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
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.
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.