Kuala Lumpur
Updated: June2013
The capital of an Islamic nation that has enthusiastically embraced the 21st century, Kuala Lumpur strives to copy and compete with some of Asia’s celebrated mega­buck cities. Home to over 1.4 million inhabitants, KL plays host to the world’s tallest twin buildings (Petronas Twin Towers), colonial edifices such as Dataran Merdeka and plenty of inner­-city greenery.

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They learnt quite quickly in Kuala Lumpur that travellers’ really want to save money on accommodation to spend it on their time there! So, you really do get what you pay for in KL as well as the rest of the country. You’ll probably pay a few Ringgits more if you want a window and then another few if you want to have a plug-socket in your room.  Advice for all hotels is to look at the options before you take a room.

Featured Accommodation
Prices from: Dorm 18RM, Single 25RM, Twin 35RM, Triple 50RM
Includes: shared bathroom, kitchen area, TV area
Tel: +60 3-2031 1128 Web: www.BirdsNestGuestHouse.com
If you're looking for home from home, great travel advice, a warm welcome and a relaxed atmosphere then you should head towards Birdsnest. With two guest houses in KL you've got a good chance of just arriving, though people do tend to stay longer than they first thought! Situated between China Town and the Pesar Seni LRT stop, and opposite the free-bus service BirdsNest2 is a great location offering ease of access around the city.

    Babylon Guest House
Prices from: Double/ Twin RM 64-85
Includes: En-suite, AC, Wi-Fi
Tel: +60 32145 4245 Email: Web: www.BabylonGuestHouse.com
Well located within the Golden Triangle area, Babylon Guest House is a budget-friendly venture with clean and compact rooms featuring free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, mini bars and attached bathrooms with complimentary toiletries.

    Backpackers Travellers Inn
Address: 60b, 2nd floor, Jalan Sultan
Prices from: Dorm RM12 , Double RM34 , Triple RM45
Includes: Shared bathroom, fan, Wi-Fi
Tel: +60 3207 82473 Email: backpackers@backpackerskl.com Web: www.backpackerskl.com
A lot of the rooms have vented windows facing into the corridor. Roof-top bar is run by volunteer staff, so they make a point of “suggesting” you should buy the barman a drink!?! Basically secure, clean and suitable  if you're on a budget. But do check out the different rooms first.
    Cintamani Travellers Lodge
Address: 37- Jalan Hang Lekiu
Prices from: Single RM30-43, Double RM38-64, Family RM73
Includes: Shared bathroom, fan, Wi-Fi
Tel: +603 2070 4071 Email: Web:
Their spiel, not ours “Experience a homely and friendly atmosphere, enveloped in Malaysian tradition. While Cintamani is located in the heart of bustling Kuala Lumpur, it is parked along a quiet street that is literally only minutes away from the drop off spots thronged by tourists.”
    Cube Hotel
Address: 180 Jalan Pudu
Prices from: Single RM100 , Double RM140
Includes: Shared bathroom, fan, Wi-Fi
Tel: +603 2145 1180 Web: www.cubehotel.com.my
A modern decor is used to take your mind away from the fact that the rooms are small and most don't have windows. A cleaner version of some of the other backpacker places in the area. They do have an online booking facility.
    Hostel Cosmopolitan
Address: No. 73 & 75 Jalan Haji Hussein
Prices from: Dorm RM18-24, Single RM45-50, Double RM55-60
Includes: Shared bathroom, fan, Wi-Fi, kitchen facilities, locker
Tel: +6012 391 5686 Email: hostelcosmopolitan@yahoo.com Web: www.hostelcosmopolitan.com
Top end prices get you en-suite, which considering the difference isn’t bad.
    KK Hotel
Prices from: Dorm RM 34, Double RM 86-103, Family 118, Quad 94
Includes: Shared bathroom, fan, Wi-Fi, breakfast
Tel: Email: Web:
A real mixture of options and one to look at if you are travelling in a group since you can book a mini-dorm as a room at a fixed price. They also offer a free night if you've already stayed for 3. Clean white rooms with fresh bedding.
    Submarine Guest House
Address: No.9 - Level 2, Lebuh Pudu
Prices from: Dorm RM 24, Double RM 58
Includes: En-suite, AC, Wi-Fi, breakfast
Tel: +60 12 655 2988 Email: Web:
Strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city, our neighbors include Central Market, Petaling Street(Chinatown), Dataran Merdeka(Independence Square), KL Tower, KLCC, National Museum, major shopping malls and significant historical sites.
    SohoTown Hotel
Address:  113 Jalan Sultan
Prices from: Twin RM 75-98, Family RM118-128
Includes: En-suite, AC, Wi-Fi, LCD TV, kettle, hair-dryer
Tel: 603 2031 8133 Email: info@sohotownhotel.com Web: www.sohotownhotel.com
For the money, this new looking place is worth that little bit more than some of the other options. This is typical of KL – you pay a little bit more sometimes and you get a lot more.
    Red Dragon Hostel
Address: 80 Jalan Sultan
Prices from: Dorm RM 18, Single RM 35-45, Double RM 45-60, Triple RM60-75
Includes: Shared bathroom, fan, Wi-Fi
Tel: Email: HosterlRd@yahoo.com Web:
A large reception area with an internet café on the side. It has a feel of somewhere that’s been lived in for a while, but that’s why the prices are low. Top end price gets you AC.
    Wheelers Guest House
Address: 131-133 Jalan tun.h.s.lee
Prices from: Dorm RM10, Double RM25-40
Includes: Shared bathroom, fan
Tel: +60 3-2070 1386 Email: Web:

