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

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.

Makanan Halal di Singapore

Dalam posting sebelun ni, Hafiz dah janjikan nak share lokasi makanan halal yang sedap & murah. Sebenarnya tak susah untuk korang dapatkan makanan yang murah dan sedap ni. Seperti kita sedia maklum, kat Singapura ni pun ramai orang melayu yang beragama Islam. Jadi untuk mencari makanan halal bukanlah satu masalah besar. Untuk lebih menjimatkan perjalanan food hunting ni, korang boleh lah beli Singapore Tourist Pass(STP) tu. Semua kedai makanan halal yang Hafiz senaraikan ni terletak dekat dengan stesen MRT.

Seah Im Food Centre

Secara peribadi, ni food court pilihan Hafiz untuk trip kali ni. Harga makanan & minuman disini bermula serendah S$1. Food court ni simple tapi ada pelbagai pilihan makanan halal. Dari mee rebus, mee goreng, pad thai, murtabak, nasi beriani dan banyak lagi lah.


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Setibanya korang di stesen MRT Harbour Front, cari pintu A(Exit A). Jalan lebih kurang 3 minit dan anda akan tiba di Seah Im Food Centre ni. Senang je.

Restoran Encik Tan, Vivo City 

Encik Tan merupakan rangkaian terbesar makanan Halal yang berkonsepkan street food di Singapura. Terdapat pelbagai menu halal chinese food disini. Mendapat sijil HALAL dari Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura(MUIS). Pilihan seperti, wantan mee, nasi ayam & banyak lagi dengan harga dalam lingkungan S$3 – S$10. Encik Tan juga menyediakan tempat yang selesa & didalam Vivocity Mall.

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Sepinggan penuh ni S$5.

Restoran Encik Tan ni terletak betul2 dihadapan stesen MRT Harbour Front. Jadi bila anda keluar stesen nak masuk ke Vivocity, memang akan nampak. Sangatlah senang nak cari.

Golden Mile Food Centre, Beach Road

Satu lagi food court yang korang kena cari di Singapura ni ialah Golden Mile Food Centre. Seperti di Seah Im Food Centre, pelbagai juadah makanan Halal korang boleh dapat kat sini. Bahagian makanan Halal ni terletak kat bahagian bawah food court ni.

Hafiz tak sempat nk cuba pelbagai hidangan sebab kunjungan kali ni masa yang agak terhad. InsyaAllah next visit kita cuba yang lain pulak. Stesen MRT terdekat ialah Nicoll Highway MRT.

Sekian dulu perkongsian kali ni. Kalau korang ada suggestion, boleh komen kat bawah. InsyaAllah nnt hafiz cuba.

 

Bas Dari JB Sentral Ke Singapura

Pernah tak korang plan nak ke Singapura dengan menaiki bas? Kali ni Hafiz nak share cara untuk ke Singapura dan JB Sentral/JB CIQ dengan menaiki bas.

Baru2 ni Hafiz ada urusan di Johor Bahru. Seperti biasa bila kena ke JB dan kebetulan dah nak weekend, Hafiz decide untuk terus ke Singapore sebab dah lama tak ke sana.

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Ni lah traffic weekend kebiasaanya. Dont worry.. tak lama mana pun…

Sebenarnya tak susah pun untuk ke Singapura dengan menaiki bas. First, bila dah sampai kat JB Sentral, cari arah untuk ke CIQ. Tak susah nak cari sebab banyak sign board dan orang pun ramai yang berjalan ke arah CIQ ni. Bila dah sampai CIQ ni terus jer sampai ke imigresen. Lepas dah settle semua urusan pasport, terus ke stesen bas yang terletak di tingkat bawah.

Bila sampai kat bawah tu, anda akan nampak tempat menunggu untuk bas Causeway Link (CW2). Sila beratur dan naik lah bas ni ya. Tambang ialah RM3.60. Bas ni akan membawa korang melalui tambak Johor. Setibanya di Woodlands, korang kena keluar bersama beg2 korang untuk melalui Imigresen Singapura. Ok bab ni korang kena cepat lah sket sebab nak kena kejar bas yang korang naik tadi. Lepas dah selesai urusan imigresen, macam kat JB jugak. Kena turun tangga untuk ke stesen bas. Cari bas yang korang naik tadi. Andai kata bas tu dah terlepas, beratur jer macam biasa. Nanti tanya dengan uncle(dia akan pakai baju causeway link) yang jaga kat situ untuk naik bas seterusnya. Kebiasaannya diorg lepas je naik tanpa sebarang charge.

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Ni lah dia bas Causeway Link tu ya…

Ok sebab saya pilih bas CW2 ni sebab last station di Queen Street. Queen Street ni dekat dengan Stesen MRT Bugis. Selain dari tu ia juga dekat dengan Masjid Sultan. So kalau2 rasa nak terus makan, boleh lah cari direction ke Mesjid Sultan. Disinilah terletaknya Restoran Zam Zam yang famous tu. Banyak kedai2 makan yang halal di sini. Boleh korang makan tanpa was was.hehehe

Senangkan? Kalau ada sebarang pertanyaan bole lah tanya ya.

 

Apa yang best di Amsterdam?

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Amsterdam. Antara destinasi yang Hafiz rasa sangat istimewa. Berbeza dengan Paris dimana Hafiz kongsi aktiviti harian, untuk Amsterdam ni Hafiz rasa lebih sesuai untuk kumpulkan tempat-tempat yang mesti korang pergi di Amsterdam.
1. Museum Square/ Museumplein
Hafiz rasa korang boleh habiskan keseluruhan hari anda disini. Di kawasan Museum Square ni ada 5 lokasi menarik yang korang boleh singgah.
  • Rijk Museum

  • Van Gogh Museum

  • Stedelijk Museum

  • Diamond Museum (Museum Berlian)

  • Royal Concertgebouw atau Royal Concert Hall

2. Anne Frank House
Rumah ini menyimpan seribu satu cerita seorang anak gadis yang bernama Anne Frank. Perjalanan melalui ruang2 kecil di rumah ini sedikit menyentuh perasaan. Korang boleh google lah kisah dia ok. Btw tips nak ke situ, silalah pergi awal sikit. Sebabkan ruang yang sempit didalam, memanglah beratur agak panjang diluar. Tiket untuk masuk sekitar 10Euro. Oh ya anda tidak dibenarkan mengambil gambar semasa berada didalam muzium ini.
3. Albert Cuyp Market
Terletak dikawasan sekitar DePijp. Berdekatan dengan airbnb yang Hafiz tinggal. Pasar ni dah wujud lebih dari 100 tahun lalu. Dibuka setiap hari Isnin – Sabtu dari 9.30pagi ke 5.00petang. Korang boleh beli souvenier kat sini dengan harga yang agak murah.
4. The Port & Canals of Amsterdam.
Lepas dah tengok gambar-gambar ni, Hafiz harap dapat bagi inspirasi untuk korang nak buat apa di Amsterdam ok?

Pengalaman Menaiki Bas Dari London ke Glasgow

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Kali ni Hafiz nak share dengan korang pengalaman Hafiz naik bas dari London ke Glasgow. Memang best tapi jiwa kena kental sket lah sebab perjalanan mengambil masa sekitar 10 – 11 jam. Trip Hafiz ke London pada Disember 2016 ni memang tak da proper plan pun. Tiket jer beli dulu. Yang lain tu dah dekat dengan hari baru decide. Sampaikan bilik hotel/hostel pun bila dah kat London baru cari. Memang haru lah jugak travel macam tu..hee
Lepas dah beberapa hari di London, Hafiz ambil keputusan untuk keluar dari London. Dalam pada masa yang sama nak cari destinasi yang boleh dituju dengan harga yang murah.. Lepas dah buat perbandingan dan sedikit bacaan, Hafiz ambil keputusan untuk ke Scotland. Harga tiket dari London ke Glasgow lebih kurang £15. Dari Glasgow ke Edinburgh dan balik ke London. Best kan?
Ada banyak bas untuk ke Glasgow ni tapi Hafiz ambil National Express. Tiket boleh beli online ataupun kalau bukan peak season, boleh je beli dikaunter. Untuk naik bas ni korang kena ke Victoria Coach Station. Kena jalan sikitlah dari stesen tube Victoria. Banyak signage untuk ke Victoria Coach Station ni. Agak mustahil untuk sesat.
Kawasan rehat dalam perjalanan ke Glasgow.
Sepanjang perjalanan yang ambil masa yang panjang ni, Hafiz nasihatkan korang bawalah bekalan makanan. Cuaca sejuk buatkan perut kelaparan tahap yang luar biasa. Hafiz sempat sarapan pagi di kawasan rehat yang ke2. Dapat lah makan sikit alas perut.
Seperti Hafiz kata dari awal, perjalanan kali ni memang agak luar biasa sebab sampai dah tiba di Glasgow, Hafiz belum buat tempahan bilik… Bas tiba di Hentian Bas Glasgow lebih kurang 6 pagi. Dengan cuaca sejuk ketika musim sejuk ni, Hafiz gagahkan diri jalan keluar dari stesen bas. Misi mencari hotel/hostel sambil mulakan perjalanan ke destinasi yang tidak dirancang.
Inilah dia lobby hotel untuk malam pertama di Glasgow
Hafiz berjaya jumpa satu hotel yang agak klasik ni dan harga pun tak mahal. £45 untuk satu malam. Tak fikir panjang, terus check in sebab dia bagi early check in.
Hari berikutnya Hafiz check in kat hotel lain pulak sebab harga lebih murah. Lebih kurang £30 satu malam. Oklah tu dapat private room walaupun hotel lama lah jugak..
oklah kan?heheh
Jalan disekitar Glasgow ni memang berbukit2. Jadi kalau korang plan nak datang Glasgow ni, janganlah berangan nak bawa beg besar2 tu. Penat nak heret nanti melainkan korang nak naik taxi lah kesana sini..hehehe
Sampai sini dulu catatan untuk Glasgow… Nanti kita sambung lagi cerita di Edinburg pulak ok 🙂