Tips for those who are going to travel to Malaysia for the first time! 🙂
1. One would not find it difficult to communicate, just as long as you know how to speak in English 🙂
2. There is no direct train station from the LCC (Low Cost Carrier) Terminal. People who booked their flight through Air Asia, Zest Air, Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways just to name a few, should take a bus to go to the city. But if you want to take the train to the city, I think there is a bus going to KLIA and there is a train station there. Just make sure to check this because I am not sure 😀 HAHA
3. You can go to the city by buying a ticket for 8RM going to KL Sentral. The bus station is a 2-3 minute walk from the airport. Once you step out, look for the buses at the left side. Go to this place and look for your bus. There are actually different bus companies so just try to look for the right bus. It took us about 1 hour and 30 mins to arrive at the KL Sentral.
4. If you are planning to take the train to go to your hotel, check what rail station is nearest to your hotel. If your hotel is on the route of the monorail (green line) which is in our case, once you hop off at the KL Sentral station, look for the signs that says monorail. The monorail is a 5 minute walk from KL Sentral. Just look for the signs or you can ask the people there. But if your hotel is on the purple line and yellow line, go up the KL Sentral and find your way to the your train station.
5. Do not exchange all your money at the airport. The best rates can be found at Bukit Bintang. But the rates in the money exchanger at the KL Sentral station is not bad at all. If you do not have any ringgit and you have to buy ticket for the bus, just change enough money at the airport to buy you a bus ticket and water (which usually costs around 1 – 1.50RM at the vending machines).
6. Using the ticket machine is easy. Just press the “English” button and follow the instructions. The machine can take coins and notes, it also gives change. You can also buy multiple tickets in one transaction 🙂 Do not be surprised to see this after paying:
the blue rapid KL token is actually the ticket 🙂
7. You can actually save a lot of money by riding the “GO KL” bus. It passes through the “must-see” (KL Tower, Petronas Twin Towers) and “must-shop” places (Pavillion and Suria mall for luxury brands, Central Market for souvenir shopping, Chinatown for cheap bags). The GO KL bus is for FREE!!! Yes Free!! There are two routes: the green (Bukit Bintang – KLCC) and the purple (Pasar Seni – Bukit Bintang). Ride the purple line to go to KL Tower and Chinatown, while ride the green line to go to the Petronas Twin Towers. Make sure that you are on the right bus. We went around the green line twice while trying to go to KL Tower. The GO KL bus can be accessed from the Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang and KLCC rail stations 🙂
8. In my opinion, the best souvenir shopping (magnets, keychains, shirts and the like) can be found at the Central Market. Do not bother going to Chinatown if you want to find the things mentioned. Be sure to check around the place to look for the cheapest bargain. Try searching for Arch at Central Market. They sell wooden souvenirs which are a bit pricey compared to other merchandise but is actually unique. They sell magnets, bookmarks and even iPhone 5 cases made out of wood. The quality of the shirts they are selling are nice too.
9. I was surprised to find out that there are a lot of good restaurants in Malaysia. Check out the restaurants and food that we tried here 🙂 just expect a lot of restaurant to offer only chicken 🙂 If you want to play it safe in terms of the food, McDo and KFC can be found in most establishments. There is aslo Burger King and Pizza Hut.
10. You do not need a lot of money going to KL. The train fare is cheap, in our case the most expensive train ticket cost us 1.60RM. You can already eat a lot of food for 10RM, but if you plan to eat at the malls, prepare 20RM. But be sure to bring extra money for shopping 🙂 The branded goods are cheaper here 😀
11. You can actually do a lot of shopping in KL. During the time of our visit, it was an end of season sale and most brands are on sale. The goods here are cheaper than that of the Philippines 🙂 but I haven’t been to HongKong and Thailand so I really can’t compare the prices in terms of shopping. One thing is for sure tho, better shop in KL than in Singapore 😀
12. If you want to buy clothes, look for the factory store in Bukit Bintang. Most of the clothes cost around 70RM (buy one take one), so if you want to find cute tops and dresses, you can go here 🙂 I may be biased tho because most of the clothes for girls are sheer.
13. We stayed at the Grid 9 hotel. It is a very comfortable hotel with good facilities and wi-fi 😀 Just look for reviews on Trip Advisor and Agoda. We had a different experience with the hotel in terms of the service, but overall if you want a good night sleep, try this hotel 🙂
If you think I missed out on some points, just feel free to comment! 😀