Getting to Malaysia
Malaysia is accessible by air, rail, sea and road. Most major airlines fly direct to Kuala Lumpur while Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia also service internal destinations. The country boasts a modern infrastructure of highways, roads and railways that connect Singapore and Thailand to Peninsular Malaysia and excellent air service to the East Malaysia states of Sabah and Sarawak. For more places to visit: Malaysia Truly Asia
Visa Most nationalities do not need a visa for stays of fewer than two months in Malaysia. However, passports must be valid for six months beyond your date of departure. For more info: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassies Almost all embassies and consulates are located within the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. You may call Telekom Malaysia Directory Assistance at 103 for the telephone number of your country’s embassy or consulate.
Kuala Lumpur presents no real health risks for foreign visitors. It is unlikely you will encounter any health problems during your time in Kuala Lumpur. Restaurants and eating places are required by law to maintain a high standard of food preparation, and the city is generally clean.
Kuala Lumpur is safe from strong winds and has a tropical rainforest climate, which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall, especially during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. Temperatures tend to remain constant. Maximums hover between 32 and 35 °C (90 and 95 °F) and sometime hit 40 °C (104.0 °F), while minimums hover between 23.4 and 24.6 °C (74.1 and 76.3 °F) and have never fallen below 14.4 °C (57.9 °F).
Should you be in need of medical assistance, our doctors and dentists are highly skilled, our hospitals are modern and well-equipped, and medical attention is available around the clock. Medical costs in Malaysia are not exorbitant like in the United States and Europe, but travel insurance is still recommended.
Please remember to bring an adequate supply of any prescription medications you may need for the duration of your trip. We recommend you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor outlining your medical condition and the medicine you are carrying.
Vaccinations All travellers to Australia should be up-to-date with their routine ’background’ vaccinations. These are usually commenced as an infant, and some boosters are due in adult life. These vaccinations include tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). Influenza is now considered a routine vaccination and travellers should have an annual influenza vaccination. You do not require vaccinations unless you have come from, or have visited a yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival.
Smoking Smoking is generally banned in public to protect people from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke. Smoking is banned in the outdoor dining areas of restaurants, cafes, pubs and other venues.
In case of an emergency, phone 999 and specify whether you require the police, fire brigade or ambulance.
Kuala Lumpur is well-connected with telephony and the basic infrastructure expected of a world-class city. Toll-free numbers and land lines provide connectivity to all government departments, public amenities, transportation, shopping complexes or restaurants.
|Police & Ambulance||999|
|From Mobile Phone||112|
|Traffic Police||03 2072 9044|
|EMBASSIES IN KUALA LUMPUR|
|Australia||03 2146 5555|
|Brunei||03 2161 2828|
|China||03 2142 8585|
|Germany||03 2142 9666|
|Indonesia||03 2142 1151|
|Korea (South)||03 4256 9913|
|Singapore||03 2161 6277|
|United Kingdom||03 2148 2122|
|Canada||03 2718 8333|
|France||03 2053 5500|
|India||03 2093 3504|
|Japan||03 2142 7044|
|Philipines||03 2148 4233|
|Thailand||03 2148 8222|
|United States||03 2168 5000|
|KLIA||03 8776 4135|
|Subang||03 7846 3000|
|Penang||04 643 0501|
|Changi (Singapore)||65 542 9727|
Malaysia’s currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR). Bureau du Change outlets are plentiful, including a number of Travelex branches which can be found across Kuala Lumpur.
Current exchange rate information can be found at www.xe.com.
Payment The most commonly accepted credit cards are MasterCard, Visa, American Express, JCB, Diners Club and their affiliates. Most retailers and restaurants use an electronic payment system (EFTPOS).
Banks Banks are open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.00pm, depending upon the branch. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.
Shopping hours Popular shopping precincts in Kuala Lumpur are open seven days a week, from 10am to 9:30pm.
Goods and Services Tax Malaysia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 6%. You may be able to claim a refund of the GST paid on goods bought here if you have spent RM300 or more in one store, no more than 28 days before departing Malaysia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals. Find out more.
Places to Visit
Who would have thought 130 years ago that Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is better known, would grow from a small mining town into a modern, bustling city and home to one of the world’s tallest twin towers.
Kuala Lumpur offers an interesting blend of the old and the new. Its skyline of soaring modern skyscrapers blends seamlessly with a ground level bustle of street markets and colonial architecture, creating a city that rewards exploration.
