The Malaysian capital is a major commercial centre as well as a city that is infused with a unique heritage that pays respect to the beauty of the nature that surrounds it. Begin your voyage by booking low-fare flights to Kuala Lumpur and hotel deals with ebookers.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is often referred to as KLIA and is located in the Sepang district, about 30 miles from the centre of the city. The airport boasts a section of actual rain forest that was transplanted into its satellite building. Its official address is KLIA, Selengor, Malaysia, and it serves both domestic and international flights.
You can rent a car from one of the seven companies that operate a counter at the airport, and there is an official taxi service you can book in advance or for which you can purchase vouchers in the arrivals hall. Every 30 minutes from 12:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., a shuttle bus to central Kuala Lumpur departs from the airport, and the one-hour ride costs 10 ringgits. The KLIA Ekspres costs 35 ringgits, and it is the fastest option as it gets you to central Kuala Lumpur in about 30 minutes. It runs from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., with service as frequent as every 15 minutes during peak hours. The KLIA Transit train makes three stops on the way from the airport to its final central stop, and it takes 35 minutes to complete its journey.
The weather in Kuala Lumpur is hot and rainy throughout the year. Highs are 31 to 32Â°C, and lows are from 22 to 23Â°C, with little difference from month to month. May through July are the sunniest months, and April, October, November and December are the wettest months. However, it rains year-round in Kuala Lumpur, so make sure to bring an umbrella and use waterproof sunscreen during the day as the UV index is high even during the rainiest months. Peak season for tourists is from November to January, mostly because of festivals that take place in the city during those months.
Enjoy the wide-open green spaces in the Lake Gardens and Taman Titiwangsa sanctuaries in the very heart of the city, or take a trip of less than an hour to visit Templar Park and Genting Highlands. Merdeka Square is the central landmark of Kuala Lumpur, and it is a short walk from there to bustling Chinatown and the nearby Chow Kit open market complex. Bintang Walk is the main shopping and leisure street, and it is a great place to sample native cuisine. The Masjid Jamek and Masjid Negara mosques are architecturally significant and attractive functioning mosques, and they are open for visits between prayer services. Jalan Alor is a street filled with food vendors who offer inexpensive and exotic street food, and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre observation deck is the place for a breathtaking view of the city. The huge Petronas Twin Towers are also well worth a visit.
Visiting Kuala Lumpur any time from February to May is an alternative to both the crowded peak tourist season and the torrential rains of the monsoon season. As in any other tourist location, beware of scammers, pickpockets, snatch thieves and political demonstrations.
Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant, modern city with many cultural attractions as well as world-class shopping. Use ebookers to find a low fare for your flights to Kuala Lumpur, and book package deals on hotels and other travel needs at the same time. Enjoy more of Kuala Lumpur with the time and money you save.
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