Kuala Lumpur (or “KL,” as the locals say) is the capital of Malaysia. The days when it all began as mud flats and tin deposits (in the 1850's) seem unimaginable compared to it's current state. You will find many traces of history in the beautifully preserved architecture. Today, Kuala Lumpur is the International Garden City of Lights where shoppers are spoiled for choices. From street vendors to luxurious boutiques, connoisseurs broaden their palates, party animals find sanctuaries, and naturists are wowed. Whoever you are, this vibrant, multicultural city awaits with endless offers.

Facts

Population

1.6 Million

Currency

1 Ringgit Malaysia (MYR) = 100 sen (cents)

Opening hours

Banks: Monday-Friday 10.00 -15.00, Saturday 9.30 -11.30 Shops: Daily 10.00-22.00 Museums, galleries and parks: Daily 9.00-17.00

Newspapers

New Straits Times Press The Star Papers Faces Magazine

Tourist information

Malaysia Tourist Information Counter (MATIC) 109 Jalan Ampang 50450, Kuala Lumpur +60 3 9235 4800 / +60 3 9235 4848 Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7.30-17.30 Information Counter: Daily 8.00-22.00

Travel to Kuala Lumpur

Book your flights to Kuala Lumpur with Etihad Airways and experience this eclectic gem in the heart of Malaysia where the Klang and Gombak Rivers meet.

Top 5 things to do in Kuala Lumpur

  • Marvel at the intimidating feat of engineering that are the Petronas Twin Towers. At a height of 451.9m, this gleaming structure of glass and steel is the tallest twin building in the world
  • Experience the vivaciousness of the Central Market and its many colourful stalls and wares
  • Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip on the mighty Klang River
  • Enjoy the tranquillity of the Lake Gardens and try to spot the 3000 different species of orchids that thrive there
  • Challenge your will with a bungee jump from the 345 meter KL Tower, or indulge in a sumptuous meal in its world-famous revolving restaurant

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

From the backstreet stalls of Petaling Street to the huge malls that line Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s dream. Whether you are in town for a couple of weeks or only a few days, there is no escaping the shops in Kuala Lumpur.

Jalan Bukit Bintang is the most popular shopping district in the city, and is home to a large number of malls to suit your every whim. Star Gallery is an upscale mall, specialising in luxury brands and designer jewellery, while the stalls in Sungei Wang (also known as BB Plaza), overflow with fresh produce and avant-garde clothing, and are the most popular among locals.

Once you have shopped until your heart is content, hop on the monorail which runs from KL Sentral, through Chinatown, Times Square, Bukit Bintang, Bukit Nanas, round to Chow Kit, for some classic Kuala Lumpur sightseeing.

Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a multiethnic city boasting a wide array of delicious dining options inspired by cuisines from around the world. European, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Malaysian are just a few of the culinary influencers.

Chinatown is best known for its street food, while Jalon Alor, located in the Bukit Bintang area, is famous for its hawker stalls. For shellfish and seafood, visit Ikan Panggang, to sample fresh, made-to-order meals and snacks.

Visit Kuala Lumpur and discover fine eateries of all standards dotted all over the city. From side-walk stalls to top-notch restaurants, your taste buds will be tempted every step of the way. 

Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur

After-dark Kuala Lumpur is always vibrant. With so many places to see, and be seen in, you will be wondering where to start.

You can begin by catching a performance at the Istana Budaya National Theatre, the first of its kind in Malaysia, dine among the stars at a beach club, or test your vocal chords at a karaoke bar.  Then end your evening picking up a bargain at Chinatown night market, or dancing the night away at Bintang Walk, Kuala Lumpur’s popular nightspot.

Plan your Kuala Lumpur holiday

Kuala Lumpur manages to blend a diverse and rich cultural history with modern day advances with ease. The towering skyscrapers are situated alongside ancient temples in this vibrant city. Its many festivals and the yearly Malaysian Grand Prix further enhance the feeling of this city as the streets come alive with colour and sound. The Flora Festival which is held every year in July allows tourists to take part in an international photography competition of the city’s numerous and stunning gardens and the Kuala Lumpur Shopping Carnival in June is an excellent time to shop as prices all over the city drop.

The city of Kuala Lumpur really is a tourist destination for all seasons. The average temperature is 30 degrees year round. December until February is known as the rainy season but if a little rain does not bother you, it is beautiful this time of year as well. Cheap hotels in Kuala Lumpur are hard to come by so do your research. If you are planning to visit for the Malaysian Grand Prix, book your tickets to Kuala Lumpur early. Flight deals to Kuala Lumpur are available under the ‘deals’ section of the Etihad website.

Book your flights to Kuala Lumpur today

Kuala Lumpur is the ideal holiday destination offering the perfect fusion of traditional touches and modernity, all set amid awe-inspiring surroundings. For affordable tickets, Etihad Airways is always a great choice. Benefit from fantastic fares on flights to Kuala Lumpur, with regular flights heading out weekly. You can also take advantage of Etihad Airways’ baggage allowance on all flights to Kuala Lumpur. 

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