Visas: Most countries are granted visa-free entry to Malaysia for 30 - 90 days. Israelis will require a visa and an approval from the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs to be allowed into Malaysia.
Local transportation: Metered taxis (get right across the centre of town for RM10 on the meter even in moderate traffic). Walk away and find another taxi if the driver demands a fixed price.
Uber is also available in Kuala Lumpur, as well as Grab (the local version of Uber).
Local buses are mostly provided by either Rapid KL or Metrobus. You can also buy an all-day ticket covering all nonexpress buses (RM4) and a ticket covering all Rapid KL buses and trains (RM7). Go – KL City Bus offers FREE rides for commuters within the Central Business District (CBD) of Kuala Lumpur. The purple coloured single-decker buses now cruise two circular routes covering many of the main sight-seeing attractions in the heart of the city.
KL Sentral is the hub of a rail-based urban network consisting of the KTM Komuter, KLIA Ekspres, KLIA Transit, LRT and Monorail systems (no combination ticket covering all services). Buy the MyRapid card (RM10, including RM8 in credit) at monorail and LRT stations. Tap at the ticket gates or when you get on Rapid KL buses for fare to be deducted.
Where to buy a SIM card: Get a prepaid SIM card from the airport. The three main telcos are Celcom, Maxis and Digi, and a smaller telco is U Mobile. Maxis and Celcom both have shops directly facing the arrivals gate at KLIA2. You can also get your SIM card at the KL Sentral station.
Popular areas: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Bukit Bintang, Batu Caves, Bangsar, Solaris, Mutiara Damansara
Popular food: Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak, Bak Kut Teh, Hokkien Char Mee, Wantan Mee, Satay, Fish Head Curry
Things not to do: Don't kiss and cuddle excessively in public or show too much skin. Malaysia is a Muslim country, and people here dress and behave very conservatively. Don't enter homes wearing shoes. Don't wear shorts, sleeveless shirts and short skirts when visiting mosques, Hindu temples and the popular Batu Caves.
Kuala Lumpur's modern skyline is dominated by skyscrappers and minarets. Malaysia's capital city is packed with historical sites, skyscrapers, lush parks, mega shopping malls, vibrant street markets and trendy nightspots. The city is a melting pot of cultures; a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western influences. This mix of culture is reflected in the food - this city offers a mouth-watering mix of Asian and Western culinary. To avoid KL's all-too-frequent traffic jams, the city is best explored on foot.
While Kuala Lumpur is not as safe as Singapore, Chiang Mai or Bali for women digital nomads, reports of violent crime against foreigners are uncommon. Petty crime such as purse snatching and pickpockets are common. After dark, take taxis and avoid walking alone in quiet or seedy parts of town. Dress modestly and be respectful, especially in conservative Muslim areas.
Kuala Lumpur is a great city to be based as a digital nomad. Most people speak good English, and there's a number of co-working spaces too. Living costs in KL are quite cheap, and the standards are good.
Kuala Lumpur's weather stays hot and humid most months, meaning Malaysia's capital city is ideal for visits all year round. The city is affected by two major monsoon seasons yearly (between October and January, March to April) and during this time certain areas face some short rainfall and thunderstorms. May to July is the best time to visit KL as the entire country goes through a dry spell, resulting in blue skies and steamy temperatures.
Coworking Spaces in Kuala Lumpur
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.