One of the first things I find out when I visit a new city is where I can get free Wi-Fi Internet. On my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I already knew of several free Wi-Fi spots, but was surprised when I saw how many more had popped up since my last visit. In fact, Kuala Lumpur is one of the best cities in south east Asia for free Wi-Fi Internet spots – they’re everywhere.
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – Every Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cafe in Kuala Lumpur offers free Wi-Fi Internet to all their customers. It’s fast too. Once you find their signal, a page will pop up and ask you to create an account. Just choose a userid and a password and you’re ready to surf. There’s no time limit either. You can surf as long as you’re in the cafe. My favorite Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is at Suria KLCC mall. There’s also a nice one on the ground floor of the Sungai Wang Plaza mall near Bukit Bintang, one at KL Sentral train station and, of course, one at KL International Airport (KLIA).
Starbucks – Yes, Starbucks offers free Wi-Fi in Kuala Lumpur. Unlike its locations in Thailand, where it charges the equivalent of $10 an hour, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Internet access at Starbucks is at no charge. They do however require you to purchase something before you can get an account key to access their service. There’s a Starbucks at Suria KLCC, one in the Borders book store at Berjaya Times Square and another at the Gardens, Mid Valley.
Jing-Si Books and Cafe – An exceptionally cool book and coffee shop, Jing-Si Books and Cafe at Bukit Bintang has mostly Buddhist and meditation books in Chinese. But they sell natural health drinks, have a cozy atmosphere to sit, relax and read and offer free Wi-Fi Internet to anyone who comes in.
The Royal Selangor Golf Club – If you’re one of the high-society folks that frequent the Royal Selangor Golf Club but still like to save some money, don’t worry, as well as world-class golfing, they also offer free, fast Wi-Fi Internet access.
Museum Restaurant, Islamic Arts Museum – There’s a wonderful Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant at the Islamic Arts Museum. Their food is delicious, not too expensive, and their Wi-Fi Internet is accessible by any customer.
KL International Airport (KLIA) – Free Wi-Fi is available all over the departure areas of KL International Airport (KLIA). While, I found, service was slow with pages taking a minute or more to load, it is still free and it does speed up in certain areas of the airport. There is a two hour time limit but to reconnect, you just have to shut down your computer, power up again and re-access. Don’t forget too, there are several coffee shops at KLIA offering their own free Wi-Fi if the airport system is too slow.
Also check out McDonalds locations in Kuala Lumpur, as most of them have free Wi-Fi. Many cafes and coffee shops also offer it, along with shopping malls, restaurants and many hotels.