Hari Raya in Kuala Lumpur

What is Hari Raya?

Hari Raya translates into Big Day. It marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan observed by the Muslim community in Malaysia. During the holidays, they go back to their hometowns to celebrate with their families. In the villages, they keep the house doors open to welcome people for having food together, children get token money as a part of blessings from the elders. Many open house celebrations are organized at various regions which can be joined by anyone who wish to participate in the ongoing festivities.

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Decoration in a mall for Hari Raya

When is Hari Raya observed? 

Exactly one month after the first day of the fasting month is the first day of Hari Raya. The dates vary every year based on the moon, but usually is during June / July. The official holidays last for two days but the festivities continue for another week. After that, although open house feasts continue to be organized for a month, but the festive feel starts to fade away for the general masses.

What to expect during Hari Raya? 

Exactly one month after the first day of the fasting month is the first day of Hari Raya. The dates vary every year based on the moon. The official holidays last for two days but the festivities continue for another week. After that, although open house feasts continue to be organized for a month, but the festive feel starts to fade away for the general masses.

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Food Bazaar organised for breaking fast

Also, during this time, imported Arabian dates are readily available in the markets, along with various handmade cookies to add on to the festivities. The town witnesses one of the biggest sales of the year with upto 70% discounts on some products.

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Stalls set up with various items to buy from

The entire festivity starts from the fasting month and lasts upto one week after the Hari Raya.

Shopping Recommendations:

1. Arabian Dates

2. Hand made cookies

3. Designer Brooches

4. Clothes / fabrics

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10+ must try dishes in Kuala Lumpur

People here love to eat. Although the local specialty cuisine is the Malay food, there is a plenty of other cuisines which happen to be quite appealing both to the locals as well as foreigners. The most famous being Chinese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean. Some of the favorite food and snack items here would include:

  • Nasi Lemak: Coconut oil rice with anchioves and sambal sauce. This can be sided with a variety of meat or fish which comes as a part of the set or can be topped up. My favorite side (the default one) is the fried chicken.
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Nasi Lemak
  • Rendang: It is a Malaysia-Indonesian meat or fish gravy preparation with spices and coconut milk.
  • Hainanese Chicken rice: A dish adapted from the early Chinese immigrants originally from Hainan province in southern China, with regional variations around the South East Asia. In Malaysia, the chicken rice (oil rice or plain rice) can be combined with the sides like roasted, honey roasted or BBQ chicken, other than the traditional steamed chicken.
  • Satay: Satay is a dish of skewered and barbecued meat, served with various sauces, the most often one being a combination of soy and peanut sauce.
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Satay stall, Jalan Alor
  • Nasi Kandar: Originating from Penang, Nasi Kandar is a meal of steamed rice which can be plain or mildly flavored, served with a variety of curry and side dishes.
  • Banana leaf rice: Similar to Nasi Kandar, this is also a meal of steamed rice served with curry and side dishes, but the origin of the cuisine traces back to South India. Traditionally served on a banana leaf.
  • Charsiew rice: Char siu is a preparation of BBQ pork in Cantonese cuisine. Char siew rice is a dish of white rice served with char siu slices and cucumbers, drenched in sweet gravy or drizzled with dark soy sauce.
  • Asam / curry Laksa: Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup in the Nyonya cuisine (a mix of Chinese and Malay cuisine), which consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup. The soup is either based on rich and spicy curry coconut milk, or based on sour plum. You must, however, take a note on the strong smell it generally carries. You can go for the Asam Laksa Penang, which is not only the moat popular Laksa, but is also less smelly.
  • Rojak: A popular fruits and vegetables salad dish
  • Steamboat: This is traditionally a group dining concept, where the vegetables , noodles and meat are boiled in the flavored soup either in an opened or closed lid container. The container is placed on the table itself. Rice bowls come separately.
  • Korean BBQ: Korean BBQ are quite popular among the masses here.
  • Sushi: Sushi is another popular food, especially among the Chinese here.
  • Chili pan mee: This is a variation of the regular pan mee (hakka style noodle) and available at selected Chili pan mee shops only. The serving comes with noodles (dry or soup based), fried onions, minced pork, spring onion greens and half boiled egg. You can add chilli as per your taste and mix the contents together. Personally I prefer the dry pan mee with medium to high chilli content.
  • Durian: Fruit that the locals here could die for; worth a try if you can stand the strong smell.
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Durian Stall, Jalan Alor
  • Fish head curry: A dish with Indian and Chinese origins. The head of a red snapper is semi-stewed in a Kerala-style curry with assorted vegetables such as okra and eggplants.
  • Curry puff: A local favorite snack. It is basically a pie stuffed with potatoes with or without chicken slices prepared with different spices.
  • Dodol: Local toffee, sugar palm based confection.
  • Dimsum: Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine prepared in steamer baskets. Each assorted piece is normally small bite sized.
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Dimsum stall, Jalan Alor

