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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (Jawi: كوالا لمڤور) is the capital of Malaysia, a country that is still not at the top of the list of many travelers to Southeast Asia. Its metropolis is well worth a stay before continuing to one of the well-known holiday islands or to beautiful East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Kuala Lumpur is a decidedly cosmopolitan city, and compared to the rest of the country it also appears quite liberal. You can find everything here - pulsating nightlife, colorful markets, colonial buildings and a diverse surrounding area that invites you to go on half-day and full-day trips. The international airport can now be reached very easily and often directly from Europe. And last but not least, Kuala Lumpur is a comparatively cheap Asian metropolis - all in all, reasons to give the city a time window of 3 nights (or even more) when planning your trip.

Districts [edit]

Skyline behind the old Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The city can essentially be divided into the following districts. Each part here has its own particularity and its own essence. The subdivision used here does not correspond to the exact administrative division, but takes cultural and, last but not least, practical aspects into account. You can reserve a day for each of the central parts if you have the necessary time.

  • City center - This is where the city's former administrative center and Chinatown are located.
  • Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens - Just to the west of the city center are the beautiful Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens.
  • Golden Triangle - The Golden Triangle (also: Bukit Bintang) is located northeast of the city center. Most of the major shopping centers, expensive hotels and many party locations are located here - and not to forget the Petronas Twintowers (KLCC), the city's landmark.
  • Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit and Kampung Baru - The traditional shopping district is north of the city center next to the Golden Triangle. Here you will find many inexpensive accommodations as well as the large Putra World Center.
  • Bangsar and Brickfields - The south of the city. There are many restaurants, clubs and shopping centers here. The main train station is also located here Kl Sentral with the surrounding financial centers.
  • Eastern suburbs - Ampang, the suburb (partly belonging to KL, partly own city) in the east of Kuala Lumpur, is quite cosmopolitan and is home to many foreign residents and also a Little Korea. Between it and the city center as well as southeast of it lies the district Cheras.
  • Damansara and Hartamas - The two residential districts to the west of the city also have a number of good restaurants and clubs.
  • Northern suburbs - The large area in the north of Kuala Lumpur has some tourist attractions such as the Batu Caves and the National Zoo or the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia - with real rainforest right on the doorstep of the metropolis.
  • Southern suburbs - The south of the city only has a few tourist spots to offer.

Background [edit]

Kuala Lumpur is still growing very strongly and clearly shows the growth of Malaysia. The strong modernization leads to the fact that the old (colonial) substance is replaced with new and modern buildings. Kuala Lumpur was founded as the preferred city by Indonesian nobles and, after a checkered history, ended up under British rule. After independence, Kuala Lumpur became the capital and model for the whole country. Together with cities like Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang and Port Klang, the city forms the so-called Klang Valley - an urban conglomerate in which the transitions between the places are fluid.

Arrival [edit]

By plane

Fingerprints are taken on entry and exit. Baggage is scanned at the customs control exit, which can lead to long waiting times.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Airports KL
KLIA203-8776 2000
Subang Airport03-78453245

The 2.745556101.709722(IATA: KUL)) is about 50 kilometers south of the city center. If you are traveling with discount airlines such as "Air Asia" or similar, you must note that these airlines are from the separate terminal KLIA2 depart. KLIA2 was rebuilt in 2014, replacing the former (LCCT/Low Cost Carrier Terminal) and has a different approach. Buses from various companies run between the two terminals throughout the day. Furthermore, the KLIA-Express has also stopped in KLIA2 since the extension of the route. Taxi drivers should be informed of their destination.

For the transfer to the city center, the traveler has three options:

  • Zug: The best is the connection with the KL Express, which occurs at short intervals between KL Sentral (Train station) and KLIA /KLIA2 (60 RM) upside down. The journey takes about half an hour, and every hotel can be easily reached from KL Sentral by taxi. The city's other public transport options also go to KL Sentral. Anyone arriving at KLIA2 can use the shuttle service between the KLIA2 terminal and the KLIA terminal.
  • Bus: There is a regular bus service between the city and the airport.
    • Airport Coach runs every hour between 05:00 and 22:30 from KL Sentral to KLIA. The bus runs between KLIA and KL Sentral from 6:30 a.m. to 0:30 a.m. (Single trip: 10 Malay Ringgit (= RM = MYR) there / back: 18 RM)
    • Star Shuttle operates between KLIA and Chinatown (Kota Raya and Pudu Raya). (Single trip: 10 RM)
    • SkyBus and Aerobus run every half hour between KL Sentral and KLIA2 (single trip: 9 RM).
  • Taxi: You can also take a taxi from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur. A coupon system was introduced to prevent passengers from being charged overpriced fares. The passenger informs an employee of the taxi company of the destination and receives a coupon after payment (credit card payment is possible). With this he goes to the taxi stand in front of the terminal and is assigned a vehicle. The trip from the KLIA2 terminal to the busy “Golden Triangle” in the center of the city costs 61.20 RM. From midnight to 6:00 a.m. there is a 50% surcharge. The counters are located in the international terminal after customs control in front of the sliding doors or in the arrivals hall by the rental car counters.

