Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide and Itinerary

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The Malaysian capital is a gateway to exploring all that the country has to offer, but it’s also a destination worth taking the time to discover on its own. 

About Kuala Lumpur

The origins of its name might not be all that glamorous kuala lumpur means “muddy confluence” in Malay, referring to the city’s location at the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers but Kuala Lumpur, or KL, is a city that rises to the occasion in all quarters. It is a place where the past and the present co-exist, where diverse culture is embraced and where a lively food and drink scene is a part of everyday life.  

History can be found at every corner in downtown KL. Merdeka Square, the place where Malaysia’s independence was affirmed with the lowering of the British flag in August 1957, is located right next to the city’s eponymous muddy confluence, which in turn is the site of Masjid Jamek, among the city’s oldest mosques. Chinatown, centered on Jalan Petaling, is just a short walk away. Good food is never far away either, whether you’re seeking out hawker delights or fine dining. 


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And wherever you go in the city, there’s a good chance that you’ll get a view of the Petronas Twin Towers. While they’re no longer be the tallest buildings in the world, they remain a potent symbol of Malaysia’s rise to prosperity. 

You can plan a trip to Kuala Lumpur throughout the year, though visiting during the dry season from November to March will mean not having to lug around rain gear. Regardless of the season, dress light as hot and humid is the default here 

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Highlights for the Traveler 

There’s a stunning green lung right in the middle of KL the Perdana Botanical Garden. Established in 1888, the park is home to forest trees, fruit trees and gardens focusing on herbs and spices, hibiscus varieties including the bunga raya, the national flower of Malaysia and cycads. A morning walk here makes for the perfect start to the day. 

KL is also where you’ll find Southeast Asia’s largest museum dedicated to Islamic art the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM). In its expansive galleries, you’ll travel across the Islamic world through its jewelry, coins and seals, arms and armor, textiles, manuscripts, architecture, metalwork, woodwork, ceramics and more. There are also galleries dedicated to the Malay world, India and China. Additionally, the museum hosts special exhibitions, such as the “An Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy”, which ran in early 2020.  

For a place that has a little bit of everything, look no further than the district of Bukit Bintang. If it’s shopping you seek, then malls like Sungei Wang Plaza, Low Yat Plaza and Pavilion will provide that retail therapy. If you’re looking to try some of KL’s famed street food, then make a beeline for Jalan Alor, where satay, char kway teow (stir-fried noodles) and barbecued seafood are just the beginning. Then, if you’re looking to live it up a little, head to Changkat Bukit Bintang, a strip of bars, restaurants and nightclubs where you can party the night away. 

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