Kuala Lumpur
Business Travel Guide

The best hotels and off-the-clock activities for Kuala Lumpur business travelers.

Sprawled over nearly 100 miles in western Malaysia, about 60 miles inland from the coast, Kuala Lumpur — commonly known as KL — is a fast-paced capital city. Founded in the mid-1800s by a small group of tin miners, it is now on par with Singapore and Hong Kong as one of Southeast Asia's most important destinations for business travelers.

Finance, information technology, textiles, footwear and petroleum are just a few of the industries that draw briefcase-wielding travelers to KL: industries as diverse as the city itself, with its Chinese shop houses, colonial buildings and swaths of skyscrapers, including the dramatic, Cesar Pelli-designed Petronas Towers, the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. The city's Malay, Chinese and Indian heritages mean a wealth of great dining, and a tourism industry that caters equitably to both regional and western visitors ensures a variety of ways to spend those post-meeting hours.