Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Kuala Lumpur Indian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur High Commission of India 1, Jalan Mon't Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Contact No.: +60 3-6205 2350 Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Kuala Lumpur The following documents are required to get a visa to Malaysia Original passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Malaysia Visa application form Cover letter mentioning details the travel Confirmed air tickets with E-ticket No Original saving bank statements for last 3 months and a bank balance of more than INR 30,000 per person Confirmed hotel bookings Birth certificate for age below 18 years Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain a visa for Malaysia. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc. About Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital of Malaysia and is a site full of modern glass and steel skyscrapers carrying Islamic motifs. There is Petronas Twin Towers dominating the skyline and attached to it is a public sky bridge and an observation deck, two of the key Kuala Lumpur points of interest. The city is full of many family-friendly attractions and things to do in Kuala Lumpur. There are big shopping malls complexes and host of entertainment options like cinemas, game arcades, theme parks, animal sanctuaries, etc. located in the city centre. There are elegant and charming restaurants which are perfectly set to receive the whole visiting family given its kid-friendly amenities like play areas, stroller parking and toys to entice the kids. The city also has some British colonial-era landmarks- prominently the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building; strongly bonding with the tourist places in Kuala Lumpur. Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur An iconic place to visit in Kuala Lumpur is- Petronas Twin Towers. Your city visit is incomplete without visiting these twin jewels. The site is a marvel with an 88-storey chrome and steel tower ready to greet you with an exuberant view. A stunning visual is the double-decker Sky Bridge joining the 41st and 42nd floors. The bridge is connected at the height of 175m. Menara KL is another famous place in Kuala Lumpur located atop the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. It measures 421m in height and is the fifth-tallest structure in the world. It is popularly addressed as the- KL Tower. Visit the vibrant Chinatown to bargain as much as you can, shop and relish food and enjoy the place in plenty. It has an oriental flavour and is rich in heritage and history. You can pick all sorts of stuff, like Chinese herbs to imitation goods in Chinatown- clearly, place not to miss in Kuala Lumpur. Ahead of Kuala Lumpur, at a distance of about 11 km is- Batu Caves. It is a 4000 million- year old limestone hill preserve along with a 100-year old temple resting inside the area. This is the spot where the famous annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam is celebrated with a lot of fanfare. The city's earliest Moorish-style buildings are best seen around the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It is a popular city landmark, and this 1987 building is the office of Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. For fun and entertainment with the family one must visit the Sunway Lagoon, Theme Park. There are water slides in the whirlpool, a man-made river ride, a surf beach, wave pool, etc. to keep the visitors hooked to the site. There is Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Scream Park, Extreme Park and a Water Park. A Chinese seafood restaurants strip is called Jalan Alor. There are hawker stalls selling barbecued meats, noodles and desserts at very affordable prices. The city also houses Aquaria KLCC which has 150 species of marine life. The Perdana Botanical Gardens offer a pleasant walk through the flower gardens and animal parks in the city centre. Earlier known as the Lake Gardens, its distinguishing feature is the Orchid Garden which is full of walking paths and man-made fountains. There is a rock garden that holds 800 species of orchids How to Reach Kuala Lumpur The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is at a distance of 50 km from the centre of the city. The airport is fully-modernised and offers convenient and sophisticated passenger service facilities. There are more than 40 international airlines operating from the international airport in KL. If you have your own vehicle, then use the Peninsular Malaysia's expressway network to reach the KL city centre. It is a distance of about 70km or journey of 1 hour. The preferred means of travel from across South-East Asia to KL is by bus, ferry, train and by air. KL has another airport called the Subang Skypark Airport, which is nearer to the city centre and is less crowded than KLIA. It is used to reach KL from Singapore or other parts of Malaysia. Travelling in Kuala Lumpur There are private taxis, sedans and limousines, shared commuter vans for airport transfers. There is an extensive range of public transport facilities. However, a local taxi is the best way to reach your hotel. Once in the city, board the buses to move in and around the city corners. There are many inter-rail services like the KL Monorail, Rapid KL Light Rail Transit (LRT) services and the KTM Komuter, which connect you to the main city points and landmarks. Taxi offer cheap fares too. KL is one of the best places to hire a car for self-driving purposes. There are many reputed car rental companies in the city. Star Shuttle has direct buses (RM10) to the Pekeliling Bus Terminal, Chinatown in central KL, Batu 3 (3rd Mile) Jalan. Best Time to Visit KL city has a maritime climate which makes it a year-round destination. Tourist can visit here any time of the year, but the weather condition can be hot and humid too. Only when it rains, does the weather cool down a bit and hover at 21 degrees Celsius to 33 degrees Celsius. The rainy season is March-April and September to November. To tour the city and indulge in activities such as Mount Kinabalu climbing, visiting the national parks, the caves and the beach, anytime of the season is convenient. Only during November to February, the seas are rough. There are more reasons to visit KL too. The special annual event like The Kuching Heritage Race- is an interesting time to learn about the city heritage. At the event, the participating teams are given clues and instructions to solve the heritage of the city. The event takes place in January. There