Kuala Lumpur Holidays

A culturally rich city with a futuristic silver skyline, Kuala Lumpur is firmly on the travel map thanks to its sky-high landmarks, famous street eats and luxury shops.

Malaysia’s national capital Kuala Lumpur is a glittering mega-city full of verve. Alongside a fantastic mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese influences, it’s got luxury shopping malls, glassy skyscrapers and plenty of greenery. Go from sky-high views at Petronas Towers to letting the kids run wild at KLCC Park. Get a heady hit of hibiscus in Perdana Botanical Garden and order Chinese beer cocktails on a rooftop terrace. Kuala Lumpur’s booming street food scene is legendary. Head to Jalan Alor and Petaling Street in the Bukit Bintang neighbourhood for nasi lemak, lok lok and curry noodles at the famous hawker stalls and restaurants.

Rich expressions of culture and religion are found throughout the city from the Hindu temple of Sri Mahamariamman and the Moorish-style Jamek Mosque to Dataran Medeka’s colonial heritage trail. Visit Menara’s 1,380-foot-high observation deck at sunset and soak it all up.

Why not combine a cultural city jaunt with a breathtaking wildlife adventure in Borneo or a tropical beach holiday in Bali? Talk to us today and let’s create your tailormade Kuala Lumpur holiday.

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Kuala Lumpur Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

In a prime city location with spectacular Petronas Towers views, Traders Hotel is convenient, com...

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

A favourite choice in Kuala Lumpur, with award-winning dining and an outdoor pool.

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Luxury touches and colonial charm on a national heritage site overlooking the iconic Moorish Revi...

Kuala Lumpur Highlights in Half a Day

Take to two wheels and immerse yourself in Kuala Lumpur’s rich cultural landscape. On this leisurely bike tour, you’ll cycle around the city’s inner and outer districts, taking in the harmonious landscape of temples, mosques and other cultural influences. See the colonial-era architecture around Merdeka Square close to the Klang River, where Malaysian independence was declared in 1957, and head to lively Chinatown to explore the buzzing markets. Visit Moorish-influenced Jamek Mosque – one of the city’s oldest mosques – and join locals going about their day at Central Market. Then venture north to Little India, with its colourful maze of jewellery and textile shops, and upmarket Bukit Bintang, which dazzles with its glitzy restaurants and designer malls. Keep your eyes peeled throughout to see how many times you can spot the iconic Petronas Twin Towers that tower over the city.

• Departing daily from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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The Art of Batik

Get creative with a batik class, where you’ll learn all about this traditional wax-resist dyeing technique. Batik uses wax resists to create beautiful patterns and you’ll see examples of this clever ancient technique in homes all around the world. In this class, you’ll experience how to fill in colours on a fabric that’s been pre-waxed with a batik pattern. Mix primary colours to create secondary colours and shade in the material for a special keepsake.

• Departing daily from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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Malaysian Cooking Class in Kuala Lumpur

Cooking classes are a fantastic way to delve deeper into the local culture and provide you with authentic recipes that can be shared for years to come. Home-cooked food is an important part of Malaysian life and you’ll get an insight into the culture and social structure of the country through its mealtimes. You’ll have plenty of help on hand as you whip up a selection of delicious dishes for an appetiser, main course and dessert. Enjoy tasting your creations and the bonus of not washing up.

• Departing Monday to Saturday from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Group experience

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Kuala Lumpur Street Food

Enjoy the flavours of Kuala Lumpur on this mouth-watering evening street food tour. Your driver will expertly zigzag through the city as you experience the sights, sounds and tastes after dark as a passenger on the back of a Vespa scooter. Hang out with the locals at the best foodie spots away from the tourist trail, visiting a Malaysian night market and heading down to Brickfields: a vibrant maze of shops and street food restaurants serving dosa pancakes and Indian curries. Sample everything from hokkien mee and satay to the towering roti tissue. Then you can head back to your hotel or carry on to a local night spot to watch a live band.

• Departing daily from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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Fireflies of Kuala Lumpur

Spend an evening in rural Malaysia to get an insight into local life outside of the city. Kuala Selangor is just an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, but daily life here takes on a different atmosphere. This small tranquil town is where the Selangor River meet the sea. It’s known for fishing and farming, and on a visit to the hilltop fortress of Bukit Melawati, you’ll get to look out over the Straits of Malacca. Seafood is a staple food here, so you’ll tuck into a Chinese-style local seafood dinner before the highlight of this experience: firefly watching. Climb on board a boat and head upstream, where you’ll see thousands of fireflies flickering like Christmas lights in the mangrove trees that line the riverbanks.

• Departing daily from Kuala Lumpur
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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Kuala Lumpur, Your Way

You decide how long you want your Kuala Lumpur tour to last and the places you want to see with a private driver to take you to the sights and offer expert commentary. This highly bespoke trip allows you to see the Mogul-style domes and modern skyscrapers, including the iconic Petronas Towers and visit the streets lined with food stalls shaded by banyan trees.

• Daily departures
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

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Batu Caves Tour

Your day begins with a visit to the Royal Selangor Pewter factory, where you’ll see the different processes involved in working with pewter, such as casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering, and engraving. Afterwards, you’ll briefly stop at the Batik Centre, a craft centre selling local handicrafts, before heading to the Batu Caves. This famous Hindu shrine features 272 colourful steps leading up to the site, which includes five limestone caves and several temples.

• Daily departures • Operates year-round • Private experience

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Get to know Kuala Lumpur and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT +8 hours


Malaysian Ringgit


13 hours


Majority Muslim; Buddhism, Hindu and Christianity


Malay (Bahasa Melayu)

Where is Kuala Lumpur?
Situated on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia approximately halfway between Penang and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur lies within the Klang Valley Basin and is part of the state of Selangor.

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City Centre
The colonial, economic and commercial heart of Kuala Lumpur lies in the City Centre and at the district’s core is Merdeka Square, the spot where the last British flag was lowered when Malaysia gained independence in 1957. To the west of the square, which is still surrounded by colonial-era buildings, are the picturesque Lake Gardens where visitors will find a deer park, orchid garden and planetarium as well as spot to enjoy a refreshing respite from the hustle and heat of the city.

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Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
The modern Kuala Lumpur City Centre (not to be confused with the more aforementioned City Centre) that sits in the so called ‘Golden Triangle’ portion of KL, is home to many of the city’s luxury hotels as well as the iconic Petronas Towers which dominate the city’s skyline. The towers are tallest twin structures on earth, rising up 88 storeys, or 452 metres, into the Malaysian skies. For a bird’s eye view of the streets, buildings and parks below, head to the Sky Bridge which connects the two towers at the 41st and 42nd floors, 175 metres above street level.

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Bukit Bintang
The main entertainment region of Bukit Bintang is the city’s premier shopping and entertainment district and is home to landmark shopping centre such as the colossal Pavillion Mall. The lively part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ which is centred around the street of Jalan Alor, plays host to a vast array of restaurants from inexpensive food stalls to award-winning restaurants – a real mixture of high-end and hawker.

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Chinese, Indian, and Malay traders line the vibrant Petaling Street, the main strip of Kuala Lumpur’s popular Chinatown district. Bargain hunters can peruse the stalls and haggle down prices while food lovers can sample dishes from the numerous restaurants and hawker stalls. The atmosphere is particularly special at night when crowds of locals and tourists gather to eat, drink tea, bargain and explore the narrow streets.

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