About Kuala Lumpur

The capital of Malaysia, the stylish city of Kuala Lumpur is as beautiful as it is grand. Home to the world's tallest skyscrapers - The Petronas Twin Towers, the city is a heavenly abode for tourists and shopaholics! The Chinese, Indian and Malay communities make up for a rich medley of cultures. This diversity is reflected in the clothes, languages, and cuisines. The fast-paced city is chic and technologically driven yet rooted in tradition. With its towering high-rises, lovely parks, hopping nightlife, Kuala Lumpur is a treat for the senses. The city boasts an impressive array of gastronomic delights, visual treats, sensory overloads and adrenaline pumping activities that will leave you hungry for more.

Public Transport System

Buses, rail, taxis

Cleanliness and Efficiency

The cleanliness is normal to moderate whereas the efficiency is quite high.

Mode & Cost of Transports

All-day bus ticket - MYR 2, MYR 5

Taxi (base fare)- MYR 3 for budget taxis, MYR 6 for premier taxis

Trains (minimum fare)- MYR 1.10 to MYR 6.40

 

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.49
Cup of Coffee USD 2.69
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.71
Rice/Kg USD 1.22
White Bread USD 0.73
Eggs (12) USD 1.22
Combo Meal USD 3.67
Fine Dining USD 18.35
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.49
Domestic Beer USD 2.20
Imported Beer USD 2.94
Bottle of Wine USD 17.13
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 4.16
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.49
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.73
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 572.48
  • Public etiquette is very important in Malaysian culture, so one must refrain from displaying affection such as embracing or kissing in public.
  • Touching people on the head is considered rude, so please refrain from doing that. 
  • Be cautious, there may be pickpocketers in public transports so always be aware of your surroundings.
  • While budget taxis are convenient and affordable, the drivers are notorious for refusing to turn on their meters and offering a fixed (and higher) rate. To avoid this, make sure the meter is switched on before entering the taxi.
  • Do not be shy of burping or belching after a meal, in the Malay culture it is acceptable!
  • Shaking hand or physical contact with anybody, especially with the opposite sex is prohibited among the locals who are conservative. So, unless offered first, do not shake hands with anyone.
  • Always remove your footwear while entering a place of worship, this is a commonplace practice and a sign of respect.
  • Make sure you leave for any destination with plenty of time to spare as the Kuala Lumpur traffic can sometimes be unpredictable and you might even end up missing your flight. 
  • Always carry an umbrella with you, as the rain here is frequent and heavy. The weather forecast can be inaccurate at times, thus always have an umbrella on you so that you can continue your visit without any interruption.
  • In Malaysia, the right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four fingers folded under is the preferred usage. It resembles the gesture used by hitchhikers. 
  • Toasting is not a common practice in Malaysia. The country has a large Muslim population and they do not drink alcohol. So, ask for permission before toasting or inviting someone for a drink.

Night Life

Kuala Lumpur is teeming with bars, rooftop restaurants, and clubs. The city offers experiences for all; from clubs on the streets to high-end restaurants, from street food to midnight markets, there is a lot you can do. If you are looking for a party venue, then Changkat Bukit Bintang is the place where you should head. Its Party Central and has numerous restaurants, nightclubs, pubs, and amazing cocktail bars. Bangsar is another well-known area and has a slew of pubs, clubs, resto-bars, and cafes. Another locale known for its five-star hotels is Ampang. The area is very high end and meant for people with a penchant for the finer things in life.

Rooftop bars are fast becoming very popular among late-night revelers: you can enjoy a breathtaking, panoramic night view of the city from atop a high rise building while sipping a cocktail and relaxing with friends. It doesn't get any better than this. A few places that visitors are known to frequent are Marini’s on 57, Sky Bar and Troika Sky Dining.

Of course, an evening of drinking and partying is going to leave you famished. There is no other place better than Jalan Alor to satisfy those late-night craving. The street is packed with numerous street vendors and restaurants.

If you are in a mood to shop, you should visit Petaling Street in Chinatown KL. As the name suggests, it’s a street market where you can find a variety of stalls selling clothes and souvenirs at a bargain. You can also visit the Night market, locally called pasar malam, these markets are everywhere and are packed with locals trying to find the best deal. Its an experience not to be missed.

