Malaysia's capital city boasts a modern skyline and bustling daily life sure to enchant visitors. It's also home to a lot of vehicles, so travelers should be ready for congested driving and traffic jams. Despite these minor annoyances, renting a car in Kuala Lumpur is a great way to see the city and surrounding areas.
Renting a Car in Kuala Lumpur
It's simple to rent a car in Malaysia with a current driver's license from any state in the United States as well as a European or Asian country. Any additional drivers will also have to show their driver's licenses. Beyond that, travelers will need valid credit cards in the name of the drivers, passports, and telephone numbers.
Most tourists will first arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It's simple to rent a car there, as companies including Avis, Hertz, Insas Pacific Rent A Car, Kasina Baru, Mayflower Car Rental, and Orix Car Rental operate from the arrival hall. Pantas Rent A Car has a location in the car park. Travelers may also choose to rent a car from some of these and other providers like Europcar and Sunnycars found throughout the city.
Driving in Kuala Lumpur
Driving in this city can get frustrating for visitors who don't prepare for differences. There are a lot of cars on the road in Malaysia, especially relative to the population, so travelers should always leave some extra time for traffic jams. Drivers not used to the British system must also keep in mind that in Malaysia, vehicles drive on the left with steering wheels situated on the right.
Expressways are typically in good condition with food and gas stops offered frequently. On the other hand, smaller roads often aren't maintained as well. The posted speed limit on the highways is 110 kph. Visitors should be ready, though, for most people in the passing lane driving faster.
What To Do in Kuala Lumpur
Travelers can't complete a visit to the city of skyscrapers without a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. The towers once were the tallest buildings in the world, but they still hold the distinction of being the world's tallest pair of buildings. Visitors will find the glass and steel structures in Kuala Lumpur's city center. Take in the Islamic-inspired architecture and the double-decker Sky Bridge, which connects the towers, and enjoy the mall, park, or art gallery located on site.
Batu Caves is another popular tourist attraction. The limestone hill holds three major caves along with some smaller ones, and the temple boasts statues and idols. It's an important Hindu religious landmark. The caves are about 8 miles to the north of Kuala Lumpur, about a 15-minute drive away.
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is another must-see stop for fans of architecture and history. Constructed in 1897, the building is one of the earliest Moorish-style buildings found in Kuala Lumpur. Along with Moorish-style influences, visitors will also find influences from gothic and western styles in this structure. It's frequently seen as Malaysia's annual Independence Day parades pass.
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