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SIM­I­LARLY TO ITS eco­nomic op­er­a­tions, Kuala Lumpur has a par­tic­u­larly am­bi­tious pub­lic trans­port sys­tem with room for im­prove­ment. Al­though it is well de­vel­oped, fairly ef­fi­cient and con­ve­nient, its integration into the city needs to be worked on.

You will quickly dis­cover that sim­i­larly to many de­vel­op­ing cities, Kuala Lumpur suf­fers from traf­fic jams at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals through­out the day. It is in­evitable that at some point you will fall prey to this, so en­sure you leave plenty of time to reach each des­ti­na­tion. Al­though the city has good qual­ity roads, if you do choose to tackle them be pre­pared for a complex web of ex­press­ways and signs in the lo­cal lan­guage.

One of the more en­ter­tain­ing modes of trans­port is the dou­bledecker KL Hop-on Hop-off tour bus, in­clud­ing free wifi and a com­men­tary. How­ever, if you are look­ing for the most ef­fi­cient way to nav­i­gate the city, the RapidKL runs a cheap and in­cred­i­bly com­pre­hen­sive pub­lic bus net­work with two run­ning ev­ery hour.

Again, in at­tempts to curb the city’s traf­fic sit­u­a­tion, its rail cover­age is ex­ten­sive and with care­ful plan­ning be­fore­hand should en­able you to reach most ho­tels and tourist hotspots with­out the need of a taxi. If at any point you do find your­self in need of a taxi, pre­pare for many of the driv­ers you en­counter to refuse use of the me­ter; par­tic­u­larly dur­ing rush hour where prices will of­ten be­come ne­go­tiable and in­flated.

Sim­i­larly to Ge­orge Town, you will find Kuala Lumpur to be fairly compact en­abling ex­plo­ration on foot be­tween the colo­nial area and the new glass and steel sec­tor of the city.

PHOTO: TOURISM MALAYSIA

KL's hop-on hop-off buses are one of the more en­ter­tain­ing modes of trans­port in the city

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