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Kuala Lumpur holidays will give you an exciting blend of the old and new in Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital city. Soaring skyscrapers and some of the world’s tallest buildings pepper the skyline, while on the ground the atmosphere is permanently buzzing at shiny shopping centres, sacred temples and bustling night markets.

Kuala Lumpur is certainly a multicultural city, with the Malay, Indian, Chinese and Muslim populations all living harmoniously in this diverse capital. Spend days admiring colonial buildings and intricate mosques, stopping for street food and sampling local dishes like Indian style flatbread dipped in spicy lentils. For a dose of tranquillity, go walking, cycling or horse riding in Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, before immersing yourself in culture at the National Museum.

Kuala Lumpur holidays: a comprehensive shopping scene

From atmospheric street markets to high end fashion, Kuala Lumpur has everything if you’re looking to go shopping and pick up some unique fashion and homewares. Central Market is a handicraft emporium where you can pick up Malaysian batik prints and local artefacts. Don’t miss out on the food court on the second floor, where you’ll find traditional dishes as well as fast food. At the upmarket Suria KLCC, a spectacular modern mall, there’s enough to keep you busy for a whole day – shop, dine then watch a film at the movie theatre.

Our selection of Kuala Lumpur hotels combine modern comfort with traditional charm and great menus. At the Shangri-La, you can relax in the swimming pools, have a game of tennis and chill out in the impressive gardens – all just five minutes from the Petronas Towers. After a day of sightseeing, the rooftop bar at Hotel Stripes is the perfect spot for sipping a fruity cocktail as you absorb views over downtown Kuala Lumpur. With all this activity, perhaps you’ll choose to combine your Kuala Lumpur holiday with a stay on a nearby palm-fringed island. We’re happy to arrange your chosen multi-centre itinerary, taking in other locations in Malaysia, or other countries like Thailand or Indonesia.

Destination Highlights

  • Glide up 86 floors and enjoy impressive panoramic views at Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers at 452 metres
  • Visit Kuala Lumpur Tower and marvel at the city’s spectacular skyline from the Sky Deck
  • Admire idols, statues and limestone features at Batu Caves, a 100 year old Hindu temple
  • Devour delicious dishes, including pork dumplings, rabbit satay, and charcoal roasted duck at one of the many street food stalls

Great sample itineraries


Kuala Lumpur is a springboard for other Malaysian destinations, including island idyll Pangkor Laut or food capital Penang. We can also design a multicentre holiday incorporating neighbouring Thailand or laid-back Bali. With so many options for your Kuala Lumpur holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.

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Singapore Bali And Kuala Lumpur Holiday

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £1,899 PP
Kuala Lumpur is a diverse city teeming with soaring skyscrapers, including the famous Petronas Towers, sacred mosques and plentiful shopping...
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Kuala Lumpur And Borneo Holiday

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £1,999 PP
For a diverse and exciting multi centre holiday in Malaysia, we’ve created a trip which includes city sights, wildlife adventure...
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Multi centre holidays
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Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor Laut and Penang Multi Centre

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £2,099 PP
Kuala Lumpur is an ever-changing city, from the soaring skyscrapers to the colonial buildings, exotic temples and ornate Mosques, this...
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Solo holidays
Thean Hou Temple Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur and Koh Samui Multi Centre

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,399 PP
Why not mix things up with a visit to Thailand and Malaysia. Start your adventure in Koh Samui a cosmopolitan melting...
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Cultural holidays

Our favorite hotels


Our impressive selection of Kuala Lumpur hotels aims to help you make the most of your Malaysia trip. Enjoy a luxurious stay spent enjoying rooftop bars, spas and top restaurants. Browse our favourite places to stay in Kuala Lumpur - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.

RuMa Infinity Pool
Malaysia

The RuMa

Located on the edge of Bukit Bintang, a lively entertainment and shopping district home to modern malls such as The...
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Guide Price £999
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Kuala Lumpur

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Sophisticated and colonial, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is rich in heritage and luxurious providing a perfect mix of old...
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Guide Price £1,099
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Man Tao
Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Stripes

With a distinctive vibe, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur offers luxurious and contemporary accommodation, perfect for your stay in the city. All...
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Guide Price £1,099
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Kuala Lumpur

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

It’s new and it’s stunning. Opened in July 2018, this is the very first Banyan Tree hotel in Malaysia. It...
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Guide Price £1,199
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Explore Kuala Lumpur

Time Zone

GMT+8

Flight Time

Direct flights from London are around 13 hours

Currency

MYR - Malaysian Ringgit

Visa Information

British Passport holders do not require a visa to enter Malaysia for stays of up to 30 days.

Language

Malay and English are official languages. English is widely spoken in KL

Kuala Lumpur at night

Kuala Lumpur One Day City Tour

Despite the vast growth, Kuala Lumpur managed to keep its charm, with a skyline that blends the old and new....
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
Jonker Street

Malacca City Tour From Kuala Lumpur

Located two hours away from Kuala Lumpur is Malacca, the place where the nation was born, where the past and present...
  • PRICE: From £42 per person
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
Batik art

Suburbs of Kuala Lumpur

This journey will take you towards the eastern suburb of the city. Highlights include a visit to Royal Selangor Pewter...
  • PRICE: From £18 per person
Fireflies

Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Kuala Selangor, a small village known for its natural heritage...
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
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Kuala Lumpur Street Food Tour

You are what you eat and what better way to see how it applies to KL-ites than by getting to...
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
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Kuala Lumpur Night Tour

Kuala Lumpur comes alive after sunset. In the evening, the city lights up while skyscrapers enhance the night scene living...
  • PRICE: From £45 per person
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Towers

At 452 metres high, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur's heart offer a neck-straining sight.

