Kuala Lumpur "K.L."
Stayed here and wasn't impressed. Although service was good, rooms are a bit old. Room rate was M$165.00 - double bed.
Close to all amenities though like the Bintang Walk, MRT, Malls: Lot 10 shopping plaza, Sungei Wang, BB Plaza, Starhill shopping complex. Eateries are all nearby and walking distance.
On the way back to Canada after Penang, K.K. etc. stayed at the Federal for two nights. Much better rooms etc. and a stone's throw from the previous Coronade Hotel. It was around M$180.00 per night - double beds.
The massage parlour located at the basement of the hotel is one of the very best I found. Rates are reasonable.
City tour-Jalan Bukit Bintang & Jalan Imbi
"I am KL Gal"
Jalan Imbi within golden triangle are famous with Bak Kut Teh (pork meat in herbal soup). You also can find a lot of mamak stall around there. Mamak stall are famous with nasi lemak, roti canai, mee mamak & a lot more..Yummy.. yummy...
Jalan Bukit Bintang are famous and crowded all the time. There have many shopping complex around there like Sungei Wang Plaza (SWP) (You can get many cheap stuff for souvenir over there), Lot 10 in front of SWP, BB Plaza beside SWP, Berjaya Times Square (10 minutes walk from SWP, u can also take monorail (city commuter) from SWP to Berjaya Times Square), Starhill Gallery & KL Plaza (10 minutes walk from SWP), Low Yat Plaza (5 minutes walk from SWP). You can get a good bargain for computer items inside the Low Yat Plaza. For transport, I suggest you look for Monorail, Putra LRT, Komuter & Star LRT. All this public transport can help you to get away from the hactic traffic around the city. The price is reasonable too.
Accomadation-You can find parkroyal hotel, coronade hotel, melia hotel, regent hotel, westin hotel, jw marriott hotel & many more. All these hotel are only 10 to 15 minutes walk from SWP.
KLumpur - IntraCity Travel
"Public Transport in Kuala Lumpur"
There have been numerous request for information relating to public transport within Kuala Lumpur.... It is with this in mind that I have constructed this travelogue... and hope this is useful for visitors to the Malaysian capital city....
Like all big cities of the world, public transport within the city can be chaotic, especially for first time visitors to the city.... and Kuala Lumpur is no exception.... Kuala Lumpur has its share of traffic jams - bad enough though not as bad as that of Bangkok or Manila... a word of advice, however, is necessary.... Avoid peak hour traffic in the city ie from 07:00 to 09:30 and 16:30 to 19:00.... and when there is a downpour... as parts of Kuala Lumpur can be flooded (yes... you read it correctly..."flooded"..), and traffic can be grid-locked with closed flooded roads and major traffic diversions from these flooded roads... you can spend hours on the road because of these traffic jamsssssss...
Essentially, there are 5 means of transport in this megatropolis viz
the "eleven" system
the private transport system
the train system
the bus system and
the taxi system
The cheapest is to use the "eleven" system.... all you need is a pair of strong, sturdy legs (thus 11).... and a bottle or two of mineral water, and a good map of the city... but, alas, not all places can be reached by walking, and not forgetting the hot and humid Malaysian weather.... you will tired fast....
You will indeed be lucky if you have a local friend who can show you around the city.... most likely, you will be chauffered in his private car, the next important mode termed "the private transport" system.... with the often talked about Malaysian hospitality, lunch/dinner treat will be thrown in by your ever generous Malaysian host...
To avoid the infamous Kuala Lumpur traffic jams, the best is to make use of the city's train system... but again, not all attractions are by the train stations... some may be within walking distance but others may entail the additional use of the other transport systems (bus or taxi)... There are 3 MRT system for intra-city travel and a inter-city system for sub-urban travel.... The 3 MRT systems are KL Monorail, STAR and PUTRA lines while the inter-city train for sub-urban travel is the KTM Komuter....
