Cheap Flights To Kuala Lampur
- Area Metro : 2,243,27 km² (866.13 sq. mi)
- Area Codes : (+60) 3
- Currency : Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
- Population Metro : 7,200,000 (2015)
- Official Language : Malaysian
- Time Zones : MST (UTC+8)
- Airport : Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
Kuala Lampur International (KUL) is Malaysia’s primary international airport located about 45 kilometers south of the city centre. Depending of the time of year you can get some really great deals on flights to and from Kuala Lampur. The quickest mode for passengers from KUL to Kuala Lumpur central train station (KL Sentral) is via the KLIA Express that takes about 28 minutes or the KLIA Transit that takes around 38 minutes. From KL Sentral there are taxis, buses and the Metro, but taking a taxi is the easiest method. At the taxi counter, provide your destination or hotel, pay the fee and you’ll receive a ticket to produce to the taxi driver who then drives you to your destination. Alternatively, modern taxis are available from KUL to the city, operated by Airport Limo (1300-888989), but depending on whether its rush hour or not, a taxi takes around 55 minutes outside rush hour. The cheapest way is by coach (bus) that takes around an hour 15 minutes.
Travellers from South Africa can take flights from Johannesburg with the following airlines to Kuala Lampur:
- Singapore, Silkair (via Singapore) 12h 20m+
- Air Mauritius (via Mauritius, Singapore) 13h 45m+
- Uzbekistan (via Singapore) 14h 40m+
KUL has plenty of airlines touching down from around the globe, some that include:
- Air China
- Air India Express
- All Nippon Airways
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Etihad Airways
- Iran Air
- Korean Air
- Qatar Airways
Reasons to Visit Kuala Lumpur
- Capital to Malaysia, KL is the country’s largest city, its financial, economic and cultural heart and rated today as an alpha world city. It was once a small hamlet with just a few houses and stores that grew from tin mining around 1857.
- Nicknamed Garden City of Light, its skyline is dominated by the spectacular Petronas Twin Towers stretching up 451 meters making it the tallest twin skyscrapers on the globe. The city comprises colonial architecture, countless natural attractions, an abundance of stunning olden religious buildings and its the only city in the world with a million-year-old principal forest located in its metropolis.
- There’s a myriad of restaurants, food stalls, cafes, rooftop eateries and bars that provide fabulous vistas especially at sunset. Nightlife pulsates with countless pubs and nightclubs offering a huge variety of alcoholic beverages and the best DJs playing dancing tunes. Highly regarded for its fantastic nightlife is Bangsar, a favourite among expats filled with funky pubs, mini nightclubs, retro-bars and chic cafes. Changkat Bukit Bintange, a narrow road is filled with eateries that turn into nightclubs, cocktail bars and pubs with favourites including Pisco Bar, Havana Bar & Grill and Frangipani and for non-clubbers there are hawker stalls serving mouth-watering Asian cuisines and bustling markets that stay open until the early hours.
- Known as a shopper’s paradise, KL has enormous shopping malls including the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur with over 450 stores. For an authentic and inexpensive shopping experience, nothing beats the variety of fabulous markets (souks) such as Pasar Malams located in a residential area where for one day a week, traffic is stopped as stall holders set up shop from 18h00.
- Teeming with luxurious accommodation, the city has plenty of budget hotels including comfortable backpacker establishments located in the heart of the city.
Best Time To Visit Kuala Lumpur
With Kuala Lumpurs maritime climate, it’s an all year destination with hot, humid weather that cools down with welcomed rain. Temperatures average around 21 to 33°C. Peak season occurs during January, February, May through August and December while the wetter off season is during March, April and September through November.
Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
- Thean Hou Temple, aka the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven is one of the city’s oldest and biggest Buddhist temples. It features six tiers with contemporary architectural styles, traditional designs, intricate embellishments, hand-painted murals and ornate carvings. Set in 1.67 acres it houses a Chinese medicinal herb garden, a sacred Bodhi tree and a tortoise pond.
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple, close to KL Sentral is the richest and oldest Hindu temple thats strikingly adorned with preserved Spanish and Italian tiles and designed with precious stones and gold.