Note:

  1. In some food stalls, you need to pay money as soon as the food arrives. So, if you see the person standing there after serving you food, you must know, they are expecting the money to be paid.
  2. Also, many food stalls here do not give water or tissue paper complimentary, so if you do not find tissue boxes on any of the tables or the water not served by default, chances are that you need to pay for them.

Special mention:

Other than the foods listed above, two more deserve special mention:

  • The Mongolian BBQ: Just as you are about to enter the Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang (the food street), to your right would be a stall selling Mongolian BBQ. Worth a try, goes pretty well with a can of beer, or a can of coke, if you will.
  • Ice cream rolls: This is a kind of hand made ice cream, made on the spot within minutes! This comes in different flavors and with different toppings. You can find this in one of the ice cream stalls in Jalan Alor as well as near the Bukit Bintang LRT when walking towards Pavilion shopping mall.

Places to see in and around Kuala Lumpur:

  1. Batu Caves:

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  • Accessible via: KTM (Seremban-Batu Caves line) -> Station -> Batu Caves, Duration: 30 minutes from KL Sentral, Frequency: 45 minutes
  • Ideal time commitment: 1-2 hours if you are climbing up the 300 stairs to the cave temple area or the conservation project area
  • Good time to visit: As early as possible as need to climb up stairs.
  • Tips: Check the KTM schedule, you can save on the waiting time:
  • Note: If you are wearing shorts, you will need to hire the covers from the stall at the entrance
  1. Little India:

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  • Accessible via: KTM / LRT / Monorail -> Station -> KL Sentral
  • Once at the KL Sentral station, take the escalator to NU Sentral mall (it will be on your left-hand side if you are exiting from the KTM and right hand side if you are exiting from the LRT).
  • Once at NU Sentral, exit from the opposite side of the mall and you will be in Little India
  • If you are travelling via monorail, the exit directly opens in Little India itself
  • Here, you can look around for some shopping, have some Indian snacks
  • Ideal time commitment: 1-2 hours or 2-3 hours if you want to have lunch there
  1. KL Tower:

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  • Accessible via: LRT -> Station -> Dang Wangi, Duration: 10 minutes from KL Sentral, Frequency: 10 minutes
  • Ideal time commitment: 30 mins – 1 hour
  • Tickets for entrance to the observation deck can be bought from the ground floor
  1. Masjid India and Haniffa:
  • Accessible via: LRT -> Station -> Masjid Jamek, Duration: Less than 5 minutes from KL Sentral, Frequency: 10 minutes
  • After exiting from the LRT station, walk to your right. The stalls start right from the station exit
  • After 2-3 minutes’ walk, lookout for a lane to your right lined up with shops on either side
  • Cheap place for shopping
  • There are two shopping centres in the area – Haniffa and Mydin. You can buy cheap perfumes, chocolates, etc. there. I personally recommend Haniffa for buying chocolates
  • Ideal time commitment: 2-3 hours
  1. Pasar Seni:

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  • Accessible via: LRT -> Station -> Pasar Seni, Duration: About 2 mins from KL Sentral
  • Upon exiting from Pasar Seni, you will hit Central market just on the opposite side of the road. For local handicrafts and batik shopping
  • Come out from Central market, towards the LRT and, without crossing the road, turn left. Proceed straight for about 5-10 minutes until you can locate the Petaling Street market on the opposite road, parallel to your trail.
  • Known to be the China town of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street offers a variety of cheap and imitation products to buy from. Here, you will find many people selling 100% “original” products at cheap price. Be rest assured those are 101% duplicates.
  • Ideal time commitment: 2-3 hours
  • Note: The shopping stalls starts to open from the evening
  1. Petronas twin towers:

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  • Accessible via: LRT -> Station -> KLCC, Duration: 10 minutes from KL Sentral
  • Ideal time commitment: 30 mins – 1 hour
  • If you want to buy tickets to sky bridge entry, they can be bought at the counter for 80 RM, although personally I do not find it so much worth. Please note the queue can be huge so you might consider buying in advance if you want and adjust your visiting time accordingly
  • Good time to visit: Try to visit the fountain area after nightfall as the towers start to lit up. Also, they host musical fountains for public 7 pm onwards.

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  1. National mosque:
  • Accessible via KTM -> Station -> Kuala Lumpur, Duration: 5 minutes from KL Sentral
  • After exiting from the KTM station, follow the direction signs to the subway that finally opens to the Masjid Negara or the National mosque. Visiting hours for Non-Muslims are as follows:
    • Fridays: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm; 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Other days: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm; 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Ideal time commitment: 30 mins – 1 hour
  • Note: If you are wearing sleeveless dress or dresses above knee length, you will need to wear the robe and (for females) the scarf or hijab
  • Good time to visit: Try to visit by 9:00 am so that you can explore the nearby parks and gardens comfortably under less heat
  1. Parks and gardens:

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  • Exiting from the National mosque, you will find a tree shaded road winding upwards
  • 10 minutes’ walk uphill, you will reach the Planetarium
  • 10 minutes’ further walk will be the KL Bird park. Bird park entry fees is RM 67 for adults RM 45 for children (they go by physical age, we are evergreen at heart)
  • Just opposite to the Bird park is the Orchid garden. Entry fees is RM 1, although there is generally nobody at the counter to take the fees.
  • 10 minutes further walk from the Bird park / Orchid garden, and you will reach the Botanical gardens.
  • Tired of walking? You can hire the buggy that will show you around the gardens for RM2 (I took the service in 2013, so I am not sure of the latest pricing)
  • If you are not already tired of walking, you may walk 20 minutes further down to the Merdaka square, or get into a taxi
  • The huge building that you see at the merdaka square, with the brown dome and clock, is one of the iconic buildings of Kuala Lumpur, the Sultan Abdul Samad building.
  • Ideal time commitment: 5-6 hours

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  1. Kuala Lumpur city gallery:

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  • Just next to Dataran Merdaka
  • Tourist information centre with a collection of paintings and photos of the history of Kuala Lumpur.
  • It also has small imitations of famous city landmarks.
  • Set in a 100 plus years old, colonial-style building, this free museum has its wall depicting timeline chronicling Kuala Lumpur’s history.
  1. Royal museum:
  • Accessible via: Taxi
  • Former residence of the King of Malaysia, converted into the Royal Museum in 2013.
  1. National textiles museum:
  • A few minutes’ walk from Kuala Lumpur city gallery
  • A unique collection of clothing, accessories and textiles. The museum has four main galleries.
  1. National museum:
  • Situated near the Perdana Lake Gardens this museum provides an overview of Malaysian history and culture.
  1. KLCC aquarium:

