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Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Things to do in  Kuala Lumpur

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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Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon

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The sprawling 88-acre (36-hectare) Sunway Lagoon ranks among Southeast Asia’s biggest theme parks and boasts rides, water slides, a man-made beach, a wildlife park, and Malaysia’s first surf simulator. It’s one of Kuala Lumpur’s top family attractions, offering activities that will suit kids of all ages.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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Putrajaya

Putrajaya

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Kuala Lumpur may be the capital of Malaysia, but Putrajaya, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away, is the nation’s seat of government. A planned city laid out in the mid-1990s, its grandiose buildings, manicured gardens, and space-age architecture spread out around an artificial lake.More
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Kuala Selangor Fireflies (Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park)

Kuala Selangor Fireflies (Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park)

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Bask in the bioluminescence of thousands of fireflies as they do their mating dance around the berembang trees along the Selangor River at Malaysia’s Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park, in Kuala Selangor. Each species of firefly has a different light pattern and together, as they swarm around their chosen branches, they create a symphony of light in the mangrove swamps—one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular displays.More
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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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Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park

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Encompassing 1,677 square miles (4,343 square kilometers) of lush tropical rain forest, Taman Negara is the largest national park in peninsular Malaysia, famous for its rich biodiversity. Sprawling through the peaks and valleys of the Titiwangsa Mountains, it’s one of the oldest rain forests in the world.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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Aquaria KLCC

Aquaria KLCC

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Located beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Aquaria KLCC is home to more than 5,000 aquatic and marine animals from more than 150 species. The 60,000-square-foot (5,574-square-meter) aquarium exhibits flora and fauna from around Malaysia and from areas across the world.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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National Museum

National Museum

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Housed in a beautiful Minangkabau-style building in Kuala Lumpur, the National Museum (Muzium Negara) details Malaysia’s rich history and diverse cultural heritage. Spanning the prehistoric age to present day, four distinctive galleries exhibit fascinating artifacts such as Palaeolithic-era tools thought to be more than 200,000 years old.More

Trip ideas

Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

Tea Plantation Tours from Kuala Lumpur

How to Spend 2 Days in Kuala Lumpur

How to Spend 2 Days in Kuala Lumpur

Top Attractions for Nature Lovers in Kuala Lumpur

Top Attractions for Nature Lovers in Kuala Lumpur

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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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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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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This was a worthwhile way to see the...
Paul M, Aug 2017
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Batu Caves
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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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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Wonderful and fun photography tour of KL
Christina_H, 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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Very nice tour
Nancy_L, 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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This dual tour is the best value for...
Joslyn G, Jul 2017
Skip the Line: Petronas Twin Towers & Kuala Lumpur Tower Observation Deck Ticket
This dual tour is the best value for money to see Kuala Lumpur from above.
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This afternoon tour is actually an 8...
Paul C, Aug 2017
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
We got some great insights into Kuala Lumpur and he was even able to assist with our daughter who had to miss the tour with sickness - he arranged for is Medical Doctor son-in-law to visit and he was a brilliant help!
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Our driver/guide RIDZUAN arrived at...
Priska S, Nov 2017
Private Full Day Tour : Kuala Lumpur City & Shopping with Lunch
First he told us, what we could visit and see and we decided which places to visit and he was very flexible und adapted whenever we got new questions and ideas.
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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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The Batu Cave portion of this tour...
Max C, May 2018
4 in 1 Day Tour Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Batu Caves
We did get to see Independence Square, and walk around the various buildings that surround it, as well as the junction of the two rivers that were the impetus for the founding of Kuala Lumpur.
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I've had many city tours over the...
Debra_H, Aug 2016
Skip The Line Petronas Twin Towers Tickets & Top Ten Wonder of Kuala Lumpur Tour
Very stress-free, excellent value for money and I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to see the main attractions in Kuala Lumpur on a limited timescale.
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Hi, The Fireflies Boat Ride...
William B, Jan 2016
Kuala Selangor Tour from Kuala Lumpur with Fireflies Boat Ride and Seafood Dinner
On our way to Selangor we stopped at a place to see and feed little monkies on the road.
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Ganesh, our guide on this tour, was...
Brian M, Jan 2018
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
This was a nice touch as we are not spring chickens but do keep ourselves relatively fit.
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Our tour guide, Mr Bakshi, was so...
Refaat G, Mar 2018
Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour
The tour included all the sites which we wanted to see except the National Monument which was excluded in our tour.

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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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