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Magnificent Mosques

Kuala Lumpur's historic mosques are just as striking as the futuristic skyscrapers they rub shoulders with, and are a huge part of Malaysian culture within the city.

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Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
32° C
40 mm
Bali
30° C
350 mm
Borneo
29° C
15 mm
Langkawi
32° C
40 mm
Penang
32° C
82 mm
Singapore
26° C
238 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
33° C
30 mm
Bali
30° C
294 mm
Borneo
29° C
14 mm
Langkawi
33° C
38 mm
Penang
33° C
87 mm
Singapore
27° C
165 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
34° C
40 mm
Bali
30° C
200 mm
Borneo
30° C
13 mm
Langkawi
34° C
91 mm
Penang
33° C
136 mm
Singapore
27° C
174 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
33° C
150 mm
Bali
30° C
94 mm
Borneo
30° C
15 mm
Langkawi
33° C
187 mm
Penang
33° C
189 mm
Singapore
27° C
166 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
32° C
200 mm
Bali
29° C
70 mm
Borneo
31° C
13 mm
Langkawi
32° C
291 mm
Penang
32° C
245 mm
Singapore
27° C
171 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
32° C
240 mm
Bali
29° C
63 mm
Borneo
31° C
13 mm
Langkawi
31° C
279 mm
Penang
32° C
189 mm
Singapore
27° C
163 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
300 mm
Bali
28° C
50 mm
Borneo
30° C
12 mm
Langkawi
31° C
280 mm
Penang
32° C
205 mm
Singapore
27° C
150 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
260 mm
Bali
28° C
24 mm
Borneo
31° C
11 mm
Langkawi
31° C
305 mm
Penang
32° C
238 mm
Singapore
27° C
171 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
30° C
400 mm
Bali
29° C
30 mm
Borneo
31° C
11 mm
Langkawi
31° C
380 mm
Penang
31° C
335 mm
Singapore
27° C
163 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
280 mm
Bali
30° C
90 mm
Borneo
30° C
9 mm
Langkawi
31° C
370 mm
Penang
32° C
398 mm
Singapore
27° C
191 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
200 mm
Bali
30° C
160 mm
Borneo
30° C
9 mm
Langkawi
31° C
222 mm
Penang
31° C
260 mm
Singapore
26° C
250 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
60 mm
Bali
30° C
300 mm
Borneo
29° C
12 mm
Langkawi
31° C
70 mm
Penang
32° C
136 mm
Singapore
26° C
269 mm
Barbara, Destination Specialist

“Don't miss visiting Batu Caves - one of the most popular Tamil shrines outside India. Batu Caves is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is the focal point of the Hindu festival, Thaipusam, in Malaysia, when devotees climb its 272 steps and sometimes pierce their skin with metal hooks.”

Barbara
Destination Specialist
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“Visit the Twin Towers and get a bird’s-eye-view of Kuala Lumpur city. The Skybridge on the 41st floor connects the two towers.”

Karen
Destination Executive

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Kuala Lumpur holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

Thaipusam

Usually held at the end of January, the frenetic Hindu festival of Thaipusam attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and devotees to Kuala Lumpur each year. Expect chanting, drumming and even spikes being driven into devotees’ flesh. A procession of glowing chariots sets off the night before at the city centre’s Sri Mariamman Temple. Arriving at Batu Caves in the early hours of the next day, followers say prayers to Lord Murugan at his shrine. An eight hour celebration then begins – although this is often still going on three days later.

Eidil Fitr

The Muslim holiday of Eidil Fitr in late May or early June marks the end of a month of fasting for Ramadan. Unlike in other parts of the world, Eidil Fitr celebrations last up to a month in Malaysia. On the first day, followers don their finest traditional clothes for a visit to their mosque to perform Eid prayers, then settle down to huge lavish feasts prepared the previous day. Dishes include compressed rice cakes, meat cooked in spices and coconut milk and cookies. Many households in Kuala Lumpur hold ‘open houses’, inviting guests of all cultures, religions and backgrounds into their home to enjoy good food.

Diwali

Diwali, the Hindu festival of light is held over five days in late October or early November. in Kuala Lumpur, you'll see lavish floral decorations and fireworks and have a chance to feast on spectacular Indian dishes. Head to Little India Brickfields during the week leading up to the festival to observe locals busily shopping for spices, traditional dress and religious items. Admire wonderful light displays at shopping malls as well as kolam, which are intricate floor designs made with coloured powder and rice. They typically feature flowers and animals like peacocks and elephants.

Christmas

In December, expect wow-factor decorations in and around the shopping centres, where events and shows are put on during the festivities. This Christian festival is celebrated on 24th December in Malaysia. As the clock strikes 12 on that day, huge firework displays are carried out around the city, with many securing their viewing spot much earlier in the day. Lots of restaurants offer reduced prices on Christmas Eve as there’s so much competition for customers.

Chinese New Year

The huge festival of Chinese New Year starts in late January or February. Kuala Lumpur is adorned with beautiful paper lanterns and oranges, a symbol of prosperity and good luck. Head to Chinatown, Old Klang Road/Kuchai Lama to immerse yourself in the atmosphere during this 15 day period. Local traditions include the tossing of Yee Sang, a raw fish salad, and steam boat dinners where raw ingredients are cooked in a shared pot of hot soup. Expect to see firework displays at this time, as well as dancing dragons and extravagant light decorations.

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