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Over the years, I have visited many awesome cities in Asia. I have seen the popular attractions and sights each place has to offer, tried and tasted their local food, and stayed at some of the hotels available.
As I do all that, I do my best to update this travel blog, and share my experiences with you. I will also review each place to help you find out if it is worth your time visiting the sights, try the food at an eating place or stay at a particular hotel.
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The Best Places To Visit In Asia
Well, some of it. For now.
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Some of the Best Places to Visit in Asia. For more info about each country, click on image
Tip: There are plenty of tips in each of my blog posts. Little gems to help you enjoy and have a better experience in the city of your choice.
The sections below provide you a little more info about each country and the cities – I share with you about Interesting Places to See, Food Reviews to help you decide if cafe or restaurant is worth a try, and Hotel Reviews to help you know if a hotel is good to have your good night’s rest.
Beautiful Bhutan – The Last Shangri-la on Earth
Ever since my first visit to Thimphu in Bhutan, I have fallen in love with the magical and mystical place. It is truly beautiful with friendly locals, and sights that are awesome! The peace and tranquility that exists there cannot be found anywhere else.
I always tell everyone that they must visit Bhutan. It is a beautiful city that deserves the title – The Last Shangri-la on Earth. Meanwhile, before your visit, take a look at some of the Best Places To Visit In Thimphu, Bhutan.
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Cambodia – Where Old Meets New
Phnom Penh in Cambodia has its beauty and its quirks. Click the above image to find out what I am talking about.
Or if you prefer to dive right into it, I have written Phnom Penh Hotels Review of The Bridge Club Hotel. See the awesome view of the city and Mekong River? It was captured from the high floor room I stayed at.
And if you are keen to know what the food tastes like there, check out the Phnom Penh Restaurants Reviews section where I reviewed the Boat Noodle Restaurant.
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Hong Kong – Many Worlds, One City
Hong Kong is absolutely awesome! I loved visiting this city, and have plans to visit again and again and again.
If you are flying to this city, and arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport, I highly recommend the Airport Express to get to the city. It is the quickest way to travel from the airport and into Hong Kong.
The food is superb and famous. Still, there are those that are all right, and those that are so good that they deserve a Michelin Star. And then there are those that only the locals know of. I share them all in the Hong Kong Food section.
Hong Kong Hotels
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As a peninsula, Malaysiahas many cities that have so much to offer. Metropolitan cities, jungles with wild animals such as the terrifying tigers, enchanting islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, and beautiful beaches with soft white sand. Just to name a few.
For a start, here are a few cities in West Malaysia that I have traveled to.
You need a good place to stay and have good night’s rest in Ipoh. Read my review of the local institution that is the Hotel Excelsior.
A small, relatively quiet and charming town. Yet, there are Things To Do in Ipoh that will surprise you. For example, there is the popular Mural Art sprinkled all over the town.
Ipoh is one of the many cities in Malaysia where you can find Really Great Tasting Food. Check out my list of Best Food in Ipoh.
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Kuala Lumpur, commonly called KL, is the capital of Malaysia. It is also Malaysia’s largest city, and one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in Southeast Asia. The city is deemed the cultural, financial and economic centre of Malaysia.
Malaysia is made up of a peninsula and the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is well known for its lovely beaches, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, charming small towns and modern cosmopolitan cities, and so much more.
There are many races in Malaysia; such as Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian. As such, much of their architecture, food, fashion, language, attractions, entertainment and lifestyle have interesting cultural influences.
Just north of Singapore, above the equator, and south of Thailand is the peninsula that is West Malaysia. Across the South China Sea, part of the island of Borneo is East Malaysia.
Together, they form the entire country known as Malaysia.
West Malaysia is made up of many states, and has many interesting cities. There is the exciting Kuala Lumpur, the charming Ipoh, and fascinating Penang. Just to name a few.
East Malaysia has two well known cities. The main city is Kuching. And the smaller city is Miri.
Each of these cities have different sights to see. All very interesting. And each has different and very tasty food to offer.
Races, Culture & Religion
Malaysia is a country with many races. There are Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian, and many more.
