Kuala Lumpur Tourism

Largest city and capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is an amalgamation of traditional architecture and the modern day cosmopolitan culture. Here you will find a heady mix of Malays, Indians, Chinese and Brits to name a few who have all made their home here. Eating, dancing and shopping are the three things synonymous with a visit to this ultra city. It is a multicultural city connecting people and religions from around the world. A trip to Kuala Lumpur will enchant you with its colours and insignia. Knowing best time to visit Kuala Lumpur makes you trip pleasant one.

Petronas Twin Towers, which happen to be the face of Kuala Lumpur, are two 88 storey building making it tallest twin tower in the world. For travellers travelling to Kuala Lumpur, some of the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur include shopping, eating and urban sports like golfing, horse riding and jogging. Kuala Lumpur city is safe and with buzzes with nightlife that attracts a lot of travellers here.

The skyline of this dazzling city features on most of the posters of tourist companies today and what strikes your awe is the way the historic monuments glimpse through the steel clad skyscrapers. And if you move your eyes down you will see a gamut of colourful, food-stall-lined streets shaded by a leafy canopy of banyan and rain trees. The city's past makes itself visible in the evocative British colonial buildings of the Dataran Merdeka and the midnight lamps of the Petaling Street nightmarket. Located near KL Sentral Station, Little India (Brickfields) serves as a center to the Indian population of the city. It is also a famous destination for tourists who want to explore Indian culture and tradition. Go on a trip to Kuala Lumpur and have a relaxing vacation you can’t get enough of!

Essential travel information and Kuala Lumpur tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Kuala Lumpur follows the Standard Time zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours. No daylight saving time is observed.
  • Currency: The Currency operational in Malaysia is Ringgit 
  • Electricity: Electrical sockets (outlets) in Malaysia are the "Type G " British BS-1363 type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. 
  • Internet: Some of the Internet providers in Malaysia are: TM Net, Maxis Broadband, Time Dotcom, etc. 
  • Language: Malay is the predominant language spoken in Malaysia. 
  • Emergency Contacts: Police & Ambulance : 999, Tourism Headquarters : 03-2693-5188
  • Do not kiss in public. Malaysians refrain from displaying any personal affection in public.
  • There are strict laws against the usage of drugs in Malaysia.
  • Remove your shoes before entering a Malaysian home, a temple or a Mosque.
  • Do convert most of your currency in Malaysia only, since the country does not allow a huge number of Ringgit in or out of country.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Kuala Lumpur

  • Know the pollution level of Kuala Lumpur before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 63.26 (High)
    • Water Pollution 66.06 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.94 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55.05 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47.32 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 54.13 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 57.37 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 48.57 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Kuala Lumpur for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kuala Lumpur.

    • Burglary and Theft 68.1 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 72.7 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 69.51 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 83.01 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 64.65 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 69.59 (High)
    • Attacks 62.21 (High)
    • Drug offense 59.97 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 49.96 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 24.25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 51.4 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 46.74 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 71.11 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Kuala Lumpur is 108.91 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 33.19 (Low)
    • Climate Index 56.55 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 69.03 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.87 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 41.14 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 65.28 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.38 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 75.76 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kuala Lumpur

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.85 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.76 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 58.04 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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