Things you need to know before visiting Kuala Lumpur

 

Kuala Lumpur is such a great city – it’s a perfect mix between the European orderliness and the Asian chaos. The city itself is clean, different neighborhoods offer visitors different experiences and it gives you the freedom to choose between a laid back posh visit combined with a shopping spree or an active cultural rich experience.

I’d like to share with you a few tips, I learned from my previous visits:

1.Arrive

You’ll probably land on KLIA, which is almost an hour from the city center. There are different possibilities to drive to the city:
KLIA Express is a fast train (100RM return) bringing you to the main train and bus station KL Sentral
BUS: there a several buses connecting the airport with the main bus and train station KL Sentral; a one way ticket is 15RM (bring cash)
-Taxy/Grab of course there are taxis, but we usually use Grab (Asian uber), today we paid 72RM from Bukit Bintang

From KL Sentral you can change to Monorail (it brings you easily to the main tourist hub Bukit Bintang and all the way to the Petronas towers)

2.Sim Card

We always use a local Sim Card, simply because it saves us time (and sometimes also money). On this visit we used the orange provider U, which was quite cheap – SimCard with 200MB data was 10 RM, we topped up with 1,5GB for 5 RM. Because the data plans and offers change all the time from provider to provider, compare before you choose one.

3.Accommodation

We usually stayed in Bukit Bintang. We really liked the Hotel Furama Bukit Bintang (beautiful rooms, pools, lounge access possible), but right now there is a big construction site. This time we stayed in InnB, where the rooms were fine, just the breakfast was a bit plain, but the location is really good. On our first visit we stayed in the neighborhood  KLCC, which is around the Petronas towers. There we were in Le Apple, which has an amazing location.
Another neighborhood with many hotels is around China town, with numerous shops.
Many stay in service appartments with jaw dropping rooftop pools overlooking the Petronas towers. I’m sure you saw the pictures online. Unfortunately we were to late to book one for us.
If you need a discount code on Booking, you can use this link. By using this link you’ll get 10% back from your stay and I get a small reward from Booking.

kuala lumpur hotels
View from our Kuala Lumpur hotel

4.Getting around

KL has a good public transport system with Monorail, MRT, LRT, Taxis, Grab, buses etc. The tickets are cheap and you can also use a 24 or 48 hour tourist card or the new KL Travel Pass which includes KLIA Express.
We use Grab a lot (Asian Uber), which is reliable and cheap.

5.Eat

KL is full of restaurants, street markets, food courts and fast food restaurant chains. You can go fine dining to posh restaurants or have a local meal on the street sitting on plastic chairs. You choose. The food is quite cheap, also junk food restaurants like McD, Pizza Hut etc.are much cheaper than in Europe.
For a street food experience head to Jalan Alor night street food market.

6.Shop

Ooooh, I love shopping in Kuala Lumpur. Not only is the city full of shopping malls, there are also markets with stalls and outlets.
Many shopping malls offer the same brands as we know them in Europe, that’s why I like to come to Berjaya Time square, where you can shop many unknown Asian brands (at better prices as on some street markets).
Just across the street is Low Yat plaza, a paradise for electronic fans.
The Central Market is a labyrinth like complex with souvenirs. Not far away is Padaling street, a chinese shopping street with fake goods and souvenirs.
A small night market is also in Bukit Bintang near Jalan Alor street.

kuala lumpur shopping

 

I hope these basic information will help you plan your visit to Kuala Lumpur. Besides shopping there are many things to see and do in Kuala Lumpur. I’m just working on a list of 10 free attractions in and near Kuala Lumpur as well, so stay tuned.

Enjoy Kuala Lumpur and tell me, what I need to see and do next time 😉

If you are curious, which are our favorite places in Malaysia, we made a list of our 7 favorites ❤

In this vlog we’ll show you at least 5 free things to do in KL ❤

 

Save it for later 😉


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