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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 a majority of 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 recent exchange rates for some common currencies:

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

MYR 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.33 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.21 Euro (EUR)
0.18 British Pound (GBP)
1.86 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
17.77 Indian Rupee (INR)
27.18 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.36 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
1.51 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.32 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.24 US Dollar (USD)


Tourism Tax of MYR 10, per room per night, for all foreign passport holders is to be collected by the hotel, on behalf of the government, upon check-out and is not included in your total room cost. All Malaysian Nationals and Permanent Residents are exempted. Please be advised that the Tourism Tax will be exempted for all arrivals from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 as announced by the Federal Government.

All prices quoted are inclusive of 10% service charge. 6% government tax is exempted until 30 June 2021.


Tipping is not customary in Malaysia.

Business Hours

Though Malaysia is an Islamic country, offices observe a Monday to Friday schedule.

Bank Hours
10am - 4pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
8am - 5pm(Government)
9am - 5pm(Commercial)

Shop Hours
10am - 10pm

Public Health

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 frequent from November to January, but can be expected in any month.

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 32ºC 22ºC
Feb 32ºC 22ºC
Mar 33ºC 23ºC
Apr 33ºC 23ºC
May 32ºC 23ºC
Jun 32ºC 23ºC
Jul 32ºC 23ºC
Aug 32ºC 23ºC
Sep 32ºC 23ºC
Oct 32ºC 23ºC
Nov 31ºC 23ºC
Dec 31ºC 22ºC

1.4 million

Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 / 240 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 1800