Culture & Religion
Officially, the main religion in Malaysia is Islam. At the same time many other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Christianity are accepted, tolerated and respected.
With all the different races – the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians – there is much diversity in customs and traditions that has gifted the country with a very colourful heritage.
Important festivals celebrated by each religion are proclaimed as public holidays. As everyone observes others’ practices, there is a feeling of understanding and respect for each other.
Festivals and Public Holidays
Here are some of the public holidays and festivals in Malaysia:
– Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Malay) – Thaipusam (Indian) – Chinese New Year (Chinese) – Hari Raya Aidil Adha (Malay) – Awal Muharram (Malay) – Wesak Day (Chinese & Indian) – Sabah Kaamatan Festival – Sarawak Gawai Festival – The Birthday of SPB Yang Di Pertuan Agong – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – National Day – Moon Cake Festival (Chinese) – Deepavali (Indian) – Christmas (Indian & Chinese)
Dates are not shown as some can change because they follow the lunar calendar.
Dress Codes & National Dress
Most Malaysians wear clothing that is of western influence. On special or major religious occasions, they will wear the traditional fashion and accessories.
Some Malaysians wear a form of a headscarf called Tudung. It is worn in accordance to Islam belief. It covers the hair, ears, and neck, leaving only the face to be seen.
As a visitor, please be respectful and do not stare when you see someone wearing the Tudung. Also, do not wear clothes that are too revealing or offensive in public.
Sepak Takraw. Heard of it?
This is Malaysia’s national sport. Players use every body part except their hands to get a ball over a net. The ball is made of rattan or woven palm stems. It is hollow on the inside.
This sport is also popular and played in many other Southeast Asian countries.
Currency in Malaysia
The currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit. It is sometimes symbolized by RM. The currency code is MYR.
The Ringgit is used everywhere in Malaysia. It is rare that an establishment will accept any other currency.
Travel Tip: Get ready Malaysian Ringgit when you visit Malaysia
Weather in Malaysia
The temperate in Malaysia varies very little. It is usually around 30°C by day. It does get humid all year round, and that does make the air feel warm and uncomfortable.
The northeast monsoon ushers in the rainy season from the months of late November to early March. Driest months are usually May to August.
But it has been noted that the weather is a little different these days. There can be heavy rains or even torrential thunderstorms during June. So do check weather websites before planning to visit.
There is also another thing to look out for, and that is Haze. This can affect visibility, and as such ruin a good vacation. This is known to happen during the hot months. It can be any time from May to October.
If you have any conditions that affect your breathing or heart, try to avoid this period.
Travel Tip: Check the weather before flying to Malaysia. Especially for haze.
Things To Do in Malaysia
There is plenty to see in Malaysia, both East and West. Each city has something unique to offer, whether to see, play, eat and even stay.
Things To Do In Ipoh
For a small and quiet town, there is surprisingly has quite a lot of Things To Do In Ipoh. First, there is the famous Mural Art on buildings everywhere that adds so much color to this sleepy town.
Just a little away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is the enchanting Kek Look Tong. A cave with a temple and many spiritual statues and artifacts. Plus, a hidden gem that is a paradise-like garden with lakes.
In recent years, the First Concubine Lane has been redesigned and given a fresh breath of life. The lane now hosts chic boutique hotels, local cafes that offer unique dishes and desserts, and retail stores with merchandise that is so different that you will want some.
Ipoh has a very rich culture and history. Both have inspired thought provoking museums. There are so many that you may spend an entire day museum hopping. I had time for only one – Ho Yan Hor Museum.
Travel Tip: Visit the Twin Towers during the day, and then the night. You’ll get 2 very different views of this awesome structure.
Then there is the famous Batu Caves. It is actually quite a distance off from Kuala Lumpur. But no worries. I have written a blog post on Getting to Batu Caves. The journey is really worth it. To see the giant Lord Murugan gold statue, the large and fascinating caves as well as the temples inside.
Kuala Lumpur has so many beautiful temples. Thean Hou Temple is no exception. In fact, this is a very popular temple and every tourist must visit.
For arts and crafts, go to the Central Market. The place has been refurbished and redesigned, and look splendid now. Watch for great bargains.
