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Introduction

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers

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Kuala Lumpur (/ˈkwɑːlə lʊmˈpʊər/) is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia and is internationally known for the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2003 and are the tallest twin towers on earth. Located in the middle of the west coast, the city is the centre of many things in Malaysia. It began with the discovery of tin in the 1850s at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers. Hence it is the place of the discovery that gave the city its name, which means muddy (Malay: lumpur) confluence (kuala).

KL, as it is commonly referred to, has a good mix of old and new. From the old British colonial government and pre-war buildings, to the newly built skyscrapers and shopping complexes, KL has a unique blend of virtually everything for everyone.

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Suburbs

There are several suburbs surrounding the city of Kuala Lumpur, which together with the city itself form a large metropolitan area known as the Klang Valley, named after a river that flows through the city.

  • Ampang
  • Petaling Jaya
  • Puchong
  • Kajang
  • Selayang
  • Serdang
  • Seri Kembangan
  • Shah Alam
  • Subang Jaya

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Sights and Activities

Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers are an icon, not only of Kuala Lumpur but also modern Malaysia, and no visit to KL is complete without a visit to the twin towers. Standing at 451.9 metres tall, the 88 storey Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. Connecting the two towers on Levels 41 and 42 is a double-deck skybridge, 170 metres above ground. The lower section of the skybridge is open to all visitors while the upper section is reserved for tenants only. Beneath the towers are a large shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants and cafés. Right behind is a 7-hectare park with fountain, children's wading pool and jogging trail. The towers were featured in the 1999 film Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones where a scene took place on top of the skybridge. Those who wants to see bird eyes view of the city could buy a ticket (RM80) to get on the skybridge and observation deck.

Adjacent to the towers is the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre where beneath the building is the Aquaria KLCC. Located on the concourse level, the 6,000 m² aquarium features a 90-metre-long underwater tunnel and over 250 different species of land animals and marine life from Malaysia and around the world.

Kuala Lumpur Tower

KL Tower

KL Tower

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Another famous icon of the city, KL Tower (Malay: Menara KL) is a telecommunications tower with a structural height of 421 metres above ground level. Built in 1995 on Bukit Nanas (literally pineapple hill), it is the seventh tallest tower in the world. Because it sits on top of a hill, its height is at 515 metres above sea level, which is higher than the Petronas Twin Towers.

The observation deck at 276 metres above ground level (not counting the height of the hill) provides an excellent aerial view of Kuala Lumpur. It has been said that one can even see the Strait of Malacca from the tower on a perfect clear day. There is also a revolving restaurant which provides breathtaking views while you indulge on a sumptuous buffet of Malaysian delicacies.

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve

Surrounding the KL Tower is the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. Gazetted in 1906, it is one of the oldest forest reserves in the country. It covers an area of about 11 hectares and is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur.

The entrance is on Jln Raja Chulan opposite the church. In the reserve is a 100+ year old Jelutong tree (Dyera Costulata) standing right next to the tower. Along the trails around the rainforest you could see different species of trees, colourful butterflies, insects, tropical birds, squirrels and macaque monkeys. You may need to take mosquito repellant.

Batu Caves

Enterance to the Batu Caves

Enterance to the Batu Caves

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The Batu Caves are a series of caves on a limestone hill formed millions of years ago. The caves are located 13 kilometres north of the city of Kuala Lumpur. The biggest cave has been made into a Hindu temple in 1891. To reach the cave, one has to climb a staircase of 272 steps, but it's worth every ounce of energy used. There are many macaque monkeys around, take care because they are known to grab bags, cameras etc when looking for food. Every year, over a million Hindu devotees and visitors throng the temple for the Thaipusam celebrations, which falls between mid-January to early February. It is an eye-opening event with so many visitors all travelling to the site, it must not be missed if you visit Kuala Lumpur during this time of year.

Central Market

Located just a few minutes away from Chinatown, Central Market was once the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur. This 1936 Art Deco building was converted into a centre of arts and crafts in the mid-1980s. Since then, it is also known as Pasar Seni in Malay, which means Art Market, and houses a variety of shops selling local arts, locally hand crafted souvenirs, batik, antiques, clothes and souvenirs.

Lake Gardens

The Lake Gardens is the oldest and most popular park in Kuala Lumpur. This manicured garden was once home to the British colonial officials. Within this 92-hectare park is a lake surrounded by lush greenery and a few other attractions, all within walking distance:

Blue peacock

Blue peacock

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  • Kuala Lumpur Bird Park - Covering an area of approximately 8.4 hectares (21 acres), the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is reputed to be one of the largest covered aviary park in the world. Located in a large green lung in the city centre, this huge free-flight walk-in bird cage houses about 800 birds of over 50 local and foreign species living in a balanced and semi-natural, man-made environment. These birds have adapted so well that they are able to build their own nests and breed naturally. While many birds roam freely across the park, certain species such as the hornbills and parrots are confined in separate large sections within the aviary to ensure visitors will not miss the chance to see them. Other main attractions include the Indian Blue Peacocks, Crowned Pigeons, Yellow-billed Storks and flamingos. Time your visit to coincide with the feeding session of the birds. Entry is expensive, RM45 for adults.
  • Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park - Home to around 6,000 butterflies of over 120 species. Located behind the KL Bird Park and near the Lake Gardens, the park is entirely covered by net and landscaped with more than 15,000 plants to resemble a rainforest and to create a natural habitat for the butterflies.
Orchid Garden, Kuala Lumpur

