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    KL Hop On Hop Off Bus

    by machomikemd Written Jul 3, 2014

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    Favorite thing: If you find going on a city tour of Kuala Lumpur via Tour Bus or Private Van expensive or having not much time to spend around a good attraction or the lack of the number or attractions that you can see in a whole day tour or you have more than adequate time to explore Kuala Lumpur, then don't fret as Kuala Lumpur, like in other major Tourist Destinations around the world, has it's own Hop On and Hop Off Bus Company.

    they have 23 bus stops around Kuala Lumpur and these stops include KLCC, Jln Bukit Bintang, Menara KL, Chinatown, Merdeka Square and the attractions of Lake Gardens to name a few.

    they have 24 and 48 hour passes of which you can buy tickets at RM 45 for adults (and RM 28 for children) for 24 hour and RM 90 for Adults (and RM 56 for Children) for 48 hour passes.

    you can buy the tickets at designated KL Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket Counters, at the Bus Driver or Online via credit card.

    Opening hours 9:00am-9:00pm everyday

    office address: Lorong Haji Hussein 3, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    tel no: +60 3-2691 1382
    website: www.myhoponhopoff.com/visitor.php

    Fondest memory: according to their website:

    # The Original Double Decker City Tour Of Kuala Lumpur. # Discover KL In Your Language. Tweet with us @ http://twitter.com/klhoponhopoff

    Description
    KL HOP-ON HOP-OFF CITY TOUR, which had been operated by Elang Wah Sdn Bhd, offer a pre-recorded commentary in nine different languages that will guide the tourist through the major sights and attractions in the city. Developed based on established services from cities like London, Paris, Barcelona and Edinburgh with a twist to suit the climate and the road system in the city, it is also a tourist-friendly transportation system.

    General Information

    1.) A pre-recorded tour guide in nine languages (Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Hindi, Tamil, Arabic, Japanese, French and Spanish).

    2.) The bus runs on a 15 to 30 minutes at the stops between 8.30 a.m. until 8.30 p.m.

    3.) The service covers a circle route that allows tourists to start the tour and end at the same location. Along the route, there are approximately more than 40 attractions where the tourists can hop-on or hop-off at any of the 23 designated stops.

    4.) There will be one driver assisted by a customer service on the bus and tourists will be given pamphlet on the city guide.

    5.) Free WiFi in the bus.

    6.) Disabled-friendly.

    7.) GPS location tracking.

    8.) Sky-view.

    9.) Information counter at Bukit Bintang, Malaysia Tourism Centre and KL Sentral.

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    Atm's in Kuala Lumpur

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 30, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Again a word of caution,

    if your are not the type who wants pass on charges on withdrawing money through international Automated Machines and rather use your credit cards to save on withdrawal fees, then just use your credit cards ok. Like in major cities, the ATM's here are mostly affiliated to international consortiums like Plus or Discover or Cirrus. Again a caveat, when you withdraw money via atms, there are 2 pass on charges (the first is by your local bank in your country and the second is the local bank here in Malaysia) so I would recommend you withdraw large sums since the charges are the same whether you withdraw a pitiful amount or a large one.

    Fondest memory: Automated Teller Machines are numerous here in Kuala Lumpur by the big banks like CIMB, Maybank.

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    Non Halal Restaurants & Bars

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2014

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    Favorite thing: If eating out at the Restaurants around Malaysia and even around the Metropolitan Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley Area, you must assume that most restaurants are halal!

    whether it is Japanese, Chinese, American, European, Thai and other cuisines as Malaysia is a Muslim Majority Nation.

    However, you would know if the restaurants, fast food stands, restaurants at malls and even at the Hawker Joints are Non HalaL as they have posters or markers saying that their restaurants or food stalls or hawker joints that post a BIG NON HALAL SIGN.

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    Fondest memory: Beer Bars, Sports Bars and Dance Clubs are automatically Non Halal as it is forbidden for Muslims to drink Alcoholic Drinks

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    Malaysian Cigarettes

    by machomikemd Written Jun 28, 2014

    Favorite thing: Malaysia has no local brand of Cigarettes, however, International Cigarette Brands have a major prescence in Malaysia as you can find a proliferation of Marlboros. Winston, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Dunhill, Salem, even the Japanese Mild Seven (now Known as Mevius) and even the Indonesian Cloved Cigarettes like Gudam Garang are being sold here. Prices of Cigarettes here range from RM 8 to 12.