Speaking of bargains, Petaling Street is the place to go. Whether day or night, enjoy great food here. Night time is the best to visit this bargain hunting site. Read my blog post to know how to bargain here.
Things To Do In Penang
Penang is amazing! There are so many Things To Do in Penang! So many that I could not possibly do them all the last time I was there. There is the Street Art that is so famous, and is one of the reasons why Georgetown has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Atop Penang Hill is the gorgeous Kek Lok Si Temple. Go here to get a superb view of Georgetown. Definitely a photo moment!
And there is the educational and entertaining Entopia Butterfly Farm. I never expected to enjoy this place so much!
I will be going back to Penang for more!
Places To Eat In Malaysia
There is a lot of really good food in Malaysia. For me, one of the many reasons to visit Malaysia is simply to enjoy the great tasting food. Here are some of them for each city.
Places to Eat in Ipoh
A small and charming town with some really big hitters in the dining category, some really Best Food in Ipoh. I heard so much about Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken that I must try it when I visited. And I did. Local die hards may say that this eating destination is no longer as good as before. But to me, it is still super. (do not that the locals have very high standards for local food, and for tourists like me this is still very good) Read More
Foh San Dim Sum is like an institution. Everyone knows about this place that serves outstanding dim sum delights. Competition has arisen, and there are a few new dim sum places that is giving Foh San a run for the money. Supposedly, the one opposite Foh San is now reputedly better. Still, locals throng Foh San since wee hours of the morning. Read More
Let us start with the DC Comics Superheroes Cafe and Store. A really fun and thrilling joint that serves food named with superheroes code names. And there is the store that sells really cool stuff from the world of comics and movies. Read More
Then there is the iconic Madam Kwan’s that serves street food in a restaurant setting. The dishes are really great tasting. It is no wonder there is always a long queue at any of the Madam Kwan’s restaurants. Read More
Places to Eat in Penang
Penang Food is well known to be super tasty. Many tourists visit Penang just to enjoy the famous and popular food. In fact, hotels have maps indicating where the Best Penang Food are located.
No visit to Penang is complete without having the famous Cendol (or Chendul) at Penang Road. I have tried it. And it is the best Chendol I have ever tasted. Careful as there are copycats. My blog post will show you where this one true stall is. Read More
There is a lot of hype about Gurney Drive. I remember how good the food used to be at this place when my parents brought me here decades ago. Today, sadly the food does not live up to the reputation. Find out why? Read More
Like many dishes in Penang, the Assam Laksa has many copycats. Many claiming to be The One. For Assam Laksa, this is The True One. Where is it? Read More
There are many good fried kway teow in Penang. Tiger Char Koay Teow is one of them. It is so good that you might want to have another round. Read More
Where to Stay in Malaysia
To be honest, Hotel Excelsior is a very old hotel. There are many new Ipoh Hotels you can choose from, where you can enjoy more contemporary facilities and amenities. So, why did I choose Hotel Excelsior then? Well, it is an institution. It was the first international hotel in this sleepy small town. Recently, they have also upgraded the hotel, and the rooms are refreshed with many new services. Read More
In contrast to Ipoh’s Hotel Excelsior, I decided to try a very new hotel among the range of Kuala Lumpur Hotels. When I stayed at The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur, the car park area was still under renovation. Even the hotel signage was not complete. But the rest of the hotel was ready, and I had a really good experience here. One of the best features at this hotel was the Infinity Pool with a magnificent view of the city, and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Read More
Another hotel that you like to try in Kuala Lumpur is the Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Nestled in the heart of downtown zone, this is ideal for those who wish to be right smack in the middle of the shopping belt as well as the drinking holes and fine restaurants. Read More
There are no short supply of all types of Penang Hotels; five star, four star, three star, boutique, budget, and the rest. I find it is all a matter of where you are going to focus on during your vacation. If you are there more for the beaches, then the resorts along the Batu Ferringhi stretch is ideal. If you are going to be in Georgetown, then there are the many choices of hotels that have history and culture or a budget one like Cititel Express Penang. Read More
Shopping in Malaysia
Whether it is in the larger cities or smaller towns, you can enjoy the shopping experience in shopping malls, charming small stores to street stalls at night markets.
