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Monday, January 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR + MELAKA Travel Guide: Itinerary + Tips on where to stay, what to eat and what to see

Here’s a travel guide that will help you with your itinerary of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia + Melaka as well as tips on where to stay, what to eat and what attractions you shouldn't miss. It also includes how you can stay connected with your social media at a smart price so as you will stay in touch with your family wherever you go in Malaysia.

It’s diverse, livable, affordable and commuter friendly. The reason why Malaysia is one of my favorites among the few foreign countries I visited so far ----Hongkong, Macau, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia.

I was here on two separate trips.The first was my introduction to Kuala Lumpur and Melaka. The second was with my wife, we stayed in KL too and traveled as far North as Penang.

Let’s talk Kuala Lumpur and Melaka first.
Will do KL + Penang on the next installment.

A FAMOSA (56)
I love KL !!! 

3D/4N ITINERARY

DAY 1: Thursday
7:40pm --ETD Manila-KL
11:55pm --ETA --Kuala Lumpur

DAY 2: Friday
3:00am --arrival/ check in at Hotel (Bukit Bintang area)
3:30am-8:00am ---lights off
8:00 am --breakfast 
9:00am --leave for Batu Caves 
10:00am-12 noon --Batu Caves 
1:00pm-Back to Downtown KL 
1:00-4:00pm --walking tour of Petronas Tower and surrounding area. 
5:00pm ---back to hotel to rest and refresh. 
7:00pm --Dinner at Jalan Alor 
9:00pm --back at the hotel
10:00pm --free time

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How To Get to Kuala Lumpur from KLCC by Bus
read the my past article below for 

WHERE TO STAY
Radius International Hotel
Read  my full review >>>> here

If you are the picky type, RADIUS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL is not for you. But given the price range of the accommodation,I would say it is in itself a good deal.Cable tv, hot and cold shower,soft bed---although the pillows kinda smell a bit weird for me.But I guess one of the strong points of the hotel is the location.It is a few blocks away from the main road of Bukit Bintang which the happening place in Kuala Lumpur. You are near all the hippest pubs and restaurants and massage shops and cheap street food near Chinatown.Being here is being at the center of the action.
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Seri Pacific  Hotel
read my full review >>>>here


Seri Pacific is strategically located between two Train Stations --PWTC and Putra.PWTC stands for Putra World Trade Center,coz yes,it's next to the World Trade Center in Putra,and the other line (Putra) is the one which leads you directly to Batu Caves, which one of the most famous attractions in KL.The Putra line is also the line leading to Shah Alam where the Blue Mosque is and if you want to go as far Southwest,Port Klang.Seri Pacific is also walking distance away from Putra Bus Station.
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STAY CONNECTED TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Once you have already checked in at your accommodation, the first thing that you have to consider is how to establish connection with your loved ones back home. Wanna assure them you are okay? Or simply to be able to update your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) status in real time. 

While hotels mostly offer free wifi service these days, you have to think about how to be able to stay in the loop when you hit the road  ---while in the train, on a bus or simply walking around busy streets.

I don't normally avail of roaming service when we travel abroad because we all know how expensive they are. My 2012 trip to Malaysia changed that when I discovered that Globe offers $10/ day promo for unlimited surfing.


ROAM UNLISURF

US $10 - 1 Day Unlimited
US $27 - 3 Days Unlimited
US $40 - 5 Days Unlimited

I connected my blackberry Globe postpaid and bam! tuloy ang ligaya!
Kuala Lumpur is such a visual feast. Add Melaka and all of those food finds. Believe me, you don't want that phone idle!

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Dial *131*   ---it works wonders

GLOBE keeps you connected 
in Malaysia and Beyond
read full review on my past article>>> here

Australia-Yes Optus 
Hong Kong -CSL 
India- Airtel 
Indonesia- Telkomsel 
Macau -CTM 
Malaysia- Maxis 
Singapore-Singtel 
South Korea- SK Telecom (SKT) 
Taiwan -Taiwan Mobile (TWN GSM) 
Thailand - AIS (TH GSM)


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You can now roam worry-free with Globe Roaming.

Learn more about Globe's INTERNATIONAL ROAMING
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Batu Caves


WHAT TO SEE in KUALA LUMPUR
BATU CAVES
Read full review >>> here

Batu Caves, one of Kuala Lumpur's most famous attractions, is 45 minutes away from the city center.It is actually already in the outskirts of KL in the area called Gombak District. KTM Commuter Train (red line) has a direct link to batu caves. A few steps outside the station and you are already inside Batu Cave's vicinity.
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Batu Caves

PETRONAS TOWERS
The symbol of Malaysian economic clout. Your visit to Kuala Lumpur will not be complete without paying a tribute to this iconic towers. They used to be the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101 but they remain the tallest twin building in the world.