Orchid Garden, Kuala Lumpur

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  • Kuala Lumpur Orchid Garden - Located on top of a hill opposite the KL Bird Park. This one-hectare floral paradise contains over 800 varieties of orchids. During the weekend, cut flowers and plants are available for sale at the garden. Within the Orchid Garden is the Hisbiscus Garden. This garden contains many varieties of hibiscus, including the national flower of Malaysia, known as bunga raya in Malay. Entry to the Orchid Garden is free during the weekdays while a nominal fee is charged during the weekends.
  • Kuala Lumpur Deer Park - Built in a 2 hectare enclosure near the famous KL Bird Park, the KL Deer Park is not well known among tourists. Some deers are imported from Holland while the world’s smallest hoofed animal — the mousedeer is sourced from neighbouring South East Asian countries.
  • Carcosa Seri Negara - Carcosa Seri Negara is a government-owned luxury hotel within the Lake Gardens. Situated on two adjacent hills, the hotel includes two colonial mansions, one named Carcosa, the other Seri Negara (formerly King's House). Built in 1897 and 1913 respectively, the buildings were official residence of top British colonial officers to Malaya. Upon independence in 1957, they were given to the British Government, "as a token of goodwill of the Malayan people to Her Majesty's Government," and they became the official residence to the British High Commissioners. The buildings were returned to the Malaysian Government in 1987 after which they were converted into a luxury hotel. Carcosa Seri Negara have been the official residence for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during their visits to Kuala Lumpur. One of Carcosa Seri Negara's trademarks is the traditional English afternoon tea, served daily in the elegant drawing room, or on the charming wrap-around verandah, overlooking the beautiful gardens.

Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon is a theme park located in a neighbouring township south-west of Kuala Lumpur. It consists of five different themed parks: Amusement Park, Extreme Park, Water Park, Wildlife Park, Scream Park. Built on a former tin mining pool, the 80-acre park offers all the adventure and excitement you could want from a theme park and water park put together. With its own hotel resort, shopping mall and cinema located within the complex, it will have something to keep people of all interests and ages entertained. Sunway Lagoon is easily accessible by public transportation. It takes only about 15 to 20 minutes drive from the KL city centre to get there via the Federal Highway.

Museums and Galleries

  • Islamic Arts Museum - The Islamic Arts Museum located on Jalan Lembah Perdana near the Lake Gardens is South East Asia's largest museum of Islamic Art. It houses more than 7,000 artifacts representing the Islamic world. The museum has various themed galleries and two of the more popular ones are the Islamic Architecture Gallery which showcases miniature models of famous buildings/mosques from the Islamic world, and the Al-Quran/Manuscript Gallery which has a collection of more than 200 Islamic manuscripts including a rare Quran from the Ming dynasty.
  • National Art Gallery - The National Art Gallery (Balai Seni Lukis Negara) showcases art pieces and exhibitions by local and overseas artists. The art gallery is located on Jalan Tun Razak, right next to the National Theatre (Istana Budaya).
  • National History Museum - The National History Museum located on Jalan Raja has been operational since 1996 and showcases various artifacts and materials that depict Malaysia's wealth of historical heritage. Some of the important items displayed are the table on which 1874 Pangkor treaty was signed, the Malayan flag (raised on the night of 31 August 1957 to signal the independence of the country), a 40,000-year-old homo-sapiens skull, a 520-million-year-old metamorphic sandstone and a gold coin dating back to the 15th century.
  • National Museum - The National Museum (Muzium Negara) was set up in 1963 to preserve and depict Malaysia's rich cultural heritage. This museum located on Jalan Damansara has a main central hall and various galleries which provide valuable insights into the evolution and development of modern Malaysia.
  • Telecommunications Museum - The Telecommunications Museum is the first interactive museum in Malaysia and is located on Jalan Gereja. Housed in a 70-year-old two-storey building, this museum traces the over 120 years of telecommunications development in the country, starting from the initial Morse code telegraph to the cell phones and digital networks of today. Address: Jalan Gereja, Kuala Lumpur, Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
  • Museum of Asian Art - The Museum of Asian Art is situated in the University of Malaya, the oldest university in Malaysia. Considered a cultural gem, the museum showcases over 6,000 pieces of artefacts, mainly ceramics that come from the three main races of the nation – Malay, Chinese and Indian. The museum also showcases the unique material aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture, including Chinese pottery Hindu statuary, textiles from the Malay archipelago, and sacred masks of Orang Asli communities in 1,500 squares feet of gallery space.