The range of goods is extensive. Some malls are known for lower priced goods while there are luxury malls, too.
The best time to shop is during the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, which happens around June to September every year. Do check online for exact dates.
There is exemption of duty on a range of items such as cameras, watches, pens, cosmetics, perfumes, mobile phones, computers, cigarettes and liquor. Islands like Labuan and Langkawi offer goods that are duty-free.
Tip: It is all right to bargain at roadside stalls or night markets.
How to get to Malaysia?
Since West Malaysia is a peninsula, there are many choices on how to get to this part of the country. For East Malaysia, it is only by plane.
Malaysia’s national carrier is the Malaysia Airlines. AirAsia is its sister carrier that is no frills and a budget airline. Most international flights land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
There are other airports in other states where more and more flights have access to. These are Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), Kuching (Sarawak), Penang, Langkawi and Johor Bahru.
From Thailand, you can take the national railway operator that is the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM, also known as Malayan Railways). This system used to travel to and from Singapore. But it has been closed. A new train system is now being planned to replace this route.
Bus and coaches are the best ways to travel to West Malaysia when you are arriving from neighboring countries such as Singapore or Thailand. There are many transportation companies that provide this service.
They have direct routes to various destinations such as Penang, Malacca, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, and even Kuala Lumpur as well as the smaller towns like Petaling Jaya.
One of the best bus operators we have experienced so far is Aeroline. We have used this luxury bus service often from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. The experience is very good. We will share about it in a blog post soon.
As mentioned above, there are buses and coaches that travel by road to many cities in Malaysia. This means that you can also drive into the country with a car.
Do note that you will need an International Drivers Permit (IDP) in order to drive into and around Malaysia. Do check with your car rental company for more details.
By Boat / Ferry
There are ferries that sail over the waters to various ports in East and West Malaysia from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Luxury cruises are also a choice if you prefer a more comfortable journey with all the facilities, amenities, great food and entertainment they offer.
Do check out the ferry and cruises sites for further information.
Walking into the island of Borneo is not possible. But you can enter West Malaysia from Thailand on foot. The entry points are at Wang Kelian and Padang Besar (both in Perlis), Bukit Kayu Hitam (Kedah), Pengkalan Hulu (Perak) and Rantau Panjang (Kelantan).
Getting to West Malaysia on foot from Singapore is not allowed.
Most nationalities can enter Malaysia without a visa. Depending on the country you are from, the length of stay permitted can be 14, 30 or 90 days.
To know whether you require a visa to visit Malaysia or not, please confirm with the Malaysian Embassy in your country. Better still, visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia website and the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for confirmation.
Do note that when you overstay in Malaysia, you are subjected to a possible fine. Currently, the rate is MYR30 per day.
Best time to go Malaysia
Almost every day is good to visit Malaysia. This is because the weather is almost the same throughout the year. The only concern is the monsoon that arrives at year end. It usually lasts till January, or latest February. And that can put a dampener on your vacation plans.
1st Low Season (Mar–May)
Weather gets a little warmer. Good news is it is not monsoon season. Also, fewer tourists than other months. Ideal period if you prefer to avoid large crowds, especially at tourist places.
1st High Season (Jun–Aug)
Singapore’s school holidays are during the month of June. Many Singaporeans too arrive in huge numbers to enjoy all that Malaysia has to offer.
From July to August, sometimes way into mid-September, there are many visitors from the Gulf region. Also, due to school holidays. Most are escaping the heat in their own countries.
2nd Low Season (Sep–early Nov)
September to November is less crowded, similar to the 1st Low Season from March to May.
2nd High Season (late Nov–Feb)
Late November to December heralds the school holidays in Malaysia and Singapore. Many Malaysians visit other towns and cities in their home country.
Then there is the New Year followed by Chinese New Year. Traffic can get quite bad during these months as many Malaysians travel from other countries to return home to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Do note that prices are known to escalate during the peak seasons. Even then, remember to book transportation and hotels in advance.
