Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide & Information
Kuala Lumpur, often abbreviated as K.L. is the capital and largest city of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur was originally a mining settlement in the late 1800s where tin was discovered at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. Though the tin trade has declined since, the prosperity of the city has continued to grow and now has prospered in to a modern global city.
Travel to Kuala Lumpur, the political and cultural center of the nation. Flights to Kuala Lumpur are your tickets to a multicultural city that has preserved impressive colonial-era buildings and boasts of colorful quarters, like Chinatown, Little India and Kampung Baru, the heartlands of KL’s Chinese, Indian and Malaysian communities.
Beginning in the 1990s, the city has hosted many international sporting, political and cultural events, including the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Formula One World Championship. Additionally, Kuala Lumpur is home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers. As the entry point for most visitors and the meeting point of Malaysia's many attractions, Kuala Lumpur is a grand gateway for an inforgettable vacation.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
If you love the arts, culture and history, than you might want to visit some of Kuala Lumpur’s excellent museums.
National Museum: The National Museum is located outside Perdana Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur. Atop a hill on Jalan Travers, The National Museum provides an exciting introduction to the history and culture of Malaysia. Displays and exhibits in the museum focus on local history, culture and traditions, arts and crafts, economic history, local flora and fauna, weapons and currency. The museum houses various galleries, each with its own theme.
Islamic Arts Museum:Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia was officially opened on December 12, 1998. The museum is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s tourist belt, amidst lush greenery and is within walking distance to the National Mosque, Birds Park and the National Planetarium. The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is home to more than seven thousand artifacts, as well has an exceptional library of Islamic-art books.
There are so many exhilarating and historical attractions to see and sightseeing activities in Kuala Lumpur that you might want to add to your “To Do” list.
Golden Triangle: The Golden Triangle is Kuala Lumpur's main shopping and nightlife district. Other activities include, watching performances, both local and international, and testing your painting skills with batik painting. Visitors will also find Kuala Lumpur's largest indoor theme park.
Petronas Twin Towers: The Petronas “Twin Towers” were the world's tallest buildings before being surpassed by Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. They were the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004, if measured from the level of the main entrance to the structural top. The towers feature a sky bridge between the two, on the 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world.
KL Bird Park:The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a public aviary and a popular tourist attraction, receiving an average of 200,000 visitors annually. Adjacent to the Perdana Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, this Bird Park houses more than 5,000 birds, from more than 50 species in an enclosed aviary. Out of these 5,000 birds, 90% are local birds and 10% were imported from overseas. The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park has earned a reputation among students of Ornithology, the study of birds in their natural habitat.
Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur:
Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur offers a wide range of hotels, from leisure resorts, to luxury spas, executive hotels for business travelers and budget hotels, varying from cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99, to meet everyone's requirements.
Golden Triangle : Most of Kuala Lumpur's best hotels are within the famous Golden Triangle. With the many prominent offices located here, it shines as the city's prime commercial and banking district. This area of Kuala Lumpur is located to the north-east of the city center. The Golden Triangle is where you’ll find the city’s shopping malls, five-star hotels, Petronas Twin Towers, attractions, wonderful dining options and more. Travelers looking for luxury hotels, this is the area for you.
Chinatown : Budget travelers seeking cheap hotels, might want to consider staying in Chinatown. Similarly, student travelers looking for hostels should check this area, too. Chinatown is a perfect choice for bargain hunters and is close to the colonial core's attractions and the Lake Gardens area. The area also houses Hindu and Chinese Temples, such as the Sze Ya Temple and the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, plus the Central Market on the west side.
Passport & Visa Requirements
As per the latest travel information about Kuala Lumpur, these are the guidelines one needs to consider before Travelling to Kuala Lumpur.
For US Citizens:
* U.S. citizens are required to have a passport valid for at least six months to enter Malaysia, but Americans do not need to obtain a visa in advance for a pleasure or business trip if their stay in Malaysia is 90 days or less.
* Upon arrival immigration officials will place an entry stamp in an American’s passport that specifies how many days the traveler may stay.
* For more information on the latest entry procedures and requirements visit the Malaysian government’s web site, which has information on Malaysian embassies and consulates abroad.
For Canadian Citizens:
* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Kuala Lumpur.
* The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.
* For stays over three months, visitors must apply for an extension (for up to an additional two months) at any Malaysian Immigration office.
This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children. Also, both U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to carry their passport at all times as a form of identification.
We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Kuala Lumpur.
*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.
When to visit Kuala Lumpur
With pleasant weather and colorful festivals, the city of Kuala Lumpur attracts visitors throughout the year. The most popular time to travel is during the summer and at the end of the holidays. Most tourists plan their vacation to the city around this period.
Budget travelers should consider traveling during early spring and fall.
Planning your Visit:
High season: (December to January, June to August)
Low season: (February to March, September to October)
Kuala Lumpur Weather
Kuala Lumpur has a hot, tropical climate with heavy rain storms throughout the year, mostly in the early evenings.
* Kuala Lumpur is one of those cities with consistent warm days, pleasant evenings and occasional rain showers in the afternoon and evenings.
* Though heavy rains are expected throughout much of the year, June through August are relatively drier months.
Currency and Language:
The currency used in Kuala Lumpur is Malaysian Ringgit or RM.
ATMs are available in many parts of Kuala Lumpur. Be sure to inform your bank before travelling abroad, and find out what you’ll be charged for ATM withdraws. It is advisable to exchange some cash before arriving in Kuala Lumpur.
* Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the official language, but English is widely spoken.