Rich culture, diverse history, mouth-watering food and hospitable locals, Kuala Lumpur has it all!
This Ultimate guide to Kuala Lumpur will provide you with all the information you need before your trip!
Language: The official language in Malaysia is Malay.
Useful phrases: Selamat pagi (s’lamat pag-ee) – Good morning
Selamat Petang (s’lamat puh-tong) – Good afternoon / Good evening
Terima kasih (te-ree-mah ka-seh) – Thank you
Ya (yah) / Tidak (tee-dak) – Yes / No
Sama-sama (saa-ma saa-ma) -You are welcome
Currency: The currency in Malaysia is Malaysian Ringgit. 1 GBP equals approximately 5 MYR.
ATMs: You can find ATMs at major bank branches, shopping centers and pretty much everywhere in the cities. Unlike some other countries in Asia, Malaysia’s ATMs don’t charge you a fee for withdrawing money. Most ATMs will allow you a maximum of MYR 1,500 per transaction, and MYR 3,000 per day.
If you’re looking to exchange currency, you will get the best exchange rates in banks. Alternatively, you can use an authorized money changers which are densely scattered around touristic areas.
Visa: Residents of 63 countries get a 90-day visa free stay in Malaysia (including UK and EU nationals). Other nationalities receive either a 30 or a 14-day visa-free stay (check your goverrnment website for more information).
Mobile & Sim Cards: The best place to get a sim card is at the airport. There are several vendors offering similar deals, all at very reasonable prices and most offer unlimited data when used for social media. The main providers in Malaysia are Maxis, Cellcom, Digi and U Mobile. Of those four, Maxis has the biggest coverage.
Plugs: Malaysia uses plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Malaysia operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz.I’d recommend buying a universal adapter with surge protection to protect your electronics in case of a power surge.
The best time to visit Malaysia varies depending on which part of the peninsula you’re planning on travelling to due to the country’s geographical location and shape.
When it comes to the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur, the capital has a predominantly tropical climate contributing to a high level of humidity, plenty of sunshine and frequent rain showers throughout the year. The driest months are June, July and August and usually the rainiest months are April, October and November. We visited Kuala Lumpur in December and the temperatures were 30°+ throughout the day making exploring in the early morning and late afternoon the most sensible times in order to avoid the strong midday sun.
If you’re planning on visiting the west side of Malaysia (e.g. Penang and Langkawi) is during the dry months of December, January and February. If you’re planning on visiting the country’s Eastern coast the best weather is between May and September.
1. Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur
Small hotels and AirBnbs are a perfect option for budget accommodation in Kuala Lumpur. A small, comfortable room with air con (very important!) can cost anything between £12-£20+.
Pro tip: If in the room description it’s not clearly stated that the room has a window, then it most likely doesn’t! You can sometimes end up in a small dark room with no air conditioning and no way to get some fresh air, so do keep an eye for that! It’s worth paying a few extra pounds to make sure your stay will be more comfortable (speaking from a bad experience!).
2. Transportation in Kuala Lumpur
Getting around Kuala Lumpur is extremely easy and you have a few options to get around!
Trains – Most parts of the city are connected by the rail service (MTR). The trains pass through big tourists attractions and are a very affordable way to travel.
If you’re visiting for a long period, consider purchasing the Touch N’ Go card which gives you lower fairs and can be used on all trains.
Buses – Most buses in Kuala Lumpur are air conditioned and comfortable to travel on. Keep an eye out for the purple “Go KL” free buses in the central business district which take you to all the popular sites and shopping districts.
Taxi – For a hassle-free ride, download the Grab app (the Asian equivelant to Uber) and ride away! If you have no mobile data, taxi hailing is also an option. The regular official taxis are usually painted in red and white or red and blue. Make sure you ask them to turn on the meter
3. Food in Kuala Lumpur
Food in Vietnam is generally very affordable with meals in small restaurants costing between £1- £2. In bigger cities and touristic places meals can be slightly more expensive, especially if you prefer Western to local food, but generally not more than £5.
Drinks are also super cheap, beers and smoothies (whichever you prefer :D) cost less than £1.
4. Activities in Kuala Lumpur
Entry to temples and pagodas are free! Admission charges to museums and historic sites range between 40,000 VND (£1) to 100,000 VND (£3.43). The most expensive entry ticket we paid for was to see the famous Golden Bridge at the Bana Hills Resort, which was 750,000 VND (£26) per person.
Day trips and tours are very affordable as well, it’s best to organize these with your hostel or local travel agent, as they’ll give you the best price!