Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of the Federation of Malaysia, is centrally located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur or KL is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. Experience modern sophistication & nostalgic old-world charm in a single destination!
Covering some 243sq km (94 square miles), it lies approximately 35km from the coast. Kuala Lumpur was conferred city status on February 1, 1972 and declared a Federal Territory in 1974. The city began as a mining settlement in the late 1800s with the discovery of tin at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. Although KL’s tin trade has since declined, the growth of the city has remained unabated. Today, with a population of 1.5 million, it is the pulse of the nation. Kuala Lumpur leads the country’s fast paced development in trade and commerce, banking and finance, manufacturing, transportation, information technology and tourism.
Immerse yourself in its abundance of attractions – fascinating places of interest! exciting theme parks and sensational shopping opportunities. The city boasts a comprehensive transportation network that makes your sightseeing experience pleasant and hassle-free. KL offers a wide range of accommodation to suit any preference and budget. There are international-standard hotels and resorts equipped with MICE facilities, as well as budget accommodation, Serviced apartments and youth hostels are available for long-staying guests. Major hotels are situated close to shopping malls and convention centres.
GETTING TO KUALA LUMPUR
The state-of-the-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main gateway into the country and services over 45 international airlines. The city is situated about 55km from KLIA. Several public transport options provide easy access to the city. Kuala Lumpur is also accessible from Port Klang, the country?s largest seaport, 41 km away. An excellent road and railway network links Kuala Lumpur to Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south.
TRANSPORTATION FROM / TO KLIA
KLIA Ekspres / KLIA Transit
Tel: 03-2267 8000
The KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit (also known as Express Rail Link or ERL) are the fastest modes of transport connecting the airport to the KL Sentral Station, the main transportation hub in the city. KLIA Ekspres offers a non-stop 28-minute ride from the airport to KL Sentral. It departs every 15 minutes during peak hours (5.00am – 9.00am, 4.00pm – 10.00pm) and every 20 minutes during off-peak times (9.00am – 4.00pm, 10.00pm – 12.00am). The KLIA Transit departs every 30 minutes and stops en route at Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya/Cyberjaya and Salak Tinggi. The journey to the airport takes 36 minutes and the fare is RM35. KLIA Transit is linked to the KTM Komuter and STAR LRT services at the Bandar Tasik Selatan Station.
Airport limousine taxis are available at the Arrival Hall on Level 3 of KLIA. These taxis offer pick-up and transfer services using a prepaid coupon system. Travel time to the city takes between 45 minutes to an hour. Fares differ according to the zone and type of taxi (budget or premier). A surcharge will be imposed for transfers between midnight to 6.00am.
The airport coach provides scheduled services to Jalan Duta Bus Terminal and Chan Sow Lin LRT Station in the city. The bus station is situated at the Ground Floor of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
From KLIA to Jalan Duta Bus Terminal
Hourly services are available from 6.00am – 12.30am (Tickets can be purchased at the counter).
From KLIA to Chan Sow Lin LRT Station
Hourly services are available from 7.30am – 9.30pm (Tickets can be purchased at the counter).
The airport coach also provides transfers to major hotels in the city and vice-versa for departing passengers. However, arrangements must be made 24 hours prior to departure. Travel time to the airport takes about 1 hours, depending on traffic conditions.
GETTING AROUND KUALA LUMPUR
By Train (Map PDF)
Kuala Lumpur has a comprehensive rail transportation system, serviced by KL Monorail, Rapid KL Light Rail transit
(LRT) as well as the KTM Komuter train.
KL Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
Enjoy a tour around the city in style and comfort on board the Hop-On Hop-Off Coach. The semi-glass roofed coach takes visitors around the major places of interest in the city.
City buses ply most parts of the city. RapidKL is the main bus company. RapidKL’s bus hubs are KL Sentral, Titiwangsa, City Centre, Maluri and Medan Pasar. GO KL is a public bus service that offers free rides for commuters within the Central Business District (CBD) of Kuala Lumpur.