is Pongal in KL with a celebratory flair at Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Penang in January. The Tioman Surfestival is to master the art of surfing in rough water seas throughout the year. The Melaka International Kites Festival takes place on the beach at Dataran 1 Malaysia in January. A year-round festival venue is Istana Budaya. Here, there is a series of cultural events, classical musical concerts, theatre shows, opera, dance and a performing arts theatre, etc. January is the best time to tour and experience the best-in-town action. What to Pack? Always wear cool, comfortable and breathable clothes to bear the hot and humid weather. Be mindful of the culture, avoid wearing skimpy or revealing clothes. You can carry skirts, denim shorts, or cotton dresses. Carry soft cotton tops, blouses or t-shirts. Wear nice, smart dresses for special events or dinner out. Carry a comfortable pair of shoes since you will have to walk a lot. Take your bath suit and the complete swim gear. Pack a good travel insurance plan as well, ensuring that all the travelling members are covered. Travel insurance plans are a great emergency support in a foreign location. It’ll help you in case of any emergency arising due to theft, loss of documents or cash, even in medical emergencies. Top Delicacies Roti Canaia – a grilled flatbread served with curry, stuffed with eggs or bananas and dhal for dipping. Nasi lemak- is rice preparing using coconut milk and served with sambal, cucumber, boiled eggs and ground nuts and wrapped in a banana left to serve. Satay– marinated pieces of meat (chicken, beef or lamb) in local spices, skewered and lightly grilled, served with sambal. Bak Kut Teh– pork ribs, mushrooms, garlic, tofu, herbs, simmered to form a broth. Served with rice or noodles. Nasi kandar– is steamed rice with curry settled on top of the rice. Cendol- is a traditional dessert, made of rice flour and combined with ground ice, palm sugar and red beans. Asam Pedas- is a sour spice fish dish. Indian Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur Dining in The Dark KL Located at: 50A Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia Cuisine: International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Contact No.: +60 3-2110 0431 BBQ Nights Located at: Jalan P Ramlee, Wisma Rohas PureCircle, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia Cuisine: Indian, Barbecue, Asian Contact No.: +60 3-2161 3500 Tg's Nasi Kandar Located at: 3, Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin | Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 50200, Malaysia Cuisine: Indian, Asian, Malaysian Contact No.: +60 3-2110 1221 Shopping List Essentials The souvenirs list includes brass and silver items include perfectly crafted, jewellery, figurines, key-chains, pen-holders, etc. Wood carvings such as jars and mugs, giant spoons, statues make for nice ornamental buys for home décor Traditional fabrics especially the Malay brocade made of silk such as 'Kain Songket' are popular There are Malaysian T-shirts with funny captions, miniature replicas of the city’s buildings, for example, the Twin Towers Stuffed toys that mimic Malaysia's local wildlife along with the carpets Fashion accessories from brands such as Tiffany, Bvlgary, Sasa, Pearl and Perlini Electronics are affordable here, and the list includes DSLRs, television sets, MP3 players, smartphones and gadgets which are trending Central Market is led by KL’s artistic community, and one can buy traditional commodities such as batik, embroidery carvings, souvenirs, and sculptures Healthcare Centers Hospital Kuala Lumpur Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur Prince Court Medical Centre HSC Medical Center Global Doctors Hospital You should also contact your travel insurance company, in case of a medical emergency to get a list of network hospitals. If available, these health care centres may allow cashless treatment for you. Emergency Contact List for Kuala Lumpur Police / Ambulance: 999 Fire / Bomba: 994 Gas emergency: 995 Emergency from mobile phone: 999 Power failure: 15454 Currency Ringgit (Symbol RM) also called the Malaysian Dollar is the official Malaysian currency. Notes are available in the denominations of RM 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1; coins are in the denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 sen. MasterCard, Visa and American Express cards can be used in KL conveniently. Diners Club is accepted for shopping or use in high-end restaurants and hotels. The cards set can also be used in the ATMs to withdraw money. Traveller's cheques are an official document used in banks, hotels and departmental stores. People looking to exchange currency must approach any commercial banks across KL. Do's and Don'ts of Kuala Lumpur Do’s First Being the Guest: Always call before visiting someone’s home. Also, Malaysians usually offer drinks only to guests, so be a good guest and accept. No Shoes Please: Always remove your shoes outside (in designated places) while visiting temples, or homes in Kuala Lumpur. Don’ts of Kuala Lumpur Greet in Malaysian Style: Malaysian greetings usually go without tight and firm handshakes, so go for it only if your local acquaintance initiates it. Meter the Taxis: Taxis will be your main commuting device while in Kuala Lumpur. Just make sure you do not take unmetered taxis, or go along without meter fair. Basics of Local Communication The national language is- Malay and the other official language is- English. There are many ethnic groups in Malaysia, specifically the Chinese and Indians. Malaysia has Maglish- the Malaysian Standard English (MySE) which is similar to British English. It is important (and helpful) to know certain dialogues in Malay and English both. Here is a simple translation for you. Good morning : selamat Pagi My name is … : nama saya ialah… Where is...? : di manakah Yes : ya No : tidak Please : sila Sorry : Maafkan saya How much is this? : berapa banyak ini Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. The insurance covers the expenses incurred during events like flight cancellation, illness, injury, misplaced baggage, loss of passport, etc. There would be financial reimbursement offered to cover the financial risk. Are Children and Senior citizens covered? Children from the age group of 3 months are covered.Senior citizens are also covered, with maximum entry age restricted to 85 years.For buying a policy covering people above 60 years of age kindly contact our representative at 080- 49010200. 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