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Kuala Lumpur

Introduction

Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital of Malaysia and has a population or over 4 million people. It is rapidly gaining in the city break popularity stakes and the city is great to visit on a stop-over or as a city break in its own right. Luxury hotel prices in KL are the cheapest in the world so go on and treat yourself!



Getting there

Air: KL International Airport (KLIA) is an ultra modern and efficient terminal. It is located 50kms from central KL. A new terminal for budget airlines opened in 2006. A bus connects the two terminals. The quickest way to central KL is to catch the KLIA Ekspres which takes just under 30 minutes. Slower trains also head to the central KL Sentral transportation hub. Other options from the airport include bus and taxi. If catching a taxi it is recommended to use the official service rather than accepting an offer from touts.

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Bus: Many bus companies operate services to and from Singapore and Thailand.

Accommodation

Kuala Lumpur has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out Expedia City Break Hotel Deals.

What to See and Do

KL's numerous attractions include the following:

Petronas Towers: Until recently the world's tallest structure, the Petronas Towers are the most famous symbol of KL. The Towers starred in the movie "Entrapment" along with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones. The two towers are connected by the Skybridge on level 42 and access to this point is available to the public. You need to be early however as access is limited to the first 1200 who turn up. Entry is free.

Aquaria: This attraction is situated in the base of the Convention Centre. It is an enormous place and includes and underwater tunnel from which to view the 500 species of tropical fish. Bigger than your average fish tank!

KL Tower: Take your camera up the KL tower for great city views. The tower is actually located on a hill meaning you will be higher than the Skybridge at Petronas. There is a small entry charge.

Merdeka Square: Malaysia got independence from Britain in 1957. The Square saw the lowering of the Union Jack on independence day. Today the largest flagpole in the world proudly flies the Malaysian flag. Other sites in the area include St. Mary's Cathedral and the old City Hall.

Getting Around

It is fair to say the the KL public transport system is "under development". It is however reasonably efficient and can take you where you wish to go.

LRT: The Light Rail Transit has 3 lines.

Monorail: Takes you through the Golden Triangle.

Bus: The Rapid KL City Shuttle Buses are popular with tourists and are good for connections within the city centre.