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Prince Court Medical Centre Kuala Lumpur
Prince Court Medical Centre Kuala Lumpur
PCMC promote and develop the country’s medical tourism industry as well as position Malaysia as a healthcare hub in the Southeast Asian / ASEAN region.
There are countless reasons why PCMC is an ideal destination for medical tourism. Unique to the medical tourism sector in Malaysia is that it is one of the few countries in the region where it is promoted by the government.
This gives tourists assurance of quality, safety standards and regulations (laws regarding medical care) within the industry. Malaysian healthcare offers specialties in various medical disciplines and conducts some of the most complicated treatments worldwide.
Today, the medical care in Malaysia on par with the best in the world; where innovation and international expertise are key. Foreign patients seeking medical treatments in Malaysia are from South East Asia including Indonesia and Singapore, Indo-China, China and Hong Kong, Eastern Asia such as Bangladesh and India, Japan, Australia, Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Eastern Africa.
Feeling better, feels just like home
Travelling to a new country for a holiday can be a stressful and anxious experience for some, and doing so to seek medical treatment is an even more daunting prospect. Our International Business Lounge is geared to welcome you and help you understand and seek out the best treatment options available.
The International Business Lounge is on the 2nd floor Block B, and houses bespoke registration counter services.
Interpreter: In understanding the communication needs of our patients who come from all over the world, Prince Court Medical Centre is able to arrange for interpreters upon request
Visa Extension Services: Here at Prince Court Medical Centre, we provide visa extension facilities to help those who have to extend their medical visa.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure.
Living in a fast-paced world, we are constantly seeking the work-life balance where our health may take the back seat. At Prince Court Medical Centre, we believe in the importance of regular or annual checkups and preventive medicine to stay healthy.
Our health screening program is a one-day program with a wide range of services – from basic to comprehensive health screening packages according to your age. We are also able to customise the program to suit any specific need.
The screenings are conducted in an environment that are both comfortable and with privacy. Our clinicians will also help you understand your results as well as answer any questions or concerns that you may have for your ease of mind.
Consultation & physical examination by doctor
Explanation of screening report by doctor
Vital signs monitoring (BP, pulse, temperature)
Pure tone audiometry
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Food in the Hospital is Halal
Halal food is available in restaurants within 1/2km of Hospital
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This service is available at Prince Court Medical Centre providing a comprehensive approach to the management of breast disease. A one-stop centre that provides high quality consultation, examination, imaging and management of breast diseases by a trained specialist breast surgeons and radiologists.
Both benign and malignant breast diseases are treated with current and innovative treatment modalities.
Provision for minimally invasive breast surgery, sentinel node biopsies, oncoplastic breast surgery (cancer surgery with immediate reconstruction) are some of the procedures provided apart from the full range of treatment for breast diseases.
Patients with both benign and malignant endocrine pathologies are also provided with complete management especially thyroid and parathyroid diseases. With the availability of trained endocrinologists, surgeons and nuclear medicine facility a comprehensive treatment is provided.
A lump in your breast or a sharp pain in the region of your breast is always alarming. The breasts, like other parts of our body, are susceptible to infections, inflammations, and diseases, the common causes being trauma, hormonal stimulation, or autoimmune reactions. And while self-examination can be performed for a number of ailments a comprehensive clinical examination is often advised.
The Breast Centre at Prince Court Medical Centre was established to provide a one-stop centre ensuring a comprehensive approach to patient care with advanced technology and a highly trained multidisciplinary team:
Specialist Breast Surgeons
Specialist Breast Nurses
Trained oncology nurses
Complete clinical examination by a breast surgeon and treatment plan
Interventional Breast Radiology
Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology
Hook wire localised biopsy
Vacuum assisted biopsy
Stereotactic core biopsy
Sentinel node biopsy (isotope & blue dye technique)
Gold standard in the management of early breast cancer. Prince Court offers the complete procedure using radioactive isotope and blue dye technique. Procedure done by a fully trained and internationally accredited surgeon and team. Procedure minimises stay in hospital and can be conducted as day-case.
Surgeries for benign breast diseases
Breast conservation surgery / Lumpectomy
Hook wire localised excision of breast lesions
Modified Radical Mastectomy
Sentinel node biopsy
Surgery for gynecomastia
Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT)
Oncoplastic Breast Surgeries (Immediate & Delayed Reconstruction) following mastectomies
At Prince Court Medical Centre, we are committed to providing the most appropriate and highest quality of care to patients with cardiovascular disease. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular conditions in a highly integrated and multi-disciplinary practice, with availability of all cardiovascular specialties including paediatric cardiology
Cardiac Investigative Procedures:
There is a wide variety of tests available to investigate heart disease so that the cardiologist can advise on the most appropriate treatment. These include:
Interventional cardiology is “minimally invasive”, using catheters and catheter-based devices for diagnosing and treating patients with a range of cardiovascular conditions including the coronary, peripheral and renal arteries, structures of the heart (e.g. holes in the heart, valve disease), and cardiac rhythm problems. The procedures are carried out in the modern invasive cardiovascular laboratory, equipped with advanced technology such as biplane flat detectors and 3D cardiac mapping system for high quality imaging and to reduce radiation exposure and contrast (dye) usage. The cardiovascular laboratory is available 24/7 with all personnel including the cardiologist, nurses, technician and radiographer on stand-by, for the emergency treatment by angioplasty and stenting of patients with acute heart attack.
Diagnostic coronary and bypass graft angiography
Diagnostic right and left heart cardiac catheterisation
Renal artery denervation for treatment resistant high blood pressure
Percutaneous device closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale
Electrophysiological assessment and treatment/ ablation of cardiac arrhythmias with 3D mapping:
Left Atrial Appendage Occluder device implant
Temporary and Permanent Cardiac Device Implants
Permanent single chamber, dual-chamber pacemaker
Biventricular pacemaker implantations (CRT-P or D)
Leadless Pacemaker implantation (Micra)
Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)
To know more on Electrophysiology, meet our electrophysiologist: Dr. Zulkeflee Muhammad
Cardiac Clinic services
General cardiology clinic
Arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation, SVT,VT) and cardiac devices clinic
Paediatric cardiology clinic
Heart failure clinic
Cardiac screening clinic
Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery
Otorhinolaryngology is a medical speciality related to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions of the Ear, Nose, Throat and Head & Neck region. Prince Court Medical Centre offers the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services using the latest equipment and techniques, including up to date expertise in the field. Subspeciality areas include Allergy and Immunology, Rhinology, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Paediatric Ear Nose Throat & Airway pathologies, Head & Neck Tumours, Cochlear Implantation and Hearing Rehabilitation.
Audiology and Vestibular Assessment
Diagnosis of Hearing Loss is done using accurate testing methods designed specific to age groups from newborn babies and children to adults and the elderly by our trained audiologists. Vestibular Testing using the latest equipment confirms specific otological etiology of vertigo
Medical and surgical treatment of ear infections, hearing loss and tumours including cholesteatomas. Cochlear implantation and rehabilitation in severe to profound nerve related hearing loss
Management of various pathologies including infections, trauma, congenital problems and tumours of the throat, larynx and airways. The surgical management includes the use of laser equipment and anaesthesia by highly trained and experienced anaesthetists
Diagnosis and management of nasal pathologies using high definition camera systems and a wide variety of surgical techniques including balloon sinoplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery, dacrocystorhinostomy, septoturbinoplasties
Multidisciplinary management of vertigo including inpatient care, cochlear and vestibular testing, imaging studies, medical management and vestibular rehabilitation
Subspeciality Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology Services to manage congenital and hereditary pathologies, noisy breathing in children, surgical and non surgical management of hearing Loss, infections of the ear nose throat and neck, airway pathologies, paediatric tumours and neck swellings
Head & Neck Lesions
Clinical expertise and imaging accuracy in the diagnosis of Head & Neck lesions and tumours. Surgical management includes the use of robotics in the removal of intraoral tumours
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Diagnosis of OSA and other sleep disorders is facilitated by the latest equipment and the availability of a Sleep Laboratory providing a complete sleep study, split-night study, Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) and CPAP titration. A comprehensive multidisciplinary approach is offered for the management of these conditions, involving state of the art surgical treatment in alleviating symptoms and disease burden, and also non- surgical methods including cognitive behavior therapy and myofunctional exercises.
Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of nasal allergies including the availability of high sensitivity specific IgE allergy testing and a wide variety of treatment options tailored to the disease severity and patient needs
Clinics are located on the 3rd Floor (3B)
Clinic hours are as follow:
9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm, Mondays till Fridays
9am – 1pm, Saturdays
Everyone’s eyes are different. A pre-procedure consultation with your doctor will help determine the right type of laser eye surgery for you.
Your eyes are too important to trust with just anyone. That is why bladeless LASIK is available at PCMC.
When performing bladeless LASIK, the LASIK surgeon uses a gentle laser to create the corneal flap. This technology allows the LASIK surgeon to better customize the corneal flap for each patient. As the name implies, no blades are used in this kind of laser eye surgery.
The Eye & LASIK Centre at Prince Court Medical Centre is aided by the advanced Carl Ziess VisuMax Femtosecond Laser and MEL 80 Excimer Laser. VisuMax Femtosecond Laser offers low suction and an even creation of the corneal flap. The significant advantage of VisuMax Femtosecond Laser is that it delivers high repetition low energy laser providing it with high safety features.
Is Lasik Right for Me?
Lasik is right for you if you meet the criteria below:
Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years old.
General health: LASIK candidates must be in good general health, and should not have certain health problems, including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, or take any medication or have any condition that compromises the immune response.
Eye health: Candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. LASIK surgery candidates should not have certain eye conditions including herpes simplex and herpes zoster.
Eye problems: LASIK patients should inform their Ophthalmologist of certain exisitng eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions that may influence healing. Other conditions that should be discussed with the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems and claustrophobia. Please also ensure your Ophthalmologist aware of any mental health conditions, as these may also affect your LASIK surgery or recovery.
Eye injury: Patients should not have any eye infections or injury.
Nursing/pregnancy: Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASIK procedure. Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.
Dry eye condition: Patients should not continuously suffer from dry eyes.
Stable vision: Candidates’ vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date.
Contact Lens: Prior to your LASIK surgery consultation and LASIK procedure, you must not wear contact lenses for a certain length of time. The precise length will be determined by your doctor on an individual basis. This ensures corneal stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the LASIK surgery procedure.
Corneal thickness plays an important role in determining proper candidacy for LASIK. Due to the nature of the procedure, candidates must have a minimum corneal thickness of approximately 0.5 mm.
How LASIK Works
The LASIK procedure is performed by ophthalmologists, they are medical doctors who specialize in surgical treatments of the eye. Here is a general outline of the procedure:
Anesthetic eye drops are applied to the eye.
The LASIK surgeon creates a protective flap to access the inner corneal tissue. During this part of the procedure, your vision dims and becomes blurry for about a minute. After the flap is created you are able to see the flashing fixation light of the laser and the bright lights used for the procedure.
Next, the inner layers of your cornea receive computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light. Although the laser light is invisible, the laser makes a clicking sound as it gently reshapes the inner corneal layer to improve and in many cases, eliminate your prescription. During this part of the procedure, an eye-tracking device tracks your eye movements to ensure precise correction.
Following the re-shaping of the tissue, the LASIK surgeon carefully repositions and aligns the flap to its original position. Protective shields are placed over your eye to prevent accidental rubbing as the flap heals naturally and securely over the next several hours.
After the LASIK eye surgery procedure, patients will feel moderate discomfort and irritation for a few hours.
What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system, including the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and intestines.
The Prince Court Medical Centre Endoscopy Unit hosts dedicated facilities for upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy including a dedicated ERCP room with an advanced digital multi-purpose flat panel fluoroscopic system that would enable physicians to better diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas.
The unit also offers diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) which is a new modality that will assist in staging gastrointestinal cancers. We have pathologists onsite who will assist in tissue biopsies obtained from EUS guided fine needle biopsies, resulting in faster diagnosis. Capsule endoscopy is also available to assess the small bowel and unexplained causes of anemia.
The caring team of specialists at our dedicated Endoscopy Unit provides comprehensive endoscopic services to patients that require routine endoscopic procedures, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Our services include:
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.
Intragastric Ballonplasty (weight management)
General surgery is a speciality that covers a wide variety of surgical procedures involved in the treatment of the abdominal organs, e.g. stomach, colon, liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and intestines.
Prince Court Medical Centre provides a multidisciplinary coordinated approach, working in conjunction with other departments to diagnose and treat surgical diseases including minimally invasive techniques for optimal patient outcomes.
We also offer vascular surgery, a subspecialty of general surgery in which diseases of the arteries and veins are treated, mostly through surgical intervention.
Haematology is the field of medicine concerning with blood disorders such as anaemia, bleeding disorders and malignant conditions related to blood cells such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Haematologist see a large number of patients to advice on management of blood conditions as well as supervising the haematology laboratory and blood bank services.
Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery [HPB Surgery] is a subspecialty that deals with the management [diagnosis and treatment] of benign and malignant conditions of the liver, pancreas and the biliary system.
HPB surgeons at the Prince Court Medical Centre work in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to provide highly specialised care to each patient. To ensure that you receive the most appropriate and optimum care our HPB Surgeons will be working together with various other specialists including experts in hepatology, gastroenterology, radiology, oncology, and others.
Our HPB Surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in treating the various conditions of the liver, pancreas and biliary system and performing complex surgeries including:
Ablation of liver tumours
Bile duct resection
Bile duct reconstruction
Gallbladder surgeries [open and laparoscopic]
Pancreas resection including Whipple’s operation
Conditions Treated by HPB Surgery include
Malignant Tumours of the Liver – Primary and Secondary Liver Cancers
Benign Tumours of the Liver including Cysts
Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension
End Stage Liver Disease
Conditions of the Pancreas & Duodenum
Malignant Tumours of the Pancreas & Duodenum – Carcinoma of the Pancreas and Carcinoma of the Ampulla or Duodenum
Benign and Premalignant Tumours of the Pancreas & Duodenum – Dysplastic Adenomas; Cystic Tumours of the Pancreas and Neuroendocrine Tumours of the Pancreas
Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis
Pancreatic / Duodenal Trauma
Conditions of the Biliary System including Gallbladder
Malignant Tumours of the Gallbladder and Bile Ducts – Carcinoma of the Gallbladder and Carcinoma of the Bile Ducts [Cholangiocarcinoma]
Benign Tumours and Cysts of the Bile Duct – Choledochal Cysts
Gallbladder Stones and associated complications
Inflammation / Infection of the Biliary System
Bile Duct Injuries and Strictures
The speciality of infectious diseases provides expert clinical consultations to prevent, diagnose and treat bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. In this era of globalisation and raising antibiotic resistance, prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment of infections is very important and at the same time very challenging.
The Infectious disease services include:
Evaluation and treatment of wide range infectious problems, including fever of unknown origin, surgical site infections, endocarditis, bone, joint infections and infections following orthopedic surgery.
Pre-travel itinerary-specific counseling, immunization and prophylactic medications for malarial and diarrheal illnesses.
Diagnoses and treatment of fever in returning travelers.
Infections in immunocompromised hosts including cancer and transplant recipients
Treatment of HIV-infected patients with or without AIDS
A diagnosis of breast cancer is never easy. Here at Prince Court Medical Centre, we understand that this can be an emotional and overwhelming time. For this reason, we want to ensure that information on various treatment options is made readily accessible, to allow you to make the best decision for yourself.