Metered taxis and call taxis are easily available. Metered taxis can be hailed at the designated taxi halts.
KL City Hall operates a Tram service around Dataran Merdeka and Tunku Abdul Rahman Heritage Park. The fare is RM4. Tickets can be purchased at KL City Gallery, which is the starting point of the tram route.
KUALA LUMPUR’S excellent infrastructure and conducive weather makes it a preferred venue for major sporting events and recreational pursuits. Its impressive range of facilities include state-of-the-art motor racing circuits, comprehensive sports complexes, championship golf courses, superb equestrian clubs and theme parks. Some exciting spectator events are the annual Le Tour de Langkawi cycling race, Raja Muda Regatta, KL International Marathon and KL International Tower Jump.
LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI
Acclaimed as one of the top cycling races in the world, this action-packed event sees top international riders traversing the spectacular and treacherous terrains of the country, from the idyllic island of Langkawi to Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. The last leg of the competition is the toughest, with three climbs between KL Tower and Putrajaya, the country’s administrative capital. On the last day, competitors will pass through some of KL?s most impressive landmarks before the grand finale at Dataran Merdeka.
KL INTERNATIONAL TOWER JUMP
Watch daring B.A.S.E. jumpers as they execute spectacular leaps off the KL Tower from an astounding height of 300 metres. This death defying annual event attracts participation from the global B.A.S.E. jumping fraternity. More Info
KL INTERNATIONAL MARATHON
Over 7,000 participants from Malaysia and 35 other countries take part in this annual race, organised by KL City Hall and the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association. The race begins and ends at Dataran Merdeka, and passes through the city?s major landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, National Mosque and KL Lake Gardens.
KL is a paradise for golfers offering over 40 golf courses in and around the city. Many are located within exclusive resorts and clubs, boasting excellent facilities and unrivalled services. Night golfing is an additional feature that makes golfing in Malaysia an enjoyable experience. The green fee for 18 holes may range from RM120 to RM400 while caddy rates are around RM25 to RM50. Tipping is optional. Buggy charge is around RM40 to RM50. A levy of RM20 is charged for night golfing. Some hotels and tour operators offer attractive golf packages but clubs may also accept walk-in players.
Most bowling alleys in the city are situated within shopping malls or in the vicinity of hotels and recreation spots.
Equestrian sports are gaining in popularity in the city. Many equestrian centres have emerged offering facilities such as stables, indoor arena, polo field, riding paddocks, exercise tracks and hacking trails. Well-known equestrian events include the Kuala Lumpur Grand Prix Horse Show.
The sheer limestone cliffs of Batu Caves, just outside KL beckon those with a yen for this gravity-defying sport. The climbs pose varying degrees of difficulty and average between 20 to 30 metres. The Summit USJ Shopping Mall houses Malaysia?s first indoor rock-climbing facility. The Summit Climbing Gym here has 300 square metres of walls, providing 120 climbing routes.
The Extreme Park located in the Sunway township, southwest of KL offers skateboarding, go-karting, water-skiing, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, remote-controlled car racing and paintball facilities. An angling lake, petting zoo, camping ground and golf course can also be found here.
Malaysian cuisine is exotic with an exciting range of flavours and culinary styles offering the uninitiated an endless gastronomic adventure.
ENJOY a profusion of mouth-watering delicacies while dining out in KL. The culinary traditions of the Malays, Chinese and Indians as well as other communities make the city a paradise for food-lovers. The annual Food & Fruits Fiesta is the best time for visitors to savour everything from authentic traditional delicacies, tropical fruits to creative fusion-style recipes. For a novel dining experience, try the array of tempting local fare at the many open-air food courts. Halal food is widely available in the city and there are ample eateries offering vegetarian food. Eating out is convenient as many restaurants are open 24 hours.