Other Sights and Activities

in KL

in KL

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  • Chinatown (Petaling Street)
  • Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek)
  • Malayan Railway Administration Building (KTMB)
  • National Monument (Tugu Negara)
  • Old Railway Station
  • Sri Mahamariamman Temple
  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building (the clock tower)
  • Thean Hou Temple

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Events and Festivals

Cultural and Religious

  • [listing name=Chinese Lunar New Year type=event]Chinese make up about a quarter of the total population of Kuala Lumpur, and in honour of the Chinese New Year, Malaysia has declared the first two days of the new year public holidays. On the 15th day of the new year, which is also the last day of the festival, several shops at Chinatown will hire professional lion dance troupes to perform at their premises. One can expect to see lions performing amazing stunts, jumping from pole to pole of up to three meters tall. The highlight is usually the last performance of the day, hired by the Kiew Brothers shop (look for the boxing chicken logo) which sells dried meat. The troupe usually start to assemble the poles on the road in front of the shop at about 5:00pm. Be there around that time to get a good view when the performance starts at about 6:00pm, as the crowd will only grow bigger.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - Alternatively known as the Moon Festival, Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival. During this festival, people eat "moon cakes", which are a small dessert cake filled with ground lotus, sesame seeds, and egg yolk. Along with the dessert, visitors will enjoy colorfully decorated streets and lanterns of many shapes and sizes. This harvest festival for the farmers also has two stories linked to it: a mythical legend and a folklore tale. The legend is about Chang'e in Chinese mythology involving Houyi, the Archer; Chang'e, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality; an emperor, either benevolent or malevolent; an elixir of life; and the Moon. The folklore tale is about an uprising in China against the Mongol rulers of the Yuan Dynasty (1280-1368) in the 14th century. Because gathering of people were banned, a rebellion against the Mongols was planned by inserting a piece of paper containing the message into the mooncake, which the Mongols do not eat, and widely distributed to the people in conjuntion with the festival. On the night of the festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the Mongol rulers. What followed was the establishment of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Dates of this festival vary every year with the moon, but it typically occurs in September.
  • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri - This Muslim festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is celebrated by 60% of the population in Kuala Lumpur. The first two days are public holidays, and most people take extra days off to spend time with family and visit relatives and friends. Event takes place the end of September each year. During the Hari Raya (or Eid as it is known in the Middle East), Kuala Lumpur's streets will be almost free of traffic and most attractions are closed for at least two days. Those wanting to try Malay traditional cuisines can flock to the official residence of the Prime Minister.
  • Thaipusam - This annual Hindu festival commemorates the birthday of lord Murugan. Over a million devotees and visitors participate in a 15-kilometre walk from Sri Maha Mariaman to the Batu Caves as an act of gratitude or penance for wrong-doing. Many of the devotees have some kind of offering attached to their body by metal hooks, or others bring offerings of milk carried in jugs on their heads. This event occurs every year in January.
  • Deepavali (Diwali) - Deepavali is a significant Hindu festival, also known as the Festival of Lights, that celebrates the victory of good over evil. For Hindu's, this is the most important celebration of the year. Celebrated every year in October, this event marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.
  • Christmas - Kuala Lumpur is a somewhat of a culture melting-pot, with the 2000 census indicating that almost 10% of the city's population are practicing Christians. Christmas is celebrated as the joyous day of Christ's birth, and it has been declared as a public holiday in Malaysia. As with other major celebrations, shopping centres in the city will try to outdo one another in the decorating their premises for Christmas.
  • Other Events and Festivals

    • International Water Festival - This event celebrates all things water; from water conservation to a variety of water sports, this event will definitely cool you off! Visitors can expect to see dynamic water shows (jet ski and kayak races, etc.), water parades, and a beautiful fireworks display. This festival is held every year in the spring (typically in March).
    • Food and Fruit Festival - Kuala Lumpur is one of the best cities to host a food festival because of its wide variety of cultures and cuisines from all over Asia. This foodie event is sure to satisfy and intrigue all types of palates with culinary offerings from some of the best chefs in the region. This event takes place every July.
    • Malaysian Mega Sale Carnival - As one of the shopping capitols in the country, Kuala Lumpur features some of the best sales of the year during the months of March, August, and December. Many retail outlets offer unbeatable sales during these months, and in recent years hotels and restaurants have joined the festivities, offering special deals and discounts as well.
    • Hari Merdeka Parade (31 Aug 2013) - August 31st commemorates Malaysia's independence. One of the largest celebrations held on this day occurs in Merdeka Square, where a grand parade is held every year.
    • Rainforest World Music Festival - This 3-day annual festival is one of the regions most popular events and features a line-up of folk and world music bands. Even if you're not a fan of this style of music, this festival is worth stopping-by just to experience the culture and cuisine that is also offered to visitors. This festival is held every year in July or August in the Sarawak Cultural Village.

    Sporting Events

    • Le Tour de Mangkawi - Malaysia's version of the Tour de France features some of the top bicycle racers from the region and around the globe. This challenging 2000 km route challenges the endurance and athleticism of anyone that enters. Various kinds of entertainment and food/drink stands will be available for spectators. This event takes place over a week in February/March.
    • F1 Malaysia Grand Prix - This popular racing event comes to Kuala Lumpur every Spring (typically in March). Visitors can expect big crowds and lots of fanfare accompanying this event. Local retailers offer huge sales to all of the tourists that flood the city during this time of year.
    • Malaysian MotoGP - An exciting motorcycle racing event held every year in Kuala Lumpur. Race fans will not be disappointed by the energy at this event.
    • Kuala Lumpur International Marathon - During this this fun marathon event, racers will run through the streets of Kuala Lumpur while being cheered on by thousands of spectators. Race entry fees support local charities.
    • Kuala Lumpur Base Jump - An annual event, you can watch daredevil BASE jumpers from over 20 countries use parachutes to jump from the Kuala Lumpur Towers.

