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Kuala Lumpur Airport - Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur's KLIA2 airport terminal is now up and running and much better than the old LCCT. It's actually a proper airport. Plenty of food options and connected by train to both KL city and the original KLIA(1) terminal. No need for bus or taxis to airport. 30mins from city on train.
It's not very clear when you are actually on the train what the station order is, but it goes like this: KL Sentral-KLIA-KLIA2 (and vice versa). So if you want KLIA2 from city do not get off the train at KLIA. For some reason they do not say this on the train. They just say 'you are arriving at KLIA have a nice journey', so everyone thinks they have to get off. The same train is used as a shuttle service between the two terminals. For those that don't know, most long haul flights leave from KLIA(1) while KLIA2 is for low cost, mainly AirAsia.
KLIA2
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
The new Tune Hotel at KLIA2 is a massive improvement on the old hotel at LCCT. For those that stayed at LCCT Tune and said 'ever again' give the new one a go. Rooms are twice the size of LCCT, you don't need to pay for add-ons (air con, towels, TV). At least at the moment. And best of all the location - there is a covered walkway from terminal to hotel and it's only a few minutes walk. No need for shuttle bus.
The signs to find the hotel from inside the terminal are not good. But this will get you near: Walk straight forwards out of arrivals and keep going until you reach the end of the terminal, then turn left and go down a travelator to the floor below. From there it is signposted.

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Promocode: 20% discount for Tune Hotel in Kuala Lumpur cit, use "klia2guest". The discount is being offered to people that stay as a guest at KLIA2, but is only for city center Tune. No expiry date given so worth a try. 20% discount
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Heli Lounge Bar in Bukit Bingtang is a cool place to go and watch the sun go down over KL. As name suggests, it's a Helipad on top of building!
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia

Try roomservice.com.my to get food from major restaurant chains and coffeeshops delivered in KL: "Founded in 2003, Room Service, a Food Runner company, is THE one-stop food delivery portal for all your hunger needs. Served over 1 million hungry customers, enjoy on-time food delivery to your doorsteps with our premium "hotel-like" service. We deliver from 11am - 11pm, everyday, 365 days a year, rain or shine."
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia

The covered walkway linking KLCC (Petronas Towers) to Pavilion shopping mall (Bukit Bintang) is a great idea. Shame they don't signpost how to find it from inside the KLCC shopping center. Here's how you find it:
Head for middle of KLCC shopping center, on lowest floor. Then turn and walk past escalators, heading towards the Maybank branch (with all the Maybank ATMs outside). Keep walking and follow signs for Aquaria, which will take you through a long tunnel. When you get to Aquaria walk past Starbucks and go up the stairs. Then you will see the entrance to the walkway.

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Some HSBC ATMs are now available in the KLCC shopping mall. For example by the escalators above the food court, in the center. I don't get charged to withdraw from these. No ATM fees

