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A DAY (OR TWO) IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA



Escape to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Kuala Lumpur is one of top cities in South East Asia. With its close proximity to Singapore, we decided to visit the city as well.


Kuala Lumpur: Capital of Malaysia
Coordinates: 3.1390° N, 101.6869° E 
What to eat: I highly suggest trying all of these because they do not disappoint. I love them all! Nasi Lemak with ayam goreng (rice with sambal paste and fried chicken, Roti Canai (Indian flat pancake), Chicken rice (steamed chicken with rice), Bak Kut Teh (pork bone soup) 
What to do: city exploration, nightlife
Where to stay: Suns Inn near Paradigm Mall 
Ideal time to visit: Try to avoid Holidays since the streets tend to be crowded.
Language: Bahasa Malaysia/Cantonese/English
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit: 4 MYR = 1 USD = 50 PHP (rough estimate)

See complete itinerary below.



Ate Elvie, my cousin and a frequent in Malaysia took us around the area. Since it was just a short stay in KL, we only had two places in mind, the Petronas Twin Tower and Batu Caves.

We took the first bus heading to Kuala Lumpur at 5 in the morning. We booked the tickets a night before heading to KL. It was a 5-hour ride and as soon as we arrived in Berjaya Times Square, we quickly took our breakfast and headed to Paradigm Mall to start with our shopping.



From Paradigm Mall, we took a free shuttle to Kelana Jaya LRT Station and got off at KLCC Station. It is just a few minutes walk to Petronas Towers.

It was the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Weekend when we visited. People roamed the streets and enjoyed  the day with their whole family. Malls and parks are filled with people. The Petronas Twin Towers were also closed during that day.



There were a lot of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur alone. You can book passes for the KL Hop-on Hop-off Bus that could take you to different locations and tourist spots. Here's a sample map of the KL Hop-on Hop-off bus route from soileiragusgonta.


On our second day, we took a grab car to Batu Caves. You can also take the KTM Commuter train from KL Sentral to Batu Caves Station for 2 MYR. From afar, we could already see the biggest statue of the Hindu diety, Murugan. 


Climbing up the 272 steps, we were amazed by how huge the cave was. The details of this cave was exquisite. Even the finite features where elaborately made.

Tips:
↠  It is ideal to use USD to covert to Ringgit.
↠ It would be cheaper to travel in a group and splitting cab rides.
↠ Most people speak English.
↠ Book accommodations inclusive of breakfast. That's one less meal to worry about!
↠ Book a flight going to and from Kuala Lumpur via cebupacificair or pre-book bus tickets at easybook if your coming from Singapore. 
↠ Try to familiarize yourself with the train map as well as the KL Hop-on Hop-off map. I highly suggest using this bus to see as much places as you can. You can book your bus pass at klook.




Itinerary & Budget: 

DAY 1: KL Sentral

Singapore to Malaysia: 5 hours via bus | 43SGD/127MYR roundtrip | 20USD per way plus admin fee. You can book via easybook. Most bus would drop its passengers at TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) or Berjaya Times Square
Berjaya Times Square to Paradigm Mall: 25 minutes via taxi | 30MYR
↠ Lunch: prices ranges from 10-20MYR for an inexpensive meal
Paradigm Mall to Kelana Jaya Station: free shuttle
Kelana Jaya Station to KLCC Station: 30 minutes via LRT | 4MYR
KLCC Station to Petronas Twin Towers: we walked from the station to the towers.
Petronas Twin Towers Entrance fee: 80MYR if you booked it online at Petronas Twin Towers site.
Petronas Twin Towers  to Petaling Street Market: 20 minutes via taxi | 10MYR
Petaling Street Market: food and shopping
Petaling Street Market to Paradigm Mall: 30 minutes via taxi | 25MY
↠ Dinner: prices ranges from 10-20MYR for an inexpensive meal
Accommodations: 70MYR at Suns Inn | We booked a hotel just walking distance from this Mall.

DAY 1 TOTAL: Solo-travel: 391MYR/97USD/5176PHP Group travel of 2: 319MYR/79USD/4215PHP


Day 2: Batu Caves
↠ Breakfast: prices ranges from 10-20MYR for an inexpensive meal
Accommodations to Batu Cave: 25 minutes via taxi | 30MYR
Batu Caves: no entrance fee
Batu Caves to Paradigm Mall: 25 minutes via taxi | 30MYR
↠ Lunch at Paradigm Mall: prices ranges from 10-20MYR for an inexpensive meal
Paradigm Mall to TBS: 25 minutes via taxi | 28MYR
TBS to Singapore: 7 HOURS

DAY 2 TOTAL: Solo-travel: 128MYR/32USD/1709PHP Group travel of 2: 84MYR/21USD/1122PHP


Total: SOLO: 519MYR/129USD/6885PHP GROUP TRAVEL OF 2: 403MYR/100USD/5337PHP

*Note: You can save more when you travel by group. This would lessen the guide fee.
*Prices may change and travel time may vary.

Footnotes:
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | June 2017 | Updated July 2018

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