lumpur

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Fantastic Tour!!!
samkjohns8, Jan 2020
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
Was able to see a lot around the city in a short period of time while we were in Kuala Lumpur!
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Excellent 1/2 Day Tour
Happiness23588865569, Nov 2018
Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour
This was our first visit to Kuala Lumpur and this tour was an excellent way to see the highlights.
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City Tour
Tracey E, Oct 2018
Private Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour with KL Tower Observation Deck Ticket
You get to see a number of places around Kuala Lumpur although the tour did not go to China Town which is a pity as it's a site to behold.
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With limited time to spend in Kuala...
David W, Jul 2017
Private Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour with KL Tower Observation Deck Ticket
With limited time to spend in Kuala Lumpur we would recommend this tour as a way to see the main attractions and gain local knowledge of them.
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This was a worthwhile way to see the...
Paul M, Aug 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Batu Caves Little India Chinatown
This was a worthwhile way to see the main highlights of Kuala Lumpur in one day.
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We had not visited Kuala Lumpur so...
Sean G, Mar 2018
Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour
Highly recommended for an overview of the main attractions within the city.
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Good tour for a quick orientation of...
Henry L, Nov 2017
Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour
Good tour for a quick orientation of some of the top sights in Kuala Lumpur.
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Unfortunately, I fractured my ankle...
Barbara S, Aug 2014
Batu Caves and Malaysian Crafts Tour from Kuala Lumpur
My husband walked up and took photos so at least I did manage to get to see the inside in picture.
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Our main reason to visit Kuala...
David P, Jan 2013
Kuala Lumpur International Airport Transfer: Hotel to Airport (KLIA/KLIA2)
Our main reason to visit Kuala Lumpur is to meet up with friends, it's a city that we like, lots to see and do, transport to the airport was very efficient
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The tour well was brief but...
Alexander A. C, Dec 2013
Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour
I would highly-recommend this to people who would like to visit Kuala Lumpur but does not have the luxury of time to do it.
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Very good tour to have, the guide...
WAJID H, Apr 2010
Private Full-Day Tour in Kuala Lumpur with Lunch
Very good tour to have, the guide provided spoke very good English and was given a decent car to drive me around.
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Guide was very passionate and...
Grayden H, Aug 2008
Batu Caves Tour from Kuala Lumpur
If you haven't ventured out of Kuala Lumpur's shopping malls, you MUST do a tour like this to see other aspects of the country.
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Reliable pick-up for the onward journey...
Lynn G, Jul 2009
Kuala Lumpur International Airport Transfer: Hotel to Airport (KLIA/KLIA2)
It allows you to see the sights in comfort, and without the hassle of returning a hired vehicle.
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Highlights of Cameron Highlands and Batu Caves
Andy_K, Mar 2020
Cameron Highlands Nature & Batu caves Tour
I picked this tour over other Cameron Highlands tour as it included Batu Caves - I didn't need to go on a separate trip to visit this place.
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Wonderful and fun photography tour of KL
ccchawkins, Feb 2020
Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots
I am very excited to share them on the ‘Gram and cannot wait to come back to visit KL again.
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Great Tour Guide
Luis M, Oct 2019
Skip The Line Petronas Twin Towers Tickets & Top Ten Wonder of Kuala Lumpur Tour
He was promptly waiting for us at the airport and then we set off to see as much as we could.
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Great Day with Jamal
TheDoyles151, Jul 2019
Full Day Kuala Lumpur City & Batu Caves Tour with Petronas Twin Towers Tickets
We highly recommend this tour and guide to anyone wanting to see the sights of Kuala Lumpur
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Very nice tour
848nancyl, Jun 2019
Glittering Night : Kuala Selangor Fireflies & The River of Life Tour
We then boarded the jetty where we were transferred into the dark mangrove swamp to see the fireflies flash and twinkle like Christmas lights.
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Amazing and a must do if in Kuala...
Vivek P, Jan 2010
Batu Caves Tour from Kuala Lumpur
Tour guide was great and totally fluent in English.
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This Private tour was fantastic! Our...
Emily L, Sep 2017
Private Half-Day Batu Caves Waterfalls and Hot Springs Tour
The Batu caves were amazing and the waterfalls refreshing once we got to the top!

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