Here’s your updated Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Guide.

Kuala Lumpur: Across the Times

Who would have thought that for a place which literally refers to mud—yes, the confluence of it, in fact—Kuala Lumpur has become a bustling metropolis and the capital of the Malaysian Federal government?

Kuala Lumpur has come a long way since becoming a place renowned for the meeting of muddy rivers and as a sleepy tin mining town (1857) predominantly lived by the migrant Chinese community.

In fact, looking at the city today, the difference is a far cry to what it had originally been not only in the change to the urban setting itself but also in the growth of its population. In just a span of 150 years, the city has become a melting pot of various cultures which reached a population of 7 million, the 1.8 million of which being concentrated within the city proper.


Sri Mahamariamman Temple, located near Kuala Lumpur city center, considered as one of the oldest and richest Hindu Temple in the city

A Mix Culture

Literally, when you are in this metropolitan area, expect to see not just the Malays roaming the public places but also some Chinese and Indians whose forefathers—known for being merchants—found haven in a strange new land they now call their home.

As such, it also does not come as a surprise that these two ethnicities to establish their own turfs catering unique offerings to both curious and usual consumers.

Malaysia’s Center of Trade

But as a city considered the seat of the Malaysian Parliament, the city of Kuala Lumpur—colloquially acronymized as “KL” by the locals—is unsurprisingly the center of the country’s economy, finance, and culture.

For a city that is dubbed as one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing in terms of both economic and population, the idea of Kuala Lumpur burgeoning is more expected than surprising. The culmination of all these changes that took place in this particular spot of the Malaysian land is perhaps what made it a city to be renowned.


Menara KL Tower

In fact, when you speak of Kuala Lumpur, notions such as cheap 5-star hotels, great food, amazing shopping experience, and various vistas worthy of looking at are what made the city known, especially among tourists.

The climate in Kuala Lumpur

As is generally true to its neighboring countries, the climate in Malaysia is pretty consistent across the year which is sunny and hot along with the presence of rains when in season. The driest season in the country starts at around June while the wettest season comes at around November.

Unless you are fond of rain or like seeing flash floods roaming the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the best time to go sightseeing in the city is during its warmest. Luckily, traveling from around the city will not pose much of a problem given its rather developed transportation system which was said to be inspired from the West.


Petronas Tower

Petronas Twin Towers

Popular Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

While this city may boast itself as the country’s capital and largest city, Kuala Lumpur, however, is a significantly young city which lacks the same depth of history as its older counterparts. Say, Malacca or George Town, two places of which remains top tourist destinations in the country.

Petronas Twin Towers

The iconic Petronas Twin Towers used to be the world’s tallest buildings, are still considered as the world’s tallest twin tower. The towers are 88-story buildings which are joined on the 41st and 42nd floors.

Should you wish to visit the bridge, make sure to be there at the earliest possible time as the number of tourists visiting the place is huge.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00 (closed at Fridays for prayers between 13:00 – 14:30)
Location: Petronas Twin Towers is near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, which is in between Jalan Ampang and Jalan Raja Chulan

Menara KL Tower

Another imposing structure in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the Menara KL Tower. This famous architectural structure which is the world’s 5th tallest building offers an amazing vista of the city. To secure a pass to the viewing deck of the building, you are advised to arrive early.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 on weekdays; 09:30 – 22:00 during weekends and public holidays
Address: Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee


Another colorful and bustling area in Kuala Lumpur is the Chinatown. This place is very popular amongst tourist who would want to shop for bargain items of all sorts. Its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a night market having numerous stalls selling a variety of items at a very low price.

The Chinatown is literally loaded with Chinese restaurants and stalls offering a variety of Chinese delicacies.


Batu Caves

Very popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the Batu Caves. This attraction is composed of three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Several idols and statues were erected inside and around the caves. The limestone formation is said to be more than 400 million years old.

Opening Hours: Daily, 06:00 – 21:00
Address: Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to get to Batu Caves: Take Intrakota bus No 11D from the Central Market or the Cityliner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu to get to Batu Caves.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Another important structure that can be found in Kuala Lumpur is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which is considered as a distinguished city landmark. The building was built in 1897.

