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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Hello Singapore!

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.