Quick Guide to Kuala Lumpur

How to get there

From the airport you can take a taxi for about £14 each way or a train from the airport into KL Sentral (on the KILA Ekspres) for about £20 return.

Where to stay

There is lots of choice in KL to cover every budget but we loved:

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Hotel room at the Hilton in Kuala Lumpur with a king sized bed dressed in white linen.

Situated near to the train station where you will arrive if you get the train from the airport into the centre and so ideally located for a quick stop in KL.

We love the modern rooms where the bathroom flows into the bedroom and it’s also very quiet.

Shangri La Kuala Lumpur

Lounge at the Shangri La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur with a 6 tiered funnel chandelier.

More centrally located than the Hilton and just minutes away from the Petronas Towers. It is also close to the monorail that runs through the city and so very easy to get around.

We love the luxurious feel to every part of this hotel; make sure you have an evening drink in the bar listening to the pianist.

What to do

Get yourself a good guide book and plan your trip well. For example, it will help you identify the opening days and hours of attractions.  We really like the DK guides but choose one you like and are familiar with.

Some of our top attractions include:

  • Petronas Towers – book online in advance
  • Batu Caves – a love or hate thing but very cheap to get to from KL Sentral station (about 75p return)
large gold statute at the foot of the steep steps heading into the Batu Caves.
  • Merdeka Square – a general walk around here and you will find the world’s tallest flagpole, the city gallery, the Sultan Abdul Samad building and some quaint British styled buildings.
  • Masjid Jamek Mosque – wonderful volunteers made this an exceptionally welcoming and interesting place to visit. If you’re not covering your arms and legs, you will need to borrow a robe with a hood.
Central mosque in Kuala Lumpur in the foreground set against the background of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
  • Don’t forget a walk around China Town and if you can, find and visit Sze Ya Temple, our favourite!

If your trip is part of a stop-over, Wonderful Malaysia provides lots of helpful hints.

Where to eat

You can’t go to KL without a trip to Jalan Alor.  This is a bustling street with a feast of options to satisfy your stomach.  Have a look at this list of foods to try and see how many you can get through!

Very packed street full of food stalls and with lights strung across the street coloured red, yellow and orange.

See our photo album HERE

Quick Guide to Kuala Lumpur
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