The capital city of Malaysia often referred to simply as KL.
The city has become well-known for its iconic Petronas Towers as a symbol of its rapid development and financial importance in the region.
KL has a tropical rainforest climate, with hot, humid weather throughout the year. The northeast monsoon brings high rainfall from October to April.
The driest months in KL are June, July and August receiving 131mm (5.2in), 148mm (5.8in) and 162mm (6.4in) of rainfall respectively with around 14-16 wet days.
The wettest months in KL are November (321mm / 12.6in and 24 wet days) and April (290mm / 11.4in and 20 wet days). September, October, December and March all average more than 200mm (7.87in) of rainfall.
As in most tropical climates, rainfall tends to fall in very heavy downpours and the weather outside of those bursts can be hot and sunny.
Temperatures are relatively consistent throughout the year with average high’s of around 31.5°C (88.7°F) to 33°C (91.4°F) and average low temperatures around 24°C (75.2°F).
Generally the best months to visit are from May to August.
Flooding is common during especially heavy rainfall.
The main airport in KL is Kuala Lumpur International Airport although some flights will land at the sister airport Subang.
KL is well served with international and domestic flights and is also a popular hub for onward travel.
KL is well served by the Malaysian rail system that connects much of the country and provides an excellent link to Singapore. The railway also runs close to the Thai border at Padang Besar however this border region of Thailand, we recommend checking current advice before travelling to this area of Thailand.
There are good bus connections to the main areas of Malaysia and also to Singapore (around 4 to 5 hours).
KL is a busy city and is often gridlocked at busy times. Transport around the city can be easy however with the extensive train and monorail systems on top of a good bus network and plenty of taxis.but most hotels and attractions are located in a relatively small area meaning that getting around on foot is easy and convenient.
Train – An excellent and ever expanding system that covers much of KL and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately not all of the lines are managed by the same company so you do need to be careful when buying tickets that they are for the right lines.
Lines include the LRT, MRT, KTM, monorail and airport transit.
Cyclo – Popular with tourists to see the sights around the city, especially around the Old Quarter and its narrow streets.
Taxi – The taxi system has improved in KL in recent years after government action worked to reduce taxi scams. There are still some drivers who will try to take advantage. Insist on using a meter.
There are two types of taxi in KL; Budget which tend to be red/white, yellow or green and Executive which are blue and much more expensive.
You can use Grab, EasyTaxi or Uber taxi services in KL which are usually very reliable.
Walking – A last resort in much of KL which is not very pedestrian friendly and in places can be dangerous even when using crossings.
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