Traditional Malay food is characterised by searingly spicy and aromatic flavours. Rich coconut milk is used to give a creamy texture to the dishes while ingredients such as gingerbuds, pandan leaves and cinnamon render an irresistible fragrance. Popular Malay favourites include nasi lemak, satay and rendang. Sambal, a hot paste of pounded chillies, prawn paste and lime juice adds zest to any Malay-style meal. A wide range of sweet and savoury cakes, including the tasty banana fritters are staple tea-time favourites.
The many styles of Chinese cooking, ranging from Cantonese, Szechuan, Hokkien and Hainanese add variety to the cuisine. Chinese fare is mostly stir-fried and best savoured when it is piping hot. Extra care is taken to ensure that vegetables are crunchy and retain their original flavour. Lunchtime favourites include rice, served with several meat and vegetable side dishes. Noodles are another versatile and traditional favourite, with the popular styles being fried noodles, soup noodles and curried noodles.
INDIAN / MAMAK CUISINE
Spicy, flavourful and piquant are common descriptions of Indian cuisine. Indian food can be broadly classified into two distinct types, northern and southern Indian. Northern favourites include briyani rice and bread varieties such as naan. A typical southern meal consists of rice, curry, side dishes and yoghurt served on a banana leaf. All-time favourites such as thosai, chappati and poori are other relishes often enjoyed with coconut, tomato or mint chutneys. Mamak fare enjoys tremendous popularity among city folks. Characterised by thick, spicy dishes, the delicacies make excellent meals at any time of the day. Offerings include murtabak, teh tarik, fish head curry, nasi kandar and fried noodles.
Foreign visitors will be pleasantly surprised to discover the abundance of international restaurants and fast food outlets in KL. Restaurants serving Continental, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian and Italian cuisine can be found at major hotels and in the vicinity of Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang, Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara and Bangsar. The Ain Al Arabia or Arab Square in Bukit Bintang offers a host of culinary fare from the Middle East.
AFTER the sun goes down, the city comes alive with a wide variety of exciting nightspots. Karaoke lounges, clubs with live bands and discotheques are among the happening places that make their mark on the city’s vibrant night scene. Unwind at the trendy sidewalk cafe and delicatessens until late night or sip your favourite drink while you listen to live bands at the clubs. The city’s alfresco outlets are the places to be for a stunning view of KL by night.
Discotheques can be found in hotels but there are several independent ones, too. They are usually packed after 10pm and pulsate with activity on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays.
PUBS & BISTROS
Pubs and bistros offer a relaxed mood with live bands, drinks and snacks. Most pubs are open from late afternoon or evening and close at midnight. Barn Thai, Planet Hollywood, Benson & Hedges Bistro, TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) and Hard Rock Cafe have been a hit with the locals since they arrived on the Malaysia scene. Bangsar Baru offers numerous choices and even an Irish pub.
Cafes, both indoor and street cafes, are popular with the younger set and many trendy ones are found in Bangsar Baru as well as Bintang Walk in Bukit Bintang.
Theatre performances by local and foreign artists have become popular with urbanites. The local theatre clubs are Dramalab, The Actors Studio, Five Arts Centre and Instant Cafe Theatre. Please check the newspapers for their performances.
ORCHESTRAS & CHOIRS
The National Symphony Orchestra and National Choir perform regularly at the Experimental Theatre located in Jalan Tun Ismail. Enquiries: 03-4025 2525. Other notable orchestras include the Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Hall at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. (For inquiries, please call Box Office : 03-2051 7007).
Every Saturday, at 7:45 pm, Central Market organizes various cultural activities which is free for the public. Presentations include traditional dances, dramas and martial arts performances. Enquiries: 03-2274 6542 (10:00am – 10:00pm). Cultural shows are also available at Malaysia Tourism Centre and at restaurants such as Seri Melayu, Restoran Sri Putra and Saloma Bistro.