way to explore KL
DAY ONE: A
friend said she was stopping over in Kuala Lumpur for a couple of days enroute
to Australia and asked if I could take her around the city.
it’s been quite a long while since I spent time exploring KL, so I thought this
would be a good opportunity to do so. At KL Sentral to buy tickets for the ERL
to the airport, I saw an advert for the KL TravelPass card.
|The extra wide Special Lane at the stations|
payment card includes KLIA Ekspres airport transfer for a single or return trip
at RM75 and RM120 respectively as well as two consecutive calendar days of
unlimited rides on RapidKL rail services. That sounded great as the rides covered
MRT, LRT and Monorail lines.
|Hotel Stripes in Jalan Kamunting|
|The hotel lobby |
|The comfortable bedroom with a picture of 1950s Kuala Lumpur|
|Infinity pool with view of KL Tower (left) and the chill-out area|
|Part of the breakfast buffet spread |
be more thrilled. We took the Ekspres train from KLIA back to KL Sentral where
we hopped onto the LRT for Dang Wangi station. This was just a three-minute brisk
walk to Hotel Stripes in Jalan Kamunting. After she had checked in, we were
ready to roll. One word of advice: Use the Special Lane when entering and
exiting the rail stations.
We took the
LRT to Pasar Seni and exited at Jay’s favourite hunting grounds: Petaling
Street. We grabbed a quick lunch at Kim Lian Kee, famous for its Hokkien Char
or black fried noodles. Then we strolled down Petaling Street to browse through
the stalls stocked with colourful bags, fridge magnets, watches and get some
street food such as mua chee (glutinous flour bits tossed in crushed nuts),
roasted chestnuts, candied fruit and pork jerky before washing it all down with
Air Mata Kucing (or lor hon kor) and soya bean drinks at the Petaling
Street/Hang Lekir intersection.
|Arch at one end of Petaling Street|
|Entrance to Kim Lian Kee on the 1st floor|
|Kim Lian Kee's famous Hokkien Char|
|Watches to suit all preferences|
|Sports shoes of all designs|
|Recyclable shopping bags at only RM10 each|
|Lekor, goreng pisang and cekodok|
|Stall offering mua chi or glutinous rice cakes tossed in crushed peanuts|
We even dropped
in at Guan Di Temple, dedicated to the God of War and Literature, General Guan
Yu. Across the road was Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in KL, built in 1885. An ornate
gopuram (arch) tower gateway was erected much later.
|Guan Di Temple in adjacent Jalan Tun HS Lee|
|Dragon guardian of the temple Donations Box|
|The colourful gopuram at Sri Mahamariamman Temple|
Then it was
back to the Pasar Seni station to ride the MRT to Muzium Negara. Opened in
1963, the grand impressive building, with its Minangkabau roof design and glass
mosaic murals decorating the outside walls, never fails to leave me breathless.
|Entrance to Museum |
|Glass mosiac mural on the front facade of the museum|
|8,000-year-old homo sapiens skulls found in Kelantan|
|Proto-historic burial in Kuala Selinsing. The skeleton was found buried with pots and personal ornaments|
|Portuguese corridor at Gallery C, Colonial Era|
|Small steam locomotive displayed on the grounds|
galleries – Prehistoric, Malay Kingdoms, Colonial Era and Malaysia today – have
been refurbished and updated. With minimal entrance fees charged, this is
definitely a must-visit. Outside the building, an outdoor display area
showcases old cars, funicular train and old steam locomotives. Do allot at
least 1.5-2 hours to really appreciate the various exhibits.
Museum Negara. Opens daily, 9am to 6pm. Entrance fees for Malaysians are RM2
(adult), RM1 (senior citizen), Free (student in uniform and child under 12); Non-Malaysian
are RM5 (adult) and RM2 (child aged 6-12). Find out more at http://www.jmm.gov.my/en/museum/muzium-negara
|Hey Shorty! |
|Mini Me! |
Museum, the MRT goes all the way to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. “So convenient,”
purred Jay. “I don’t even have to worry if I have enough ringgit for taxi
fare.” Yup, it’s unlimited rides for 2 days and KL TravelPass card holders can
top up the cash value thereafter if required.
at Pavilion KL for a well-earned fruit juice at Farenheit Mall before making our
way to the spanking new Museum Of Illusions where nothing was quite what it
seemed. We had a terrific time seeing things from a different perspective, both
fun and deceptive at the same time. Located on the first floor of Ansa Hotel,
this is an interactive place where you can escape into the world of illusions,
holograms and intriguing experiences. Step, if you dare, into the Vortex Tunnel
or the Gravity Room.
