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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)

Petronas Twin Towers (Petronas Towers)

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The twin 88-story steel and glass buildings known as the Petronas Twin Towers (or Petronas Towers), completed in 1996, are icons of Malaysia. Designed to symbolize courage and the country’s advancement, the two towers are connected by a double-decker Skybridge between the 41st and 42nd floor—the world’s highest two-story bridge of its kind—to form the shape of an “M” for Malaysia.More
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Batu Caves

Batu Caves

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Home to a 154-foot (47-meter) statue of the resplendent gold Lord Murugan, the Batu Caves are a must-see for anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first-time. The UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of four limestone caves—Temple Cave, Dark Cave, Cave Villa, and Ramayana Cave—which are famously frequented by long-tailed gray macaques.More
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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

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A large grassy expanse in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is where Malaysia declared independence in 1957: The word “merdeka” means “independent” or “free.” The city’s best-known historic landmark, the square is home to structures including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, museums, and a cathedral.More
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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)Beside the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s National Mosque (Masjid Negara) reinvents traditional Islamic architecture with its angular lines and neutral color scheme. Built in 1965, the mosque was designed as a symbol of Malaysia’s independence and is a center of Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant Muslim community.More
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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

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Considered among the world’s most beautiful train stations, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station showcases the Moorish style of architecture favored by the British during Malaysia’s colonial era. Built in 1911 and designed by A.B. Hubback, the station is one of the most recognizable (and most photographed) landmarks in the city, thanks to its white arched facade and onion domes on the roof.Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station took over as the city’s major train transport hub in 2001, but the old station still operates on a smaller scale (for commuter trains mostly) and remains a popular sightseeing stop.More
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King's Palace (Istana Negara)

King's Palace (Istana Negara)

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The Malaysian equivalent to Buckingham Palace, the King's Palace (Istana Negara) attracts thousands of visitors with its golden domes and Islamic-style architecture. Although you can’t explore the palace, you can learn about the Malaysian monarchy at the Royal Museum, located on the palace grounds.More
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Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

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While far from historic (it opened in 1989), Thean Hou Temple is one of Malaysia’s—and indeed southeast Asia’s—most important Chinese temples. Set atop a hill a little way outside the city center, the 6-tiered temple blends Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism in a tribute to the sea goddess Mazu and hosts a wealth of festivals.More
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Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad)

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.Today, the building is home of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. Its 135-foot (41-meter) tall clock tower flanked by two copper cupolas have become one of Kuala Lumpur’s most recognizable landmarks. The structure is particularly impressive at night, when the domes and clock tower are lit up.More
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Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara)

Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara)

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The Kuala Lumpur National Monument (Tugu Negara) commemorates the 11,000 people who lost their lives fighting for Malaysian independence. The 51-foot (15.5-meter) bronze statue of seven soldiers, built to replace a colonial-era cenotaph that now stands behind it, is part of a site that also includes a central pavilion with regimental emblems.More
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Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower)

Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower)

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Looming 1,381 feet (421 meters) atop the Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower) is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Visible from all around, it also affords a spectacular 360-degree view from its observation deck.More

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Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

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How to Spend 2 Days in Kuala Lumpur

Top Attractions for Nature Lovers in Kuala Lumpur

Top Attractions for Nature Lovers in Kuala Lumpur

Top activities in Kuala Lumpur

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour

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7-Days Best of Malaysia

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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!

All about Kuala Lumpur

When to visit

Kuala Lumpur has the same weather report year-round: hot and humid with a chance of rain. Luckily, the city comes to life at night—when cooler temperatures make for more comfortable exploration— with markets and street fairs. Get a taste of KL’s global traditions in the winter, when Diwali, Lunar New Year, and Thaipusam bring non-stop celebrations.

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