The KTM Komuter is an inter-city service to the KuaLa Lumpur suburbs.... Consisting of 2 main lines... one line runs from Rawang (in the north) and Seremban (in the south) while the other runs from Sentul (in the east) to Pelabuhan (Port) Kelang (to the west)..... These two lines met at the KL Sentral Interchange, which is the main transport hub in Kuala Lumpur... the 2 lines also runs parallel thru 3 common stations (viz KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur and Bank Negara)... The komuter runs every 30 minutes and every 15 minutes during morning and evening peak hours...
The KTM Komuter intersects the STAR line as follows;
Bandar Tasik Selatan at Bandar Tasik Selatan
Bandaraya at Bank Negara
The KTM Komuter intersects the KL Monorail line as follows;
KL Sentral at KL Sentral
Places of interest along the KTM Komuter lines are The Mines Wonderland and The Mines Beach Resort (at Serdang Station)....At the end of the line Pelabohan Kelang station, passengers can take a boat to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) to experience the lifestyle of a fisherman and enjoy good and cheap seafood on the island....
Those going to the international airport (KLIA) at Sepang, can transfer to an airport coach at Nilai station for the 30 minutes ride to KLIA... or take the KLIA Transit train from Bandar Tasik Selatan directly to the KLIA as well....
The first MRT line to be operational is the STAR line.... It runs a Y-shaped network from Sentul Timur to Ampang and Sri Petaling branching off at the Chan Sow Lin station... Trains are regular at 15-minute intervals, and more often during the peak morning and evening periods...
The STAR line intersects the PUTRA line as follows:
Masjid Jamek at Masjid Jamek
The STAR line also intersects the KL Monorail as follows:
Hang Tuah at Hang Tuah
Titiwangsa at Titiwangsa
The STAR line also intersects the KTM Komuter as follows:
Bandar Tasik Selatan at Bandar Tasik Selatan
Bank Negara at Bandaraya
Places of interest along the STAR line includes The National Stadium (at Bukit Jalil station), Chinatown (at Plaza Rakyat station), Masjid Jamek mosque, Central Market, High Court Buildings, The Padang and National Mosque (at Masjid Jamek station), Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman shopping area (at Bandaraya station) and Putra Place Shopping Mall (at PWTC station)..
Hotels within walking distance of the STAR line include:
Bestotel (Titiwangsa station)
Grand Pacific Hotel (Titiwangsa station)
Hotel Grand Continental (Sultan ismail)
Hotel Malaya(Plaza Rakyat station)
Impiana Hotel (Plaza Rakyat station)
Pan Pacific Hotel (PWTC station)
Plaza Hotel (Sultan Ismail)
Quality Hotel City Centre (Bandaraya)
Swiss Inn (Plaza Rakyat station)
Vistana Hotel (Titiwangsa station)
The PUTRA line is a single running from Kelana Jaya to its Terminal Putra at Gombak... Trains are very regular at 6 minutes intervals...
The PUTRA line intersects the STAR line as follows:
Masjid Jamek at Masjid Jamek
The PUTRA line intersects the KTM Komuter as follows:
KL Sentral at KL Sentral
The PUTRA line intersects the KL Monorail line as follows:
Bukit Nanas at Dang Wangi
Places of interest along the PUTRA line includes KL Sentral Transport Hub (at KL Sentral station), Chinatown and Central Market (at Pasar Seni station), Masjid Jamek mosque, High Court Buildings, The Padang and National Mosque (at Masjid Jamek station), KL PetronasTwin Towers (at KLCC station) and Ampang Shopping Complex (at Ampang Park station)..
Hotels within walking distance of the PUTRA line include:
Armada Hotel (Asia Jaya station)
Corus Hotel (KLCC station)
Crown Princess Hotel (Ampang Park station)
Grand Maya Hotel (KLCC station)
Mandarin Oriental Hotel KLCC Station)
Nikko Hotel (Ampang Park station)
PJ Hilton Hotel (Taman Jaya station)
The latest addition is the KL Monorail system...The train also runs at regular 20 minutes intervals on a single line from KL Sentral to Titiwangsa...