Location: Jalan Tun Perak (it is across Dataran Merdeka on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin)
How to get there: Take the LRT and alight at Masjid Jamek station. You will reach this place by a 10-minute walk from the station.

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

If you are traveling with your family, you will surely enjoy visiting the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. The place is located in Petaling Jaya which is about 15km southwest of the Kuala Lumpur city center.
You can spend a day enjoy some water rides and other dry-land activities.

The theme park has five different zones – Extreme Park, Amusement Park, water park, Scream Park, and Wildlife Park.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 18:00 every weekday; 10:00 18:00 during the weekend
Location: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Address: No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, 46150 Tel: +603 5635 8000

Nasi Limak

Nasi Limak one of Malaysia’s popular dish

Jalan Alor

One of the most popular streets in Kuala Lumpur for food. The place is loaded with Seafood restaurants and hawker stalls.

The most convenient way to get there is through a monorail: alight at the Bukit Bintang stop and proceed north along Jalan Bukit Bintang.

Location: Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur (it is behind Jalan Bukit Bintang)


Putra Mosque located approximately  45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur; one of the most distictive landmarks of  Putrajaya

Kuala Lumpur List of Hotels  (Budget Hotels are included in the list)

Ceria Hotel Bukit Bintang
270 Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Bukit Bintang, KL

City Comfort Hotel Bukit Bintang
22 Lorong Thambi 2, Off Changkat Thambi Dollah, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 55100

City Central Hotel @ KL Sentral
No 80 & 82 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfield KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KL Sentral

Citin Seacare Pudu by Compass Hospitality
38 Jalan Pudu, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur
13-15 Leboh Ampang, Chinatown, KL

Euro Life Hotel @ KL Sentral
65 Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfield Kl Sentral, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50470

Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang
136, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah,, Bukit Bintang, KL

Gold 3 Boutique Hotel 
Lot B5, 1 Floor, KL Plaza Block B, 179, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 55100

Hotel Maluri
1 Jalan Permaisuri, Taman Maluri, Cheras, Pudu, KL

Hotel Sentral Pudu
No. 310 Jalan Pudu, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 55100 agoda

Hotel Summer View
165, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Off Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4, Brickfields, KL Sentral, KL

Hotel GEO
No 7, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50050

Izumi Hotel Bukit Bintang
No 85, Jalan Berangan, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, KL

Metro Hotel @ KL Sentral
No. 3, Jalan Thambypillai, Brickfields, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50470

Nu Hotel @ KL Sentral
No 37 Jalan Thambypillai, KL Sentral, KL, 50470

Pacific Express Hotel Central Market
Jalan Hang Kasturi, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50050

Prescott Hotel Kuala Lumpur Sentral
No.10, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, KL Sentral, KL, 50470

The 5 Elements Hotel
Lot 243 Jalan Sultan, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50000

The Grand Campbell Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Ground Floor, Campbell Complex, 98, Jalan Dang Wangi, Golden Triangle, KL, Malaysia, 50100

The Hulo Hotel & Gallery
196, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia, 55100

The Regency Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5th Floor, No 3 Jalan Raja Alang, Chowkit / Putra WTC, KL, Malaysia, 50300

Pacific Express Hotel Central Market
Jalan Hang Kasturi, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50050

Prescott Hotel Kuala Lumpur Sentral
No.10, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, KL Sentral, KL, Malaysia, 50470

Summer Suites Residences 
Mercu Summer Suites,B-11-17, Jalan Cendana, Off Jalan Sultan Ismail, KLCC, Malaysia, 50250

Swiss-Garden Hotel Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur
117 Jalan Pudu, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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  1. wow, another epic post, Jojo. your such an admirable blogger and you deserve every inch of all your accolades. Hope to see more destinations on this blog, you know this is where I go each time we plan for our travel. Kudos!!!

  2. Inspiring as always Jojo. Thank you. I am just amazed on where you are getting that never-ending energy and gusto for travel.

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