Port Klang, Malaysia
It might be only 150 years old and one of Southeast Asia’s smallest capitals, but Kuala Lumpur is still an exciting destination and a thriving hub of business, culture and tourism. The city got its start as a Chinese tin-mining village but is now a powerhouse for the digital economy and home to an innovative art and design culture.
Kuala Lumpur is full of surprising contrasts. The city centre is a conglomeration of massive skyscrapers, mosques, minarets and bustling streets with the odd colonial building that serves at as a reminder to the capital’s time as a British trading hub. All this hustle and bustle thins out before completely giving way to lush tropical jungle and impressive mountainous terrain.
Located 45 minutes west of Kuala Lumpur, Port Klang is the gateway to Malaysia for many cruise travellers.
The Port Klang Cruise Centre is located just outside of Port Klang, where the Kelang and Langat Rivers empty into the Malacca Strait. The port is sheltered from the open seas by Pulau Klang and a number of other small islands. In addition to the cruise ship terminal, Port Klang is also home to three major cargo ports.
Port Klang Cruise Centre is a modern terminal that will delight even the most experienced cruise travellers. As this is a deep water port, passengers can walk straight off the ship onto the pier of the European-inspired terminal building.
- An air-conditioned terminal lounge
- Wi-Fi access
- A number of restaurants, bars and cafes
- Duty free shopping for gifts and souvenirs
- Money exchange services
- Passenger baggage trolleys
- ATMs and foreign exchange services
- Public payphones
- Taxi and bus ranks.
Accommodation is available in Port Klang; however, most tourists prefer to base themselves in nearby Kuala Lumpur.
How to Get Around
Although located more than 40 kilometres outside of Kuala Lumpur, there are a number of efficient public transport options that make it easy to travel to and from Port Klang. The terminal is home to car hire, private driver booking and taxi hire services.
Although there is no direct link to Malaysia’s impressive bus and rail network from the port, there are fantastic travel options once you are in Kuala Lumpur.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 53 minute journey to Kuala Lumpur
- It is a 1 hour and 4 minute journey to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
- Currency - the local currency in Port Klang and Kuala Lumpur is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Notes are available in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50 and RM100 denominations. Coins are available in 5, 10, 20, 50 sen denominations (100 sen is equivalent to RM1).
- Time Zone - Port Klang and Kuala Lumpur use Malaysia Time, which is eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - As it is located close to the equator, the temperature in Kuala Lumpur stays fairly consistent throughout the year, with highs of around 33 degrees Celsius and lows of around 22 degrees Celsius. Kuala Lumpur is a very rainy city, however, with the peak wet seasons occurring February to May and September to November.
- Batu Caves - The 400 million year old limestone caves in the Gombak District are home to one of the most striking and popular Hindu shrines outside of India. There are three main caves in the Batu Cave temple complex, the largest being Cathedral Cave with high ceilings and ornate Hindu shrines. A 42.7-metre tall statue of the Hindu deity Murugan greets visitors to the site. The caves’ proximity to Kuala Lumpur (they are only 13 kilometres north of the city) has greatly added to their tourist appeal.
- Petronas Towers - The iconic Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in a striking post-modern style that dominate the Kuala Lumpur skyline. The development includes a number of exciting tourist attractions including Suria KLXX (one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia), art galleries, a cultural centre, an aquarium and a science centre. Tourists are also drawn to the skybridge that connects the two towers, which at 170 metres above the ground, is the tallest 2-storey bridge in the world.
- Sunway Lagoon - With 80 attractions sprawled over 88 acres, Sunway Lagoon is an impressive water park and theme park that has won numerous tourism awards. It is home to the world’s largest man-made surf beach (that can create 8 foot waves), a surf simulator, a bungy jump facility, the world’s longest flying fox, a wildlife park with over 140 species of exotic animals and countless other attractions that will delight children and adults alike.