Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a booming metropolis attracting over 29 million tourists from around the world. The city is spread of 243 sq.km with a population of over 1.8 million. With world-class road and transport infrastructure and hub of air traffic to South-East Asia, Kuala Lumpur has become a major the starting point of exploring South-East Asia for many travellers flying from Europe and mainland Asia. Cheap airline tickets and over 50000 rooms in KL alone make it a very popular tourist destination. Kl provides easy and efficient road as well as air access to destinations like Singapore and Southern Thailand. 

Whether you want to travel by trains, roads or sea, Malaysia is a very affordable country to travel.  I have travelled to KL over 50 times in the last 15 years and explored most of the areas of this interesting city in details. I have seen this city evolve over last decade and enjoy the great cultural mix, culinary experience and interesting historical places to visit. Here is some useful information I have compiled over the years. 

Why Kuala Lumpur?

Get a Cheap Flights to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the hub of AirAsia one of the largest budget airlines in the work. With thousand of connecting flights routed through KL, it has become a major destination as well as a stopover for many travellers flying to other amazing destinations in ASEAN countries. Planning to travel to KL, find a Cheap Flight online with JedRadar. 

Kuala Lumpur offers Cheap Accommodation

Kuala Lumpur has hundred of cheap budget hotels and hostels in all major tourist areas of the city.  There are more than 50,000 hotel rooms in Kuala Lumpur alone. Check for amazing rates online. 

Great road infra-structure

Kuala Lumpur is connected to all major cities in Malaysia through major road network. You can drive to Melaka and Ipoh in one hour from KL City. Most popular destinations like Pangkor, Penang and Taman Negara are easily accessible by road networks. 

Amazing Cultural diversity

Malaysia has a good mix of Chines, Malaysia and the Indian population that add colour to the diverse cultural heritage of Malaysia. With Muslim and non-Muslim population living in perfect harmony, Malaysia is equally attracted to the Muslim population from around the globe as well as foreigners seeking rich cultural and travel experience. 


Malaysia is a relatively affordable destination as compared to its neighbouring countries. Budget-conscious backpackers and young travellers find Malaysia an ideal destination where they can travel under $30 a day. This is possible due to affordable transport, food and accommodation available across the country. 

The city has since become a hub of expats seeking work and business ventures and travellers want to explore the mixed culture of South East Asia while enjoying the modern-day facilities, eat-outs, accommodation and travel destinations. 

Most popular neighbourhoods with tourists in Kuala Lumpur are KLCC (KL  City Center)Bukit BintangMasjid IndiaChinatown, and Bangsar. The city itself is quite spread out and you will need a good couple of days to travel and have a feel for all Kuala Lumpur has to offer. Whether your interest is shopping, exploring restaurants or cultural exploration, all suburbs have something unique to offer. With an effective transport network, you can travel most sections of the city hassle-free, as the transport within the city is quite cheap.

Interesting Areas of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur offers a variety of neighbourhoods ranging from historical areas giving insights into the interesting history of Kuala Lumpur as well as uptown modern localities representing the modern face of Kuala Lumpur.

Golden Triangle

For first-timers to Kuala Lumpur, Golden Triangle is a wider area including KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center) and Bukit Bintang Area in general. 

The Golden Triangle is the heart of tourist activities in the city with the highest concentration of top-notch hotels, international restaurants, shopping malls and places of interest. 

This area is generally very popular with business travellers, honeymooners and people seeking accommodation in finer establishments in the city. 

However, you can find hotels and hostels in all price ranges in this area as well. The hotel room rates are relatively higher, costing over $120 for a five-star hotel. 

The light rail transport network connects most the neighbourhoods with the overhead train which is easily accessible from places like Bukit Bintang, Berjaya Times Square and KLCC.

During my various stay in the Golden Triangle, I have stayed at Traders Hotel by Shangrila (located next to KL Suria), Concorde Hotel, Istana Hotel, Park Royal Serviced Apartments and Hotel Istana. 

Some cheaper options include Furama Hotel ( 4 Star Hotel) and Mesui Hotel (in Bukit Bintang)
An oasis in the middle of the Concrete Jungle KLCC Park a great place to relax in the middle of the city. Located adjacent to Twin Towers and KLCC Suria, it is easily accessible by public transport.
Catch a hop-on hop-off bus to explore the main touristy areas of the city.
KLCC Suria
KLCC Suria
KLCC Suria world-class shopping experience with international fashion outlets, a massive foodcourt, Harrods and number of local brands.

Bukit Bintang

Heart of the tourist experience, Bukit Bintang is a must-visit to experience a hustle and bustle of Jalan Alor, Changkat and Jalan Ramlee.

