Smoking Area of KLIA
this is added to the Warning tip as the smoking area for international flights of KLIA is located further away at the Satellite Terminal. So that if your gates are at the Contact Pier, International Gates, then you need to go far.
there are two smoking areas in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the first is at Contact Pier, Domestic Level, near Gate B2, if you are at the domestic gate and for the International Part of the Airport, the smoking area is located far away, at Satellite Building, Mezzanine Level, near Gate C11 and C31, so you need to ride the Aerotrain in going there if your gate is on the International level of the Contact Pier.Related to:
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Be Careful When Going Up the Batu Caves
you will have to climb about 330 steps going up the Cathedral Cave of the Batu Caves and inside to the Sri Vallenai Temple located at the far end of the Cave!
there are 272 steps going to the Main Cathedral Cave inside the limestone Cliffs of the Batu Cave. the Batu Cave steps are made from concrete but you must be careful when going up and down these steps as they are so narrow and steep and they don't have the typical anti-slip pads installed at the ends of the steps that you can find usually in modern structures.
after the huffing andf puffing and panting after climbing up the 272 steep steps to the entrance to the temple cave, be prepared to climb another 50 plus steps (more steep and smaller surface area between the steps and they are irregular and not flat like the 272 main steps outside). and they are more slippery as there are many pools of water in some of them as inside the caves, there are water droplets coming down, specially after a downpour.
so be more careful walking and climbing around the steps inside the Main Temple Cave.
be doubly careful when going up or down when there is a downpour of rain.
if you have a medical condition like hyperternsion or asthma, do not attempt to go up.Related to:
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Be Careful of the Monkeys
The monkeys at the Batu Caves are not wild like on other areas of Malaysia (we were at langkawi and the monkeys there are really pesky) and are relatively tame, they would ask peanuts and bananas from the tourists and pilgrims (and you can buy them at the souvenir stores lining the complex and give to these relatively tame monkeys) but still, be careful of your hats or bag and even food if you are carrying in a bag as these monkeys sometimes do grab these items from people going to the top).
Monkeys are a spoiled bunch at the Batu Caves as Hanuman, the monkey god, is worshipped as a Hindu Deity. There is even a Shrine to Hanuman at the extreme left of the Batu Caves Complex at the Ground Level.Related to:
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Good-Byes May Be Difficult!
The people I met while in Kuala Lumpur were nice, interesting and generous of spirit. It was easy meeting new people here and the chances are that you can make new friends if that is what you like to do.
However, I already had friends here so it was especially difficult to say, "Good bye!" A real tear jerker.
If you do make friends it miight break your heart to have to say, 'Salamat Tinggal!' to the one's you've learned to love too.Related to:
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Crime rate is down but snatch thefts still happen.. Beware of motorcyclists with pillion riders who have been known to grab ladies handbags, sometimes dragging them fatally. So, always carry your valuables on your shoulder facing the inner side of a side walk, never on your shoulder on the roadside, which gives easy access to snatch thieves to grab. Even a backpack can be grabbed from the side/back imho!
In all likelihoods, snatch thieves will be local drug addicts, looking for money to buy a fix, not foreigners! But there are unlikely to strike anywhere other than the roadside in some neighbourhoods, esp in alley ways. So stick to the main streets, ya? So, just practise common sense and enjoy photographing KL's picturesque buildings/scenes! :)
Photo restrictions at the KLCC shopping center.
When visiting the Suria KLCC shopping center you should be aware that there are certain restrictions regarding photographing because of security reasons because it´s located in one of the worlds highest buildings and is a potential terrorist target.
These rules are quite visibly posted so you should be able to find a board that mentions them.
I saw several people breaking these rules, so i don´t think they are that strict, but i would still recommend that you follow them as it would be a real bummer getting arrested, fined or having your camera equipment confiscated.Related to:
National Mosque banners
Word of warning: If you're easily offended then you shouldn't visit the National Mosque as when I visited (in Feb 2009) there were large banners draped off the outside of the mosque that seemed to denounce American products such as Starbucks, Coco-Cola and Colgate toothpaste (for some reason) and a dead child's head resting on top of rubble with slogan's about Palestine and Israel. Now there's a place for everything but surely this isn't it when foreign visitors come here to visit. Can you imagine this kind of thing being plastered along Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral?
Warning re viewing Petronas skydeck..
The tickets are free, but handed out from 0830 in the morning. There would be queues gathering from 0730! By 0830 there would be on average 100-150 people waiting. There are fixed number of viewings per day, so by around 1130 all tickets would have been given out.