The KL Monorail intersects the STAR line as follows:
Hang Tuahat Hang Tuah
Titiwangsa at Titiwangsa
The KL Monorail intersects the KTM Komuter as follows:
KL Sentral at KL Sentral
The KL Monorail intersects the PUTRA line as follows:
Dang Wangi at Bukit Nanas
The KL Monorail passes thru Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle...Places of interest along the KL Monorail line includes KL Sentral Transport Hub (at KL Sentral station), Chinatown (at Maharajalela station), Berjaya Times Square Shopping (at Imbi station), Bukit Bintang Shopping Area (at Bukit Bintang station) and Chow Kit Shoppijg Area (at Chow Kit station)..
Hotels within walking distance of the KL Monorail line include:
Berjaya Times Square Hotel (Imbi station)
Capitol Hotel (Imbi station)
Concorde Hotel (Bukit Nanas station)
Coronade Hotel (Bukit Bintang station)
Equatorial Hotel (Sultan Ismail station)
Federal Hotel (Imbi station)
Grand Maya Hotel (Bukit Nanas station)
Hotel Istana (Sultan Ismail station)
JW Marriot Hotel (Bukit Nanas station)
Melia Hotel (Imbi station)
Mutiara Hotel (Sultan Ismail station)
New World Hotel (Bukit Nanas station)
Regent Hotel (Bukit Nanas station)
Renaissance Hotel (Bukit Nanas station)
Shangri-la Hotel (Bukit Nanas station)
Sheraton Imperial Hotel (Wawasan station)
Vistana Hotel (Titiwangsa station)
Westin Kuala Lumpur Hotel (Bukit Bintang station)
You can change from the KTM Komuter and the other 3 MRT systems at the various Interchange stations... The system is not seamless and there is no single thru ticket to travel on each system... You will have to exit the station from one system and then walk to the station of next system... most of the linking walkways are not covered and you have to take note of this during a downpour....
It is to be noted that some of the interchange stations are not of similar station name although most of them are.... The interchange stations are listed below:
Bandar Tasik Selatan
interchange between KTM Komuter, STAR line and KLIA Transit
interchange between KTM Komuter, PUTRA line and KL Monorail
interchange between STAR line and KL Monorail line
interchange between STAR line and PUTRA line
Interchange between STAR line and KL Monorail line
Dang Wangi (STAR line)
Bukit Nanas (KL Monorail)
interchange between STAR line and KL Monorail line
Bank Negara (KTM Komuter)
Bandaraya (STAR line)
interchange between KTM Komuter and STAR line
Remember that you will have to exit one line..., buy another ticket for the ride on the next line...
The city bus network was consolidated some 3 years ago... The major bus companies are Intrakota, Cityliner and Metro... The bus service leaves much to be desired, and is to be avoided as far as possible... Although air-conditioned, conditions of most of the buses are, to say the least, deplorable... They are generally not on time (because of the infamous city traffic jam)...
The main bus terminals are clustered around the city centre, a stones throw from Chinatown...around Bangkok Bank building, the Central Market, in the vicinity of Kota Raya, Chartered Bank building near Masjid Jamek STAR station...
There are numerous companies providing taxi services in the city.. Taxis can be waved down or taken at taxi stands (mainly in transport terminals and shopping complexes).. The official rate is RM2.00 for the first 2km and 10 sen per 100m or 45 seconds (when taxi is stationary)... but note: few taxi follow the meter... it is for this reason that taxi coupons are used at some of the tourist area so that tourists are not fleeced, but there are limitations to this system... These includes KL Sentral transport hub, shopping complexes in the Bukit Bintang area and KL City Centre (Petronas Twin Towers)...
The taxi service is again another bane of visitors and locals alike... Major shortcomings include not using the meter, not wanting to pick up passengers to "undesirable" (read short distance) destinations, choosing customers, over-pricing, dirty taxis and unruly taxi drivers... taxis seems to be hard to get when it is raining.... and the list goes on...
