Kuala Lumpur

Currency

Malaysia has the Malaysian Ringgit (RM or MYR) which can be picked up from local ATMs. 1 Euro equals 4.95 RM, and 1 US Dollar equals 4.12 RM

Weather

Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid year-round with frequent tropical rains. Try to visit between May and July for the best weather.

Language

The official language of Malaysia is Malay or Bahasa Malaysia which is very similar to Bahasa Indonesia.

Quick Facts

Kuala Lumpur is one of the most underrated cities in South East Asia. The capital of Malaysia actually has a lot to offer and perfectly combines culture with nightlife and nature. The Batu Caves are definitely the star of the show and an absolute must-see. They’re free to visit and absolutely worth it. Thean Hou Temple is another great place to see if you enjoy cultural experiences. The view over the city are absolutely amazing and beautiful for photos.

Budget and Prices

2-week budget trip (2 people, without flights) – 4200RM/850€/1000$

2-week mid-range trip (2 people, without flights) – 4900RM/1200€/1440$

0.5-liter local beer in a supermarket – 10RM/2€/2.40$

Pack of 20 cigarettes – 18 RM/4€/5$

0.5 liter local beer in a bar – 15RM/3€/3.50$

Meal in a budget restaurant– 6RM/1.20€/1.50$

Meal in a nicer restaurant – 40RM/8€/9.50$

Coke in a restaurant – 3RM/0.60€/0.70$

15-minute Uber/Grab ride – 40RM/8€/9.50$

Hotel room for 1 night – 173RM/35€/42$

Hostel room for 1 night – 50RM/10€/12$

1-day Snorkelling Tour – 200RM/40€/48$

Coffee in a local shop– 5RM/1€/1.20$

Basic phone plan per month – 50RM/10€/12$

Public transport ticket – 3RM/0.60€/0.70$

When To Go

Kuala Lumpur has very similar weather year-round. It’s always extremely hot and humid and doesn’t cool down much even at night. You’re likely to encounter tropical rain throughout the year so it’s not as important when you go. In general, you’ll have the best chances at good weather between May and July. The city encounters haze during September and October sometimes so this is not the best time if you enjoy views of the skyline. However, you’ll probably find far fewer tourists during this time as well.

Where to stay

Kuala Lumpur is a large city with a great selection of neighbourhoods. A lot of budget travellers and backpackers like to stay in China Town around Petaling Street. This is where you’ll find a good selection of hostels and affordable hotels. For a more luxurious experience head to KLCC or Bukit Bintang, These neighbourhoods are more upscale and right at the heart of the action. You can easily get from one place to the other from here and will be close to the best public transport. Bukit Bintang is especially good for nightlife and you’ll find most of the city’s bars and clubs in this area. Changkat is a great area if you’re looking to go out and enjoy the nightlife of Kuala Lumpur. This is where Jalan Alor, a popular nightmarket food street is located so make sure to stay close by if that interests you.

The area around the KL Tower and Bukit Nanas is also a good choice especially for reasonably prices Airbnb apartments. You’ll find a lot of high-rise buildings here so there are plenty of options to choose from. You’ll be close to the city but in a slightly more quiet area than KLCC and Bukit Bintang.

How to get around

Kuala Lumpur has a fantastic public transport system with lots of different options to choose from. The LRT and MRT are trains that go throughout the city and will get you from place to place quickly and conveniently. Tickets are affordable and trains run very frequently so you’ll never have to wait for long. They can get quite crowded during rush hour but the network is extensive so you can reach most places in the city. The Monorail is another great option although there are fewer train stops. Kuala Lumpur’s buses are a little less popular among tourists but they’re incredibly affordable and once you’ve figured out how to use them they’ll be a fantastic choice. KL also has free buses which take you to the most important tourist hotspots.

How to get to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur actually hast two airports. The larger one is the KLIA airport which acts as an international hub and one of the most important airports in South East Asia. You can catch international and regional flights that will take you directly to Kuala Lumpur. Another great option is also to take the train which can get you to Singapore for example. These trains are comfortable and very reliable.

Top 10 Places

Batu Caves

Thean Hou Temple

Petaling Street

Bukit Bintang

Helipad Lounge

Suzie Wong

KL Tower

KLCC Park

Petronas Towers

Taman Connaught Night Market

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