PETRONAS Twin Tower The world’s tallest twin towers are not to be missed. Go early for the guided tour which takes you up to the Skybridge.
Suria KLCC & KLCC ParkThe place to meet and be seen is at the long row of upmarket restaurants that face the KLCC Park. Experience cafe culture, fusion cuisine and Asian favourites in a relaxed, cosmopolitan environment. Make time to stroll through the 50-acre KLCC Park, the creation of master landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx.
Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower) Functioning as a telecommunications tower, the KL Tower has an observation deck for visitors to enjoy Kuala Lumpur’s dynamic skyline. The Tower sits on “Pineapple Hill” or Bukit Nanas which is also home to the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve.
The Railway Station Make it a point to get to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. Built in the early 1900s, this grand dame is now a station-cum-hotel. Arches, beautiful spires and seven shapely minarets are the highlight of this North Indian Islamic inspired building. Head for the bridge on Jalan Kinabalu and you’ll see just why this elegant structure continues to hold its own amongst the city’s skyscrapers.
Central Market Central Market or Pasar Seni, is a great place for Malaysian arts and crafts, souvenirs, antique weaponry, antique jewellery, songket, batik fabric, wayang kulit (shadow puppets), ceramics and much, much more.
Chinatown / Petaling Street Bargains galore! Shopping at Petaling Street is fun as haggling is the main order of business. There’s always a good bargain to be had here. Petaling Street is a five-minute walk from Central Market.
Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) The British Union Jack was lowered for the last time here, when Malaysia gained its independence on 31st August 1957. Surrounding the Square are many buildings of historical interest such as the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club, National History Museum, Memorial Library and St Mary’s Cathedral, a gothic-style church.
Little India Little India or Masjid India is simply splendid! Chaos reigns with motorbikes tooting, people jostling, peddlers shouting and hailers blaring Hindi music amidst colourful displays of Indian fabrics, home wares and the most current movies. Awaken the senses to the smell of incense, spices and curries wafting from every corner. A delightful experience not to be missed!
Batu Caves Just 13 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur’s central business district, these famous caverns are easily accessible. The main Temple Cave, with a ceiling that looms over 100 metres, features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, one has to climb a steep flight of 272 steps, a feat performed by as many as 100,000 devotees during the annual Thaipusam festival.
National MosqueA major venue for Friday prayers, the National Mosque’s Grand Hall is surrounded by deep verandahs screened off by white grills of traditional Islamic design, similar to those found in mosques at Agra and Fatehpur Sikri in India. A praying area of 1,432 sq metres can accommodate up to 8,000 people.
Sultan Abdul Samad buildingThis signature landmark, with its distinctive Victorian-Moorish architecture, was built in 1897 to house the various administrative departments of the British Government of the time. Today, it is home to the Supreme and High Courts.
There are several ways to get to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Maps to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Google Map.
By Road If you are in a taxi or a chauffeured car, approach the Centre along Jalan Pinang and turn left into the Main Entrance (second turn after the Mandarin Oriental Hotel) for drop off.
If you are driving, here are your parking options:
- Take the first left after the Mandarin Oriental Hotel from Jalan Pinang up the ramp to access the car park at the Centre’s basement.
- Park at the KLCC Suria car park and exit to the Concourse level Centre Court. Make your way past Cold Storage to the Guardian Pharmacy where there is a covered walkway through to the Centre. Take the elevator to the Ground Floor where you will be directed to the Registration area.
By Train Take the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Kelana Jaya Line to the KLCC Station. Turn left after exiting the turnstiles and walk through the Suria KLCC shopping centre Concourse level to the Centre Court. Turn left and make your way past Cold Storage to the Guardian Pharmacy where there is a covered walkway through to the Centre. Take the elevator to the Ground Floor where you will be directed to the Registration area.
On Foot From the Suria KLCC shopping centre’s Concourse Level Centre Court, make your way past Cold Storage to the Guardian Pharmacy where there is a covered walkway through to the Centre. Take the elevator to the Ground Level of the Centre where you will be directed to the Registration area.
The Centre is also accessible for delegates and visitors via the air-conditioned Bukit Bintang-KLCC Link Bridge. The link bridge features entrance/exit at the Pavilion Mall (Bukit Bintang), Wisma Cosway, Jalan Perak and the Impiana KLCC Hotel with convenient exit escalators and staircases) located at the main entrance to the Centre. This air-conditioned link allows delegates and visitors to travel conveniently, comfortably and safely on foot.