For women who are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) is often proposed as treatment. Unlike complete breast removal surgery (mastectomy) – only the diseased tissue and a small surrounding margin of unaffected cells are removed during the procedure.
Radiotherapy after surgery is crucial. Traditionally, Whole Breast Radiation Therapy (WBRT) is prescribed, in which the entire breast is exposed to radiation. Patients will usually go for treatment for five days a week over a three- or six-week period. Unfortunately, radiation may cause fatigue, dryness, itching swelling and skin colour changes, and may also affect adjacent healthy tissue and organs.
However, today, thanks to technological advancements – we are proud to be able to offer another option for some women: Single dose radiotherapy, also known as INTRABEAM intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT).
INTRABEAM intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
IORT is performed at the time of the lumpectomy. Following the removal of cancerous tissues, a targeted dose of radiation is delivered directly to the tissues surrounding the affected site. Not only does this cut down treatment time, but it also reduces radiation exposure significantly. It is suitable for women over the age of 45, with Grade 1 or 2 ductal breast cancer that is less than 3cm, oestrogen receptor positive and no evidence of cancer in the lymph nodes.
The benefits of IORT
Exposure to radiation occurs only once, during surgery.
There is a lower risk of damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
Radiation is absorbed quickly, over a depth of 1 – 2 cm.
Chemotherapy can be initiated immediately, if required.
Weekly hospital visits for radiation treatment is no longer required.
Potential side effects
Mild tenderness over surgical site.
Mild swelling and redness of skin over the treated area.
Can there be a cancer recurrence?
A risk of recurrence is always present – even with a mastectomy. Be it IORT or standard radiation, current studies show that there is a 2% chance that the cancer may return after 5 years.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Chronic kidney disease is the name that medical professionals assign to any condition that leads to a gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering wastes from your blood and processing those wastes out of the body as urine. The kidneys process such chemicals as potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, and creatinine. The accumulation of these chemicals in the body can lead to symptoms, kidney failure, and eventually death. It is a serious condition that needs aggressive and regular attention to preserve as much kidney function as possible.
As with many other potentially debilitating diseases, most of the time the early stages have no symptoms or very vague symptoms. The early symptoms of chronic kidney disease are vague and can seem like other diseases. Complaints such as fatigue, weight loss, and appetite loss are common to a number of conditions. You may also experience itching, headaches, nausea, and a general feeling of illness. Sometimes, it is just a sick feeling that provides the only clue for chronic kidney disease.
For more progressive forms of the condition, you can see increased thirst, swelling of the hands and feet, drowsiness, and confusion. With the build-up of chemicals, you may experience muscle twitching, an abnormal odor to the breath, shortness of breath, and sleep problems. Sometimes you may feel nauseated in the morning, have easy bruising, and notice skin color changes.
Many diseases cause chronic kidney disease, but the most well-known one is diabetes. The chronic elevation of blood sugar destroys the small vessels of the body, including those in the kidneys. When these vessels are destroyed, the kidney cannot filter the blood as effectively and toxins accumulate in the body. High blood pressure is another common cause of chronic kidney failure. Again, the small vessels of the body are put under an increased amount of pressure from this chronic condition. It makes the vessels weaker and unable to filter blood.
Other causes include autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and scleroderma. Congenital birth defects of the kidneys, such as polycystic kidney disease, also are responsible for a great deal of chronic kidney disease patients. Kidney stones, infections, certain medications, trauma, and reflux into the kidneys can lead damage of the filtering system.
Care and Treatment
In the early stages of the disease, you will have blood tests to check your creatinine level, your blood urea nitrogen, and your body’s ability to clear creatinine from your system. These levels will be abnormal when you have chronic kidney disease, and they indicate the relative health of your filtration system.
You will need to make changes to your lifestyle to retain as much kidney function as you can for as long as possible. Part of the treatment plan for kidney disease is to keep your blood pressure below 130/80, and this is usually facilitated by medications. You also need to keep your blood sugar in check, or it will continue to destroy the fragile tissue within the kidney. When your kidneys are not working effectively, you will also have an excess of sodium and potassium accumulate in your blood. For this reason, you should stay away from salt, high sodium foods, and foods that contain potassium.
As your kidneys progressively decline, you may need to take a medication that binds the phosphorus in your blood and allows it to be eliminated. In addition, you may need to go on a fluid restriction because your kidneys are unable to filter the excess fluid out of your blood. When your kidneys fail completely, the condition then becomes known as end-stage renal failure or chronic kidney disease Stage V. At this point, you will likely need dialysis. Dialysis runs your blood through a man-made filter and returns it after removal of the waste products and toxins. Usually, this treatment is required three days per week to keep the toxins from accumulating which can result in a coma before proving fatal. Kidney transplants are also considered at this time, and with careful and early planning, it can be done before dialysis is needed.
Most of the time, chronic kidney disease is not diagnosed until it has progressed quite a bit. Although there is no cure for this condition, you can take steps to cope with the symptoms and preserve kidney function. It is absolutely essential that you take every opportunity to preserve as much of your kidney tissue as possible, because once it is gone, it never grows back. For those who do not take care of their kidney disease and ignore the advice of their physicians, the prognosis is rather poor. However, with concentrated attention to the disease, you can hold off complete kidney failure for quite a long time.
Neurosurgery is the surgical discipline for the treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral and sympathetic nervous system.
Labour & Delivery at Prince Court Medical Centre
There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of you and your baby, and you can be confident that we have the most advanced technology and highly skilled and dedicated team to support you at every stage.
With additional safety measures in place unique to our hospital, let us take care of you so that you can focus on cradling your little bundle of joy worry-free in a comfortable and safe environment.
The Right Hospital for You
Beyond our normal nursery, we have a special care nursery (SCN) for newborns that require extra care and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) fully equipped to handle emergencies.
We have highly skilled and experienced paediatric specialists and subspecialists all under one roof. They include a neonatologist, paediatric geneticist, paediatric neurologist, paediatric cardiologist, paediatric surgeon, and more who are on-call around the clock.
In addition, we have a RFID tagging system in place for both mother and baby so that you can rest easy knowing your child’s location at all times.
Peace of Mind
Whether during pregnancy or labour, your baby’s condition will constantly be monitored. This is done via the heart rate Cardiotocography (CTG), which is connected to our doctor’s phone to pick up any signs of distress.
A Support Network
We have designed a comprehensive post-delivery guide for you, in which we will teach you baby CPR, baby massage, the correct way to feed and bathe your baby, and the safe way to secure your baby in a car seat.
Should you have any enquiries, rest assured that you have 24/7 access to our team. We are here to provide you with emotional, mental and wellness support during this journey.
Comfort and Privacy
A single room + sofa bed with baby monitoring.
Skin-skin contact is practised and kangaroo care is taught.
CTG monitoring connected to our doctor’s smartphone to track baby’s health.
Neonatologist & paediatrician on call 24/7.
RFID tagging for mother and baby.
A complete guide to CPR, baby massage, feeding, bathing, and baby car seat management.
Mental, emotional, and wellness support from our team.
24/7 contact access to our midwives for enquiries.
Delicious and nourishing dishes specially prepared by our chef.
For those interested, you may choose to add to your package:
Healthy Eating After Birth
A 30-minute consultation with our dietitian who will advise the best way to nurture your body back to health.
Confinement Physiotherapy & Body Care
Our physiotherapist will guide you through post-natal care that includes pelvic exercises, post-natal do’s and don’ts, and more.
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Conditions and Procedures
First trimester screening
Detailed ultrasound examination of fetus
Chorionic villus sampling & amniocentesis
Doppler studies in high-risk pregnancy
Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive Surgery
Urogynaecology, Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
Oophorectomy / Cystectomy
Often termed together, obstetric is a surgical speciality that involves pregnancy and childbirth while gynaecology is a medical discipline that focuses on women’s reproductive system.