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  • Accessible via: LRT -> Station -> KLCC, Duration: 10 minutes from KL Sentral, Frequency: 10 minutes
  • Ideal time commitment: 1-2 hours
  • Entry fees: RM 64 for adults, RM 53 for children, RM 43 for senior citizen (they go by physical age, we are evergreen at heart)
  • It is inside the LRT station itself, you can ask the information counter for directions
  • You stand on the moving belt and it takes you around. If you want to stop somewhere, you can hop off the belt onto the side deck and hop back on whenever you want.
  • Checkout their website to know about the different activity schedule so that you may plan your visit accordingly: http://aquariaklcc.com/
  1. Times square mall:
  • Accessible via: Monorail -> Station -> Bukit Bintang, Duration: 15 minutes from KL Sentral
  • Good and cheap shopping
  • Ideal time commitment: 2-3 hours
  • Note: Most of the shops close by 9:30pm, so you need to work out on your timing accordingly
  1. Blue mosque:

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  • Accessible via KTM (Rawang-Port Klang Line) -> Station -> Shah Alam, Duration: 45 minutes from KL Sentral, Frequency: 45 minutes
  • Ideal time commitment: 30 mins – 1 hour
  • Upon exit from the LRT station, look for a taxi to the Blue mosque. For return, you can ask the mosque officials (who are very helpful) to assist you in booking a taxi
  • Note on the timings (it takes about 30 minutes from the KTM station to reach the mosque, so plan accordingly):
    • Monday-Thursday: 9:00AM-12:00PM, 2:00PM-4:00PM
    • Friday: Open ONLY to Muslim for Prayer
    • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 9:00AM-12:00PM, 2:00PM-4:00PM, 5:00PM-6:30PM
  • Note: If you are wearing sleeveless dress or dresses above knee length, you will need to wear the robe and (for females) the scarf or hijab
  • The mosque has free guided tour, so you can opt for one
  1. I-city:
  • Accessible via: taxi from the KTM station or the Blue mosque
  • Ideal time commitment: 4-5 hours, or 1 full day if you want to explore all the theme parks
  • Most of the attractions are open until 1 am on Saturdays and 12 am for the rest of the days
  • Note: Try to take phone numbers of a few taxi drivers or get the taxi booking apps ready in your phone before you plan here as the return taxis are not readily available from this area to Kuala Lumpur. Make the return arrangement BEFORE you come to I-city. Worst case, if you are stranded without any options, walk to the main road (that is a bit of walking) and try to catch a taxi (they might haggle so you need to be prepared)
  1. Experience the KL nightlife:

Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur

Here is a list of nightlife hotspots in and around KL

  1. Bangsar: It is a bit far from the KL city centre compared to the others. Consider if you want to enjoy the late-night drinks (and food at some of the restaurants) but avoid too much crowd or too loud music
  2. Skybar: A stone’s throw (well a bit further to be fair) from the twin towers is the Skybar. How about drinking by the pool side? May be drinking with a fantastic city view? Or both? Bar lounge? Or just anywhere? Well, they have it all! Plus, the dance floor. That comes with a price, of course (literally)
  3. TREC: Well, this area boasts hosting one of the most popular and biggest night clubs in Kuala Lumpur, the ZOUK. Don’t take my word for it, go there and the entrance queue will say it all. Entry is not free. If you don’t want to go for the hype (I personally have not yet visited ZOUK, after staying for almost 4 years in Kuala Lumpur), there are many other bars and night clubs in the area, some of which even have live musical performances. TREC is open until 4:00 amDSC_0033
  4. Ramlee: The road behind the Petronas twin towers is host to a range of night clubs and restaurants, the most famous being The Beach Club.
  5. Bukit Bintang: Here comes one of my two personal favourites! Got the late-night food or dessert cravings? Jalan Alor is the place for you. Many times, I have travelled about 8 kms just to satisfy my late-night ice cream cravings at one of the ice cream stalls here! Jalan Alor is the famous food street of Kuala Lumpur which you might have seen in many of the tourism advertisements. They also have massage parlours in case you want to relax your muscles.DSC_0070_edited
  6. Chungkat: In case you’ve had enough food and want to go clubbing, just walk downhill from the entrance of Jalan Alor (the slope is very evident here) and you reach the party hub of Kuala Lumpur – Chungkat! Even if you are not in a mood for clubbing, visit this place and chances are that your mood will swing to the music beats! Chungkat is open until 3:00 am.DSC_0059_edited
  7. Pavillion: My second favourite, although, to be fair, it is almost an extension of the previous one! Pavilion is a shopping mall famous for its decorations, festivities and the late-night crowd it pulls. No other malls in Kuala Lumpur, so far I’ve seen, has this amount of crowd post-midnight (other than the movie floor, of course)! The third floor hosts a range of bars and food joints open until 2:00 am, although the food section is closed earlier. The setting is rather a mixture of indoors and outdoors. There are a few restaurants inside the mall (indoor) as well, which are open until 1-1:30 amDSC_0023

