Deciding where to stay in Kuala-Lumpur can make or break your trip. So picking the right area and hotel to call ‘home’ for a few days or more is essential. After spending over two and half years here over 10 visits I think I’ve finally got it sussed out so I hope this helps you to plan your perfect trip to this incredible & welcoming city of"Kuala-Lumpur"
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While there is no denying both the good and bad of Kuala-Lumpur, I enjoy living in this amazing city even tho I am far from being the typical city person. The ‘Muddy Confluence’ translate to "Kuala-Lumpur" has so much more to offer than luxury resorts and party spots, you can stay in more than one place on your trip here, and I really recommend you do move around to a few different areas of the city to really maximize your trip.
I’ve spent two and half years here and visited countless times and spent my own investment putting together and revising this guide so you can be sure all the recommendations are from me and my personal experiences staying in my beloved Kuala-Lumpur.
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A note on pricing: I’ve tried to list accommodation in KL (Kuala-Lumpur) by luxury, mid-range and budget - Backpacker. Note that If you decide to stay few kilometres outside the city center price will decrease significantly but it will also mean that you probably would have to use public transport.
Kuala Lumpur airport taxis operate on a fixed fare system, so will cost RM74. 30 - $17.29 and will take around 50 minutes to reach the center in normal traffic. Alternatively, the KLIA Express or Transit metro trains run from the airport, both taking you to the KL Sentral station in the city. RM55 - $12.85 - another option for you is to download Grab app on your phone, they operate like taxi but the cost can be significantly lower and there will not be any hidden cost.
Changkat Kuala Lumpur - Good for those who like partying & Western food
Changkat Bukit Bintang nightlife is well-regarded as the ‘it’ party venue in the city’s lively yet fluid clubbing scene. A busy street that’s lined with plenty of international two-storey restobars, snazzy nightclubs, posh expensive cocktail lounges, subdued whisky bars, and lively Irish pubs, it is one of the city’s most vibrant boulevards.
There are plenty of accommodation options here as well and souvenir shops which are a good price and fun to hangout.
LUXURY: GRAND HYATT - KUALA-LUMPUR
For those who appreciate the finer things in life, look no further than Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur as your accommodation while in the city. Right in the Golden Triangle, it is also within walking distance to well-known and famous Petronas Towers.
MID-RANGE: SILKA CHERAS KUALA-LUMPUR
The rooms and suites at Silka Maytower, Kuala Lumpur are well-designed for families, leisure, and business travellers. Guests can enjoy a delectable array of local and international cuisine at La Maison or in the comfort of their own room. When you stay at Silka Cheras Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, you'll be connected to a shopping center, within a 15-minute drive of Mid Valley Mega Mall and Berjaya Times Square. This 4-star hotel is 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from Petaling Street and 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from KLCC Park.
BUDGET - BACKPACKERS | OASIS GUESTHOUSE
I have stayed in Oasis Guest House many times, it is located at Jalan Petaling Kuala Lumpur, good place and reasonable rates for travelers to stay, for short term or long term,close to bus train stations and some places of interest.night market and food shop around the area,shopping area too.
Stroll at Little India
Are you a big fan of Indian Cuisine? Brickfields is Malaysia’s official Little India and used to be a simple residential neighborhood just outside KL but it was transformed into a wide street with Indian stores and restaurants run by the Indian community.
The shops here sell everything from traditional Indian goods such as saris, flower garlands, ayurvedic products, spices and Bollywood music, to local delicacies such as vadai, thosai (Indian pancakes made from fermented rice flour) and more. Since its transformation, Little India Brickfields has turned into one of Kuaka-Lumpur tourist hotspots not only because of what it has to offer but also for its proximity to KL Sentral station.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Address:Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur 50470 MalaysiaMap
INDIAN FOOD LOVERS - Where are the Best restaurants?
TOP 3 of Brickfields Best restaurants:
1- MTR 1924 Malaysia - 100 years old restaurant
Nearly 100 years later, MTR’s success continues unabated and the brand has spread its wings, opening eight more outlets in Bangalore, one in Mangalore, as well as outlets in Singapore, Dubai and six months ago, Malaysia.
