Moving to Kuala Lumpur for work or a new adventure? If that is a yes, you will need extra help to get around the city, especially if you haven’t been in the country before. Fortunately, your new home city has got you covered with a variety of mobile apps you can download in advance to help you get settled.
Here are our app recommendations that help to make your settling in Kuala Lumpur much easier.
Best Apps to Use in Kuala Lumpur and Elsewhere in Malaysia
MySejahtera is the government’s official app for COVID-19 contact tracing.
This app will notify you if you have been in close contact with someone exposed to COVID-19. It will also let you know where the nearest health facilities are in Kuala Lumpur.
The app also has a QR scanning feature to enter locations and you can also use it to sign up for vaccination slots.
In the US, you have Uber. In Southeast Asia, you have Grab.
Grab is the region’s largest ride-hailing app, which has branched out to other services to make lives easier. With it, you can also order food from one of the city’s restaurants or eateries (GrabFood) and make online payments (GrabPay).
Foodpanda is another popular food delivery app worth trying. You can order from one of the many restaurants across the city and even get your grocery delivered to your doorstep through the app.
If you are driving a car around the city, you will need a good navigation app to help you out. Waze is the best app to try out for directions, and thanks to its 6 million users; its GPS feature also informs about the latest traffic conditions in the city and helps to find alternative routes so you won’t miss your appointments.
If you want to save up on mobile credits, you can use WhatsApp to connect to your friends and colleagues. It is the most popular instant messaging service in the city, and you can also send pictures and videos for free through the app.
Looking for a courier service that will connect you directly to a delivery driver close to your home? If that is a yes, Lala Move is the app for you. You can simply book one of the delivery drivers in the area: put in your shipping details and wait for them to knock on your doorstep to get the parcel you want to be delivered.
Shopee / Lazada
Need something for your home, office or wish to shop for things?
You can check out the shopping apps Shopee or Lazada.
Both apps allow users to browse for any item they want to purchase from trusted brands or individual sellers and get the item delivered to your home.
Both apps offer Cash on Delivery (C.O.D.) as a payment option.
Want to sell something you aren’t using anymore or wish to buy something secondhand? Carousell is your best friend. With this app, users can post what they want to buy or sell and speak directly to buyers interested in the product.
iProperty / PropertyGuru
If you are moving to Kuala Lumpur, you need a new home to stay. iProperty and PropertyGuru are great apps to check out to see what homes are available to purchase or rent. These apps also have other outstanding features to make your home search easier, such as loan eligibility indicators, messaging service to reach out to agents or developers, and useful resources to help you make the right choice.
Kuala Lumpur is a great place to live, especially if you want to have the best of both worlds without leaving the city: nature and metropolitan life. Use these apps to help you get started in your new host city.
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by: Kally Tay