Kuala Lumpur: Useful Information
Easier to negotiate than Bangkok, less cosmopolitan than Singapore and more eclectic than Hanoi
-The climate in Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid; hence it is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing.
- When travelling in taxis, always make sure that the driver uses the meter for your fare. Always confirm with the driver about using the meter before you depart. Though most drivers will charge according to the meter and the law requires them to do so, some drivers may be unwilling to use it. If faced with such a situation, it is advisable to get out of the taxi and hail another one.
- The currency used in Malaysia is Ringgit (RM)
-Tipping is not obligatory as hotels and most restaurants usually add a 10% service charge in addition to a 5% government tax on all bills.
- Voltage supply is the same as the UK, 220-240 volts usually with 3 square pin plugs.
- It is an offence to smoke in public places such as air conditioned shops, public transport, airport, public lifts and banks and it could lead to a fine not exceeding RM1000 if caught.
- For police and medical assistance, the number to dial is 999. In case of a fire, the fire department can be reached at 994. If you have a mobile phone on you, just dial 112 and you will be connected straight to an emergency hotline.
- Visitors to mosques in Kuala Lumpur must be respectably dressed and cover your body as much as possible. You are also required to take off your shoes before entering.
- Drink driving is forbidden and rowdy behaviour in pubs is not tolerated.
- Though the crime rate is generally not high in Kuala Lumpur, pickpockets are common and bag snatching is on the rise. Hold on to your bag in crowds, especially street markets and public transport.
- The Malaysian authorities require visitors to carry their passport at all times to prevent any embarrassment especially when the police or "RELA" (civil volunteers) are carrying out spot checks for illegal immigrants.