Day 01 Family Holiday KL
Finally, it was time for our familys second trip abroad. This time we went to Malaysia. We got a very cheap low fares from Air Asia with only IDR 750000 round trip, plus IDR 200000 for airport tax, so total for the airfare was only less than USD 100 per person.
We took 12.10 flight (supposed to be 10.30, but was cancelled and moved later) and reached KLIA 2at 15.45 pm. The international airport in KLIA2 is huge and has a shopping mall inside. From the departure gate to reach the bus ticket counter, we took more less 1 hour. This is why there was a short reminder, to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the departure time. Trust me, you will walk like it has no end.
We took bus to KL Sentral, and it took around 1 hour. The bus was going through highways in Malaysia. KL Sentral station was full of crowd, since it is the interchange for people going to and from Kuala Lumpur, using KTM Komuter, LRT, Rapid KL, and monorail.
Our hotel is in Bukit Bintang, a famous spot for tourists and shopping malls. It was good that I have booked the hotel, thus, from KL Sentral we went directly to Bukit Bintang using monorail. It was only a short walk from the station.
Alor Street, where our hotel was, is always full with food stalls and resto, especially by night. By the time we checked in at our hotel, it was already 19.30 pm. In KL, during this hour, it was still bright like 5 pm in Indonesia. We spent our first night just by walking along the famous Alor Street, trying the local foods.
Our itinerary for 7 days in Malaysia:
Day 01- arrival at KLIA2, Alor Street
Day 02- Genting highlands, Chin Swee Temple
Day 03- Back to KL, Petronas Twin Towers
Day 04- Batu Caves, Dataran Merdeka
Day 05- Central Market, Petaling Street, KL tower
Day 06- Botanical Garden
Day 07-BB Walk, departure from KL
Some tips for travelling in KL:
1. Search hotel either at Bukit Bintang or Chinatown. It is more fun to have some crowds when you went back to hotel, rather than quite and dark street area.
2. It is even better if the hotel provides you with drinking water and breakfast. Looking for tasty food is not easy if you are not familiar with the area.
3. Hotels in KL are not too expensive, so find hotel which is comfortable, with elevator, and near LRT or monorail station.
4. Use English instead of Bahasa Melayu, but do not be surprised if they do not understand both (English and Melayu).
Day 02 Genting Highlands
I decided to put Genting on second day, since we arrive late in the airport and it is inconvenience to carry heavy luggage to Genting. Thus we left our luggage at hotel after checking out, and departed to Genting.
We left around 8.30 in the morning after breakfast. The breakfasts are similar for 6 day- stays in Apple Hotel, the place where we stayed Rice served with eggs and bihun. The breakfast was served at the rooftop of the hotel at 7th floor. Here is what we see every morning:
The bus ticket to Genting is available at the Basement of KL Sentral. We took 10.30 am bus, and arrived at Genting by 11.30, and transferred with Skyway (cable car) for 15 mins, and reached the peak of Genting at 12.00.
Our hotel was First World Hotel, the famous hotel with 6,118 rooms. Imagine that! The hotel is connected with First World Plaza, casino and indoor theme park, which are always full of people. You have to check in using check in kiosk machine. So tips for Genting trip: make sure you have booked and paid your hotel especially if you are staying in First World Hotel. Otherwise, you have to wait for a long queue.
We got 23rd floor room, with a view to hills outside. Amazing, how could men built big hotels in the peak of highlands.
After lunch, we took free shuttle bus service from our hotel to Chin Swee Temple. It was built after the successful of Genting Casino. Nice view and interesting to take pictures of the temples there.
We spent around 3 hours to surround the place. I, myself, climbed to the top level of Chin Swee Pagoda (9th level). Tired, but I got magnificent view from top.
Day 03 Back to KL and watch Petronas
We went back to KL and straightly went to hotel, before continuing our trip to KLCC- the Twin Towers. Too bad, it was raining during afternoon, though the rain stopped, the sky was cloudy.
The Petronas towers are so high, that we could not even see the top from near. Since it was very expensive, 84 RM just for 40 minutes, my sister and I decided not to go up, and spend times in KLCC park instead for taking pictures.
There was one Indonesian food tenant in Suria KLCC foodcourt, and it was nice to taste after 3 days in KL.
Day 04 Batu Caves and Dataran Merdeka
I was not sure that I am able to climb 272 stairs in Batu Caves, but after succeed to go up at the Chin Swee Pagoda, I am sure. Finally, my sister and I reached the top and see inside the Caves.
After Batu Caves, we returned back to KL and continued our trip to Dataran Merdeka. We visited Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. I have to appraise the Citys Government for making this museum very interesting, with old and new KL. Even, the souvenir shop was great.
It was fortunate to us, that we visited Dataran Merdeka on Sunday. The streets surrounds it are closed from 6 pm onwards. Thus, I could take full capture of the famous building Facade — The Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Day 05 Shopping Day in Central Market and Petaling
I put our 5th day for shopping purpose. The place for shopping in KL is Central Market and Petaling Street, the Chinatown of KL. Here you can buy souvenirs, chocolates, and many branded bags (KW).
After shopping, we went to see KL tower, the tower which is located in Bukit Nanas, and shaped like pineapple.
Day 06 A Walk in Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden in KL offered greenery view, lungs of the city. It was too bad that signages or directions to go to the Garden were very view. It is located near National Mosque, from there you will find the way.
Tips for visitors who want to go to Botanical Garden, use taxi instead of public LRT or bus. It is much more convenient and faster. We have to drop our itinerary to go to I-City at night since we were too tired roaming around the large Garden. But, overall it was a nice visit, to have lunch and watch the park inside.
Day 07 Morning walk at BB and heading back to Surabaya
During our last day, my sister and I took a short walk to the famous Bukit Bintang Walk. Lot 10, Starhill gallery, and Pavillion were on our way. It was a nice morning walk. If we continued to walk, there was a pedestrian bridge connection to KLCC. It was not too far, but for those who are not used to walk, it seems far.
We went back by free Go KL bus to hotel, and packed our stuffs, and directly went to KL Sentral for going back to the airport. We use bus again, since it is cheaper than using KL express.
Tips for reaching the airport: Make sure you reach the airport at least 3 hours before your departure. The airport is huge and it has a long wayyyy before you reach the boarding gate. In our case, we walk for one hour from check in counter into the boarding gate, and did not stop at all.
So, thats all about my family holiday story in Malaysia. Thanks to God who made this possible, through available time, power, and budget. Travel to places you have never been, for life is not meant to be spent in one place only.