Stopovers to Australia: Kuala Lumpur
You’ll experience a different KL at almost every step. Huge boulevards give way to broad parkland, shopping temples fight for space with traditional markets, and there’s a thriving arts and culture sector. All of which makes Kuala Lumpur a wonderfully diverse and multicultural stopover on your way to Oz.
Image credit: “View on Petronas Towers”. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
In addition to the Petronas Twin Towers (see sidebar), the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens with butterfly house and mini zoo are lovely, while the Bird Park, despite its honest, low-key name, is one of KL’s highlights. If you’re prepared to tackle the 272 steps, the Batu Caves are eerily impressive.
Do I need a visa for Kuala Lumpur?
No – UK residents can visit Malaysia for 90 days on a tourist visit. You don’t need to apply for anything beforehand and will receive a stamp/visitor’s pass when you reach immigration at the airport.
What vaccinations do I need for Kuala Lumpur?
Check with your GP eight weeks prior to departure to ensure your standard UK vaccinations (diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and TB) are all up to date.
Additional recommendations: Typhoid and Hepatitis A & B, especially if you plan on venturing into the rainforest.
Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur?
Kuala Lumpur has an equatorial climate so timing your visit is less an issue of temperatures (year round average 28°C) and more one of humidity and rain. January to February and June to August are the driest times to visit, but the humidity is less at the beginning of the year. April and October are the rainiest months.
Whilst in Kuala Lumpur you must see...
Petronas Twin Towers
Actually, you won’t have much choice in seeing the world’s 7th and 8th tallest buildings as they dominate almost every view of the city, particularly at night.
The connecting bridge, 170m up, makes for a nervy walk for those without a head for heights (and you’re only halfway up at this point).
You can book tickets in advance, but show up mid-morning and you should be able to book a tour for later the same day.
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