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Apr 17, 2010 - Tips, Travel    No Comments

Things to Remember while travelling in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and it is the biggest city of Malaysia. It is among the most dynamically growing cities in the world, and despite being a relatively young capital city, it is already huge and it is still growing. In our article, we would like to introduce you and provide you with some handy information on what to know and what to pay attention to, while you are in Kuala Lumpur.

Nationalities living in KL City:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is huge and it gives working opportunities to millions of locals. The majority of the local people are from Chinese descent that makes more than 50% of the total population. Interestingly, the percentage of all national groups will stay firmly as people usually marry within their own ethnic groups. A smaller percentage of the population is from Malay descent, the rest are coming from India (mainly of Tamil nation) and from the UK and from everywhere in the world. The advantage of KL City is that English is taught to children from elementary school and it is widely spoken all around the city; therefore, if you speak English, you will not really experience language barriers when communicating with the majority of locals.

Religion, laws and customs:

The majority of Malaysia is Muslim (60%) and Muslim is also the national religion of the country, therefore, laws originating from the Muslim Sharia have been implemented in local laws as well. Similarly, to neighboring Singapore, all sorts of illegal behavior will result in severe punishment. Selling and smuggling of drugs is taken especially seriously. Women are advised to steer clear from dressing up too sexily and these sort of extreme clothes are not permitted to be worn here.

Be aware that you are not allowed to enter a mosque, if you are not a Muslim. In case a mosque has visiting time pay attention to wear suitable dressing, otherwise you are not let inside.

As per local laws, tourists are required to carry their passports all the time. Check out the visa requirements before travel.

Currency and prices:

The national currency of Malaysia is Malaysian Ringgit. 1 USD is around 4 Ringgit and 1 EUR is around 5. The abbreviation is MYR.

You do not need to give tips in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As in most Far Eastern countries, tipping is not a custom to be taken seriously and large tips are not even accepted by people

Safety:

Crime is not big in Kuala Lumpur, but be aware of taxi drivers and those friendly locals who would like to make you play poker with them. Take care because many of these locals just want to invite you to their home as they say so do not visit anyone you do not know about. There are some police officer scams, so if any police stops you saying they want to see your documents, insist on going to the nearest police station.

Health:

Do not drink water only bottled water and be aware that the food sold on the street may be dangerous, especially for those having a sensitive stomach. There are normally no vaccinations required for those not wanting to go outside the capital for a long time.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is an overall a great and a tourist-friendly city with good transportation system and great sites to visit in the downtown area, which is easy to walk around. The best seasons to visit the city are between winter and spring.

Feb 17, 2010 - Activities, Tips    No Comments

Budget Travel Tips in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been an inviting target for tourists. Ever since backpacker tourism appeared, the local services try to make their prices comfortable and suitable for them, as this sort of tourism generates a huge income in the end. Today, the city has great possibilities for students and backpackers who arrive to look around in the busy capital city. In our article, we would like to introduce you to some ways to make your travel cheaper.

Travel

With the boom of European and Indian cheap flights, Asia has also created its own airways that offer cheap tickets for everyone wanting to get around the huge continent. The luckiest being close to Asia is definitely Australian as the continent is connected to all the bigger cities of Asia by economical airlines. Therefore, Australian backpackers can travel to Asia the most cheaply.

Economical airlines include AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways. With the help of these cheap carriers, you can get anywhere within the continent and Australia for the cheapest price.

Accommodation

Kuala Lumpur is more than well-prepared to receive low budget tourists, students and backpackers, due to the extreme numbers of backpackers arriving in the city. The specialty areas of cheap hostels include the Chinatown area and the Tunku Abdul Rahman district that lies nearby. Here, you can get a bed in a dormitory for as much as USD 10 per night. In case you would prefer to stay alone or in double rooms, several hostels and inns are prepared to provide you with a great yet cheap room with breakfast from around USD 15 per night. To book the cheapest room to your taste, check out Hostelbookers.

Eat out

You can eat local specialties and you do not have to pay a lot for having them. You should look around on the streets for Kedai Kopis, which are sorts of coffee shops which sell mostly food. Roadside stalls also sell great local foods for as much as 1 MYR, but take care and have them rather in Kedai Kopi if your stomach is sensitive.  Chinatown and neighboring Jalan Sultan and Petaling road is full of cheap Chinese restaurants.  You should also try the Kedai Mamak restaurants, which are sorts of curry houses where big portions of curry is sold for an extra low price.

Public transportation

The good thing in Kuala Lumpur is that the highest number of budget accommodation such as hotels is located very close to an LRT train station that takes you in the city centre. The Chinatown area is good and has some of the best atmosphere in the city, and as an extra: you do not need to walk much to the Golden Triangle. You can also catch the Monorail at stations where it connects with LRTs. Tickets are quite cheap varying between MYR 1 and 3. Buses have about the same price. Kuala Lumpur is also served by some free buses but these usually serve those who come in the city to work, arriving from further lying suburbs.

Top Budget activities

It is cheap to get around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The streets of the Old city centre are great for walking and looking around. Basically none of the attraction request you to pay unless you want to enter them. Have strolls across the streets of Kuala Lumpur; if you buy your food at a Kedai Kopi, you will spend only a very little amount of money. In case you want to buy things cheaper, check out the stores at Chinatown, the central Market and the Batang Rouad with the nearby lying Little India where lots of bargain shopping ventures are located.

As you can see, Kuala Lumpur offers loads of possibilities for the budget travelers and enables you to enjoy all the beauty of the city for a budget price! Do not hesitate to check out the latest offers of hostels and budget airline rates in order to spend a great, memorable time in this beautiful and colorful city.