Also, do note that if you plan to enjoy water sports or beach activities, do not visit from November to March. This is monsoon season.
How to get around in Malaysia?
There are many ways to get around Malaysia – by plane, by train, by bus, by taxi, and by foot. When traveling between West and East Malaysia, the only option is flying. This is because the two lands are separated by South China Sea.
Travel between states in Malaysia is easy by plane. There is the carrier called AirAsia. This is a budget airline, and as such the flights are quite affordable. Another airline, Firefly, is also budget, and flies to certain states only.
This is a slower choice of travel compared to road transport, especially for long distances. For short distances, for example, Getting To Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur, it is decent and fast enough.
There is the ETC (Electric Train Service) that runs faster, and is comfortable with cool air conditioning. It offers fast connection between destinations. This is for West Malaysia.
For East Malaysia, there is a railway line that runs from Tanjung Aru to Tenom.
Malaysia’s highway network is extensive and quite good. One can practically drive from one state to another easily. Do note that there are tolls along the way, each requiring different amounts of payment. Do get cash ready or get the infamous xxx card.
Within cities, with the help of maps, a car can get you around and about. Alternatively, you can hire taxis. Taxis are available almost everywhere in all the cities and larger towns.
Do note that you must negotiate the fare before getting into the vehicle. They rarely go by the meter. Recently, Uber and Grab have started in Malaysia. These services have been found to be cheaper than the taxis, most of the time.
This is the cheapest way to travel in Malaysia. There are many bus operators. The two most dependable ones are Transnasional and NICE/Plusliner. Do choose the 24-seater buses when traveling long distances.
When traveling during peak seasons, which are holidays or weekends, it is wiser to reserve your seats in advance.
If you have ANY questions about Malaysia, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.
Thank you for reading this.
Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Batu Caves is amazing! It is definitely one of the Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur! A natural wonder and such an work of art by the lovely Mother Earth.
The large stalactites and stalagmites are truly breath taking. Some even form shapes that looked strangely familiar. It is no wonder it has become one of the icons of Malaysia, and a popular tourist attraction.
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur by Aeroline bus that took us about 6 hours. It was a very comfortable ride. Upon arriving at Kuala Lumpur, we visited the Petronas Twin Towers. It was a magnificent sight to behold! And to top it off, we were delighted to find The Suites Hotel, where we stayed, an absolute pleasure.
The next day, according to our plans, we made the trip to the famous Batu Caves. Below is the video we took of our Batu Caves experience.
Getting To Batu Caves
There are many ways of Getting To Batu Caves, and we chose to go there by train. It turned out to be a comfortable ride, economical, and only took us around 80 minutes.
There are many limestone hills, said to be around 400 million years old, in Selangor. And Batu Caves is one of them. What makes it unique is that it is the limestone hill that has many naturally formed caves, and temples have been built in some of these caves.
The largest of these caves, and the most well known, is the Temple Cave. The name is derived from the fact that the cave houses many Hindu shrines within its majestic high ceiling limestone caverns.
The word ‘Batu’ means ‘Stone’. So many people think that the name – Batu Caves – came from the concept that the caves are made of limestone. But the truth is the name is taken from a river that flows past the hills. The river is aptly named Sungai Batu, which means Stone River
Tip: Every cave has a different admission price. Please note that the Temple Cave is Free to enter. And opening hours may vary for each cave.
In the video, you can see a long flight of steps to the entrance of the Temple Cave. Originally, back in 1920, the steps were made of wood. Today, the steps have been rebuilt with concrete.
And the number of steps? 272!
Yes, you read it right. 272 steps that will test your fitness to the limits. Many people stop along the way to catch their breath. You can see it in the video too.
But it is all worth it!
When you arrive at the destination, you get a visual treat of awe-inspiring natural caverns that you will remember for a lifetime. I know I sure did.
Tip: Near the Temple Cave is the Dark Cave. There is a mini exhibition area that provides you information about the natural history of the entire area. And if you dare, you can explore the Dark Cave with a tour (for a reasonable price).
Magnificent Gigantic Statue of Lord Murugan
You can’t miss it. It is the huge statue at the bottom of the steps that leads to the Temple Cave. And it is in Gold! It is the Lord Murugan Statue.