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    Weather

    The average temperature during the day can easily reach as high as 34 °C and could drop to as low as 22 °C during the night or after a thunderstorm. Higher or lower temperatures are actually extremely rare and variations throughout the year are extremely low. The average highs range from 31.5 °C in December to 33.2 °C in March, while average lows range from 22.5 °C in January to 23.9 °C in May. Thunderstorms could come in less than an hour without warning during wet season and even though it seldom lasts for more than 2 hours, flash floods could occur a couple of times a year, and the traffic would come to a standstill. Average annual precipitation is around 2,400mm with the wettest months being October to December and March/April, with around 250mm a month. June and July are the driest with about half that amount.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
    Avg Max32.1 °C32.9 °C33.2 °C33.1 °C32.9 °C32.7 °C32.3 °C32.3 °C32.1 °C32.1 °C31.6 °C31.5 °C
    Avg Min22.5 °C22.8 °C23.2 °C23.7 °C23.9 °C23.6 °C23.2 °C23.1 °C23.2 °C23.2 °C23.2 °C22.9 °C
    Rainfall169.5 mm165.4 mm240.9 mm259.2 mm204.4 mm125.3 mm127.2 mm155.7 mm192.8 mm253.1 mm287.8 mm245.7 mm
    Rain Days11121416139101113161815

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    Getting There

    By Plane

    There are two airports serving the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area, Klang Valley.

    KLIA, as it is commonly referred to, is a main gateway to the country and Kuala Lumpur. It is also the base of flag carrier Malaysia Airlines and budget airline AirAsia. The latter uses KLIA2.

    The airport is linked to the city centre via an express train service which takes only 28 minutes compared to an hour by car or bus. Although not heavily publicized, the KL airport is actually over 60km away from the city centre.

    • Subang Airport (IATA: SZB, ICAO: WMSA) (officially Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport)

    Located 15 minutes away from the city centre in the KL suburb of Subang, it was formerly the main airport of the country before the new KLIA was built. It now serves mostly turboprop flights operated by FireFly and other private airlines.

    By Train

    The Malayan Railway (Malay: Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM)) is the operator of the rail services in the peninsula.

    • Train No. 01 (Ekspres Rakyat) Butterworth - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore
    • Train No. 02 (Ekspres Rakyat) Singapore - Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth
    • Train No. 03 (Ekspres Sinaran Utara) Butterworth - Kuala Lumpur * Service suspended from 17 March 2008 until further notice.
    • Train No. 04 (Ekspres Sinaran Utara) Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth * Service suspended from 17 March 2008 until further notice.
    • Train No. 05 (Ekspres Sinaran Pagi) Kuala Lumpur - Singapore
    • Train No. 06 (Ekspres Sinaran Petang) Singapore - Kuala Lumpur
    • Train No. 07 (Ekspres Langkawi) Hat Yai - Butterworth - Kuala Lumpur
    • Train No. 08 (Ekspres Langkawi) Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth - Hat Yai
    • Train No. 11 (Ekspres Senandung Malam) Kuala Lumpur - Singapore
    • Train No. 12 (Ekspres Senandung Malam) Singapore - Kuala Lumpur
    • Train No. 16 (Ekspres Wau) Kuala Lumpur - Gemas - Tumpat
    • Train No. 17 (Ekspres Wau) Tumpat - Gemas - Kuala Lumpur
    • Train No. 18 (Gading Mas) Kuala Lumpur - Gemas - Tumpat
    • Train No. 19 (Gading Mas) Tumpat - Gemas - Kuala Lumpur

    By Car

    Kuala Lumpur is connected by the North-South Expressway (NSE) that runs along the states on the west coast. The NSE Northern Route (E1) starts from the Malaysia-Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam until Kuala Lumpur. The NSE Southern Route (E2) begins from the Malaysia-Singapore border at Johor Bahru and ends at Kuala Lumpur.

    From the east coast states, the East Coast Expressway (E8) starts from Kuantan and runs through inner Pahang before it ends at Gombak, north of Kuala Lumpur.

    By Bus

    Regular express bus services to Kuala Lumpur are available in all major towns and cities, including Singapore and Thailand. The main bus terminal is Puduraya, located in the city centre between Bukit Bintang (10 to 15 minutes walk) and Chinatown (5 minutes walk). It has the most number of connections compared to other smaller bus terminals around the city.

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    Getting Around

    By Car

    Driving yourself in Kuala Lumpur is not recommended. Heavy traffic, suicidal motorcyclists and bad signposts at some time make it very difficult, espcially if you are used to driving at the righthand side of the road and just arrived in the country. There is no use of getting around by car anyway with the good public transport there is nowadays.

    By Public Transport

    RapidKL is the main operator of bus, metro and monorail services in and around the nation's capital. This map shows the connections between the different rail services in and around the city.

    Bus
    All RapidKL buses are air-conditioned.

    GoKLPurple line
    Green line
    Free of charge
    City shuttle (Bandar)BxxxRM1.00
    Trunk (Utama)UxxxRM1.00 (within the same zone)
    RM1.90 (across two zones)
    RM2.50 (across three zones)
    RM3.00 (across four zones)
    Local (Tempatan)TxxxRM1.00
    Express (Ekspres)ExxRM3.80

    GoKL is a bus service introduced in 2012 servicing tourists and local population around the city centre area. The buses are equipped with on board wifi, are air-conditioned and are currently free of charge.

