Are you coming to Kuala Lumpur for the first time and unsure what to do? If you’re wondering whether you should bring your jacket (hint: you should), where to stay or how to get around, here’s a short guide on what to do in Kuala Lumpur.
There are plenty of places to stay in the middle of the city. Rooms are also generally available all year round even if you’re late on your Kuala Lumpur accommodation booking. If you’re looking for more upscale places, there are hotels or service apartments to cater for your needs. If you’re on a budget, look for budget or boutique hotels. AirBnB is also starting to grow in Kuala Lumpur if you prefer staying in a more cosy place.
Travelling around Kuala Lumpur
To get around, you will have plenty of options. Kuala Lumpur used to have the reputation of having the worst taxis in the world. But you don’t have to worry about being conned if you know your options.
Ride services like Uber and Grabtaxi are available in Kuala Lumpur. Just download the app, enter your destination and choose your preferred ride. The economy option is usually good enough, but luxury cars are available if you feel like travelling in style. They’re also easy to get even after midnight. Even better, there’s no surcharge for booking one after midnight.
Alternatively, you can also use the trains. Within Kuala Lumpur, the trains will be connected to main areas like KLCC, and if it doesn’t stop directly at your destination, it will be a short walk.
The food is aplenty here. Malaysia is well known for its street food, which is a mix of the many cultures there. If you’re adventurous, try to ask the locals where are the best street foods, or look online. Plenty of foodies have created blogs dedicated to just certain types of food.
Food is also generally clean and safe to eat. Just be careful if you’re not used to spicy food! Most food in Malaysia has chili in it, so check before ordering.
It is also cheap, so you won’t break your budget eating out.
The temperature is hot and humid here, but most buildings will be air-conditioned, so don’t be surprised that you’ll need to wear a jacket indoors.
If you plan to walk around Kuala Lumpur, just make sure to dress comfortably and bring sunscreen.
Rain gets pretty heavy here, and there will be some thunderstorms, but that’s a given in the tropics. If it does rain, it usually last about 3 to 4 hours, mostly in the late afternoon to evening.
Language and Culture
Most urban Malaysians can speak English, so you don’t have to worry about learning the language. But knowing basic Malay phrases like thank you (terima kasih) and sorry (maaf) will go a long way.
Malaysians are also generally easygoing, friendly and helpful by nature, so most of us will be receptive if you want to ask directions or just questions in general.
So don’t be intimidated if you’re new. Kuala Lumpur’s a welcoming city.