Bukit Bintang is a mecca for tourist offering a number of world-class shopping Malls including:
  • Sungei Wang
  • Pavilion
  • Fahrenheit
  • Berjaya Times Square
  • Lot 10
Jalan Alor hosts the famous food street at night offering an outdoor an indoor dining experience of seafood cooked in various styles from across Malaysia. Walk up to 1 Jalan Alor to enjoy grilled chicken wings or chicken satay prepared right in front of you.

Changkat is the heart of nightlife with places like Movida, Pisco Bar, Opium and other bars keeping the night alive all through the week. 

Slip into one of the massage places to enjoy a relaxing foot massage for under 50RM. 

During my various stays in Bukit Bintang, I stayed at Hotel Istana, ParkRoyal Serviced Apartments and Hotel Mesui. 
Heart of nightlife with plenty of bars, night clubs, cafes and restaurants.
Enjoy flavours of Malaysia at the famous food street.
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Choose from one of the top Hotels in KL City Center

 How to travel from Kuala Lumpur Airport to the City Center

There are several ways to travel to KL City centre and Bukit Bintang area from the Airport
By Bus
Travelling by bus is by far the cheapest way to travel to Kl Sentral which is the hub of all transport in the Kuala Lumpur.  You can catch KTM commuter for intercity train transport, KL Light rail for access to various areas of Kuala Lumpur as well as catch connecting buses to various locations in the city.  The ticket cost around 10 RM and it takes around 1hour 15 minutes to reach KL Sentral. 


If you are planning to travel intercity on Bus you should catch a shuttle for KLIA to BTS (Terminal Berespadu Selatan) the main bus station that provides access to all major cities including Johor Bharu, Kota Bharu, Penang, Kuantan and Terengannu etc. 
BTS is a world-class facility with hotel, restaurants, cafes and 24-hour booking counters. I used this terminal several times for catching the bus from KL to Kuantan and KL to Ipoh. 
KL Sentral is located in the heart of the city and hub of KTM ( connect KL with suburbs in KLANG valley), KTM intercity is the train network connecting Kuala Lumpur and other major cities with Singapore in South and Thailand in the north. More information is available on this link.
KL Sentral also provides lockers for the long term and short term storage. This locker facility is much cheaper than on KLIA and KLIA2. Areas located close to KL Sentral include Masjid India, KL Park and Brickfields. 
A number of luxury, as well as budget hotels, are located around KL Sentral making this locality and ideal place to stay in the heart of the city. Check Rates Online with Agoda. 
By Train ( KLExpress)
KLExpress is the quickest way to reach KLIA, KLIA2  and Putrajaya from KL Sentral. The ticket, however, is around 58 MYR. It takes only 28 minutes to reach KLIA from KL Sentral using KLExpress. Onboard Wi-fi is available free of cost that makes this trip quite enjoyable. If you are running short on time or catching a flight in peak hours, KLExpress the best way to reach KLIA. 
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Catch a taxi

Taxi is the second-best option after KLExpress. It is most convenient for locations like KLCC and Bukit Bintang as if you are carrying bags, switching trains from KL Sentral can be hectic at times as you will need to climb up the stairs at most Light Rail Station.
Premier Taxi at KLIA
Premier Taxis at KLIA
There are two types of Taxi:
1. Metered Taxi from KLIA
You can catch this taxi froM the ground floor of KLIA Airport. The fare is charged by the meter. If you are familiar with the directions and know how much it costs to reach your destination there can be no issue. A tourist or unwary traveller might be in for a rip-off. Late-night rates are much higher than the regular taxi fare rates in the morning. 
2. Fix Priced Taxi
Walk up to the taxi coupon counter and get a price for either a red taxi if you do not have many many bags. Premier taxis are a bit costly and can take up to five passengers and bags. These are blue coloured large taxis often SUVs. 
A small taxi from KLIA to Bukit Bintang costs around 80 RM. Premier taxi costs from 120-140 RM. 

Renting a Car

Renting a car is probably the easiest way to travel in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas. There are a number of services available on arrival on the ground floor on KLIA2 Airport. To get the best possible rates to book online in advance. 
Car rental booths at KLIA2
Ridesharing Applications: GRAB
Download and install GRAB application. The Uber does not operate in Malaysia. Grab fare from KLIA to the city is around 65 RM. 
Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur
Cheap Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur offers plenty of hotels for budget-conscious travellers. Average 2-star hotel ranges from $25-$30 per night. Most affordable hotels are located around KL Sentral, Brickfields and Jamek Masjid area. 
Some quality budget and boutique hotels also KLCC, Bukit Bintang and Bangsar Area. These areas are comparatively more expensive because of modern architecture and location close to the most popular places in KL. 
If you are exploring some quality budget hotels in Kuala read more about my stay in budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur. 
Serviced Apartments in Kuala Lumpur
Serviced Apartments is a better option if you are travelling with family. Serviced apartments offer more space and bigger better amenities. Read online about my stay in some of the best serviced apartments in Kuala Lumpur.

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