    Metro
    The LRT (Light Rail Transit) has two lines servicing the city:

    Fares for a single trip range from 70 sen to RM5.10.

    Monorail
    The Monorail Line only runs in the city and links the central station (KL Sentral) with the Titiwangsa bus hub.

    Train
    The Malayan Railways (Keretapi Tanah Melayu, KTM) operate the KTM Komuter services connecting the suburban areas and neighbouring towns with the city. Fares for a single trip start from RM1.

    Taxi
    All KL taxis are metered and must charge by the following official fare structure:

    First 1 kmRM3.00
    Every subsequent 115 metres or part thereof10 sen
    'Idle' moments (e.g. traffic jam)RM3.00 for the first three minutes, 10 sen for every subsequent 21 seconds or part thereof
    More than 2 passengers20 sen per passenger
    Booking feeRM 2
    Midnight (0000 hrs to 0600 hrs)50% surcharge
    To airportRM10 surcharge
    From airportPrepaid coupon purchased at the airport

    Unfortunately the bad apples amongst the taxis usually concentrate in touristy and busy areas. Many taxis in these places will ask for a flat fare (usually marked higher than it would be) especially during rush hours. Insist on using the meter as all city taxis must use the meter, by official regulations.

    If you managed to get a taxi to use the meter, don't let your guard down yet. Pay attention to the meter as some dishonest drivers are known to have calibrated the meter to run faster than it should. Apart from looking at the taxi odometer (mileometer), another way to track the distance travelled is to count the number of street light posts the taxi had driven past. Stand-alone street lights (not those on utility poles) in Malaysia are usually placed about 50 metres apart, so a passing of two street lights after the first one (on a junction-less road) equals to about 100 metres. Unscrupulous taxi drivers may also resort to make their meter reading 'jump' by a few ringgit when the passenger is not looking at the meter.

    If you're using a smartphone, install one of these free apps: TaxiMonger and MyTeksi. They help hailing a cab less stressful. The apps will let you book a cab and report your experience direct to the authorities. RM2 booking fee applies.

    By Bike

    Biking, even less so than getting around on foot, is not a good idea, unless you like sweating and keeping your eye on the road all the time instead of the surrounding buildings.

    By Foot

    Due to the heat from the sun during the day, walking farther than a couple of kilometres is usually not preferred. Still, most of Kuala Lumpur is not difficult to navigate on foot. Just be careful when crossing streets and be especially aware of motorcyclists.

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    Eat

    Kuala Lumpur, like most capitals, has the widest selection of restaurants in the country, ranging from small local food stalls to superp international dining experiences. In general: when it is busy, the food is good! And steer clear from food stalls which sells close to nothing.
    Some good websites with abundant lists of restaurants are:

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    Sleep

    Budget

    Backpacker hostels are mostly concentrated in the Bukit Bintang and Golden Triangle areas. Prices of a bed range from RM30 (dorm) to RM90 (private room) per night. Budget hotels are also available at the range of RM100 to 150 per room.

