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Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips provides travel information for visiting the Federal Capital and biggest city in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the political, economic, financial and transportation hub of Malaysia. All the major expressways of Peninsular Malaysia lead out of this city towards the north, northeast and south.

On this website I put together information you can use to help you get to know Kuala Lumpur as a visitor, and explore all its sights. In this write-up, I touch on accommodation, transport, and places of interest in Kuala Lumpur. I even provide you a directory of businesses operating in Kuala Lumpur, so that you can quickly find whatever product or service you would need in the city.

12 Top Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur


Where to stay when in Kuala Lumpur

I customarily suggest only hotels where I have stayed before, as I would be in a better position to show you how it is like. The hotels I have stayed in Kuala Lumpur include Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa. Click the link of each hotel to see how it looks like.

Map of Major Sights Kuala Lumpur

On this Map of Kuala Lumpur, I show only the most important sights in Kuala Lumpur. For more sights, select from the various categories listed below.

List of the major sights in Kuala Lumpur

  1. Parliament Building (GPS: 3.14959, 101.67922)
  2. Sultan Abdul Samad Building (GPS: 3.14871, 101.69433)
  3. Masjid Negara (GPS: 3.14199, 101.69194)
  4. National Museum of Malaysia (GPS: 3.13798, 101.6867)
  5. National Monument (GPS: 3.14888, 101.68382)
  6. Petronas Twin Towers (GPS: 3.15806, 101.71161)
  7. KL Tower (GPS: 3.1528, 101.70375)
  8. Masjid Jamek (GPS: 3.14893, 101.69572)
  9. Sin Sze Si Ya Temple (GPS: 3.14893, 101.69572)

Map of Places in Kuala Lumpur

  1. Ampang (GPS: 3.16074, 101.7358)
  2. Bandar Tasik Selatan (GPS: 3.07201, 101.70957)
  3. Bangsar (GPS: 3.12901, 101.67978)
  4. Brickfields (GPS: 3.12922, 101.68613)
  5. Bukit Bintang (GPS: 3.14678, 101.7113)
  6. Bukit Ceylon (GPS: 3.14846, 101.70473)
  7. Bukit Jalil (GPS: 3.05867, 101.6917)
  8. Bukit Persekutuan (GPS: 3.13781, 101.67942)
  9. Bukit Tunku (GPS: 3.16652, 101.68276)
  10. Cheras (GPS: 3.10684, 101.72591)
  11. Chinatown (GPS: 3.14284, 101.69686)
  12. Chow Kit (GPS: 3.15997, 101.69695)
  13. Damansara (GPS: 3.14677, 101.66226)
  14. Historic Triangle (GPS: 3.14604, 101.69666)
  15. Little India (GPS: 3.13288, 101.68761)
  16. Jinjang (GPS: 3.21103, 101.6423)
  17. Kampung Baru (GPS: 3.16305, 101.70618)
  18. Kepong (GPS: 3.20379, 101.64137)
  19. Maluri (GPS: 3.13422, 101.7277)
  20. Mont Kiara (GPS: 3.16846, 101.65117)
  21. Pekeliling (GPS: 3.17542, 101.69744)
  22. Pudu (GPS: 3.13484, 101.71355)
  23. Segambut (GPS: 3.19172, 101.67338)
  24. Sentul (GPS: 3.20661, 101.68203)
  25. Setapak (GPS: 3.18643, 101.70593)
  26. Sri Hartamas (GPS: 3.15763, 101.65062)
  27. Sri Petaling (GPS: 3.06841, 101.68563)
  28. Sungai Besi (GPS: 3.05744, 101.71786)
  29. Taman Miharja (GPS: 3.12324, 101.72193)
  30. Taman Shamelin Perkasa (GPS: 3.1236, 101.73754)
  31. Taman Tun Dr Ismail (GPS: 3.14612, 101.62554)
  32. The Golden Triangle (GPS: 3.15252, 101.71109)
  33. Titiwangsa (GPS: 3.17738, 101.70765)
  34. Wangsa Maju (GPS: 3.20376, 101.73673)

Kuala LumpurView of Kuala Lumpur, with the Klang River in the foreground, the Ampang Elevated Highway to the left, and Bukit Nanas to the right. (14 June, 2017)

Category of Sights in Kuala Lumpur

Due to the high number of sights in Kuala Lumpur that I have described, I divide them into the following categories.

