Kuala Lumpur in a Jiffy: Tourist Info, Top Attractions, and Shopping Tips

For holidaymakers or business executives who wish to stay in an affordable 5-star hotel in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is the place to go. Make sure to look for a choice accommodation here that offers premium lodgings and a central location. It will not hurt also if you will check out this travel guide for KL-bound travelers that highlight several tourist information, shopping tips, and a sightseeing guide.

A. Tourist Details

1. Language
Most people speak Bahasa Melayu, English, Chinese, and Indian dialects.
2. Weather
Regular temperature is between 22 to 32 degrees Celsius.
3. Currency
The country’s currency is Malaysian Ringgit (RM or MYR). Commuting via local transportation or haggling for cheaper buys when shopping will be a lot easier if you have loose change. So, don’t forget to break your bills into smaller denominations.
4. Tipping
It is not necessary because a 10% service charge, in addition to 6% government tax, is included in your bill.
5. Banking Hours
They vary from bank to bank but are generally from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday).
6. Clothing
Casual and informal for social occasions. Some restaurants might require jackets and ties for men and cocktail dresses for ladies. Batik is regarded as official wear.

B. Top Attractions

While billeted in your KL accommodation, explore the following places of interests to make the most of your vacation:

1. Petronas Twin Towers – the 88-story building that is considered as the most iconic landmark in KL
2. Kidzania – an indoor theme park that promotes education-entertainment by showing and encouraging kids to work in various professional jobs
3. Aquaria KLCC – a giant aquarium that shelters thousands of marine species from all over the world
4. KLCC Park – a 50-acre urban sanctuary that boasts spectacular dancing water fountains
5. Butterfly Park – this houses over 6,000 butterflies from 120 species
6. Batu Caves – a hundred year old temple in a limestone hill that features religious and cultural idols/statues

KLCC Park [image from www.flickr.com]
KLCC Park [image from http://www.flickr.com]
Butterfly Park [image from www.sahariaholidays.com]
Butterfly Park [image from http://www.sahariaholidays.com]
Batu Caves [image from www.thousandwonders.net]
Batu Caves [image from http://www.thousandwonders.net]
C. Shopping Tips

Here’s a list of the shopping centers around KL for those who wish to indulge in a shopping spree:

1. Central Market – a bevy of boutiques, handicraft stores, and souvenir stalls that sell authentic Malaysian batik prints
2. Suria KLCC – a retail, dining, and entertainment complex at the base of Petronas Towers
3. Low Yat Plaza – the go-to place for electronics and IT products
4. Pavillion Kuala Lumpur – it has a retail mall, an office block, and 2 residential towers
5. Brickfields Little India – a strip of Indian shops that sell traditional goods, such as saris, flower garlands, and Bollywood music

Suria KLCC [image from www.venusbuzz.com]
Suria KLCC [image from http://www.venusbuzz.com]
Pavillion Kuala Lumpur [image from www.paviliondesign.com]
Pavillion Kuala Lumpur [image from http://www.paviliondesign.com]
Brickfields Little India [image from www.gokl.my]
Brickfields Little India [image from http://www.gokl.my]
Most of these shopping destinations are found in Bukit Bintang, which is just a few minutes away from several frequented hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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