Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and a major air hub in Southeast Asia. While it’s nowhere near as big as Bangkok, it’s a spread-out city that can be hard to navigate. The roads are confusing sometimes especially if this is your first trip.
With numerous option for hotels in KL, let me help you to narrowed down the best areas to stay during your visit in KL. These areas are centrally-located with access to public transport and have access to the the most popular sites in KL.
The hotels listed are the best-rated hotels in their class for each area.
KLCC
Kuala Lumpur City Centre is the shopping complex attached to the Petronas Twin Towers, and sometimes refers to the area around the towers. There are lots of malls and luxury hotel chains in this area. Let’s check what can you get around KLCC.
Budget (1 – 2 Stars/hostel)
Mid range (3 – 4 stars)
Luxury (5 stars)
Chinatown / Masjid Jamek area
This is where you will find the cheapest budget guesthouses and the most lively street activity. Hostels and guesthouses are clustered around the Petaling Street market, and it is also near the colonial-era administrative buildings. Some of the budget options are very basic, catering for the backpacker set, while the mid-range options are the cheapest in central KL. This area are also very well connected with numbers of train station. I would say this area as heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Budget (1 – 2 stars/hostel)
Mid range (3 – 4 stars)
Luxury (5 stars)
Bukit Bintang
This is popular shopping street in central KL with lots of cheap and mid-range hotels. Bukit Bintang refers to the street of the same name, and the surrounding area. Running parallel to Bukit Bintang is Jalan Alor. As mentioned in my previous posting, Jalan Alor has a famous night food market on the street.
Budget (1 – 2 stars/hostel)
Mid range (3 – 4 stars)
Luxury (5 stars)
KL Sentral / Bangsar
KL Sentral is where the central of public transport connectivity. While Bangsar located just next to it. There are plenty of option to choose from the cheapest to the luxury. Lets see the option around here.
Budget (1 – 2 stars/hostel)
Mid range (3 – 4 stars)
Luxury (5 star)
Thats all for now. I do hope this enlighten you about where to stay in KL. I will share specific comments and review of the hotels in my next posting. Stay tuned.

Why You Should Visit Gardens by The Bay, Singapore

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When you are in Singapore, dont forget to explore the enchanting Gardens by the Bay, in the heart of Singapore, which features more than a million plants. It’s a must destination to explore. Cloud Forest, Flower Dome or the main site of the supertree grove and surrounding 250 acres areas of the park.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

The following attractions: The Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, OCBC Skyway, Supertree Grove, Heritage Gardens, Sun Pavillion, Children’s garden and Bay East Garden to mention the most notable spots.

CLOUD FOREST

My recommendation is to starting with the Cloud Forest since that’s the most popular place to visit at Gardens by the Bay. When entering the Cloud Forest you’ll be met by the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. Yes i am serious about this and good spot for you instagram material. On top of that, the Cloud Forest is also the biggest glass greenhouse in the world, impressive right?
There are several levels to stroll around and each will offer spectacular views, plants, and kind of a feeling that you’re walking in a movie. It’s huge glass greenhouse.

HOW LONG TIME DO YOU NEED IN THE CLOUD FOREST?

I recommend yo to spend about 1-2 hours. If you do it quickly it can be done in 20-30 minutes, but on the other hand, you won’t enjoy it as much if you’re just stressing through it. Take your time to enjoy the view in here.

FLOWER DOME

Another popular spot here is the Flower Dome, and as you can guess from the name, this place is all about flowers from all over the world. If you’re into flower photography this place will probably be somewhat of a haven, and the same goes if you just like to see beautiful flowers. You will love it.

HOW LONG TIME DO YOU NEED IN THE FLOWER DOME?

If you’re a solo traveller like me and just enjoy watching some beautiful flowers and move on quite quickly, I would say 30-60 minutes. If you’re into flower photography I can imagine that you could spend few hours in here. Just a quick tip if you want to avoid big crowds, try to visit on weekdays or early morning in the weekend.
OCBC SKYWAY + SUPERTREE GROVE
Another activity you can try here is the famous OCBC Skyway, where you get to walk among the supertrees and enjoy amazing views. It’s a little scary if you’re afraid of heights, but it’s safe and you don’t have to worries as it’s quite stable. The total height is 22 meters and the whole aerial walkway is about 128 meters long. It’s an amazing experience that you can buy for SGD8 per person and i can assure you its worth for your instagram material.

