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Kuala Lumpur – mining village to modern metropolis

Book flights to Kuala Lumpur to experience Malaysia’s eclectic capital. It’s a city dominated by the flickering spires of the giant Petronas Towers – where you’ll find modern mega-malls and shopping districts sitting alongside ancient temples and regal colonial architecture.

thean hou temple in kuala lumpur

KL, as it’s known locally, has grown massively since starting life as a tin-mining village in the Klang Valley. See the sprawling city in all its glory from the observation deck of the KL Tower or take a stroll in the sky across the Petronas Towers walkway.

Dive into the city’s beating heart, its Old Town, to explore markets and street food vendors, as well as British-era influenced governmental buildings.

Head to Bukit Bintang for fantastic shopping or explore the wondrous Batu Caves, a Hindu temple inside an expansive carved-out limestone hill. Prayers and music reverberate around the walls of this religious marvel as fresh rainwater drips from the ceiling.

Book flight tickets to Kuala Lumpur with Etihad Airways and prepare to uncover the culture, history and much more of this effervescent Asian capital.

What's the weather like in Kuala Lumpur?

What's the weather like in Kuala Lumpur?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

27°C

15cm

FEB

27°C

15cm

MAR

27°C

22cm

APR

27°C

27cm

MAY

28°C

20cm

JUN

28°C

13cm

JUL

27°C

13cm

AUG

27°C

15cm

SEP

27°C

19cm

OCT

27°C

27cm

NOV

27°C

28cm

DEC

27°C

23cm

Kuala Lumpur has a year-round tropical climate. The driest months in Kuala Lumpur are at the start of the year or between June and August.

The weather is consistently hot and humid and rainstorms can be frequent, though they mostly occur in the afternoons and early evenings.

Reasons to visit Kuala Lumpur

petronas towers in kuala lumpur skyline

Admire the Petronas Towers

The dual spires of the Petronas Towers are the iconic symbols of Kuala Lumpur. Standing at almost 1,500 feet tall, they were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004.

An architectural wonder, the towers are home to a philharmonic concert hall, a vast shopping mall and the regional offices of many of the world’s most recognisable brands.

Head to the Skybridge on the 41st floor for stunning views of KL – and be sure to visit the towers at night to see them illuminated in a dazzling light show.

statue of lord murugan at batu caves in kuala lumpur

Explore the Batu Caves

The Batu Caves are a marvellous example of man and nature working in unison. Inside the network of limestone caves – just north of Kuala Lumpur – is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Tamil God Murugan.

The entrance to the cave network is dominated by the imposing Lord Murugan Statue. You’ll climb 272 steps as part of your pilgrimage to the cave entrance.

Inside, the roof of the cave looms high above, as monks and other worshippers stroll between the interior temples. A truly spiritual experience, it’s one not to be missed.

dumplings being cooked in a steamer

Shop and eat at Bukit Bintang

For a little retail therapy, head to Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s premier shopping district. Home to all things fashion and entertainment, the flashing advertising boards, mega-malls and upmarket shops in this inner-city district are reminiscent of New York’s Times Square.

There are plenty of food options here too, with local and international chains all jostling for attention. You’ll find upmarket hotels and plenty of vibrant nightlife spots too.

A walk through Bukit Bintang to the west will bring you to Petaling Street, home of the city’s Chinatown district. This is brimming with Szechuan and Cantonese restaurants, unique stalls and street traders.

Things to know before you fly to Kuala Lumpur

plane Airport transfers

Once your flight to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) has landed, it’s a short journey into the centre of the city. You can pre-book your airport transfer with Etihad to have your driver waiting for you on arrival.

Other options include the KLIA Express train, which runs at regular intervals. Buses and taxis are also available.

meals Local cuisine

Malaysian food is known the world over for its bold flavours, a treat for the taste buds with plenty of vegetarian options too.

Try nasi lemak – meat or fish combined with a spicy sauce, hard-boiled egg, anchovies, peanuts and cucumber slices, all served with delicious coconut milk rice.

socket Plugs

Malaysia uses a type G, three-pin plug system. Standard voltage and frequency are 240V/50Hz.

Be sure to purchase an adaptor should you need one before you fly to Kuala Lumpur.

bus Getting around

Central KL is compact enough to explore on foot, but if the humidity is high make use of the monorail, light rail transit and city buses. KTM Komuter trains serve the suburbs. Load a Touch ‘n Go card with credit to use all four systems interchangeably.

Flying to Kuala Lumpur: FAQs

Where should I stay in Kuala Lumpur?

Central Bukit Bintang is always lively with shoppers, tourists and locals. Many of the city’s finest hotels are located here (and budget options are also available) plus you’ll have the pick of great shopping and dining options. Staying near KL Sentral gives you good access to the city’s main transport hub, while Changkat is good for nightlife.

How many days should I spend in Kuala Lumpur?

As part of a longer Malaysian holiday, or for a stopover, three to four days should be enough to see the major sights, do some shopping and enjoy a food tour. If KL is your principal destination, you could easily fill a week with activities in the city and a couple of day trips.

Are there any major festivals and celebrations in Kuala Lumpur?

Thaipusam is vast festival at the start of the calendar year in Malaysia where you’ll see colourful celebrations, especially at Batu Caves. Visit during Hari Raya Aidilfitri and feast on delicious Malay cuisine.

Why we love Kuala Lumpur

"You never get tired of shopping and eating out when you’re in KL, and there’s always somewhere new to try. The city has an iconic city skyline and a fascinating blend of ancient and modern. The Hindu temples at Batu Caves are well worth a visit – go during Thaipusam Festival for an unforgettable experience.”

The best of Kuala Lumpur

With so much to see and do once you’re there, it’s important to do some research before your flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Our online magazine, Atlas, is the perfect guide to the best of the city – from picking out the most authentic eateries to taking a look at the best places to stay.

Full of fascinating insight, you’ll find stories about the past, present and future, along with handy tips to help you make the most of your trip and suggestions for great places to explore nearby.

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Weather in Kuala Lumpur

28 °C
Sunday29 Mar 2020
32 °C
Monday30 Mar 2020
35 °C
Tuesday31 Mar 2020
33 °C
Wednesday1 Apr 2020
32 °C
Thursday2 Apr 2020
32 °C
Friday3 Apr 2020
31 °C
Saturday4 Apr 2020
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