Cheap Flights to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Why visit Kuala Lumpur?
Kuala Lumpur has everything you would expect from an ultra modern Asian city; the soaring skyscrapers calmly tower above the city, while the streets below are packed with buzzing motos, crowded marketplaces, lavish malls, open parks, lush gardens, intricate mosques, colourful temples and mouth-watering food stalls that waft fragrant scents of curry and congee. The affectionately nicknamed KL is a mix of a modern thought with a traditional heart, and visitors to this city will love discovering the city’s history and engaging with its present. Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, the Garden City of Lights.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Head down to Bukit Bintang, the shopping and entertainment mecca of Kuala Lumpur; shopaholics will find succour in the Pavilion KL, a sleek and upmarket mall, whilst revellers will the love the nightlife in the Changkat area. For those after a bargain, or something more particular to the city, find your way to the Central Market, where you can delve into the handicraft and boutique stores for something unique.
After you’ve had your fill of shopping, stroll or grab a cab to Jalan Alor, where you’ll discover a cluster of seafood restaurants and hawker stalls. This is one of the most popular parts of the city due to the huge range of Malay and Chinese cuisine on offer, and a fantastic introduction to this gastronomically gifted town.
Just outside of the Kuala Lumpur are the remarkable Batu Caves, a series of caverns which house important Hindu shrines. It is a popular attraction because the limestone fissures are incredibly atmospheric, and the shrines themselves are colourful and intricate.
If you’re with children it’s worth going to the KL Convention Centre and visiting the Aquaria. The Aquaria is one of the largest aquariums in the world, holding around 150 species of marine life, and is a fantastic day out for families. Other highlights for family fun involve scaling the Petronas Towers and wandering through its art gallery, its science centre, or perhaps even booking a show at the wonderful Petronas concert hall.
Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur
· Kuala Lumpur is always warm, with temperatures hovering within 25 and 35°C, but this side of Malaysia gets hit by two monsoon seasons. So the driest time of year in Kuala Lumpur is between May and July, and generally the best time of year to visit.
· October through to January is still a decent time of year to go, but you will experience occasional showers.
· Meanwhile, March to April is best avoided, as that is when the wet season truly hits KL.
Best time to book
· There are good connections to Malaysia, and so visitors keen to book can usually find decent deals to Kuala Lumpur 10 weeks ahead of time.
Expect to pay
· Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
· Grab a cup of coffee in Kuala Lumpur for about 11MYR ($3.70).
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by plane
· International travellers flying into Kuala Lumpur will be directed to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). There is the Subang Airport (SZB), but this is only really for domestic flights. Please note that the Kuala Lumpur International Airport has two terminals nicknamed KLIA1 and KLIA2, and sometimes they can be confused as two different airports but they are both a part of thesame airport: KUL. Airlines that fly into KUL include Emirates, AirAsia, AirAsia X, Malindo Air, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, SilkAir, Jetstar Asia, KLM, and Qatar Airways, among others.
· Though KUL is 45km outside of Kuala Lumpur, it is well connected to the city. As a new facility, passengers will find all the amenities they’ll need for transiting, such as free WiFi, cash machines, shopping outlets and plenty of places to eat.
· Darwin (DRW), Perth (PER), Melbourne (MEL), Adelaide (ADL) and Sydney (SYD) run routes directly to Kuala Lumpur.
· You will not need a visa prior to flying to Malaysia if you hold Australian citizenship. Generally travellers are granted a stay of up to three months. If you need more information, check the Australian foreign affairs travel website for latest updates on travel to Malaysia.
Transportation to city centre
· Depending on what type of taxi vehicle and how many passengers are in the cab, a journey into central KL should cost between 80-220MYR ($27-75).
· There are trains and buses available for transit into the city, or you can sort an airport transfer prior to arrival as another option.
· Car rental can be done through our site, using our search tool, or place a booking at the airport.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
· Bukit Bintang is great for access to attractions, entertainment, and finding a variety of accommodation options that range from budget hostels to luxury suites.
· Splash out, and stay right in the centre of town, the KLCC, where you are most likely to secure a room with fantastic views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
· Chinatown is great for a little grit, and is very lively. Perfect for the budget traveller you can find lots of great little eateries here, as well as colourful markets, and great bars.
Useful tips before you go
· Malaysia is a predominately Muslim country, and more conservative than what you may be used to. Generally it is recommended that you avoid public displays of affection whilst in the country.
· Make sure your taxis are metered, or you can end up paying much more than is fair.
Please note that the information provided above is accurate as of May 2016
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