In just 50 years, Kuala Lumpur, or KL, has grown from a small tin-mining town into a modern, bustling city. Take in its high-flying triumphs from the viewing deck of Petronas Twin Towers, then dive down to explore its more traditional culture in the back lanes of Chinatown.
KL may be a modern Asian city, but it retains much of its local colour. There are still plenty of colonial buildings in its centre. The vibrant Chinatown teems with street vendors and night markets, and Little India is full of life.
One of the world’s shining cities, KL is an excellent location for conducting business or enjoying a family adventure.
Citizens of the United States, Canada, and most Arab, Commonwealth and European countries do not need visas for visits of less than three months.
View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
The Malaysian currency is the ringgit, divided into 100 sen (cents). The currency is abbreviated both as RM and MYR.
While credit cards are accepted in hotels and department stores, expect to pay in cash in rural areas.
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies:
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.
Hotels and restaurants add a government tax of 6% and a service charge of 10%.
Tipping is not customary in Malaysia.
Though Malaysia is an Islamic country, offices observe a Monday to Friday schedule.
10am - 4pm, Monday through Friday
8am - 5pm(Government)
9am - 5pm(Commercial)
10am - 10pm
Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.
Ensure that food is well cooked, and consume only bottled mineral water outside the hotel.
Lightweight clothing is ideal. A shirt, jacket and tie are normal business attire. Shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless garments for women are not advisable in rural areas or places of worship
KL has a typically tropical climate of warm, sunny weather throughout the year. Rain is most frequent from November to January, but can be expected in any month.
Heavy rain in the afternoon
Mostly cloudy with a thunderstorm
LanguageBahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Voltage220 / 240 volts
Mobile PhonesGSM 1800
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Malaysia
T:(60 3) 2032 2388
F:(60 3) 2070 1514
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