This is the tallest statue of a Hindu god in Malaysia. In the world, it is the second tallest statue of a Hindu god. Its height is 42.7 metres, which is 140 feet. The tall image took 3 years to build, and was unveiled in January 2006 during the Thaipusam festival then.
Batu Caves Temple
Deep at the heart of the Temple Cave, 100m above ground, is the murti (consecrated statue) of Sri Murugan Swami. It was placed there by an Indian trader by the name of K. Thamboosamy Pillai in 1890.
2 years later, in 1892, the annual Hindu festival – Thaipusam – was celebrated there. And has been ever since. Thaipusam is a three-day festival that is held around late January or early February. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims converge to pay homage to Lord Murugan during this time.
Today, the cave and the temple combine to be one of the most popular Hindhu shrines outside of India.
Monkeys, Spiders, Bats and Other Natural Inhabitants
In the vast network of the caves, there are numerous natural inhabitants such as spiders, bats, snakes, and most visibly – Monkeys.
The monkeys are almost everywhere; as you climb the heart stress tester steps, and as you visit the shrine deep inside the Temple Cave. You can see them getting food and drinks from visitors.
Tip: Beware of the Monkeys! I have seen a packet of drink snatched from a visitor by a monkey. And I have heard of phones, bags, wallets, purses and more being taken away very quickly by the fast moving monkeys. So do keep your valuables close to you!
Besides the monkeys, there are lots of creatures living in the caves. Of course there will be right? This is their natural home. Visit the Dark Cave to see a mini exhibit where you can see photos of the natural history of this site as well as of these intriguing creatures.
Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Getting To Batu Caves
There are many ways of Getting To Batu Caves, which is one of the Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur. You can get there by car, taxi, bus or via train. We traveled from KLCC to Batu Caves using the train system in Kuala Lumpur.
Let’s start the journey, shall we? We began by taking the LRT from KLCC station that was at Petronas Twin Towers / Suria KLCC to KL Sentral station. Then switched to KTM Komuter line (the blue line) to travel from KL Sentral station to Batu Caves station.
In all it took us about 80 minutes because there was some time taken to find the entrances to the right lines, locate the ticket counter, understand how to pay for the tickets, etc. If you are familiar with all that, the trip should be shorter, about 60 minutes.
Along the entire route, we took photos and videos. Watch the video below to see how we traveled to Batu Caves from KLCC. Remember to turn on the subtitles for more detailed information.
From KLCC station (also known as KJ10 KLCC) to KL Sentral Station
The Malaysian train system is quite efficient and can get you to many places of interest around Kuala Lumpur as well as from Kuala Lumpur to well known sites such as Batu Caves. We started at the KLCC station.
Some parts of the train line is above ground, and some are under ground. The route from KLCC station to KL Sentral station is underground. As such, we took the escalator down and walked along a pathway to the station control area.
Tip: Make sure you are at the right station. See the station name. In this case it is KJ10 KLCC.
There was a map of the train system next to the ticketing machines. Locate that map to see how to travel from one station to another.
We found out that KJ10 KLCC station was along the LRT Laluan Kelana Jaya line (Line 5, the red line).
To go to Batu Caves, we needed to go to KL Sentral station, and switch to the blue line that was the KTM Komuter line. That train would take us all the way to Batu Caves station, which was the last stop for that line.
With that planned route in mind, we headed to the ticketing machines that were nearby. These machines are for commuters to buy tickets for travel from one station to another.
Do note that Only Cash is accepted, there is no credit card or any other form of cardpayment for the tickets.
Tip: Some ticketing machines only accept coins and MYR$1 and MYR$5. Get ready some small change!
And we are not mentioning the cost of the tickets because costs can change over time.
Buying the tickets was relatively easy. You just have to click on your choice of destination. In the next screen, you make sure you have chosen the correct destination, and select the number of tickets you require. If you need more, simply click on the ‘+’ button.
The total amount to be paid is displayed. Insert the cash (in notes or coins) into the respective slots. The tickets (in this case they were blue round chips) will drop out into the collection area. And you collect your tickets, and change, if any.