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia KL Nightlife update 2014: Changkat area of Bukit Bintang is still the best place to go, walk the street and decide on which of the bars and clubs looks best or has the best drink deals on that night.
Zouk is still Zouk but feels a bit cold and clinical these days. Place for businessmen trying to show they are cool.
Heritage Row is a shadow of its former self but still has one or two good clubs, with the added bonus of staying open much later than other places. Loft is the best of these and good place to check out late on weekends.
The Beach Club has moved up the road towards the Petronas Towers but still has the same ‘agenda’ :-)
Nightlife
Kuala Lumpur Airport - Malaysia
This won’t matter if they ever finish Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA2 airport terminal but until then, if you want to get from the main KLIA to the LCCT terminal there is a bus located on level 2 near the food court. The bus to LCCT is located at Platform 10 and leaves every 30 minutes. Cost is 2.50rm. The only other way to get between terminals at present is a taxi, but that is much more expensive. KLIA2 is supposed to open in 2014 and will be linked by the train from the city that already goes to KLIA. (DT). Cheapest transport between terminals
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Bag snatches from cars are a growing concern here in KL. When there are traffic jams, watch out for motorbike riders going between the cars. If they see a bag on the car seat they can break a window, reach inside and be gone in seconds.
This has happened to a close family member of mine. After speaking to the police the main action to stop it happening again was:
*Put reflective film on the window so thieves cannot see inside the car.
*Put a coating inside the window so even when it is broken the glass doesn’t fall away, so no-one can reach inside. The problem with this is that if you need to get out of the window after an accident it’s difficult so don’t put on all the windows.
Also never leave any computer equipment inside a car, even if it is hidden from view. Thieves carry hand-held scanners that can tell if electronic equipment is inside the car.
Theft protection
Kuala Lumpur - Airport Some information for people visiting Malaysia later this year. Latest news here in Kuala Lumpur is that the new KLIA2 terminal, which is to replace the LCCT, is due to open a bit later than planned. At the end of June (2013) instead of May.
KLIA2 will be the new home for Air Asia and other budget airlines presently at LCCT.
As well as being much bigger, with more shops and facilities than LCCT, the new terminal will have a direct rail link to the original KLIA (international) terminal and on into Kuala Lumpur city (KL Sentral).
The rail link is much quicker than a bus or taxi. About 30 minutes. But since the trains only go to KLIA at the moment, anyone wanting to use them to LCCT has had to take a bus part of the way!
Buses will still be the cheapest way to KL after KLIA2 opens, but for speed and convenience at a bit more cost many will take the train. So plan your trip with this in mind if it’s after June. The website for the KLIA train system is www.kliaekspres.com
A new Tune Hotel is also being built for the KLIA2 terminal which they say will be much better than the LCCT one. Tune finally seemed to have got the message that the rooms at LCCT are far too small even for a budget hotel. (Kelly J.).
New Terminal Opening Date & Transport
Kuala Lumpur Good find with the HSBC ATM! I fly through LCCT regularly and it was free for me too, but maybe too many people have read about it on here because sometimes now it’s out of money!
I found this link to look up HSBC ATMs in Malaysia:
http://www.apps.asiapacific.hsbc.com/1/2/myh2/absl/absl-en?locale=en&country=MY
If you can’t find a HSBC, then Maybank are next best. They are reliable and although not free like HSBC the charge is only 1RM per withdraw.
You just have to make sure you select “Continue Without Conversion” after you say how much cash you want to avoid the “dcc” bad exchange rate. Read that here and for me it is definitely cheaper.(Nick Santos).
No ATM charge

Kuala Lumpur Airport - Malaysia Cash machines can be hit and miss in Malaysia. Some don’t work with cards from other countries (even if they have the mastercard/visa logo) and most charge. My new 'favourite' is the HSBC ATM outside the international arrivals area of LCCT airport. My mastercard works fine (the CIMB ATM machine refused it) and the HSBC machine also says it does not charge. Easy to find because it is opposite Starbucks. (Matt Capler). No transaction fee/ATM works
Kuala Lumpur I hadn’t been to KL for a while and was pleasantly surprised to see the new covered walkways that have been built in the city center, with more under construction.
You can now walk from KLCC/Petronas Towers to the Pavilion Shopping center (near Bukit Bintang) without worrying about whether it will rain or needing to deal with taxis. The walkway also seemed to have air con inside.
An open-sided walkway from Bukit Nanas monorail station (outside Hard Rock Café) and the corner of the road leading to Petronas Towers (Beach Club) is also now complete.
Between the Beach Club and Towers there is also the KL City Walk that also leads to the Pavilion. That has been open for a while, but is only partially covered and not many people seem to use it judging by the number of empty shops. There are some Vietnamese restaurants and coffee shops worth a look.
There is also a walkway under construction from the monorail station after Bukit Nanas, Medan Tuanku, up to the Tune Hotel and beyond.
All in all a ‘step’ in the right direction given that driving is almost impossible without big traffic delays in KL now.
I usually never go out without a small umbrella in KL, but it seems I might soon be able to.
Christopher Meredith
Save on Taxi fees and umbrellas!
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Two pieces of advice for those wanting to see the Petronas Towers or KL Tower.
1.Go early if you want a ticket to the viewing deck. Tickets are free (don't let anyone outside try and claim you need to pay) but they are limited to a certain number per day. The time of your trip to the viewing deck will be on ticket. Be aware that the viewing deck isn't that high (relative to the building) and you have to watch a 20min Petronas ad before you go up. 2. Make sure you see the Towers at night. They look far more impressive than in the day and it's the best time to take photos etc. Dusk is around 6pm.
The KL Tower (communications tower 2km away) allows you to go right to the top if you  want the best views out over the city. The catch is that the tower visit is bundled in with stuff like going to the zoo at the foot of the tower.