Established on May 2000 they have 30 rooms and 8 dorms bed and are located in the center of China Town . Cctv surveillance camera in operation 24 hours to make sure your have a safe stay, and they have no curfew.


Eating and drinking.

It really depends on where you are staying and what your budget is. In the China town area, you'll find a food court that offers a wide range of asian foods, from Indian to Indonesian and all for less RM10. This is also one of the cheapest areas for drinking, paying around RM14 for a large bottle of beer. Some of the hostels have cottoned onto this and now offer roof-top bars where a can of beer may cost you around RM9.


There are a lot of street food vendors south of the Chowkit Market area that are also worth a visit.


For Indian fare, then it's well worth heading south of the town into Brickfields where you'll find all levels and styles of Indian food.


If you want to push the boat out for a beer, then head to the Sky Bar at the top of Traders Hotel where Wednesday night is "Ladies Night" generally with free cocktails!

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    Butterfly Park
Lake Gardens.
Admission: Child/ Adult Rm 10/ 20
On the eastern side of the Lake Gardens is KL’s butterfly park featuring an amazing collection of beautifully coloured butterflies, some with a wing span of up to 15 cm. They are free to fly around (and land on you head!) a fairly large netted garden which also has ponds containing giant koi carp and a museum dedicated to insects with some pretty weird looking beetles, crickets and stick insects housed there. Close to here you will also find the Bird Park (Child/ Adult Rm 38/ 48) which boasts the world’s largest covered bird ‘flyway.’ 

    China Town
Jalan Petaling 
Admission: Free

At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, and far more colourful and bustling than its bigger and more glamourous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also known as 'Chee Cheong Kai' (Starch Factory Street), a reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia.Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market, filled with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices, and the best thing is, the prices can be brought lower still as haggling is the way of life here.

    Chow Kit Market
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Admission: Free
Chow Kit Market is recognised as one of Malaysia’s most infamous landmarks. Located at the northern end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, it is divided into two halves: the first half is home to the city’s unofficial Red Light District, while the other part is KL’s most popular local market. Even though it is not as well known to tourists as its starlet cousin, Petaling Street (which is located within the same area), Chow Kit Market is definitely exciting, the smells and sounds of the market are an assault on the senses and it is much more authentic than the markets of Petaling Street meaning that there are more bargains to be had.

    The Lake Gardens – Taman Tasik Perdana
Main entrance on Jalan Parlimen
Admission: Free.
Like an oasis of calm in the busy city, KL’s Lake Gardens are definitely worth the visit. The lake is large and very clean and in the early evening sees many local city dwellers using it as a place to exercise. The gardens are split into different sections, herbs, ferns, palms amongst others and are all very well maintained. There is also a small deer park and an orchid garden which has great views over the city. It is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic.


