Kuala Lumpur: Need to Know

January 23, 2014 9:05 PM

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Arriving Being 30 miles away, K.L.'s superb international airport is, unfortunately, convenient for nowhere but palm-oil plantations. However, the high-speed train link into town is one of the most efficient, and least crowded, in Asia. It's also cheaper, faster and more comfortable than a taxi, so don't be taken in by persistent touts. Upon arrival at the downtown Sentral train station, you buy coupons for onward taxis, which takes the stress out of haggling with cabbies, often forced by K.L.'s insanely low fares to try to bargain off the meter. Connection to a monorail loop around the city center is a 10-minute walk away, but once there the service is fun and cheap.

Transport Trains are affordable, but changing lines — between the light rail, the aforementioned monorail and the suburban systems — can be a hassle. Most visitors use taxis. If you're not able to buy coupons or find a driver who will stick to the metered fare, drive a hard bargain. Ten ringgit ($3)...

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