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 Bintang, Masjid India, Chinatown, 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.
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 TriangleFor 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)
Bukit BintangHeart 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
- Berjaya Times Square
- Lot 10
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.
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