About Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia as well as the country’s cultural, financial, and economic center. It is the perfect combination of modern metropolis and rich cultural history and in the past few years, the city has been recognized as an excellent medical tourism destination, primarily because it offers high standards of medical care at very competitive prices. Medical tourists can save up to 60% to 80% on medical costs compared to European countries and the United States. The medical centers offer outstanding service and excellent post-surgery patient care. Some of the best hospitals offer five-star accommodation that is similar to hotel suites. Furthermore, the doctors are certified, well-trained, and skilled. The most sought-after medical procedures are breast augmentation, varicose vein surgery, laser eye surgery, dental procedures, and oncology.
Kuala Lumpur is full of skyscrapers, street food stalls, shopping malls, and lush parks. To get an excellent bird’s eye view of the city, visit The Petronas, an 88-story twin tower and an icon of Malaysia. Those who want to indulge in the city’s culture should come to China town on Petaling Street. It is surrounded by old shophouses, temples, and local street food. The city also has numerous natural attractions, including KL Bird Park. It is a 21-hectare open aviary filled with more than 3000 birds from 200 species. The birds can fly freely, and visitors can interact, feed, and take photographs with the birds.
International tourists will arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The airport serves both domestic and international flights. Budget airlines such as AirAsia, Lion Air, and Malindo Air offer affordable domestic travel. Kuala Lumpur is well connected by its bus and subway system. Taxis are also available and are relatively inexpensive.
Nationals of 10 countries, including China, India, and Myanmar, can apply for an eVisa. Nationals of 167 countries, including Indonesia, the UAE, the US, and the EU can enter Malaysia without a visa for up to 90 days. To learn more about Malaysia’s visa policy, check the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
The weather in Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid all year-round. The average day temperatures are around 29 to 35 °C. From October to January, the city experiences some occasional showers. The wettest months are from March to April. The best time to visit the city is between May and July when the weather is dry, with blue skies and steamy temperatures.
- Local Currency: The local currency is the Malaysian Ringgit. 1 USD converts to approximately RM4.20.
- Money & Payments: Tourists can find many ATMs that accept international cards all around the city. Credit cards are accepted in many restaurants and hotels. Tipping is not necessary.
- Local Language: The official language is Malay. However, most of the population understand and speak basic English.
- Local Culture and Religion: Islam is the largest religion, followed by Buddhism. There are also groups of Christians and Hindus.
- Public holidays: Kuala Lumpur celebrates Gregorian New Year, Chines New Year, Islamic New Year, Eid Mubarak, and Christmas.