Cancer can affect anybody, and the effects are devastating to the individual as well as to their families and loved ones. Detected early, much can be done to stem the spread, and often heal completely, using the right type of treatment and care.
Oncology is the branch of medicine that studies tumours (cancer) and seeks to understand their development, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The successful management of cancer requires a multidisciplinary approach.
At Prince Court Medical Centre, our Radiotherapy and Oncology Services is a one-stop centre that treats multiple types of cancer at any stages. We work closely with other departments, such as Surgery, Gynaecology, Radiology, Palliative Care, Pathology, as well as Nutritionist to provide patients with the best care possible.
Services and treatments offered are:
Consultation, full diagnostic and staging investigations
Chemotherapy and Targeted Therapy of adult solid tumours
Radiotherapy treatment and planning
Psychology and Counselling services for patients and their loved ones
Physiotherapy, Speech & Language assessment & therapy
The Radiotherapy and Oncology Services include:
Out-Patient Clinic with 4 consultation suites
Oncology Day Care
Our day care provides a comprehensive setting for the care of chemotherapy patients which includes one private room and 9 treatment bays that accommodate 4 beds and 5 reclining chairs. The day care is also equipped with televisions and free wireless broadband connections. The facility is staffed by experienced oncologists and nurses who are familiar with all treatment modalities required in the care of our patients.
Our radiotherapy treatment and planning are handled by a highly qualified and dedicated radiotherapy team. We aim to provide treatment and care in a compassionate environment that is patient and family oriented. Our team comprises of:
Our radiotherapy services is equipped with wide range of technologically advanced radiotherapy equipment which consists of:
Computerised Tomography (CT) Simulator
Computerised Treatment Planning System
Various treatment modalities for External Beam Radiotherapy that include:
– Siemens Oncor Linear Accelerator
– Other specialized treatments performed are:
Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
3-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy
Electron Beam Radiotherapy
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) assisted by a 4D-CT
Total Marrow Irradiation (TMI) or Total Body Irradiation (TBI)
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
For the treatment of Gynaecological Cancers
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) – targeted treatment, which is suitable for early stage breast cancer and other sites such as brain, spine and colorectal tumours
Other services and minor procedures available are:
Radioactive Iodine for hyperthyroidism
In-Patient Oncology Services
Our in-patient ward consists of private rooms and suites, most of which have a magnificent view of the KL panorama, and are fully furnished with televisions and free wireless broadband connections. The ward is dedicated to patients who are in need of longer or continuous therapy, and for patients whose general condition does not allow an outpatient service.
Rheumatology is concerned with the specialised care and treatment of disorders of the joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments such as arthritis, gout, lupus erythematosus, back pain degenerative joint diseases, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthropathy, polymyositis and vasculitis.
At Prince Court Medical Centre our consultants provide specialised treatment and incorporate a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with specialists from other medical disciplines, physical and occupational therapists as well as orthopaedic surgeons to offer comprehensive patient care.
Urology Conditions and Procedures
Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
Lower urinary tract dysfunction in both Males and Females
This includes poor urinary flow, urinary incontinence, Night-time urination, painful urination etc.
Urinary stone disease which may affect the kidney, ureter or urinary bladder
Urinary Tract Infections
Sexually transmitted infections
Testicular anomalies and testicular cancer
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia Treatment
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) for Kidney stones.
Transurethral Resection of Prostate for prostate enlargement.
Transurethral resection of bladder tumour
The core services offered by the department include:
Endoscopic procedures and treatments for:
Benign prostatic enlargement
Inflammation of the prostate
Urinary tract infection
Bladder, ureter and kidney stones
Prostate, bladder and kidney cancers
Paediatrics hypospadias and antireflux surgery
Open urological procedures such as:
Simple and radical nephrectomy
Reimplantation of ureter for adults and children
Surgery for Peyronie´s disease
Urethroplasty and substitution urethroplasty
Surgery for penile trauma
Advanced sub-specialty procedures such as:
Robotic radical prostatectomy, pyeloplasty and ureteric reimplantation
Artificial urinary sphincter
Penile curvature correction
Laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery
Management of Renal Stones by ESWL
In addition, we also provide one-stop Prostate Cancer diagnosis and management such as:
Transrectal ultrasound biopsies
Management of advanced prostate cancer(Multidisciplinary approach)
Will provide transperineal MRI fusion / targeted biopsy in the future
This department provides a comprehensive Urology care portfolio which includes diseases in both men and women. We also provide for the paediatric population for certain urological ailments.
This department houses a skilled and experienced team of specialists and nurses to effectively diagnose and treat disorders.
Proper care and management of a man’s health is an important step towards a healthy outlook on personal and social wellbeing. At the Urology department, we provide innovative medical and healthcare options to prevent and treat disease involving the kidneys, prostate and genitalia.
Vascular surgery is a sub-specialty of general surgery in which diseases of the arteries and veins are treated, mostly through surgical intervention.
Prince Court Medical Centre has a dedicated Cardiology department that offers professional care for patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. This includes screening, primary prevention, conservative, invasive, surgical treatment and rehabilitation with secondary prevention for patients with heart and lung diseases.
Some of the services offered in Prince Court Medical Centre are:
Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creations
Transposition of AVF
Superficialisation of AVF
Loop Graft creation
Vein patch repair
Femoral/ brachial embolectomy
Varicose vein surgery – open and endovenous ablation/glue therapy and endogenous ablation.
Lower limb bypass surgery
Excision of pseudoaneurysm
Open aneurysectomy and inlay graft
Open aorto-bifemoral bypass surgery
Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)
Thoracic Endovascular Artic Repair and lower limb angioplasty.
Kuala Lumpur Halal Travel Guide
Kuala Lumpur, called KL by locals, is Malaysia‘s federal capital and largest city at 6.5 million (city-proper population of 1.8 million). Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot with some of the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels, impressive shopping districts, food from all parts of the world, and natural wonders within day-trip distance.
1 Kuala Lumpur Districts
Kuala Lumpur is a sprawling city with residential suburbs that seem to go on forever. The city proper is a 243 km2 (94 sq mi) Federal Territory managed by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and comprising eight divisions which are further split into 42 local areas, mainly for administrative purposes. The following districts have been conceptualised for visitors to Kuala Lumpur.
Golden Triangle (Bukit Bintang, Pudu)
Kuala Lumpur’s equivalent of a Central Business District (CBD) located to the north-east of the Old City Centre. The area is brimming to the seams with shopping malls, bars and five-star hotels, along with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.
Old City Centre (Chinatown)
This is the traditional core of Kuala Lumpur where you’ll find the former colonial administrative centre, with the Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Selangor Club. This district also includes Kuala Lumpur’s old Chinese commercial centre which everyone refers to now as Chinatown. In 2024 the highest skyscraper in Malaysia (PNB 118) will be located in this part of the city.
The National Museum, the National Mosque, Botanical Garden, Bird and Butterfly Parks, Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens, Islamic Arts Museum and National Planetarium are located here. A short walk north of the garden is the National Monument.
South of City Centre (Brickfields, Bangsar, Bukit Persekutuan, Mid Valley, Seputeh)
Brickfields is Kuala Lumpur’s Little India filled with saree shops and banana leaf rice restaurants. Kuala Lumpur’s main railway station, KL Sentral, is located here. Bangsar is a popular restaurant and pub district while Mid Valley, with its Megamall, is one of the city’s most popular shopping destinations. Seputeh is home of the Thean Hou temple.
North of City Centre (Kampung Baru, Titiwangsa, Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit)
Located to the north-west of the Golden Triangle and an extension of the Old City Centre. Home to modern shopping malls, traditional street markets and budget accommodation options. Kampung Baru, the last Malay village of Kuala Lumpur, is a food paradise of street stalls and restaurants in traditional kampung setting.