    PropertyAddressTypePopularity
    Alpha Genesis HotelNo 45 Tengkat Tong Shin Bukit BintangHOTEL-
    Anjung KL Guesthouse 24, Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin,Guesthouse-
    Anjung KL Guesthouse and HostelNo. 13-A, Jalan Tong Shin (Off Jalan Bukit Bintang)Hostel-
    Attapsana GuesthouseNo. 38, 1st Floor Jalan Berangan OffJalan, NagasariGuesthouse-
    Babylon Guesthouselot 3, Jalan Rembia, off Jalan Tengkat Tong shinHostel74
    BackHome Kuala Lumpur30, Jalan Tun H.S. LeeHostel90
    Backpackers Travellers Inn60b, 2nd floor Jalan Sultan, 50000Hostel73
    Cintamani Travellers LodgeNo. 37 & 39 Jalan Hang LekiuHOSTEL76
    Citin Hotel Masjid JamekNo. 7, Seksyen 33, Jalan Melayu Jalan Masjid IndiaHotel-
    Citin Hotel PuduNo. 36, Jalan Pudu Kuala LumpurHotel77
    Citrus Hotel51 Jalan Tiong Nam 51 Jalan Tiong Nam Off Jalan Raja LautHotel77
    Classic Inn Budget HotelNo:52, Jalan 1/77A, Changkat Thambi Dollah Off Jalan ImbiHostel-
    Combo Guesthouse69 Changkat Bukit BintangHostel-
    Comfort Inn Sdn BhdNo.65 Cangkat Bukit BintangHotel-
    Cube Hotel180 Jalan PuduHotel-
    D'Oriental Inn82 & 84, Petaling StreetHOTEL-
    Eighty-Eight Inn (88 Inn)No 2, Jalan 1/77B, Changkat Thambi DollahHotel74
    Equator Hostel70 Lorong 1/77A Off Jalan PuduHostel-
    Green Hut Lodge48 Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang 50200Hostel77
    Grocer's InnNo.78 Jalan SultanHostel71
    Hostel CosmopolitanNo. 73 & 75 Jalan Haji Hussein Off JalanRajaMuda Abdul Aziz,Chow Kit/Kampung BaruHOSTEL73
    Hostel Red DragonNo.83, Pertaling Street,Hostel-
    Hotel CapitolJalan Bulan, off Jalan Bukit BintangHotel-
    Hotel China Town Inn52-54 Jalan Petaling,Hotel77
    Hotel Chinatown 2No.70-72,Jalan Petaling,Hotel76
    Hotel Sabrina Kuala LumpurNo.83, Jalan Bukit BintangHotel-
    KL RetreatJalan Bukit KeramatHostel-
    Kuala Lumpur Serviced ApartmentsBistari Southern Block, 1st Floor Lobby Jalan 1/64D, Off Jalan PutraApartment-
    Matahari Lodge58-1, Jalan Hang KasturiHostel84
    Mayview Glory Hotel100-101 Jalan Pudu LamaHotel80
    Moon Lodge23/25 2nd Floor Jalan Tun Tan Siew SinHostel-
    My City Hotel118-120 jln petalingHotel73
    Number Eight GuesthouseNo 8-10, Jalan Tengkat Tung Shin,Guesthouse73
    Malaysian Guest HouseNo 12 Jalan Rembia off Tingkat Tong Shin Bukit BintangGuesthouse-
    Paradiso Bed&Breakfast116B Jalan Bukit BintangHOSTEL76
    Phoenix Hotel57, Jalan Sungai BesiHotel-
    Pondok Lodge20-1B Jalan Changkat Bukit BintangHostel75
    Pujangga Homestay21 Jalan Berangan Off Jalan NagasariHostel-
    Puteri Park HotelJalan Raja LautHOTEL-
    Rainforest Bed and Breakfast27 Jalan Mesui off Jalan Nagasari Bukit BintangHostel81
    Red Palm5, Tengkat Tong Shin Bukit BintangHostel87
    Reggae Guest House 1156 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee 1st FloorHOSTEL78
    Reggae Guest House 2206,1st Floor Jalan Tun H S LeeHostel-
    Serai Inn2nd Floor 62, Jalan Hang LekiuHostel76
    Swiss-Inn Kuala Lumpur-an International Hip Hotel62, Jalan SultanHOTEL79
    Swiss-Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur117 Jalan PuduHotel-
    The Travel Hub15A-17A , First Floor Jalan Balai PolisHostel80
    Tiara Guesthouse Kuala Lumpur23, Jalan Mesui Off Jalan Nagasari,50200 Kuala LumHostel-
    Travellers PalmNO 10 Jalan Rembia Off Tengkat Tong Shin Bukit Bintang, 50200Hostel78
    Tropical Guest House & HostelNo 2, Jalan Tengkat Tong ShinHOSTEL78
    V La Court Hotel194 Jalan Pudu Kuala LumpurHotel-
    Westover LodgeNo 4, 2nd Floor Medan Pasar Wilayah PersekutuanGuesthouse-
    Wheelers Guest House131-133 Jalan tun.h.s.lee Kuala lumpurHostel75
    Zass Hotel428, Jalan PuduHostel76
    Transit Point Bed And Breakfast49 Jalan SultanHostel-
    Alamanda Hotel Petaling Street85 Jalan Petaling ChinatownHOTEL-
    Travellers Home23&25, 2nd Floor, 2nd floor Jalan Tun Tan Siew SinGuesthouse-
    Kuala Lumpur Guest House19 Tengket Tong Shin Road Bukit BintangGuesthouse-
    Sahabat Guesthouse41, Jalan Sahabat, Off Tengkat Tong ShinHostel82
    kl heaven guest houseNo. 21 off Tengkat Tong Shin Bukit BintangGuesthouse-
    Family Hotel Malaysia26A, Lebuh Gopeng, Klang,Hotel-
    Hotel Sempurna173 & 175 Jalan Imbi Kuala LumpurHOTEL-
    Irsia Bed and Breakfast34 lorong 1/77a jalan changkat thambi dollah off jalan pudu ( behind berjaya times square)Hostel79
    UK ASIA GUEST HOUSENo. 46, Jalan Bukit BintangGuesthouse-
    The Explorers Guesthouse and HostelNo 128 & 130 Jalan Tun H.S LeeHOSTEL88
    Etika Inn76B, Jalan SultanHotel76
    Chill InnNo. 5 Jalan Yap Ah LoyHotel74
    Step Inn Guest House and HostelNo.35 Jalan Pudu lama Off jalan PuduHostel80
    168 hotel20 Jalan Bukit BintangHotel-
    Transit Budget Hotel8 Jalan Airport City 2 Kota Warisan Sepang SelangorHotel-
    Chateau@KualaLumpur44 Jn Desa 6/7 Bandar Country Homes Rawang SelangorHotel-
    Palmmers Guest HouseNo 40 jalan hang kasturiGuesthouse-
    Sunshine Bedz KL65 B, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang,Hostel88
    Ocean Palmz Guest House12, Jalan Rembia off Tengkat Tong Shin Bukit BintangGuesthouse-
    Orkid Inn (Pudu)No. 258, Jalan Pudu Kuala LumpurHOTEL-
    Orkid Inn (Times Square)No.26, Jalan Kampong Dollah Off Jalan PuduHOTEL-
