Kuala Lumpur is a tornado of Asian culture that hits you, like the humidity, the moment you exit the plane.
This giant melting pot of a city is dominated by the giant shards of the Petronas Towers that soar above the city and shimmer in the never-ending sunlight. Beneath these giant turrets sit colourful Hindu temples, elegant mosques, tin roofed Malay houses and colonial bungalows. Kuala Lumpur’s streets overflow with a jumble of modern shopping malls and ramshackle stalls serving some of the best street food in the world.
Chinatown is the best place for dim sum and noodles particularly on a hot steamy evening. Little India’s enticing sari shops and restaurants serving rice in banana leaves or the teahouses of Chow Kit, close to the mall-laden Golden Triangle, are other notable areas to explore.
Architectural delights abound in KL from grand colonial buildings like the former Offices of the Colonial Secretariat and the Royal Selangor Club to the beautiful old Kuala Lumpur Railway station and the Moorish style Masjid Jamerk Mosque.
From concrete jungle to real jungle, there are still wilds to be explored in this part of the world. Real rainforest lies just beyond the city limits. The whole family can enjoy a trip to the national zoo, the wonderful elephant sanctuary and Bird Park, or walks through the eerie Batu Caves and the beautiful surrounding rainforests. Alternatively, after a day of tramping the vast shopping malls, a pampering session or massage in one of the many local spas might be just what the doctor ordered.
The National Museum and Theatre are just some examples of Kuala Lumpur’s cultural side while views from the sky-scraping KL Tower are second to none. Kuala Lumpur is a dynamic fusion of culture and history. It’s wild ride, so just sit back and enjoy!
The following information is correct as of January 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is located 34 miles from Kuala Lumpur city centre. It can be reached by car in approximately 45 minutes. There is a train service operating from the airport, the KLIA Express which takes 25 minutes to reach the city centre, or there is also a public bus service that takes around 45 minutes. Taxis are also available for hire outside the terminal building.
What you need to know
Currency: The Malaysian Ringgit
Visas: UK nationals do not require a visa to enter Malaysia, however a passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure is required. Nationals of other countries may require a visa for entry. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: The legal age for purchase and consumption of alcohol in Malaysia is 18. It is wise to dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious shrines and temples. Smoking is prohibited in Malaysia in all pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, theatres and public venues, as well as on all public transport.
Best Time to Visit
Kuala Lumpur is lovely and warm all year round so any time is a good time to visit. The wettest months are February to May and September but often these are quick but heavy showers. They can also help to alleviate the humidity which is highest in the summer months.
Chinese New Year is well worth seeing in January in Kuala Lumpur or perhaps the dramatic Thaipusam Hindu Festival in the same month. From April to May, the Malaysia Water Festival takes place with fun water-based activities on offer. March, August and December are carnival months while July brings flowers and food festivals to the city. October and November are heaven for retail therapy with the Shopping Festival in full swing, while December brings Christmas festivities Malaysian-style.
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