Temperatures during the day typically fall between 29 degrees to 35 degrees and 26 degrees to 29 degrees at night. Since KL is well protected by mountainous valets in several directions, travelling around the city would still be pleasant. The climate in KL is quite humid all year-round. Anyone travelling to KL must always be ready for rains at any time of the year. Regardless, the best time to visit KL is from May-July or December-February. The weather can be pretty hot between March - April. Due to the forest fires from Sumatera which typically happens between June - August, the dust particles may cast a haze over KL thus making it not an ideal time to visit the city.
Exchanging money in Malaysia is relatively easy as you can find money changers easily. If you want to withdraw money, make sure your home bank ATM card is supported by banks in Malaysia. Also, bear in mind that your home bank can charge an overseas withdrawal fee. You may also realise that the Malaysian ATM adds its own fee. Ask your home bank before you leave what charges will be added-and check the ATM notices to understand any extra charges. Most places in KL accept debit/credit cards, just be sure to notify your home bank about your trip to avoid your transactions to be barred and your card getting blocked.
Be sure to have your hotel bookings printed. Booking a hotel in KL is easy, but if you are travelling during peak periods you may want to book in advance to avoid disappointments. When booking a stay, be sure to check how far is it from the places you want to visit. Check if your hotel provides free WiFi. Most hotels provide free WiFi for their guests. But in case they don’t you will need to purchase a pre-paid phone line with a data plan. There’s a myriad of budget to 5-star hotels to choose from in KL.
If you do not plan to switch on your roaming while you are travelling to KL, fret not as most hotels give you access to their wifi. Whilst most cafés in KL provides free Wifi with the purchase of a drink or food. It is also advisable to buy a pre-paid sim card with a data plan to make things easier when you are on the go.
The heat and humidity in KL can be intense. Therefore, be sure to pack light and breathable clothes that will help you stay cool. Cotton is a good choice, as it is designed to absorb moisture. If your hotel comes with a swimming pool, don’t forget to pack your swimsuit.
Malaysia mobile phones use the GSM network, if your phone has a roaming facility, it will automatically hook-up to a local network. Otherwise, prepaid sim cards can be purchased starting at RM20 for registration and talk time. The three main phone providers in Malaysia are Maxis, Celcom and DiGi. Buying pre-paid sim cards is easy since you can find kiosks selling pre-paid sim cards almost everywhere.
Each city has its unique area code for landlines. 03 is KL’s area code followed by the eight-digit number when you call from your mobile phone. Example: 03-12345678 Whereas, every call to a mobile phone requires a three-digit prefix (Maxis = 012, Celcom = 019, DiGi = 016), followed by the seven-digit subscriber number. Example: 012-123 4567