Tourism Kuala Lumpur



About Kuala Lumpur (KL)

Kuala Lumpur. A city that is truly one-of-a-kind. You'll find the world in this city but you'll never find anything quite like it anywhere else in the world.

For starters, KL (as we fondly call it) has its very own global icon in the PETRONAS Twin Towers, soaring 452 metres above street level and 88 stories tall. This mega structure towers majestically over KL, presenting a universal view of the icon from any corner of the city. Just beneath the Twin Towers are Malaysia's best shopping spots, featuring haute couture brands to trendy street fashions. For those with a penchant for Broadway-like theatres, meet KL's talented acting community that brings you fine shows and performances from the traditional to the satirical. Partygoers will find KL's vibrant night scenes perfect to satiate their appetite for the most happening places to party.

But of course, if you yearn to experience the traditional old world appeal of Malaysia's culture and values, the old streets of KL with its captivating day-to-day activities and aromatic smells will charm you. You'll experience this city, with the echoing music of its entertainment outlets, the beam of vehicle lights searching for the perfect late-night snack and colourful streetlights - a spectacle that proves KL as a definite place to visit for world travellers.

Here, we will show you the must-see destinations and must-do activities that will thrill you for sure. With so many places to go, a trip to KL may seem overwhelming. But to help, we've rounded up the best attractions that'll guide you in and around this amazing city.

Kuala Lumpur- Where are We?

KL is located on the west coast of the Malaysian peninsular in between Thailand and Singapore. "Kuala Lumpur" literally means "muddy confluence", signifying the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers. KL is located half an hour away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by train, or 45 minutes away by taxi. KL is well connected via the expressway networks and light railway transportation systems.

The once mining town is now an urban jungle with skyscrapers rising (in height and quantity) rapidly for the past 15 years. As you travel further out to the edge of KL, you'll find a calmer (but not necessarily quieter) side of the city that is primarily filled with residential neighbourhoods.

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History of Kuala Lumpur

KL was founded in 1857 by a member of the Selangor royal family, Raja Abdullah, who was the representative of the Yam Tuan who administered Klang. Together with Raja Jumaat of Lukut and 87 Chinese workers, he came to explore the district in search for tin ore. After travelling up the Klang River to reach its confluence with the Gombak River, they made their way through deep jungle and found tin near Ampang. That moment marked the beginning of KL's development. Over the years it grew from a tin miner's camp into a commercial centre that was able to attract large numbers of investors from around various places.

After the arrival of Yap Ah Loy in the 1860s, development progressed at a faster pace. In March 1880, the British moved their seat of administration from Klang to KL. With this, the British took charge of the running and expansion of the town and continued its development. This led to KL becoming a revamped urban centre with a completely new look.

KL continued to grow despite two World Wars, the crash of rubber and tin commodity and during the communist insurgency. In 1957, the Federation of Malaya gained independence and Kuala Lumpur was designated as the state capital. In 1972, KL achieved city status and appointed its first mayor. It was established as a Federal Territory in 1974 and is now one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

Population of Kuala Lumpur

KL is home to 1.8 million people over an area of 243 square kilometres, roughly translating to 6 people per square kilometre - all working, living and playing in this beautiful city.

Despite the diverse mix ethnicities and cultures, KLites are strongly united by the national language of Malaysia, Bahasa Malaysia.

Weather and Climate in Kuala Lumpur

There are three phases to KL's weather - hot, hotter and hottest! KL's weather is perfect for lightweight clothing so dress light and drink lots of water for a fun-filled day exploring this bright and sunny city.

Occasionally, there's rain to cool down the weather and relieve the heat. But fret not; we can assure you that the rain won't cause you to take a rain check for your plans as KL still offers ease of mobility via our covered walkways and pavements.


Business hours - Kuala Lumpur

The official operating hours for most retail shops and shopping centres in KL are from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. Government offices operate from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm on weekdays only. Banking hours are from 9.15 am to 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays and post offices open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Mondays to Saturdays.

