Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur continues to fascinate tourists with its ever changing landscape of skyscrapers, colonial structures, and historical landmarks.
Aside from its world-renowned attractions, people from all over the world love to come here for the food, shopping, and to experience the fun and diversity that only Kuala Lumpur can bring! So make sure you’re equipped to handle this city’s amazingness with these important facts!
- Language: Bahasa Malaysia
- Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (RM 1 = PHP 12.77)
- Payment Options: Credit cards are widely used in Kuala Lumpur. Digital payment platforms are also available like Vcash, Samsung Pay, Alipay, Visa Checkout, Masterpass, PayPal, CIMB Pay, WeChat Pay, MOLPay, GrabPay, and TaPay
- Plug: The power plugs and sockets in Kuala Lumpur are of type G. The standard voltage is 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
What to Know Before Visiting Kuala Lumpur
- Kuala Lumpur or KL, the national capital of Malaysia, is also its largest city inhabited by 7.4 million people. You won’t find it difficult to converse with the locals because they’re approachable and speak English well.
- Kuala Lumpur is the eighth most visited city in the world and is known for its shopping and tourism spots.
- The Petronas Twin Towers in KL, the tallest “twin structures” in the world, have become an iconic symbol of Malaysia’s modern development.
- The city prides itself for having a multicultural society. The population is largely made up of Malays, followed by Chinese, Indians, and a mix of other ethnicities.
- Thanks to its diverse culture, you will find an incredible array of food in this city because the locals take pride in their cuisine and most of the restaurants serve great choices for both vegetarians and meat eaters.
- The city has an efficient public transportation system so you don’t have to worry about getting around. You can take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Monorail, airport rail link, Go KL City Bus (free), Hop-On and Hop-Off, or taxi cabs.
For tourists, a visa is not needed if you’re a Philippine passport holder and if you’re a citizen of other ASEAN member countries. A valid Philippine passport is the only requirement.
Best Time to Visit
The weather in Kuala Lumpur is consistently hot and humid during most months so you can visit any time of the year, but like any tropical country, expect rain showers every now and then. Make sure to pack light clothes, sunblock, sunglasses, and an umbrella.
Vital Rate, Max Money, NS Cashpoint, UAE Exchange, and Metro Exchange are the most trusted money exchange chains in KL. Aside from the good rates offered by these establishments, they can also be found in tourist-friendly locations such as malls and other commercial areas.
Connectivity in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur’s average Internet speed is 8.9 megabits per second. Free Wi-Fi is offered in most public spaces like shopping malls, coffee shops, restaurants, and even on express trains.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one of the best in Asia and is considered a destination in itself, offering a comprehensive transportation system and entertainment, recreational, relaxation, and business amenities. The airport is located in the Sepang district, which is approximately 50 km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. If you can, check out the actual rainforest in the center of the airport’s Satellite Building, which was built based on the “Airport in the Forest, Forest in the Airport” concept.
Getting Around Kuala Lumpur
- Monorail: This simple and well-connected train system runs between the city’s premier transport hub, KL Sentral, and Titiwangsa. The Monorail operates from 6:00 AM to 12 midnight and arrives once every five minutes during peak hours, but can take up to 12 minutes during off-peak hours. The fares start at RM1.20 for one stop and you can purchase tokens from machine dispensers at each station if you plan to board another train.
- Taxi Cab: A great option if you’re not a fan of long walks and ride transfers. Once you get inside a cab though, make sure the driver turns on the meter. Taxi fares start at RM3 for the first 1km, with an additional RM1 for every kilometer (based on the price lists of red and white taxi services). Taxis are available 24 hours a day. You can also try Grab cars, which can be a little bit cheaper.
- Bus: Malaysia’s largest bus operator, the RapidKL, runs 177 routes around the city. Its service hours are from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM every day. The fare ranges from RM1 to RM5 depending on the stops.
- KL Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus: The best way to see the famous sights of KL is to go on this open-top double decker bus, which passes by the Petronas Twin Towers and takes you to the National Museum, Merdeka Square, KL Tower, Aquaria KLCC, the National Mosque, Little India, Chinatown, and more. You can purchase an e-voucher that’s valid for 24 hours here.
- Go KL City Bus: The Go KL City Bus will take you to the city’s popular districts, train stations, shopping malls, and landmarks for free! It takes on 65 passengers, offers free Wi-Fi, and has a wheelchair ramp for the disabled. This bus line serves the Green, Purple, Blue, and Red Line routes, and runs daily at five-minute intervals during peak hours and 15 minutes during off-peak hours.
