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Is Kuala Lumpur a safe place to visit?

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11. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting ristinw

When I was in Kuala Lumpur, near the Petalling Street i felt so insecure. I don't know if I was look strange to them. Many locals were just looking at us from one point to another...That made me walk faster and faster and just wanna escape from their sight...

Locals in KL may take a quick look at foreigners, but most won't stare. Those who did are probably from outside KL or foreign workers. For your info, certain parts of the areas surrounding Petaling Street have many foreign workers (both legal and illegal) from Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh loitering around. Even many stalls in Chinatown are now manned by these people while the local Chinese bosses sit back and wait for the profit to pour in! Not so "Chinese" anymore! Visiting foreigners usually won't be able to tell them apart from the actual locals. If you visit KL during certain holidays like the first days of Chinese New Year or the Muslim's Eid, you can see them all over the streets in the city centre, especially around the Petronas Twin Towers and famous shopping malls. I know their presence can be intimidating at times, but they're usually fine. Still, always use some common sense for safety.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 7, 2008, at 2:58 PM by Hien ]

12. Posted by ristinw (Full Member 53 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

however, Kuala Lumpur is a nice place to visit. I love its food and its unique culture.

13. Posted by pritianki (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Swept Away

probably one of the safest in the world.

I am a Malaysian and I agree with u. FYI-Malaysia and SIngapore is one of the most stable and safest country to travel in South East Asia. I know from experience myself, locals are very friendly to foreigners-expecially mat sallehs (whites)

KL is the best place to go shopping-hit Chinatown, best place to drink-Bukit Bintang. Skip the museums tours, they're not worth it, travel cheap-user RAPIDKL, u can reuse the same ticket for the whole day. Avoid taxis-diesel and petrol price hikes-->rocketing fares.

Ignore the political turmoils, its only between the politicians.Doesnt have direct impact on the people. You can drink your beer on the street (as long as ur not a muslim, ur good to go)

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 8, 2008, at 3:02 AM by pritianki ]

14. Posted by Jimie79 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I disagree with the notes above.......MALAYSIA IS THE SAFEST PLACE TO VISIT.

15. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I've heard good and bad things with saftey after dark. Im about to find out when i arrive in KL at about 21:30 ( if the train is on time ) and try to make my way to the hostel using public transport. Taxi = cheating ! I'll let you know if i make it in one piece.

I have been told to watch out in JB on the singapore border, Is there much truth in this ?


16. Posted by rsingkang (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

KL is a relatively safe place to visit if you take the usual precautions that you'd normally take in a big city.

Don't flash your camera, wallet or money, don't walk alone in dark alleys, always beware of pickpockets, be aware of your surroundings, etc....

Petty crimes happen but violent crimes are uncommon.

Try to take the LRT/Monorails whenever possible. Taxis, if you are not careful, are most likely to rip you off. Perhaps try asking for a metered taxi from your hotel. Shopping is really cheap in KL and you are spoiled for choices. Also food is delicious and abundant, and it's relatively clean and safe.

17. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1116 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Jimie79

I disagree with the notes above.......MALAYSIA IS THE SAFEST PLACE TO VISIT.


I just felt so insecure... a bit racist too... I lost money and my cellphone with all my macau photos. We were also chased on the main street by an Indian guy and that was hell scary. I mean its BUKID BINTANG, its so POSH and they said its so modern and fashionable... NO ITS NOT! Its just beautiful, but there is no modern or liberal culture there. The only thing modern is the crime. No wonder they have many POLICEMEN on the entrance of the street.

Its so posh and modern, you do not expected to be transported to some Indian town in a flash, as a mad man chases you and threating your life. Its the irony that magnifies the bad thing. I mean you would never expect someone to chase you in the GLITZ and Glamour of Bukid Bintang. Apparently, the so called street of fashionably trendy is a myth. Its practically little India with designer coffee shops instead of tandoori restaurants.

On my last day, I left coz I cant find a hostel that was going to make me leave my backpack. I had to carry my backpack all the time, becoz my instict tell me it aint safe to leave my stuff and it confirmed by the staff of the hotel.

Its sad, how a very nice street is reduced to a danger zone by some lazy citizens who just wants to steal for a living.

18. Posted by Mila87 (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Malaysia is a relatively safe place to visit, but I was always precautious in Kuala Lumpur. I know there's a lot of robberies.

I wouldn't want to walk around alone at night, being a white girl and an easy target ;)

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20. Posted by devinair (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I think like any big city, you need to be cautious. I think it is a safe place but be careful so avoid dark alleys alone, travel in the daytime or in a group. If you plan to go to Petaling street, go early and I heard you get good bargain if you know how to haggle. The people are pleasant and it is easy to get around. There many foreigners who have lived there for along time. Malaysian websites will be able to guide of places of interest and some precautionary measures that you can take. Have fun and if you like seafood, please try some, they are great.