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This is a place where shopping malls of the future are neighbours with charming buildings of the past, and where chatty stall holders will hold your attention just as keenly as the wonderful and welcoming staff at Kuala Lumpur hotels.
Kuala Lumpur means “muddy river confluence” in the Malay language, standing as it does at the meeting point of the rivers Klang and Gombak. But it's the meeting of cultures that will truly amaze you during a break in this fast-paced metropolis.
Malay, Chinese and Indian people have shaped this unique city, though these days Kuala Lumpur – often referred to simply as KL – attracts a global audience, with holidaymakers, shoppers and business people arriving here from all over the world to be a part of the thrilling Kuala Lumpur story.
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There’s a huge variety of accommodation in this city of contrasts...
If your budget stretches to it – and you’ll find your money goes a little further in good-value Malaysia – you can check in at one of the city's fabulous five-star hotels, many of which feature views of the impressive Petronas Twin Towers or a sweeping vista of Kuala Lumpur's exotic and plentiful parkland.
Service at these opulent establishments is top class: your Malaysian hosts personify hospitality. Many four- and five-star luxury hotels are located in KLCC, the commercial centre of Kuala Lumpur.
At the other end of the hotel spectrum, you can find cheap hotels in Kuala Lumpur in areas such as Chinatown and Chow Kit, where the smells of hawker food and the sounds of busy markets fill the streets. Clean and basic, though often without a view, these budget rooms are situated at the heart of day-to-day encounters for average city residents, and they are great places to be to experience the city's unpretentious buzz.
Big brands can be found in all price brackets from the likes of Grand Hyatt, Hilton, JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Ibis, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, Sheraton, Melia, Le Meridien and Westin.
Bukit Bintang, which is part of KL's Golden Triangle (this vast area also encompasses KLCC), is well known for shopping and entertainment. A good variety of hotels, from luxury pads to good-value mid-range accommodation, can be booked in this lively area.
Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid year-round, so look for rooms with air conditioning or fans when booking hotels. You might grab a hotel bargain if you visit during the rainiest periods, which peak in winter and spring.
Most visitors feel a heady combination of surprise and delight when they discover the tourist treasures of this fascinating city…
Top five attractions
Petronas Twin Towers
Head here early in the morning to get hold of free (but limited) tickets to visit the double-decker skybridge from which you can see great views of KL.
Perdana Botanical Gardens
Surrounded by the city hubbub, this peaceful swathe of parkland holds many treasures, including a deer park, an orchid garden and a butterfly house.
Simply stand in Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and take in the sights around you, which include the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Originally the cricket green of the Royal Selangor Club, the square is of huge importance in KL.
Journey into the rich cultural and historical heritage of Malaysia in this absorbing museum, which is located on Jalan Damansara.
Tourists and worshippers gather at this holy Hindu shrine, which is home to the mighty Murugan statue, cave temples, hundreds of steps and a colony of hungry macaques, who’ll try to take your food. The shrine hosts the festival of Thaipusam every January/February.
See Kuala Lumpur in a brand new light when you attend any of these top annual events…
Chinese New Year: Chinatown, in Petaling Street, is the place to be during this colourful celebration.
Grand Prix; March: The Malaysian Grand Prix, held in nearby Sepang, draws Formula 1 fans from around the world. There isn't much of an impact on Kuala Lumpur hotels during this time.
Shopping Carnival; October: Don't forget to take plenty of ringgit to spend on bargains during this annual fiesta of shopping. The big malls attract swarms of shoppers.