i fly into KL on a return journey and am thinking of staying there for a few days. i am a female travelling alone and would like to know if KL is safe as a female by herself.
could anyone give me suggestions of cheap backpackers that are located close to the main attraction. any information would be greatly appreciated
Should be relatively safe, as long as you don't get too drunk and avoid the backlanes, just like in any other city in the world. Look out for the confidence artists too and you should be just fine.
If you want to walk around the city, then stay in either Bukit Bintang or the Petaling Street (Chinatown) area. If you want quiet, stay a bit further away and take the train into the city, but you need to get back before midnight or else take a taxi back.
It rains a lot now so be prepared for some wet weather. There are plenty of budget hotels around at 20-25 Euros but a single female should be safer in a small hotel at about 5-10 Euros more.
I live in KL but I hate the traffic in the city and usually avoid it. It may be fun for a visitor though. It isn't easy to find budget hotel info online and what is available is usually not very accurate.
Travel light and travel around the traffic times and it should be quite fun.
Hotel-wise can I recommend the hotel chinatown inn - it only costs a tiny bit more than a backpackers - we stayed there and it was actually quite nice and really close to the centre.
I'd recommend you to stay at a hotel instead of a backpacker as the price difference is really minimal. Backpackers are usually located quite far way from the city. You may look out for budget accommodation here @ travellerspoint or simply google for budget hotel in Kuala Lumpur. You can also check out & compare prices @ websites like asiarooms.com.
Enjoy your holiday. Cheers.
You should check out www.tunehotels.com for very cheap accomodation arrangement during your KL holiday. Tune Hotels offer you a great bargain for an enjoyable, clean and safe stay. Though I've yet to check-in to any of its facilities, I strongly belive its reliability as it is the sister company of Malaysia's premier Low Cost Carrier, AirAsia. Location wise is within the KL city. Don't worry to much about the distance between your place of stay and the city attractions as all the places are witin reach of the KL Monorail, LRTs, the commuter trains, cabs, busses and the newly launched Hop-On-Hop-Off busses. Very convenient. Be prepared however to insist on the use of meter for taxi or agreed on a price for your destinations prior to engaging the taxis. Travel within the city should not costs you more than RM10(USD3). You can also check out other budget stay around Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street in Chinatown for wider options and surroundings that match your criteria.
just wanted to say thanks for the tips.
Backpackers are usually located quite far way from the city.
Actually, there are many backpacker hostels in the city centre. Besides Chinatown (Petaling Street area), there are many backpacker hostels at Bukit Bintang (part of KL's central business district). Both places are about 15-20 minutes apart by foot. Some of the highly-recommended ones by members of Travellerspoint I've met are RedPalm and GreenHut. Check them out under Accommodation. I had been to the two hostels to meet the travellers, it's nice and you won't go wrong with this two choices. They are located at the same street and there are many other hostels in the area which I believe are not bad either. Pubs/bars, shopping complexes, and a few other main attractions are easily accessible by foot, and public transportation is available within walking distance too.
i d reccomend a hostel, there were many solo female travlers in Green Hut Lodge, it costs like 25 MYR , which is a not-so-backpacker price coz u can get bed for 10MYR as well,
but it was clean and i met some really nice ppl, so id reccomend it...
Cheers & Have a safe trip ...
if you do take cab/taxi during your stay in kl, try to stay away from 'touters' when approach. sometimes they may be in their cab uniform or in a more casual wear. they usually offer a fix fare-which is not suppose to be. hailing a cab yourself, or wait at a stop would be best, and they're suppose to charge you according to the cab's meter.
do take the necessary precautions as would a solo female traveller at both day and night time. apparently, crime rates in malaysia has increased over the past one year according to the local newspaper. sad (cos' i'm a malaysian) but true!