Bustling, cosmopolitan and pulsing with energy, Kuala Lumpur is a youthful city on the rise. Packed with an intriguing mix of old and new architecture, world-class shopping centres and an endless array of restaurants serving up Malaysian and international treats, this is a city that truly caters to every taste. Book a hotel in central Kuala Lumpur, and enjoy getting to know Malaysia's thriving capital.
Once a humble mining town, KL (as it's often called by locals) has rapidly expanded into a glittering metropolis that mixes sleek modern skyscrapers with exotic Old World charm. The city's most iconic structures are without doubt the dazzling Petronas Twin Towers. Standing 88 storeys high and linked by a double-decker sky bridge, these futuristic buildings offer outstanding views across the city skyline – and great shopping in the stores at their base. And no visit would be complete without an ascent to the observation deck of the KL Tower – one of the tallest buildings in the world.
There are many attractions at street level, too. Admire the eclectic building styles around Merdeka Square in the city centre – these include everything from handsome British colonial buildings, to beautifully decorated mosques. Stroll through Kuala Lumpur's vibrant Chinatown, where you can pick up a wonderful array of Chinese food and souvenirs, and explore the Indian restaurants and shops in Brickfields before popping back to your hotel to drop off your purchases – there's still plenty left to see and do.
Culture fans can while away an afternoon perusing the treasures on display in the National Museum and Islamic Arts Museum, while nature lovers can escape to the picturesque Lake Gardens for some quiet time away from the crowds. Families will particularly enjoy a visit to the Bird and Butterfly Gardens and the Planetarium Negara. It’s also worth heading just north of the city to Batu Caves, a Hindu shrine known for its golden Buddha statue, towering staircases and mischievous monkeys.
Kuala Lumpur is a particularly exciting city for foodies, with a host of opportunities to sample traditional Malaysian cuisine on every corner. Shopaholics will also delight in the city's diverse retail scene, which includes everything from traditional street markets to glitzy modern shopping centres filled with designer goods and global brands. Finally, you can complete your day by taking in some of the city's ever-lively nightlife, which ranges from stylish nightclubs to live theatre and traditional Malaysian music and dance, all centred within the city's famous Golden Triangle district.
Ready to experience this dynamic and ever-changing capital city? Choose from a selection of hotels by Marriott in Kuala Lumpur and start planning your Malaysian adventure today.