1. Your passport, your visa and travel insurance
Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay in Malaysia. You will most likely receive a ninety day Visa on Arrival, free of charge, as we did at the passport control. Make sure to check the visa requirements for your country here.
I advise you to buy travel insurance from Allianz.
2. Credit cards and cash
Two cards are better than one. One to withdraw money while in Malaysia, one for backup in case the first one is blocked by the issuing bank. The credit cards have a slight advantage over debit cards, but you won’t miss it.
Paying by card frequently adds another 3%, but there are many ATMs you can use to withdraw local currency. I used the HSBC ones as they did not add any fee.
I haven’t noticed places to exchange money.
3. Grab some clothes to cover yourself up
First, the weather in KL is hot and humid. But the A/C is always running in the metro trains and it is very cold. I am glad I had my hoodie with me, it kept me warm while going around. If you are wearing shorts, make sure they are not too short because the seats are really cold.
Secondly, the majority of KL’s people are Muslim so they will feel uncomfortable seeing you with your hair uncovered, if you are a woman, and in your shorts, if you are a man. Miha felt uncomfortable while wearing long dresses and covering her shoulders and we both noticed a lot of men looking at her.
4. Spare some money to buy tech stuff
Kuala Lumpur is cheap when it comes to tech stuff: latest phones, laptops, Macs, cameras, computer parts and others. We upgraded our camera and lens, while also selling our older ones.
Check out the things you need to know when you arrive in Kuala Lumpur.