    Central Lodge4th Floor, No 27, Jln Tun Sambathan 4 Brickfiel, Kuala LumpurHostel75
    Forever Young Guest HouseNo. 36C, Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit BintangGuesthouse-
    Suzie's Guesthouse and Hostel KL179, 1st floor, Jalan Tun H.S.Lee.Hostel84
    PODs the Backpackers Home6-1, No 30 Jalan Thambipillay Brickfields, Kuala LumpurHostel79
    Ribbon StayyzNO 31-M1, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock Petaling StreetHostel-
    Fernloft KL @ ChinatownNo 60A Jalan Hang KasturiHostel76
    Arenaa Mountbatten Hotel23 Jalan Tun PerakHostel77
    USD Holiday Guest Room7-2 Jalan Danau Lumayan Pusat Perniaagan Danau Lumayan Bandar Tasik Permaisuri,CherasGuesthouse89
    Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur49-59, Jalan Tun H.S LeeHostel88
    Home-Zone Boutique Guesthouse55, Jalan Beluntas Medan DamansaraGuesthouse-
    Star CastleLot number 39 Jalan Tengkat Tong shinHOTEL78
    Orange Pekoe GuesthouseNo 1-1, Jalan Angsoka, Off Jalan Bukit BintangGUESTHOUSE81
    Le Hotel Chinatown37, Jalan PetalingHotel73
    Eclipse Guesthouse55 Jalan Sultan Petaling StreetHostel76
    Stay Green Inn Hotel11 Jalan Petaling ChinatownHotel-
    Sri Puchong Hotel21-23, Jalan Puteri 2/1 Bandar Puteri Puchong,SelangorHotel-
    Hotel PetalingNo.121-123, Jalan PetalingHotel-
    Frenz Hotel Kuala Lumpur135, Jalan Tuanku Abdul RahmanHotel-
    Le Village ChinatownPetaling StreetHOSTEL-
    Serenity Hostels20 Jalan Changkat Bukit BintangHOSTEL77
    Swiss Hotel Kuala LumpurNo. 12, Jalan Tuanku Abdul RahmanHotel-
    Submarine Guest HouseNo 9 (Level 2), Lebuh PuduGuesthouse-
    Hotel de ArtLot 3 Jalan Kristal AS7/AS Section 7 Shah Alam SelangorHotel-
    Feel Like Home82-1, Amber Business Plaza 2, Jln Jelawat 1 off Jln Cheras,HOSTEL-
    Pavilion Private ApartmentsJalan Bukit BintangApartment-
    The Den @ BrickfieldsNo 7A, Jalan Ang Seng 3 Brickfields (Little India)HOSTEL-
    i2inn Guest HouseNO 12, Jalan Tingket Tong Shin,50200 off Jalan Bukit Bintang,Kuala LumpurHOSTEL-
    Hotel Lok Ann113 Jalan PetalingGUESTHOUSE-
    Matahari Lodge Two10-1,Jalan Hang Kasturi 58-1,Jalan Hang KasturiHOSTEL78
    The Bodhi Lodge26-1 Blok N Warisan Cityview Jalan 3/93a Off BatuGUESTHOUSE-
    Apple HotelNo.78, Jalan AlorHOTEL78
    Jes HotelNo 16-1 , JLN SS 2/2 Bandar Batu 11, Cheras KajangHotel-
    City Park Hotel Kuala LumpurNo. 46 Lorong Hj Hussein 1 Off Jalan Raja MudaHotel-
    Kuala Lumpur International HotelLorong Haji Hussein 2 Off Jalan Raja Muda Abd AzizHotel-
    Hotel Armada Petaling JayaLot 6, Lorong Utara C Section 52, Petaling Jaya SelangorHotel-
    Moon Eleven LCCTNo 9, Jalan Kota Warisan Permai 2/5 Kota Warisan, SepangHOSTEL-
    amiGOs KL GuesthouseNo.70, Lorong 1/77 A Jalan Changkat Thambi DollaHOSTEL-
    Agosto InnNo. 177 A , Jalan Tun.H.S.LeeHOSTEL-
    City Campus Lodge & HotelLevel 8, Kompleks Metro Pudu, 1 Jalan Metro Pudu 2GUESTHOUSE-
    Geo Hotel Kuala LumpurNO 7 Jalan HangGUESTHOUSE-
    Lacomme InnNo 12 Jalan Angsoka, Off Jalan Nagasari Bukit BintangHOTEL78
    Raizzy's Guesthouse165G Jalan Tun H. S. LeeHOSTEL81
    Hotel SuryaNo 48, 1st Floor Jalan Masjid IndiaHotel-
    KK Hotel93 Jalan SultanHostel-
    AnCasa Express @ Pudu4th Floor, Pudu Sentral Jalan PuduHotel-
    Ancasa Hotel and SpaJalan Tun Tan Cheng LockHotel-
    The Nest Boutique Hotel45, Jalan 3/108C Taman Sg Besi, (Next to Plaza same row with Public Bank)Hotel-
    Hotel Budget Inn Jalan Alor74 Jalan AlorHOTEL79
    V Garden HotelNo 21, Jalan Pudu Ulu , Off Jalan CherasHOTEL-
    Victory Street Boutique HotelNo 19, Jalan Kemuning Off Jalan Imbi, Bukit BintangHotel-
    Victory 2 Boutique HotelNo. 114 (Mezzanine), 114-1 114-2, 114-3, Jalan ImbiHotel-
    My Hotel @Brickfields Kuala LumpurNo 68, Jalan Padang Belia, BrickfieldsHotel-
    Damai 11 Home Vacation3A, Lorong Damai 11, Off Jalan Damai,HOSTEL-
    Funky Town GuesthouseNo.19 TengKat Tong Shin Bukit BintangGuesthouse73
    Amazing Hotel Kuala Lumpur23-1 Jalan Dwitasik 1 Bandar Sri permaisuri Wilayah PersekutuanHotel-
    V HotelNo. 3 Jalan 8/146 Metro Centre Bandar Tasik SelatanHotel-
    Grid 9 HotelNo.9 Jalan MaharajalelaHOSTEL79
    Fast Hotel SetapakNo.26 Jalan 8/23E, Taman Danau Kota, Off Jalan Genting Klang SetapakHotel-
    Columbia HotelPV 128 Commercial Hub 6-1,PV128, Jalan Genting Klang SetapakHotel-
    Hotel Wilayah53-59, Jalan Tiong Nam Off Jalan Raja LautHotel-
    Eastin Hotel13 Jalan 16/11 Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16Hotel-
    GDS Hotel Kuala LumpurNo 96 Jalan Datuk Haji Eusoff Off Jalan IpohHOTEL-
    The Nomad Sucasa All-Suite Hotel222, Jalan Ampang Kuala Lumpur City CentreHotel-
    Oasis Guest HouseNo.125A Jalan PetalingGUESTHOUSE-
    Cotton Fields - Your Holiday Home In MalaysiaJalan Medang Kapas Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar Mid Valley / BangsarHotel-
    Smile Boutique Hotel Sdn BhdNo 1, Jalan Chow KitHotel-
    Cititel Express Kuala Lumpur449, Jalan Tuanku Abdul RahmanHotel-
    Packbox LodgeNo.81, 2nd Floor Jalan Bukit BintangHOSTEL-
    Yellow House KLLlorong Ikan Emas 2 Kampong Ampang Campuran AmpangHostel-
    PutraView OstelloBlok A, Putra Walk, Bandar Putra PermaiHostel-
    The 5 Elements Hotel Sdn. Bhd.Lot 243, Jalan SultanHotel-

