While the rest of Malaysia lives quietly and simply, the city of Kuala Lumpur keeps up with contemporary culture and modern evolution. Glass high-rises, glitzy hotels, and hundreds of restaurants offering five-star international cuisine line the city. Despite its modernization, however, Kuala Lumpur holds its history sacred.
Whether you’re vacationing in Kuala Lumpur or just passing through, take some time and explore the city. Start in Merdeka Square (translated to “Independence Square”), and visit the Sultan Abdul Building, where the city’s government branches sit; the Royal Selangor Club, a high-ranking social club; and the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. The area of Jalan Petaling hosts outdoor markets and shops influenced mainly by the Chinese community. A jaunt across the river will land you in Lake Gardens where travellers can explore Kuala Lumpur’s bird park, butterfly park, and other gardens.
Need something to show your friends and family? How about a picture of the tallest twin buildings in the world? The iconic Petronas Twin Towers are located in downtown Kuala Lumpur and until someone builds something taller, these two towers hold the record. Take a window seat on your Kuala Lumpur flight and see the towers from 10 kilometres up in the air – it’s an awe-inspiring moment that few travellers to Southeast Asia experience.
When planning your cheap flight to Kuala Lumpur, take rain into consideration, or you’ll be wishing you brought your galoshes. Malaysia’s placement near the equator generates hot and humid weather all year round, with heaps of driving rainfall. Daytime temperatures soar into the 30s (Celsius), and nights fall only to the low 20s, with regular humidity reaching 90 per cent on a daily basis. Rain comes in all forms, spanning from quick and refreshing showers to drowning monsoons in the months between November and February. Torrential downpours and strong winds in the winter are supplemented by the bone-dry months of June and July.
To experience the city at its fullest, book your flight to Kuala Lumpur when the crowds roll in, so you’re sure to see the town at its ultimate capacity. Join the swarm around holidays and school vacations.
Peak Season: School vacations in early April, early August, mid November, and in early January are the most popular times for people to book flights to Kuala Lumpur, so make sure to book yours in advance to lock in a spot in the madness. Since June and July are the driest months, they also provide the perfect opportunity to walk around the city.
Off-peak Season: Since rain falls almost year round, an off-season here doesn’t really exist. To be as discerning as possible, book cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur before or after autumn, when the wettest months make for crowded, clammy public transportation. While some Muslim countries might note Ramadan as an off-season, Kuala Lumpur is rather liberal, so most businesses will still be open and ready for customers.
Public transportation and taxis are the way to go in Kuala Lumpur. The monorail and light rails are both fast and easy to figure out. Take the KL Monorail to get to the main shopping and hotel districts or the Putra LRT to get to Chinatown. Taxis can be hailed or picked up at stands. Note that calling for a taxi will cost you a surcharge. There is also a surcharge for late-night and early-morning trips. Don’t worry about finding a taxi; there are tons, unless it’s rush hour or raining. It’s smart to make sure your driver is clear on your destination, that he knows how to get there and that the metre is turned on. Driving in Kuala Lumpur is not recommended. It’s amazing how much farther away your destination will seem after walking in Kuala Lumpur’s heat and humidity – consider distance before taking a stroll. Traffic will make your trip even slower and crossing the street can scare years off your life. Follow a group of pedestrians and cross with them if you can. Traffic is so congested that renting a car is a waste of time. There isn’t any space on the road and traffic jams slow rush hour to a crawl.