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She may be South­east Asia’s youngest cap­i­tal, but Kuala Lumpur’s fab­u­lously mixed her­itage means you’re in for a riot of cul­ture, colour, fash­ion and art, with mosque minarets, as well as Hindu and Bud­dhist tem­ples nestling among the mod­ern sky­line and trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion. Just be sure to pack a hearty and ad­ven­tur­ous ap­petite – KL’s din­ing scene is a man­i­fold de­light of scents and spices.


The CBD en­com­passes the area around the iconic Petronas Twin Tow­ers. A hop away, malls siz­zle in Bukit Bin­tang and ven­dors bus­tle in Chi­na­town. To the east, be­yond hum­ming Jalan Tun Razak, lies the his­toric sub­urb Am­pang hous­ing ex­pats and em­bassies. To the south­west sits Bangsar, a pop­u­lar spot for shop­ping and eats, all but a skip from colour­ful nabe Brick­fields and jet-set hub KL Sen­tral.

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There’s one pre­vail­ing weather type here: hot and hu­mid. Pack/dress light un­less you like a moist mo­ment KL In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA) to cen­tre: 28 mins / RM35 by KLIA Ek­spres train; 60 mins / RM75-200 by cab Malaysia en­joys an en­vi­able num­ber of pub­lic hols and cel­e­bra­tions: Thai­pusam (Jan/Feb); Chi­nese New Year (Jan/Feb); Ra­madan and Hari Raya Aidil­fitri (sum­mer months); and Deep­avali (Nov), to name a few Malaysians are mul­ti­lin­guists (Malay, Hindi, Tamil, Man­darin, Can­tonese), but English will do just fine Traf­fic: rush hour dead­lock can se­ri­ously im­pact your plans, so al­ways al­low ex­tra time; Fri­day traf­fic is snarly due to com­pul­sory lunchtime prayers, so if pos­si­ble, plan to travel well be­fore or af­ter 2pm All taxis are meant to use their me­ters, but of­ten try to hag­gle, so take the pricier blue cabs who don’t By law, you must carry your pass­port/ID at all times Eti­quette: slip off your shoes be­fore en­ter­ing some­one’s home; opt for de­cent at­tire in places of wor­ship – faux fur knix nay, head-cov­er­ing shawl yay Bars and clubs gen­er­ally close around 1-2am, but live­lier ones may wran­gle an ex­tra hour or two Al­co­hol is non-halal in Malay & In­dian-Mus­lim restos The Malaysian cur­rency is the ring­git (RM) Need cash? Fret not, ATMs are plen­ti­ful around town Shop­ping: all the main malls open 10am-10pm daily in­clud­ing pub­lic hol­i­days, while most in­de­pen­dent es­tab­lish­ments shut up shop for the lat­ter The in­ter­na­tional di­alling code is +60, all lo­cal land­lines start with 03, all mo­biles start with 01 In an emer­gency dial 999, or 112 from a mo­bile; call Tourist Po­lice on 03 2149 6590 to re­port a crime

The fol­low­ing Malay phrases will come in handy…

Apa khabar?: How goes it? Ter­ima kasih: Cheers, my dear Ti­dak apa: No sweat, sweet­pea

...’kay, let’s kill it like a KL-ite

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