Subang International Airport

The international airport - always only briefly KLIA called

West of Kuala Lumpur, and closer than KLIA, is the city's former international airport, 3.1305555555556101.54916666667(IATA: SZB) Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Chinese: 苏丹阿 都 阿兹沙 机场). He's also under the name Subang International Airport or Skypark Subang known. It is used by the companies Berjaya Air, Firefly and Silverfly as well as by charter and business airlines. It is north of Shah Alam and therefore in the heart of the Klang Valley and its business cities such as Klang, Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya.

  • The buses The U81 line runs between the airport and Kuala Lumpur every 20-30 minutes.
    • Subang Airport - Central Market (Pasar Seni): RM 3.00 Zones 1–4 - Good connection directly to the city center with all its shopping opportunities and inexpensive accommodations in Chinatown.
    • Subang Airport - KL Sentral: RM 2.50 Zones 2-4 - ideal for changing to all other local transport.
  • For the taxi There is also a coupon counter in town. The trip to the center of KL costs RM 36.00.
  • With your own automobile the best way to get there is to take the Federal Highway (Route 1) and the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE). The journey takes about 30 minutes on average.

By train

KTM connects the city from the station KL Sentral out with major cities in the country and Singapore. The service center in the train station (Tel .: 03-22671200) is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A ticket delivery service operates Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and delivers the ticket for a fee of RM 4.00. The delivery service can be reached by telephone via the number of the service center in the train station.

  • Singapore - Premier: 68 RM - Superior: 34 RM - Economy: 23 RM
  • Johor Bahru - Premier: 64 RM - Superior: 33 RM - Economy: 22 RM
  • Seremban - Premier: 19 RM - Superior: 13 RM - Economy: 7 RM
  • Ipoh - Superior: 18 RM - Economy: 10 RM

By bus

Sultan Abdul Samad Building at the Merdeka Square

Central bus station in KL is no longer just Pudu Raya at Jalan Pudu. From here it is possible to reach all parts of Malaysia and also the neighboring countries Singapore and Thailand. Tickets can be purchased directly in the bus station on the upper floor, the buses leave in the basement. Usually it is not a problem to buy tickets until shortly before the desired departure. However, if there is a public holiday before e.g. Deepavali, the Chinese New Year Celebrations or Christmas, the ticket should be bought early. Sometimes it pays to go from counter to counter if you have the time to save some money. At the ticket counters there are many stalls where you can buy cheap travel provisions or newspapers.

Trips to Singapore or Penang: In addition to the bus companies that drive to Pudu Raya from Singapore or Penang, there is another company with luxury buses that enable very comfortable and relaxed travel. These particularly comfortable buses from the company Aerolines operate several times a day between Singapore and KL. There are also several connections between Petaling Jaya and Singapore and between Petaling Jaya and Penang. A special feature of these buses is the option of booking online. The departure in KL is from the Corus Hotel, in Petaling Jaya either from the Menara Axis (next to the LRT station Asia Jaya) or from the One Utama shopping center.

Some important bus companies are:

The new main bus station is the TBS station about eight kilometers from the main train station. Accessible by S-Bahn (BTS stop, also a stop on the KLIA line to the airport). Fully integrated, all counters sell tickets from all companies. Well organized and clearly opened from 5 to midnight. Food court and shops on the 4th floor. Post office 10.00-18.00. An internet booth is somewhat hidden in the bazaar on the 3rd floor. A "motel" on the 4th floor has relaxation rooms. Lockers are behind the counters for 10 RM.

On the street [edit]

Mobility [edit]

Kuala Lumpur has an extensive and inexpensive local transport network. However, all components were built and set up separately. The integration therefore leaves something to be desired in some cases. For example, at some of the transfer options, longer distances are to be mastered. You can find details about the public transport network under Public Transport in Kuala Lumpur and in the Klang Valley

By train

By bus

Kuala Lumpur now has a well-structured and efficient bus system. Often the stations of the LRT are called feeder buses controlled. This makes it possible to reach places that are further away with as few traffic jams as possible. The largest and most reliable bus provider is RapidKL. There are also lines that are used by Metrobus and Triton.

