Best Area to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

If you are planning to travel to Kuala Lumpur very soon and wondering where you should stay, then I will help you choose the best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur whether it is the first time visit the city or just wanting to find the best spot for your visit.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, one of the must-see destinations in South East Asia besides other popular countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia

Each neighborhood offers something special for its visitors and the transport is fast and effective. Picking the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur will cut down the amount of communicating you need to do, giving you more time to enjoy the good stuff.


To find accommodation while traveling, you should:

  • Set your budget: How much do you want to spend for a 1-night stay
  • Think about the location: stay in central, close to public transport will save you time and money on travel.
  • Your travel style: solo traveler or couple or family.

I have organized the best five areas where I would recommend you to find a place to stay in Kuala Lumpur:

These areas are centrally-located with public transport, as well as plenty of hotels to choose from and a wide variety of attractions.

Deciding where to stay in Kuala Lumpur really depends on what you really want to do in this city. The best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur for a backpacker might not be the best area for shopping, and likewise for those visiting for nightlife or sightseeing.

Bukit Bintang: Best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur for foodies

Why should you stay in Bukit Bintang?

If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first time, I highly recommend you stay in Bukit Bintang. It is well located in Central of Kuala Lumpur with lots of cheap, mid-range and top 5-star hotels. It is also in walking distance to Jalan Alor which is famous for street food, the perfect place for foodies.

You can easily get around with LRT Bukit Bintang station and KL Monorail Bukit Bintang station.

There are also a variety of restaurants, cinemas, busy nightlife and shopping mall for people who like shopping.

What to see in Bukit Bintang

Menara Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Tower): 276-meter height, and famous with 360 view restaurant to see all side of the city.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple: the main Hindu temple in KL

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve: the place to reserve wild animal

Shopping Malls in Bukit Bintang

Pavilion KL: huge shopping center with over 500 hundred shop and restaurants

Berjaya Times Square

Central Market

Central Market Kuala Lumpur

Central Market Kuala Lumpur

How to travel from KL airport to Bukit Bintang?

From the airport, you can take subway KLIA Express, KLIA Transit or Skybus to KL Sentral then from KL Sentral, you can buy Monorail ticket to go to Bukit Bintang.

Nightlife in Bukit Bintang

There are many bars, pubs in Bukit Bintang with Latin style like Changkat Bukit Bintang, No Black Tie, Havana Bar & Grill, Pisco Bar.

There are also a variety of hotels from budget hostel to luxury hotels, below are some suggests for you:

Best hotel to stay in Bukit Bintang for the mid-level traveler

Le Apple Boutique Hotel Bukit Bintang: The location is perfect. Right in the middle of the bustling city, close to the Twin Towers

Robertson Premier Suites by Subhome: A modern concept apartment. The room is so spacious, clean and the bed is super comfy. Lots of eateries near the place to choose from. Security level is excellent

Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur: A good hotel, clean just 2 min walk away from an MRT station and the monorail. Also close to the shopping area of Jl Bukit Bintang. Price and quality ratio is okay.

Best luxury hotel to stay in Bukit Bintang

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Kuala Lumpur Sentral: Best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur for shopping

Why should you stay in Kuala Lumpur Sentral?

This area is easy to access from airport with KLIA Express train direct to Kuala Lumpur Sentral station.

It is the transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur, you can travel to most parts of the city via the train system and even to most parts of Peninsular Malaysia. This is the best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur for shopping and Little India in walking distance.

Shopping in KL Sentral

Nu Sentral Mall: one of the big shopping center with many branches

Gardens Mall

Central Market

Mid Valley Megamall

What to see in Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Little India: As the name as suggest, it is a small India which has a lot of Indians shops, restaurants…

Little India Kuala Lumpur

Little India Kuala Lumpur

Sri Mahamariamman Temple: It is an ancient Hindu temple

National Monument Park: is located at a walking distance from the famous Lake Gardens

Hindu Sri Kandaswamy Kovil

National Museum

Holy Rosary Church

Kuala Lumpur National Planetarium

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Chinatown: Best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur for Backpackers and Shopping

Why should you stay in Chinatown?

Chinatown is the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur for budget backpacker and foodies with a variety of food options, cheap shopping, cheap accommodation and near LRT Pasar Seni station. But this place is limited nightlife and the street is not clean. This is a historic district with old fashioned restaurants and markets.

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

How to go to Chinatown

There are many options on how to travel from KL international airport to Chinatown, depend on you. Taxi is expensive but maybe the quickest way, you can also catch a bus or train to KL Sentral, after that you can catch a bus or taxi to go to Chinatown.

Shopping in Chinatown

Petaling Street

Central Market

Malaysia Heritage Walk

What to see in Chinatown

There are many temples in Chinatown, you can check in like Kuan Yin temple, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple.

Kuala Lumpur City Central: Best area in stay in Kuala Lumpur for Shopping

Why should you stay in Kuala Lumpur City Central (KLCC)

Here you will find a lot of luxury hotels with the view of Petronas Towers, near Aquaria KLCC, Menara KL Tower and it is easy to travel to other attractions and shopping malls. It is a perfect place for you if you are just wanting a room to view to the Twin Towers or you are a luxury shopper as there are a lot of branded goods in the shopping mall between towers.

How to go to KLCC

The station in KLCC is under Suria KLCC mall. From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can take transit at KL Sentral by express train or bus, and from KL Sentral you can catch LRT train.

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur City Center

Suria KLCC: located right beside the Petronas Twin Towers with many luxury branches


Avenue K

What to see in Kuala Lumpur City Center

Petronas Twin Towers: Malaysia’s famous skyscraper. Don’t miss it!

Kuala Lumpur Tower: is a famous tourist place and easy to see. It is 421m high.

Aquaria KLCC


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Bangsar: Best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur for long-term traveller and expat

Why should you stay in Bangsar

Bangsar is a laid-back residential place for both local and expat with a lively nightlife. This is a perfect place for long-term traveler and expat.

Bangsar Kuala Lumpur

Bangsar Kuala Lumpur

How to go to Bangsar

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can catch Express train or bus to Kuala Lumpur Sentral, then from KL Sentral can catch another train to Bangsar.

There are no popular attractions around but Bangsar is an accessible place to travel another part of the city with Bangsar LRT Station, Mid Valley KTM Station, and Bandar Sri Damansara MRT Station.

You can do shopping at Mid Valley Megamall, Bangsar Village and a lot of nightlife activities with pubs, bars, bistros, eateries…

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Kuala Lumpur is a big city, so it is important to find yourself the right spot. We are very successful in covering topic best areas to stay in Bangkok, and in this article, we hope the list above should have given you an idea about the best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur base on what you want to do.

As a backpacker will find many hostels, especially in Chinatown, Bukit Bintang; for a luxury traveler, you can choose Kuala Lumpur City Central with hotels to have a view to Twin Tower; for an expat and long-term travelers, you can consider Bangsar; for people who love shopping, why not try Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

Finding your best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur will help you enjoy your traveling and I hope my information will help make your decision easier. Please share and comment if you like this article.

Huong Tran

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