HOW LONG TIME DO YOU NEED FOR THE OCBC SKYWAY AND SUPERTREE GROVE?

The skyway is walkable in 5 minutes, but most people stay for about 20-30 minutes to take photos. It’s a great experience in itself and it’s pretty cool to walk 22 meters up in the air with an open surface. But if your visit here is during the weekend, you may need to spend some time to line up for your turn.
For the supertree grove, you can walk the entire place in about 10- 15 minutes, but again, there are a few spots where you will want to take photos. So, in total, I would recommend setting aside 30-60 minutes for the OCBC Skyway and Supertree Grove together.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit one of Singapore’s most popular indoor and outdoor attractions

  • Walk 22 meters up in the air and enjoy beautiful views

  • Amazing photo spots

  • Lots of beautiful flowers and plants

  • Explore three unique gardens

  • Wander around in the world’s largest glass greenhouse – the Flower Dome

  • Admire the world’s tallest indoor Waterfall in the Cloud Forest

  • Learn about each geographical environment and how climate change affects the plant’s life

USEFUL INFORMATION

The ticket itself include entrance to the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. As mentioned before, the Supertree Grove is always open to the public, and the extra ticket for OCBC Skyway is 8 Singaporean dollars, or 5 SGD for children 3-12 years.

HOW TO GET HERE

It’s easy to get to Gardens by the Bay with both car/taxi and public transport. Unless you stay close to Marina Bay Sands, I wouldn’t recommend walking. Grab is cheap to use in Singapore, but there is also a convenient train stop at one of the entrances.
There is also a shuttle from the entrance when you walk here from the Helix Bridge.

BY BUS/TRAIN

Via the Circle Line or Downtown Line
  • Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)

  • Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway

  • Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay

Via the East-West Line
  • Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15)

  • Take Exit C and head towards bus stop no. 03223 located at International Plaza, Anson Road

  • Hop onto bus no. 400 and alight at bus stop no. 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive

BY WALKING

From the Helix Bridge Towards the Art Science Museum
Follow the footpath which leads under the East Coast Parkway (ECP), which will bring you directly into Bay South Garden along the waterfront.
From Marina Bay Sands
Walk across the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel (open daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm), or take the underground linkway via Bayfront MRT Station (Exit B).

SUMMARY OF MY EXPERIENCE OF GARDENS BY THE BAY:

This was my third visit to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. I’ve always want to come back to this beautiful gardens.
All in all, I would definitely recommend everyone to visit the Gardens by the Bay if you go to Singapore. Even if you are a solo traveller, i assure you this is not an ordinary garden, it is Gardens by The Bay.
Yes, it’s touristy, but this tourist attraction is one of those touristy places you really like and enjoy. It doesn’t matter that it gets crowded later during the day, it’s still very enjoyable and the area is huge, so it hardly gets congested.
My favorite part of the Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest, and no visit will be complete without it. My second favorite is the OCBC Skywalk, the view from here is amazing and memorable.

Public Transport in Malaysia

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Here’s our guide to transport in Malaysia for travelling from one destination to the next and getting around towns and cities. This is crucial for you to have some ideas what is available here.
Buses
The most budget-friendly types of transport in Malaysia. From the city bus in Kuala Lumpur to the comfortable long-distance coaches travelling from one city to another, the bus is a cheap way to get around. If you’re in the city, the fare start at approximately RM1 (US$0.25 USD). Flag the bus as it approaches and give the driver exact fare if possible. Tickets for longer journeys can be bought beforehand or on the day or travel, depending on the schedule. You can buy your ticket online from Easybook.
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Airport buses connect both KLIA and KLIA2 airports to KL Sentral, departing every 30 minutes. Tickets cost approximately RM12 (US$3).
Local tip: always anticipate delays with Malaysia’s traffic congestion and plan for journeys to take longer than expected.
MRT, LRT, Monorail & KTM Komuter
Kuala Lumpur had moved to a very impressive connectivity. With the completion of MRT (Mass Rapid Transit – Phase 1), LRT (Light Rapid Transit), Monorail & KTM Komuter to get around the city and to satellite townships. Tourists often rely on this when they go sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur. Most popular spots in Kuala Lumpur are well connected with this. This includes KL Sentral, KLCC, Muzium Negara and Chinatown’s Petaling Street.
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A single journey costs a few ringgits(RM) depending on the number of stops. The tourists favourite route from KL Sentral to KLCC (Petronas Towers) costs RM 2.40 (US$0.60).
Local tip: you’ll see lots of acronyms and names for this type of transport in Kuala Lumpur. They’re essentially the same. Just know the destination, pay and don’t lose your token!
Trains
Large sections of line in Malaysia have been modernised for ETS electric trains to run at up to 160 km/h (100 mph) making them probably the fastest metre-gauge trains in the world.  Within Malaysia, you’ll often see sections of old colonial singe-track line and the new double-track electrified line side by side.
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In May 2016 KTM restricted the Gemas-KL-Padang Besar section to ETS electric trains only, with diesel-hauled trains running a connecting shuttle on the unmodernised section between JB Sentral & Gemas.  You now need to change trains at Gemas when travelling from Johor Bahru to KL, which means booking two ticket. Sleeper trains from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur or KL to Butterworth are a thing of the past.  KL to Butterworth now only takes 4 hours by electric train!  Modernisation & electrification of the Gemas-JB section is expected to be completed by 2020.  Electric trains will then be able to run directly between all cities, from the southern tip of Malaysia to the Thai border.
Tickets range from RM20 to RM80 (US$5 to US$20), depending on the distance and carriage class. Either book tickets online or at the station at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a seat.
Other popular longer train routes are from KLIA to the city centre. The KLIA Ekspres & KLIA Transit takes 28 – 35 minutes from the airport to KL Sentral.
Local tips: always ask someone at the ticket office if you need to book tickets in advance.
Grab or Taxi
The most convenient app for transport in Malaysia is GrabCar. After recently merging with Uber, GrabCar provides a fixed price taxi service. Download the app, put in the destination and the driver will pick you up. Apart from being cheaper than a taxi, it’s also a safer way to travel in Malaysia. GrabCar is available in most major cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
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Alternatively, you can still use Taxi. As with most countries, taxis can be a lifesaver or a nightmare. Some taxis in Kuala Lumpur use a meter while others in different cities quote a fixed price. Common sense applies when using taxis and it’s always a good idea to get your hotel to call rather than flagging one on the street. Travellers should also be aware that not all meters increase at the same pace. A short journey can cost a fortune by local standards with a tampered meter. Always ask a reputable source for an estimation of the fare. If the meter increases faster than expected, stop the cab, pay and get out.
Domestic flights
The fastest and most convenient transport in Malaysia for long distances is to fly. Airlines link Kuala Lumpur with Langkawi, Penang, Johor Bahru and among others in West Malaysia on a daily basis. All tourists need to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah & Sarawak. Prices generally start from US$10 depending on the time of day and season. AirAsia offers several routes at the lowest prices. But seats are small, extra fees apply for baggage and delays are frequent. Malaysia Airlines, Firefy & Malindo cover routes at slightly higher rates while providing a much better flying experience.
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With all of these informations, i hope it will give you some ideas planing your trip to Malaysia.

Itinerary & Travel Tips for One Day in Kuala Lumpur

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We all knows that Kuala Lumpur is the biggest travel hub n Southeast Asia. What most of the people don’t know is that this interesting city should be more than a place to connect flights. Plan your trip and spend at least a night in Kuala Lumpur. It’s possible….
One of the latest attraction in KL. Behind Masjid Jamek..
If this is your first time in Kuala Lumpur, let me share with you this itinerary to give you some ideas if you plan your visit to Kuala Lumpur soon.
To get started, get your accommodation right. It is not that difficult to find a good accomodation in KL. There are plenty of them. If you plan to spend a day in Kuala Lumpur or 24 hours, your hotel needs to be well located. It would be great if the hotel is close to one of the MRT/monorail/train stations.
There are plenty of hotels in Kuala Lumpur for all budgets and tastes, from top international 5 star hotel chains to hostels. If you are looking for a fancy stopover in Kuala Lumpur you should stay in one of the hotels around KLCC or Bukit Bintang. From lavish experience to budget experience. Perhaps i will share further in my future postings on accommodation in Kuala Lumpur.
Stunning swimming pool at Hilton Kuala Lumpur

How To Get Around In Kuala Lumpur

With only one day in Kuala Lumpur ,public transportation is the best option. Don’t waste your time in traffic. Traffic in KL can get worse sometime and unpredictable. Visit My Rapid KL and check all the lines and connection, it will help you to get around Kuala Lumpur easily and fast.
For your convenient, you can also download Grab to move around in KL.