Hop-on, hop-off tickets
AdultsRM 38.00
Group of 5RM 160.00
Children and seniorsRM 17.00
Children under 5 yearsfree
Hotline (free)1-800-88-5546
  • ,. Tel .: +60 (0) 3-26911382. The KL Hop-On Hop-Off drives on a circular route to all places of interest in the city. The double-decker buses with a glass roof take 45 to 60 minutes for a round trip and are on the road daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The ticket is valid for 24 hours and you can get off at any of the 22 stops and continue on any of the nearest buses. This gives you access to around 40 city attractions. In this way, you can get from one place of interest to another in a simple way and without a map. On the bus itself there is an audio guide in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Japanese, French and Spanish. In addition, the buses are equipped with WiFi and are disabled-friendly. The tickets are available on the bus itself, from local travel agencies or over the Internet. Some hotels and guest houses also sell the tickets. The following stops are served during the tour: MTC -> KL Tower -> P. Ramlee -> KL Convention Center & Aquarium -> Karyaneka -> Bintang Walk -> Tengkat Tong Shin -> China Town -> Central Market -> National Palace - > KL Sentral -> National Museum -> Lake Garden -> National Mosque -> Dataran Merdeka -> Medan MARA -> Raja Laut -> BulatanPahang -> Titiwanga -> Citi Bank -> KLCC. Last change: not specified

Taxi [edit]

KLIA Ekspres / Transit03-22678000
Hertz car rental03-87764507
Avis car rental03-87874087
Comfort taxi03-80242727
Kl taxi03-92214241
Public Cab03-62592020
Radio cab03-92217600
KLIA Airport Limo03-92238080

There are tons of taxis in the city. The fares are quite cheap. The first kilometer costs RM 2.00. Then 10 Sen are to be paid per 200 m. Between 00:00 and 06:00 the meter price increases by 50%. Additional people cost 20 Sen extra each, luggage in the trunk 1.00 RM each. Often the drivers do not want to use the taximeter. Sometimes a bit of persuasion is required here. If in doubt, take another taxi.

Sights [edit]

The individual sights of the city can be easily visited on a daily basis within the individual districts. There you usually have short distances that you can also cover on foot. You can move between the different parts of the city using one of the inexpensive local transport options or a taxi. The first and most important points of contact for every traveler are certainly:

  • KLCC - The city project in the Golden Triangle with the striking twin towers, the Petronas Twin Towers, is certainly a must for every visitor.
  • KL Lake Gardens - The highlight of this very attractive park area is the KL Bird Park, the largest accessible free-flight bird park in the world.
  • The area around the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur's colonial center offers an interesting contrast to the modern business districts. To the southwest of the square you can take a tour of the busy Chinatown, to the northwest of it you can take a tour of Little India.
  • If you want to have a complete overview of Kuala Lumpur, you can go to the Hulu Langkat Look-Up Point. From up here there is a great view of Kuala Lumpur. A drive to the point is particularly worthwhile at dusk. There are restaurants and a small observation tower there.

With the Kuala Lumpur Hop-On Hop-Off Bus (see mobility) you can visit many important sights with a day ticket. There is also printed material and multilingual audio information on the bus.


Art and culture

  • in the KLCC there is the Aquaria KLCC (aquarium in the Convention Center of the KLCC) and the Petrosains (science to explore and experience for yourself in the KLCC)
  • There are a number of must-see galleries in Kuala Lumpur. Particularly noteworthy is the Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang, where some outstanding local gallery owners exhibit their art. The Gallery and Heng Artland are noteworthy, for example

Activities [edit]

Fitness: Many of the upscale hotels have their own sports clubs. The usage fee for one day is usually 50.00 RM. However, memberships for a short period of time can reduce the cost of use.

Massage: If you want to treat yourself to a quick massage in between, you can go to the busy Jl. Stop by Bukit Bintang. There are quite a number of massage parlors here. The one-hour body massage is available for around RM 60.00.

Amusement parks: Right in the center of a huge shopping mall is Time Square Theme Park, Malaysia's largest indoor theme park. The Sunway Lagoon in neighboring Subang Jaya is quite large and popular. If you want to take a little more than an hour's drive, you can take a trip to Genting Highlands - a casino and entertainment complex on a 1760m high mountain, accessible by cable car.

