Kuala Lumpur, home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, is a lot more than its sky-high buildings, intonation of technical advancement, and futuristic development. Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital reeks of multicultural groups, deeply rooted in their religions and customs. As a tourist flying down to KL (Kuala Lumpur), you’ll be in awe of the city’s minarets, royal architecture, all encircled in the tranquility of canopied banyan trees and bustling food stalls. Get entrenched in the history the city has to offer at Stadium Merdeka, where the country’s first Prime Minister declared independence after punching his fist seven times in the air. KL gets you the best in terms of its animated nightlife. At the same time, the embellished mosques and temples of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnic groups will make you stop and stare while you soak in the pleasures of cultural heterogeneity.
Useful Tips for tourists flying to Kuala Lumpur
Where to shop
If you are in the mood for upscale designer brands, step at Pavilion KL, Mid Valley Megamall and Suria KLCC. However, the real essence of KL lies in its offbeat shopping districts. Central Market and Krafts Komplex offer undisputedly the best deals for local handicraft items. Garden Mall has the best collection of local brands pertaining to shoes and clothes. Petailing Street China has the best deals on second copies of branded shoes and watches. Jakel Mall in Lebu Ampang has a rich variety of fabric. One should definitely get their hands on Songket, which is brocade-like material worn by men during weddings. However, they can be woven into beautiful skirts and blouses. Batik is the traditional handicraft of the Malay population. Alongside, Pewter is a hands-down local favorite.
Drop by at outlets of Royal Selangore to get your hands on some traditional handicraft pieces. Do not miss out on Ken Molo Pottery if you are in the city and still have shopping time left.
What to eat
Sit down at Madam Kwan, Penang Café and Nonya Colors for some local Malay food. You must satiate your palate with Nasi Lemak, Nasi Bhojari, Laksa, Roti jala, Chee chong fun and Mee Siam. You must have the calorie-loaded Teh Tarik, which is half condensed milk and half tea. Lemon grass drinks are a refreshing beverage and you must have a glassful alongside your appetizing Malay food. End your dinner with Ice Khachang, ice shaving topped with coconut cream, syrup, water chestnuts and vermicelli. KL has fine Japanese, Thai, South Indian and Chinese food as well. Mee goring is a noodle-based must have dish. Stadium Negara, which is situated very close to the Twin Towers, has excellent seafood delicacies. Fill in your appetite alongside the gracious display of Malay dance performances, which is a usual phenomenon at most dining joints.
A Few Malay Words
Acquaint yourself with some basic Malay even though the city is well acquainted with English on account of its cosmopolitan feature. Knowing few phrases in the local language can always be an added advantage:
• Thank You:
• Where is the toilet?:
• Where can I find a taxi?:
Di mana i boleh mencari teksi?
• How much does it cost?:
Berapa banyak harga?
Do’s and Dont’s
• Greet with a salaam instead of a handshake.
• Use your thumb to point at things instead of your forefinger.
• Refrain from toasting as the country’s large Muslim population does not indulge in alcohol.
Emergency Contact Numbers
• Fire: 994
• Emergency: 999
• Police: 999/ 2146 0585/ 2262 6222
• Ambulance: 999
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Kuala Lumpur?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Kuala Lumpur is Air Astana.
• What is the time zone used in Malaysia?
The time zone of Spain is GMT+8.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Kuala Lumpur?
From London to Granada, the most popular airlines are Emirates
, Vietnam Airlines, British Airways
, Oman Air, Etihad Airways
and Malaysia Airlines
• What is the shortest time for a London to Kuala Lumpur flight?
The shortest time for a direct London to Kuala Lumpur flight is 12 hours 25 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Kuala Lumpur?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur are Central Mosque, Twin Towers, Bird Park, KL Tower, Krafts Komplex, Merdeka Square, and the Islamic Museum.
• What is the currency of Malaysia?
The currency of Spain is Malaysian Ringgit.
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