- Kuan Ti Temple is a Taoist shine, over 120 years old is just a 3-minute walk from Petaling Street.
- Putra Mosque about 45 minutes from the city centre is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive landmarks in Putrajaya. Facing the picturesque Putrajaya Lake, the mosque comprises Persian Islamic architecture from the Safavid period and a 116 metre minaret with five tiers.
Additional temples worth visiting comprise Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, Sri KandaswamyKovil Hindu Temple, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple and Kuan Yin Temple.
- The eye-catching white Holy Rosary Church built in 1904 in Neo-Gothic styled architecture is decorated with European style features of stained glass windows, a ribbed vault, pointed arch and flying buttress. Photographs are only permitted of the exterior and the church is only open for mass over weekends.
- A sight to leave you speechless and one of KL most popular attractions is Batu Caves, a limestone hill with three major caves and numerous smaller ones that’s home to a 100 year old temple containing statues and idols. The largest and most popular cavern is Cathedral Cave with several Hindu shrines under its 100m high arched ceiling. At Bato Hills foot two other cave temples are the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave that house Hindu statues and paintings.
- Close to the Tun Sambathan monorail station is Kuala Lumpur Little India that’s a wonderfully colourful area with Indian-run stores and eateries that sell a variety of authentic Indian items and local delicacies.
- Not to be missed is meandering through Petaling Street in Chinatown that bustles at night with hundreds of stalls and delectable dishes, as is Jalan Alor, a favourite for after clubbing dining with brightly lit eatery signage and red Chinese lanterns in the trees that create a charming traditional atmosphere.
- For a shopping extravaganza, Imbi is one of the most popular monorail stations with the extensive 48 storied Berjaya Times Square shopping mall that comprises thousands of food and fashions outlets including an all-in-one entertainment complex.
- Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is a British colonial-era landmark.
- Make your way to the top of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, for a view from the public observation deck or the sky bridge.
- If you’re feeling homesick, pop into Sids Pub in Damansara that has an undeniable British atmosphere with football and a variety of beers.
- Ideal for families is District 21 Kuala Lumpur, an adventure theme park that’s loads of fun of all ages.
Getting Around Kuala Lumpur
Traffic is notorious and congested but the city does provide an extensive network of buses, taxis and light rail commuter trains that depart from KL Sentral, the city’s main transport hub, making getting around fast and easy.
For extended periods purchase the prepaid MyRapid card that’s valid on the monorail, the Ampang/Kelana Jaya LRT lines and the Rapid KL buses. Buy your card at any LRT or monorail station. A Touch n Go card can be used on all modes of public transport in the Klang Valley, at toll booths on highways across the country and selected parking sites. Cards can be purchased at KL Sentral and central LRT stations.
Avoid buses and taxis during peak periods from 07h30 to 09h30 and 17h00 to 19h30 and rather use KLs urban rail network to avoid being stuck in traffic.
Light Rail Transit (LRT):
LRT comprises two major routes and lines, the Kalena Jaya LRT and the Ampang LRT. Both start at Sentul Timur LRT Station with the first ending in Sri Petaling in the south while the other ends in Ampang, in the eastern districts of the city. You can get to top attractions that are situated close to several LRT stations. The system operates from 06h00 to 00h00 with trains arriving every three to fifteen minutes.
Take the brightly painted KL Monorail that operates between the city’s main transport hub, KL Sentral and Titiwangsa thats in the heart of KL. The line traverses a distance of 9 kilometres with 11 stations and operates from 06h00 to 00h00 with trains arriving every five minutes during peak period and every 12 minutes in off peak period. Blue plastic tokens are purchased from dispensing machines at the entrances of each station.
KL City Bus:
You can get everywhere on a KL City Bus and its free. With lilac exteriors, the buses are air-conditioned, take a maximum of 65 passengers, have free Wi-Fi and are wheelchair friendly. Comprising four main routes named, Green, Purple, Blue and Red, the buses operate daily every five minutes during peak hours and every 15 during off-peak periods.