Destination Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide & Advice, Holidays to Kuala Lumpur Planning Tips and Travel Information
The destination Kuala Lumpur is a modern and dynamic city in South Asia. The city is famous for its awe-inspiring skyline punctuated with minarets, skyscrapers, and Mughal-style domes. Kuala Lumpur is one of the world’s most visited cities. Bustling streets lined with verdant parks, food stalls, architectural and historical structures, lively night sports and big shopping malls make Kuala Lumpur, the sultry capital of Malaysia for holidays.
Destination Kuala Lumpur Facts
Area (Federal territory): 243 km2 (94 sq mi)
Official languages: Malay
International Airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (IATA: KUL, ICAO: WMKK)
Kuala Lumpur Population (2020): Approximately (Federal territory): 1,982,112
Currency: Malaysian ringgit
Ethnic groups (2016): Malay/Bumiputera: 45.9%, Chinese: 43.2%, Indians: 10.3%, Others 1.6% Others
Driving side: left
International dialing code for Malaysia: +60
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year’s Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year Holiday|
|22 Jan||Sun||Chinese New Year|
|23 Jan||Mon||Chinese New Year Holiday|
|24 Jan||Tue||Chinese New Year Holiday|
|1 Feb||Wed||Federal Territory Day|
|6 Feb||Mon||Thaipusam Holiday|
|8 Apr||Sat||Nuzul Al-Quran|
|21 Apr||Fri||Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday|
|22 Apr||Sat||Hari Raya Aidilfitri|
|23 Apr||Sun||Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday|
|24 Apr||Mon||Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday|
|1 May||Mon||Labour Day|
|4 May||Thu||Wesak Day|
|5 Jun||Mon||Agong’s Birthday|
|29 Jun||Thu||Hari Raya Haji|
|19 Jul||Wed||Awal Muharram|
|31 Aug||Thu||Merdeka Day|
|16 Sep||Sat||Malaysia Day|
|28 Sep||Thu||Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday|
|13 Nov||Mon||Deepavali Holiday|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
Emergency numbers: (police, fire, ambulance): 999
Policy and claim related enquiries: (+603) 2170 8282, (+603) 2034 9888
Time zone: UTC+8 (MST)
Mains electricity: 220 V–50 Hz
Entry requirements: Visa and valid passport
Here are some of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur:
Petronas towers – World tallest twin towers
Resembling 2 silver coloured rockets ready to launch into the Universe, the twin towers or Petronas towers are amazing landmarks of the city. These towers are proof of the city’s meteoric rise from a tin-mining shanty town. Visitors are permitted to go up the observation deck on the 86th floor.
The Batu caves are simple to reach from the city centre, placed in closely Selangor. The limestone hill has many amazing caves and the complex is one of the most visited and holy Tamil shrines outside of India. Dedicate to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan, a gigantic golden likeness of the gold standards at the bottom of the largest cave. Believed to have formed some four-hundred million years ago, the caves have been used as shelters and as areas of worship over the years.
Merdeka Square is the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It is known as Independence Square because of the Malaysian fag first flew here in 1957. The square is mostly a grass field, used by cricket players in colonial days, that is bordered by some of the city’s more popular buildings such as the Royal Selangor Club and National History Museum.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
KL Bird Park
Placed in the serene Lake Gardens, KL Bird Park is an eco-tourism place that it home to more than three-thousand birds belonging to 200 species. Birds are divided into 4 zones, three of the zones are known as free-flight, because birds are free to fly wherever they want in surroundings that resemble their natural, native habit.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia Southeast Asia biggest museum devoted to Islamic art. Opening in 1998, the museum is house to more than 7,000 artifacts, ranging from jewelry to a replica of the mosque in Mecca. The collection specs not just artifacts from the Malaysia and Middle East, but also from India and China.
Destination Kuala Lumpur Geography
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is placed in the southeast of the Asian continent; therefore, this area is generally referred to as a Southeast Asia. There are over twenty-eight million inhabitants in the country. Malaysia consists out 2 parts: Peninsular Malaysia, placed between Singapore in the south and Thailand in the north, and the two provinces Sarawak and Sabah, placed on Borneo.
Destination Kuala Lumpur Climate
Like the rest of the country, Kuala Lumpur has a rainforest tropical climate. Temperatures remain consistent: anyway some days reach higher temperature due to the haze air trapped within the city. Kuala Lumpur gets a minimum of hundred inches of rain a year. From October to March, abundant rainfall is guessed during the monsoon. June and July relatively dry and barely exceeds five inches per month.
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Destination Kuala Lumpur Transportation
Kuala Lumpur public transportation has developed into one of the latest transportation system in this area. It has a full network of taxis, buses, light rail transit, monorail, and commuter trains that give fast and convenient access to many parts of the city and its surrounding.
Trains in Kuala Lumpur
With amazing KL Sentral – the biggest train station in Southeast Asia – serving as the hub, 3 ambitious rail systems tie the city together.
The KTM Komuter and RapidKL LRT trains serve over hundred stations, while the KL Monorail connects eleven stations dotted around the city center. The KLIA Ekspres trains connect the 2 airport terminals with the city center.
The Kuala Lumpur public transport contains the monorail which serves eleven stations covering a distance of 8.6km in the city center. Big shopping centres such as Chow Kit, Lmbi, and Bukit Bintang are serviced by the monorail. It stretches from Titiwangsa station to Sentral station.
Using buses in Kuala Lumpur
Intercity buses in Kuala Lumpur are a very affordable option for getting around; anyway, they are frequently crowded and make frequent stops in heavy traffic. Figuring out the train and walking the difference on foot is generally way more efficient than wrestling with Kuala Lumpur traffic.
Many long-haul buses from Kuala Lumpur to destinations such as Perhentian and Penang islands depart from Pudu Sentral near Kuala Lumpur Chinatown.
Best places to eat
Here are some of the best places to eat in Kuala Lumpur:
Sin Hoy How
This is a traditional Chinese Kopi Tiam placed near Masjid Jamek, one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia and famous tourist place. It opens from 7 AM until 2 PM so it is best to place to have a perfect early breakfast before you begin the day.
VCR is one of my favorite cafes to sit and work in the city. The café is placed in two stores old traditional house in a quiet area of Kuala Lumpur.
They serve amazing brunch/breakfast dishes and they open early so VCR is another best place to have a quiet breakfast in the early hours.
Yut Kee restaurant
Yut Kee restaurant is a traditional Chinese restaurant serving all types of domestic food of the tasty Mee Hailam to chicken chop.
Funs facts of destination Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is ninety-four square miles in size an average elevation of seventy-two feet above sea level. The city floods during periods of heavy rains.
Kuala Lumpur is fondly called as KL, and its residents are known as Klites.
One of the Petronas twin towers was built by the Hazama Corporation Japan; the other twin tower was built by the Korean Samsung C&T Corporation.
One of the most famous Hindu shrines outside of India, the Batu caves are a series of cave templates in a limestone hill placed eight miles north of KL in the Gombak area.
Kuala Lumpur is the fashion and retail hub of Malaysia and boasts of more than sixty-five shopping malls, including the world’s biggest malls, which covers five million square feet.