Museum of Illusions KL: Opens daily, 9am to 11pm. Entrance fees for Malaysians
are RM35 (adult), RM25 (aged 5-15) or RM90 (2 adults, 2 kids) and for
non-Malaysians are RM45 (adult), RM35 (aged 5-15) and RM120 (2 adults, 2 kids).
|Juicy, succulent, meaty Macau Pork Chop Bun at Hutong Lot 10|
|Interesting wall of kitchen utensils at Hutong Lot 10|
having had our brains twisted and toyed with for an hour, we stepped back to reality and made
our way to Hutong Lot 10 to regain a grasp on the real world with a Macau Pork
Chop Bun. This was so succulent and tasty that we couldn’t help licking our
fingers. This non-halal food court at the basement of Lot 10 showcases heritage
food brands from wantan noodles and char kway teow to beef noodles, dim sum,
durian ice cream and more.
For halal food,
there are lots of choices at Pavilion KL (across Jalan Bukit Bintang) where you
can get dim sum, Korean fried chicken, Thai cuisine, local choices and even
non-halal eateries such as Wong Kok Char Chan Teng where we slurped on noodles
with Sichuan vegetables and minced chicken, followed by French toast stuffed
with peanut butter.
|Crowded Jalan Alor|
|Pick your favourite skewers|
growls appeased, we decided we’d do the Jalan Alor-Changkat Bukit Bintang
tourist trawl. Jalan Alor was jam-packed with hungry tourists, so we beat a
quick retreat instead to the bars and restaurants along Changkat Bukit Bintang.
We found an empty table at The Whisky Bar where we ordered drinks and sat down
for a spot of people-watching.
|Hip and happening Changkat Bukit Bintang|
picked up as the night grew and soon we were feeling the heat, so we decided to
call it a night. We took the MRT to Pasar Seni and boarded the LRT to Dang
Wangi and back to the hotel to plan our next day’s adventures.
DAY TWO: 6am.
Woke up before the cock crowed and grabbed a coffee at Brasserie 25 next to the
reception counter before we headed for Dang Wangi station to take the LRT to
Pasar Seni where we switched over to the MRT for KLCC. Such a breeze.
|Early morning queue at the concourse of Twin Towers|
7.15am, we’re at the concourse of Petronas Twin Towers where we joined a short
queue for tickets to Skybridge. The counter only opened at 8.30am but already,
most time slots were sold out and the earliest slot available was for 10.30am.
In the meantime, the queue was growing steadily.
the tickets, we decided to stop for a proper breakfast. Not many shops were
open at 9am, and since Jay couldn’t eat hot stuff like nasi lemak, we stopped at
Nyonya Colours to nibble on local kuih muih, washed down with hot coffee.
Suria KLCC had shaken off the lethargy of the early morning in readiness for a
brisk day, and we spent the next hour browsing through some of the shops for
shoes and bags.
we were at back the entrance to Skybridge, feeling really excited as this was
our first time there. I must
admit I found the Observation Deck on the 86th floor more thrilling
than the Skybridge on the 41st floor. Allow about an hour for the
complete adventure, taking pictures and admiring views of the city laid out
under our feet.
|View from the 86th Floor|
it was time to grab a light lunch and then head back to Hotel Stripes to check
out as Jay had a plane to catch later that afternoon. But no worries; she could
use her KL TravelPass card to take the KLIA Ekspres for the 28-minute ride to
the airport. As for myself, I waved her goodbye at KL Sentral and then, using
the KL TravelPass card, took the LRT for home.
|Tourists all set to go with KL TravelPass|
escapade was a breeze, thanks to the convenience of unlimited rides on all
Rapid KL rail services for the 2 days.
- KLIA Platform,
- KLIA & KLIA2
International Baggage Reclaim Hall
- Departure Hall,
Level 1, KL Sentral
RM75 and RM120 – includes KLIA Ekspres airport transfer for a single or return
trip respectively (valid for one month from date of purchase) and two
consecutive calendar days (not 48 hours) of unlimited rides on RapidKL rail
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