Access: Monorail -> Station -> Imbi for Pavilion, Bukit Bintang for Bukit Bintang; LRT -> Station -> KLCC for Skybar, Bank Rakyat Bangsar for Bangsar. TREC has no nearby railway access. However, take a note that most of the rail lines stop operating before midnight. But that is when our party starts, right? Hence, for the late-night parties, we mostly depend on the taxis. You need to negotiate with them a bit as most of the ones near the party areas are not willing to go by meter (they are not supposed to haggle legally, but who cares!). Nevertheless, if you are persistent enough, you can get yourself a good deal, or what I prefer is waiting for one that will go by the meter (there are a lot of taxis).

Ideal time commitment: We do not commit time for this, do we?

Note: Some of the night clubs have dress codes (mostly for men) which include no singlets, shorts or thongs/flip flops

Shopping spree in Kuala Lumpur – What to buy:

I won’t be listing down all the international branded products here as the list will be never ending in that case. Starting right from Michael Kors to Coach, Dolce and Gabanna to Ralph Lauren, Swatch to Gucci, Malaysia has all of them! Some famous Malaysia-based brands would include Padini, British India, Bonia, Jimmy Choo, etc. Fashion brands shopping will sure make it to the list but that will not be all, as Malaysia has got a lot more to offer to all the shopaholics out there. I try to list down a few:

  • Fashion shopping – you can just go into any of the malls listed above for this
  • Batik shopping – the batik craft of Malaysia generally features flower, butterfly or bird motifs. Although there are a lot of shops selling batik fabrics, I personally found the price at the Central market very reasonable for the quality of the cloth. You might be good at bargaining, though. They have range of batik products like clothes, shoes, bags, pouches, cloth materials, etc.
  • Pewter ware – I have personally not bought any Pewter ware, just did window shopping for these simply because of the price. But if you want to go for it, from what I know, Royal Selangor is the world’s largest pewter manufacturer. You must pay higher price than the other shops, of course, but you pay that for simply the quality.
  • Traditional Chinese medicines and herbs – often, at the shopping malls you will find shops selling traditional Chinese medicines and herbs. You might even find stalls selling herbal tea. Some heads up here though, the taste might make you puke and quite literally I mean. But when was the last time that we loved taking medicines, anyway, and these herbs are proven to be effective to flight flu and other infections which sure makes them worth a try
  • Hand woven / painted crafts – hand-woven crafts, made of bamboo, rattan, screw pines (mengkuang and pandan leaves) and coconut shells. The products include bags, baskets, coin pouches among the others. For buying any handicraft or local fabric products, Central market is the best place to be, hands down.
  • Songket – Songket is inherited from Kelantan state, originating from the trade between China and Malaysia, Malaysia and India since the 12th century. It featured characteristic gold and silk threads interwoven with threads of other material to create a unique fabric. The cost for the fabric is a bit high. This is also available in Central market, where you can search for cloth or other items featuring songket material to get home as a souvenir.
  • Designer brooch – one of my favourites. The local Malay women use them to securely hold their head scarf in place. They have a variety of brooches available here – Kerongsang, which is a set of brooch, one big and the other small, mostly stone studded; set of brooch, mostly stone studded, with a connecting chain,a variance from the regular Kerongsang; small button like brooches, come in different shapes and sizes, made of plastic or stone studded metals. The Masjid India lane near Masjid Jamek has shops lined up selling brooches.
  • Electronics – although I personally did not find much price difference with the handphones or tablets, the television sets here are particularly cheap. For electronics shopping, some little heads up, beware of duplicate products. If you find it fishy, better not to go for it. Also, if you find very cheap “branded” products selling near the Petaling street area, be rest assured, those are 200% imitation products. You might want to have a look at the Plaza Lowyat in Bukit Bintang, although all the shopping malls here have at least one section, if not the entire floor dedicated for electronic products.

