Kuala Lumpur City Centre is the last capital city in Asia Continent situated on land. Popular with the name KL by local, established as capital city of Malaysia in 1963. In 1972, the city was separated from States of Selangor to become Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur until today.
Kuala Lumpur City Centre – A Guide for First Time Tourist
Since the established of Kuala Lumpur by Chinese mining worker in 1857, Chinese community is the majority population in Kuala Lumpur city centre. They represent about 60% of 1.8 million population in the city mainly involved in commercial and business field. Others population is 30% Malay, Indian 15% and small population from Iban, Kedazan, Bidayuh tribe from Borneo. Besides that the city also have a huge number of immigrant worker from India, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh. You might be confused within local people, and foreign worker, they might look like normal Malaysian people.
Kuala Lumpur City situated about 343 km from Equator line. Weather in city more or less you can predict it. Hot and sunny in the morning, heavy thunder storm in the afternoon within 3pm – 6pm. The rain normally last for 1 – 2 hours. Average temperature at middle of day around 32°C – 38°C. During Monsoon season (Nov – Feb) the rain much more longer. The rain can start at anytime either in the early morning or midnight. If you need to do the Kuala Lumpur tour in afternoon, bring an umbrella or raincoat. Try start the tour activity in the morning.
3. Internet Connection
There are few ways you can connect to internet in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. If you are a heavy user of the internet that always updating status in Facebook or others social media, tourist can buy the local prepaid Sim card with internet packages from Malaysia communication company such Maxis Mobile Hotlink, Celcom or Umobile. All foreigner required to show their passport for registration. Please take note the seller will made a copy of your passport as proof of registration to Telco Company. For light user, you can use Wifi service in the Hotel but the connection speed very poor and not covering all the room. Some tour operator in Kuala Lumpur provided internet service in their vehicle.
4. Power Supply
Power voltage 220/240 volts. Plug point type three pin as show in the images above. Kindly bring along universal adapter from for charging your Camera Battery or other gadget. Tourist can get a Universal adapter at electronic stores in the city, but most of the time they run out of stock. Buy it from your country to avoid wasting a time looking for an adapter.
Public toilet in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre comes with two version, western and squatting toilet. Bring along your own toilet roll or tissue. If you travel outside from the city kindly inform you driver earlier if you need a stop for the driver find a proper toilet. If you don’t have any choice have to use squat toilet, take it as part of your travel experience. Most of public toilet in Malaysia charged 20 to 50 cents per-entry.
6. Money Exchange
The best places to change your currency is in the Kuala Lumpur city center. They accepted almost all foreign currency with few condition. The money exchange bureau very particular about the quality of paper money. Make sure you have the latest version of USD, Pound or Euro currency, the money should be not torn or faded. Another option, change your old currency in your country before you come to Malaysia but you wont get the best value as in Malaysia. Others wise you might be stranded in Malaysia without any money. Malaysia currency was known as Ringgit Malaysia (RM). The notes domination 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. Coin domination 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents.
7. Drinking Water
As you see on the images, there are three different of drinking cap color. The white cap is for filter drinking water. The green and blue cap for mineral water. The prices are depending on the volume and type of water. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydrating. Do not drink water that been left in the vehicle parked under the Sun for a long period of time. Your tour guide shall consistently provide you a fresh batch of cold water.
Ice cubes – ice cubes in Kuala Lumpur were produced by ice supplier. The water source came from filter water provided by states government water company. Most of fast food Restaurant produce their own ice cubes.
8. Public Transportation
Moving around in the city quiet easy. Tourist can choose to use Taxi, free Buses service, Monorail and LRT system. Taxi in Kuala Lumpur has two tier service, budget taxi and executive taxi. Budget Taxi the meter will start at RM3.00 while Executive Taxi the meter start at RM6.00. If you plan to do a tour outside of Kuala Lumpur such to Kuala Selangor Fireflies make sure you hire a Taxi for return trip or take a tour package from the tour operator. Not advice to use a Taxi for long trip such to Cameron Highlands due the cost much more higher especially using a Executive Taxi.
9. Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Kuala Lumpur International Airport has two terminal, both handling domestic and international flight. The main terminal known as KLIA main terminal handling most of premium Airlines service such Malaysia Airlines. Tourist has a option to use Limo Service, Meter Taxi or KLIA Express Train transfer to the city.If tourist taking a KLIA Express Service, the train will stop at KL Sentral Station. From KL Sentral Station, you need to take another mode of transportation such Taxi or LRT to downtown Kuala Lumpur. Hassle if you have several luggage to carry around.
While LCC Terminal handling low cost carrier such Air Asia. If you taking a Buses Service from LCC Terminal, Bus stop KL Sentral. Similar case as above. Taxi is the best mode of transportation to the city. From terminal its bring you direct to your Hotel. The distance between two terminal is about 20 kilometer.
10. Safety in Kuala Lumpur
As a metropolitan city, Kuala Lumpur city centre was not spared from problem of crime. Although the crime rate is under controlled, safety measures should be taken to prevent to be happening during your vacation. Among the crimes that often occur in tourists is theft and pick pocket. Snatch thief usually occur beside the quiet road, pick pocket occur in a public place such as a bus or monorail. Valuable items such passport should be kept in the Hotel Safe Box. To avoid bringing too much cash, all the payment such as hotels and tour bookings must be made before you arrive.
11. Spicy Food and Alcohol
The main attractions in Kuala Lumpur City Centre are street food. Street food in Kuala Lumpur is tasty and cheap. Tourist can find a Restaurant or food hawkers at every corner of the city. Most of the tourist normally will blame to the food hawkers or Restaurant owner if they sick. Not everyone has a strong stomach, try avoid Alcohol if you plan to eat spicy food such curry or sambal chilli. Tourist need to inform the server if you allergic to certain food ingredient such peanut, starch or MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
Tips in Kuala Lumpur is related on level of satisfied service you get. It’s not compulsory, but it’s more towards of encouragement. Should I give tips? It’s depending on you. If you feel the service was outstanding, you can give them tips to motivate them continues their outstanding service. BUT, if booking the tour with a coach you need to give tips to your tour guide and a driver. Some of the restaurant already inclusive tips a.k.a service charge 10% as part of the food prices. Kindly check your bill before you deciding to give tips.
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