Flight SummaryThe stunning, but hugely expensive airport in Kuala Lumpur has discouraged many airlines from offering more flights to Malaysia, leaving the national flag carrier, Malaysia Airlines, and Air Asia X as the only operators offering direct flights between London and KL.
Destination SummaryDon't let the unflattering name fool you - Kuala Lumpur means "muddy confluence" in Malay - this rapidly growing Asian tiger is the perfect mix of colonial grandeur and vibrant modernity.
Malaysia Airlines offer direct flights from Manchester
to Kuala Lumpur as well as from London Heathrow. Being situated roughly halfway between Singapore and Bangkok, either of these two Asian megahubs offer plenty of onward connecting flights to Kuala Lumpur for those passengers who are looking for a bit more choice in their carriers, with Dubai and other cities in the Middle East also offering good stopover opportunities.
Mark Says Kuala Lumpur is the youngest capital in Southeast Asia, but has seen phenomenal development during its 150 year history. The construction of the stunning Petronas Towers during the late 1990s thrust Kuala Lumpur firmly onto the tourist map - no doubt helped by its key role in the hit movie Entrapment. Although the towers no longer hold the much vaunted title of being the world's tallest building, they remain one of the biggest attractions in the region. The Petronas Towers dominate the teeming Golden Triangle commercial district, vibrant haven for shoppers, revellers, and tourists alike. ; ; ; In stark contrast to the gleaming skyscrapers that are popping up at a blistering rate in the city, Kuala Lumpur is also noted for its charming early 20th century Anglo-Indian architecture, and thriving ethnic neighbourhoods, notably Chinatown and Little India. Merdeka Square - you can't miss it, just look for the giant 95m flag pole - is both the literal and metaphorical heart of the city. The square, which was the site of the proclamation of Malaysia's independence from Britain in 1957, is surrounded by some of the city's finest buildings, both old and new. Kuala Lumpur is hot and sticky all year round, although it gets particularly humid during the wettest months of the year - March and April, and between September and November. The city has a huge range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, whilst the local food is a rich blend of some of the world's most exciting cuisines: Malay, Chinese and Indian.