 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia There's a store called 'Mydin" located near the Maybank Tower/China Town/Pudu area. Opposite Nandos. Use mydin.com.my to find exact location. It's like a discount superstore. It's good if you don't care about brand names and just about the quality of the material etc. I buy shirts, boxers and socks. They last really well and price is best I've seen. You can also pick up big bargains on childrens clothes and toys. It's always packed with local people. (Christian). Bargains
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Mayview Glory Hotel in Pudu provide decent accommodation in the cheaper part of the city. Rooms around 100rm a night and you can see the Towers from some of them. Located right next to main Maybank building, so easy access to atms and there is also a starbucks inside. Chinatown, nandos, Central Market is just over the road. (Chris H.) Good value
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Saw a restaurant that was always full of locals and thought I'd give it a try. Good decision. It's kind of like an Indonesian version of Nandos - much cheaper and just as nice. In fact nicer in my opinion as Nandos don't seem to cook their chicken as much as I'd like in Asia.
The name of the restaurant chain is "Dapur Penyet". Don't be put off by name as menu is in English. They have a website dapurpenyet.com. The one I went to was in the front of a shopping centre opposite the Tune Hotel in KL. Ended up going just about every day. Meal + drink around 13RM.
50% less than Nandos price
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia If you are an expat looking for a city center condo/apartment, 'Park View' is among the best for balance of location and price. It's a few hundred metres from the towers and you get a place for about 3000RM per month (1month) down to nearer 2000RM for longer stays. If you negotiate well you can get some or all bills included. Has swimming pool and gym on roof. 24 hr security so v. safe.
Not cheap but others I've asked about in area are upwards of 4000RM. Be aware that music from the bars/clubs below can be heard in some of the rooms so 'try before you buy'. Quieter rooms are the ones facing the main road, Jalan Ramlee. Just ask at reception for information on renting a room. Note that the 'Serviced Apartments' are much, much more. Make clear you don't want it to be serviced!
 
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia If you want a good night out head for the 'Changkak Bukiti Bintang' street. It's off the main Bukit Bintang road, take the turn by KFC. You'll go past a street market and downhill, into what looks like nothing, then you'll pass the Radius hotel and see a load of bars (including several Irish bars), restaurants and some small clubs. This place is packed out on weekends with both tourists and locals. Do a recce in day time to find the road if you want to be sure before going out at night.  Place to be for KL nightlife
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Zouk nightclub is probably the nearest thing to a euro nightclub in KL. Located opposite Hotel Maya on Jalan Ampang. Pricey, especially on weekends so would suggest going in the week when there are 2 for 1 drink promotions, ladies nite etc.
Like most places in KL its dead before around 12am but don't leave it too late as ques can get big and no one wants to be stood in the rain. The outside bistro style bar has no entrance fee. Be aware that there are no other clubs/bars near Zouk.
 
