If you have decided to travel to Kuala Lumpur but feel a bit uneducated about Malaysia and the culture and background then reading and research is essential. 

Fortunately, there is lots of good information about Kuala Lumpur, the citys history and tourist attractions is readily available. 

On the Internet there are many places where would-be travelers can get information. 

Start with the helpful Tripadvisor Kuala Lumpur Travel Before You Go Pages.

These pages are usually very up to date and frequently updated by the Destination Experts as well as other travellers. Almost everything you need to know from getting from the airport, public transportation, shopping, things to do are in these pages. Try to stick with sites that are well known and trusted to be sure what you read is accurate. 

Some good Internet resources on Kuala Lumpur are Lonely Planet and Tourism Malaysia.

If you are interested in a book that you can take with you on your trip, there are lots of those to choose from as well.  The Insight Guide to Malaysia is a good resource which also provides many attractive photos and cultural information.  To see more books about Kuala Lumpur visit Amazon.com's  Kuala Lumpur section. These are available as paper or ebook formats.

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • Trip Advisor
  • Air Asia
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s). The Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 2007 (ISBN 9781740597081) is particularly good and pretty up to date. 
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Malaysian Tourism has a great selection of guides
  • Various apps for smart phones and tablets
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.
  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site

Trip Advisor

The Traveller Articles and Frequently Asked Question [FAQs] are packed with lots of information about the city, things to see, how to get there, where to eat etc.

With modern technology and smart phone apps many miss what is already there.  Most new visitors miss the Green Banner at the top of every forum page, or the FAQs which are on the right of every page.  Smart phone apps do not show these.  So if you are accessing Trip Advisor with a smart phone / tablet app you will need to change your settings to full site mode or desk top view; alternatively you can head to a lap top or pc to read what information is already there.