Kuala lumpur (Malaysia)

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, located at the peninsula of Malacca. The city hosts the famous Petronas double towers, which are the world's tallest twin towers (451.9 m). The city also has a few older buildings from the Britishs era (such as an old railway station) and a fairly large aquarium. Most of the accommodations and restaurants are located in the Chinese Quarter, where all the major attractions and shopping areas can be reached within walking distance. In Kuala Lumpur is also the world's largest park for half-wild living for birds, whose inhabitants are mostly free. The city is considered to be one of the best places to go shopping, because in its 66 shopping centers and thousands of little shops there's definitely something for everyone, and even in almost all price categories.

Population: 1,589,000
Beach : No
Mountain : No
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: Malaysian
Skill level of the English language : Good
Emergency numbers: 999 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Malaysian ringgit (MYR)
Electric plugs: G
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: Most restaurants will include a 10% service charge on the bill. Tipping extra is not expected.
Time in destination: Dec 9, 2019, 5:48:27 PM

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Weather Forecast

Mon
09.12

Rain

82°F

Tue
10.12

Light rain showers

84°F

Wed
11.12

Light rain

84°F

Thu
12.12

Partly cloudy

88°F

Fri
13.12

Heavy rain

82°F

Sat
14.12

Heavy rain

82°F

Sun
15.12

Heavy rain showers

88°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

Kuala Lumpur’s weather does go through random floods and heat waves, so it is a good idea for visitors to know the best time to visit the city. Peninsular Malaysia, where KL is located, is affected by two major monsoon seasons yearly and during this time certain areas face some short rainfall and thunderstorms.

Between October and January the eastern side of the peninsula gets hit the hardest, and while a mountain range which cuts through the centre of the country provides some light shield to the eastern monsoon, KL still experiences showers. Meanwhile, from March to April the western monsoon hits the city directly, bringing the most rain to the city. For settled weather, May to July is the best time to visit KL as the entire country goes through a dry spell, resulting in blue skies and steamy temperatures.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January - 91.4 73.4 19
February - 91.4 75.2 17
March - 93.2 75.2 20
April - 91.4 75.2 23
May - 91.4 77.0 20
June - 91.4 75.2 18
July - 91.4 75.2 18
August - 91.4 71.6 19
September - 89.6 75.2 20
October - 89.6 75.2 25
November - 89.6 75.2 27
December - 89.6 75.2 24

More information: Kuala lumpur forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Kuala lumpur is a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $32.51, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $80.30, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $24.43
  • Hotel (3 stars): $29.19
  • Hotel (4 stars): $70.72
  • Hotel (5 stars): $100.98
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $2.66
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $4.60
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $3.61
  • Meal, McDonalds: $3.37
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $2.41

More information: Kuala lumpur price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Kuala lumpur destination map

Safety

Kuala lumpur has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 34.3 (weaker than United states average 48.8)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 50.2 (weaker than United states average 68.9)
  • Walking alone at night: 24.7 (weaker than United states average 41.2)

More information: Kuala lumpur safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
  • Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
  • Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
  • Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.

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