Top 7 Things To Avoid In KL
Exploring KLCC and Beyond: Staying Safe
Kuala Lumpur is fun, peaceful and home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) and Kuala Lumpur Tower. These are two of the most iconic buildings in Kuala Lumpur (commonly referred to as KL) which attract millions of tourists from all over the globe looking to capture the perfect Instagram photo as well as to experience a whole new culture.
We get the idea that you already know what to do in KL. However, you could save yourself from a lot of trouble just by being street smart and avoiding certain things in and around Kuala Lumpur throughout your trip. Like in any big capital city, there are always things to look out for if you are a first time traveler.
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1. Ride in an unmetered taxi
If you opt for a taxi as a mode of transportation, be sure to check if it is a metered taxi before entering. This is to ensure you end up paying a fair price for your journey.
Another alternative is to use a ride-hailing app such as Grab. When using this app, you will know in advance how much you will be charged based on the distance and time of the day (e.g. fares would be higher during peak hours)
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2. Travel without a copy of your travel documents
Always make sure to keep a copy of your travel documents on yourself at all times and be sure to note down the contact details of your home country’s embassy. The contact details could be useful in the event of an emergency.
Always remember to keep all your important documents and belongings in a secured safe box and make it a point to test the safe box before heading out.
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3. Donate or buy anything from children begging on the streets
Never donate to children or teenagers seen begging on the streets. Giving money to child street beggars can hurt more than it helps as they may be part of a syndicate involved in exploitation or crime. Moreover, your donations will have little to no long-term benefits. Instead, it paves the way for a new generation of beggars and more will see it as a lucrative trade.
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4. Walk down a poorly lit alleyway at night
Remember to always stick around near busy areas with lots of people and at all cost, avoid walking down poorly lit streets and alleyways at night. If you must, be sure to move in groups as thieves are more likely to target an individual instead of a group.
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5. Flaunt cash in public, wear expensive jewellery / accessories and be careless with expensive gadgets and equipment
It is best to leave your excess cash, expensive jewellery and watches in a safe place like the safety deposit box in your hotel room. Having these displayed publicly may make you a target for snatch and petty thieves.
If you must use your camera or mobile phone to take photos, do be wary of your surroundings and suspicious individuals who may be lurking nearby and waiting for an opportunity to snatch or steal these items from you.
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6. Become a victim of a snatch theft
Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Do walk against the direction of the traffic, on the inside of the sidewalk. Make sure your handbags / backpacks are kept away from the street side of the sidewalk to prevent these being snatched by thieves on motorcycles or those leaning out of car windows. Be wary of any moving vehicles, especially motorcycles with pillion riders.
7. Dine at restaurants that do not display their prices
In KL, you will notice many hawkers and stand-alone restaurants serving a great variety of local food. These restaurants are great for trying out authentic local food and the food tends to be reasonably priced.
You will also find a few stalls serving food buffet style in which you are required to choose from a variety of dishes that interests you. However, some stalls choose not to display the prices and instead, charge based on the quantity taken. Although the cost may be not too high, it is always good to know what you are paying for, and the exact amount that will be charged We recommend to politely ask before making your decision.