Kuala Lumpur is one of the fastest upcoming destinations for travellers from the world over. This is, perhaps, because of its easy-going vibe along with a strong cultural heritage, which is a multi-ethnic assortment of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Persian and Arabic. These cultures beautifully intertwine, and permeate through the architecture, food, and people of this city. Equal parts culture, impressive modern recreation, and natural beauty make Kuala Lumpur a great city to visit!
Getting in and around
The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the main international airport serving the city and is located roughly 45 kilometres south of the city centre. Being a hub of airlines like the flag carrier Malaysia Airlines, as well as Air Asia; this airport connects the city and country to the world with more than 50 airlines flying into and out of KLIA. The fastest way to get to the city from here is to take the KLIA Ekspres train that runs every 20 minutes, getting you to KL Sentral station in about 30 minutes, tickets costing RM55 (RM: Malaysian Ringgit) one way. There is also an Airport Coach bus reaching KL Sentral in 1 hour, every half-an-hour, costing RM11 one way.
Getting around KL is decently convenient with a public transportation system that is constantly developing, consisting of the LRT train lines, KL Monorail, KTM Komuter train line, and the MRT train line. The KL TravelPass is a smart card that enables unlimited use on the LRT, MRT and KL Monoral lines for a period of 2 days, as well as the KLIA Ekspres. A Single pass (includes a single airport transfer) costs RM70, and a Return pass (includes a return airport transfer) costs RM115. You can purchase the pass at counters at KLIA. The public service bus is not advisable due to low frequency and signage. The red and white taxis of KL are another great way to get around, as long as you insist upon metre use. However, during rush hour it is advisable to use public transport.
Budget: Geo Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Paper Plane Hostel, KLCC Dorm Hostel
Mid-range: Tribeca Hotel and Serviced Suites, Ascott Kuala Lumpur, Impiana KLCC Hotel, Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur Autograph Collection, THE FACE Suites
Luxury: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur.