DAY 2 – Kuala Lumpur
From Singapore, it’s a 5-6 hours bus ride going to Kuala Lumpur.
When you pass by the immigration, you have to get off the bus to be stamped out of Singapore so bring your passport and exit form with you and avoid wearing hats or sunglasses. I was scolded by the immigration officer for wearing one. The bus will wait for you at the exit so you have to remember your bus number or company.
Next stop is the Malaysian border where you need to bring your luggage to be screened for security purposes. Again, be mindful of your bus number because the same bus will wait for you at the other side of the boarder as you exit. Once you’re cleared in the immigration, you have to move fast and immediately look for your bus. No wandering around. The bus will not wait for you.
When we reached Kuala Lumpur, we were dropped off at Berjaya Times Square at 5:30 AM. Train Stations starts to operate at 7 AM so we did not have a choice but to take a Grab car going to the hotel. Yes! We managed to book Grab through our data connection using the international sim card we bought in Singapore. The trip costs 14 RM which is way cheaper than the 25 RM offered by the taxi drivers.
We stayed in SCC Hotel located at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 20-30 minutes away from the city center depending on traffic. The hotel does not allow early check-in but the staff was very nice for allowing us to freshen up in the restrooms, use their Wi-Fi, and take a nap in their couches for an hour since it’s still very early and sunrise starts at 7AM.
Everyone was ready at 7:30 AM so we left our bags in a secured storage room and started the morning with a breakfast at Restoran Al-Falah, an Indian Restaurant where meals cost from 3 to 10 RM. Their coffee is good, too!
Start the day right!
A must visit is Batu Caves, the most famous Hindu Shrine in Kuala Lumpur. It was hard getting directions from the locals and the persons we asked were not sure about the cheapest mode of transportation getting there. So we ended up taking a Grab car again which costs 14 RM divided into 4 persons. Not bad.
Inside the Batu Caves.
Jason and his favorite pose.
It was a good decision that we chose this as our first destination. We enjoyed feeding the pigeons and taking pictures. It was also not too hot climbing the stairs to reach the cave. Beware of the monkeys as they are easily distracted and may end up stealing things that you carry. But up there was a pretty amazing scenery. It’s worth it.
To make most of our day in Kuala Lumpur, we decided to immediately hit the road to visit the iconic Petronas Towers, a major must-see on my bucket-list. This time, we took the train and paid for 2 RM per person.
From the cave, you just have to walk for three minutes to reach the station. The trip took an hour before we reach KL Sentral but it was so comfortable we’re asleep the whole time. From KL Sentral, we transferred to another train going to KLCC where the Petronas is located.
‘Wow’ is the only word I can utter upon seeing the Petronas Twin Towers! So that’s another check off of my bucket-list! Yehey!
We also spent thirty minutes looking for a restaurant inside the mall so we can have lunch but nothing suited our budget so we headed back to the hotel instead. Poor us! We had our lunch at another Indian restaurant near our hotel (My boyfriend loves curry so much!). Then we decided to shower first and rest for three hours at the hotel.
One more thing, we noticed that the electrical outlets here are different from what we have in the Philippines. They use a Type G power plug. Our phone batteries are empty and even our power banks need to be recharged. We were able to buy an adapter at a nearby hardware store for 6 RM.
Our next destination is another must-see place in Kuala Lumpur, the exquisite and very historical Merdeka Square which is located exactly opposite the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and right beside the Royal Selangor Club.
Then from Merdeka Square, we walked going to Chinatown to hunt for noodles!
We’ve been craving for Chinese food and we made the right choice in eating at Kim Lian Kee, it’s a bit pricey but it’s worth it. But if you have limited budget, there are a lot of street food which you can choose from along Chinatown. You can also check for ref magnets and other souvenirs there. We were able to buy a fidget spinner!
We ended the day by visiting the very busy Bukit Bintang. It’s only a 15 minute bus ride away from Chinatown, but since we’re very tired. We opted to take another Grab car.
Bukit Bintang, the shopping and entertainment center of Kuala Lumpur, offers a variety of cheap local cuisines and here we were also able to buy some souvenirs.
Then back to the Hotel.
Batu Caves, Petronas Towers, Merdeka Square, China Town, Bukit Bintang
|Conversion: 1 RM = 11 PHP||Malaysian Ringgit||PHP|
|Season Express bus from SG to KL||18 SGD||650|
|Grab to Batu Caves||14 RM / 4 persons||38.5|
|Train Batu Caves – KL Sental||3||33|
|Train KL Sentral – KLCC||3||33|
|Grab KLCC – SCC Hotek||12.5 RM / 4||34.5|
|Grab Chinatown- Bukit Bintang||8 RM / 4||22|
|Taxi Bukit – SCC Hotel||12.5 RM / 4||34.5|
|Grab SCC Hotel – Airport||33 RM/ 4||95|
|Hotel||50 RM / 2||275|