Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and is located on the west cost of the Peninsular Malaysia. KL is the financial, cultural and economical centre of Malaysia with estimated population of 1,5 million. I have visited this city twice. For the first time it was in April when the weather was sunny and hot and second time in October when the entire city was covered in haze which was caused by the fires of forests and plantations in Indonesia. This all made it a very unpleasant experience. There was a poor visibility and no air to breathe. I have read that this have already happened few times in the past so before you go check it out!
when to visit
You can visit all year round, the climate will be hot and humid with temperatures ranging between 25 and 34 degrees Celcius. Showers might occur daily but you don´t have to worry – it will not rain all day long.
How to get there
KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) is a huge airport with good connections. If you are in Singapore and fear flying you can take a train. You´ll just have to spend 7 hours on the rail and it will cost something around 7 USD. From the airport you can take a taxi or the bus which will take you to KL Sentral – train and metro station. Go to the lowest level of the aiport and buy a bus ticket there. The buses leave few times per hour from platform number 2. Once you get to Sentral, jump on a metro. There is a direct line to China Town (Pasar Seni stop) or KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center). To get to Bukit Bintang, you will have to change.
where to stay
I would say that these three areas are the best to stay in while you are in KL. First one is China Town which is located quite central. You can find there loads of shops, food, street markets and cheap hostels. It is on a metro line to the train station, KLCC and walkable distance to Bukit Bintang which is the second area I would recommend. Suitable mainly for the shopping maniacs as in this area you can find countless number of shopping malls and shops. Definitely go to Pavilion which also has a lot of cafés, restaurants and cinema which is open long after midnight. From here you can walk to Petronas Towers and the Aquarium. The third one would be KL Sentral area which locates many hotels, shopping mall and gives you great opportunity of getting everywhere you need by train or metro. In it´s neighbourhood is Little India so if you love Indian food, then this is the place for you to be!
what to expect
Kuala Lumpur is definitely worth experiencing. I think a few nights might do it. For me it felt like being a bit in India (well, never been to India but I guess it´s because so many Indians live there), a bit in Morocco and in Malaysia, obviously! You can see a lot of dodgy areas and corners. I have heard that the China Town is not very safe to walk around at night, especially if you are a solo female traveller. Better take a taxi which will not ruin your budget. The city itself is polluted and smelly. But it really has its charm! What I found a bit weird was that on the streets and in the local cafés you can see mainly men which makes me wonder where are the women? Locked at home? Other thing which made me a bit insecure was when I took the train to visit Batu Caves that there was a coach which said it´s only for women in order to feel safe! Why should I not feel safe? And there is one more thing – when I am in Asia I enjoy the weather, meaning I wear shorts and sometimes sleeveless t-shirts because it´s hot! But if you happen to be in some public areas, like airport, malls, restaurants the fact that 95% of local women are covered from head to toes will make you feel like you are naked. The only part of their body some of them show are their eyes. Personally, I have nothing againts any religion, I just can´t understand how they can live like this. They must horribly sweat and smell. So if you don´t want to feel inappropriate, have alwas a scarf in your bag.