Essentials To Remember When Traveling To Kuala Lumpur

Whether you heading to Malaysia for Business or Pleasure, please take note of these traveling essentials before you travel to Kuala Lumpur. Before leaving your home you need to check if you have kept appropriate and enough clothing, camera, chargers, first aid box, toiletries, plug adapters, maps and other necessary things.


There are some basic essentials that you will need regardless of your destination but if you are specifically heading to Kuala Lumpur, there are the list of your top travel essentials :


If you are a Philippine Passport holder then you don’t have to worry about Visa anymore but keep in mind that visitors to Malaysia must hold a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period.

Maps and Travel Tips
Maps and Travel Tips

Sim Card & International Roaming

If you are using Smart sim card, you can activate Roaming feature an hour before you leave the airport but you need not to worry if you are a Globe postpaid or prepaid user since your sim card will automatically turn on its Roaming feature upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur. Please make sure to turn off your Data Plan if you are using iPhone to avoid excessive charges. If you want to be connected all day all night, you can buy a simcard that will allow you to connect to wifi on a daily and weekly basis depending on how long you will be staying in KL.

Prepaid Sim in Malaysia
Prepaid Sim in Malaysia

Currency Exchange & Banking

Malaysian Ringgit is the official currency of Malaysia and make sure to change your Philippine Peso before you leave the Philippines or upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Banks, Hotels and airports are not the best places to exchange money if it is not urgent.

Licensed money changers in major shopping malls or in several Currency Exchange shops in Bukit Bintang often have the best rates.

Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets
Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets

Travel Light – To allot more baggage space for your shopping

Pack light for your own convenience but dont worry, even if you ran out of clothes as Kuala Lumpur is also known as a good shopping destination and everything is a lot more cheaper than Singapore. Bringing Light Clothings will also help you avoid excess baggage in case you decided to have a shopping spree.


Just like in the Philipines, the climate in Malaysia is also tropical. Bring appropriate clothes depending on the season. Daily average temperature range from 73°F to 90°F (22°C-32°C). Temperatures in the hill resorts like in Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands get a little cooler, averaging 67°F (21°C) during the day, 50°F (10°C) at night. It is normally rainy during the months of March and April, as well as October through December so you may opt to bring light jackets and umbrella.


Voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets (British plug) are required. Some hotels have available sockets for rent but just bring one just to be safe.

Emergency numbers

• Police/Ambulance – 999
• Fire Brigade (Malay:Bomba) – 994
• Civil Defence – 991
• From mobile phone – 112
The country code for Malaysia is 60

Airphil Express now flies to Kuala Lumpur from Manila (vice versa) 3x weekly. For bookings, inquiries and to know more about the latest Airphil Express airline ticket promotions, you can visit Follow Airphil Express on Twitter – and like them on Facebook

  1. mich says

    would you know a money changer in Bukit Bintang that offers best rate?

    1. melo says

      I forgot the name of the money changer but its near Low Yat… just avoid changing currency at the airport… sobrang taga!!!

      1. Kai says

        Hi alam mo kung saan pwede magpapalit dito sa pinas? Any recomendation sa food and place medyo tight budget and konti ang time 24 ng 5pm arrive namen din 26 1:20am alis namen..

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