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.
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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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Kuala Lumpur One Day City Tour
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Suburbs of Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour
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At 452 metres high, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur's heart offer a neck-straining sight.
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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“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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, 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.
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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