So, my advice is, take the train, if this is convenient... or for longer trips, go for the hotel limousine, although this is more expensive...
KLumpur - Shopping
"The Delights of Wives, Mistresses & Girlfriends"
Shopping, Shopping & More Shopping
Yes, I am referring to shopping, and nothing else... It is a fact that generally, women are compulsive shoppers... that is not to say that there are no compulsive men shoppers - as there are always the rare breed... I have a man friend who shops for printings, artifacts and all kind of souvenirs... At the last trip that I had with him in Bangkok, he had to send all his purchases (including 2 large teak elephants) back to his residence in Singapore in 3 containers... The reason is that "it's so cheap!!!" My friend has his collections displayed in his residence and changes the exhibits every 3 months - like what they do in the Taipeh National Museum...
But women shops generally for clothes and shoes, some of my lady friends have shoe collections matching those of Mrs Ferdinand Marcos... I have also lady friend who shop for every member of her family - husband, children, parents, brothers & sisters (but no a single thing for the in-laws).. besides nothing for herself as well... Some more sophisticated purchases (usually to please mistresses and girlfriends rather then wives) are exclusive watches and fine jewellery (including diamonds and other precious stones)... Men generally look for electrical goods and digital cameras... There are also tourists (and locals alike) who will go around looking for pirated VCD/DVDs and fake watches, bags and T-shirts...
So, all the men out there... beware and be forewarded... It is in order to give your wife a Platinum card but not your mistresses and girlfriends... You will end up having sleepless nights figuring out how to settle your supplementary credit card bills...
Malaysia Mega Sale
No tourists come to Malaysia for shopping in the ear;ly days as goods are expensive.... Realising that it is missing out on the tourist dollar, Malaysia abolish taxes on many type of goods favoured by tourists not too many years ago... It is selling the country as a shopping haven now.... and enticing tourists to come for shopping by holding 3 sales promotions termed the "Malaysia Mega Sale" in March, August and December... Comments on the mega sales have not been complimentary... with other countries having similar sales such as Thailand's Amazing Sale, the Great Singapore Sale and the Hongkong Summer Sale... there is bound to be comparisions... Discounts are up to 70% (but these are generally for goods that are unsellable and out of date)... Compared to the other sales in the region, the Malaysia Mega Sales still loses out... in the availablility of the latest fashion and variety of goods on sale...
"Bukit Bintang Shopping Area"
The most vibrant shopping area in KLumpur has to be the Bukit Bintang area.... with not less than 7 major shopping complexes to cater for all levels of shopping... These ranges from the up-market Starhill, KL Plaza and Lot 10 to the popular local shopping complexes like Sungai Wang Plaza (incorporating Bukit Bintang Plaza), Imbi Plaza and Low Yat Plaza.... Nearby is newly opened Berjaya Time Square... Jalan Bukit Bintang itself has numerous shops catering to both locals and tourists alike...
The area can access by the KL Monorail with stations at Jalan Imbi (in front of Berjaya Times Square) and Jalan Bukit Bintang (between Lot 10 and Sungai Wang Plaza).... The Bukit Bintang area has the largest concentration of hotels including the Regent, Westin, JW Marriot, Coronade Hotel, Grand Park Royal, Hotel Melia, Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Capitol Hotel, Federal Hotel and numerous lower star hotels...
Starhill is an up-market shopping complex with most of the imported branded goods on sale... With Isetan as the anchor tenant, Lot 10 (and the adjoining KL Plaza) is more mid-market...
Sunga Wang Plaza is for the masses with good bargains for clothes and mobile phones...Both Imbi Plaza and Low Yat Plaza are complexes catering to the IT crowd with its wide range of computer related offerings...
"Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Area.."
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR) is the original shopping road... but it has lost out to the other shopping areas such as Jalan Bukit Bintang...
The Bandaraya station (STAR line) is in the middle of this shopping area.. Hotels in this area includes Quality Hotel City Centre, Plaza Hotel and Grand Continental Hotel.
