Kuala Lumpur at a Glance, How to Get Around
Kuala Lumpur will always be the first. It was not only my first abroad travel experience but also my first solo trip that I ever did in my entire life. The suitcase had been packed, the itinerary had been made, and return ticket had been issued. I was ready to go.
Using Air Asia, knowing as the best budget airlines in the world, I arrived in LCCT Airport Kuala Lumpur on 11.00 am local time. It was chili, raining and a bit freezing. But, I didn’t care at all, since it was my first solo trip ever. I couldn’t stop smiling and singing.
Hop on the bus brought me to KL City Center, I enjoyed my first impression of Kuala Lumpur. The city is not only the capital of Malaysia but also economic center of country. Got used to with all mess of transportation system in Indonesia, especially in Medan, I really amazed what I saw in KL.
Malaysian Ringgit is currency used in Malaysia. To reach city center from the airport, I needed to pay 9 RM for one way. If you want to have comfortable one, fast train is also available at KL International Airport. Entering the city, some high rise buildings are appeared and I could see how the city life in KL was. I arrived at KL City Center and took Taxi to bring me to Bukit Bintang, a neighborhood area in the middle of KL where many hotels and hostels are available around. I would stay at Putra Bintang Hotel, which is only few minutes walking distance to Bukit Bintang Monorail Train Station, enabled me to explore the city easier.
There are several ways to explore the city, such as:
- Bus. The easiest and the cheapest one. You just need to pay the ticket inside the bus or using card that you can buy for particular period.
- Mono-rel Train. They’re easy to find, faster and more comfortable than the bus. But, it doesn not cover all areas. You could pay the ticket at the locket at the entrance of station. Prices are vary, it depend on how far your destination is.
- Train. It operates within KL, out of KL city and even abroad.
- Taxi. Make sure that you use meter taxi. If you want to bargain, make sure you know exactly how much money you must pay to reach your destination. Some taxi drivers took the advantage from the tourists, especially if they know that it was their first time in KL. They will give the high price by making excuse that the traffic jam was so bad and they had to bring you to other road to avoid the traffic.
- Hop on Hop Off Bus. You can get the ticket at travel agent or hop on hop off bus station which are many available in the city. By paying 38 RM (price in 2009), you could hop on and hop off the bus as like as you want in 24 hours. The buses pass many tourist attractions, such as Mesjid Jamek, Merdeka Square, KL Bird Park, KL Tower and many more. It’s comfortable and cheaper than taxi.
So, what kind of transports do you want to use during your stay in KL? The choice is yours. Be careful and use your common sense wherever you are.
In my first night, to have more feeling of Kuala Lumpur, I decided to walk around the neighborhood only, preventing the fact that I would get lost in my first adventure. I presumed, it wouldn’t be funny if I had to be ended at police station to find where my hotel was. Bukit Bintang was full with tourists, and I noticed many of them were coming from Middle East countries. . On Saturday night, some attractions could be found along the street of Bukit Bintang. Street painters, topeng monyet attraction, street artists and musicians were there, trying to entertain pedestrians.
At the end of the day, I pampered myself by having ice lemon tea with a bowl Curry Laksa.