Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur is an impressive, modern city, filled with gleaming skyscrapers and exquisite architecture. There are so many different areas of Kuala Lumpur that you can stay in, each with a different feel. Read on to find the perfect place for you.
Bukit Bintang is a trendy shopping and entertainment district located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It has an endless supply of activities that suits all people and all budgets. Shopping malls, restaurants, bars, landmarks, cafes, the list goes on, Bukit Bintang has it all.
This wild, colourful area of the city is really popular with tourists and travellers. It is home to a selection of huge shopping malls, including Pavilion KL and Starhill Gallery, which is the most luxurious mall in Kuala Lumpur, so if you’re looking for something upmarket, definitely head to Starhill Gallery. In Bukit Bintang, you will also find Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall – the 13thbiggest shopping mall in the world which is a 48-storey twin tower complex with over 1,000 shops.
If food is your thing, then Bukit Bintang will not disappoint. As well as the heaps of restaurants and cafes, there is the famous Jalan Alor. This strip is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous roads. Here you can taste local cuisine whilst soaking up the authentic, bustling atmosphere. You’ll see many side street stalls set up with food being made in front of you. The plastic tables and chairs spill out onto the street which is packed with people and the odd bike struggling to get through the crowds.
There are lots of accommodation options in Bukit Bintang that suit every price range. It varies from 5-star, luxurious hotels to budget hostels for backpackers. The top hotels in this area include The Kuala Lumpur Journal, The Westin Kuala Lumpur and Grand Millenium KL.
This busy area of KL never sleeps, it’s streets are super lively, filled with locals, tourists and even the odd street performer! It is the best place to go for shopping and entertainment and is located perfectly in the centre of the city. It is also well connected to other areas of the city so is a perfect place to stay during your trip to Kuala Lumpur.
KLCC is a city within a city right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It is packed with KL’s most famous landmarks as well as many options for shopping, eating and having fun! As you’ll be spoilt for choice with things to do, this makes KLCC a great place to stay during your trip.
Right in the centre of KLCC is the world-famous Petronas Towers, today the tallest twin buildings in the world. These incredible towers once held the title for the tallest building in the world until 2004. They are an unmistakable site and something you definitely don’t want to miss. As the base of the towers, you’ll find Suria KLCC – a shopping mall with lots of international brands.
If the Petronas Towers were not enough to convince you to stay here, KLCC is also home to KL Tower. This tower has the highest views in the city, standing at 421 metres tall. You can see it from pretty much anywhere in Kuala Lumpur so KLCC makes a good place to stay because if you get lost you can just walk towards the tower!
KLCC has some of the best hotels in the city! There are many 5-star options for you to choose from. The top hotels in KLCC include Mandarin Oriental Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton and Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.
KLCC also has a public park right at its centre. This park constitutes a running track, playgrounds and the famous Lake Symphony which hosts popular water fountain shows every evening. KLCC is also home to the shopping mall Avenue K and Aquaria KLCC where you can see the wonders of marine life!
Finally, KLCC also boasts a great nightlife and has some spectacular rooftop bars. The Sky Bar is a cocktail bar located on the 33rdfloor of the Trader’s Hotel KL. It is a great place to go for incredible city views and even has a pool! Another option is Marini’s on 57, an Italian restaurant with breath-taking sunset views. These cannot be missed.
KLCC is home to some of Malaysia’s most famous landmarks so is very popular with tourists – it is in fact tourist heaven as there are so many things to see. It is quite compact but packed with world famous landmarks, 5-star hotels and exciting activities, making it the perfect place to stay.
Chinatown is the most vibrant and hectic part of the city, but that’s why people love it. It may be much less glamourous than its flashy neighbours, KLCC and Bukit Bintang, but Chinatown is immersed in local culture and history.
Based in Petaling Street, Chinatown’s main, unmissable attraction is the market that spills out onto the streets. Hundreds of stalls selling everything imaginable from clothes to electronics to bags to perfumes to souvenirs. Head over there day or night, Petaling Street never sleeps, it is always open to grab a bargain. Haggling here is expected so don’t be afraid to pull down the price as vendors will often up the price for foreigners. Also watch out for the imitation goods, Chinatown is renowned for their fake Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Calvin Klein etc. goods.
If Petaling Street doesn’t quench your thirst for shopping, head over to Central Market KL which is only a few minutes from Chinatown. A lot less hectic than Petaling Street, Central Market is a very authentic shopping centre representing many different cultures. Here you will find many locally made goods including clothes, crafts and souvenirs. Also be sure to head up to the food market for a delicious meal.
For those who love sightseeing, Chinatown does not disappoint. Check out the Buddhist temples to experience a bit of history. Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Malaysia so is definitely worth visiting. Another great site is the Sri Mahamariamman Temple which sits on the edge of Petaling Street. This famous Hindu temple is a very important historical and cultural site for Hindus.
There are many great hotels to stay at in Chinatown. For backpackers, it is a great place to stay as there are many fantastic budget hotels and hostels. Additionally, Chinatown also offers some great upmarket options. The top hotels include The Majestic Hotel, Travelodge Central Market and The 5 Elements Hotel.
And, of course, saving the best till last, food. Chinatown is well-known for serving up the best street food you can find in the city. One famous dish you need to try is the salted roast duck, it is so popular that it often sells out by lunch! Other famous dishes include Hokkien mee and asam laksa and, of course, Chinatown has an endless supply of noodles.
Chinatown is a bargain hunters paradise, as hundreds of market stalls line the streets. Anything you can think of; they sell it and at a cheap price too. It has a truly chaotic atmosphere and is constantly buzzing and crowded so makes a great place to visit.
Bangsar is KL’s hip and trendy nightlife district. The streets are filled with nightclubs, bars, bistros and pubs that attract partygoers every evening and weekend. There is a constant buzz that never goes out so is a great place to stay for those that love to party.
This major party area is perfect for all. You’ll be sure to have a fun night out whatever your style. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink with friends or you’re wanting to dance the night away, Bangsar has a venue for all. The top bars include Atelier On Telawi Bar which has fantastic cocktail options and Jazz performances. Also, don’t miss out on WIP which is located inside Bangsar Shopping Centre. It is open to change and often changes theme, it is great for a sophisticated night out.
As well as being a popular nightlife district, Bangsar is also an affluent residential area. Many of the rich folk of KL reside here. Consequently, there are many fine dining restaurants and upmarket places to go!
Bangsar has many shopping malls, each with a different feel. Bangsar Shopping Centre is the local mall in Bangsar. It is where all the locals go to shop so gives off a really authentic feel. For foreigners, Bangsar Village is also a good option as it is a boutique shopping mall with lots of international brands that you’ll be sure to recognise such as Zara, H&M and Puma. Finally, Mid-Valley Megamall is another shopping centre in the area that has a great selection of mid-range brands.
Bangsar is a great area to stay in as it has a cosmopolitan feel and is also close by to the city centre (around 10 minute drive) so is very accessible. There are many hotel options from 5-star trendy hotels and boutiques to budget hostels. The top hotels include Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, Cititel Mid Valley Hotel and Capri by Fraser Kuala Lumpur.
For those who love to party, head to Bangsar. However, there is so much more to Bangsar than the nightlife. It is a great place to stay with some fantastic hotels, you’ll enter into the world of luxury here.