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Essentials To Remember When Traveling To Kuala Lumpur

Whether you heading to Kuala Lumpur 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, here are the list of your top travel essentials :


If you are a Philippine Passport holder, you don’t have to worry about Visa anymore. 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 a Smart sim card, you can activate the 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 and all night, you can buy a simcard that will allow you to connect to wifi daily and weekly, 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 at 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 don’t worry, even if you ran out of clothes, as Kuala Lumpur is also known as a good shopping destination and everything is a lot cheaper than in Singapore. Bringing Light Clothing will also help you avoid excess baggage in case you decide to have a shopping spree.


Just like in the Philippines, 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 Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands get a little cooler, averaging 67°F (21°C) during the day and 50°F (10°C) at night. It is normally rainy during the months of March and April and October through December, so you may opt to bring light jackets and an 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 more about the latest Airphil Express airline ticket promotions, you can visit Follow Airphil Express on Twitter – and like them on Facebook at

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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