- Update your passport. Check Visa requirements.
- Book your ticket ahead of time to avail of promo fares
- Book your hotel online for cheap deals (credit card required).
- Set aside cash for daily expenses.
- Pack light (shop more).
Arriving in KL:
Depending on which plane you took, you could deplane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal (KLLCCT). Either way, taxis are available.
Staying in KL:
- TAXI: An hour drive from the airport to the heart of Kuala Lumpur which is the Golden Triangle area will cost you around RM70. The airport taxi adds a 50% midnight fare on top of the regular fare. Taking a cab around KL, most drivers will give you a fixed rate. If it is anything nearby like from Petronas Towers to Bintang Walk, don’t settle for anything beyond RM15. Ask for the meter instead, flat rate is RM3.
- MEALS: A decent single meal will cost your RM20 at most (in food courts), much less if you’re not a picky eater and if you eat light.
- ATM: Do bring a credit card just in case. Most establishments accept credit cards and there are plenty or ATMs situated around KL. The place is tourist friendly!
- MONEY CHANGERS: Do not change ALL your currency at the airport. Get the best out of your exchange at malls like Sungei Wang.
- LODGING: If you like being within the shopping district, the best areas to stay are those within or near the Golden Triangle. Opt for hotels at KLCC or Bukit Bintang. Since you’ll most likely be out the entire day and only retire to your hotel at night, a decent room with breakfast will cost you around RM150-RM200 depending on the amenities you’re looking for. A backpacker can even go as low as RM40 for a dorm-type room with shared bathrooms
- Sungei Wang Plaza – One of the oldest shopping centres in KL, Sungei Wang is found on the always busy and increasingly trendy street of Bukit Bintang. Despite the emergence of newer and blogger malls in the city, this place remains a favourite with locals and tourists. It’s a great spot to pick up mobile phones, cameras, watches and very cheap DVD’s.
- Tokyo Street, Pavilion – Located at the centre of the uber trendy Bukit Bintang district, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is a sprawling 1.37 million square feet complex comprised of three major components – a retail mall, an office block and two residential towers. Occupying prime real estate along Jalan Bukit Bintang, the mall was opened in 2007 and is noteworthy as the city centre’s trendiest and most popular shopping development.
- Suria KLCC – Located at the base of the 88-storey, steel-clad Petronas Twin Towers (which rise to 451.9m), the crescent-shaped Suria KLCC is more than just a shopping and dining venture. Opened in 1999, the retail and entertainment complex on the junction of Jalan Ampang and Jalan P. Ramlee houses a plethora of interesting attractions. Spanning over six floors of the fantastic high-rise, Suria KLCC’s anchor tenants include Cold Storage supermarket, Japanese-retailer Isetan, Kinokuniya, British-based Marks & Spencer flagship store, Parkson Grand, Signature’s Level 2 Food Court and Tanjong Golden Village – the largest TGV multiplex in KL.
- Low Yat Plaza – Commonly referred to as LYP or Low Yat – is a well established commercial shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur’s busy city centre. Specializing in electronics and IT products, it’s located directly opposite the popular Berjaya Times Square shopping mall. Ranking high as one of the city’s best known spots for gadgets and gizmos, the 12-storey mall is divided into a series of inter-connected stores surrounding a main concourse.
- Central Market – The Central Market is situated at the border of China Town. Therefore why would not you combine a visit to the Central Market with a visit to China Town? Its old building (1928), which has won awards for its architectural design in this air-conditioned market you, can find many souvenirs.
- Berjaya Times Square – Berjaya Times Square boasts the largest indoor theme park in Asia, the second longest indoor rollercoaster in the world, and 1,000 shop units. Its commercial performance will be closely watched as an indicator of the health of the Malaysian economy.
- PLACES TO SEE (description source):
- Petronas Twin Towers – The Petronas Twin Towers (also known as the Petronas Towers or Twin Towers), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are the world’s tallest twin buildings. Tower 2 was built by the South Korean multinational Samsung Engineering & Construction and Tower 1 by Hazama Corporation of Japan. They were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004 if measured from the level of the main entrance to the structural top, the original height reference used by the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat from 1969 (three additional height categories were introduced as the tower neared completion in 1996). RM50 per adult for 10 minutes up.
- KL Tower – Menara Kuala Lumpur stands majestically a top of Bukit Nanas at 421 meters and 515 meters above sea level, is considered a main feature of the city skyline one and perhaps most enduring images a visitor to KL will encounter. As 5th tallest telecommunications tower, either at an observation deck or from the revolving restaurant, you can manage to get a bird’s eye view of the city. RM45 per adult to go up…
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple – The temple is an arresting sight, all the more for its in congruent setting in Chinatown. Built in 1873, it is the most elaborate Hindu temple in the country. Its gate tower is embellished with ornate sculptures of Hindu deities and its floors and walls marbled with Italian and Spanish tiles.
- Karyaneka & Craft Cultural Complex – The tradition of presenting gifts is still maintained until today to initiate closer friendship. The creative touch of modern craft designers has managed to combine traditional and contemporary forms, elevating Malaysian crafts products to the same high exacting standards comparable to exclusive international products. Styled after a Malay Sultan’s palace, the Craft Cultural Complex is a comprehensive cultural centre offering the entire spectrum of traditional Malaysian arts, crafts and cultural activities. No entrance fees except for art immersion/diy.
- THINGS TO DO:
- Paint your own batik at the Craft Cultural Complex.
- Eat satay.
- Play at the largest indoor theme park, Berjaya Times Square.
- Take the KL Hop On Hop Off bus tours.
- Visit museums and art galleries.
The ultimate way to enjoy your travel? Although shopping for designer brands and high street labels can be tempting. Save your money for entrance fees/activity fees that are related to the city’s culture and history. That way, you get to savor the city more. Shopping can be done later, at home, even online anyway.
*uncredited photos are mine