Places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in One Day

There are many things to do in Kuala Lumpur in one day. So don’t be lazy, get out of the bed, have a delicious breakfast at your hotel or lots of delicacies around KL. Here it goes, my lists of what to do in Kuala Lumpur in one day:

1. KL Forest Eco Park, KL Tower

This eco park located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Its open daily at 7.00am. This place alson knwon as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. A popular ecotourism destination and serves as a natural green lung for the surrounding metropolitan area. You can also enjoy the Canopy Walk for free. It is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest in the heart of a city.
Tips : You are advice to wear a walking or sport shoes and cotton tshirt 🙂
The canopy walk…

2. KL Tower

Since you already at KL Forest Eco Park, dont forget to check out KL Tower. You can take a tour to the Observation Deck. KL Tower is the best place to enjoy the skyline of Kuala Lumpur from 276m above ground level.
Tips : Open daily from 9.00am – 10.00pm

3. Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square & Mesjid Jamek

Your third stop on our Kuala Lumpur itinerary is the historical and beautiful Merdeka Square and the stunning Sultan Abdul Samad building. Stroll around, worth of your time. Plenty of good spot for your instagram material shot.

4. Central Market Kuala Lumpur

Built in 1928, Central Market is also called as Pasar Seni among the local. Back then, Central Market was a wet market. Sometimes in the 1980’s, the government decided to change this historical market to a crafts and souvenirs centre. If you are looking for painting, beautiful wooden work, traditional Batik, silk scarves and much more this is the best place to visit.
5. KLCC or Petronas Twin Tower
This 88 storey building was once the tallest building in the world until 2004. But to date, it remain as the tallest twin tower in the world. The Petronas Towers are the symbol of modern KL and one of the attraction you must visit. The Islamic-inspired building has a Sky Bridge on the 41st and 42nd floor where you can go and have a privileged view of Kuala Lumpur skyline. If you don’t feel like going so high, or you are on a tight budget and don’t want to buy the entrance tickets don’t worry, the view you get from the bottom of the towers is incredible too.

6. Dinner at Jalan Alor & Changkat, Bukit Bintang

After a long day of sight seeing and walking around Kuala Lumpur nothing better than a delicious dinner. Our Kuala Lumpur itinerary finishes at Bukit Bintang area. Jalan Alor is famous for wide selection of local street food while Changkat give you plenty selection of international restaurants, and trendy bars. Be prepared for a feast of flavors, busy streets and vendors trying to convince you they have the tastiest food, the best drinks and best music.
This one day in Kuala Lumpur itinerary is an introduction to KL attractions, to give you a sense of Kuala Lumpur. If you still have time, or if you decide to stay one more day in KL, here are some suggestions of what to do in Kuala Lumpur, do comment below and i will share some ideas with you.
Hope you will enjoy my city as much as i do.

7 Hacks How to Plan for your Next Trip

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Planning a long trip can be a daunting task to most of us. Where to begin? How to start? What is the best time? How to save money? It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the beginning, especially when this is your first time travelling. In this posting, i will try to help with some ideas how to move forward.

1. Decide where do you want to go.

This is the most crucial part of your travelling. Defining where you want to go sets a goal to work towards it. A lot of people talk about travel. They never say where they are going, just that they are going. Picking a destination is immensely important, as it gives you a definite goal. It’s a lot easier to mentally get behind “I am going to London” than “I’m going to Europe.” Not only will your trip become more concrete for you and easier to commit to, but it will make planning easier as well.

2. Decide the length of your trip

How much does it cost to travel? You can’t figure out how much you need to save if you haven’t decided on how long you’ll be in your destination. After you decided “I’m going to London,” add “for 10 days.” By doing this you can start planning the details costing.

3. Plan your budget or costs

Your task now is to research the costs in your destination at the style of travel you want. Do you want to backpack or would you rather stay in luxury hotels? How much to spend for hostels, hotels, restaurants and attractions? Knowing these will allow you to estimate how much money you may need for your trip.

4. Start saving money

I personally prefer to write down all my current expenses so i can determine my spending money and how i can cut back. We spend a lot of money every day through small purchases for a bottle of water, the dollar for that snack and that coffee shot at Starbucks. All of that adds up and creating this breakdown can let you know where you need to cut and save. You can start reserving a small amount of money on daily basis.

5. Book your flights, accommodation & check for last minute deals

Okay, you’re inspired, prepared, and on your way to saving money for your trip. So don’t forget to buy that flight or book your accommodation. Check out for some last minutes deals from those travel websites such Booking.com, Agoda.com or Expedia.

6. Plan your activities

Sketch out the main activities you want to do and how much they cost. Make any last-minute adjustments to your savings so you can ensure you have enough money. This will also help you figure out if you need any reservations for your chosen tours or activities. Based from my experience planning is crucial when it comes to control your expenses.

7. Buy your travel insurance

While a lot of people think “I’m healthy, I don’t need travel insurance and I won’t get sick,”. Travel insurance is much more than just medical protection. It covers you when your camera breaks, your flight is canceled, a family member dies and you have to come home, or something is stolen.
Travel insurance is something you will need on the road. You never know what might happen, and most health plans won’t cover you overseas.
Hope this will help you to start planning for your next trip.

5 Free Things To Do In KL

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Sometimes the hardest part about travelling to some of us is the cost. I share with you some guide to these free things to do in Kuala Lumpur so that you don’t have to worry about budgeting.

Walk in the Park
Bless with the tropical weather, Kuala Lumpur offer you nice green park all year round. Enjoy greenery and fresh air in the middle of the urban jungle at some of the city’s large green lung parks. Both park you can reach by the MRT/LRT.
If you prefer slightly further from the hustle and bustle of the city, check out Perdana Botanical Gardens it was once known as Lake Garden, where you can cycle or jog around the pretty fountain lake. While KLCC Park located at Petronas Towers.
The view at Perdana Botanical Garden
Perdana Botanical Gardens, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
KLCC Park, Jalan Ampang, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Walking Tours
Slip on some comfortable shoes and take in Kuala Lumpur’s essential sights on foot. Potential trails include the historical Merdeka Square; Kampung Baru, a green Malay village within the metropolis; and Brickfields, KL’s vibrant Indian district. Free walking tours are available for each of these parts of the city (usually run by KL City Hall). Feel free to tip your guide.
Visit Religious Sites
Malaysia is unique culturally in two ways – it is home to three of Asia’s most elaborate cultures (i.e. the Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures) and most of the world’s major religions, all coexisting together in harmony. There are plenty of religious site that you can visit. So take your time to choose.
Jamek Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
Situated at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur, Jamek Mosque is undoubtedly one of the oldest mosques in the Malaysian capital. Construction of the mosque began in the early 1900s and was completed in 1907, being commissioned by the British colonial government as part of efforts in developing the capital.
The historical Masjid Jamek
Batu Caves, Selangor
Although the limestone caves of Batu Caves have been utilized as shelters by some of the indigenous tribes (Orang Asli) for centuries, the Hindu temple that lies within it did not come into existence until 1890, when K. Thamboosamy Pillay, one of the most prominent figures in the Malayan Tamil community, installed a consecrated statue of Lord Murugan there.
Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur
The Thean Hou Temple, located atop Robson Hill in the Malaysian capital, is one of the largest Chinese Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Originally dedicated to Goddess Tian Hou (Heavenly Mother), worship of Goddess Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) and Shui Wei Sheng Niang (Goddess of the Waterfront) is also common in the temple.
Go Hiking
If you are into something challenging than a walk in a park calls out to you, then head to the hiking trails of Bukit Gasing or Bukit Nanas. These natural jungle trails will bring you closer to experiencing the tropical Malaysian rain forest. Go early in the morning because it gets hot later in the day. Also bring lots of bug spray, as mosquitoes thrive here. The best part both of this hiking trails is not far from the city centre.
Hiking trail at Bukit Gasing
Canopy walk at Bukit Nenas or known as KL Eco Park
Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
KL Forest Eco Park, Hutan Simpan Bukit Nanas, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.
Visit the Free Museums
Stop by to some under rated museums that detail Malaysia’s history. The Royal Malaysian Police Museum will take you on a tour of the local police force, from its beginnings in 1807 to its current incarnation, National Textile Museum and the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery offers an insight into Malaysia’s financial system, including old Malayan money and educational displays on how money works in the Islamic Shariah system.
Muzium Polis Diraja Malaysia, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, +60 3-2272 5689
Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Jalan Dato’ Onn, Kuala Lumpur

Hostel vs Hotel : Which one is Best for you?

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What are the biggest differences between hostels and hotels? Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than taking away that “s.” There are a few important differences between hostels and hotels to consider when planning your trip. In this posting, i will help you pinpoint key concerns and help you decide which option is best for you.

Hostels vs. Hotels
Here are five factors for you to consider when deciding what kind of lodging is right for your next trip.
1. Privacy
One of the major differences between hostels and hotels is shared rooms. Yes, you are sharing with strangers. This means that you are not only sharing your sleeping space but you are also sharing bathrooms. Having said that, before you write off the hostel option due to privacy concerns, however, check for hostels that offer private rooms and bathrooms. Most of the time they are much cheaper than a normal hotel rates. If privacy is an important part of your trip, a hotel will be a better choice for you. But sharing a room with strangers is not bad at all. After all, your roommates are travellers just like you. They may have helpful tips or entertaining stories to share. If your goal is to meet new people, a hostel will make a great option.
2. Security
Sharing a room with strangers does, of course, come with risks. Some hostels provide safety measures like a lockable cage that slides under your bed, but they don’t always offer locks. If you are travelling with valuables that you want to leave in your room, always pack a sturdy lock. Some hostel do provide safe room or dedicated room to store your valuables.
Most hotels, on the other hand, provide a locked private room and a safe. Some hotels also offer a front-desk safe deposit box for precious items.
3. Price
In general, a room that you have to share will cost less than a private room. But there are more factors that go into pricing accommodations.
A hostel right in the city centre, for instance, might be more expensive than a hotel far from the city centre. Don’t assume that just because it’s a hostel it’s your cheapest option. Always make sure to do your research and explore your options for your particular dates.
4. Amenities
Some of the things you may take for granted in a hotel. Items like iron or hair dryer, are the kinds of things you may have trouble finding in a hostel. You may not have the luxury watching your favourite TV show as you may need to share with other guest. If amenities are important, a hotel will likely be your best bet. But to be fair, nowadays most hostel provide all of these facilities in the common areas it just you need to share with other guest as well. Common areas with shared amenities create a social environment that’s at the heart of the hostel experience.
5. Location
One of the largest differences between hostels and hotels is accessibility. Hostels are abundant in most major cities, particularly throughout Europe, but are less common in smaller towns and off-the-beaten-path locations. However, sites like Hostelworld and Hostels.com make it easier than ever to do a quick check to find out if there’s an affordable and appealing hostel option in your destination.

Best Hostel in Silom, Bangkok

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Whatever plan that you may plan to do in Bangkok whether to check out its incredible street food, tour the city’s countless Buddhist temples, or simply shop until you drop. You may also want somewhere comfortable and affordable to rest your head. There are thousands of choices from budget to 5 star accommodation. In this posting i will share some of my personal preference when it come to pick the best hostels in Bangkok effortlessly combine design, atmosphere and value. The list below are not in order. It is random and you may read and pick for yourself which one you like the most.

