Kuala Lumpur straddles the line between modern metropolis and urban sprawl. Wander the chaotic streets, sampling some of the superb food available on every corner, and gaze up at the skyscrapers that loom all around, including the iconic Petronas Tower.
Kuala Lumpur’s maritime climate means there is no real standout time of year to visit. You can go at any time with only a few noticeable changes in the weather. Conditions are generally hot and humid, but they do cool down during the rainy season. In general, daytime temperatures are between 22 and 33 degrees.
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Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one of the biggest and busiest air hubs in South East Asia, handling more than 50 million passengers a year.
Available onward connections include the Express Rail Link and KLIA Transit commuter services. The airport is also well served by taxis and buses.
Direct and indirect flights to Kuala Lumpur are available from a number of different carriers.
Kuala Lumpur’s ambitious public transport system is pretty comprehensive and offers plenty of transport options. Be aware that if you’re using the roads, certain times of day can grind to a halt under the sheer weight of traffic. But, if you use the monorail, you can glide over the top of the mayhem in relative tranquillity. There’s an urban train network too, with some commuter and express services available, and travel cards make using the system easy.
At certain times of day outside rush hour, using the hop on hop off double decker KL buses is a good option, while the red and white taxis that buzz around everywhere are pretty cheap,but the blue executive taxis will offer a more comfortable ride.
There are many architectural treasures to discover in Kuala Lumpur. In the old area of the city you’ll find plenty of colonial era buildings, such as the offices of the Colonial Secretariat and railway station. The Masjid Jamek is a Moorish style mosque sitting on the confluence of two rivers, and the bold Masjid Negara represents the big ambitions of the new Malaysia.
Eating and shopping are perhaps the two biggest pastimes in KL, with more than 60 malls to visit and countless thousands places to eat, spanning the range from exquisite street food right up to elegant high-end dining. Chinatown and the Golden Triangle have the highest concentration of restaurants and street food options.