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myMalaysiabooks links you the federal territories of Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, the capital, Labuan and Putrajaya. 

 

Federal Territories OF MALAYSIA

FEDERAL TERRITORIES are areas in Malaysia governed by the Federal Government.

Kuala Lumpur - Better known as KL, is the capital and largest city in Malaysia (243 sq. kilometers); located inside the state of Selangor.

Putrajaya - Federal Administrative Capital located near Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia.

Labuan - Federal Territory on an island in Borneo (92 sq. kilometers)/ East Malaysia.

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myMalaysiabooks takes you to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, the largest city in Malaysia is situated in the central part of the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The city of less than 2 million, spreads around the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers.

    Kuala Lumpur or KL, as it is commonly known, is one of the three Federal Territories of Malaysia and is an enclave within the state of Selangor. KL is in the Klang Valley about 35 km from the coast of the peninsular. It is the transportation hub of the country with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) nearby and the Plus expressway and railway line cutting through the city linking the North, South and Eastern part of the peninsular. Travel to all states in Malaysia from KL by bus, rail or trains.

 

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KL sentral is the where Stesen Sentral the country’s rail transport nucleus is located. It is also an extension of the KLIA (connected by the KLIA express. Road access to KL Sentral has been carefully thought to offer the convenience to motorists entering and leaving the development. KL Sentral is being developed as a futuristic self-contained city, providing the perfect live, work and play environment. Office towers, condominiums, hotels, restaurants, retail malls and entertainment and leisure centres are all walking distance from each other within the 72 acres that is KL Sentral.

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The city of Kuala Lumpur is a fascinating mix of old and new, a blend of east and west. Modern high-rise buildings such as the Petronas Twin Towers, shopping complexes and 5-star hotel blocks and high-rise offices are built alongside mosques, colonial buildings, Chinese temples, Hindu temples, old churches and pre-war shophouses. Kuala Lumpur or KL is one of the cheapest city in Asia to live.

     The city offers a surprising mix of places to eat and shop that can suit every traveller's budget. In the heart of the city, you can dine in style at exclusive specialty restaurants or savour delicious local food at roadside stalls - Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, other Asian or Continental food. Follow the places where locals shop - at air-conditioned shopping malls or in open air bazaars and markets. To go sightseeing and enjoy an educational experience, walk the streets of KL to learn about the culture of the place or visit the many attractions in Kuala Lumpur city centre

Interesting sights

Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka or Independence Square) is a wide field surrounded by heritage buildings. Historically, this was the location the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time, on August 30, 1957 (midnight), upon gaining independence from British rule.

     The stately colonial building Sultan Abdul Samad Building of Mughal-styled architecture, stands prominently here as the landmark of Kuala Lumpur. This building constructed in 1897, serves as the Federal Court. A 41m clock tower, stand out majestically at the centre of the structure. Across the road and field is the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club built in 1884 and St Mary’s Church built in 1894.

The Petronas Twin Tower, at a height of 1,483 feet (453m), is one of the world's tallest buildings. Within it, is the KLCC a busy shopping centre with shops, restaurants and Cineplex. Designed by Ceasar Pelli, the building was completed in 1998.

KL Tower, MalaysiaMenara Kuala Lumpur or the KL tower is  place to visit to get a spectacular view of the city. Menara Kuala Lumpur is 515m above sea level and stands at a breathtaking height of 421 metres. It was constructed as a telecommunications tower to upgrade the quality of telecommunications and the clarity of broadcast transmissions in Malaysia. Menara Kuala Lumpur, completed in May 1996, ranks fourth amongst the tallest telecommunications towers in the world. Details at Menara Kuala Lumpur

 

Visitors to Kuala Lumpur can also visit some interesting parks and caves (some in the state of Selangor) such as:

Zoo Negara MalaysiaZoo Negara (National Zoo) - located in Hulu Klang, Selangor is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organization established to create the first local zoo for Malaysians. It houses a total of over 5137 animals from 459 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. (more at Selangor page)

Batu Caves (Selangor) is the site of a Hindu temple and consist of three huge caves. It is a very popular destination for those who can climb the 272 steps leading to the cave entrance. The cave is world renowned for its Thaipusam (Hindu) festivities held in January or February. This is one of the most popular destination in Malaysia and the best time to visit is during Thaipusam. (Details in Selangor page)

Bird Park is just a 10-minutes drive from the city centre. It has one of the largest aviary in the world and home to 3000 birds.