    Merdeka Square
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
Admission: Free
Every city has one and KL is no exception. Dataran Merdeka is Kuala Lumpur’s ‘Square.’ The large open space was originally the cricket ground of the Royal Selangor Club, the one-time British elite’s favourite watering hole. Then in 1957 Malaysia’s first Prime Minister declared independence or ‘Merdeka’ here and it now boasts the world’s largest flagpole at 95 metres high. Opposite the square are a number of interesting buildings including the Sultan Abdul Samed Building that is lit up in the evening by fairy lights that gradually change colour. There is also an art gallery south of the square  where admission is free.


    National Monument and ASEAN Sculpture Park
Jalan Parlimen
Admission: Free
On the west side of the park on the opposite side of Jalan Parlimen is the National Monument, a great bronze sculpture constructed to commemorate the nation’s heroes. There are plaques on the walls and ceiling of the walkway dedicated to the armed units that fought in and for Malaysia during the Second World War. On the way to the monument you will pass through the ASEAN sculpture park, an immaculate area with abstract works in marble, iron, wood and bamboo that have been donated by Malaysia’s neighbouring countries.


    Petronas Towers and Menara KL
KLCC Park/ Bukit Nanas
Admisssion: Petronas Sky bridge Child/ Adult RM 30/ 80. 
Menara KL Observation Deck Child/ Adult RM 27/ 48
You know you are in KL just by looking up at the sky line. Wherever you may be you are pretty much guaranteed a view of KL’s tallest building the Petronas Towers and more than likely you will also see the Menara KL (KL communications tower.) At 452 metres high the Petronas towers rank among the world’s tallest buildings. If you don’t want to join the queues for a ticket to go up to the sky bridge on the 41st floor (and you will need to star queuing around 6.30am!) then pay a visit to the KLCC Park when you can get some great photos. There is also an aquarium (Child/ Adult RM 40/ 50) The 421 metre high Menara KL has a multitude of attractions as well as the observation deck including pony rides and a formula 1 simulator. Bukit Nanas park also has a nature walk although you may not see any wildlife apart from mosquitos.


Outer KL Sites


    Batu Caves
Getting Here: Trains go from KL Railway station direct to Batu. It takes around 20 minutes and will cost RM3 return.
Admission: Free
Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Considered one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples – the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave – which houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings.

Getting Here: Train from KL Sentral to Kepong, then take a taxi for the remaining 2 km
Admission: Child/ Adult RM 3/ 10
The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, or 'FRIM' for short, is spread over a 1,500 hectare jungle in Kepong. Easily accessed from major roads in KL, FRIM allows visitors to learn more about Malaysia's natural heritage. On the park grounds, you will find educational centres, galleries and laboratories that highlight the local species of trees and well as its uses in the commercial industry. For example, visitors can learn how perfume is processed from an aromatic tree in one of the labs. There are also ponds and a small waterfall that meanders through the park. Visitors can explore the many trails in the forest, the main four being the Keruing Trail, Rover Track, Engkabang Trail and Salleh Trail. Also don't miss out on the opportunity to walk on the canopy bridge, a set of wooden and steel bridges suspended 30 m above the grounds among the towering trees. While crossing, you can gaze and marvel at the green surroundings below.

    Kuala Selangor
Getting Here: Bus number 141 from outside HSBC near KL Central Market. Cost RM 7.30 and takes around 2 hours
Admission: National Park Child/ Adult RM 1/ 4
Kuala Selangor is located about an hour's drive away from Kuala Lumpur along a muddy coastline fringed with mangrove swamps. What makes this place spectacular is the opportunity to witness fireflies lighting up the river at night. Decades ago, the amount of fireflies would have lit the night sky but today, they are in danger of being extinct. The best place to view them is in Belimbing, Kampung Kuantan, which is just a short distance away from the main Kuala Selangor town. There are two spots; one is operated by villagers who will paddle two visitors at a time on a thin sampan (wooden boat) located further upriver. The other one is more frequently visited, located near to the river mouth and operated by a resort. They ferry visitors in special broad boats powered by silent motor engines that can accommodate up to 8-10 visitors at a time. Flash photography is not allowed.