We used the tickets at the turnstiles, and entered the station. Then we got down to the platform using the escalator. And when the train arrived, we boarded the train.
Tip: Make sure you board the right train. Check the signages to see which side of the platform is the train to take to get to your stop.
Arrive at KL Sentral Station
The ride from KLCC station to KL Sentral station was quite short. It only took about 12 to 14 minutes. Again, depending on when your train arrived.
At KL Sentral station. we took the escalator to the ground level, and exit the station into KL Sentral, which is a huge shopping area with lots of cafes, restaurants and amenities.
But there was no time to shop. We wanted to get to Batu Caves as quickly as possible as we knew there was much to see there.
We looked around, and it was easy to spot the KTM Komuter ticket counter. There was a large sign hanging above the counter, and a line of people queuing to buy tickets.
We bought the tickets to travel on the KTM blue line from KL Sentral station to Batu Caves station. Then we entered the station and onto the platform to wait for the train that would take us there.
From KL Sentral Station to Batu Caves Station
It was fun waiting for the train. There was a group of tourists from Japan. We knew they were Japanese because the tour guide was excitedly explaining to the group what to expect and what to do when the train arrived.
Tip: Look out for the electronic sign! It will inform you if the train that is coming is going to Batu Caves or not. And an estimated time of arrival. Don’t board the wrong train.
We waited only about 10 minutes. When the train arrived, it was very exciting. It came in really fast! (see the video to watch the excitement)
When the train stopped, there was the usual commotion and excitement as people alighted, and everyone that was waiting on the platform started to board.
When we boarded the train, we found the seating style to be similar to that of Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). That is, the seats were aligned to the walls of the train, and passengers faced one another.
But silly us! We were like the blind men who only saw parts of an elephant.
As we sat, we began to look at other parts of the train in front of us and behind. And we noticed that seating on other parts of the train were different from this part of the train.
There were seats that were so comfortable with high back support. And the best part was that they faced the forward motion of the train. We loved it as we could watch scenes of the city through the windows when the train started to zoom above the ground.
Tip: There are designated cabins Only For Women. Do Not Sit in these cabins if you are male or couple. (see photo below) Kindly be respectful of others’ culture, please.
We Arrived at Batu Caves!
After about 35 to 40 minutes, we arrived at Batu Caves station! There was still a very short walk (about 5 minutes) to the actual Batu Caves. But hey, we loved how fast this trip was, and how economical too! Plus, we traveled in comfort.
We had a great time at Batu Caves. Again, we took lots of photos and videos.
Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is a sight to behold! It is definitely a must-see on your vacation itinerary and worthy to be considered as one of the Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur.
Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia During the Day
We took the luxury bus by Aeroline to Kuala Lumpur. It started at Harbour Front in Singapore, and ended outside Corus Hotel. The Petronas Twin Towers is across the road from this hotel, only about 7 to 10 minutes walk away.
Upon arrival, which was in the afternoon, we walked over with plans to take some nice photos and videos of this icon of Malaysia. It was quite cloudy, but we managed to capture some nice shots. Here is a video of the Twin Towers taken during the day:
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers during the day
Here is a photo of the building taken during the day:
It looks magnificent doesn’t it? The architecture is so interesting. We love how the structure has many facets, like that of a diamond or jewel, near the top.
Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia At Night
After the morning shoot of the Twin Towers, we headed for The Face Suites Hotel Kuala Lumpur where we checked in and stayed for a few days. Also took some photos and videos of this lovely new hotel, which we will share in a future blog post.
In the evening, we had a look a the popular infinity pool of the hotel. The infinity pool is popular because of the amazing view of the city and the Petronas Twin Towers as well as KL Tower. In fact, the featured video (on our home page) was one of the photos taken from the infinity pool of the hotel.
We were hungry, and thought why not go to Suria KLCC and have dinner? At the same time, we could grab the opportunity to take photos and videos of the Twin Towers at night. The video below was taken when we were very close to the building. Just below it in fact! We started with a shot of the fountain below and slowly panned all the way up to the top where the spires are.
