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Jun 17, 2010 - Transportation, Travel    No Comments

Transportation and its related advantages and disadvantages when travelling in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a huge city; therefore, its public transportation is colorful, yet often a bit confusing. Hereby, we represent you with the various means of public transportations available in the city, with their pros and cons.

Transportation:

Trains:  Kuala Lumpur is served by two train stations – the KL Sentral and the Old Railway Station.

  • LRT:  The mean of public transportation, which is closest to Metro in Kuala Lumpur, is the LRT.
  • KL Monorail:   With 11 stops, the Monorail goes through the downtown and stops at the most important destinations. Both tourists and locals favor it, and it gives a magnificent view to the city as well.
  • KTM Commuter trains bring people out in the suburbs and different ticket is needed for them.
  • ETS Express trains to Ipoh also stop in the Old Railway Station in the city centre, where domestic and city buses do depart.
  • KLIA is the name of the Airport transfer train that goes between   KL Sentral and KL international airport. KLIA also runs direct express trains. KLIA normal train is a good choice for you if you want to get to Putrajaya and Salak Tinggi.

Bus: Hereby we enlist the types of buses that run inside the city, as per their signals.

Ø      RapidKL bus – This bus has three different categories which you can only see by their respective signs:

  • Bandar (B)  mean the city centre shuttles,
  • Utama (U)   these buses go far from the city centre ending up in the outlying suburbs,
  • Tempatan (T) these are the connecting buses which generally take passengers to train stations.

Price of bus ticket costs roughly around 2 MYR.

Tourist buses: Kuala Lumpur has a great Hop-on, Hop-off sightseeing bus line that goes all around the city. These buses run every 30 minutes. You can buy a 24 hr or a 48 hr ticket and can use it within the downtown as a public transportation. Do not use them during rush hours that are generally between 11 and 17.00H.

Free Buses:  It may sound tricky but indeed Kuala Lumpur has two free bus lines: The GOKL City Bus and the Purple City Bus travels from Pasar Seni to Bukit Bintang shopping area. It is although hard to catch these buses and takes hours to wait them out.

The public transportation system of Kuala Lumpur is not too bad, but the connections are often failing. Be prepared to spend long time waiting at times, in case you would like to use connections. Public transportation is cheap. Travel passes or tourist tickets are still not used here, the only collective ticket available is the one called “Touch ‘n Go” which is valid for multiple travel and can be recharged. Inside the city, we advise you to use Monorail and LRT mixed up. As of now, you can buy one ticket valid for both LRT and Monorail. One single ticket for both costs around 1-3 MYR only.

Airport transfer: Kuala Lumpur Airport Taxi costs around 75 MYR, and after midnight, they can charge more. There is a taxi coupon buying possibility, which makes your trip more secure in terms of how much you pay.

Travelling from the airport by bus costs only 10 MYR while the train (KLIA) costs around 35 MYR / single trip.

Walking in Kuala Lumpur

When walking in Kuala Lumpur, be prepared that not every driver takes green lights seriously so pay attention when crossing any streets. Using KL train and Monorail is a great way to get around in the city. Trains go from KLIA Train Station and the bus station is together with the train station. Bus is usually cheaper but much slower than trains. Be aware that the pavements are made of such special cover that once they get wet, they get extremely slippery.

Travelling outside the city or country:

Trains are surprisingly cheap here; you can get an overnight train to Thailand cheaply that runs from KL Sentral Railway or from the neighboring Bus station.

May 1, 2010 - Activities, Travel    No Comments

Top 10 activities to do in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is really a diverse city where many Asian cultures meet in order to create a unique mix, which you will not see anywhere else in the world. This characteristic and the inviting all-year long warm climate makes Kuala Lumpur an inviting destination for tourists of all budget.  In our article, we will quickly examine the 10 top activities that you can do while you are staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1. Sightseeing: This city is really inviting for tourists with its colorful streets, colonial quarter, Chinatown and Little India. Kuala Lumpur celebrates many events and has many festivals all-year long. You must check out the great diversity, culture and architecture of Kuala Lumpur together with the former tallest building in the world the Petronas Tower. Do not miss riding the Monorail that gives you the best chance to take great photos of Kuala Lumpur’s downtown area.

2. Shopping: If you stay in Kuala Lumpur, you will quickly see how inviting a destination it is for shoppers. Packed with some of the largest shopping malls of Asia, you can get everything in KL City, from luxury goods to the cheapest gadgets. As all Asian cities, KL City is rich in all and every goods. You must check out the night market in China Town, which is one of the most popular activities to do, even for the locals.