Western suburbs (Bukit Damansara, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bukit Tunku, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Taman Bukit Maluri)
Largely suburban, these districts to the west of the city house some interesting pockets of restaurants and drinking areas. Bukit Kiara – a secondary rainforest – is the most popular hiking and mountain biking spot of KL. This district also merges into the northern part of Petaling Jaya (PJ).
Eastern suburbs (Ampang, Desa Pandan, Taman Maluri, Cheras, Salak Selatan)
Located east of the city, Ampang is home to Kuala Lumpur’s Little Korea and most foreign embassies and high commissions. Cheras is a suburb with many Chinese residents here.
Northern suburbs (Sentul, Batu, Setapak, Wangsa Maju, Desa Melawati and many others)
This huge area to the north of the city is home to several natural wonders attractions, such as the Batu Caves, the National Zoo and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia.
Southern suburbs (Taman Desa, Kuchai Lama, Sungai Besi, Bandar Tasik Selatan, Alam Damai, Bukit Jalil, Sri Petaling and many others)
This district may not interest travellers much, although Kuala Lumpur’s National Stadium and National Sports Complex Bukit Jalil are located here.
Beyond the Kuala Lumpur city proper are the adjacent satellite cities of Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang, Port Klang, Ampang, Puchong, Selayang/Rawang, Kajang and Sepang, all in the state of Selangor, which enclaves Kuala Lumpur. Within the same conurbation, also surrounded by Selangor, is the federal territory of Putrajaya, which is Malaysia’s de facto administrative and judiciary capital. These cities all merge such that it can be hard to know where Kuala Lumpur ends and Selangor begins. The culmination of these cities is a huge metropolis known as Greater Kuala Lumpur or more commonly, Klang Valley.
2 Muslim Friendly Travel to Kuala Lumpur
As in most of Malaysia’s cities and towns, Malaysian Chinese form a majority of the population, at 55%, in Kuala Lumpur. Malays (who form the majority of Malaysia’s population, overall) and Malaysian Indians are also present in large numbers in the city, and there are substantial numbers of more recent immigrants and workers from South and Southeast Asia, Eurasians, and expatriates from Western countries and the Middle East. The result is a mix of cultures that meld together to make Kuala Lumpur a modern and diverse capital.
After Merdeka (Independence), the offices of the Colonial Secretariat on the Selangor Club Padang (field) became the Sultan Abdul Samad Building on Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square)
Kuala Lumpur is said to be locked in an unofficial rivalry with nearby city-state Singapore. The ethnic Chinese-dominated Singapore was separated from the indigenous Malay-majority Federation due primarily to irreconcilable ideological differences. Singapore strove to become a viable independent state and spurred rapid development, which the Malaysians sought to keep up with by investing in Kuala Lumpur. If Singapore has a first class airport, so does KL. When Singapore got an efficient urban transport system, so did KL. As Singapore becomes clean and green, so does KL. Everywhere you go, there are swats and strips of manicured public lawns and refreshing jungle-like parks – just like Singapore. If Singapore has an aquatic park and a bird park, so does KL. Same thing with an orchid park and butterfly park. If Singapore renovates and paints its colonial shop houses with tutti frutti colours, so does KL. If Singapore builds theme parks, so does KL. And if Singapore aims to be a shopping mecca with a plethora of shopping malls and all sorts of gimmicks, so does KL. What Singapore has, KL matches, often on an even grander scale. So if you’ve been to Singapore, you will have seen it all in KL, a bit of déjà vu, or vice versa.
Both cities’ locations on the geographically, economically and politically important Bangkok-Jakarta corridor have favoured their growth. The two cities are built from the same cultural ingredients, though in different proportions: Chinese culture is more dominant in Singapore.
2.1 History of Kuala Lumpur
Founded in 1857 under British rule as a tin mining outpost, Kuala Lumpur is fairly new as far as Malaysian cities go and lacks the rich history of Georgetown or Malacca. Due to the success of tin mining, Kuala Lumpur began to flourish but had problems with gang fighting in the late 1800s. Following this, Kuala Lumpur faced further misfortune after much of the city burnt down in a large fire as most buildings were built from wood and thatch. As a result buildings in Kuala Lumpur were required to be built with brick and tile. After these rough early years, Kuala Lumpur began to prosper and was made capital of the Federated Malay States in 1896.
During World War II, Kuala Lumpur and the Federated Malay States were occupied by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945. During this time the economy was virtually halted. Soon after the British regained power it was declared that the Federated Malay States were to become the Malayan Union and work toward independence began. In 1952, Kuala Lumpur was one of the first cities in the Union to hold elections. Malaya’s independence was declared in 1957 in front of huge crowds at what was later named Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium), and Kuala Lumpur continued as the new nation’s capital.
In 1972, Kuala Lumpur was given city status and by 1974 became a Federal Territory of Malaysia in its own right, hence losing the title as capital city of Selangor. The economic boom of the 1990s brought Kuala Lumpur the standard trappings of a modern city, but it was severely hit by the Asian financial crisis of 1997, which stalled the Malaysian economy and led to the abandonment or delay of many construction projects. Today, Kuala Lumpur has become a modern city, bristling with skyscrapers and with a modern transportation system, and is one of the world’s major centres for Islamic banking. Despite this, Kuala Lumpur has still kept some of its historical charm.
As Kuala Lumpur is only 3 degrees north of the Equator, you can expect tropical weather all year round. Shielded by the Titiwangsa Mountains to the east and Sumatra to the west, temperatures are relatively cooler than other cities within Peninsular Malaysia. Expect sunny days with temperatures above 30°C (86°F) and slightly cooler evenings, particularly when afternoon showers occur and humidity is high. Rainfall can be sporadic and quite torrential at times, but usually does not last very long. During the wet season, around October to March, the northeast monsoon brings heavy rainfall that can occasionally flood some areas of Kuala Lumpur. The months around June and July could be classed as the dry season, but even then it can frequently rain.
Occasionally, due to forest fires from Sumatra around May to October, haze can blanket the city and surrounding regions, and it is best to remain indoors if you suffer from asthma.
As the weather can be hot and humid during the day, try to dress lightly if you expect to be outside and, while it may seem obvious, don’t forget to remain hydrated. Also keep in mind that mosques and some temples have strict dress codes, although many do supply gowns to cover you if you are inadequately dressed. If you do find it too hot to be outside, consider going to a shopping mall to relax and work that credit card in air conditioned comfort.
4 Get in
Malaysia’s transportation systems function well, by regional standards. Planes, trains, buses, and taxis are linked in a system conceived and constructed by, if not an order-loving Teuton, at least a dedicated amateur. The planners’ aims are an ultra-modern, chic, European-style system that are a far cry from the city’s humble barrio beginnings. The reality is a sound B+ with still a long way to go before hitting the top. A bewildering jumble of initials and acronyms assault any first time journey planner in KL, and it will take at least a day to decipher the scheme of things.
4.1 By plane
Kuala Lumpur is served by two airports: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (IATA Code: KUL) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Subang Airport, IATA Code: SZB). KLIA is used by almost all airlines that fly to Kuala Lumpur whilst Subang Airport is limited to airlines with turboprop aircraft.
The primary airport serving Kuala Lumpur, 50 km south of Kuala Lumpur in the Sepang district of Selangor. The airport opened in 1998 and superseded Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, which is now only used for charter and commercial turboprop flights. Over 50 airlines call at KLIA. The airport has two terminals, with Malaysia Airlines and other mainline carriers at the “main” KLIA, and Air Asia and other low-cost carriers using KLIA2. They are connected to each other (3 minutes) and the city (28-33 min) by the KLIA Ekspres train.
