"A First-Hand Kuala Lumpur Guide"
"Kuala Lumpur Malaysia" was last updated on Feb 18, 2013
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What should you know about Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (KL)?
It's just too damn good to be true. I thought I loved Bangkok, but I love Kuala Lumpur even more!
KL has got everything a backpacker needs and wants!
You're about to read why...
He was smiling and said: "I follow you!"
KL is a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indians and Filipinos. The cultural diversity is clearly represented in the arts, food, and shopping. You'll feel welcome the minute you step on Malay soil, that's for sure!
The really nice part of KL was when we walked around the city, it was just relaxing.
Yeah, local sellers will try to haul you in to their restaurants or small shop, but if you just say "no", they won't bother you anymore!
I just love Malaysia! :-)
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By air: The Kuala Lumpur International airport (KLIA) is located approximately 50 km from KL town.
Where: The Express Coach is on ground floor, block C which is just three minutes walking distance from arrival hall exit. You can get your ticket at airport coach counter no 3.
Website: Airport Coach
Website: Star Shuttle
The train takes 28 minutes to reach KL downtown.
When: Every 15 minutes during peak hours (Monday to Friday: 06.00 to 09.00, 16:00 - 22:00)
Then every 20 minutes during off peak hours, in addition to Saturdays and Sundays. After midnight it runs every 30 minutes.
Where: After you've cleared out and arrived at the arrival hall, follow the signs to KLIA express and take the escalator to level 1.
In June 2009, we took the KLIA express to KL. It's efficient, clean and on-time - perfect if you're tired after a long flight trip :-)
Website: KLIA Express
If you're not staying in KL and have an ongoing flight, and this flight is served by Air Asia, Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific and Firefly, then you have to go to LCCT.
Here are bus companies serving the route between KLIA and LCCT:
KL Central is the transfer point for major rail systems including KLIA Ekspress, KLIA Transit, KTM Intercity, KTM Komuter, Putra LRT and KL Monorail.
Chinatown is the district in KL where most travelers spend their days and nights.
From KL Central take the train to Pasar Seni to get to Chinatown (RM 1). Pasar Seni is only one stop from KL Central.
Map of Chinatown in KL:
A: Pasar Seni station
B: Jalan Petaling
If you're taking a taxi, get vouchers from the upper level to minimize the chance of getting scammed.
I've experienced a lot of great things when I traveled in Malaysia, but there's one ugly episode that I still remember up to this day.
We took a late flight from Tawau on Borneo to KL (June 2009), and we landed at KL Central after midnight. The only option at that time was taxis (we thought). There was nothing else running that late.
Touts were surrounding us and this Indian taxi driver approached us and asked if we needed a ride. We asked about the price.
Do you know what he said?
- RM 45 (that was only to Chinatown which was only a couple of minutes away)
We asked the other taxi drivers, but they were all quoting the same price!
I sensed the scam alarm and I got this bad feeling in the pit of my stomach (telling me that something was wrong), but we were kind of desperate since it was in the middle of the night and I just wanted to lay down and rest.
We asked why it was so expensive, and he replied: "It's after midnight"
So we drove with him to Chinatown. We gave him RM 50, and asked for the change.
But he just ignored the question.
Then my boyfriend started to get impatient, and said: "Where's our change?"
You could see that this driver was reluctant to give us back RM 5. But he did in the end.
One of the helpful staff workers at Reggae guesthouse 2 (we stayed there that evening) told us that we got scammed when he heard about what had happened.
He told us that it shouldn't have cost more than RM 20 to get from KL Central to Chinatown (even after midnight).
A tip from him: Ask the taxi drivers to use the taxi meters
There are four bus terminals in KL.
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Articles
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia:
Where to sleep
Don't know where to stay for the night in KL?
Here are reviews of the guesthouses we stayed at in the city! There are also some good hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia:
Where to eat
You HAVE to try the Malaysian food!
It's cheap, absolutely delicious and a great food experience!
Where to party
Don't know where to grab a drink?
Wondering about the prices of alcohol in Kuala Lumpur?
Where to shop
KL has everything: Cheap shopping at the markets, huge malls and unique shops!
I've also gathered prices for various items!
CHECK IT OUT! ;-)
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia:
Sights & Attractions
Here are a couple of things to do in KL.
This article is based on my personal experiences of the attractions in KL.
Compared to Bangkok, tattoo shops aren't exactly flourishing in Malaysia.
But I found three!
Read my review of City Art Tattoo in Chinatown, KL where I got this awesome sea horse tattoo!
Kuala Lumpur Massage
KL has too many massage parlors!
We tried one and went back twice, so we loved it :-)
Read more about our review.
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