2- Mr Naan & Mrs Idly
Mr Naan and Mrs Idly, North Indian (Naan) and South Indian (Idly) cuisines from India. Their motto is to provide tasty as well as healthy vegetarian food to all customers that walks into their restaurant. Located in the heart of popular Brickfields area, locals and tourists come together to taste their delicious meals and leave happy and satisfied. One of our specialties is our all “you can eat”, simple lunch buffet "only at RM 15 that we carry out on weekdays"
Annalakshmi was established in 1984. From a shoplot in Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru Kuala Lumpur.Swamiji, as we affectionately call him, created Annalakshmi as a restaurant that would bring together the culinary skills of mothers and grandmothers in the group who have been feeding their loved ones with care and dedication. And drawing from the heritage of this very special skill of creating delightful nourishment out of the freshest ingredients, Swamiji empowered these housewives to serve the larger family of the community through their homely skills honed by tradition and constant practice.
Note: If you love food as much as we do you probably would like to learn more about Malaysian traditional meal by taking a cooking class with locals, Nasi Lemak, Beef Rendang, vegetarian & vegan dish. Foe more information visit Cookly
Family activities in Kuala-Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, has hundreds of activities and attractions to entertain even the most fussy of kids. Listing all of them would take weeks, if not months, so we’ve selected the top 10 best things to do with kids in Kuala Lumpur to help you create a family holiday unforgettable memories.
Kuala-Lumpur Top 5 Family activities that you should not miss.
1- Sunway Lagoon
Enjoy an exciting day trip from Kuala Lumpur, we have been there few times and it is a lot of fun. After this wet and wild escape you’ll understand why Sunway Lagoon ranks tops among Malaysia’s amusement and water parks. Packed with more than 90 attractions and six adventure zones, it’s an ideal escape for family with children, enjoy rides and spills at the Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park, and Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, go surfing, float in river rapids and even more.
Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 6pm
Cost: Adults RM170 (US$ 41), kids RM140 (US$ 34)
2- Berjaya Times Square Theme Park
This indoor theme park located on the 5th to 8th floors of Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was opened in 2003 & it's considerate as the "largest indoor, all weather, all ages, entertainment destination in the region" and is the second largest indoor theme park in Asia. (Perfect for rainy day in the capital)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 12pm to 10pm. week-ends & public holidays, 11am to 10pm.
Cost:Ages 3-12 RM47 (US$ 11), ages 12+ RM57 (US$ 14)
3- Aquaria KLCC
Located Right in the center of the city nearby KLCC Park - Aquaria is one of the world’s best aquarium experiences for the whole family. This is a chance to see the varied underwater landscapes of Malaysia without leaving the capital. Older kids can even try scuba diving with tiger sharks and stingrays. The underwater tunnel gives you an in-depth look at marine life without getting wet.
Opening hours:Daily, 10am to 8pm
Cost:Adults RM65 (US$ 16), kids RM56 (US$ 13.5)
4- Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
This small village is situated two hours drive north of Kuala Lumpur (Rent a car) "Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary" cares for rescue elephants. Kids and adults can interact with these gentle giants bath with them. One of good thing is that the sanctuary no longer allows elephant riding and focuses on elephant conservation. ( Most of elephant suffer & are maltreated and you should avoid elephant riding at all time) It is not a zoo or amusement park, but a rehabilitation center. Volunteers will help small groups of visitors of all ages feed and bathe baby elephants. Surely an experience your kids will remember for the rest of their lives.
Opening hours: 9am to 4:45pm
Cost:Adults RM10 (US$ 2.5), kids RM5 (US$ 1.2)
5- Farm In The City
Your children will love it ! Especially the small one. At this interactive animal farm, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find typical farm animals like chickens, goats and deer free to roam around. Kids can feed the animals for an up close and personal experience. (Rent a car)
Opening Hours:Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, closed Tuesdays (except public holidays). Saturday and Sunday 9:30am to 6pm.
Cost:Kids RM48 (US$ 12), adults RM58 (US$ 14).
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