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Kuala Lumpur at a Glance

Moving to Kuala Lumpur

Selamat Datang to Kuala Lumpur! Moving to Kuala Lumpur is the dream of many expats, who enjoy staying in this lively city in the Klang River Valley. InterNations shows you how to secure the right visa, how to find your way around in the Malaysian metropolis, and much more.

Your relocation to Kuala Lumpur will take you to Malaysia’s political and economic center. Kuala Lumpur is not only the capital, but also the largest city of this dynamic Southeast Asian nation.

In 1857, Chinese tin miners established shanty towns in the area between the Klang and Gombak rivers. They called this place “muddy confluence”, “Kuala Lumpur”. These modest settlements laid the cornerstone for the city’s future, as more and more people subsequently started moving to there.

The city has come a long way since then. Moving to Kuala Lumpur means settling right in the heart of the country. Here you’ll find the Parliament of Malaysia and can even visit the official residence of the Malaysian King.

The Klang Valley and Humidity

Kuala Lumpur is located a mere 35 km from Malaysia’s west coast. Together with Selangor, the city stretches throughout the Klang Valley. Kuala Lumpur is framed by the Titiwanga Mountains in the east and the Strait of Malacca in the west.

Expats moving to Kuala Lumpur often take a while to adjust to the tropical climate in the city. Due to the combination of high temperatures and abundant rain, be prepared for high humidity all year round. This is particularly the case during Monsoon season. You may experience flooding in the city center between October and March.

Exploring Kuala Lumpur by Rail or Bus

Many expats moving to Kuala Lumpur seem to prefer exploring the city by car. However, the city also has a public transportation system, even though it is not as well connected and well developed as the networks in some other Asian cities. For people moving to Kuala Lumpur, there are three major railway networks operating throughout Kuala Lumpur:

In addition, you can travel by bus. These buses connect various train stations with designated areas throughout the city. You can find an overview of the bus routes in KL on Myrapid.

Where to Go in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping and nightlife dominate many districts of Kuala Lumpur, offering visitors and expats moving to Kuala Lumpur a multitude of opportunities to experience Malaysia’s metropolis.



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