It is still the place to shop for textiles... don't miss the first store here - the Globe Silk Store - with its very reasonable pricing of it merchandise..The Sogo Departmental Store is also situated along this road, and the new Maju Junction Shopping Compex further up the road...
In the vicinity of Sogo are the Pertama Shopping Complex and the Campbell Shopping Complex... catering for lower middle-income shoppers... It sells mainly shoes and clothings...
"Fringe Shopping Complexes"
Other shopping complexes that are popular amongst local residents but are further from the KLumpur city centre are listed here...
This area is where the Putra World Trade Centre (WTC) is located.. Along Jalan Putra is Putra Place which is a mid-class shopping complex with shops selling a wide range of products. At the concourse, the bargain is on mobile telephones...Putra Place located close to the WTC station (STAR line)... Located at this place is the Legend Hotel and Pan-Pacific Hotel..
Along the embassy row, is located the first truly shopping centre of KLumpur - the Ampang Park Shopping Centre... Across the road is ...Low Yat Plaza,... another mid-middle class shopping centre...The complex can be reached thru the Ampang Park station (PUTRA line)... Hotels in the vincinity include Nikko Hotel, Crown Princess Hotel and Corus Hotel...
About 5 km awy is the ever popular Mid Valley Megamall.. a large shopping complex with a wide variety of shops... the anchor tenant is Jaya Jusco. The complex can be reached from the KL Sentral Transport Hub and Bangsar station (PUTRA line) by feeder bus... Next to the mall is the Cititel Hotel.
KLCC Suria is the shopping section of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre complex which incorporates the Petronas Twin Towers, the Petronas Philharmonic Hall and the KLCC Park...
KLCC Suria can be accessed thru the KLCC station (PUTRA line) and within walking distance of the Sultan Ismail station (KL Monorail)..Hotels within walking distance include the adjoining Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Corus Hotel and Grand Maya Hotel. Other hotels requiring a longer walking distance include Nikko Hotel, Shangri-la Hotel, Concorde Hotel, Equatorial Hotel and Mutiara Hotel..
with Isetan as its anchor tenant and its varied tenant mixed, it caters to all levels of shoppers... the top 2 floors of the 4-storey complex is taken up by food outlets and the Petrosains complex - a science and techonolgy related entertainment and educational park...
The remaining 2-storeys have a wide variety of shops selling shoes, handbags, clothes, electrical equipment, photographic equipment, golf equipment and many others...
"Chinatown & Little India"
Every city has its Chinatown... so does KLumpur... The KLumpur Chinatown is situated on Jalan Petaling....It is newly upgraded with a semi-covered perspex canopy... The nearest MRT stations within walking distance of KLumpur Chinatown are Plaza Rakyat station (STAR line), Pasar Seni station (PUTRA line) and Mahalarajalela (KL Monorail)...Hotels in the vicinity are the Impiana Hotel, Swiss Inn, Furama Hotel and Hotel Malaya....
KLumpur Chinatown is just a single road of approximately a kilometer in length... with stalls selling fruits and all kinds of pirated wares including watches, T-shirts, bags and VCD/DVDs... Local food is also in abundance...
KLumpur Chinatown is busiest when the sun goes down, but business is on-going the whole day long... commencing from 10:00am in the morning... It is always crowded with locals and tourists alike...
Little India in KLumpur is not really a single place... depending on your requirement... Off hand, there are 3 locations that can masquerade as Little India... The location that is generally recognised as Little India is the area at the lower part of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Here, Jalan Masjid India is the main street of Little India...The place is colourful with saris handing form shop fronts and all kinds of Indian delicacies such as fresh milk, Indian bread, banana leaf curries, murtabak, dosai etc... and the strong smell of spices...
This area can be reached thru the Masjid Jamek stations of PUTRA and STAR lines...
The other location where Indian paraphernalia can be obtained is the lower part of Leboh Ampang (a stone's throw from the PUTRA and STAR Masjid Jamek stations)...
And for a taste of everything Indian, there is yet the small Indian area at Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Bricksfields... a short walking distance from the KL Sentral Transport Hub...