One of the most famous hostel in Bangkok is Lub D (which translates as ‘sleep well’) now has two locations in Bangkok. Lub D’s Siam and Silom hostels are close to BTS Skytrain allowing you to hop around the city with ease. While dorms are bigger than some hostels (private rooms are also available), facilities are extensive.
Lub D Silom is located 800m away from BTS Skytrain Chong Nonsi Station. Situated 1 km from Patpong Street and Night Market in the heart of Bangkok, Lub D is near numerous dining, shopping and entertainment options.
All rooms at Lub d are equipped with air conditioning, bathroom amenities and a hairdryer. Lockers and large air-conditioned shared bathrooms are available. Some rooms feature private bathrooms with hot showers and flat-screen TV.
2. C40Winks Hostel
C40Winks Hostel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. This hostel is nicely design. From dorm to private room all is nicely done. The place is clean and staff arev very warm & friendly. Popular points of interest around the property include Patpong Night Market. Set in the Bang Rak district, the hostel is within 4 km of Siam Paragon & MBK Shopping Mall. This hostel located in between two BTS Skytrain station. Chong Nonsi & Saladaeng.
3. HQ Hostel
Located along the vibrant Silom Road, HQ Hostel offers trendy yet affordable accommodation. It features free wireless internet access in the lobby area, an internet cafe and a sports bar. HQ Hostel feature dormitory rooms that can accommodate different number of guests. The hostel provides free individual lockers and locks. The hostel’s common area has a TV showing sport and movie channels. Books and magazines are available at the library corner. The Cafe serves daily brewed fresh coffee and a free light breakfast for the guest. HQ Hostel is a 5-minute walk away from the Saladaeng & Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain Station. Located near to famous morning market at Silom Road.
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4. Good One Hostel & Cafe Bar
Good One Hostel is not only a hostel but a coffee shop and a bar. It’s located in the bustling, attractive and lively neighbourhood. 5 minutes walk to Chong Nnsi BTS Skytrain.
5. Naratel Hostel
Naratel Hostel Bangkok is another good hostel in Silom. Situated, a 7-minute walk from Patpong. It is also 7 minutes walk to Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain. Offering a shared lounge, the property is located within 3 km of MBK Shopping Mall & Siam Paragon. Free WiFi is available to all guest. The rooms come with a shared bathroom. A continental breakfast is served every morning at the property.
As i mentioned earlier, this is my personal preference. From my experience, i would recommend any of this hostel. If you would like to know more about the hostel or location, feel free to email me at hafiz.mahadzir@gmail.com

What to Do On a Rainy Day in Kuala Lumpur?

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If this is your first time here, Malaysia has frequent rain showers that might affect your plans to do outdoor activities. Don’t worry though as there are plenty of things to do with a roof over your head during the downpours. Sharing with you some of the best activities to do to keep you warm and dry on rainy days in Kuala Lumpur.

Café hopping
The Kuala Lumpur cafe scene is popular among foodies and coffee lovers. Chill out in a cozy cafe when it is raining heavily outside. We recommend for a quick visit to Publika. There is plenty of nice cafe here. From Room 203, Pan & Temper, The Red Bean Bag and a lot more for you to try. Selection for breakfast, lunch & dinner. All in one place.
Shopping for souvenirs
Take time to enjoy some retail therapy, shop for souvenirs which you can take back home for yourselves, friends, and family. The shopping malls we recommend to browse through are Suria KLCC and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. There is a full air conditioned walkway (takes about 30 minutes) in between these two shopping malls. My next recommendation for you to shop Central Market, a 10 minute walk away from Pasar Seni MRT and LRT station. There are plenty of local handicrafts for you to choose.
Visit art galleries and museums
Explore art, history, and architecture in Kuala Lumpur’s art galleries and museums. You will gain in-depth knowledge about Malaysia’s culture and heritage. Visit eye-opening exhibitions and amazing architecture at MAP @ Publika, Petronas Gallery, National Museum of Malaysia, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, and Zhongshan Building.
Get creative
Learn a new skill by creating your very own art pieces. This artworks will be your souvenirs to take home. Take part in batik painting, wood carving, weaving, and other handicrafts activities guided by local professionals at the National Craft Complex. The trip here is worth of your time.
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Watch live music performances
Enjoy your rainy evenings by watching live music performances. Chill out with your friends while listening to local music and enjoying a drink. Listen to cool and funky jazz at No Black Tie. Belt out some classic rock music, contemporary EDM, and sentimental tunes at The Bee in Publika. If you happen to be in town at the right time, live performances are held at annual music & multicultural festivals and popular hotspots in Kuala Lumpur, join in the fun and dance the night away.
Hope this will help you to enjoy your holiday in KL.

