Revisiting KL, Malaysia

Working and living in Phuket, Thailand is like paradise…NOT! Well okay maybe I am exagerrating. Don’t get me wrong, I like Phuket a lot. The only thing I really don’t like is when I have to renew my visa (I will talk about this in another blog). I chose to go to KL this time for my visa renewal for a change. Also, it’s been like 5 years ago when I last visited KL. It will also be our (DF) first visa runs together.  Here’s what we did and some tips during our 3-days trip in KL… 1. Book a flight. There are a lot of airlines that fly directly from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur. Comparing fares and timings is very important for us (because we want to be at the Thai embassy early in the morning from the airport). In this case, Malaysia Airlines suit our requirements 😉 2. From the airport or going to the airport, I recommend to take the KLIA Ekspress (a non-stop high speed train service). This is a faster and cheaper way than taking a taxi. If you prefer taxi, then take the metered airport. No bargaining, no double pricing like that.   Here’s the link on the timing, fees, and other things you want to know http://www.kliaekspres.com.

Inside KLIA train

Enjoying the scenery via KLIA train

3. Then, look for a hotel. There are a lot to choose from and it all depends on your activities and preferences. For us, hot showers, a/c, good bed, and a wifi connection are the basics to consider in choosing an accommodation. We know that we will just use this room for showering and sleeping, so we don’t really need a fancy ones. Besides, our trip is just for our thai visa. But the best place to look for an accommodation is the Bukit Bintang area. Near the metro station, malls, hawker’s place, market, and night life.

Our hotel is called MyHotel 🙂

4. Food! – They say that Malaysia is a melting-pot of different races and culture…You have the Malays, Indians, Chinese to name a few. This explains the food choices available to us! It also reminds of Singapore foods.

Nasi Lemak

Turkish food – I forgot what it’s called

We also went to Jalan Alor which is like 5 mins walking distance from our hotel. Jalan Alor is one of the famous streets in KL that has a lot of hawker stalls to choose from. They start to be very busy as early as 6pm.

morning at Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor around 6pm

Jalan Alor

Dining at Jalan Alor

This actually reminds me again of Singapore’s Lau Pa Sat food selections.

5. Tourist Spots…

  • Petronas Towers (Twin Towers) – This is 452 meters and can observe the whole KL at 170m above the ground by the Skybridge or Observation deck. Tickets are very limited and is only purchased at the ticketing counter. So you have to really check online the availability of the ticket and viewing time during your visit.   Try your luck and be there as early as 6am to queue for the limited tickets they are selling. If not, then just take a couple of selfies and admire the towers from the outside.

    Petronas Twin Towers

    selfies w/ PT

    Photo taken from the Skybridge of Petronas Towers

    Inside the Skybridge

This photo was taken during my first time at the Petronas Towers. With me are my sister, Shylla (check her travel blog   https://heartinsole.wordpress.com),my son, and my sister’s friend Bea.

Inside the Skybridge, Petronas Towers (2009)

  • KL Tower : Where the famous revolving restaurant is located “Atmosphere 360”. You will not feel the rotation but you will notice that your views are changing. The prices are of course expensive. For reservation: http://www.atmosphere360.com
  • Central Markets, Chinatown, malls to buy souvenirs.