"Central Market & Karyaneka Handicraft Centre"
The KLumpur Central Market was converted and beautfied from a dirty and messy wet market some years ago... Today, it is a centre for the display and development of Malaysian arts and craft...A variety of goods, such as handicrafts, souvenirs and crafts, are being sold here... There is also a venue for the performance of Malaysian cultural shows... The KLumpur Central Market is located right in the centre of downtown KLumpur... Any buses going to Kota Raya and Bangkok Bank will stop close to it... By MRT, it is within walking distance of Pasar Seni (PUTRA line) and Masjid Jamek (PUTRA and STAR lines)... It is within a stones throw from KLumpur Chinatown...
The Karyaneka Handicraft Centre consists of 13 traditional tiny quaint huts, showcasing crafts made from each of the 13 Malaysian states...Daily demonstration of traditional handicraft including gold thread weaving and batik painting are held at the centre... The Centre is located at the junction of Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Bukit Bintang... and the easiest way to the Centre is by taxi...
For sub-urban shopping, five popular shopping complexes come to mind... These shopping areas are normally patronised by locals and some tourists who have local friends who take them there....
In the township of Sunway is the Sunway Pyramid Shopping Complex... This is part of a large entertainment complex with the 5-star Sunway Lagoon Hotel and incorporates the Sunway Lagoon waterpark.. The shopping complex also boast a skating rink at the lower floor.. The complex can be reach by taking Metro Bus service 10 from Kota Raya..
In the statellite town of Subang Jaya is the Subang Shopping Mall, which is one of the biggest shopping mall in Malaysia... Toy R Us has its first outlet here.... The mall has a large variety of shops selling a wide range of goods... The mall can ber each by taking the KTM Komuter towards Pelabuhan Kelang and getting off at the Subang Jaya station...
15 km to the south of the city is the Mines Resort, an entertainment complex with a lake for sking, an exclusive Mines Golf Resort, the Mines Theme Park and the water-theme Mines Shopping Complex.. Complementing these facilities are the Palace of the Golden Horses Hotel and the Mines Resort Hotel.. The Mines Shopping Complex is within walking distance of the Serdan station (KTM Komiter).. The shopping complex has a canal that runs thru the building and one can go for a water ride to the adjoining lake..which is used to be the largest open cast tin mine in Malaysia...
The most succesful sub-urban shopping complex has to be One Utama... a residential area some 15 km from the city centre.. With Jaya Jusco as its anchor tenant, the complex is always crowded.. As with all shopping complexes, there is a wide range of shops selling virtually everything and nothing in particular... Further up the road is the new Ikea and Ikano Shopping Complex. One Utama can be reached by taking a shuttle bus from the Taman Bahagia station (PUTRA line)...
Hotel Istana or Coronade Hotel?
I am planning a KL trip in May. I narrowed down between Coronade and Hotel Istana - close proximity to shopping area. Which will you recommend? Also, am thinking of doing a day trip to Genting from hotel - what is travel time and how much taxi fare to expect?
RE: Hotel Istana or Coronade Hotel?
Hotel Istana is a nicer hotel with about 10 minutes walk to shopping malls, etc. Coronade is not as nice but is in the heart of KL shopping craze. If you're a caucasion you might not be so use to the weather and prefer Coronade (less walking in our hot sun).
The hotels should be able to direct you to Pudu Raya to catch a bus to genting, return would cost you less than RM10. Cabs to genting will cost you a fair bit, but if that's what you want to do, make sure you bargain!! Sorry have never taken cabs before to genting to give you any advise. Bus is convenient and quick, plus I get to go on the cable car with the bus ride :)
RE: RE: Hotel Istana or Coronade Hotel?
Thanks for the tip. I was a bit worried about the hot weather. Are the shopping centres in the bukit bintang area interlinked (shelter against sun)? which is the reason for the taxi idea from hotel to genting. If via bus from Pudu Raya to Genting, what is bus frequency and bus fare like? Are they nice air con bus/coach?