Must See

  • The i-City in Shah Alam is a fun, family-friendly, smart-city where the visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities. You can visit WaterWorld, SnoWalk, and Trick Art Museum. At the City of Digital Lights visitors can take cool photos of the nightly colorful display of LED-lit attractions.
  •  Head to Aquaria KLCC for some aquatic experience. The aquarium is located in the heart of the city and is within walking distance from other famous attractions like the Petronas Twin Towers. The aquarium boasts to house over 5,000 aquatic and land-bound creatures which the visitors can see through a 300 ft. underwater tunnel.
  • National Museum has an interesting origin story, the site is built in place of Selangor Museum which was bombed during WWII and then rebuilt into the National Museum. Perhaps it is serendipity that the building that showcases Malaysia's rich history and cultural diversity, should also have a history of its own. The museum's free English Walking tour is very popular among tourists.
  • The National Textile Museum has a wonderful collection of jewelry and traditional costumes. The artifacts are fascinating and all are housed in a beautiful building. There are four galleries in the museum, each devoted to different aspects of the textile history and style of clothing. Visitors can see fashion exhibits of different communities like the Nyonya, the Baba, and the Chinese. It also has famous Malay textile designs like the Teluk berantai. 
  • You may have never experienced anything like the Mah Meri Cultural Village. The Mah Meri is an indigenous tribe of Malasia and has its own culture and customs. Visitor's are recommended to attend the marriage ceremony, which is a highlight of the culture due to its uniqueness.
  • At the Museum of Illusions, some spectacular tricks are on display; a few popular ones are called Head on a Platter, Ames Room, and Hanoi Tower. This is truly a fun place to visit and some of the tricks will leave you puzzled and amazed. It is suitable for people of all ages. The Museum is right in the heart of the city and easily accessible by Monorail, MRT, bus or taxi. 
  • The sheer grandiose of the Batu Cave never fails to amaze the visitor, from the 272 multicolored steps to the 140 feet tall gold statue of Lord Murugan, it is truly grand. The Hindu place of worship rests on top of a limestone hill and is also known for its caves, some of which are 400 million years old. Batu cave is also the center for rock climbing and offers more than 160 climbing routes.

Experiences

There is no dearth of activities in Kuala Lumpur, some unique ones are listed below.

  • Take a boat ride on the Selangor river to look at the fireflies. These aren’t your ordinary fireflies; named Synchronous fireflies these bejeweled bugs coordinate their flash patterns. These are very rare fireflies, and this is one of the few places on earth where the species exists.
  • Stroll down the hanging bridges of Bukit Nanas Forest, an eco-park. The park is an oasis created in the middle of the bustling city and has stairs that you use to walk around. It takes around 30-45 minutes to complete the walk, including selfie breaks and the pictures on the hanging bridges are Instagram worthy!
  • The "Become A One-Day Pilot" is one of the most spectacular activities in the city. You fly a two-man aircraft over the city. This is one of the best ways to see its numerous landmarks. This tour puts you behind the controls of the plane and takes you on a scenic flight.
  • The wide variety of Malaysian cuisine is simply hard to resist. With Chinese, Indian and Malay options all around the town, it’s hard to stop eating in this city. Try the street food on the Jalan Raja Muda street in Kampung Baru and sample the renowned seafood!
  • The Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is unlike any other you have ever visited. The variety of attractions is simply astounding. The water park contains water slides, a manmade river ride, a surf beach where surfers test their skills and where actual courses and competitions are held. There is also a Scream house which has a vampire-centric horror theatre, a ghost house, and a zombie apocalypse simulation. The amusement park has thrill rides and an interactive wildlife zoo where you can pet animals. The Extreme Park is ideal for adrenaline junkies and has a lot of activities like go-karting, paintball, and bungee jumping. Due to the size of the park, most people spend 2-3 days here.

 

Activities

Magnum 4D, 5.3 km from the city centre
Casino
2, Persiaran Ara Kiri, Lucky Garden, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Titiwangsa Golf Course, 7.5 km from the city centre
Golf
Jalan Semarak, Pusat Latihan Polis (PULAPOL), 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
National Zoo of Malaysia, 14.6 kms from City centre.
Zoo
Jalan Ulu Kelang, Kemensah Heights, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, 3 km from city centre
Zoo
KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Golf Club KL City Centre, 3 km from the city centre
Golf
Lower Ground Floor Novotel Hotel No Wilayah Persekutuan Malaysia, 2, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
MQQ88 Vietnam, 3.1 km from the city centre
Casino
Petronas Twin Tower, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Royal Selangor Golf Club, 7.6 km from the city centre
Golf
Jalan Kelab Golf, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam, 11.7 km from the city centre
Golf
Jalan Damansara, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, 2.5 km from city centre
Zoo
Taman Tasik Perdana, Jalan Cendarasari, Kuala Lumpur, 50480, Malaysia
Aquaria KLCC, 2.5 km from city centre
Zoo
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sports Toto, 4.3 km from the city centre
Casino
84, Jalan Sungai Besi, Pudu, 57100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TPC Kuala Lumpur, 11.7 km from the city centre
Golf
10, Jalan 1/70 D, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shopping