  4. Administrative Divisions in Kuala Lumpur
  5. Apartments in Kuala Lumpur
  6. Brethren Assemblies in Kuala Lumpur
  7. Bus Terminals in Kuala Lumpur
  8. Bridges in Kuala Lumpur
  9. Cemeteries in Kuala Lumpur
  10. Chinese Temples in Kuala Lumpur
  11. Churches in Kuala Lumpur
  12. Clocktowers in Kuala Lumpur
  13. Colleges in Kuala Lumpur
  14. Commercial Properties in Kuala Lumpur
  15. Convention Centres in Kuala Lumpur
  16. Commercial Properties in Kuala Lumpur
  17. Demolished Buildings in Kuala Lumpur
  18. Department Stores in Kuala Lumpur
  19. Development Projects in Kuala Lumpur
  20. Forest Parks in Kuala Lumpur
  21. Government Buildings in Kuala Lumpur
  22. Gurdwaras in Kuala Lumpur
  23. Fire Stations in Kuala Lumpur
  24. Funeral Parlours in Kuala Lumpur
  25. High-Rise Buildings in Kuala Lumpur
  26. Hills in Kuala Lumpur
  27. Hindu Temples in Kuala Lumpur
  28. Historic Buildings in Kuala Lumpur
  29. Hostels in Kuala Lumpur
  30. Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
  31. Important Buildings of Kuala Lumpur
  32. Localities in Kuala Lumpur
  33. LRT Stations in Kuala Lumpur
  34. Markets in Kuala Lumpur
  35. Mass Transit in Kuala Lumpur
  36. Mausoleums in Kuala Lumpur
  37. Memorials in Kuala Lumpur
  38. Modern Buildings in Kuala Lumpur
  39. Monorail Stations in Kuala Lumpur
  40. Monuments in Kuala Lumpur
  41. Mosques in Kuala Lumpur
  42. MRT Lines in Kuala Lumpur
  43. MRT Stations in Kuala Lumpur
  44. Museums in Kuala Lumpur
  45. Neighbourhoods of Kuala Lumpur
  46. Organisations in Kuala Lumpur
  47. Parks in Kuala Lumpur
  48. Pedestrian Malls in Kuala Lumpur
  49. Residential Properties in Kuala Lumpur
  50. Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
  51. Rivers in Kuala Lumpur
  52. Schools in Kuala Lumpur
  53. Shopping Malls of Kuala Lumpur
  54. Skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur
  55. Stadiums in Kuala Lumpur
  56. Street Art in Kuala Lumpur
  57. Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur
  58. Villages in Kuala Lumpur
  59. Waterfalls in Kuala Lumpur

Map of Roads in Kuala Lumpur

Each of the red line on the map represents a road in Kuala Lumpur that I have described. Expand the map and click on the road to get information about it. I am in the process of updating this map, adding more roads into it.

Administrative Districts of Kuala Lumpur

  1. Bukit Bintang (centre)
  2. Titiwangsa (east)
  3. Setiawangsa (east)
  4. Wangsa Maju (northeast)
  5. Sentul (north)
  6. Kepong (northwest)
  7. Segambut (west)
  8. Lembah Pantai (west)
  9. Seputeh (southwest)
  10. Bandar Tun Razak (south)
  11. Cheras (southeast)

Map of the administrative districts of Kuala Lumpur

Districts of Kuala LumpurDistricts of Kuala Lumpur
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Neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur

Pavilion Shopping MallPavilion Shopping Mall (18 July 2009)

About Kuala Lumpur

The city of Kuala Lumpur covers an area of 243 sq km (93.8 sq mi) within the Klang Valley. The city of Kuala Lumpur has a population of 1.63 million people (2011 estimate). It lies within a metropolitan area that sprawls into the neighbouring states of Selangor and parts of Negri Sembilan. The entire metropolitan area of Kuala Lumpur, stretching from Nilai in the south to Rawang in the north, has a population of 7.2 million people.

Kuala Lumpur is within the Malaysian Standard Time, which is eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+8). The phone area code here is +03. The vehicle registration plates of Kuala Lumpur begins with W.

