Quick Facts

Important facts about the city

In just 150 years, Kuala Lumpur has grown into a major economic, cultural and political centre for Malaysia and Southeast Asia.


Citizens of the United States, Canada, and most Arab, Commonwealth and European countries do not need visas for visits of less than three months.

You may view entry requirements by country of origin from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Malaysia.


The Malaysian currency is the ringgit, divided into 100 sen (cents). It is abbreviated both as RM and MYR.

Credit cards are accepted in hotels and department stores but cash is commonly used in rural areas.

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

MYR 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.35 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.25 Euro (EUR)
0.18 British Pound (GBP)
2.16 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
3659.95 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
33.69 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.38 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
1.70 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.37 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.28 US Dollar (USD)


Hotels and restaurants include a government tax of 6% and a service charge of 10%.


Tipping is not customary in Malaysia.

Business Hours

Bank Hours 
9:30am - 4pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours 
8am - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday (Government)
9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday (Business)

Shop Hours
10am - 10pm

Public Health

Ensure that all food is well cooked and consume only bottled mineral water outside of the hotel.


Lightweight clothing is ideal and shirts, jackets and ties are normal business attire.

Do note that shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless garments for women are not advisable in Government Offices, places of worship and certain rural areas.


KL has a tropical climate of warm, sunny weather throughout the year. Rain is most frequent from November to January, but can be expected in any month.



A morning thunderstorm or two; cloudy

High: 34°C / 93°F
Low: 25°C / 77°F



Cloudy with a thunderstorm in the area

High: 32°C / 89°F
Low: 26°C / 78°F
Thunderstorms High: 32°C / 89°F Low: 25°C / 77°F
Mostly Cloudy High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 25°C / 77°F
Thunderstorms High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 25°C / 77°F

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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

1.8 million

Bahasa Malaysia, English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 / 240 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 1800, G3