Lake Gardens is a place to enjoy a morning or evening walk. Developed in 1880 , the garden covers 70 hectares, consisting landscaped flower gardens, rolling lawns and two lakes.

Other sights in and around KL include the National Planetarium, Orchid Garden, National Monuments, Islamic Centre, etc.

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station or Stesen Keretapi Kuala Lumpur is a train station located in Kuala Lumpur, completed in 1910 - a building built of Mughal-style. The station is located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, previously known as Victory Avenue. In 1995, access to KTM Komuter services was introduced at the station. After Kuala Lumpur Sentral (see Malaysia transport page-2 ) assumed the responsibility of receiving intercity operations, portions of station facilities designated for intercity services were decommissioned or removed. The nearest LRT station,  Pasar Seni LRT station is located 400 metres away. The Heritage Station Hotel which occupies part of the station is a great place to stay for great 5 accommodation at budget prices.  (Compare hotel rates for this hotel here before booking!)

The Central Market with its hive of artists and a labyrinth of shops selling all types of Malaysian goods. This market was built in 1888 and extended in later years to cater to the growing population of Kuala Lumpur during the colonial era. In 1985, it was converted to a modern style bazaar called 'Pasar Budaya' (Cultural Market) Stalls sells mainly Asian merchandise and souvenirs. There are a number of local artists that des portrait for you on the spot there.

 

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History and Culture

Learn about the history and cultural heritage of Malaysia, visit the museums and craft centres in Kuala Lumpur:Sarawak vases, Malaysia

-    National History Museum is housed in a building built in 1909 that was formerly the Chartered bank of India, Australia and China. The building was converted to a museum in 1996, showcasing the rich history of Malaysia.

-    National Museum is housed in a beautiful building of ‘Minangkabau’ architecture with murals along its walls. The museum displays exhibits of stuffed animals, birds, traditional instruments, vintage cars, etc.

-    Komplex Kraf   If you are interested to know how Malaysian handicrafts are made, drop by the Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur; tel 03-2162 7533.

Bank Negara Museum is at Bank Negara (Central Bank of Malaysia) located at Jalan Dato' Onn. The display is mainly on the evolution of the Malaysian currency.

Puncak Rebang Royal Gallery-Museum is located at Level 3 of Suria KLCC. This gallery takes visitors through the cultural landscape of Malaysia - from performances and entertainment to the cultural setting of a Malay village.

website of Museum Negara (National Museum): http://www.museum.gov.my/

Department of Museum: http://www.jmm.gov.my/

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KL shopping, malaysiaShopping in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a shopper's paradise with numerous bazaars, shopping malls and roadside stalls. A night out in KL is eat, shop or go clubbing. Popular shopping areas, restaurants and clubs are centred at:

Bukit Bintang area or the Bintang Walk, in the busiest hub of Kuala Lumpur - located here are pubs, restaurants and shopping malls or complexes such as Sungai Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Starhill, Lot 10, Plaza Low Yat, etc. There are numerous places to dine – restaurants or food courts housed within shopping malls, bbpark, etc. Jalan Bukit Bintang and the Upper end of Jalan Sultan Ismail is alive with people and activities at night, the place for dining and clubbing. (Bintang walk). KL Plaza host to numerous lively joints including a disco. To walk around check our map of the Bukit Bintang area here.

    There are also many hotel accommodation available in this area - from small budget hotels to exclusive 5-star hotels. Check out hotels online to get cheaper rates and offers. Bukit Bintang is a great area to stay as the place is alive with people and activities throughout the day.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is one of the oldest shopping areas in KL, with a shopping mall and rows of shophouses selling mainly clothes, textiles, carpets, costume jewellery, fashion goods, etc. Prominent buildings are Globe Silk Store, Sogo, Tunes hotel, etc.

Petaling Street, KL or Kuala Lumpur by mymalaysiabooksChina Town Kuala Lumpur is the area around Petaling street, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Hang Lekir, Jalan Tun HS Lee. It is centred around the Pasar Seni light rail station, bordered by Jalan Sultan Mohamed on the west and Jalan Cheng Lock in the north. West of Jalan Bukit Bintang (a distance away). Shops here sell a wide variety of Chinese food, medicine and all sorts of merchandise. There is a market, goldsmith shops, restaurants, food shops and even bookshops. There are even small hotels - popular with backpackers.  It is best to shop here in the morning and enjoy  open air dinning here at night.   Petaling Street is packed with street stalls selling fashion goods, bags, time pieces, etc. that you can bargain to your heart’s content. Its a place noted for selling imitation goods. Petaling Street itself is now a covered walkway, not open to traffic. Be careful walking here. The place is overcrowded and sometime riddled with pick-pockets.