4.1.2 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah AirportEdit
More commonly referred to as Subang Airport, was the city’s main airport until KLIA opened, and is designated for turboprop aircraft. The airport is much closer to the city centre and less crowded than KLIA, which can make it a convenient entry point for those flying from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand or other parts of Malaysia. The airport is 25 km from the city centre and the convenient way to get there is by taxi. An alternative is to take Rapid KL bus U81 (destination: Subang Suria/Mah Sing) from Terminal Jalan Sultan Mohammad next to Pasar Seni LRT station, which goes past the airport. The fare is RM3 one way and takes approximately 40 min in clear traffic. It can take nearly 1hr 30min during peak rush hour. The airport is served by the following airlines:
Malindo Air is the latest airline to enter the Malaysian commercial aviation market and is a subsidiary of Indonesia‘s Lion Air. The airline flies between Subang and Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu and Penang, with plans to expand further.
4.2 By bus
Buses are a cheap, comfortable and popular transport option for Malaysians, with services reaching virtually all corners of Peninsular Malaysia and also to Thailand and Singapore. So it is no wonder that Kuala Lumpur has several bus stations (stesen bas or hentian) to handle long distance bus services. Despite the complexity of the network there is some pattern to the madness, with buses departing from particular stations depending on the region they travel to or from. To top that off, some buses may arrive at other locations including Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Bangsar LRT Station, Corus Hotel and the Malaysian Tourist Centre (MTC). Always confirm with the bus company where your bus will depart so that you do not miss your bus. In some cases you may need to exchange your ticket for a boarding pass, so try to arrive at the bus terminal 10–15 minutes before the departure time, although bus companies suggest 30 minutes.
4.2.1 Bus terminals
Pudu Sentral – formerly Hentian Puduraya | The most central bus station in Kuala Lumpur, serving northbound buses. Pudu got a major facelift and air-conditioning in 2011, and could now stand in for an airport. However, ticketing and information is still not centralized, so finding the next bus to your destination still requires a lot of walking around. Tickets to services departing from other stations are also available. Taxis are on the prowl around the station and can be pushy and may not use the meter. Always negotiate a price beforehand if you want a taxi or the alternative is to head to the nearby LRT station.
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan – TBS – This gigantic and ultra-modern terminal serves southbound destinations, including Malacca, Johor Bharu and Singapore. Despite its less than central location it is extremely well connected by public transport and taxis. Three train services, KTM Komuter, Sri Petaling LRT and KLIA Transit call at this bus station, making it easy to reach from Kuala Lumpur and KLIA.
Hentian Duta – Duta Bus Terminal | A small bus station serving express northbound services. There are no direct public transport services to this station. The nearest bus stop is 500 m north-west of the station close to Federal Territory Mosque. The busses there serve KL Sentral. It is more convenient to hail a taxi though.
Pekeliling Bus Terminal | This terminal handles some bus services to the East Coast, including Taman Negara and Local bus services.
4.3 Travel by train to Kuala Lumpur
The Anglo-Indian-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
The government owned Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railway or KTM) operates intercity (antarabandar) diesel rail services throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Trains arriving in Kuala Lumpur call at KL Sentral GPS 3.13428,101.68642 =KL Sentral.jpg, the modern transportation hub in Brickfields, just south of the city centre, and operate as far flung as Singapore, Hat Yai in Thailand and Kota Bharu in Peninsular Malaysia’s north-east. Train services are reasonably priced, and operate as both day and overnight trains with various class options available. Day trains include reclining and non-reclining seating options only, while overnight trains have two-berth private compartments and open plan bunk-bed berths with curtains (similar to Thai trains) for privacy. Seating options are also available for overnight trains.
The Electric Train Service (ETS), a subsidiary of KTM, is a daytime express train service that operates between Padang Besar, Perlis and Kuala Lumpur. ETS trains call at Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, the old main station, in addition to KL Sentral. The old Kuala Lumpur Station is served by KTM Komuter trains and nearby the Pasar Seni LRT Station on the Kelana Jaya line. If you need to connect to any other rail lines it would be recommended continuing on to KL Sentral. Taxi services are available at both stations, but you will find more at KL Sentral and can purchase a taxi coupon when there so that drivers cannot overcharge. See the Get Around section for more information.
Tickets for KTM and ETS trains can be purchased at the KTM Intercity ticket office on level two of KL Sentral or other stations which trains call at. up to two months in advance, but remember to print out the e-ticket.
Belmond runs its luxury excursion train Eastern & Oriental Express two to three times per month between Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The price of a ticket matches the on-board extravaganza, starting at US$3,000 and Halal food can be requested.
4.4 By road
Most important roads in Peninsular Malaysia lead to/from Kuala Lumpur. The city lies about midway along the North-South Expressway (Motorway) (NSE; route numbers E1 and E2) which runs from the Malaysia-Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah to Johor Bahru in the south, on the Malaysian side of the Causeway to Singapore. The main expressway exits for Kuala Lumpur on the NSE are Jalan Duta (from the north) and Sungai Besi (from the south). The Karak Highway (E8), which later turns into the East Coast Expressway, links Kuala Lumpur with the East Coast states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.
For those who do not want to pay toll, Kuala Lumpur is on Federal Route One (the “Trunk Road”) which, like the NSE, runs through all West Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia from Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah to Johor Bahru.
Those travelling along the West Coast Road (Federal Route Five) should leave the road at Klang and get to Kuala Lumpur via the Federal Highway.
4.5 By boat
Kuala Lumpur is not by the sea, so it is not possible to get in directly by boat. The nearby Port Klang, about 40 km west of Kuala Lumpur, serves as the main port for this region. Ferries operate international services from Sumatra, Indonesia and a domestic service to Pulau Ketam. Cruise ships also call at Port Klang, usually on the way to other destinations in Asia, allowing for a day trip to Kuala Lumpur. For more information refer to the Port Klang article.
5 Get around
Kuala Lumpur’s ambitious public transport system is sufficiently developed to be fairly efficient and convenient, but much room for improvement lies in its integration. The city, like many developing cities, suffers from paralysing traffic jams periodically throughout the day. In the rush hours, consider combining various methods of transport.
5.1 Travelers with disabilities
Like many cities in SE Asia, KL presents a great challenge for travelers with mobility impairments. Sidewalks are often in disrepair, curbs are high, and curb cuts are often missing or inadequate. Wheelchair users will frequently find their path of travel obstructed by poorly designed or narrow sidewalks, parked cars, motorcycles, fences, stairs, trees, etc., and will rarely be able to travel more than 50 meters without having to backtrack or divert to the road. In many areas of the city, it is virtually impossible to travel without an assistant. Crossing the road or having to wheel on the road (in case the sidewalk is obstructed) can be very dangerous, as many drivers do not expect, nor yield to, wheelchair users. You will occasionally find accessibility features like ramps or elevators obstructed or unserviceable. A notable exception are the KLCC and Bukit Bintang areas, where shopping malls and pedestrian areas are built to modern accessibility standards. Public buildings, hotels and malls provide an adequate supply of handicap bathrooms. Much of the rail system is inaccessible, most notably the monorail (which is being fitted with stair lifts). Some buses are equipped with ramps, but they are assigned haphazardly and do not run on a fixed schedule. Many locals will not be used to seeing travelers in wheelchairs, but will generally be helpful.
KL Tower (Menara KL)
When people think of Kuala Lumpur the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Petronas Towers, which is in the Golden Triangle. Whilst they most certainly are an architectural delight (particularly at night), there is much more to be discovered in Kuala Lumpur. Competing with the Petronas Towers is KL Tower (Menara KL), which looks oddly similar to other famous skyscrapers. The real joy of Kuala Lumpur lies in wandering randomly, seeing, shopping and eating your way through it.
