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Kuala Lumpur: The LUXE Lowdown

February 01, 2016

Tastier than a Hemsworth sarnie and more ambitious than a forgotten Kardash. SE Asia’s youngest capital boasts a fabulously mixed heritage and riot of culture, colour, fashion and art. Pack a hearty and adventurous appetite for the manifold scents and spices. Stretchy pants on, sleeves up, chow down!


The CBD encompasses the area around the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. A hop away, malls sizzle in Bukit Bintang and vendors bustle in Chinatown. East lies the historic suburb Ampang, housing expats and embassies, while southwest sits Bangsar, all but a skip from colourful nabe Brickfields and jet­set hub KL Sentral.

Need to Know

  • Weather: There’s one prevailing weather type here: hot and humid. Pack/dress light unless you like a moist moment

  • Language: Malaysians are master multi­linguists (Malay, Hindi, Tamil, Mandarin, Cantonese), but English will do just fine

  • Traffic: Rush hour deadlock can seriously impact your plans, so always allow extra time; Friday traffic is snarly due to lunchtime prayers, so if possible, plan to travel well before or after 2pm

  • Transport: All taxis are meant to use their meters, but often try to haggle, so take the pricier blue cabs who don’t

  • Etiquette: Slip off your shoes before entering someone’s home; opt for decent attire in places of worship – faux fur knix nay, head­covering shawl yay

  • Alcohol: Non­-halal in Malay & Indian­ Muslim restos

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