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Little India of KL centres around Jalan Masjid India. Shops and stalls sells sarees, traditional medicines, colourful glass bangles and flowers. There are textile shops alongside many 'makan' shops or small restaurants selling a variety of Indian pancakes and snacks.

Suria KLCC, (at the twin tower) is the most popular shopping centre in the city, with department stores, supermarkets, book shops, restaurants, Cineplex and numerous small shop lots selling an assortment of merchandise. The entire development area of KLCC actually encompasses parks, hotel, convention centre and apartments

   The Piazza at the Megan Phileo Promenade, Jalan Tun Razak is alive with dancing and dinning, all under one roof. There are some 10 outlet for you to select.

Mid-Valley Megamall   Just at the fringe of the city centre is the Mid-Valley Mega Mall with department stalls, Cineplex and a labyrinth of shops and food joints. This is one of the most popular shopping area and has a hotel within the area.

Bangsar just outside the city centre - is a popular hangout for the young and yuppies with some upmarket shops, pubs and places to dine.

Sri Hartamas - is a new place to go for a night out with many dinners and a shopping mall nearby. Read more at >> Hip and happening - The Hartamas Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur is enlivening what was once a quiet residential nook.

One Utama or 1 Utama Shopping centre - a large shopping mall popular with many from PJ and KL. There are more than 600 shops, supermarkets and a hotel all under one big roof. Check out for events held here at 1utama.com

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Eating out

Kuala Lumpur, at the heart of peninsular Malaysia is a great place of an Asian food adventure. You will find great Malay, Chinese, Indian and European food all over the city. Fusion of food also makes it so easy for you to find your favourite food and to taste food from all over the world. Visitors will find a variety of fabulous food at exclusive high end restaurants to affordable open air restaurants, food courts and street corners. You can get food popular from other parts of Malaysia, all here - Penang char kueh teow, Ipoh kueh teow, Kedah Laksa, Nonya food, nasi kandar, Mamak food, Kajang satay, etc.

What to eat in KL: yong tau foo, nasi kandar, wan tan mee, chicken rice, Peking duck, satay, nasi lemak, dim sum, and a fusion of eastern and western food.

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Moving around Kuala Lumpur

The best way to move around the city is to walk or take a taxi. Taxis should charge according to meter readings, so be sure the taxi driver uses the meter, it is illegal not to do so. Kuala Lumpur is known for its traffic jams and expensive parking in some buildings, so driving around is not often a good option if you are not familiar with the city. There are also many one-way streets. The cheapest parking area on weekdays (and non public holiday) is probably at Mid-Valley Megamall or One Utama - that's where you can shop and have your meal as well. Some parking places can charge as much as RM6 per hour!!

   Many areas of KL are accessible by light rail (LRT) or monorail. (PUTRA - Rapid KL or the   KL Monorail). Though fast, avoiding all the traffic jams, the KL rail system is far from being a convenient network. Some stations may not be connected so you have to take a shuttle bus from one station to another.

   There are buses in the city that you can take but avoid catching the bus during the start and ending hours of a working day or midday lunch break. Buses can be overcrowded.

NEW! The GO-KL City bus launched on 31 August 2012 provide FREE bus services - around KL. Tourists will find this very convenient to enter the city of Kuala Lumpur for shopping or visit places of interest. See details HERE

    Visitors who want to do some sightseeing and shop will find it more convenient to walk and then take a taxis or the LRT for longer distances. If you are in the area around China Town, Petaling Street or Bukit Bintang (Map of Bukit Bintang Area), just walk around. Visit the Central Market and China Town area during the day. Bintang Walk is a great place to walk, shop and eat. (Be careful of snatch thieves in these crowded places). The Bukit Bintang area in the heart of the city is a good place to shop & stay, as there are many shopping malls and hotels.

 

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The GO-KL City bus was launched on 31 August 2012 to help improve access to public transport in the city of KL.

It is also to encourage tourists to enter the city of Kuala Lumpur for shopping or visit places of interest.

The Green Line (see Map) plies the 'KL Golden Triangle' and stops at KLCC and Bukit Bintang/Pavillion area. The Purple Line stops at places such as Petaling Street, KL Tower and Central Market. GoKL is currently (as of Sept. 2012) run by SPAD.