Special Notes:

  1. If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur around the Chinese New year time (January-February), do look out for the temporary stalls set up at most of the shopping malls, selling traditional Chinese dresses, snacks, sweets, etc at a very competitive price. You can also go for the mandarin oranges available in the grocery shops.
  2. If you are visiting during the Hari Raya / Eid celebrations (June-July), do look out for the food and grocery shops selling dates imported from the Middle East; you might get yourself a good deal

Kuala Lumpur Shopping Spree – Where to buy

Kuala Lumpur is known to be one of the top destinations in the world for shopping and rightly so, as it is home to numerous shopping areas, starting right from cheap street markets to expensive shopping malls.

Below is a list of shopping areas and malls in and around Kuala Lumpur:

For cheap / non-branded shopping:

  • Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman street shops
  • Masjid India
  • Petaling Street
  • Haniffa
  • Mydin
  • Sogo shopping mall
  • Berjaya times square
  • Sungei wang plaza
  • Bukit Bintang
  • Central market / Kasturi walk
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  • Night markets (you need to enquire about the one nearest to where you are staying and the day when it happens)

For branded items shopping:

  • Suria KLCC
  • Mid valley megamall
  • NU Sentral
  • Avenue K
  • Lot 10
  • Pavilion
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Pavilion mall
  • 1 Utama
  • Gardens mall
  • Sunway pyramid
  • Quill city mall
  • Sunway Putra mall

For electronics items:

  1. Plaza Low yat

Good to know things for the first-time visitors to Kuala Lumpur

Be it on a business trip, on-site assignment, leisure trip or study trip, Kuala Lumpur has been a warm and welcoming host to its numerous visitors since years now. But like any other trip to a place, there are a few things you must know about this place to make your trip hassle free and memorable one (good memories, of course)

1.      Airport terminals:

At the very beginning, let me be clear on the terminal that you will be arriving at. If you are travelling via an AirAsia flight, you will be arriving at the KLIA2 terminal. This is Kuala Lumpur’s low cost terminal dedicated to AirAsia flights only (as of now). For any other flights, the terminal will be KLIA.

The two terminals are less than 2 kms apart and there are quite a few inter terminal transfer options. Details can be found on their website: http://www.klia2.info/rail-train-services#inter-terminal-transfer

2.      Airport transfer to main city:

One of the first things that comes to mind after landing is the transfer options to the main city. Unless you have pre-booked your transportation, both KLIA and KLIA2 terminals offer quite a few transfer options to the main city. Buses operate to and from KL Sentral. Taxi and car rentals are also available readily.

Please keep in mind, there are three types of taxi services available here:

  1. Metered taxi: where you pay RM 2 at the taxi counter and pay what is shown in the meter and toll charges (if any) directly to the driver
  2. Prepaid taxi or coupon taxi: where you tell your destination at the counter and make upfront payment. This included the toll charges (if any)
  3. Premier or executive taxi: these are the more expensive blue coloured taxis who’s the fare goes almost double

If you are arriving at KLIA, buses to KL Sentral or some major tourist areas around it like Pasar Seni, Bukit Bintang, etc. can be booked from the ground floor. Some of the bus operators even provide hotel transfers as well, you can check directly with them on the availability of the same for your hotel. Coupon taxis are available at:

  1. International Arrival Hall (just after Customs, before the public arrival area)
  2. Domestic Arrival Hall (public area after Domestic Baggage Clearance)
  3. Domestic Baggage Reclaim, Arrival Level

Metered taxi services are available at levels 1 and 3 of the Main Terminal Building.

