Kuala Lumpur City is the capital and the biggest city in Malaysia. Located at the confluence of two rivers Gombak and Klang rivers, Kuala Lumpur means the area near the muddy river (Kuala means the place near the river, the area can be upstream or downstream of the river, Lumpur means muddy).Kuala Lumpur City is the last capital city in Asia Continent placed on land. Popular with the name KL by local. Previously the city belongs to Selangor State until 1st February 1974, its was directly under Federation of Malaysia Government control. All Federation Government Administrator office in the city before they relocated to Putrajaya by staged started by Prime Minister Department. By moving out from the city, will enable Kuala Lumpur City Halls to develop and utilize the limited areas for commercial and business center hub for Malaysia more effective.
Kuala Lumpur City – A Guide for First Time Tourist
Table of Content:
- Population in Kuala Lumpur
- Weather in Kuala Lumpur
- Internet Connection
- Power Supply, Wall Plug and Socket
- Toilet in Kuala Lumpur
- The Best Place for Exchange Currency in Kuala Lumpur
- Drinking Water
- Kuala Lumpur International Airport
- Public Transportation
- Safety in Kuala Lumpur
- Kuala Lumpur Street Food
- Should I Give a Tips?
Population in Kuala Lumpur
Since the established of Kuala Lumpur by Chinese mining worker in 1857, Chinese community was the majority people in Kuala Lumpur City. Chinese represent about 60% of 1.8 million people in the city mainly involved in commercial and business activity. Others people are 30% Malay, Indian 15% and small people from Iban, Kedazan, Bidayuh tribe from Borneo. Besides dominant by local community, the city also has a huge number of immigrant worker from India, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Weather in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City situated about 343 km from Equator line. Weather in the city more or less very uniform year around. Hot and sunny in the morning, heavy thunderstorm in the evening within 3pm – 5pm. The heavy rainfalls are usually last for 1 – 2 hours. Average temperature at middle of the day around 32°C – 38°C with high humidity. During Monsoon season (Nov – Jan) the rainfalls much longer and consistent for the entire day. The rain can start at any time either in the early morning or midnight. If tourist need to do the Kuala Lumpur tour in the evening, bring along an umbrella or raincoat. Traveller came from the cold country should do tour activity in the morning to familiarize themself with warm and humid weather.
There are few ways you can connect to internet in Kuala Lumpur City . 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.
Power Supply, Wall Plug and Socket
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.
Toilet in Kuala Lumpur City
Public toilet in the Kuala Lumpur City comes with two versions, sitting and squatting toilet. Most of public toilet in Kuala Lumpur have a both versions but do not provide any toilet roll unless tourist uses the toilet in the Hotel. Tourist is advice to bring along own toilet roll or tissue. If tourist travel outside from the city kindly inform the driver earlier if they need a stop for the driver have ample time to find a proper toilet. If a tourist does not have any choice just use a squat toilet, take it as part of your travel experience. Most of public toilet in Malaysia charged 20 to 50 cents per-entry as the cost to maintain the cleanliness and water bill.
The Best Place for Money Exchange in Kuala Lumpur
The best places to change foreign currency is in the Kuala Lumpur downtown. They accepted almost all foreign currency with few condition. The money exchange bureau was very particular about the quality of paper money. Make sure the traveler have the latest version of USD, Pound or Euro currency. The money should be not torn or faded. Another option, change the old currency before flying to Malaysia or at the transit country even the rates much lower compared in Malaysia. Others wise tourist might be stranded in Malaysia without any money. Malaysia currency recognized as Ringgit Malaysia with symbol RM or MYR.
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. 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.
Public Transportation in Kuala Lumpur City
Moving around in the city quiet easy. Tourist can choose to use Taxi, free Buses service called GOKL, 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. Use a taxi is the fastest way to get to a destination but the Taxi services in Kuala Lumpur often been questioned as unreliable especially during heavy rainfall and during peak hours.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Kuala Lumpur International Airport has two terminal known as KLIA and KLIA 2, both terminal handling domestic and international flight. The main terminal known as KLIA handling most of Premium Airlines service such Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Qatar 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 of Kuala Lumpur City.
While KLIA 2 Terminal handling low cost carrier such Air Asia, Tiger Air, Malindo Air, Lion Air and Cebu Air. KLIA Express train connecting both terminal. If you taking a Buses Service from KLIA2 Terminal, Bus will stop KL Sentral. Taxi is the best mode of transportation to the city if you have few luggage and Children to taking care. From terminal its bring you direct to your Hotel. The distance between two terminal is about 2 kilometer.
Safety in Kuala Lumpur
As a metropolitan city, Kuala Lumpur was not spared from the problem of crime. Although the crime rate is under controlled, safety measures should be taken to prevent from being happening while travelling in Kuala Lumpur. Most of the crimes that often occur to the tourists is theft and pick-pocket. Snatch thief can happen at anywhere anytime either at the busy road or back street. Pick pocket occurs in a crowded public place such as a bus or monorail. Valuable items such passport or jewellery must keep in the Hotel Safe Box. Avoid bringing too much cash, made the full amount for Hotel and tour booking before come to Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur Street Food
One of the main attractions in Kuala Lumpur City is street food. Street food in Kuala Lumpur is very popular among local and foreign tourists because is tasty, cheap and fast. There are two types street food tourist can find in the city. First, the cooked food display on a small display table for customer to choose the dishes, quiet similar concept as buffets but the prices is charges according to amount dishes customer took. The food was cooked at home few hours before the business started. Very popular among local especially in the morning. Second types, the table and chair was placed on the street and cooking process be done in actual Restaurant. The second types are more popular at the established restaurant during nighttime, local people tend to have heavy dinner in the night. Most of the tourist usually 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 notify the server if you allergic to specific food ingredient such peanut, starch or MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). Among favorite traveler point for night street food in Kuala Lumpur is on Alor Street (Jalan Alor).
Should I Tips?
Giving tips are related to the level of satisfied customer get. It is not mandatory, but it is more towards to encouragement. Should customer give tips? It depends on individual. If the customer feels the service provided is excellent, the tips should be giving to motivate the staff to continues their excellent service. However, if booking the tour with a coach tourist need to give tips to tour guide and the driver. Some of the restaurants already inclusive tips a.k.a service charge 10% as part of the food prices. Kindly check the bill before deciding to give tips. Do not give tips using foreign coins domination, as its not valid to exchange at the Bank or a foreign currency exchange.
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