When first visiting Kuala Lumpur there are lots of questions ask?

What should I visit?  Where should I stay?  Where can I shop?


This is a very general guide of things to consider in your research.


Q] How far is the airport from the city?

A] KUL airport, the main international airport is 55km or 1 hour south of the city, whilst SZB, a regional airport, is 25km, or 30 minutes, west of the city. 


Q] How long should I stay?

A] Most people look to stay around 2-5 days.  This gives time to see the most popular sights without being rushed. 


Q] What is the best area to stay?

A] "Best" is a very personal choice, but if you want to be pretty central, near shops, sights, restaurants, money changers etc, then the 'Golden Triangle' is a good area to base your search. 


Q] Where is the Golden Triangle?

A] The Golden triangle is not a touristy thing, but a tourist area that includes KLCC / Petronas Towers and Bukit Bintang (the main shopping area).  It is generally the area within the Roads or Jalan of Imbi, Sultan Ismail and Raja Chulan but has grown to include KLCC / Petronas Towers.  There are hundreds of hotels in this area from top end 5* to budget 2*, small and large, international brand and boutique.  It takes around 45-60minutes to get here from KUL airport.


Q] Where is the main shopping area?

A] Bukit Bintang is the main shopping area with more malls, but there is a mall under the PETRONAS Towers that is popular, and several out of town malls that tourists like to visit.  You will also find lots of money changers. 


Q] What is Bukit Bintang?

A] Bukit Bintang is a street or jalan.  The area is often called Bintang walk and includes Jalan Bukit Bintang / Jalan Imbi / Jalan Sultan Ismail.  Lots of malls and shops.


Q] Where is the walkway from Bukit Bintang to KLCC?

A] Starting from  starts at the Pavillion mall, you walk between the entrance to the mall and where all the bars and restaurants are, over Jalan Raja Chulan, then follow the signs. It is well sign posted along the walk way, which is covered and air conditioned, there are several exit points en-route. It takes you to the KLCC convention centre. From there you walk down some steps into the basement where the aquarium is at KLCC and then follow the signs to Suria KLCC mall. All very easy and a 20mins stroll.


Q] Which is best, Bukit Bintang or KLCC?

A] "Best" depends on you.  If you like choice then Bukit Bintang has more than KLCC, but being so close, there are pros and cons for both areas.


Q] Where are the PETRONAS Towers?

A] they are at KLCC (or Kuala Lumpur city centre) which was once the racecourse.  There is a park, hotels, convention centre, Aquarium, and mall with lots of restaurants and bars / cafes.  There is a towers pre-booked tour daily Tuesday to Sunday.  Tickets can be purchased online from the PETRONAS Towers website.


Q] Is the KL Menara the same as the PETRONAS Towers?

A] No,  Kl Menara (or tower in Malay) is a single telecom tower that has been in Kuala Lumpur much longer than the PETRONAS Towers.  You can visit KL Menara observation deck without pre-booking.  There is also a revolving restaurant.  The tower has some old rainforest at the base of the tower that can be explored. 


Q] What about public transport?

A] Kuala Lumpur has a good train and monorail system that is really cheap and easy to use.  Information about it can be found on the Rapid KL website. 


Q] What is there to do other than shopping?

A] The PETRONAS Towers; KL Menara;  Chinatown / Central Market / Merdaka Square / Sultan Adbul Samad Building; Little India; Lake Gardens/ Segway / Bird Park / National Mosque /  National Museum / Islamic Arts Museum / Orchid Garden / Butterfly park, afternoon tea at Carcosa Seri Negara; Batu Caves are all popular sights.  There are food tours, cooking classes, visits to jungle reach centres, Batik, craft centres, Pewter workshops, an elephant sanctuary, fireflies, jade museum, museums, chocolate factory, Malacca.  Plenty to keep most amused for a few days.  Information about all these can be found on Trip Advisor or the Tourism Malaysian website.


Q] Is there a tourist bus in the city?

A] Yes, there is the Kuala Lumpur hop on hop off bus which is a chargeable bus service that runs a loop around the city.  There is also a new KLGo bus that does some of the sights. 


Q] Where can I find out more?

A] The Tip Advisor Kuala Lumpur forum has lots of information, things to do and FAQs.  They are packed with lots of information about getting to the city, popular sights etc.


Q] What is the Tourism Malaysian website address?

A]  www.tourism.gov.my and it has some great information and brochures that have maps, tips and good reads