During the day, you should head to the Kuala Selangor Nature Park; a protected mangrove swamp and a spot for migratory birds from the south. Covering an area of around 800 acres, the park has a variety of wildlife from monitor lizards, otters, monkeys and over 150 species of birds. As you walk along the paths, you'll get to see how a mangrove swamp looks like from the ferns and bushes and smell the mud and salt in the air. Also look out for snails, molluscs and mud-skippers darting about the sand and giant otters swimming in the water. Bird-watchers may get to see exciting varieties of avian creatures such as the rare spoon-billed sandpiper, plover, kingfisher, Chinese goshawk, Japanese sparrowhawk, eagles, brahminy kite and Nordmann's Greenshank, though you'll have to arrive at the right time of the migratory season and have some patience. Wooden chalets are available for visitors to stay overnight in the park and at the time of visiting (Nov 2012) newer brick chalets were being built.

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Local Travel in Kuala Lumpur.


Transport links in Kuala Lumpur are excellent. You will find signs in English as well as Bahasa Malay and if there aren’t just ask, there is always someone around to help. The most frustrating way of travel in KL is by taxi, despite signs stuck to every taxi door saying they are metered they will often refuse to use the meter and instead charge you an overinflated flat fee. Don’t do it!


Raid KL is responsible for most of the inner city transport in KL. Check out their website for Information regarding routes and fares for the buses, LRt and monorail http://www.myrapid.com.my/


KL’s array of bus services is quite efficient with a network of public express buses and several privately run services. Journeys cost from RM1 - RM3 depending on distance.


Kuala Lumpur has two light rail transit systems: the Kelana Jaya Line and Ampang Line, both of which are operated by RapidKL. They run from 06:00 until midnight and are a fast and efficient way to get across the city. Pasar Seni is the stop closest to China town and Ampang Park is closest to most of the embassies.


The KL Monorail is an intracity public transit system that links many key destinations within Kuala Lumpur. It passes major hotels in the city and serves its central commercial, employment and shopping district from KL Sentral in Brickfields through the central business district of Kuala Lumpur, ending at Titiwangsa Station in Jalan Tun Razak.


The KTM Kommuter line is the train system in Kuala Lumpur. The trains run our of Kuala Lumpur train station and KL sentral and will take you north to the Batu Caves and south to the Tasik Selatan Bus Station and beyond.

Information about regarding routes and fares can be found here http://www.ktmb.com.my/

 Go KL City Bus

There are two free buses that run within KL. The green line bus runs between KLCC and Bukit Bintang. The purple line runs between Pasar Seni and Bukit Bintang. Buses go from 06:00 - 23:00

There is also a free shuttle bus from Bangsar LRT to Mid Valley Mega Mall.

 KLIA Transit

Getting to and from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the LCCT is very easy. Trains run from KL Sentral direct to KLIA from 04:00 to midnight. For LCCT disembark at Salak Tinggi and pick up the shuttle bus (included in the ticket). 

Full schedule and prices can be found here http://www.kliaekspres.com/erlsb/KLIATransit/TrainSchedule/tabid/119/Default.aspx

Guide to LCCT  http://lcct.klia.com.my/ 

Hop on Hop off

KL HOP-ON HOP-OFF City Tour offer a pre-recorded commentary in nine different languages that will guide you through the major sights and attractions in the city. It markets itself as a ‘tourist friendly, customized public transport system’ and provides a good connection between major attractions within the city particularly if you only have a day to explore and aren’t up for the walk. A 24 hour ticket costs Rm 38 and a 48 hour ticket costs RM 65. For maps and more information check out


 Long Distances Transport

If you are leaving Kuala Lumpur for destinations further afield the chance are you will be taking a bus. Buses to the north leave from the conveniently situated Pudraya bus station close to China Town. Buses to popular destinations such as Ipoh, Butterworth and The Cameron Highlands leave hourly and it usually isn’t necessary to book.

For buses south you will need to get to the southern bus terminal at Bandar Tasik Selatan. This is easily reached from KL Sentral for a KTM Kommuter train.

KTM also run the intercity trains in Malaysia which also have service to Thailand and Singapore. Often longer than buses you may find that once outside of KL you do not use the service.

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