Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2024

My personal favorite of Asia’s large cities, Kuala Lumpur has almost everything. The modern architecture is world-class and the historic temples and monuments are also excellent and accessible. The combination of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures (and cuisines!) makes for a wonderful mix that makes it feel like several cities at once.

Why Visit Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Facts

Population 1,800,000
Area 7,200,000
Timezone UTC+8
Currency Malaysian ringgit
Airports Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar5.47 - 10.53
starstarstarstarstar6.32 - 26.95
starstarstarstarstar7.79 - 31.58
starstarstarstarstar34.74 - 53.89
starstarstarstarstar55.79 - 154.11

Kuala Lumpur Hostels Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed2.53 - 12.63

Where to eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur

breakfastIf your room doesn't include breakfast then great options are easy to find at local cafes and food stalls.$1.89 - $3.37
Budget lunchTourist restaurants with lots of Western options will be more expensive, but plenty to choose from in this range.$2.53 - $4.21
Budget dinnerEven sit-down meals at cafes and small restaurants can be great bargains if you eat with locals.$4.63 - $7.37
Beer .5 liter glassBeer prices vary greatly in Kuala Lumpur depending on where you are drinking. Look for happy hour deals to keep prices reasonable.$3.16 - $5.26
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Best tours in Kuala Lumpur

When to visit Kuala Lumpur

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)
January90736.7
February91736.5
March92749.5
April927510.2
May91758.0
June91754.9
July90745.0
August90746.1
September90747.6
October907410.0
November897411.3
December89739.7

Kuala Lumpur Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar7:17am7:24pm
21 Jun7:06am7:24pm
21 Sep7:03am7:10pm
21 Dec7:13am7:09pm

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Hotel Seasons

Kuala Lumpur Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar5.47 - 10.53
starstarstarstarstar6.32 - 26.95
starstarstarstarstar7.79 - 31.58
starstarstarstarstar34.74 - 53.89
starstarstarstarstar55.79 - 154.11
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Kuala Lumpur Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed2.53 - 12.63

Getting to Kuala Lumpur

Getting around Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Transport prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center17.68 - 25.26
Express train from airport to city center11.58
Express bus to city center2.53
3km taxi ride in Kuala Lumpur1.47 - 2.11
Light-rail ride in Kuala Lumpur0.21 - 0.42
Monorail ride in Kuala Lumpur0.21 - 1.05
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Where to go before and after