Kuala Lumpur has dramatically grown over the last century into a modern bustling city, whilst retaining historical character and local vibrant colour. Merdeka Square, the traditional heart of the city, is the location of many buildings of historical interest such as the Royal Selangor Club, where the city's elite meet, whilst Chinatown is a crowded colourful experience overflowing with shops, activity and noise.
In contrast, The Golden Triangle is a small city in itself, where the tallest building in the world, the Twin Petronas Towers, dominates the skyline and entertainment and luxury hotels all add a modern blend to the top developing commercial cities in the world.
This small concrete jungle of sky-scrapers, six-lane highways and colonial architecture, that's silhouetted by greenery, holds not just an epic of shops, but an abundance of restaurants too. Wine and dine in the sophisticated metropolitan area, or even taste food that is inspired from all across the continent by a street side hawker, as you lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city.
When to go to Kuala Lumpur
Weather variance isn’t significant in the Malaysian capital, making it suitable all year round. However, May through July is generally the least rainy time to visit.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur’s Mandarin Oriental is surely the best-placed hotel in the city; adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers. As you can well imagine this means that views from the rooms and suites are excellent, as is the vista from the luxurious infinity edge swimming pool. As well as the towers you’ll also find the Suria KLCC - the capital’s premier shopping spot - next-door to the hotel.
What to do in Kuala Lumpur
The Malaysian capital has plenty to offer. Those wanting a cultural taste of the city will be welcomed into many of the country’s national museums and galleries. A visit up the Petronas Twin Towers is a must for all visitors - advance tickets will save queuing time - and in the evening head to the trendy Bintang Walk with its cafes, restaurants and street entertainment.
Kuala Lumpur Holidays Fact File
HIGH SEASON March - October
FLIGHT DURATION 12 hours 25 minutes
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS Malaysia Airlines flies direct from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur and onwards throughout Malaysia. Singapore Airlines flies from London Heathrow and Manchester with onward connections throughout Malaysia via Singapore
DIRECT FLIGHTS Yes
COUNTRY COMBINATIONS Singapore, Bali, Hong Kong, Thailand