On the contrary, KL is famous for its round-the-clock eating time, hence you'll see many eateries are open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In some parts of KL, street side shopping happens from 3.00 pm untill midnight.


Religion and Culture in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is a cultural fusion with various festivals being celebrated throughout the year. For example Aidilfitri, Aidiladha, Chinese New Year, the mid-autumn festival (also known as Mooncake Festival); Deepavali and Christmas.

Hence, it is not unusual to have a Muslim mosque, a Hindu shrine, a Christian church and a Buddhist temple in the same neighbourhood. When you enter KL, you'll notice the city's colourful vibe - a result of the diversity of its people. To showcase this, KL has its own Chinatown, Little India and Malay village (Kampong Bharu), each highly popular and crowded with visitors shopping for trinkets and food. It is the unity and tolerance between the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic people that makes KL beautiful and highly adored by travellers.



The main languages spoken in KL are English and Bahasa Malaysia (Malay). You will have no problem conversing with the people here in English, be it to ask for directions or the best spot to eat and party.

However, once you've discovered KL and its amusing urban vibe, you'll find that KL's actual language is 'Manglish' - a heady mix of the Queen's English infused with KL's own street slang and character. Want to sound like a KLite? Just add a resounding "lah" at the end of your sentence and you're good to go. Give it a try lah!

The following commonly used words and phrases in English and its translation in Bahasa Malaysia can be useful to you:
English Malay
• Good Morning • Selamat Pagi
• Good Afternoon / Evening • Selamat Petang
• Good Night • Selamat Malam
• Goodbye • Selamat Tinggal
• Welcome • Selamat Datang
• How do you do? • Apa Khabar?
• Thank you • Terima kasih
• You are welcome • Sama-sama
• I'm sorry / Excuse me • Maafkan saya
• Can you help me? • Bolehkah kamu tolong saya?
• Yes • Ya
• No • Tidak
• Left • Kiri
• Right • Kanan
• Stop • Berhenti
• How much is the fair? • Berapakah tambangnya?
• I don't understand • Saya tidak faham
• Where is ...? • Di manakah ...?
• Road / Street • Jalan

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Postal and communication services are available throughout KL. Mobile networks operate on the GSM network and roaming services are readily available. If needed, you can purchase prepaid telephone cards that are available on most flights to KL, and at the airport. There are special rates offered for tourists. Internet services are available to the public via internet cafes and at hotels, and many outlets offer free WiFi for their patrons.

Note: Malaysia's international calling code is +60.


Immigration and Visa

Visa Requirements

To enter Malaysia, visitors must have a national passport or other internationally recognized travel documents with a validity period of at least six months beyond the length of stay in Malaysia. All passports and travel documents must be endorsed for travelling in Malaysia.

Note: All transit visitors who fly into Malaysia are eligible for a visa-free visit, as long as the period does not exceed 72 hours. Regulations may change from time to time; please check with the nearest Malaysian Embassy before you start your trip.

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Malaysia:

  • Commonwealth countries, with the exception of those from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan
  • British Protected Persons
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Switzerland, Netherlands, San Marino and Lichtenstein


Not required by nationals referred to in the list above for stays of up to three months apart from:

  • Nationals of Bulgaria, who may stay visa-free for up to one month.

Visa Note

  • Nationals may still require a pass upon arrival, even if they are permitted to enter Malaysia visa-free
  • All visitors must have proof of adequate funds and an onward or return sea or air ticket
  • Nationals not referred to in the list above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements


For more information on immigrations and visa requirements, visit


Travel-Arriving into Kuala Lumpur

KL has an advanced and well-connected transportation infrastructure. So whether you choose to fly in with Malaysia Airlines or take a ride on any of the Transnasional buses, getting into KL is easy. As the national transportation hub, you can take advantage of KL's network to see the rest of Malaysia and the world.

Flying into KL would be the most preferable option as it is fast and convenient. The airports have the capacity to adequately serve the needs of all air travelers, ensuring that getting in and out of the city is smooth and swift. There are three gateway airports that will lead you directly to KL: the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) and the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (also known as Subang Skypark).

