Travel tips for Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is multicultural and traveler-friendly, with a good mix of international and exotic character. Kuala Lumpur, for the most part, is a very welcoming city and a safe place for travelers. While petty theft and scams on tourists are few and far between in the city, it’s important to keep yourself, your money, and your possessions safe during your travels. There are also some great travel tips for Kuala Lumpur.

1. Language & Basic Information

Spoken languages: Malay, English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Electrical: 220-240 Volts, 50 Hertz
Phone/calling code: +60

2. Currency & Customs

The Malaysian ringgit (MYR) is the local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted at large department stores, international restaurants and in many upscale boutiques.

The only other item likely to elude Western travelers is the need to remove shoes before entering a temple or private residence. Tipping is not routine when dining out in Kuala Lumpur though upscale restaurants may include a 10 percent service charge.

3. Transportation

There are various forms of public transport in Kuala Lumpur – both aboveground and underground trains, as well as a monorail system. The most convenient means of getting around is by taxi.

However, Kuala Lumpur is known to have to one of the worst taxi services among the Southeast Asian capitals. So, only take a budget taxi if the cabbie agrees to turn on the metre, or use a dependable taxi app (MyTeksi or EasyTaxi are two of the best) to book your ride.

4. Pickpockets

Pick pocketing can sometimes occur in packed areas such as Petaling Street and public transport during rush hour. Keep your wallet in a safe place and avoid walking around with an open bag.