Kuala Lumpur travel facts

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Kuala Lumpur is the foremost city in Malaysia and has developed over a short time into being one of the most advanced centres of commerce and popular holiday destinations in Asia. It mixes traditional Chinese temples, grand colonial buildings and some of the most exclusive shopping malls on the face of the earth.

It is also extremely safe making visiting Kuala Lumpur a great choice for a family holiday. International travellers looking for a refreshing change from the bedlam encountered in most Southeast Asian cities can also find some respite here. Below are a few facts to make your trip run as smoothly as possible.

Kuala Lumpur facts: The city of Kuala Lumpur covers an area of 95 square-miles with an estimated population of 1.8 million people. But it is the fastest growing region of Malaysia both in terms of population and economically and 7.2 million people currently reside in the Greater KL area, also called the Klang Valley.

Kuala Lumpur facts: The national language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu but there are various other dialects commonly used across the territory. English is widely spoken by both locals and the burgeoning expat community while Tamil and Chinese are used by those who immigrated to Malaysia from neighbouring nations.

Kuala Lumpur facts: most people who arrive into Kuala Lumour do so through KLIA airport which is only a 40 minute shuttle from KL Sentral train station in the city centre.

Kuala Lumpur facts: The currency of Malaysia is the Ringgit which is frequently abbreviated to (RM). Ringgit actually translates as ‘jagged’ in Malay as Spanish silver dollars which circulated in Malaysia during the Portuguese colonial era of the 16th and 17th centuries had serrated edges. Ringgits come in banknote denominations of one, five, 10, 50 and 100.

Kuala Lumpur facts: Within the city of Kuala Lumpur there are a great number of different cultures all mixed together. The population is just over half Malay, with almost a quarter of Chinese descent, 11 per cent from indigenous groups and seven per cent Indian. Europeans and other nationalities make up the remaining seven-odd per cent.

Kuala Lumpur facts: Similarly there are a large number of religions accommodated within the city. Muslims are in the majority but there are also a significant number of Buddhist and Taoist temples, particularly around Chinatown. Hindu and Sikh places of worship characterise Little India while there are many Christian churches left over from colonial times.