Kuala Lumpur Basic Information

Rapidly growing capital city Kuala Lumpur boasts to be able to provide attentive service around the clock. The mixture between centuries-old culture and towering ultra-modern skyscrapers really is a visual tongue twister. The unusual fusion of the two works like clockwork and pays tribute to the success this destination has seen in recent years. But before jetting off continue to experience it for yourself, read on to find out about some helpful travel information for Kuala Lumpur.

 

Visa Requirements

As it stands, Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Malaysia for up to 3 months without a visa. In order to travel under these terms you must hold a passport that is valid for a further 6 months upon arrival. Please be aware though that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Malaysian embassy.

Currency

The currency used in Kuala Lumpur is the Malaysian Ringgit. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Malaysian Ringgit fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you. Travel money cards are ideal for international travel as they can hold a range of currencies and can be used like credit cards.

Food

The food available in Kuala Lumpur is influenced heavily on local culture which happens to be a concentrated mixture of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian people. Staple foods include rice, noodles and bread, however meals served are often exotic and flavoursome. Up-market restaurants and traditional street stalls look to impress passers-by  by showing off their unique qualities as well as flooding the populace streets with a culinary nasal sensation, drawing in the masses comparable to the lure of the Greek Sirens. Seafood delights such as a home cooked king prawn curries are regularly consumed as well as noodle soups and roasted cuts of meat to name just a few. It is almost guaranteed that on every visit to a Malaysian food establishment or street stall you will find something new to try, so an open mind will be needed. You might even find a new favourite dish.

Nightlife

The city centre come alive at night with both the young and older generations swarming to their choice venues. Hotel bars welcome all to join in with the night’s entertainment and it isn’t unusual for a live band to be the main attraction. Opulence lingers in the air as trend setting restaurants and comfortable cafes cater for the world’s jet-setting go-getters. New York City isn’t the only place that doesn’t sleep; Kuala Lumpur services the needs of its guests 24 hours a day. Dine out as late as you wish and head over to one of the many street hawkers serving up authentic and tasty cuisines all through the night. Check out the SkyBar on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel in the centre of KL. After receiving the award for Malaysia’s best bar year upon year, this venue is a must see even if it’s just for a photo opportunity. If you’re keen to explore the club scene, make your way to the Zouk Club, located near the Twin Towers and is known for its ultimately sharp interior and buzzing dance floor. On any given night you’ll also find International DJ’s headlining various clubs with many venues staying open until the break of dawn.