Travel Tips: Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, or popularly known as ‘KL’, is Malaysia’s capital city. It is one of Asia’s most vibrant and friendliest cities, and is home to a population of 1.7 million people. This modern metropolis is a melting pot of diverse cultures and religions. The multiracial societies consist of Malays, Chinese, Indians and ethnic communities.

Undeniably, Kuala Lumpur possesses a distinct and charming character. The cityscape is an amazing contrast of the old and new, with Mughal styled grand buildings standing alongside modern skyscrapers. The impressive PETRONAS Twin Towers, a world-renowned icon and landmark of the country greet visitors.

This not-to-be-missed city has amazing sights and sounds, parks and lush garden, gastronomic and entertainment enclave, exciting places of interest, and well-preserved heritage sites waiting to be explored by discerning visitors. The city’s fashion and art scene is simply captivating.

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Kuala Lumpur Map

Kuala Lumpur City Centre Map

Kuala Lumpur Shopping

Bukit Bintang is one of Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest shopping and entertainment districts. Extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, the area plays host to everything from shopping centres to nightclubs.

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Combining historical charm with urban chic, the area is one-third of the Golden Triangle district which encompasses Bukit Bintang’s retail offerings such as Pavilion and Lot 10, the office towers of Jalan Raja Chulan, the five-star hotel strip of Jalan Sultan Ismail, the Jalan P. Ramlee party street and KLCC.

Suria KLCC

Suria KLCC is a six story shopping center that includes shops, rides, a cinema, a supermarket, and a variety of dining options including food courts. On the top floor of the mall visitors can eat at Rasa food court which features freshly prepared food from all over Malaysia and a table near the windows offers spectacular views over the city. In the basement visitors can also browse the rows of souvenirs and arts and crafts vendors selling their wares from carts.

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Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur lies the jewel of Bukit Bintang, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning, premier shopping destination houses eight precincts to fulfill all your personalised indulgences. Experience the excitement of this 1.37 million sq ft retail haven with over 550 outlets offering the finest selections of shopping, dining and urban leisure.

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Starhill Gallery

A pioneer in international luxury in Kuala Lumpur, Starhill Gallery is listed as one of “Asia’s most beautiful shopping malls”. In Kuala Lumpur, Starhill Gallery delivers “A Gallery of Rich Experiences”. Seven luxurious floors offer quality, privacy and exclusivity crafted for those who seek experiences out of the ordinary. International icons of luxury and the world’s premier retailers are here, including some of the world’s rarely seen standalone luxury watch boutiques. 

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Mid Valley Megamall

Mid Valley Megamall is home to a myriad of retail experiences unlike any other, ranging from a dazzling array of fashion and lifestyle innovations to home furnishings, cosmetics and healthcare essentials to wining, dining and all things entertainment.

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Times Square

Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur was officially opened on 29th September 2003 by Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The RM1.75 billion building was developed by Berjaya Assets Berhad which is majority owned by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan. With over 2.5 million people visiting the mall each month, Berjaya Times Square prides itself as the best shopping experience under one roof for locals and tourists alike.

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Other Popular Shopping Mall around Kuala Lumpur : Sunway Pyramid, Nu Sentral, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Mutiara Damansara, MyTown etc

Kuala Lumpur Nightlife


Bangsar is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular night time entertainment districts. The streets of Bangsar, mainly in Telawi and Maarof, are sprinkled with nightclubs, pubs and bistros, making it one big party area.

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Jalan P Ramlee

Jalan P. Ramlee is located just around the corner from the city’s major landmark such as the PETRONAS Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower. Jalan P. Ramlee has a mix commercial and night life brand to the road. It has some of the city’s popular cafés, bars and restaurants such as the Beach Club and Healy Macs.

It is the moderate spill over of night entertainment from the hardest hopping and jiving Changkat Bukit Bintang neighbourhood.

Changkat Bukit Bintang

Changkat has grown organically is open, friendly and fun. Changkat Bukit Bintang is a network of alleys and streets that make part of the Bukit Bintang area. It is the street with the most vibrant restaurant scenes in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Foodies would love the wide variety of gastronomic choices from authentic traditional dishes to fusion cuisines.

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This street is lined with a mix of chic casual bars, restaurants, street hawkers, pubs and budget hotels. Changkat Bukit Bintang are broad.

Night Market (Pasar Malam)

Pasar Malam are an incredibly prominent feature in the Malaysian shopping experience. Available in every state throughout the country, these after-dark souks are all the rage because they allow locals and tourists to shop for inexpensive goods. Busy streets within residential neighbourhoods are shut down to traffic (one day only in a week) and stalls are set up as early as 6pm.

In Kuala Lumpur, you can find many night markets happening each day in different places throughout the weeks selling all sorts of merchandise under the sun.

Kuala Lumpur Weather

The city’s average temperatures range between 29°C – 35°C during the day and 26°C – 29°C at night, though it may get colder after periods of heavy rainfall. As it is shielded by mountainous terrains, KL is relatively cooler than most places in Malaysia while being one of the least affected by monsoon winds coming from the east or west.

Occasional rainfall results in humid yet cooler temperatures than average and the city’s temperate weather makes travelling here all year round a pleasure.

Kuala Lumpur Time Zone

GMT+8 (the same as China, Hong Kong and Singapore).

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Covering an area of 243sqkm, Kuala Lumpur has an estimated population of 7.2 million. Home to the tallest twin skyscrapers in Southeast Asia as well as plenty of inner-city greenery and embellished temples, KL is following in the footsteps of ‘big city’ neighbours like Hong Kong and slowly becoming a celebrated tourist destination.

Petronas Twin Tower KLCC

Anchoring the sprawling Kuala Lumpur City Centre, are the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Hailed as the Twin Jewels of Kuala Lumpur, a visit to KL isn’t complete unless you’ve visited these doppelgangers. The 88-storey chrome and steel towers are the headquarters of Malaysia’s oil and gas company – Petronas.

Make a visit to the Skybridge (41st floor) and the Observation Deck (86th floor). Tickets can be purchased online or at the Lower Ground (Concourse) Level of the PETRONAS Twin Towers

Menara KL (KL Tower)

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a telecommunications tower that stands at 421 metres on a hill known as Bukit Nanas. It is the tallest telecommunication tower in the world and tallest in South East Asia. Visit the Observation Deck at 276 metres for a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur or dine at the revolving restaurant that offers fusion cuisine. More info

The Exchange 106 (TRX Signature Tower)

The EXCHANGE 106, the tallest building at the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) together with its landmark centerpiece, will standout dramatically and transform Malaysia’s skyline. With a height equivalence of 112 floors, this modern icon nestled in a park setting, comprises 106 floors of expansive column-free floorplates inclusive of 8 amenity floors.

It is set to dominate the horizon amidst the new International Financial District in the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur. With the world at its feet and the sky as its summit, the EXCHANGE 106 is the very best business can offer to conquer success.

Menara PNB 118

Menara PNB 118 or KL118 which is its formerly used name, is a 118 floors megatall skyscraper currently being built in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
PNB is abbreviation of Permodalan Nasional Berhad, which is Malaysia’s biggest fund management company and the owner of the tower.

The best way to access to the Merdeka PNB 118 Tower is by metro, visitors can take Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line and stop at Merdeka MRT station, after get out the station just walk towards the site of the tower for just one or two minutes.

The architectural height of Merdeka PNB 118 is 644 meters (2113 feet), the roof of the tower will be at a height slightly over 500 meters, as its highest occupied floor is at 500 meters high. The diagram above shows the comparison of Menara PNB 118, Petronas Towers, and New York’s Empire State Building in height.

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