International flights to the fun and vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur are welcomed into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). This is a contemporary flights hub with all the bells and whistles, so transiting through this facility is a breeze. Passengers will have access to ATMs, currency exchange services, lots of shopping outlets and a good selection of restaurants and cafes.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is 45km outside of the city centre, but the connections between the two are efficient and affordable. There are trains, buses and private transfers available, or you can take a taxi right outside the terminal. The taxicab fare varies depending on traffic and type of vehicle you choose (such as luxury or budget), so expect prices to be from 80 to 220MYR ($27-75).
Exploring Kuala Lumpur can be done by booking flights with SilkAir, Emirates, Malindo Air, AirAsia, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, KLM, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Jetstar Asia.
Why visit Kuala Lumpur?
Called the Green City of Lights, or affectionately shortened to KL, Kuala Lumpur is one of Southeast Asia’s most impressive cities. Boasting soaring buildings of impossible heights, glamorous shopping malls, colourful street markets, serene temples, contemporary galleries, excellent museums, and a food scene that would please even the pickiest foodie, Kuala Lumpur is a force to be reckoned with.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
It would be a crime to visit Kuala Lumpur and not get swept up in its gleaming architecture of rising skyscrapers. The most iconic of these, is the Petronas Twin Towers, which has dominated the KL skyline since it was built in 1998. Inside, there are more attractions than you would’ve thought possible: such as an art gallery, a plethora of restaurants, a concert hall, a cinema, a huge shopping mall, and a world-class aquarium that will delight children and adults alike.
After the Petronas Twin Towers, throw yourself into the bustle of street life in KL by visiting Chinatown. Perfect for shoppers who love sniffing out a bargain; go to the night market on Petaling Street for the best of both worlds.
For gourmets, you must make time for Jalan Alor, renowned for its Chinese seafood restaurants you will find diners spilling out into the streets looking to try the best food in the city.
Outside of KL one of the most popular trips is to go to the limestone Batu Caves. These are a series of incredible hollows and caves that have become important religious landmark for Hindus. Make time for Cathedral Cave, the most impressive, rising to a height of 100 metres, and holding within it several shrines.
Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur
· Kuala Lumpur’s days average 25-35°C no matter the season, sovisiting Kuala Lumpur is best done from May to July, when the days are at their driest. October to January also sees some pretty dry days, but be prepared for the odd, short downpour.
· March and April are the wettest months in the city, and can be unpleasant if you’re not taken with rainy days.
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur
· Many of Australia’s large cities—Perth (PER), Sydney (SYD), Adelaide (ADL), Melbourne (MEL), and Darwin (DRW)—offer direct and regular flights to Kuala Lumpur.
· Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).
· Australians do not need a visa to enter Malaysia, and often will be allowed a stay of 90 days. Make sure you crosscheck requirements with the foreign affairs travel websitefor the latest conditions on entry.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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