IAU 2018 International Conference
Practical Information

1. About Kuala Lumpur                                                                                                                                                                       

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Area: 243 km²
Estimated population: 1.73 million as of 2016

2. Climate and Weather                                                                                                                                                                       

Malaysia observes tropical, sunny, humid weather with frequent showers. At night time, temperatures fall to a pleasantly warm ambiance. In Kuala Lumpur, the rainy season takes place between November and February.
Average High: 32°C (day)
Average Low: 21°C (day)

3. Timezone                                                                                                                                                                                          

Kuala Lumpur operates on GMT + 8 hours.

4. Currency                                                                                                                                                                                          

The Malaysian Ringgit is the currency of Malaysia. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Malaysia Ringgit exchange rate is the USD to MYR rate. The currency code for Ringgits is MYR, and the currency symbol is RM. Major currencies can be exchanged at most hotels, banks and licensed money changers.

Exchange Rate: 
MYR 1.00=USD 0.25
MYR 1.00=EUR 0.20

5. Visa Information                                                                                                                                                                              

Please note this information is intended to give a general understanding and may be subject to change:

  • A valid passport with more than 6 months validity beyond the date of entry is needed for all countries’ citizens to enter Malaysia.
  • Please visit the website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia to check if you need a visa. 
  • If your country is not listed, you are allowed to enter without a visa for an ordinary visit of less than one month.
  • Delegates who are travelling to the IAU 2018 Conference using an Israeli passport should contact the University of Malaya for necessary arrangement of letter of invitation/visa.
  • Travellers should check with their local Malaysian embassy, Malaysian Diplomatic Missions or Local Travel Agent for confirmation.
  • Delegates and guests who require visa can request an invitation letter from IAU once registered (t.jensen@iau-aiu.net)

6. Airport transportation                                                                                                                                                                     

Participants may wish to organize private airport transfer to the conference hotel against a fee. If you wish to benefit from this service, please download the registration form here (see the end of the form). 

Other transportation Alternatives:

Airport LimousineThis service is operated on a pre-paid coupon basis and is available 24 hours a day. Please purchase the coupons at the Limousine Counter in the International Arrival Hall. The journey from KLIA to the congress venue is around 60 minutes. Budget taxis are also available. Please purchase coupon at the designated counters.

KLIA ExpressThe Express Rail Link (ERL) links KLIA and Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station. The journey from KLIA to KL Sentral is approximately 28 minutes. Trains are available every 15 minutes to 20 minutes from KLIA to KL Sentral. From the Sentral Station, passengers may purchase coupons at the taxi counter for the journey to their respective hotels.

Airport CoachThe pick-up point for Airport Coach is at the Ground Level of Block C at KLIA. Passengers will disembark at the KL Sentral. The journey is one hour to KL Sentral and another 20 minutes to Pullman Bangsar Hotel. 

7. Transportation in Kuala Lumpur                                                                                                                                                    

LRTThe Light Rail Transit (LRT) covers a distance of 91.5KM and consists of 74 stations. Daily operating hours are between 0600 - 2400. Season tickets can be purchased at any LRT station.

MONORAILThe 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 TrainsKTM 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 BusesMajor bus lines service the city and suburban areas is Rapid KL

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

Car RentalCars 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.

UberWhether you’re headed to Kuala Lumpur, KL, or to KLIA, the Uber app connects you with a reliable ride — from low-cost to premium — in minutes. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go. And payment is completely cashless. Please refer https://www.uber.com/en-MY/cities/kuala-lumpur/

GrabCarUse Grab to get to wherever you want with safer and stress-free rides. Please refer https://www.grab.com/my/car/
- Book in Just 2 Taps - Input your drop off location to get your estimated fare.
Get a Driver - Grab will find you the nearest available driver.
- Track Your Driver - Know your driver’s location and ETA in real-time.
- Arrive Safely - Share your ride with loved ones for added safety.

8. 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.

9. Electricity                                                                                                                                                                                         

220–240V AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard UK-type three pin plugs are used.

10. Tourist attractions and travelling within Malaysia                                                                                                                      

Presentation on what to discover in Malaysia: Malaysia Truly Asia

Tourpackages are proposed to the IAU Conference participants. Discover the different options here

Download the registration form in order to sign up for a tour here.

More information, please contact:

Millenium travel & Logistics Sdn Bhd
No. 9-1 Jaln Kampung Pandan
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Attn: Ms. Lee Jiuan Diong (admin@milleniumtravel.com.my)
Visit website

11. Food and Beverages – Malaysia’s Gastronomic Exploration                                                                                                  

As a modern Islamic, multi-religious and multi-cultural country, we offer a wide range of dishes from indigenous food to Chinese, Malay, Indian, Halal, non-Halal, vegan, vegetarian and much more. This will no doubt appeal to your Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist delegates.