Being part of a former British colony, many colonial buildings are scattered throughout, with many lending themes from British and North African architecture. The grandest colonial buildings lie in the city centre including the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, the charming Masjid Jamek at the confluence on the Klang River and the former offices of the Colonial Secretariat (now the Sultan Abdul Samad Building) on Merdeka Square. To top it off on Merdeka Square’s west side, you will find the Royal Selangor Club.
The National Mosque, Masjid Negara, (1965) celebrates the bold ambitions of the newly independent Malaysia. The National Monument in the pretty Lake Gardens is inspired by the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Also in the lake gardens is Carcosa Seri Negara, the former residence of the British High Commissioner, which now houses an upmarket hotel and colonial-style tea rooms.
Within the city centre is also the fascinating narrow streets of Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur’s traditional commercial district, with its many Chinese shops and places to eat.
6.1 Nature and wildlife in Kuala Lumpur
While Kuala Lumpur is more of a concrete jungle compared to other parts of the country, it is still easy enough to delve into nature. The Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia FRIM is a great escape from the busy life of Kuala Lumpur for RM5.30. The hikes are easy and you can go up a canopy walkway for RM10.60 to get a good view of KL on a clear day. There is a nice tea house in the FRIM compound where you can sample various types of local teas and snacks. Get there early as it is more likely to rain later in the day. You can get to FRIM via KTM Komuter. Stop at Kepong or Kepong Sentral and grab a short taxi ride.
For something more centrally located try the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, located at the base of Menara KL. The forest provides for an easy trek that you can enjoy on your own; but the many specimens are likely more appreciated through guided tours which are free and can be arranged from KL Tower. The massive Lake Gardens, located in the western part of the Old City Centre is another great option and you could literally spend a whole day venturing around the park. Within Lake Gardens are many attractions and various parks including the KL Bird Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Deer Park, Mouse Deer Park and a butterfly park. An indoor alternative is the Aquaria KLCC, in the Golden Triangle near the KL Convention Centre. The aquarium contains some 5,000 varieties of tropical fish.
KLCC Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur is well known for its wide range of shopping and eating options, which are adequately covered in the Eat and Buy sections of this article and listings within the district articles. Skyscraper Gazing is the obvious option, with glass and steel abound and excellent views available from the Petronas Towers or the KL Tower (Menara KL) viewing decks, both located in the Golden Triangle.
7.1 Arts & Culture
Like much of Kuala Lumpur, there is an interesting mix of arts and culture to experience, ranging from traditional Malay to Islamic to modern. Several good theatres and performance halls have emerged as part of Malaysia’s drive to encourage greater cultural expression. These include the National Theatre (Istana Budaya) and the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre in the northern part of the city, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (Dewan Filharmonik) in the Twin Towers, and the Actors Studio at Lot 10. Leading museums in the Old City Centre are the National Museum, which covers the region’s history, and the well-regarded Islamic Arts Museum, which houses a small but captivating collection.
Pampering and spas can be found in several five-star hotels and independent centres in the Golden Triangle. There’s also nail parlours and beauty salons, which are generally good value, there’s also high-end ones offering similar services for a premium. Reflexology and foot massage places are everywhere, especially in Bukit Bintang in the Golden Triangle and in Chinatown.
For those who are willing to be a bit more adventurous, try hunting down a fish foot spa and relax whilst fish nibble away at your feet. However do be careful which one you go to as some are of low standard and you may get an infection or even a blood borne disease. Try a fish spa in a tourist area as these tend to be better maintained.
Urban sports such as golfing, cycling, running, jogging and horse riding are common in Kuala lumpur. If you’re into rock climbing, the Batu Caves in the Northern suburbs is popular. However given Malaysia’s stunning terrain, you’re better off heading to other places for anything more strenuous or challenging.
You can also watch the local football match at the KLFA Stadium in Cheras. Kuala Lumpur FA is a football team based in Kuala Lumpur and plays in the top division of football in Malaysia, the Malaysia Super League. Match schedule and fixture can be seen at the KLFA website.
Volunteering is not often the first thing you may considering doing when in Kuala Lumpur, however there are various projects to give your time and help out the community. Regardless of spending one day or even a week or more volunteering for a cause, you will probably find something that you are interested in. Below are some volunteering options available within Kuala Lumpur.
Nur Salam – Chow Kids – Volunteer with the street kids of Chow Kit (KL) to “help improve the quality of life for the children of Chow Kit whose parents are usually former and current drug addicts & sex workers in Kuala Lumpur”. Chow Kids offers training for volunteers who wish to spend any amount of time interacting and helping these deserving children.
SPCA Selangor – SPCA Selangor is an animal welfare organisation dedicated to protecting defenseless animals and to alleviate their suffering. Volunteer to help out at the animal shelter, SPCA’s marketing and communication department or SPCA’s outreach events.
Zoo Negara – Love animals? Volunteer at the National Zoo – Zoo Negara outside the city. Simply fill out the Volunteer Form on the website and show up for a shift at the zoo in a variety of areas.
8 Islamic Shopping in Kuala Lumpur
Berjaya Times Square, a shopping mall so big it also has an amusement park.
Being the retail and fashion hub of Malaysia it is no surprise that shopping is one of Kuala Lumpur’s greatest pleasures. From the local pasar pagi (day market) and pasar malam (night market) to top end shopping malls and everything in between, you will be sure to find something to suit you budget and style. Many shopping options also exist beyond the city proper in the adjacent satellite cities of Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya. For more information on shopping in these areas please refer to the buy section of these articles.
8.1 Shopping malls
Suria KLCC is one of Malaysia’s premier shopping destinations due to its location beneath the Petronas Twin Towers. Kuala Lumpur’s premier shopping district, the Bukit Bintang area in the Golden Triangle, resembles Tokyo’s Ginza, New York’s Fifth Avenue and Singapore’s Orchard Road and has the highest concentration of shopping outlets in Kuala Lumpur, which cater to varying budgets. Bukit Bintang, which is part of the Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, spans over 3 roads, namely Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Sultan Ismail. It houses various cafes, alfresco (open air) dining outlets and shopping complexes such as Berjaya Plaza, Berjaya Times Square, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Imbi Plaza, Kuala Lumpur Plaza, Lot 10, Low Yat Plaza, Pavilion KL, Starhill Plaza and Sungei Wang Plaza. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur houses a wide range of international retail brands in an ultra-modern complex. Fans of electronic gadgets would delight in the multitude of choices at Low Yat Plaza, whilst shoppers hunting for the latest in affordable Asian style should definitely check out Berjaya Times Square and Bukit Bintang / Sungei Wang Plaza. It is also the location of the largest single department store in Malaysia, SOGO Kuala Lumpur which is located at a landmark site on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, one of the best known shopping streets for locals in Kuala Lumpur.
Several popular malls lie outside the Golden Triangle. The Bangsar and Midvalley areas are home to some of the best shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, namely the MidValley Megamall and the adjacent upmarket The Gardens, the more cozy Bangsar Village and Bangsar Shopping Centre in Bangsar. Nearby Subang Jaya is home to Sunway Pyramid Megamall, known throughout Malaysia for its Egyptian-themed architecture.
Despite the onslaught of malls, Kuala Lumpur still offers some Asian tradition with traditional shopping streets and markets. The best area for such shopping is Chinatown in the City Centre. This district is also the best place to hunt for souvenirs, especially in Central Market, a former produce market which has been converted into an art and craft market. It is also known as Pasar Seni in Malay.
The Little India near Jalan Masjid India offers various fabric for use. Most of the fabrics are imported from countries like Indonesia, India and China while some are locally produced. Indonesian traditional batik and songket are traditional fabric commonly found in Central Market. For greater satisfaction choose the hand made ones. You may be interested to buy ready made baju kurung or baju kebaya (the traditional Malay blouse). For peace of mind, buy from the bigger stores. Some Thai handicrafts are also sold here, alongside handmade Malaysian wooden souvenirs.