3. Relaxing: Kuala Lumpur is a great place to relax. The city is packed with beautiful parks even in its centers, which give you perfect chance to relax. In addition, the city houses some of the best spas in Asia, including the Day Life Spa and the Puri Santi Spas, each one located in the city centre, yet once you are there, it seems as if you had been on a relaxing jungle island.

4. Golf: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is one of the most important golf destinations of Asia. There are various quality golf courses here and golf remains to be one of the most popular activities for locals. Popular golf courses include Tibwangsa Golf Course, Kelab Golf Course. The biggest gold course of Singapore is the Royal Selangcor, which is the place of several local and international competitions as well.

5. Eating out: Kuala Lumpur is a great place for gourmets and for those who love to takes local specialties. As it is the melting pot of different Asian cultures, you can get to find great specialties in the city from all around the world. You should not miss tasting the local restaurants, such as kedai mamak (curry houses), taste roti canai (a roll similar to pancakes stuffed with meat).

6. Going out: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is great for going out, especially its Bangsar Street area which is the real party place full of discos and the hippest clubs in the city.

7. Excursions: Some of the best theme parks and excursion sites of Kuala Lumpur can be found outside the city, which you should not miss out on visiting in order to see the real natural beauty of this beautiful tropical country.

8. Business, meetings, exhibitions: Kuala Lumpur has a brand new World Trade Centre that is its main place for exhibitions, fairs and conferences. The town has plenty of top quality executive hotels in the area of the World Trade Centre that makes it great for any business related programs.

9. Cultural entertainment: Kuala Lumpur has a very rich cultural life with its National Museum, Museum of Islamic art and lots of smaller museums and galleries. The Kuala Lumpur musical life is developing together with its theatres where they are representing a growing number of local and international plays.

10.  Formula 1: Kuala Lumpur has become excessively popular from the time its course has been implemented in the yearly Formula 1 tournaments. Yearly thousands of visitors arrive here to watch the F-1 run and this does great for the tourism of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

These are only some of the great activities to do while in Kuala Lumpur. Come and explore this magical city for yourself! Being served by one of the largest international airports in Asia, Kuala Lumpur accepts the world’s biggest airlines that all have frequent flights to Kuala Lumpur, one of the biggest and most important cities in South East Asia.

Apr 17, 2010 - Tips, Travel    No Comments

Things to Remember while travelling in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and it is the biggest city of Malaysia. It is among the most dynamically growing cities in the world, and despite being a relatively young capital city, it is already huge and it is still growing. In our article, we would like to introduce you and provide you with some handy information on what to know and what to pay attention to, while you are in Kuala Lumpur.

Nationalities living in KL City:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is huge and it gives working opportunities to millions of locals. The majority of the local people are from Chinese descent that makes more than 50% of the total population. Interestingly, the percentage of all national groups will stay firmly as people usually marry within their own ethnic groups. A smaller percentage of the population is from Malay descent, the rest are coming from India (mainly of Tamil nation) and from the UK and from everywhere in the world. The advantage of KL City is that English is taught to children from elementary school and it is widely spoken all around the city; therefore, if you speak English, you will not really experience language barriers when communicating with the majority of locals.

Religion, laws and customs:

The majority of Malaysia is Muslim (60%) and Muslim is also the national religion of the country, therefore, laws originating from the Muslim Sharia have been implemented in local laws as well. Similarly, to neighboring Singapore, all sorts of illegal behavior will result in severe punishment. Selling and smuggling of drugs is taken especially seriously. Women are advised to steer clear from dressing up too sexily and these sort of extreme clothes are not permitted to be worn here.

Be aware that you are not allowed to enter a mosque, if you are not a Muslim. In case a mosque has visiting time pay attention to wear suitable dressing, otherwise you are not let inside.

As per local laws, tourists are required to carry their passports all the time. Check out the visa requirements before travel.

Currency and prices:

The national currency of Malaysia is Malaysian Ringgit. 1 USD is around 4 Ringgit and 1 EUR is around 5. The abbreviation is MYR.

You do not need to give tips in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As in most Far Eastern countries, tipping is not a custom to be taken seriously and large tips are not even accepted by people

Safety:

Crime is not big in Kuala Lumpur, but be aware of taxi drivers and those friendly locals who would like to make you play poker with them. Take care because many of these locals just want to invite you to their home as they say so do not visit anyone you do not know about. There are some police officer scams, so if any police stops you saying they want to see your documents, insist on going to the nearest police station.

Health:

Do not drink water only bottled water and be aware that the food sold on the street may be dangerous, especially for those having a sensitive stomach. There are normally no vaccinations required for those not wanting to go outside the capital for a long time.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is an overall a great and a tourist-friendly city with good transportation system and great sites to visit in the downtown area, which is easy to walk around. The best seasons to visit the city are between winter and spring.