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BINTANG WALK
It's the shopping and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur. This is what I call "The Happening Street" equivalent to Orchard Road of Singapore.

Bintang Walk is home to many landmark shopping centers, al-fresco cafés, swanky bars, night markets, as well as hawker-type eateries. It is located in Bukit Bintang where many hotels from luxury to budget accommodations are also to be found. We were lucky because our hotel , Radius International, is in the area so it was very easy to access Bintang Walk. From Petronas Towers, you can take the monorail to Bukit Bintang Station and walk from there.

You will never go bored in Bukit Bintang.
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WHERE TO DINE
Jalan Alor
Read my full review >>> here

Also located in the area of Bukit Bintang, this short street is probably the most famous hawker-food street in Kuala Lumpur. It's al fresco dining with a lot of smoke but indeed a festive environment. If you think of Westerners as "sosyal" and prefer fine dining, Jalan Alor will challenge that perception. Here, people come in all colors and sizes as they partake on mostly Chinese Cuisine food offering.

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WHAT TO EAT

NASI LEMAK
("Precious" Nasi Lemak)
Rice cooked in coconut cream and tinged with pea-flower essence. Served with Nyonya Rendang Chicken, fried anchovy,half hard-boiled egg,cucumber,cracker and sambal sauce.
RM10.80
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Pie Tee
Crispy little hat-shaped cones made of rice flour to be filled with minced chicken,sweet turnip,carrots and green beans eaten with chilli sauce.
RM 8.80

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Sago Gula Melaka 
A pudding of sago pearl served with coconut cream and Gula Melaka (palm sugar)
RM 4.90
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Bubur Pulut Hitam 
A sweet broth of black glutinous rice served with coconut cream.
RM 4.90
Bubur Pulut Hitam



READ: 
DAY 3: Saturday

7:00 am -- breakfast 
8:00 am -- leave for KL's Central Bus Terminal 
9:00am-- Leave for Melaka 
11:00am --ETA Melaka 
11:30am -- lunch at RESTORAN FAMOSA Melaka
12:00 start walking tour
6:00pm --leave for Kuala Lumpur
9:00pm --back at the hotel
10:00pm --10:00pm --Massage at Bukit Bintang




MELAKA / MALACCA 


Melaka is located two hours South of Kuala Lumpur. Melaka City is an old port which used to be the seat of the British East India Company during colonial days. It's history dates back as far back as pre-colonial period but it's still existing colonial structures as well as diverse cultural mix are the main attractions of the city.


HOW TO GET TO MELAKA CITY

Take the Bus from
ERMINAL BERSEPADU SELATAN (TBS). It's a modern Central Bus terminal located  at Bandar Tasik Selatan. All buses bound south are here to be found so if you are thinking of going as far as Singapore, this is where you should be. You can get here via taxi from downtown KL. If you are on a tight budget, TBS is also accessible via train  All three train lines in KL have a station here, Bandar Tasik Selatan.
Read the full entry >>>>here

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan at Bandar Tasik Selatan (TBSBTS)

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN MELAKA
Continue Reading the rest of this article >>>here


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10 comments:

  1. So safe naman maglakad-lakad. Natakot kasi ko sa mga snatching at taxi stories sa KL. = Nagreserve din ko sa Bukit Bintang, pinag-iisipan ko kung maglalakad papunta ng Petronas.

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  2. Malaysia has to be one of my faves too! Buses and trains are very efficient and the food is diverse, and cheap too! The mix of culture is very interesting! I was there for eight days going to KL, Melaka and Penang and posted my itinerary also here :)
    http://thechroniclesofmariane.blogspot.com/2013/08/8-day-quick-trip-to-malaysia-itinerary.html

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  3. @michi--KL is one of the safest places I've been to. I never felt worried at all lalo daming tourists and they just walk around streets. Pag buhay ka sa Maynila, naku, walang wenta na yan. Nasa atin na lahat ng modus at kalokohan. lols

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  4. Super helpful KL guide. Gonna bookmark this when I get to plan my KL trip :D

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  5. The article is worth reading, I like it very much. Have a good day! And I hope you will go on to share your new ideas.

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  6. We've been to KL 2 weeks ago and I must say that there are a lot of attractions that are worth every visitor's time. What's your favorite KL attraction by the way?

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    http://www.nasa-travel.ae/package/kuala-lumpur-malaysia/

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  8. May I ask if the hotel offers free airport shuttle pick up? Thanks

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  9. I am not sure. At least none of the hotels we tried, malayo kasi masyado ang airport. I doubt kung merong me offer, and if so I think premium price, not free. ^^

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  10. This blog was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me.

    Appreciate it!

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