    Fondest memory: an example is that a Pack of Mevius cost RM 10 and it and other cigarettes are available everywhere like in convenience stores, shops and supermarkets

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    How to find the objects.

    by Askla Written Dec 10, 2012

    Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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    Pudu Jail

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 4, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Pudu Jail is located on Jalan Hang Tuah, next to Berjaya Time Square. This jail was built by the British colonial Government in 1891, and completed in 1895. It is one of those old colonial style building mix of Malay heritage design building. I pass by the jail few times a week, and always admire the beauty of the gate facade and the wall. This jail has been abandoned for a very long time. I always had the imagination that this heritage site could turn into one of the most famous tourist attractions in Southeast Asia, for example converted it to a Jail Museum, or something that we could be proud.

    I have been to Maison Centrale in Hanoi, they have a wonderful jail museum that exhibits the history of the jail that reflect the pass history of Hanoi and Vietnam War. Pudu Jail could easily turn into something bigger than this!

    Unfortunately, in Jun 2009 the Malaysia Government has announced that Pudu Jail will be destroyed and will turn into another shopping mall or transportation hub in Bukit Bintang area. Many Malaysians have been upset with the decision made by the government and destroyed our dream of having a cultural heritage site in the City. The government minister has commented that in their opinion, PUDU Jail is not something that they are proud of.

    Related articles:

    The Malaysian Insider

    The Star

    So, while visiting KL, don't miss the opportunity to take the photo with the PUDU JAIL before it is gone!

    The demolishing work has began. It is not safe to walk inside the compound, and nothing left. You can still see the wall, the observation decks with colonial design, and the gate. If you go to one of those high-rise buildings nearby like Berjaya Times Square or Kenagan Wholesales Building, you can see the overall "Z" shape building structure of the jail.

    Nearest Train: Berjaya Times Square Monorail.

    Fondest memory: The Malay Heritage Gate & the Wall.

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    Thean Hou Temple.

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Favorite thing: If you like architecture at all, you must see the Thean Hou Temple. It looks old, but was actually opened in 1989. It's one of the largest Chinese temples and it's location, high on Robson Hill offers some wonderful views of KL and the surrounding landscape.

    Not only is this a tourist spot, but a functioning Temple. It is a favorite wedding venue and one service offered is fortune telling. I didn't get my fortune read, but would have liked to.

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    City of Contrasts

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 21, 2012

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    Favorite thing: You will see a vivid contrast between old and new. Everywhere you look, the contrast is remarkable.

    I was told that I spoke English like a movie star--because I completed my sentences like they did on TV or at the movies. Besides adding LAH to the end of many words, the Malaysians I met had a tendency to shorten words or sentences to the lowest possible combination. It took a few days to catch on, but once I did, it was easy to understand.

    Awesome Contrasts!
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    Ground transportation from KUL - taxis

    by sheherezad Written May 15, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Go to the taxi ticket counter at the arrival hall to purchase taxi coupons and then get the taxi from outside the arrival hall. This system was adopted to avoid passengers being fleeced by unscrupulous taxi drivers (unfortunately, KL is notorious for that!)

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    How to get a taxi for the airport! And KL!

    by sheherezad Updated Mar 30, 2012

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    Favorite thing: For a trip from the city to the airport, always call a cab! You'll end up paying for the metered charge + the toll + RM13 (if I recall correctly!).

    I always use Sunlight taxi company (03 90575757). In fact you can call the taxi company in advance, e.g. the night before to book a taxi (for airport only).

    Never trust quotes given by taxis that are waiting outside a hotel! They almost always refuse to use the meter and overcharge!

    As for travel within KL I would also recommend calling a taxi - you pay a nominal sum for the call service (still RM2 I think!) on top of the metered charge but you save yourself the heartache and hassle of haggling/arguing with the cab driver or him giving you the run around on a longer, more circuitous route! Especially after they ask you, which way you want them to drive you (a test to see if you know your way around town)!

