Kuala Lumpur, the cultural heart of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur has much to offer visitors, like the rainforest, elephant sanctuary, Malaysia's oldest temple - Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Merdeka Square of Independence with historical buildings and a huge flag pole.
Best time for visiting Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, an all year round destination, has less rain between May and August. At the time of the first full moon of the year in January/February the Chinese New Year is celebrated. In January the biggest Hindu festival, Thaipusam, celebrating Murugan, has a 15km long parade from the city centre to the Batu caves. On 31st August Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) takes place with parades and a firework display. The Islamic festival, Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) takes place on varying dates. At the end of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr is celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
Tips before travelling to Kuala Lumpur
A visa isn't necessary for British tourists who are planning to stay for less than three months. Passports should be valid for 6 months or more from the arrival date. As well as the usual vaccinations necessary for the UK, Hepatitis A, Typhus, Tetanus and Diphtheria vaccinations are recommended.
Prices are much cheaper than in the UK. Street food costs from about 6 MYR. Lunch costs from about 16 MYR, and soft drinks about 2 MYR. Western style restaurants and alcohol are expensive with beer being about 12 MYR. Textiles produced locally are cheap.
Kuala Lumpur local information
The fastest airport transfer to Kuala Lumpur is the KLIA-Ekspres train, costing about 35 MYR, and taking about 30 minutes to reach central Kuala Lumpur. The Airport Coach shuttle bus fare is around 10 MYR; it takes about 70 minutes to Kuala Lumpur Sentral station. Taxis start at about 80 MYR.
Guesthouse or hostel prices start from about 30 MYR, 3 Star hotels costing from about 70 MYR. Bus, train and metro fares are from about 2 MYR. Taxi fares are about 3 MYR for the first 2km, then 2 MYR per kilometre thereafter with a surcharge at night between midnight and 6 a.m.