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Heritage Row. This is located next to the The Sheridan hotel (take next monorail stop after Bukik Nanas) and used to be very popular but clubs come and go very quick in KL. Nevertheless it still has a few good clubs at weekend, such as Loft.
These are located towards the far end and on the right hand side if you're walking down from Sheridan. Entrance fee is expensive, like all places in KL, so be sure before you pay to go in.
My golden rule for clubbing in KL is this: If a place is still quiet by 12:30am cut your losses and go somewhere else. Things change fast in KL night scene and a great club one month can be closed down the next.
 Where to go out
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Bangsar has a reputation as a place to be seen on weekends, although if you're not going with a group of friends it can be a bit awkward as its very much a cafe style vibe. Friends relaxing and chatting. Worth a look on one weekend night though and there are plenty of shops and restaurants around fuelled by expensive residential property all around.
There's no rail link to Bangsar, the station called Bangsar is around 1km from the shopping and night life, so you'll need a taxi or be prepared for a sizeable walk. To get to shopping etc turn right out of Bangsar station and follow the main road as it goes right, around the may bank, and heads uphill.
 Place to try
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia The food court on the third floor of the KLCC (Petronas Towers) shopping center is great value. Large choice of local or western food (inc subway, mcdonalds) all for around 10rm. And you get to eat it overlooking the KLCC park out of the big glass windows. The food court is directly below the 4th floor cinema in the middle section of the mall. Cheap food
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Reliable and trustworthy private taxi driver/tour guide: Name is Dino. Number is 013-375 2017. English is ok.  
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia I've stayed at both the LCCT Tune hotel and the one in 'downtown' KL as they call it. The KL one is much better. Rooms almost double the size and cheaper. There is a subway downstairs, monorail is a short walk and some shopping complexes over the road. Ideal if you want to see the city center. (David, Canada)
 Best value in KL city center
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia I posted the earlier review about the Tune hotels and would just like to add a small word of warning. I stay with Tune all the time for short business stays in or around KL/the airport, but the glitchy online booking caught me out and I booked the same stay twice. My mistake was not to wait for long enough after the first attempt froze.
I know you can cancel a booking easily, through the website, which I did. However it turns out you don't get your money back, you get a credit for the same amount as you paid to use at Tune (not AirAsia) within 6 months. Just to let you all know. (David)
 Tune refund policy
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Taxis and price of alcohol are the two worst things about KL. The locals say the same, about the taxis anyway (the muslims are probably not concerned by alcohol price!).
Unlike most Asian countries, where a Taxi Meter means a Taxi Meter, in KL turning on a meter is a last resort for these guys. For a few years they have been made to carry big signs on the doors saying they must use the meter, but they still won't!
You'll say where you want to go and instead of taking you they will offer a fixed price. This will be at least twice of what it would be on the meter. And if it is raining or busy traffic they will try to charge more.
It's illegal but don't get into a fight as they can be dangerous. Just walk on if you're not prepared to be ripped off, or at least try and bargain with them.
The only circumstances most locals or expats will take a taxi is by buying a ticket at the airports or major shopping centers, where prices are fixed. The shopping centers with an official taxi service are KLCC (Petronas Towers), Times Square (Imbi monorail stop), KL Sentral and I think Pavillion.
 Taxi scam
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Expats looking for cheap furniture, there is an IKEA at Damansara. Take the Kelana Jaya LRT line from city and then you can either get a shuttle bus the short distance from the station to the store or get a taxi.
Taxis are available outside the store to take you back - you'd be amazed what they can fit into a car! Alternatively, IKEA deliver if you are prepared to wait.
 Cheap furniture
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Best shopping centres, for bargains, can be found on the Bukit Bintang road and also Times Square is worth a look. The Pavillion nearby is a massive shopping mall but like KLCC it is aimed at the top end.  Shopping
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia The Indian-type restaurants that are open 24hours a day are popular and extremely cheap in KL. Easy one to find and try is opposite Crown Regency apartments (and Coffee Bean cafe) on Jalan Ramlee, the main road leading to the Towers. Note that the arab grilled food section is expensive. Go for the self service range of curries. Meal and drink can be as little as 8RM even in this location.  8RM meal
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Be aware that the Beach Club on J. Ramlee, which looks like a great party venue, is actually full of working girls. I've heard horror stories about drinks being spiked and atm cards emptied. Shame as the music is good and it's always full... but now you know why :-)  Nightlife
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Attention fellow Apple Fanatics! The store in KLCC has prices much better for most Apple products than we can get in Europe. Not sure if its the exchange rate, tax or cheaper shipping costs (everything Apple is made in nearby china) but the prices are notably lower for Ipads and Macbooks.
Example. As soon as Ipad 3 ('new ipad') came out price in KLCC store was 1499rm and the ipad 2 dropped to 1199rm. Use a currency converter to see what the price would be for your country.
 Best price for Apple goods
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Port Dixon is the nearest beachside resort to KL. To be honest nothing special if you are used to Phuket, Langkawi etc but it's ok for a few days. Don't make the mistake I did in going on weekend though, that's when everyone goes and prices are silly. Go in the week and you can  get 50% discount (according to the signs).  50% discount
