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Kuala Lumpur is not so different from any other Southeast Asian city – you’ll need plenty of sunblock, mosquito repellent, and an umbrella to ward against our unpredictable thunderstorms. But KL is also a city of contrasts, so on top of your beach gear remember to pack something special to wear for a cocktail at a rooftop bar, or to the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. Malaysia is also a more conservative country than you might imagine, so women should carry a cover up with them, as some venues can be fussy about the amount of skin on display.
Unlike some of our neighbours, Malaysia is not a country where you can get by on US dollars, so remember to get the local currency, the ringgit, for your day to day expenses.