No data available

Malaysia is known as the gateway to Asia for a reason: Malaysian culture is a blend of all the countries in Asia and that makes their souvenirs and crafts unique.

  • Baju Kebaya is traditional Malay attire for women. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and can be altered to fit any size.
  • Hand-woven crafts are indigenous products make for great gifts. These crafts are made from bamboo, rattan, mengkuang (screw palm), coconut shell, and pandan leaves.
  • Dodol is a local sweet. The toffee is made using Pandan leaves and Durian. The toffee has a lovely green color and a peculiar taste.
  • Malaysia is famous for Pewter goods and you can choose a variety of goods like decorative pieces, kitchenware or a tea caddy. However, before purchasing always ensure that the object is pure Pewter.
  • The Malaysian Batik fabric is as versatile as it is beautiful. It can be used in multiple ways: as a scarf, a table-cloth, a wall hanging or even a T-shirt.
  • Kerongsang is an ornate brooch and is typically worn by Malay women with their traditional Kebaya or Baju. It is a beautiful piece of jewelry made using beads and stones.
  • Cucuk Sanggul is a decorative hairpin worn by Malaysian women. It is made of gold or silver and is usually inscribed with traditional Malaysian art or it might also feature a mythological creature.
  • Songket is a luxurious Malaysian fabric created using gold and silk threads that are interwoven with threads of other material to create unique patterns.
  • Wau kites are traditional kites that are shaped like the crescent of the moon. These are extremely colorful and have Malaysian symbols printed on them. Kids love these kites.
  • Pua Kumbu is a cotton fabric and it can be used as a blanket. The cloth has an interesting story: the patterns on the material are made with brightly dyed threads and are said to have motifs that are inspired by the artisan's surreal and real experiences. The cloth is sacred in some communities and is used in religious ceremonies.
  • If you are a chocolate aficionado who is not afraid to experiment, then Durian chocolate is for you. The strong-smelling fruit is integrated into the chocolate and gives it a tangy taste.
  • Labu Sayong is a gourd-shaped clay jar that keeps water cool in the hottest of weather. The locals believe that water stored in the jar has curative properties and many homes in Malaysia usually have this.

Official Language

Bahasa Malay

Other Language

English, Tamil, Cantonese, Man... Read more

Spoken Language

A large population here has ad... Read more

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Population

1.7 (Millions)

Weather Icon

Weather

Few Clouds 28.06°C

Clock Icon

TimeZone

09:52 AM (GMT +08:00)

 

Ambulance Icon

Ambulance

999

 

Police Icon

Police

999

 

Electric socket

Type G
Type G ( 230 V 50 Hz)
Airplane Icon

Airport Name / IATA Code

Kuala Lumpur International Airport - KUL

Airport Name / IATA Code

SZB - Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

Best time to visit

Kuala Lumpur has a temperate climate, which means most of the year is hot and humid with a chance of rain. However, the weather during the three months of May to July, and December to February is ideal for a visit and it’s perfectly suited for the numerous carnivals and various heritage exhibitions. The humidity is also lower, ensuring tourists can enjoy their time here.

Moderate time to visit

The months of September and October experience rainfall and is an average weather condition to visit the city since your travel would be limited.

Worst time to visit

From March to April, the weather conditions are far from ideal as the city experiences heavy rainfall and at times, floods.

Taxi

Start Tariff: MYR 3.00

1 Km. Tariff: MYR 1.95

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: MYR 25.00

Available service

  • Airbnb Logo
  • Vrbo Logo
  • Uber Logo

Monthly Average Temperature & Rainfall

Local Services in Kuala Lumpur (Contact directly)

Discussion

No threads yet!

Be the first one to start a thread.

Top Attractions in Malaysia

Top Cities in Malaysia