Map of Bus Routes HERE (TheStar 2012-09-26)
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Headquarters:
Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (S.P.A.D.),
Block D, Platinum Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel No: +603 2726 7000
Fax No: +603 2726 7100

 

Taxi Contacts:

Comfort: +603-2267 8000

KL Taxi: +603-9221 8999

Radio Cap: +603-9221 7600

Supercab: +603-7875 7333

Sunlight: 603-9058 9986

 

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Tourism Centre in KL -If you are in KL and need some maps or tourist information, drop by MTC:

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MTC), 109, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03- 2163 3664/2164 3929 Fax : 03- 2162 1149

Office Hours: Monday - Friday : 7.30am - 5.30pm

For further enquiries about tourism in Malaysia, kindly email us at: enquiries@tourism.gov.my

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For more about KL, go to the official government website on Kuala Lumpur: kualalumpur.gov.my

 

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KLIA or the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one of the largest airport in Asia. Many international airlines stops here. From KLIA you can travel to all the international and domestic airports in Malaysia (check our Transport page). If you are on Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia, you will get connecting flights easily and cheaper, and probably get your luggage checked through to any domestic airport in the country. You can check-in at KL Sentral for many flights on Malaysia Airlines.

     For those travelling by rail or air, KL Sentral is the place to check-in or buy your ticket if you are in KL. Passengers on Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia can check in at the city centre and take the ERL - an express train straight to the airport. (www.kliaekspres.com)

    The cheapest way to get to KLIA and LCCT (Low cost carrier terminal) to and from KL, is by bus. There are many buses shuttling between the airports and the KL Sentral. There is at least on bus per half hour during the day from KL Sentral to the LCCT.

 

Malaysia-Singapore low cost or budget airlines    Air Asia, Firefly, Jet Star or Tiger Airways flies from KLIA to Singapore daily. Book online to get best rates

[Important note: Budget airlines are point to point air services, so be sure to have 3 hours interval between your flight schedule, if you have to get a connecting flight at KLIA, Malaysia or Changi, Singapore.  Also note that AirAsia flies to LCC Terminal (KLIA) while FireFly flies to Subang Airport (KL). Passengers on other airlines are advised to check which airport the plane lands!]

 

Travel tips: Fares are not fixed on low cost airlines so book early or fly during weekdays to enjoy low fares. Check and compare rates online.

 

By Rail

The main Railway Station, KL Sentral, is located in the heart of the city. Trains stops at KL Sentral or the main Railway Station. Malayan Railways or KTMB operates intercity express services daily serving several towns. The main rail track cuts the length of the west coast of West Malaysia, from the Malaysia-Thai border at Padang Besar, through Alor Star, Butterworth, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Johor Bahru, and ends in Singapore. You can also travel from KL to the east coast of West Malaysia, right up to Tumpat in the state of Kelantan. Be aware that train is a slower option when travelling in the peninsular and there are few services.

 

By Road

waiting area, Hentian Pudu, Pudu Bus Terminal, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThe best option to get out of the city and travel to other parts of peninsular Malaysia is to travel by road.  Roads from Thailand and Singapore link directly to Malaysian roads. The North-South expressway cuts the length of the peninsular and centers at KL. Trunk roads in the peninsular is also linked to KL. There are numerous daily express coaches or buses that operate from KL to all major towns in peninsular Malaysia and to Singapore and Thailand. You can buy tickets at the express bus terminals.

Two Express bus terminals in Kuala Lumpur are: Pudu Raya and Hentian Duta

(For exit and entry points into the country by roads, check Travel to other parts of Asia below)

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Hotel Accomodation in KL

You will find budget accommodations for backpackers to 6-star hotels. Visitors to KL can stay in a budget hotels right in the centre of city such as in China Town or lodge at boutique hotels adjacent to shopping places such as Bukit Bintang (refer free map). Kuala Lumpur offers tourists ample selection that suit everyone's budget. Best places stay:

Bukit Bintang area - near shopping areas such as Sungai Wang, Lot 10 and Bukit Bintang Plaza. Hotels in the area includes:

 KL Plaza Suits and apartments (apt for family)

Federal hotel    JW Marriott hotel,

Regent hotel, etc.

Budget hotels in Bukit Bintang area:

 Bintang Warisan, Corona Inn, etc.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman , prominent buildings are Globe Silk Store, Sogo, Tunes hotel, etc.

Jalan Sultan Ismail - hotels such as:

Hotel Equitorial,

Petaling Street and China Town area - Popular hotels that are mainly budget hotels are: Fortuna, Swiss Inn, Hotel Malaya, etc.

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