    And once you find an honest cab drive, take down his number, so you call call him the next time round.. I do this whenever I need a taxi to the airport or anywhere else, when necessary.

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  • Currency Exchange esp. for USD to MYR

    by urbanmaverick Written Mar 20, 2012

    Favorite thing: Thanks to all for their advice

    I would like to share a few things for the travelers as regards the foreign exchange in KL : -

    Pros of changing at airport
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    1. All the denominations have the same exchange rate be it $1 or $5 or $100 notes

    Cons of changing at airport
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    1. Airport Forex counters only accept USD notes which are printed after 2006 i.e. only 2006 series and after
    2. If your dollar bill has any mark like ink spot etc they will not change
    3. Rates are lower though not by much (exchange rate was 2.948 MYR for 1 USD)

    I exchanged some at the money changer in KL Sentral 1st floor - beside the Police station (this guy gave better rate than the ones the alley at the ground floor beside McDees)

    Here I got
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    1. Acceptability of older series notes
    2. Better rate i.e. 2.96 MYR/USD but there was a catch, this fellow is only interested in USD 50 and USD 100 notes , for lower denominations he paid lower rates MYR 2.8/USD for $20 note, 2.6/USD for $10 note and 2.5/USD for $5 and $1 notes

    He also told me this is the usual norm with all forex like GBP,Euro etc.

    So my suggestion is if you are carrying lower denomination notes, change in airport/banks, while for the higher ones go for the agents/forex dealers in the city

    Fondest memory: The readiness of the people to help and the cleanliness

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    Money Changers in LCCT

    by tanamay Updated Mar 13, 2012

    Favorite thing: As of January 2012, there are seven (7) money changers in the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) of Kuala Lumpur. Five in International Arrival area and two in International Departure area.

    Islamic Bank is located in the mezzanine arrival hall before (and in front of) the immigration counters.

    Kuwait Bank & RHB are located side-by-side in the luggage claim area.

    CIMB & Hong Leong are located in front of each other at the public concourse between departure and domestic arrival.

    At international departure area CIMB & Maybank are at the farthest corner (both offers mostly the same rate).

    Fondest memory: You can get the best Ringgit rate at CIMB or Hong Leong (mostly same rate).

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    Prepaid SIM card

    by drandy Written Feb 20, 2012

    Favorite thing: of course you can, if there is available credit, but there is hefty roaming charge.
    My advice, use up whatever credit you have and discard the card, if you are in Vietnam, buy a local card - this tip applies anywhere in the world!

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    currency exchange

    by drandy Written Feb 20, 2012

    Favorite thing: airport is the worst place for exchange- one of the most expensive places.
    change some local currencies at the airport for your taxi fare - or you can buy taxi coupon using your credit card.
    Change the rest at money changers - the give the best rate- better than hotel.

    Fondest memory: Food - you can get almost any kind of food from anywhere in the world.

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    Hire A Van for a Personalized Tour

    by machomikemd Updated May 12, 2011

    Favorite thing: have your own van for convenience instead of a big bus of big group of tourists. You can do this kind of tour if you want the convenience of extra time to spend on each destination around kuala lumpur and this set up is ideal fro groups of 8 persons or less and if your a big spender, why not do a personalized tour of Kuala Lumpur by your lonesome!

    the usual areas of interest of personalized tours is as follows:

    - Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower
    - National Museum, National Palace, National Mosque
    - Central Market, China Town (Petaling Street)
    - KL Lake Gardens, KL Bird Park, Aquaria KLCC
    - KL Craft Complex, The Heritage Centre
    - Batu Caves
    - Royal Selangor Pewter Factory, Batik Factory

    the price per person will cost about RM 100 or more depending on the number of persons.

    Fondest memory: the personalized tour vans that go to:

    - Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower
    - National Museum, National Palace, National Mosque
    - Central Market, China Town (Petaling Street)
    - KL Lake Gardens, KL Bird Park, Aquaria KLCC
    - KL Craft Complex, The Heritage Centre
    - Batu Caves
    - Royal Selangor Pewter Factory, Batik Factory

    the phone number is: (6012)-6619599

    in a van me the van to toll plaza plate number
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