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How to get to Kuala Lumpur?

All scheduled jet flights, whether domestic or international, arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport(IATA: KUL ICAO: WMKK) located about 50km to the south-west of Kuala Lumpur. The modern structure of glass and steel was inaugurated in 1998 and has been ranked as one of the top airports of the world.


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Visa Information

The focal point for all questions related to visas will be as follows:

Name : Mr. Saberi Bin Babil
Phone ( Office) : +603 88801413
Mobile : +6013 5680 382
Fax: +603 8880 1374
E-mail : saberi@imi.gov.my

For visa information by country, please follow this link and choose your country of origin
 

Malaysian Embassies and Consulates world wide

For a complete listing of Malaysian Embassies and Consulates abroad please click here

Travel Guide


Country

The Federation of Malaysia comprises of Peninsular Malaysia, and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo.

 

Geographic Location


Situated between 2º and 7º to the North of the Equator line, Peninsular Malaysia is separated from Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. In the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia lies Thailand, and in the south, neighboring Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are bounded by Indonesia while Sarawak also shares borders with Brunei.

Area: 329,758 square km
Population: 27.17 million
Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
 
 

People


Malays comprise 57% of the population, while the Chinese, Indian and Bumiputeras and other races make up the rest of the country's population.
 

Language


(Bahasa Melayu)Malay is the national language in use, but English is widely spoken. The ethnic groups also converse in the various languages and dialects.
 

 

Religion

 

Islam is the official religion of the country, but other religions are widely practiced.
 

 

Government

Malaysia follows the bicameral legislative system, adopting a democratic parliamentary. The head of the country is the King or the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a position which is changed every five years among the Malay Sultanates. The head of government is the Prime Minister.

 

Weather


The country experiences tropical weather year-round. Temperatures are from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF). Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59° F) to 25°C (77°F). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

 

Culture and Heritage:


It’s a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions. Where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other people live together in peace and harmony. With such a unique heritage, there is a constant procession of delightful festivals, celebrations and feasts for all to enjoy. This plethora of cultural experience was sculpted by a surprising history.

 

Recommended clothing:


Lightweight cottons and linens are worn throughout the year. Waterproofing is advisable all year.

 

Public Holidays


Jan 1st: New Year’s Day.
Jan 23rd: Hari Raya Haji (Feast of the Sacrifice).
Feb 9th -11th: Chinese New Year.
Feb 10th : Hari Raya Tussa (Islamic New Year).
Apr 22nd : Birth of the Prophet Mohammed(PBUH).
May 1st : Labour Day.
May 23rd : Vesak Day (Birth of the Buddha).
Jun 4th : Official Birthday of HM the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Aug 31st : National Day.
Nov 1st : Deepvali Festival.
Nov 3rd -5th : Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan).
Dec 25th : Christmas Day.

 

Economic Profile


Manufacturing constitutes the largest single component of Malaysia's economy. Tourism and primary commodities such as petroleum, palm oil, natural rubber and timber are major contributors to the economy.

 

Distance to Malaysia
 

London, United Kingdom to Kuala Lumpur : 6,557 miles (10,552 km)
Paris, France to Kuala Lumpur 6,483 miles (10,432 km)
Rome, Italy to Kuala Lumpur : 6,038 miles (9,716 km)
Stockholm, Sweden to Kuala Lumpur : 5,812 miles (9,353 km)
Berlin, Germany to Kuala Lumpur : 5,979 miles (9,622 km)
Madrid, Spain to Kuala Lumpur : 6,885 miles (11,079 km)
New York, USA to Kuala Lumpur : 9,400 miles (15,126 km)
Los Angeles, USA to Kuala Lumpur : 8,790 miles (14,144 km)
Vancouver, Canada to Kuala Lumpur : 7,944 miles (12,783 km)

 

Currency


The monetary unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM. The exchange rate is valued at USD 1 = RM3.50. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and money changers.
Banking Hours
Most states: Monday- Friday: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Saturday & Sunday: Closed (Some banks and its branches are opened Saturdays). Kelantan & Terengganu: Sunday - Wednesday :9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Thursday :9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Friday/Saturday*/Public holiday: Closed

 

Post Office
 

Opening hours from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm daily, except for the first Saturdays of the month, Sundays, and public holidays. In Kelantan and Terengganu the post office operates at the same time, but is closed on Fridays and public holidays.

 

Time
 

Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S Standard Time.
 

Electricity


Voltage is 220 - 240 Volt AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3- pin square plugs and socket.
Measurement and Weight
Malaysia follows the metric system for weight and measurement.

 

Telephone


Local calls can be made from public phones using shillings or prepaid cards. International calls can also be made using card phones or at any Telekom office.

 

Accommodation


Malaysia has a wide range of accommodation at competitive rates. International standard hotels, medium and budget hotels, youth hostels are just some of the types of accommodation available.
Example of Daily costs per person:

 

Meals


Budget: 3.25~4.50 USD
Mid-range: 4.50~10 USD
High: 10~16 USD

 

Accommodation

Budget: 9~ 22 USD
Mid-range: 22~60 USD
High: 60~90 USD
 


Activities not to be missed

Landmarks

KL Tower
Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower) is the fourth tallest telecommunications tower in the world and is an icon in the KL city skyline. Located atop a hill (Bukit Nanas), the 421 meters tall tower has an architectural style that reflects the country's Islamic heritage with details featuring Arabic Scripts, Islamic tiles, classic Islamic floral and abstract motifs. Visitors to the tower enjoy a panoramic view of KL.

Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC
The 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, otherwise known as KLCC, are the world's tallest twin structures. Located in the heart of the capital city, KLCC is the most iconic structure in Kuala Lumpur. KLCC contains a complex of office buildings, conference halls, a sprawling park and an up-market shopping complex. The centralised location of KLCC makes it an attraction not to be missed for any visitor to the city. Visitors interested in visiting the sky bridge, where admission is free, have to queue up for tickets at the Concourse Level. A total of 1,300 tickets are issued daily on a first-come, first served basis.

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Royal Selangor is renowned for its innovative design and craftsmanship of pewter and is also the world's largest pewter company. The most notable and popular attraction at the centre is a giant tankard that is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as being the largest in the world. Visitors can also visit the School of Hard Knocks to shape, or knock, their very own pewter. Royal Selangor provides a free shuttle service from leading hotels in Kuala Lumpur to the Centre.

Historical and Cultural Sites


Central Market
Central Market was built in 1888 and designed to be a wet market for the traders and tin miners of the time. In 1986, it was converted into a cultural and shopping centre. It is an ideal place to see Malaysian arts and crafts. A variety of goods are sold here, including handicrafts, souvenirs and art. Amid the stalls selling souvenirs are small outlets where Malaysian artists display their works. Visitors may even have their portraits painted or order custom-made crafts.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The Sultan Abdul Samad building was completed in 1897 and was used to house several government departments during the British administration of Malaya. The iconic building faces Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) and now houses the Textile Museum. The building has a unique Moorish design featuring a shiny copper dome and a clock tower, 40 metres tall, that is widely photographed by visitors to the city centre.

National Mosque
The National Mosque is one of Southeast Asia's largest mosques with a unique modern design. The main dome of the national mosque is designed in the shape of an 18-point star to represent the 13 states of Malaysia and the five central Pillars of Islam, and has the appearance of a partly opened umbrella roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation. The National Mosque is ideally located next to the old railway station, another architectural landmark, and just a short walk to the sprawling Lake Gardens and National Monument.

Shopping
Kuala Lumpur has an abundance of places to shop, from deluxe shopping centres and complexes to bazaars and night markets. They offer a wide yet irresistible choice of local collectibles as well as international labels that cater to shoppers with varied budgets.

For a modern shopping experience in malls, visitors can head to Suria KLCC that adjoins the Petronas Twin Towers. Alternatively, for a sheer abundance of shops and malls, visitors can head down to Jalan Bukit Bintang. On this single street you’ll find bargains, designer labels and everything in between. Explore Sungai Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Lot 10 Shopping Mall, KL Plaza, Starhill Galleria and the newest addition – The Pavilion -- for additional shopping options.

Business hours for most malls and complexes are from 10a.m. to 10 p.m. Some areas, like Petaling Street, are open later - so visitors can take their time hunting for gifts and bargains
 

Do's and Dont's
 

Malaysia is generally a laid back and relaxed place. However, we do have our own customs and visitors should try to observe these practices when they arrive. Some common courtesies and customs are as follows:

Although handshakes are generally acceptable for both men and women, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by merely nodding and smiling. A handshake should only be initiated by ladies. The traditional greeting or salam resembles a handshake with both hands but without the grasp. The man offers both hands, lightly touches his friend's outstretched hands, and then brings his hands to his chest to mean, "I greet you from my heart". The visitor should reciprocate the salam.

It is polite to call before visiting a home.

Shoes must always be removed when entering a Malaysian home.

Drinks are generally offered to guests. It is polite to accept.

The right hand is always used when eating with one's hand or giving and receiving objects.

The right forefinger is not used to point at places, objects or persons. Instead, the thumb of the right hand with four fingers folded under is the preferred usage.

Shoes must be removed when entering places of worship such as mosques and temples. Some mosques provide robes and scarves for female visitors. Taking photographs at places of worship is usually permitted but always ask permission beforehand.

Toasting is not a common practice in Malaysia. The country's large Muslim population does not drink alcohol.
 

Health Guide:
 
Dehydration & Sunburn

The sun is strong throughout the year in the country. Proper care against sunburn must be constantly taken. Dehydration and loss of salt through perspiration are two other common problems for the unprepared traveller. Drink plenty of fluids and replace your salt loss. Make sure you pack clothing suitable for a warm humid climate. 

Mosquitoes

Due to the constant humid climate, mosquitoes tend to be present throughout the year. The three most significant diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are Malaria, Dengue Fever and Japanese B Encephalitis. To repel mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropods, apply an insect repellent containing DEET to your skin or clothing.
The risk of malaria for most tourists visiting Peninsular Malaysia is extremely small. There is insignificant risk in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and other major cities. However, in East Malaysia, the risk of malaria is present throughout the year. Even in these regions, the risk is mainly off the coastal plains and towards the border areas. Generally, prophylaxis is recommended for those visiting Sabah or Sarawak.
 

Yellow Fever 

There is no risk of yellow fever in Malaysia. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry if you are coming from countries in South America or sub-Saharan Africa.
 

Food

Generally, the level of food hygiene throughout the country is high. However, make sure your food and drinking water are safe. Food from street vendors should be treated with care. Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. If possible, avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. Bring along iodine tablets and portable water filters to purify water if bottled water is not available. Also, wash your hands often with soap and water. As an extra precaution, bring along anti-diarrhoea medication and an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor to self-treat moderate to severe diarrhoea.
 

Vaccinations


Recommended vaccines:Poliomyelitis (childhood booster), Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food & water borne diseases), Hepatitis A (food & water borne diseases).
For those venturing outside cities and towns, further recommended vaccines are Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Tuberculosis and Meningitis. For those visiting Sabah and Sarawak, Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended