Hello, I’m Ryan a blogger from Indonesia. I rarely make blog post but I’ll try to start my first post about travel. This time I’ll share a bit of my experiences from my family trip to Malaysia few days ago. I and my family backpacked to Malaysia for 3D2N from March 27 – 29. It was my first time I at Malaysia even one of my sister were but she went there with travel agency. I’m so thankful to the internet for the information so I could arrange my trip well. All of the information I got from the Malaysian tourism site and others bloggers is about 99% useful n correct that’s why I want to share my experience so I can give some information for others tourists like me.
I flied to Malaysia from Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Indonesia on Friday at 6.25AM Indonesian time (GMT + 7) and arrived in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on 9.25AM Malaysian time (GMT + 8). It only took about 2 hours to get to this Malaysian airport for low cost flight. This airport is well furnished and have good facilities and also has shopping mall called Gateway.
After we arrived, we went to the transportation hub to get bus to our hotel. The transportation hub is on the 1st level. You can find the ticket counters there for taxi and bus there. We took the Star Shuttle bus to go to our hotel Citin Seacare at Pudu. It cost RM10 and took about one and half hour to Pudu Sentral Station. For others transportation information you can go to this link. The bus we took was not really good. The bus is dirty and old and they didn’t drop us into the station, not a good service.
After the bus dropped us on the street behind the station, we walked to the hotel. Our hotel is located right in front of the Pudu Sentral Station. The hotel is quite well, easy to find, good hospitality, we could check in earlier, the room is quite clean and small and slow wifi speed, but it worth the price. You can also ask the receptionist about Kuala Lumpur, they even gave us tourism guide. They also give us information to get Hop On Hop Of (HOHO) Bus.
We just put our luggage in our rooms and then went to the Chinatown to get HOHO bus. We walked about 10 minutes to china town and we had lunch then continued to bus stop no 8. We bought HOHO bus tickets there n wait about 30 minutes there. The 24 hours ticket price was RM45 for adult and RM24 for child, student, disable and elderly. You can find out more here.
The first stop we chose to get off at bus stop 9 in front of Central Market to Sri Maha Mariamman Temple but when we tried to find the temple, we found a Buddhist temple and drop by there. The name of the temple is Guan Di. After we took some photos, we continued our walk and finally found the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple just few meters from the Guan Di Temple. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is a Hindu temple and also has relation with Batu Caves which is one of our destinations too. We just took some photos from the outside of the temple. You can go inside but you need to take off your footware and maybe put it on your bag because they didn’t provide shoes selves and they would scold you if you put it in front of the temple like I did. Hehehehe.
We went to the Central Market afterwards. This place is good for those who like shopping. In this place, you can find a lot of stalls sell merchandise and some food. After we go around n bought some stuffs, we continued our trip and wait for the bus again about 40 minutes.
The next destination we took is Istana Negara. This is the place of the Malaysian royal family. We can’t go inside the palace, we can only take photos in front of the palace gate. The HOHO bus waited for 10 minutes here so we needn’t wait too long. We continued to the Kualan Lumpur Bird Park but we just took some pictures outside and then we waited for the bus again.
Then we went to Dataran Merdeka. You can find some point of interests here like Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Kuala Lumpur City Library, Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Razak Building, Plaza Dataran Merdeka. It’s a good place to take pictures but don’t forget to bring cap because it really hot, the sun is really intense when we went there.
The next stop we chose was Istana Budaya (Pallace of Culture) area which the bus audio guide said also about Titiwangsa Lake. I think it’s a kind of art gallery but this place looked so terrible. We were the only one of the bus passangers that hop off to this place and we realized that decision is really a mistake. We finally just sat on the bus stop and wait about 40 minutes.
The last stop we chose was stop number 22, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) area. You will find the famous Petronas Twin Towers. This great tower has a lot of facilities but we didn’t go inside because the last bus was on 7PM so we just went around the small park in front of the building and then get on the bus again.
The bus drop us at Bintang Walk because the operation time was over. After that we walked to the bus stop to took a free bus. We took Go KL Purple Line Bus to go back to our hotel (more route info here). The nearest stop to our hotel is the Chinatown and then we got dinner there then back to hotel. The first day in Kuala Lumpur was exciting, the HOHO bus was helpful to take us around although sometime it made us wait quite long.