What’s New in Kuala Lumpur!

New Hotels
  • InterContinental Hotels Group recently celebrated the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre, marking the entry of the Holiday Inn Express brand into Malaysia. The new 383-room hotel is conveniently located along Jalan Raja Chulan, just a street away from the heart of Kuala Lumpur's 'Golden Triangle' and a 15-minute walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) Precinct. For more information on the hotel, please click here.

  • Starwood continues its expansion into Southeast Asia with the recent opening of the Le Méridien Putrajaya in Malaysia, making it Starwood’s third Le Méridien in Malaysia. Located in Malaysia’s administrative capital, Le Méridien Putrajaya features 353 rooms and suites. For more information, please click here.

Increased Accessibility
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has increased its flight capacity between Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam. The airline now offers 10 weekly flights at two different flight times – from KL on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. In addition to the daily flights between KL and Amsterdam, the extra three flights will be operated with KLM’s newly refurbished Boeing 777-200, which comprises of 34 Business Class seats, 40 Economy Comfort seats and 242 Economy Class seats.

  • Malindo Air and Qatar Airways have teamed up to offer seamless travel and greater connectivity to passengers when travelling between ASEAN countries and over 100 destinations within Qatar Airways’ network. Malindo Air’s passengers travelling from cities such as Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Baru and Kuching can also book interline itineraries that include Qatar Airways’ thrice-daily flights departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

  • Dragonair will operate four daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong from early next year, strengthening its regional network. The flights will be introduced progressively between March and May. The airline already operates 11 weekly flights to Penang and five weekly flights to Kota Kinabalu. Kuala Lumpur is Dragonair’s third destination.

  • ANA, the Japanese airline, will add a second daily direct flight from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to KLIA starting this 30 October. Flights will depart Haneda at 0005 and arrive at KLIA at 0635. The return flight will then leave at 1415 and arrive back in Tokyo at 2205. These times will complement the Narita flight, which leaves Tokyo in the daytime, and provide Japanese visitors with more connectivity options when visiting KL.

  • AirAsia X will be returning to Europe, flying to Istanbul, in 2017. AirAsia X also plans to revive its London route in 2018, flying to Gatwick. The airline previously suspended all flights to Europe, including London and Paris in March 2012, due to high operating costs.

Latest Attractions
  • For food lovers, LaZat Cooking Class offers hands-on Malaysian cuisine cooking classes from Monday to Saturday. Enrolled participants will have the chance to prepare their own three-course lunch in this city’s hidden gem. Click here for more information on the LaZat Cooking Class.

  • Kuala Lumpur Upside Down House was recently opened to public and is said to be the tallest upside down house in Malaysia. This latest attraction with all the furniture and furnishings placed upside down is located at the Kuala Lumpur Tower. More information is available on Kuala Lumpur Upside Down House’s Facebook.

  • The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. Built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s. Originally located in Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small village in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia, it was rescued, relocated and restored (1996-1997) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur by Badan Warisan Malaysia. Today, it stands as one of the finest remaining examples of Malay vernacular architecture. More information on the Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman Tour is available here.

  • The Kuala Lumpur Tower has launched a transparent glass Sky Box, 300 metres above ground that provides a bird eye’s view of the city below and much of the Klang Valley in the horizon. Up to six people can enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view from the sky at any one time from the transparent glass floor and walls of the Sky Box. This latest attraction of the capital city's landmark offers visitors a unique view from the seventh tallest freestanding tower in the world. Click here for more information.

  • KL Heritage Guided Night Walk, introduced in May, is available for interested tourists every Saturday. The programme not only takes tourists on a tour of six heritage locations in the city, but also provides them with an insight into the life of the city residents. The programme is conducted by tour guides who brief tourists on the unique heritage value of the places they visit, such as Medan Pasar (Old Market Square), Masjid Jamek, Masjid India, Coliseum Café, Dataran Merdeka and Panggung Bandaraya. Those keen to participate in the tour can register here.

  • Kuala Lumpur Sky Tours Titiwangsa has launched recently. Helicopter tours, ranging from six to 45 minutes’ duration, have been created for tourists wanting a birds-eye experience of Kuala Lumpur. Operating from Titiwangsa Lake (Taman Tasik Titiwangsa), the tour is a short drive from city centre and offers something different for tourists to the city. For tour packages and information, visit Malaysia’s Premier Heli-Tours.
For the latest and more information on Kuala Lumpur, a city of contrasts and diversity, visit http://www.visitkl.gov.my/