How Safe Is Kuala Lumpur for Travel?

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Safety Index:
64

Kuala Lumpur is a metropolis of 7 million people with the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels. It is a great place for shopping, tasting delicious food and exploring some of nature’s wonders.

Kuala Lumpur is the national capital of Malaysia, as well as its largest city in the country and the only global city in Malaysia.

It consists of the city center and its surrounding urban areas, each of which offers a particular attraction or activity such as Old City Centre, Golden Triangle and Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Warnings & Dangers in Kuala Lumpur

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Kuala Lumpur is the city where crime risks are medium, which means that you will need to exercise common sense, since some petty crimes might occur, but n the other hand, some more serious criminal act rarely happen.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Bogus taxis exist and they will try to deceive you by driving you around the city, if he/she realizes that you do not know the city. Always ask them to turn on the meter, use only licensed ones and call them by phone instead of hailing one on the street. If you decide to drive, get ready for the paralyzing traffic jams periodically throughout the day. Kuala Lumpur has good quality roads and renting a car is an option for traveling there.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Thieves exist almost everywhere, especially among crowds and they try to snatch handbags, steal jewelery, mobile phones and other valuables from pedestrians. Also, motor-cyclists frequently pull bags from victims, which lead to injuries. Thieves operate on trains from the airport and at airports, work in groups at busy shopping centers, and even on car parks, so when parking your car, ensure valuables are kept out of sight and that all the doors are locked.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

During the rainy season, floods and mudslides might occur, while from June to October there is the dry season, when smoke haze is usual in the city. Earthquakes occur in Malaysia and coastal regions can experience tsunamis.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : HIGH

Mugging and kidnapping risk in Kuala Lumpur exists. Extremists represent a great danger. It is possible foreigners to be assaulted and robbed after their drinks were 'spiked', so never accept food or drinks from strangers. Do not hail taxis on the street, since there have been reports that taxis assaulted travelers at night.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Malaysia is a country where terrorist attacks can happen. The threat of terrorism exists in Kuala Lumpur and a grenade attack has been carried out by Islamic State. Malaysian authorities have made a number of arrests and joint patrols by police and military are active at public places around Kuala Lumpur.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Scams sometimes happen at busy shopping centers, where people may ask you something in order to distract your attention and steal your valuables. Credit card fraud is common, so keep your credit card in sight at all times. Be cautious of scams involving gambling.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Kuala Lumpur is a city where most women travel without any issues, but still the threat exists. Female travelers need to take particular care in crowds, on public transportation, they should wear clothes that cover their arms, legs, and chest, in order not to attract male’s unwanted attention.

So... How Safe Is Kuala Lumpur Really?

When the crime level is considered in Kuala Lumpur, it is a good thing to mention that the Malaysian police have managed to reduce crime significantly. The opportunistic crime, aimed at money and valuables frequently occurs, but the reports of violent crime against foreigners are uncommon.

Be aware of poker scams which means that the scammers will starts with a friendly conversation with  you and invite you to their home where comes poker and the loss of your cash and jewelery. Other scammers are bogus police officer, so always ask them for his or her police I.D. card, which is a combination of white and dark blue in color.

Walking in the city is usually safe, but caution must be exercised, since women have been injured by purse-grabbers on motorcycles.

Kuala Lumpur is generally safe for travelers, since it is locals who are often the targets of crime. Experienced tourist will encounter no problems in Kuala Lumpur.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Tourists get a visa on arrival for a stay of up to 90 days. If you're visiting for other purposes, you may need to arrange a visa in advance, by contacting an Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of Malaysia. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months.
  • Currency - The official currency is the Malaysian Ringgit. ATMs are widely available throughout the country, as well as cash machines. You can use your credit cards to pay, but pay attention to credit card fraud.
  • Weather - Malaysia mostly has a tropical climate, but the extreme temperatures are not common. The average temperature is from 20°C to 30°C. The monsoon season is from October to March. The wettest month is November with a lot of rainfall and the driest month is June.
  • Airports - Kuala Lumpur International Airport is Malaysia’s busiest airport, located about 50 km south west of the city. When coming to Malaysia, travelers can use Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Penang International Airport, as well.
  • Travel Insurance - If you are visitor to Kuala Lumpur, make sure that you have taken out comprehensive travel insurance before you depart. Consider your physical and mental health and get vaccinated before you travel.
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Kuala Lumpur Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 28° C
Feb 28° C
Mar 29° C
Apr 29° C
May 29° C
Jun 29° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 28° C
Dec 28° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

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