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Kuala Lumpur Holidays

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

Our favourite 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.

Unique RuMa Infinity Pool

The RuMa

Kuala Lumpur

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £999  pp

The RuMa

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,099  pp

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Man Tao

Hotel Stripes

Kuala Lumpur

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,099  pp

Hotel Stripes
a view of a city

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,199  pp

Banyan Tree 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
  • 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.

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
40mm
Bali
30ºC
350mm
Borneo
29ºC
15mm
Langkawi
32ºC
40mm
Penang
32ºC
82mm
Singapore
26ºC
238mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
33ºC
30mm
Bali
30ºC
294mm
Borneo
29ºC
14mm
Langkawi
33ºC
38mm
Penang
33ºC
87mm
Singapore
27ºC
165mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
34ºC
40mm
Bali
30ºC
200mm
Borneo
30ºC
13mm
Langkawi
34ºC
91mm
Penang
33ºC
136mm
Singapore
27ºC
174mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
33ºC
150mm
Bali
30ºC
94mm
Borneo
30ºC
15mm
Langkawi
33ºC
187mm
Penang
33ºC
189mm
Singapore
27ºC
166mm

Average weather in May

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
200mm
Bali
29ºC
70mm
Borneo
31ºC
13mm
Langkawi
32ºC
291mm
Penang
32ºC
245mm
Singapore
27ºC
171mm

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
240mm
Bali
29ºC
63mm
Borneo
31ºC
13mm
Langkawi
31ºC
279mm
Penang
32ºC
189mm
Singapore
27ºC
163mm

Average weather in July

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
300mm
Bali
28ºC
50mm
Borneo
30ºC
12mm
Langkawi
31ºC
280mm
Penang
32ºC
205mm
Singapore
27ºC
150mm

Average weather in August

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
260mm
Bali
28ºC
24mm
Borneo
31ºC
11mm
Langkawi
31ºC
305mm
Penang
32ºC
238mm
Singapore
27ºC
171mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
30ºC
400mm
Bali
29ºC
30mm
Borneo
31ºC
11mm
Langkawi
31ºC
380mm
Penang
31ºC
335mm
Singapore
27ºC
163mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
280mm
Bali
30ºC
90mm
Borneo
30ºC
9mm
Langkawi
31ºC
370mm
Penang
32ºC
398mm
Singapore
27ºC
191mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
200mm
Bali
30ºC
160mm
Borneo
30ºC
9mm
Langkawi
31ºC
222mm
Penang
31ºC
260mm
Singapore
26ºC
250mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
60mm
Bali
30ºC
300mm
Borneo
29ºC
12mm
Langkawi
31ºC
70mm
Penang
32ºC
136mm
Singapore
26ºC
269mm
  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    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.”

  • a woman in a red shirt

    Karen

    Destination Executive

    “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.

  • 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.

Types of Kuala Lumpur holidays

a view of Petronas Towers with tall buildings in the background

Kuala Lumpur Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The drive from Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands is approximately three hours. However, if this journey is part of our Malaysia Explorer tour it may take longer due to stops on route. 

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