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia "Old Town White Coffee" chain is a good priced option for Coffee and light food. They are not in KLCC but are present in most of the other big shopping malls.  Cheap coffee and food
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Hope you don't need this advice, but when I got a strong fever in KL local friends advised me to go to the "Tung Shin Hospital". It's seen as a good balance between good medical care and price. I have to say they treated me professionally and I got better soon after with the medication they provided.
The price was only around 20rm I think as an outpatient. Just walk in and say you want to see a doctor. You will need to register the first time but it's not difficult. Doctors seemed western educated. Tung Shin Hospital is on the Pudu road, between the Maybank building and Bukit Bintang. (Brian S.)
 Hospital in KL
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia The Hard Rock Cafe is a cool place to go on weekends, listen to some live music and watch sport. It's also expensive. So my advice is to go on a Sunday night as there is no cover charge, unlike on Friday or Saturday. There is also a good live band ('Big Band' although they change from time to time) on a Sunday night and if you are into football they have TVs showing the premiership games live.  Avoid cover charge at Hard Rock Cafe
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia The free wifi now in the LCCT airport saves me money because I don't have to go to Starbucks anymore to get online! Wish BKK would do the same, but in Thailand every user seems to need some sort of login by law so won't hold my breath...  
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia The Kuala Lumpur airport has two terminals and there is no direct link. KLIA (international) is the main airport while LCCT (low cost) is smaller but much busier as its where all the Air Asia flights depart/arrive. Make sure you're at the correct one.  Don't miss flight
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia The Tune Hotel at LCCT airport is ideal if you need somewhere to stay for a night. You can see the hotel from the LCCT terminal and there is a taxi shuttle from outside the front of LCCT to Tune every 15mins (cost 1RM).
There is a 7-eleven and a few cafes/restaurants at the hotel or you can just go to the terminal to eat. Book in advance over internet as sometimes it is full. Earlier you book the cheaper. Rooms are tiny though, just for sleeping.
Tip, the atm at the hotel only seems to work for local cards so so you'll need to get any cash from the LCCT terminal.
 Earlier you book the more you save
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Have lived in KL for a few years. Here is a complete guide to getting from the airport. You'd think it'd be simple, but it's not. I'll spread it over several posts.
First, as someone has said, the two airport terminals are a fair way apart (several km by road). This is because the LCCT was an 'afterthought' but is now having to be expanded due to popularity of AirAsia. That means you have different options depending on which terminal.
FROM KLIA to KL SENTRAL Most long haul flights got to KLIA, which has a direct rail link to the city. This is the cheapest and quickest way to get into KL. The train goes to KL Sentral which is the main train hub for the city. I'll talk about getting from Sentral to heart of KL city later.
Alternatively you can get a taxi from KLIA. Purchase an official taxi ticket from the terminal (follow signs). Expect between 70-100RM to get to city, depending on which part.
 Cheapest & quickest menthod
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia FROM LCCT to KL SENTRAL This is where it gets complicated. As mentioned the planners didn't bargain on AirAsia/cheap flights being so popular so the LCCT terminal has no direct rail link to the city.
Don't be fooled by all the adverts for the train making it sound like it's direct from LCCT to Sentral and vica versa. It's not. It;s direct to KLIA and you have to take a bus for part of the way if you are going to-from LCCT. It's still a viable option but having to change midway through your journey is too much hassle for me. The other option is to get the transit bus (outside front of LCCT terminal) from LCCT to KLIA (a considerable journey) and then get the train from KLIA.
Taxis are an option because there is an official taxi desk in the LCCT terminal so can pay a fixed price (again 70-100RM) and you don't have to deal with the usual rip off taxi prices. Driver gets paper slip and he takes you to the location. Worth considering if in a group and can share cost.
But the cheapest way is to take one of the buses that go from LCCT to Sentral (and vice versa) direct. This is how the locals get to and from LCCT. The cost is only 8RM each way! One of the buses is run by AirAsia so you might hear it plugged on the flight.
Don't worry about buying a ticket beforehand though. Just walk out of the LCCT terminal (ignore the people trying to sell bus tickets after customs) and walk to the front far left of the airport and you'll see a line of buses (not the buses right in front of the terminal). Just walk up and guys will ask you if you want a ticket. They put your suitcase under and then you go aboard. The bus goes direct to KL Sentral. No stopping along the way.
 90% cheaper than Taxi
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia So you've got to KL Sentral and now want to get to the city centre (where most of the hotels/hostels are). You have three options.
1) Use official taxi desk inside KL Sentral to buy a ticket for a taxi. Taxi desk is at back of KL Sentral, relative to city centre. Expect to pay 10-20RM. Fixed pricing so no rip offs. If the taxi driver tells you you need to pay more later he's lying.
2) Take the monorail, which runs in a line through the city centre. To catch this you need to walk out of KL Sentral and across the road to the terminal. You cannot catch it from inside KL Sentral (nice planning that) so follow the signs for 'Monorail'.
3) Take a faster underground train from inside KL Sentral itself. Less station options than Monorail for City Centre but much faster and, the big plus for tourists, the 'Commuter' train ('Kelana Jaya' Line) goes direct to the Petronas Towers. There is a station underneath. Just buy a ticket from the machines, using touch screen and cash, to say where you want to go.
Hope that all helps guys.(Matt)
 Best KL Transport
 Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia My general advice, writing as an Expat in Malaysia (KL) for several years, would be that unlike all other SE Asian countries Ive visited, accommodation is the big expense in KL. Living costs (food etc) are much cheaper than most places if you avoid the tourist traps.