Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia travel tips

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If a local approaches you and offers to show you the sights, be wary. The chances are good that you'll be duped into paying a fee or worse. Only book tours through reputable agencies.

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Beware of counterfeit notes given as change by some unscrupulous taxi drivers. Look for the silver line in the notes.

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Getting drunk in public is unacceptable in Kuala Lumpur.

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You must be properly attired to enter mosques and temples.

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Burger King and McDonald's are two restaurants that offer free wireless service.

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Most cafes offer free wifi and cafes are in abundance at shopping malls.

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Communication in English is much better there than many Asian cities.

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Purchase taxi coupons when you arrive at the airport to avoid unscrupulous persons posing as taxi operators to charge a higher fare.

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Lovers of art and architecture should not miss the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM). The building itself is something to behold, and it houses an impressive collection of contemporary Islamic art.

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Hygiene might be a concern on the streets therefore it's best to buy food at the malls.

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If you like to be in the midst of the partying, head over to the Golden Triangle for non-stop enjoyment and drinking.

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If you desire an upscale hotel then Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur should be your choice to receive the royal treatment.

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Locals are very helpful once you greet them nicely or simply smile at them.

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Footwear with anti-slippage is ideal during heavy downpours as the sidewalks and roads become dangerously slippery then.

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Carry your ID with you when away from your hotel as regular checks are made for illegal immigrants.

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If you have asthma or any other lung ailment, it's best to avoid there between May and October due to bush fires which leave a cloud of smoke.

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Wear bug sprays at all times to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that often cause dengue fever.

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For a modern, polished experience of KL, visit the cool neighborhood of Bangsar, which is dotted with boutiques, spas, and cafes.

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If you visit any of the night markets, be careful, as these tend to be hotspots for pick-pockets.

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If you can handle climbing up 272 steps, don't miss the Batu Caves. It's well worth all the work it takes to get there.

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