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
- Visit the famous Petronas Twin Towers: Designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, these two 88-storey buildings are now considered Kuala Lumpur’s most popular landmark. Once the tallest buildings in the world, they are now the world’s tallest “twin structures.” The Petronas Twin Towers have a mall, a park, and a Skybridge. Get your Skip The Line e-ticket here.
- Be amazed by the beauty of Batu Caves: One of Kuala Lumpur’s most visited tourist attractions. Batu Caves is a 400-million-year-old limestone hill that has caves and cave temples. At the entrance, you’ll find the world’s tallest golden statue of the Hindu deity Murugan which stands at 140 ft. More cave temples, an art gallery cave, and a museum cave can be found by the base of the hill.
- Enjoy the Malaysian culture at the National Museum: Situated near the well-known Perdana Lake Gardens, the National Museum is already considered an architectural wonder in itself because of its ornate design. The museum has an extensive exhibition that will allow you to know the rich culture, history, and heritage of Malaysia.
Tourist Spots in Kuala Lumpur
- Kuala Lumpur Tower: The KL Tower is the seventh tallest freestanding tower in the world and the highest viewpoint in the city that’s open to the public. It houses a revolving restaurant 282 meters high, and at the same time functions as a communications tower and an astronomy observatory. Get your admission ticket here.
- Suria KLCC: One of the most beloved shopping centers in the city. Suria KLCC is not just a mall, but it’s also home to some of the most thrilling and educational galleries in the city such as the Aquaria KLCC and the Petrosains, an oceanarium and a science discovery center, respectively. It also houses the Petronas Art Gallery and the Dewan Filharmonik Orkestra (the country’s first concert hall).
- Aquaria KLCC: This oceanarium will let you experience the aquatic life cycles of different marine creatures in less than two hours. It’s fun and exciting for all ages. Purchase your admission ticket here.
What to Eat In Kuala Lumpur
- Nasi Lemak: Considered as Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak is a savory rice meal cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves. The Malays usually have this for breakfast, but because it’s cooked in many ways, it can be eaten throughout the day.
Go to Nasi Lemak Famous for Nasi Lemak combined with crispy Ayam Goreng Rempah, Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa for a wide selection of side dishes (such as Sambal Sotong and Paru Goreng), and Village Park if you want to combine Nasi Lemak with fried chicken.
- Ikan Bakar: For charcoal-grilled fish (or seafood) fans, and even if you’re not, the Ikan Bakar (which literally means “burned fish”) is a must. What makes this dish different is the freshness of the fish, the spicy marinade, and the grilling style. Most restaurants around the country serve this simple yet satisfying dish.
- Chicken rice: With this dish, the farm chicken is trimmed of extra fat and is served tender and moist. Equally sumptuous is the rice–a bit sticky, extra tasty, and prepared in fresh chicken stock. Partnered with a special chili-ginger sauce, this alone will keep you coming back to Kuala Lumpur.
Where to Stay
- Dorsett Kuala Lumpur: A luxe, modern hotel that’s conveniently located within the city center and near key landmarks such as Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Petronas Twin Towers, and KL Tower. It’s also surrounded by a neighborhood filled with different local shops!
- Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre: Feel like a royal in this 5-star, 23-storey hotel that’s located in Kuala Lumpur’s prestigious Golden Triangle. From here, you can easily go to famous shopping malls such as Pavilion, Lot 10, Starhill, Suria KLCC, and Changkat Bukit Bintang entertainment hub. The KLCC and Petronas Towers are just a 10-minute walk away via the Skybridge.
- Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur: This hotel is connected to the Putra World Trade Centre and offers an excellent view of the city. The guests especially love the hotel’s dining choices and the ultra clean and spacious rooms.
- The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection: Best of the best! You’ll definitely feel majestic in this old-world-meets-modern hotel. The rooms are elegantly appointed, the swimming pool is as amazing in person as it is in photos, and the breakfast is extraordinary. You wouldn’t want to leave this place.
- MOV Hotel: Modern, stylish, and highly Instagrammable. This chic hotel has clean and uniquely designed rooms, and offers a great city view from its rooftop pool and gym. You can walk to nearby malls and tourist spots, and the night food market (Jalan Alor) is only two minutes away!