Best Mobile Prepaid Plan For Traveller or Tourist in Malaysia

140120celdigirenewProbably one of the first things that we do nowadays as traveller or tourist when arriving at a country is to get a local SIM card, mainly for their data needs. Most of the time it is much cheaper than to use our own roaming feature.

The main operators in Malaysia are Maxis, Celcom, Digi, U Mobile and Tune Talk and as a traveller or tourist, you probably wouldn’t need to look for other operators. 2G and 3G coverage is very good in populated areas in Peninsular Malaysia. 4G coverage tend to be limited to major towns and cities. Coverage in East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) tend to be very patchy outside of city centres. Celcom tend to have better coverage in rural areas of East Malaysia.
Here are some ideas of what i may recommendation:
Celcom
Celcom is the largest provider in Malaysia and offers good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services on a GSM platform. Its prepaid SIM card is called “Xpax” and can be picked up for free, although prepaid SIM card plans will have to be added before use. Celcom kiosks are dotted around most towns and cities, and also at the airport. Credit can also be purchased at most retailers around Malaysia. All SIM sizes can be purchased, although some will have to be cut down to fit the nano or mini size.
All prepaid SIM cards are sold under the “Xpax” brand name. A good option is the “Xpax Turbo” pack, which costs MYR10 and comes with MYR6 of credit and 200MB of data, valid for 7 days.
The following data packs are also available, listed with their prices and activation codes:
1 day 1GB RM3 *118*2*1#
7 days 2GB RM10 *118*2*2#
30 days 5GB RM30 *118*2*3# or 10GB RM50 *118*2*4#
Dial *118*1*1*2# to check your data balance.
The following data add-ons can also be purchased:
100MB RM3 *118*1*2*4*1# to activate
500MB RM10 *118*1*2*4*2# to activate
1GB RM15 *118*1*2*4*3# to activate
5GBMYR50 *118*1*2*4*4# to activate
The following add-ons can also be added to to increase data usage:
Facebook:

  • 2GB for a day: MYR1 – *118*3*4*1# to activate

  • 20GB for a week: MYR7 –*118*3*4*2# to activate

Nighttime use (1am-7am):

  • 2GB for a day: MYR1 – *118*3*3*1# to activate

  • 20GB for a week: MYR7 – *118*3*3*2# to activate

Celcom’s APN: celcom4g, and website: http://www.celcom.com.my/personal

DiGi

DiGi is the third-largest provider in Malaysia and offers good 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services on a GSM platform. Prepaid SIM cards come only with prepaid SIM card plans. DiGi kiosks are positioned in most towns and cities, and also at the airport. Just like Celcom, credit can also be purchased at most retailers around Malaysia. Credit can be found in several denominations between MYR5 to MYR100. All SIM sizes can be purchased, although some will have to be cut down to accommodate the nano- or mini-sized slot in your phone.
Prepaid SIM card packages come in the following two options:
  • DiGi Prepaid Best: MYR8 which comes with MYR5 credit valid for 30 days and 300MB of data valid for 7 days

  • DiGi Prepaid Live: MYR12 which comes with MYR8 credit and 300MB of data valid for 7 days.

Dial *126# to check your balance.
Dial *200# to check data usage.
The following data packs can also be added by dialing the activation code:
100MB 24 hours RM1 *116*1#
1GB 24 hours RM3 *116*3#
Unlimited 24 hours RM8 *116*3#
300MB 7 days RM4 *116*1#
1.5GB 7 days RM9 *116*1#
5GB 30 days RM28 *116*1#
8GB 30 days RM38 *116*1#
10GB 30 days RM48 *116*1#
All of the above-mentioned packs come with free WhatsApp use and free Internet use on other social media platforms.
There are also several roaming packages available:
  • Roam5/Roam10: MYR5 or 10 per day for unlimited social media and messaging, plus 50MB of data.

  • RoamCombo: MYR15 for 72 hours’ use of 500MB Internet plus 30 voice minutes, or pay MYR25 for 2GB data plus 30 voice minutes, also valid for 72 hours.

  • RoamTelenor: MYR25 for 72 hours’ use of 4GB Internet and 60 voice minutes.

*The list above is the best 2 telco from my experience. Do share with me if you have some other input as well.