Accommodation


The Conference will be held at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre. In conjunction with this event, Hotel Istana is offering special room rates. Kindly complete the booking form below for room reservations at Hotel Istana:

Hotel Istana: Hotel Reservation Form

Hotel Istana website: www.hotelistana.com.my

Alternatively, there are several hotels nearby the conference venue:

About Malaysia


About Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital of Malaysia, located on the west coast of the Malaysian peninsular in between Thailand and Singapore. The words Kuala Lumpur literally mean 'Muddy Confluence'. The metropolis got this nickname because it was founded near the place where the rivers Klang and Gombak intersect.

Time Zone
Kuala Lumpur operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 8 hours.
Currency
The official currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (currency code: MYR) which comes in notes and coins. Malaysian Ringgit notes in everyday circulation are RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50 and RM100. Major currencies can be exchanged at most hotels, banks and licensed money changers. One Ringgit Malaysia is approximately USD 0.25
Language
The national and official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) while English is widely spoken. The main languages spoken in KL are English and Bahasa Malaysia (Malay).
Climate
Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate with warm weather all year round. The average temperature ranges from 25°C to 35°C. The highlands are cooler with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°.
Business Hour
Most retail shops and shopping centres in KL operate from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. Government offices operate from 8.00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays only whereas post offices open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Mondays to Saturdays. On the contrary, KL is famous for its round-the-clock eating time; you'll see many eateries open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Banking Hours
Generally banking hours in Malaysia are from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (Mondays - Fridays). Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are located at major bank branches, most shopping malls, airports, bus terminals, etc. Note that ATMs in Malaysia require a six-digit PIN. Please be advised that if your ATM PIN is more or less than six digits, it should be change before departing.
Attire
Business attire is most appropriate for attending conference and business functions. For sightseeing or shopping, light cotton clothing is advised. Most malls and restaurants are air-conditioned.
Tele-communication
Postal and communication services are available throughout KL. Mobile networks operate on the GSM network and roaming services are readily available. Prepaid telephone cards can be purchased on most flights to KL, at the airport or in town. There are special rates offered for tourists. Internet services are available to the public via internet cafes and at hotels, and many outlets offer free WiFi for their patrons.
Useful Numbers
Emergency Service (Police, Ambulance): 999
Emergency Service (Fire): 994
Kuala Lumpur International Airport: +603 8777 8888
Tourism Malaysia Info Line: 1 300 88 5050
Weather: +603 7967 8000
Directory Enquiries: 103
*Malaysia's international calling code is +60.
Electricity
220–240V AC at 50 cycles per second. Malaysia uses the British Standard BS 1363 domestic AC power plug and socket, which is also known as a three-pronged plug.
Water
Bottled mineral water is easily available in shops, restaurants and supermarkets.
Entry Requirements / Visa / Passport
To enter Malaysia, visitors must have a national passport or other internationally recognized travel documents with a validity period of at least six months beyond the intended period of visit in Malaysia. Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits. You may check the status or look for immigrations and visa requirements information on the Immigration Department website www.imi.gov.my

Getting to Kuala Lumpur


By Air

Getting to Malaysia is easy with over 40 airlines, including Malaysia national carrier - Malaysia Airlines. The national budget airline is AirAsia – which flies the domestic routes as well as some international and Asian routes. Kuala Lumpur is served by two main airports; Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2).

KLIA is Malaysia’s main international airport and is located approximately 50 kilometres from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. More information is available at www.klia.com.my. KLIA 2 or LCCT is the terminal dedicated for low-cost carriers and is just 2 km away from KLIA. More information is available at http://www.klia.com.my/index.php?m=airport&aid=2

Airlines that operate flights to Kuala Lumpur include:

Ground Transport (From Airport to Kuala Lumpur)

Airport Taxi

For convenience, especially for those with big luggage, it is advisable that attendees take the airport taxis direct to the hotel. Airport taxis both budget and premier are available at the airport on a 24-hour basis. Coupons can be purchased at the taxi coupon counters. The journey from KLIA/KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur is around 60 minutes

KLIA Ekspres

The KLIA Ekspres is a non-stop, Airport rail link service between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral). Trains are available every 15 minutes to 20 minutes and the journey takes 28 minutes with a fee of MYR55/one way. Travelers can purchase the tickets either by automated ticketing machines or by ticketing staff at the stations.

Bus

Shuttle bus service is available from KLIA and KLIA 2 to KL Sentral.

Transportation within Kuala Lumpur

LRT

The Light Rail Transit (LRT) covers a distance of 12km and consists of 13 stations. Daily operating hours are between 0600 - 2400. Season tickets can be purchased at any LRT station.

Monorail

The Kuala Lumpur Monorail system in Malaysia serves 11 stations running 8.6 km and its route starts from Titiwangsa Station to the KL Sentral Station. Daily operation hours are 0600 to 2400 and it is operating at 3-minute intervals.

Commuter Trains

KTM Komuter operates speedy electric train services from the KL railway station to designated points within the city as well as to Port Klang, Seremban, Kajang and Rawang.

City Buses

Major bus lines service the city and suburban areas is Rapid KL.

Taxis

All taxis in KL are fitted with meters and can be hailed at designated taxi stands or booked through phone.

Car Rental

Cars can be hired from car rental agencies. Drivers must be in possession of a valid international driving license. Drivers must always drive on the left side of the road.

Integrated Train Map can be found at:

http://www.myrapid.com.my/sites/all/themes/myrapid/30102015_IntegratedMap.pdf

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