Kuala Lumpur travel is full of glittering skyscrapers and mega-malls, colorful temples, hawking street vendors, delicious food stalls, and bustling traffic. It's all set against a backdrop of humid jungle with leafy green banyan trees and fragrant plumeria. Everywhere you turn there is something to see and do in KL (the popular nickname for the city). The Travel + Leisure Kuala Lumpur travel guide will give you the hottest tips for where to stay, where to eat and where to spend your time.
Things Not To Miss in Kuala Lumpur
• Admire the city from the observation deck of the Petronas Towers—86 floors high!
• Score some designer labels in KL’s most famous shopping district, Bukit Bintang
• See Merdeka Square and the beautiful historic buildings that surround it
• Burn a joss stick at the Thean Hou Temple, one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia.
• Watch locals make flower offerings at the colorful Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple
• Barter from goods in markets of Chinatown
• Wander through the Islamic Arts Museum
• Munch on the street food at Jalan Alor
When to Go to Kuala Lumpur
The city is persistently hot and wet with temperatures staying between 80 and 90 degrees year-round. If you visit Kuala Lumpur during March to October, you’ll benefit from drier weather though temperatures will be no less warm.