Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (or, to locals, simply “KL”) is the epitome of modern Asia—a tantalizing mix of cultures, religions and traditions ushering in a new era of modernity. Superstructures like the Petronas Tower and Menara KL reach for the sky, while below, the food, shopping and nightlife will keep you more entertained than a Hugh Jackman movie marathon. Kuala Lumpur hotels are your home base for a sizzling holiday.
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
Get acquainted with the local wildlife at the Butterfly Park and neighbouring Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. At the Butterfly Park, dance with more than 6,000 nectar-lovers as you make your way through a natural landscape that includes ferns and waterfalls. If you feel like you’ve entered another world, just wait until you see the bird park, the world’s biggest free-flight aviary. You’re sure to find your wingman as you befriend peacocks, emus and rhinoceros hornbills—which are just as funny-looking as they sound!
Though it’s just east of the bird park, there’s no “fowl” play involved when you book accommodation near Central Market. The only thing longer than the time you’ll spend browsing this huge open-air bazaar is its full name: The Centre for Malaysian Culture, Heritage, Art and Craft. Indulge your inner artist in the galleries of The Annexe, then browse traditional games like Chinese chess, congkak and wau bulan kites. These perfect souvenirs will impress your friends and make you look worldly, just by sitting on your shelf.
Getting To & Around Kuala Lumpur
Flights to Kuala Lumpur land at the international airport (KUL) just outside city limits. On public transport, the easiest way to get downtown is on the Express Coach, which makes the 50 km trip to KL Sentral station every 30 minutes. If your accommodation in Kuala Lumpur isn’t near the city centre, your best option to get there may be to book a shuttle or car hire. Once you’re all checked in, the Rapid KL transit system, which includes buses, light rail and monorail, is easy to use and can take you to most of the popular attractions.
Best Time to Travel
Kuala Lumpur’s temperature is warm year-round, with the mercury consistently hovering around 30 degrees. While May through September is considered the dry season (and June is the driest), there’s likely to be some rainfall; this is the tropics, after all! Since the weather is relatively constant, why not book Kuala Lumpur accommodation around a festival? Thanks to its multicultural pedigree, Kuala Lumpur goes all-out for a variety of holidays. Catch spectacular displays for the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali, in late October or early November, or ring in the Chinese New Year in February.
Kuala Lumpur holidays keep it hot, hot, hot in more ways than one. Search Wotif’s selection of hotels in Kuala Lumpur to find your perfect tropical oasis, then study up on your toasts. In this melting pot, there are several—“Yam seng,” which means “Drink success!” is the most fun.