Festivals and Celebrations:

City DayFebruary 1stKuala Lumpur Celebration to recognize its status as an independent federal territory is celebrated mainly in Tasik Perdana and on Lake Titiwangasa
KL International Tower JumpMarchOn this day, the base jumper community is officially allowed to jump from the television tower.
Kampong festivalJune JulyOne day festival with art and culture performances in Desa Blonde - a garden 40 minutes east of town
Flora festivalJulyFestival with flower exhibitions and a flower parade
National DayAugust 31On Independence Day, thousands flock to Merdeka Square. Of course, there are also celebrations in other places. Here you should inquire at the local tourist information office.
Malaysia festivalSeptemberFor two weeks the art and culture of the country will be shown and celebrated with exhibitions and performances.
Shopping CarnivalOctober"Grab your wallet and go for a bargain hunt" is the motto on this day, when there are discounts in a number of shopping centers.

Shopping [edit]

In Kuala Lumpur, shopping enthusiasts can plan one or the other day in addition. From cheap pirated CDs to exclusive fashion brands, there is everything in town. There are tons of shopping malls in the Golden Triangle. This neighborhood is the current peak of consumer frenzy. The range of technology and especially fashion is inexhaustible. The central market (nowadays air-conditioned and only geared towards tourist needs but with fair prices) and the shops of Chinatown in the city center offer handicrafts and souvenirs as well as lots of inexpensive goods, some of which are certainly of questionable origin.

Kitchen [edit]

Probably one of the main attractions are the restaurants and hawker stalls in Kuala Lumpur. Here people cook and eat practically around the clock. You can find it everywhere indian and chinese restaurants, but only a few malay Restaurants and stalls (except during the month of fasting, when Rahmadans bazaar open everywhere in the afternoon). Good Malay food can mostly only be found in upscale restaurants. The Indian restaurants are mostly South Indian (as the Indian immigrants mostly came from the South Indian, Tamil region), but North Indian cuisine (the Indian cuisine known from Europe) can also be found. Most Indian restaurants are run by Muslims, too Mamak stalls are the social meeting places for Malaysians. Here you will meet friends and business partners Teh Tarik (sweet Indian milk tea) and Roti Canai (Egg cake-like bread with curry or dhall) and talked or watched football until the early hours of the morning. Due to the tropical climate, people usually eat outside on plastic chairs at plastic tables, surrounded by numerous colorful fairy lights.

One of the most popular and busiest food streets is Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang with mainly Chinese restaurants that are open until the early hours of the morning. In one of their cross streets, the Jl. Ckt. Bukit Bintang you can take a small culinary trip around the world. Many international restaurants are lined up here - e.g. Lebanese, German and Russian cuisine, to name just a few.

To get a good overview of the local cuisine (and also for options for Western food) the food courts of the numerous shopping malls are recommended. These quite large self-service restaurants can be found in almost every shopping center. The food court on the 2nd floor of the Suria KLCC, the shopping mall under the Twin Towers, is particularly recommended.

Nightlife [edit]

Bars and Clubs: In the vicinity of backpacker hostels there are more often cheaper bars. Many clubs etc. take a cover charge (20-30 RM) with a free drink instead of admission. Well-known nightlife centers are the clubs and bars of the Golden Triangle, Desa Sri Hartamas and Asian Heritage Row. Individual recommendations can be found in the district articles.

Movie theater: Some of the large shopping centers also have a cinema, for example movie theaters in Suria KLCC and Time Square. Tickets cost around 10 RM.

Accommodation [edit]

Kuala Lumpur has some very good hotels at fair prices. While just a few years ago almost all hotels in Chinatown or on Puduraya Bus station has been up lately Bukit Bintang developed into a backpacker center. Especially along the road Tengkat Tong Shin there are numerous accommodations. It is advisable to spend a few more ringgit and stay in one of the new hostels in Bukit Bintang. Despite the very lively district (shopping and dining around the clock), the accommodations here are quieter and more pleasant. The cheaper alternatives are still in Chinatown and Pudu, but the quality is usually only moderate. They are therefore only recommended for those with an extremely tight budget. If you only stay for a long time at Kuala Lumpur International Airport or just want to visit the race track in Sepang, which is right next door, can also find accommodation directly at the airport.

The hotels in "Little India" can be reached directly from the main train station through the Nu- Shopping centers took full advantage of their now central location. For 85-150 RM you get below average middle class in 2017. It is better to be near the old train station ("old Kuala Lumpur" renovation until approx. 2019).

Learning [edit]


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