me and family has been to Kuala Lumpur before, like 15 years ago. i hardly remember anything except i visited petronas twin tower, and the city was a bit dull and uninspiring. Now, this short trip felt more like ‘lets go KL for the weekend’. we packed very light and i only did quick itinerary research. Within 3 days (4-6 November). we managed to visit Twin Tower, KLCC, Petalling Street, Central Market, Bukit Bintang and Putrajaya,
DAY 1, 4 November 2016: Arriving in Kuala Lumpur, The Face Suite, Petalling Street, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Central Market, Symphony Lake and Petronas Twin Tower
Now, what i like best from Kuala Lumpur is.. affordable luxury. Yes! good quality hotel is so cheap. 5 star hotel in KL can easily cost half or even less.. compare to 5 Star hotel in Singapore. This makes finding and booking hotel is super easy. The ICON hotel by shangri-la, for example, their twin-tower facing deluxe room is only around USD150!. But anyway, since we are a group of 4 adults, i’ve decided to book an apartment from Airbnb. We got one priced at only USD 80, very2 good value: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15137719 . And for the airplane, we booked airasia for around USD 110, but mom insisted to buy the front seat which add USD 25 to total fare :).
So our AirAsia (AK383) took off from Jakarta at 08:30 AM, and arrived at Kuala Lumpur KLIA2 11:30 AM. We didn’t opt in for the inflight meal as whatever they offer, economy meal is never tasted right, instead, we enjoyed ‘homemade’ bread i bought the day before.
The plane arrived on time, immigration to enter the country is long but fast and efficient (in contrary, the immigration to quit the country is painful.. ). We had planned to catch a Friday pray. To my surprise, they don’t have a mosque in the airport! the closest one is 5km away. So as suggested by the airport staff, we took the shuttle to Mitsui Shopping Outlet (the mosque is ‘adjacent’ to this place). The free shuttle bus depart every 20min, from level B2, bus stand B09. The bus trip to the shopping outlet is about 20 min. Once arrived, we realised that the mosque is still 1.5 km away, or 20-30 min walk by foot. Realising we will never made it on time for Friday Pray (at 1:15PM), we took the same bus back to the airport and picked up Mom who wait and sit comfortably at Boost Juice store (we ordered a medium sized orang juice for 20 MYR )
There are different options to go to downtown KL from Airport, Train, Bus, Taxi and Grab / Uber. Train cost about 30 MYR per person, Taxi has fixed fare of 90 – 110 MYR, the most affordable is Grab at flat fare of 65 MYR. We booked a grab and asked the driver to bring us to the Face Suite. From Airport to our Airbnb Apartment, took 50 min, most of which spent on freeway (omg why the airport has to be so far ).
So the Face Suite is located in KLCC area, its surrounded by other apartment (Summer suite and Fraser Residence). The Face Suite is also relatively new (opened in January 2016), so its very clean and modern. I follow the host instruction to retrieve the apartment key from the mailbox
Located at floor 45, the apartment has minimalist design , mostly IKEA furnished, spacious and clean! my mom loves it. Two bedroom and two bathroom, complete kitchen set and view of twin tower.
So we rested for a while, mom prepared us lunch she brought from home (super tasty! thanks Mom).
The first place we visited is Petalling Street, we went there using Grab for only 7 RM (cheap!). Petalling Street is the chinatown of the city. in a 500 meter street, is a flea market with various street vendors selling fashion knock-offs such as watches, shirts, souvenirs, knick-knacks, and electronics. Coming from Indonesia, we thought their cheap pricing isnt interesting. Haggling is required (you should probably start with one third of price quoted). i saw several westerner negotiated for a bag or clothes. We didn’t buy any though.
At the end of the street, we took one turn right into Jalan Tun H Slee and stop for photograph of Sri Mahamariamman Temple. The temple is the oldest Hindu Temple in Kuala Lumpur, founded in 1873. it feature the ornate ‘Raja Gopuram’ tower. I believe renovation to the tower is needed, the color looks a bit dull.
We continued our walk to Kasturi Walk, where there is Central Market or Pasar Seni. Kasturi Walk is similar to Petalling Street where vendors are selling knock-off goods and knick knacks, with addition to vendor selling hot snacks and cold drinks. Central Market is an aircon building with vendors selling traditional crafts, arts, clothes, costumes, snacks and etc. We bought several beryl chocolates (the tiramisu chocolate is a win! and traditional snacks here, as the price is quite attractive. The place was quiet, i guess because it was working day (Friday).
then using UBER (Grab wasn’t available), we went to Twin Tower Petronas at KLCC. There was traffic and the driver dropped us on the street near the twin tower complex. Seeing Petronas in internet photo doesn’t justify how glorious it actually looks. Its a bright, tall and looks very strong and solid structure. We tried to take photo in front of the building, but the spot lighting pretty much create massive backlight resulting in dark faces photo.