Travel By air: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)  is Malaysia's main international airport and is also one of the major airports of South East Asia, giving it huge, even multinational, catchment area. It is about 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. The airport is in the Sepang district of southern Selangor state.

The airport can currently handle 40 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo a year.  It was ranked the 14th busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, and is the 5th busiest international airport in Asia. It was ranked the 29th busiest airport by cargo traffic in 2010("30 Busiest Airport in the World". ACI Asia Pacific. 28 July 2009).

The airport is operated by Malaysia Airports (MAHB) Sepang Sdn Bhd and is the major hub of Malaysia Airlines, MASkargo, AirAsia, AirAsia X, and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

Contact KLIA for more details

Kuala Lumpur International Airport
64000 Sepang,

+603 8777 7000

+603 8777 7778




Travel by Air: Subang Skypark

Subang Skypark Terminal, is an airport located in Subang, Selangor,Malaysia. It primarily serves general aviation and some turboprop domestic flights. Before the 1998 opening of the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, the (then) Subang International Airport served as Kuala Lumpur's main airport. Subang Airport is currently the hub for Berjaya Air, Firefly and Malindo Air commercial turboprop services.

Distinguished by its ultra-modern and sleek architecture, the terminal is an aviation hub like no other. Located just 28 minutes by car from the heart of Kuala Lumpur, it comes fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and services for a seamless and enjoyable travelling experience.

Skypark Terminal also has a comprehensive selection of food and beverage outlets and retail shopping stores. It’s not just a transit point but also a fully realised lifestyle space for you to play and relax in.

Contact Details

M17 Skypark Subang Terminal,
Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah,
47200 Subang,

+603 7845 1717

+603 7845 2727




Travel by Air: KLIA 2


klia2 is located less than 2 kilometres away from KLIA, and is connected to KLIA via ERL's high-speed train, creating a highly touted feature of seamless connectivity between full service and low-cost airlines. A skybridge links the main terminal building and the satellite building at klia2, making it the first airport in Asia with a skybridge that will give the added advantage of greater aircraft manoeuvrability while providing a spectacular view of the airside to passengers crossing it. The terminal design meets the requirements of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Certification and Environmentally Responsible Interior Design (ERID), in line with Malaysia Airports' objective to create a green airport.

Contact Details

Terminal klia2,
KL International Airport Jalan klia 2/1, 64000 KLIA, Sepang, Selangor,

+603 8778 5000

+603 8777 7778





Travel By Land

There are many ways to travel into KL by land. You can either take the bus, train or drive a car and enjoy the scenic views that the country has to offer. Travelling on the road in Malaysia is safe and most transportation services are comfortable and reliable.

Using Train

by land ktmbThere is a rail service operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), which links the city to Singapore and Thailand. It is called the KTM Intercity rail network and is part of the Trans-Asian Railway. There are two types of trains, express trains (which provide point-to-point service) and mail trains. Most of them originate from KL Sentral. The line that links to Singapore runs through KL, Ipoh and Butterworth and connects with Thai railways at Padang Besar ,and ends at Hat Yai in southern Thailand.


Contact KTMB

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad ( KTMB )
+603 22671200


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Exploring KL is a rewarding experience as the city has more than a few well-known attractions such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Chinatown and Little India market.


Travel by Bus


There are many buses, every day going from KL to Hat Yai (via the Bukit Kayu Hitam border in Kedah) and Singapore (via the Johor Bahru border in Johor).

By Sea

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All passenger sea vessels berth at the Port Klang Cruise Centre (PKCC), a dedicated passenger cruise terminal located at Westport, Port Klang.

To provide comfort for travelers, this terminal is modern and equipped with various facilities and amenities including link bridges for embarkation and disembarkation, covered walkways connecting the wharf side and terminal, ATMs, foreign exchange counters, restaurants, souvenir and gift shops, and duty free outlets.

Contact Details

21/F, Wisma Genting, 28 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

+(60) 3 2302 1288

+(60) 3 2302 1333