Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL is the capital of Malaysia. The words Kuala Lumpur literally mean 'Muddy Confluence'. The metropolis got this nickname because it was founded near the place where the rivers Klang and Gombak intersect (which you can still see just behind Merdeka Square). Over the years Kuala Lumpur grew into an important Asian city. Within Malaysia Kuala Lumpur is seen as the center of the country; 'it happens all' in KL. People from all areas within Malaysia come to KL to find jobs or do business. Tourist love the city as it has numerous great sights and attractions. Besides that there are simply too many choices when it comes to dining options. You can go shopping in one of the many modern shopping malls within the city center. Kuala Lumpur is the perfect destination for a short visit or stopover, but many tourists are drawn back to the great city during their travels through Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur is known as a Shopping Heaven. Especially in the central district of KL (also known as KLCC - Kuala Lumpur City Center), you can find a variety of shopping malls. The following malls are our favorites, and certainly worth a visit: Pavilion KL, Midvalley Mega Mall & The Gardens, Berjaya Times Square, Suria KLCC and 1 Utama. Most malls are located at the Bintang Walk, along Jalan Bukit Bintang. Shopping in KL seems like an activity no one will ever get fed up with. Most malls are opened daily between 10 am and 10 pm. Yes, 7 days a week to 10 o'clock in the evening; this literally means you will be able to shop until you drop into your hotel bed. The only downside is that after a few visits every mall will start to look like the one before. Many of the shops in one mall can also be found in others. Fortunately, after a while you will know exactly where to shop. There are several sales yearly; these usually take place in the months of August, May and December. Read about all the popular shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur in our Shopping in KL section.
Climate in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has a year-round tropical climate which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall. It can even rain daily during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. June and July are relatively dry. Temperatures tend to remain constant and hover between 31 and 33 °C. Flooding is a frequent occurrence in Kuala Lumpur whenever there is a heavy downpour, especially in the city centre and downstream areas. Dust particles from forest fires from nearby Sumatra sometimes cast a haze over the region (especially bad between June and August). It is a major source of pollution in the city together with open burning, emission from motor vehicles and construction work. This is also the reason why many people from KL travel to the nearby 'highlands' like Frasers Hill, Genting and also to clean forest like FRIM in weekends.
Transportation within Kuala Lumpur
There are several ways to move around in KL. The easiest way is probably the taxi. If you're staying at a hotel it is usually a matter of heading outside the hotel and there's a taxi line waiting to take you anywhere you like. Another option is by monorail (KL Monorail operates within KLCC). KL Sentral is a hub; from there you can hop on to numerous other lines (like RapidKL or KTM Komuter). Here you can also take trains to many other destinations within or outside of Malaysia (like Singapore or Thailand). There's also much public transport by bus, though this is perhaps not the easiest way of transport as tourists usually don't know their way around Kuala Lumpur. If you do; then the bus surely is the cheapest mode of transport in KL (and Malaysia in general). Most busses depart from Puduraya bus station (here busses depart to other places in Malaysia too).More on transportation in and around Kuala Lumpur can be read here.