About Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is affectionately called “KL” by locals. Pronounced as “koala loom-poor,” the name literally means “muddy confluence” –the meeting of the Klang River and Gombak River. This confluence can be seen near the Jamek Mosque (officially Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque) – one of the oldest mosques in KL and can be accessed via Jalan Tun Perak.
It is KL where people from all walks of life across the country go to in search of business and work opportunities. The city is also a favourite tourist destination due to its historical sights, culture, dining and shopping experience. You would need to extend your stay to experience it all.
KL is sunny and warm all year long with seasonal but abundant rainfall. Temperatures are between 31°C and 33°C – definitely not a weather for wearing coats or jackets outdoors.
The conference venue (Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur) is located right in the heart of the city. It has the most tourist attractions within walking distance, including the various train lines that can take you to almost anywhere in the city.
A city map will be provided in your delegate pack to ensure you have no problem exploring this beautiful city, one the locals call a tropical paradise. We are also more than happy to help you find your way around the city, just ask us!
Things to Do
- Visit the shopping district at Bukit Bintang
- See the Kuala Lumpur skyline in 360° on top of the Kuala Lumpur Tower
- Street shopping at Central Market and Chinatown (Petaling Street)
- Visit Batu Caves – a limestone hill comprising three major caves
- Try all the local food from the diverse cultures unique to Malaysia
- The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (conference venue) is fully air-conditioned; we recommend bringing a jacket/blazer
- There is no obligation to tip for service in Kuala Lumpur, but you may do so at your discretion
- Currency used is the Ringgit Malaysia (RM)
- Major credit cards are accepted, especially MasterCard and Visa
- It is also advisable to carry small amounts of local currency as smaller businesses may not accept credit cards
- Malaysia uses UK-style power outlets
- The Malaysian federal government has implemented a tax on foreign tourists, starting 1 September 2017. Each foreign tourist is liable to a RM10 tax per day of stay at any hostel or hotel.
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo (the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia), across the South China Sea. The island of Borneo is approximately 800km to the east of Peninsular Malaysia, where Sabah and Sarawak occupy the northern third of the territory which is shared with Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysia is known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences.
Malaysia is a multicultural country comprising of primarily Malays, Chinese and Indians and a miscellaneous grouping of “others,” such as the Portuguese clan in Malacca and indigenous peoples (Orang Asli). There is, hence, also a profusion of faiths and religions, with Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Sikhism being the more mainstream ones. Bahasa Malaysia is the national language of Malaysia, but English is also widely spoken besides Mandarin and Tamil.
Malaysia is close to the Equator and thus enjoys tropical weather all-year round. However, due to its proximity to water, the climate is often quite humid. Temperatures generally range from 32°C/89.6 ºF at noon to about 26°C/78.8 ºF in the evenings.
The north-east monsoon (October to February) showers Borneo and the east coast of the peninsula with rain and thunderstorms and more often than not causes flooding, while the west coast (particularly Langkawi and Penang) escape unscathed. The milder south-west monsoon (April to October) reverses the pattern. The southern parts of Peninsular Malaysia, including perennially soggy Kuala Lumpur, are exposed to both, but even during the rainy season, the showers tend to be intense but brief.
Year 2020 is, incidentally also the Visit Malaysia Year. For more details on places to visit in Malaysia, please visit: Visit Malaysia 2020 Official site.
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