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.
In case of an emergency, phone 999 and specify whether you require the police, fire brigade or ambulance.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Malaysia’s currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR). Bureau de Change outlets are plentiful 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.
Banks Banks are open Monday to Friday, 9.15am 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 10.00am to 10.00pm.
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Situated at the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is the city’s most technologically–advanced, purpose-built facility for international, regional and local conventions, tradeshows, public exhibitions, entertainment and even, intimate private functions.
The Centre is one of the components within PETRONAS’ distinctive Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) development. Designed as a unique “city within a city”, the 100-acre development boasts a lush 50-acre landscaped KLCC Park, the signature PETRONAS Twin Towers, Asy’Syakirin Mosque, six-storeys of retail therapy (Suria KLCC), sustenance for the mind (PETROSAINS interactive science discovery centre) and a refuge for art enthusiasts (Galeri PETRONAS). Located within the KLCC is the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, home to the renowned Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
There are several ways to get to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Maps to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
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.
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.
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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.