    Mid-Range

    Rooms are available for RM150 to 300 per night.

    Upscale

    Four and five stars hotel room rates in KL are quite cheap by western standards. A standard room starts from RM300 and could go as high as RM1,000 for an executive suite.

    Some of the international hotel chains in Kuala Lumpur:

    • Hilton Hotel (5-star) - Located across the street from the central station, which has links to the express train to the airport, intercity train services, city metro, taxis, and buses.
    • Shangri-la Hotel (5-star) - This hotel is in the Golden Triangle. It is only five minutes drive or 10 minutes walk to the Petronas Twin Towers.
    • Mandarin Oriental (5-star) - This hotel in located right next to the Petronas Twin Towers.
    • J.W. Marriot Hotel (5-star) - Located at Jalan Bukit Bintang.
    • Traders Hotel (4-star) - This hotel is only a stone's throw away from the Petronas Twin Towers as it is also part of the KLCC development area.
    • Concorde Hotel (4-star) - Hard Rock Cafe is located within this hotel.
    • More accomodation in Kuala Lumpur

    Apartments

    If you are travelling in a larger group for at least 3 to 4 days, you can consider renting an apartment. Some properties in KL are available to rent from their owners on a short term vacation basis. They normally have 2 to 3 bedrooms and shared services.

    • The Ascott (5-star)
    • Fahrenheit Suits (5-star)
    • PNB Park
    • Fraser Place
    • Somerset Seri Bukit Ceylon

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    Keep Connected

    Internet

    There are many places with free wi-fi hotspots in Kuala Lumpur, especially coffee shops, fast food places, cafes and restaurants. Some establishments may require you to buy something from them in order to get the security key. If you don't have a computer, internet cafés can be found all over Kuala Lumpur.

    Most mid-range and budget hotels provide free in room WIFI. On the other hand, most 5 stars or luxury hotels only provide complementary cabled internet for their guests and keep free WIFI in the lobby areas.

    Phone

    See also: International Telephone Calls

    The area code for Kuala Lumpur and Selangor is 03.

    Refer to the main Malaysia article for details on phone.

    Post

    The General Post Office (GPO) is located across the Klang River from Central Market, near Chinatown (Petaling Street). Generally, post offices are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, except the first Saturday of the month. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Pos Malaysia is the national postal service of Malaysia. Rates for sending a standard letter locally is 60 sen (20 gram). International airmail has minimum rates ranging from RM1.00 to RM2.00, depending on destination. It costs 50 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme anywhere in the world.

    Refer to the main Malaysia article for more details on post.

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    References

    1. 1 Mid-2010 estimate. Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Retrieved on 2011–08–01.

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    Area
    243.65 km²
    Population
    1 670 000[1] (city); 6 million (Greater KL)
    Demonym
    KL-ite
    Coordinates
    • Latitude: 3.15021
    • Longitude: 101.707703

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