Travel Planning
Kuala Lumpur
Travel Planning
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur at a Glance

Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia's growing capital filled with Asian Tiger economic optimism and an endless appetite for shopping, restaurants and entertainment. 

Kuala Lumpur emerged out of the jungle as a rag tag mining town. Over the years Malaysian, British, Chinese and Indian money and development dragged the city from its dirt-street beginnings to its current landscape of tall, tall skyscrapers, high rise apartment buildings and huge shopping malls. Dig in to the culture of Kuala Lumpur and go shopping, eat out and spend your evenings at bars and clubs. Beside the usual international selection of shopping, you can find Malaysian boutiques selling unique gifts. If shopping in markets is more your style, you'll find loud and enthusiastic hawkers and stall owners all over the city. 

Traditional Buddhism helps keep parts of Kuala Lumpur moving at a more meditative pace. Visit temples tucked away in little parks. Head to the city's exterior for green spaces, gardens and tranquil shrines. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Kuala Lumpur International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists do not need a visa to enter Malaysia if they stay for less than three months. Tourists need a valid passport from their country of origin with at least one page available for stamping and no less than six months' validity remaining. Travelers will be fingerprinted upon entering the country. For more information, contact a Malaysian Embassy. American travelers can use the U.S State Department's website as a reference as well. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Pudu Sentral
      • Railroad KTM National Railway System
      • Railroad Kuala Lumpur Light Rail Transit
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather It rains year round in Malaysia so come prepared. 

      Safety Concerns Lock up your belongings when staying in a communal dorm and keep valuables out of sight. Credit card fraud can be a problem, so use your card only at reputable businesses. Watch out for pickpockets on crowded streets. Sidewalks are sometimes treacherous especially when they flood with rain. Never step on the storm drains as they tend to cave in under pressure. 

      Health Concerns Rabies is a problem in Malaysia so stay away from animals. Some visitors may want to consider a rabies shot depending on their health and their travel plans. Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to learn more about suggested vaccinations.