Destination Guide - Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur had much to offer long before the Petronas Towers made it table trivia. Think loads of great food (especially of the hawker variety), markets and malls (especially of the busy variety) and surrounding green hills – the original vantage point.

The Basics

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Population: 1,887,000
Time zone: +8
Daylight savings: N/A
Country code: +60
Area code: 63
Language: Bahasa Malaysia (Malay)
Electricity voltage: 240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: British-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical blade
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

    • Batu Caves
    • Petronas Towers
    • China Town
    • Central Market

Events

  • 1 February
    Federal Territory Day
  • 4 June
    King's Birthday
  • 31 August
    Merdeka Day (National Day)

Weather

Kuala Lumpur’s average high temperature stays around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Precipitation levels remain fairly consistent – you can expect some heavy evening rainstorms at any time. July tends to be the driest and April the wettest.


Getting there and around

Kuala Lumpur has a rail network that includes a monorail and an airport link. There are public buses, however the network is rather complicated and fragmented. Taxis abound and it is recommended to ask for the metre or negotiate a fare beforehand. Note that during peak traffic hours taxis can be hard to come by and rides can be very long and slow. Also, a 50% surcharge applies in taxis when using the metre between 12am and 6am.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other travel destinations around and near Malaysia.

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