Car rental services available at the same floor as the arrival hall.

If you are arriving at KLIA2, just as you exit from the customs clearance, to your right-hand side will be prepaid taxi booth. Other than that, you can go to the transportation hub (Level 1), where you will find a lot of options for prepaid taxi, metered taxi, buses and car rentals.

A faster transport alternative is the train services like KLIA Ekspres, KLIA transit and KTM Komuter. For more information on train services, check out the websites:

3.      International Domestic transfer:

Have a connecting domestic or international flight soon? The arrival and departure halls (Domestic and international both) for Kuala Lumpur airport are in same building, making the transition easy.

For KLIA, arrival hall is at level 3 and departure at level 5.

For KLIA2, arrival hall is at level 2 and departure at level 3.

4.      Driving in Malaysia:

In Malaysia, it is left side driving

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Highways

5.      Public transport in Kuala Lumpur:

Kuala Lumpur is well connected via rail network. There are three types of major rail services operating in Kuala Lumpur – the KTM Kommuter, the LRT and the Monorail. Most of the major attractions in and around Kuala Lumpur are accessible by the railways.

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KTM Rail

Although buses operate along various routes, their frequency is very low and at times irregular, hence, non-reliable.

Taxi services are also very good in Kuala Lumpur, although you must take a note on the colour of the taxi – the blue ones are the executive ones, thus more expensive than the regular ones. The brown coloured taxis with TEKSI1M written are spacious taxis which are cheaper than the blue ones but slightly higher priced than the budget ones. The red, green and yellow coloured taxis are the cheapest ones.

Hop on hop off bus service also covers major attractions in Kuala Lumpur, although personally, I would any day prefer taking the public transport. For more details on hop on hop off, you might want to check out their website: https://www.myhoponhopoff.com/kl/visitor.php

Tips: Try to take the contact of taxi drivers from your hotel or the taxis that you have hired already. This comes handy if you get stranded somewhere with less to no transportation options.

6.      When selecting hotels:

Bukit Bintang, the hub of night life in Kuala Lumpur, is host to many hotels with varied price range suiting your budget needs. Bukit Bintang is within walking distance from the many of the shopping and night life attractions in Kuala Lumpur. This area has transportation access via monorail, station Bukit Bintang and taxis, which are readily available, although you might need to haggle sometimes for prices.

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Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang

KL Sentral area provides a good staying alternative, being the central transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur. All the three major rail lines have station in KL Sentral, making it very much easier to navigate. Many long and short distance buses start from KL Sentral and NU Sentral mall (opposite KL Sentral). Also, there is prepaid taxi counter as well as taxi stand. It has the added advantage of multiple transportation options to and from KLIA and KLIA2 (see point 2).

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Little India, Brickfields, KL Sentral

7.      Local favourite foods:

Here is a list consisting of a few of them: Local favorite food

8.      Shopping spree in Kuala Lumpur – Where to go:

Here is a list of places that includes both branded and non branded shopping destinations in Kuala Lumpur:

Where to buy in Kuala Lumpur

9.      Shopping spree in Kuala Lumpur – What to buy:

Here is a list of items that you can look out for when visiting Kuala Lumpur. The list contains quite a few important ones but not all the shopping items that this place has to offer. Hope you enjoy:

What to buy in Kuala Lumpur

10. Some quick Malay words:

Finally, I would like to conclude this article with a few Malay words that you might want to know:

  1. Terima Kasih – For my Indian friends out there, this is not any abuse, but Thank You in Malay
  2. Keluar – Exit
  3. Satu – One
  4. Duo – Two
  5. Tiga – Three (I won’t go much further with the numbering, haha)
  6. Sama sama – Same, alternately, also used as welcome in reply to thank you
  7. Selamat Datang – Welcome (to somewhere)
  8. Pagi – Morning
  9. Pasar – Market
  10. Malam – Night
  11. Berapa – How much / How many / What number
  12. Panas – Hot
  13. Minum / Minuman – drinks
  14. Makan / Makanan – food

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