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About Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur. A city that is truly one-of-a-kind. You’ll find the world in this city but you’ll never find anything quite like it anywhere else in the world.

For starters, KL (as we fondly call it) has its very own global icon in the PETRONAS Twin Towers, soaring 452 metres above street level and 88 stories tall. This mega structure towers majestically over KL, presenting a universal view of the icon from any corner of the city. Just beneath the Twin Towers are Malaysia’s best shopping spots, featuring haute couture brands to trendy street fashions. For those with a penchant for Broadway-like theatres, meet KL’s talented acting community that brings you fine shows and performances from the traditional to the satirical. Partygoers will find KL’s vibrant night scenes perfect to satiate their appetite for the most happening places to party.

But of course, if you yearn to experience the traditional old world appeal of Malaysia’s culture and values, the old streets of KL with its captivating day-to-day activities and aromatic smells will charm you. You’ll experience this city, with the echoing music of its entertainment outlets, the beam of vehicle lights searching for the perfect late-night snack and colourful streetlights – a spectacle that proves KL as a definite place to visit for world travellers.

Selamat Datang to Kuala Lumpur!

Official Currency

The Malaysian Ringgit (currency code: MYR) is the main trading currency in Malaysia. Other major currencies such as the US Dollars, Euros, or British Pounds can also be used in selected major stores city-wide, though often these are congregated within the vicinity of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Denominations for the Malaysian Ringgit come in different sizes and colours for convenience. The acronym “RM”, stands for Ringgit Malaysia while “Sen” refers to monies less than RM 1. Notes are printed in RM 1 (Blue), RM 5 (Light Green), RM 10 (Red), RM 20 (Yellow), RM 50 (Blue Green), RM 100 (Purple), and Sen are coined in form of 5 Sen, 10 Sen, 20 Sen, and 50 Sen.

Licensed money changers are easy to find throughout the city, and typically accept most of the major currencies. In addition to this, traveller’s cheques can also be cashed in at banks, licensed money changers and selected hotels.

Most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, and Amex. Digital payments via e-wallets are also widely accepted in the country. However, it is highly recommended that you do keep sufficient cash in hand for emergencies.

Immigration and Visas

Visa Requirements
To enter Malaysia, visitors must have a national passport or other internationally recognized travel documents with a validity period of at least six months beyond the length of stay in Malaysia. All passports and travel documents must be endorsed for travelling in Malaysia.

Note: All transit visitors who fly into Malaysia are eligible for a visa-free visit, as long as the period does not exceed 72 hours. Regulations may change from time to time; please check with the nearest Malaysian Embassy before you start your trip.

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Malaysia:

  • Commonwealth countries, with the exception of those from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan
  • British Protected Persons
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Switzerland, Netherlands, San Marino and Lichtenstein

Not required by nationals referred to in the list above for stays of up to three months apart from:

  • Nationals of Bulgaria, who may stay visa-free for up to one month.


  • Nationals may still require a pass upon arrival, even if they are permitted to enter Malaysia visa-free
  • All visitors must have proof of adequate funds and an onward or return sea or air ticket
  • Nationals not referred to in the list above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements

For more information on immigrations and visa requirements, visit www.imi.gov.my

Covid-19 and related Updates for Travellers to Malaysia
Visit https://www.malaysia.travel/travel-alert for latest updates for travelling to Malaysia.

Weather and Climate

The weather in KL in October is hot. The average temperatures are between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). With more than 22 rainy days, Kuala Lumpur is an incredibly wet during October.

Watch the weather in KL here.

KL’s weather is perfect for lightweight clothing so dress light and drink lots of water for a fun-filled day exploring this bright and sunny city.