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers during the night
While the Petronas Twin Towers Kuala is majestic during the day, it dazzles by night. The tall building sparkles like a gem from a distance, and shines brilliantly at close quarters.
Here is a photo of the sparkling skyscraper taken during the night:
There are always many people, mostly tourists, hanging around the garden and mini fountain area on the ground level, just outside the main entrance of the structure. Do not be intimidated. Just dive in and find some space to get that photo of you and the Twin Towers. Thankfully, people are generally nice, and everybody gets a chance for a photo of a lifetime.
* Photo Tip 1: Get across the street to get a better shot of the Twin Towers. Some people stop at one of those islands in the middle of the high traffic roads. Be careful. Safety first.
Photo Tip 2: It is not an easy task to capture your entire body and the entire Twin Towers in a single frame. But it can be done! Stand further away from the Twin Towers, and get your friend to squat really low to take the photo from a very low angle to get it all in the photo frame. Alternatively, some people stand on one of the pedestals and their friend simply kneel as low as possible to get that money shot. (you’ll know what I mean when you are there)
More Info About Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
So how tall is the Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia?
It is recorded as the tallest building in the world, that is from 1998 to 2004, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). At an unbelievable height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is deemed by many as the crown jewel of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. It is now an icon of Malaysia, along with the nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.
This international icon of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia was designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli. He chose a distinctive postmodern style to create a 21st-century icon for the city.
You can visit the Petronas Twin Towers on a more personal level by taking a tour. There are interactive displays and an elevator with futuristic edge that will take you 170 metres up to the Skybridge.
The Skybridge (you can see in the photos and videos of it above) connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, and is the world’s highest 2-storey bridge. The tour also takes you even higher to level 86, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur.
* Interesting Fact: The Skybridge is designed to slide in and out of the towers, swaying several feet towards and away from each other, to prevent it from breaking during high winds.
Do note that the Skybridge is limited to 1,000 visitors per day, and you need to get a ticket to get up there. So do get your tickets early as it does get sold out quickly. Also, note that visitors are allowed to visit during specific hours, and some days access can be closed too. So do check with the ticketing counter for more details, or you can visit the Petronas Twin Towers website for more info.
On the lower levels of the Petronas Twin Towers, there is Suria KLCC. This is a upmarket retail mall that spans 140,000 square meters. Tenants in the mall include luxury goods, high-street labels, food court, restaurants, cafes and many other types of tenants as well as facilities and amenities.
On the first day we arrived, we were so hungry that we did not want to wait in long queues at cafes and restaurants. So we headed for the food court, and had nasi lemak (a local dish with rice flavoured with coconut, often comes with chicken wing or fish, egg and cucumber plus other optional food). Big mistake. It was not very good.
On the last day, we had time, and explored a bit more. We chanced upon Madam Kwan’s. To be honest, I did hear about Madam Kwan’s before. So we tried it. And the food was very good. I will write a post about this later.
As mentioned, Suria KLCC spans 140,000 square meters. So there’s a lot of shopping. And a lot to see. Inside Suria KLCC, there are also an art gallery, a philharmonic theatre, an underwater aquarium and also a Science center. It is no wonder that Suria KLCC is considered as one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia.
We didn’t manage to experience everything because we had plans for other exciting places to visit, but some of Suria KLCC was good enough for this trip.
KLCC Park and Fountain
We read about the fountain and light show that is displayed every night. Earlier during the day, just so happened when we had our lunch at the food court, we sat at a table that had a view of the park and fountain. We told ourselves that if we were around the area, and the timing was right, we would enjoy this visual and sound treat.
As luck would have it, after dinner that night, we were just in time to catch the fountain light show as it started. Here is the video of the performance:
Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur – KLCC Park Fountain
The park and fountain area has jogging and walking paths, wading pools and a children’s playground that is ideal for daytime fun, too.
The photo below was taken from the park and fountain area, at the entrance that led to Suria KLCC.
Making plans to visit Kuala Lumpur? Hope this article convinces you to check out the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC?
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Also, there is a popular drink stall here. You must not miss trying this drink when you visit Petaling Street. It is so refreshing! And so good after hours of walking around here.