Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, an introduction

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital of Malaysia and fully named as the Confederation Region of Kuala Lumpur. Allthough KL is a metropolitan city, it has many beautiful panorama. parks and forests and interesting tourism destinations, one of them is of course the famousPetronas Twin Towers which has become one of the icons of Malaysia.


Kuala Lumpur History

In 1850, King Abdullah ordered Chinese Servant to open a tim mining. In the end, those Chinese Servant opened a new and bigger tin mining as King Abdullah requested in Ampang. This mining area developed into crowded area but experiencing many disasters. In 1870, Kuala Lumpur was settled as mining city by a Chinese captain and in 1880 Kuala Lumpur became the capital of Selangor which was previously in Klang. Japan once controlled Kuala Lumpur in the time of World War II, on January 1st – October 15th 1945. Malaya Federation succeeded to release from Great Britain and gained its independence in 1957. Kuala Lumpur became the capital of Malaysia after Malaysia itself was settled on September 16th 1963.

Kuala Lumpur on the map



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things to see

Things to see

In Kuala Lumpur, there are many buildings with beautiful architecture like the National Palace, National Museum and National Mosque. Visiting Museum Seni Asia (Asian Art Museum) will allow you to see many art collections from Asian countries. See also various kinds of birds in Kuala Lumpur Bird Park which is the conservation bird centre. You can also enjoy the mild and green of Kuala Lumpur in KLCC Park.

things to do

Things to do

Explore Tioman Island which keeps various cultures by visiting its tourism settlements and beautiful nature by snorkeling and diving in its water area. Shopping can also be an interesting agenda to do while travelling. If you’re in Kuala Lumpur, you can visit Central Market to buy some typical souvenirs of Kuala Lumpur. One place you have to visit in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Tower. On its 41st floor, you can pass through Skybridge and on its top floor, you can capture beautiful Kuala Lumpur from hundreds meters above with your camera.

things to eat

Things to eat

Don’t hesitate to hunt foods in Kuala Lumpur for there are various kinds of typical foods in this city. There are some food choices you can try like Nasi Lemak (made of rice cooked with coconut-milk and served with bleary fish, condiment, boiled egg, fried peanut and sliced cucumber), Roti Canai (thin bread made of flour and served to accompany warm coffee in the morning), Kari Laksa (this food is noodle curry, mixed with boiled chicken, clam, tofu and bean sprout). The combination of freshness of tea and sweetness of milk will also accompany you while in Kuala Lumpur in a glass of Teh Tarik.

Things to see and do near Kuala Lumpur

Airport at Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is served by the KLIA International Airport and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

KLIA International Airport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is one of Asia’s largest airports with almost 50 million passengers a year. KLIA is located 50 km south of Kuala Lumpur and consists of two terminals. The main terminal building for handling passengers from the major airlines, mostly on long-haul international flight and the new KLIA2 LCC Terminal to cater specifically to the needs of the Malaysian based low-cost airline AirAsia. In May 2014 the old LCC-T was closed and all low-cost airlines moved to the new KLIA2 terminal.

There is no transfer facility, which means that if you have a flight to KLIA2 with AirAsia and a connecting flight departing from the other terminal, you would need to get your bags, clear customs, get in a bus and go through customs again at the other terminal.

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport but often called Subang Airport was Kuala Lumpur’s main airport before the opening of KLIA in 1998. At present it mainly serves turboprop domestic flights of Malaysia Airlines subsidiary FireFly. Of the three previous terminals only terminal 3 is currently being used for handling passengers. In 2007 a plan was announced to transform Terminal 3 into a modern general and corporate aviation hub.

Entering the city from the airport

KLIA International Airport

To Kuala Lumpur:

Unlike at the old LCC-T the new KLIA2 Terminal has a station for the KLIA Express Train going to KL Sentral station in just 28 minutes (RM 35). You can find the station entrance just outside the arrival area on the right side. The last train departs at 1 am.

The airport buses and taxis are located on the far end of the terminal, a 400 meter walk passing the numerous shops at this airport-within-a-mall. For either the bus or taxi you need to buy a ticket at one of the ticket booths inside. The booths for the bus companies are not located next to each other but on either side so you may have to search a bit. The bus into the city takes an hour and costs 10 Ringgit. Especially during the day numerous buses depart every hour but at night you may have to wait a bit.

A taxi to or from the city would cost about RM 75 (fixed fare with a “budget” taxi).

Inter-terminal transport:

The KLIA2 Terminal is located 2 km away from the main terminal and a shuttle bus plies the route between them. Alternatively you can take the Express train which stops at both terminals (3 minutes for RM 2) or a taxi.

Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport

Subang Airport is much closer (25km) to KL than KLIA and can therefore be a convenient option. Rapid KL bus U81 (fare RM 2.50) passes the airport and runs to Pasar Seni LRT station. The bus stop is 200m from the terminal in front of MAS complex A: exit Terminal 3 and turn left. The bus ride can take 40 minutes up to 1,5 hour depending on traffic. Taxis wait outside Terminal 3, expect to pay RM 80 to RM 100 for a trip into Kuala Lumpur.

Subang Airport is much closer (25km) to KL than KLIA and can therefore be a convenient option. Rapid KL bus U81 (fare RM 2.50) passes the airport and runs to Pasar Seni LRT station. The bus stop is 200m from the terminal in front of MAS complex A: exit Terminal 3 and turn left. The bus ride can take 40 minutes up to 1,5 hour depending on traffic. Taxis wait outside Terminal 3, expect to pay RM 80 to RM 100 for a trip into Kuala Lumpur.