Why go to Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)?
KL, as it's called, is one of Asia's most diverse cities; the mix of old and new is also striking
Malaysia is known for stringent laws on everything from spitting to kissing; know before you go
Kuala Lumpur is 45 minutes from where you're docked, but it's not to be missed
Kelang (Kuala Lumpur) Cruise Port Facilities?
Most of the sightseeing tours from Port Klang head into Kuala Lumpur. If you'll be going off on your own, a taxi or car service is needed. The terminal has a taxi counter where fixed-price roundtrips into the city cam be arranged. Taxis accept U.S. dollars but not credit cards.
The port has free Wi-Fi in an upstairs lounge and very limited convenience store-style shopping facilities. However, if you're into golf, try the Port Klang Golf Resort, which is located less than a mile south from the terminal. Die-hard shoppers may want to visit the AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre, about 20 minutes away.
Good to Know?
The credit card fraud risk might make you think twice about using plastic. It seems like a fraud ring is busted in KL every year, and another pops up. Travelers have reported fraud even when cards have been used at major hotel chains.
While Kuala Lumpur has numerous gardens and lush greenery, the air can be quite hazy and occasionally almost dangerously so for people with breathing problems.
Some visitors complain about the practice -- not uncommon in other countries, either -- of charging foreigners more than locals for admission to attractions. The price difference can be considerable in Kuala Lumpur.
Depending on traffic, it takes a little more than an hour to get from Port Klang to Kuala Lumpur; expect longer times during rush hours.
On Foot: Attractions can be far apart, so consult a map before setting off from the Central Market to, say, Petronas Towers. It's doubtful you'd want to hoof it; the traffic is often wicked. You'll find a stroll in the city's old colonial heart to be pleasant, though.
By Taxi:> Taxis are plentiful within the city -- and fares are a bargain. Drivers are always required to use the meter. If you're booking a longer trip outside the city, limousine services offer very competitive fares in addition to a higher quality of car than normal taxis.
By Mass Transit: Within the city, mass transit includes buses, a light rail and a monorail that operates through the major areas and offers a good overview of Kuala Lumpur.
By Train: An extensive rail network connects suburbs and the city. However, it doesn't connect conveniently with the port. The modern KL Sentral is the main railway station.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Currency in KL is the Malaysian ringgit. For updated currency-conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com . At the cruise terminal, there is an ATM outside after you exit the building; money-changers are available inside the terminal. ATM's can also be found at major establishments like shopping centers and the Central Market. There are surcharges for using ATM's. Banks are normally open from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Most major credit cards -- American Express, MasterCard and Visa -- are accepted, as are traveler's checks. However, you might want to curtail your use of plastic due to reports of credit card fraud.
Although English is widely spoken in Malaysia, Malay is the official language. However, several local newspapers, such as The New Straits Times, are available in English.
Some useful Malay phrases to impress the locals:
Apa khabar? ("How are you?" The traditional Malay greeting literally means "What news?")
Khabar baik, terima kasih. ("Fine, thank you.")
Terima kasih. ("Thank you.")