So at the base of the twin tower is actually a huge mall, Suria KLCC. we walked pass through it into the symphony lake, where it has colourful water fountain show that plays hourly in the evening (we saw the show at 9PM). It was okay, colourful, but i didn’t like the song the fountain plays into (some kind of Indian – Malay music, not exactly a match the rhytm of the fountain show).
Last of the day, we returned to our apartment and checkout the fabulous view of the skydeck pool. amazing view that remind me of Marina Bay Sands pool in Singapore.
DAY 2, 5 November 2016: Petronas Twin Tower, Putrajaya, Restaurant TG Nasi Kandar, Beryl Chocolate Kingdom, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang
Unhappy with dark photo of petronas tower yesterday, we returned to the tower for a day light photo :).
We took Grab to Putrajaya for 37 RM, my bro wanted to check out the Putra Mosque as he has been there 15 years ago. The trip took about 45 minutes and we also made a deal with the driver to took us back to Kuala Lumpur for 40 RM.
Putra Mosque is the principal mosque of Putrajaya City. It is located next to Perdana Putra, which houses the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office and Putrajaya Lake with iconic Seri Wawasan Bridge. So yes, its a one stop place for main tourist spot in Putrajaya, no wonder there were so many tour bus bringing groups of tourist from Mainland China.
The mosque itself is huge with rose-tinted granite and pink dome. Female visitor is required to borrow the robe to cover their head for free, prior to entering the mosque.
After about one hour, we returned back to the Kuala Lumpur. Hungry, we decided to eat at restaurant TG nasi kandar at Bukit Bintang. TG nasi kandar is an authentic Malaysian restaurant, selling halal food with influence of Indian cuisine and Malay. I ordered white rice + lamb curry (huge portion), my brother ordered briyani rice + lamb curry, teh tarik, chicken cheese martabak and Roti Tisu.
My plate of rice and lamb curry is very good! the lamb is so tender and not smelly. The curry has mild taste and not too thick. Teh Tarik is also very good!. Chicken Cheese martabak is not so good, but its probably because no other country can beat Indonesia when it come to Martabak. Roti Tisu is the real winner here! its basically a roti canai shaped like a cone tower and topped with condensed milk and sugar.
Next stop is Beryl Chocolate Kingdom, not too far from Bukit Bintang. Its a place that sells all variant of Beryl Chocolate, you should try the Tiramisu and Durian flavour. When we got there, it was VERY CROWDED with VERY NOISY Mainland china tourist. their notorious bad attitude is undoubted. One of them is trying to sneak in cashier queue line in front me, the cashier noticed and ask him to go all the way back to the beginning of the line. DON’T GO HERE. apart from being super touristy, i feel that the chocolate here is also overpriced. for example: a bag of 350g tiramisu chocolate is priced at 60 MYR. While the same quantity i can buy from Central Market for about 35 MYR. AVOID THIS PLACE. tourist trap yeah.
Tired, we returned to the Face Suite for short resting. our cold aircon room felt like heaven on Kuala Lumpur summer heat.
On the evening, we visited Pavilion mall, checking out branded stores like Louis Vuitton, MYM, Armani Exchange, and etc. The branded store there has more latest item compare to their Indonesia branch. Albeit, the price tag is far more expensive than HongKong. Lastly, we walked to Sungei Wang Plaza to visit Giant Supermarket.
DAY 3, 6 November 2016: Swim the skydeck pool!, Tesco Ampang and return to Jakarta.7 AM,
me and my brother swim at the skydeck, there wasn’t many people and again the view is fantastic.
after cleaning up, we went far to Tesco Ampang, about 20 min ride using UBER (11 MYR). Mom really wanted to see larger supermarket. and i couldn’t agree more. One place that makes a good souvenir shopping is definitely local supermarket. At Tesco, we bought imported snacks that we didn’t find at Indonesia.
Finding UBER or GRAB from Tesco Ampang wasn’t easy as the place is slightly out of center and there wasn’t many drivers around. But we managed to get UBER surging at 1.8 rate :|, that’s 20 MYR to the apartment. After checking out (actually, just me returning the apartment key to the mailbox), we were picked up by an arranged driver to the airport (Nissan Livina XGear for 80MYR fixed rate <– this is a good price, a smaller taxi that can only fit 3 people can cost 110 MYR).
Remember, KLIA airport is VERY far. plan 3 hours ahead of your flight time to go to the airport. One plane was at 14:55 and we left the apartment at 12:00. Immigration Queue is soooooo fkn long! (like 50 sec per person, and there were 30 person in front of us).
We didn’t have time to check out more shops at the airport, but we stopped by various store selling Beryl Chocolate, and their price is not much different from their stores at Kuala Lumpur.
Our Airasia Plane arrived in Jakarta at around 16:30 PM.