Since 2000, the Ministry of Tourism of Malaysia has kick-started the mega sale event for all shopping in Malaysia. The mega sale event is held thrice in a year—in March, May and December—where all shopping malls are encouraged to participate to boost Kuala Lumpur as a leading shopping destination.
9 Halal Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian food is amazing, making Kuala Lumpur an excellent place to eat as it hosts cuisine from all around the country and beyond. Most restaurants close by 10PM, but in the city centre there’s always a few 24hr kedai mamak (curry houses) or fast food places if you get stuck.
Delicious food can be very cheap too: just head to the ubiquitous roadside stalls or kedai kopi (literally coffee shop, but these are all about the food). These shops operate like a food court with many stalls selling a variety of food. Some coffee shops have tables and chairs by the roadside. Chinatown (especially Jalan Sultan, Jalan Hang Lekir and Jalan Petaling) in the city centre and Jalan Alor in the Golden Triangle have some of the greatest concentrations of coffee shops and stalls. They mostly open only at night.
One famous collection of streetside Mamak stalls is at Jalan Doraisamy near the Heritage Row in (Chow Kit). Along with full-blown curries, these places also serve roti canai (generally RM1 each), a filling snack that is almost half chapati, half pancake but certainly wholly delicious. It is served with dhal and curry sauce.
Shopping malls’ food courts provide cheap Malaysian Halal food in more hygienic conditions, although the prices will be a little higher.
Ethnic generalizations: Malay food can be found in the Jalan Masjid India and Kampung Baru district. Chinatown is the best place for Chinese (especially Cantonese) food, although all kinds of Chinese cuisine, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, can be found all over Kuala Lumpur. Head to Lebuh Ampang in the city centre and Brickfields for Indian food. Bangsar has many high-end restaurants offering Western food. If you are dying for Korean food, head to Ampang Jaya. A lot of Arab and Middle Eastern restaurants have mushroomed in Bukit Bintang, Cyberjaya and Damai.
10 Muslim Friendly Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Budget accommodation can be found everywhere; dormitory beds can cost as little as RM25 per night. Find the cheap ones online if cost is an issue. Increasingly, newer & better ones are opening in the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman/Chow Kit and Jalan Ipoh areas, the so-called growth areas in the city centre. If you are willing to take the 10-minute LRT to the main attractions, then hotels can be found for as little as RM49 per night with free Wi-Fi.
Mid-range hotels are comparatively poor value in Kuala Lumpur, and it is worth it to spend a little extra (or look a little harder) for a true luxury hotel on the cheap. Kuala Lumpur is similar in price to Bangkok for 5-star luxury hotels, with rooms available for as little as RM400 or even less. Prices vary seasonally.
11 Stay safe as a Muslim in Kuala Lumpur
Crime is not rampant in Kuala Lumpur. The perception of crime is high, but the Malaysian police have managed to reduce crime significantly in and around urban Kuala Lumpur. Reports of violent crime against foreigners are uncommon but instances of pick pocketing and bag snatching have risen.
Kuala Lumpur is generally very safe for Muslim travellers (it is locals who are often the targets of crime), but be wary of over-friendly locals trying to con you. Police presence, particularly around tourist areas and at night has increased.
Walking in the city is usually fine but, as anywhere, caution must be exercised, especially if alone. Indeed, your greatest danger whilst walking will be sidewalks that end abruptly in massive holes, or impassable 6-lane roads that you must cross. Snatch thieves can be rather ruthless: women have been knocked unconscious by bag snatchers on motorbikes. If this happens to you, let go of the bag rather than be dragged several metres and risk injury. Hold your bag away from the street side and try not to appear flashy if possible. Be wary in alleyways or parking grounds that appear dark and deserted, as petty thieves with knives or firearms might mug you.
During the rains, pavements and streets become small rivers and crossing a street can be an adventure. Pavements become as slippery as ice so wear proper footwear.
Be careful of a poker scam that involves friendly locals. They normally target lone tourists in popular tourist places. It starts with a friendly approach and an invitation to their home to chat and learn about your country. Then comes poker, accumulated losses and the loss of your cash and jewellery. Such scams can also happen through couchsurfing.
The bogus cop scam is usually run by Middle-Easterners. You will be stopped by “plain-clothed police officers” on the pretext of checking your travel documents. You will be brought to a secluded area in the process and made to hand over your wallet. Should you be stopped, you have the right to insist that you be taken to the nearest police station before saying/showing anything.
Malaysian law requires that visitors carry their passport at all times, and both police and “RELA” (civil volunteers) carry out spot checks for illegal immigrants.
12 Cope with Kuala Lumpur
Tap water in Kuala Lumpur is heavily chlorinated and thus safe, but unfortunately the pipes that carry it may not be. Most locals boil or filter it before use; alternatively, bottled water is cheap and ubiquitous. There is no malaria in the city, but dengue fever can be a problem at times, so take precautions against mosquitoes. Between May and October, Kuala Lumpur is occasionally shrouded in dense haze from forest fires in Sumatra and Borneo, which can be a health concern for asthmatics and pretty unpleasant for everybody. However, the haze comes and goes, and varies greatly from year to year.
13 Where to go next after Kuala Lumpur
Genting Highlands – 40 min by road on the East Coast Highway, has cooler weather, theme parks for the kids and a casino for the adults. Easily accessible by buses from KL Sentral.
Fraser’s Hill – a bit further than Genting. Beautiful nature and fresh climate. Great for hikes and cycling tours.
Ipoh – Around 90 minutes by train, Ipoh is well known for its food and colonial buildings. Relax in the local hot springs, hunt down the famous Rafflesia flower, shop in the local night markets or even try out white water rafting. Venture out from the main city area to one of several caves and cave temples.
Kuala Selangor – 1 hr north-west of Kuala Lumpur, is notable for its fireflies that flash in unison, and seafood restaurants.
Klang – Royal capital of Selangor state with a few interesting old buildings and restaurants.
Malacca – if you have more days to spend in Malaysia, a must-visit is the historical town of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Steeped with history of its Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial period, you will find this town to be rich in culture and history.
Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) – at the mouth of the River Klang and its Chinese fishing villages make for an interesting day trip. Take the train to Port Klang (RM5, 1hr 30min) then the boat to the island (RM7, 45 min).
Putrajaya – Malaysia’s megalomanic new federal administrative centre is 30 km to the south (20 min by KLIA Transit train).
13.1 Further afield
Cameron Highlands – About 200 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands offers cooler weather and lovely highland landscapes. You will be able to visit tea plantations, vegetable farms, strawberry farms and nurseries, as well as soak in the colonial history of this plateau. Colonial cottages and bungalows as well as modern hotels, resorts and luxurious hilltop retreats can be found here. Bird-watching, jungle trekking and other outdoor activities are also available.
Langkawi – Officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah. About an hour from KL by plane, Langkawi is a popular tourist resort destination that has tax-free status and plenty of sun, sand & surf. Scuba diving, snorkelling, Kayaking and jungle trekking are just some of the many activities to do in Langkawi.
Penang – Penang Island is also a must-visit destination well known as the ‘food paradise’ of Malaysia. The state capital, Georgetown, is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich Chinese culture, century-old clan houses, majestic temples and historical colonial monuments. Penang is a very popular destination for Malaysians and going there during the local holidays could be hectic.
Sumatra – One of the many islands of Indonesia, the primary attraction of Sumatra is nature. The island is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and named The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra. Filled with jungles, volcanoes and lakes there is lots to see and do for the adventurous traveller. Reach Sumatra by boat from Port Klang, near KL, or by plane.
Taman Negara – The largest National Park on Peninsular Malaysia with plenty of activities for those wanting to connect with nature include bird watching, cave exploring, Jungle trekking and night safaris. For something to eat try out one of the floating restaurants and relax while time goes by after a long day in the park.