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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Stopovers

Kuala Lumpur is the perfect introduction to Asia. With one of the most iconic skylines in the Far East, KL (as the locals call it) is famous for its colourful markets and modern shopping complexes.

Over time the city has matured into a place full of juxtapositions - a mix of east and west influences. The architecture blends impressive modern skyscrapers with colonial buildings, temples and mosques.

Towering over Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Towers pierce the city skyline with their 88 floors. That's an incredible height of 452 metres. Not for the faint hearted, you can visit the Observation Deck on level 86 for undisturbed floor-to-ceiling views across the city. On the way back down, make sure you walk the Skybridge that links the two towers together and provides a stunning vantage point.

If wildlife's your thing, make a beeline for Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. With over 20 acres of luscious gardens, more than 3,000 flora and fauna, and over 200 species of local and foreign birds, it's quite a place. Not to mention it's the world’s largest free-flight, walk-in aviary

You simply can't visit the Malaysian capital without a trip to Central Market. The city's busiest shopping market in Kuala Lumpur is a hub of Malaysian culture. A bustling atmosphere with hundreds of stalls showcasing handmade arts and crafts. Make sure you go with an empty stomach as there's plenty of dining options too. Just a short walk from the popular Chinatown on Petaling Street, a trip to the market will give you a true sense of local life.

As you can see, there's plenty to fill your time in Kuala Lumpur. So spend some time exploring this energetic city before continuing your journey to Australasia.

What to do in Kuala Lumpur

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Kuala Lumpur.

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Places to stay in Kuala Lumpur

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Kuala Lumpur holiday.

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

    Language: Malaysian

    Time difference: GMT +8

    Airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (code: KUL)

    Visa: British passport holders do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 30 days in Malaysia.

    Climate: Kuala Lumpur has a tropical year-round climate, with warm temperatures and sun, combined with heavy rainfall during the monsoon season from October to March. Temperatures are consistent throughout the year, with averages of 22ºC and highs reaching over 30ºC.

    Approximate flying times

    If you're thinking about stopping over in Kuala Lumpur, here's a rough guide of flying times from London, and then on to Australia and New Zealand.

    London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur = 12 hours 30 minutes

    Kuala Lumpur to Sydney = 8 hours 30 minutes
    Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne = 8 hours
    Kuala Lumpur to Cairns = 8 hours

    Kuala Lumpur to Auckland = 10 hours
    Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch = 12 hours