Kuala Lumpur, which means muddy confluence, is located at the confluence of the Klang River and Gombak River. It was at the confluence in 1849 that the initial group of Chinese miners disembarked from their sampans. They had been engaged by a local Malay chieftain, Raja Abdullah, with the backing of his brother Raja Jumaat2, to mine of tin in the nearby Ampang area.

The leader of the Chinese miners, Yap Ah Loy, is often credited with havng provided the impetus for the settlement to flourish into a township and from there, becoming the main city in Selangor. But prior to the arrival of the Chinese tin miners, and before Raja Abdullah showed an interest in that part of Selangor, the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers was already inhabited, having been established as a trading post by the Mandailings1, a traditional cultural group from Sumatra.

Petronas Twin TowersPetronas Twin Towers (6 June, 2004)

Kuala Lumpur and its neighbourhoods

Located at the heart of Selangor state, Kuala Lumpur served as both the capital of Selangor and the nation until 1978, when the capital of Selangor was relocated to a newly planned city, Shah Alam. Four years before that, Kuala Lumpur formally separated from Selangor when it was established as the first Federal Territory of Malaysia, under direct administration of the Federal Government. The federal territory covers 243 sq km (94 sq mi) and is situated at an average elevation of 21.95 meter (72 kaki).

Kuala Lumpur experiences a tropical rainforest climate. Temperature is quite uniform throughout the year, averaging around 27°C. The wet season is between October and December, and again between March and April.

Masjid Jamek, Kuala LumpurMasjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur (8 February, 2006)

Kuala Lumpur on Google Maps Street View

Kuala Lumpur skylineKuala Lumpur skyline (1 January, 2010)

Bukit Bintang, Kuala LumpurBukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur (28 December, 2006)

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by plane
If you arrive in Kuala Lumpur by plane, you will touch down at either the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), which is the main airport for the city and the country, or at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB), which is the Old Kuala Lumpur International Airport. I have prepared detailed information to help you. Please read Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by flight.

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by train
If you arrive in Kuala Lumpur by train, you will reach the city at KL Sentral, the main rail transportation hub. From here, you can take the Light Rail Transit, Monorail, bus or taxi to any other parts of the city. Go to the KL Sentral page for details.

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by bus
If you arrive in Kuala Lumpur by long-distance bus, the main terminal is Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (as Pudu Sentral is no longer used for long distance buses). In addition, many buses from the northern part of the peninsula ends their journey at Hentian Duta.

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by car
If you are making your journey to Kuala Lumpur by driving, read the details for arriving in Kuala Lumpur by road.

Public Transport Network in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur has an excellent network of expressways. Many of these are however toll highways. Public transportation includes the Light Rail Transit, Monorail and bus. The main public bus operator in Kuala Lumpur is RapidKL, which also runs the Light Rail Transit system. Most of the expressways in Malaysia is concentrated in the Klang Valley, in and around Kuala Lumpur. For more details, see page on Expressways in Malaysia.

You can explore Kuala Lumpur on a shoestring budget by taking the free Go KL city bus service. There are four routes that form loops passing through various parts of the city centre.

Kuala Lumpur Rail Transportation Network

The rail transportation network in Kuala Lumpur comprises the LRT, Monorail, commuter trains and the MRT. Read page on Kuala Lumpur Rail Transportation Network for the details.

Taxis in Kuala Lumpur

There are a number of taxi companies in Kuala Lumpur. Their rates are not uniform. The cheapest are the red-and-white taxis. These start with a RM3.00 flagfall for the first 2 km and then RM0.90 for every subsequent kilometer. Then there are the blue executive taxis which start with a RM4 flagfall. Taxis also apply a surcharge for baggages and radio call.

Downtown Kuala Lumpur is not built for pedestrian. Apart from the inner city such as the Chinatown and Chow Kit areas, most places in Kuala Lumpur require that you self-drive or take public transport.

St Mary's Cathedral, Kuala LumpurSt Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur (8 February, 2006)


  1. Sutan Puasa, Founder of Kuala Lumpur by Abdur-Razzaq Lubis (Areca Books, 2018)
  2. The Story of Kuala Lumpur, Sutan Puasa, Founder of Kuala Lumpur by Abdur-Razzaq Lubis (Areca Books, 2018)

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