It's first come first served basis, and you can request tickets for more people (even if it's only you in the queue), but you have to specify the time you want to come back, it has to be on the same day.
Viewings are not allowed on Mondays.
You only get a limited field of view, cannot even see KL Towers from the skydeck, so for all round city views go to KL (Menara) Tower at Jalan Ramlee, not far from Petronas.Related to:
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Beware of Snatch Thieves
The problem of snatch thieves is still prevalent despite actions by the Police to curb it... Snatch thieves are opportunists who take advantage of carelessness of the public... They usually prey on ladies as they snatch their handbags... In the city, they usually ride by on motor cycles with pillion passengers who will snatch the handbag and make their escape... There are many cases where the victim is injured (some seriously with head injuries) when they fall while hanging on to their handbags... Some of the victims may end up in a coma or even death...
Ladies should be aware of her surroundings at all times... They should have their handbags close to their bodies when they walk along the pavements...
thefts,taxi drivers and ...
While we were in K.L. we were a witness to a chain snatching incident in a bylane of a busy area.It happened in broad daylight and so we became more cautious about going into not so crowded lanes.
One of the taxis we took from Raja chola station to midvalley mall,charged us double the fare and since it was our first taxi ride we did not know what to expect.But on our return,we were charged half of what we first paid!!Better to check the approximate rate,from the hotel you stay at or someone you know.
Since we came to K.L. after a trip from Singapore(where laws are very stringent)initially we took safety for granted)While in Singapore,is almost totally safe,it is not so in K.L..This tip is especially for those coming to K.L. after a trip to Singapore
Be cautious if you are a smoker. Malaysia has banned smoking from public places including sports stadiums and eating houses. So if you are not sure ask first instead of risking a fine.
At the airport you find one of those chicken coops for smoking ;-)Related to:
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Be Careful at Kuala Lumpur International Airport
BE EXTRA CAREFUL WHILE IN KLIA
Pass it on..... let more people be aware of such things around them.
Recently, a new type of crime has surfaced in town. It goes something like this:- Somebody slips a handphone into your pocket.
Sometimes it could be just a wallet with an identity card and a few ringgit. A few minutes later, the 'owner' comes up and confronts you, the 'thief '. He makes a big commotion that you stole his stuff. You, caught unaware, are then pulled aside by the 'owner' for a settlement. You are intimidated and threatened that if you do not pay up, the police will be brought in. If you pay up, this 'owner' lets you go.
Another strange thing is that there always seems to be a 'witness' to your 'theft'.
I am told this often happens to foreigners at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or even at LRT trains. Given that you're 'guilty until proven innocent' as far as the Malaysian police are concerned, I understand some poor people are in jail for these 'offences'. At the KLIA, the 'owner' throws his handphone and wallet with the few ringgit notes into the luggage trolley of a just arrived passenger. The drama unfolds a few minutes later. The real culprit has easily convinced our Malaysian police to arrest the real victim (if he has not paid up the 'settlement' demand). This is a very serious matter. This is another form of extortionists operating in broad daylight. They are disgusting criminals who will do anything to rob and steal. The sickening part of the whole scenario is that unless you pay the "quoted settlement" money, they will put you in real trouble by calling the police. The real culprit gets back his handphone and the would be victim ( i.e. could be any one of us) is thrown into the police lock up and charged in court. So do be very careful, otherwise you may end up as a "thief" as you have no way to prove your innocence.
I found this toilette in a chinese restaurant, that lately I have been told, was in a Japanese hotel.
I went to the toilette and when ready to flush, noticed there were two buttons on the left side of the wc, one open and one close.
I supposed that the open button would flush but when I tried, with my great surprise and without any law of gravity the wc spatthe flush on me, making me wet all over.
When I got back in the restaurant I looked like I had a shower and lately, I have been told that I opened the bidet effect instead of the flush, which, I still have no idea where it is.
Pasar Rakyat not same as Plaza Rakyat
Some bus companies provide coach service from S'pore to Pasar Rakyat bus terminal (KL) although the buses go upto some terminals in the city. Pasar Rakyat bus terminal itself is a little out of city, and it should not be mistaken for other terminals inside the city or its namesake Plaza Rakyat. This is important for those who have to take bus from there back to S'pore.
Rude immigration officer
While entering Malaysia by bus, you have to stop at Johor Bahru point. There, you will be interviewed by malaysia officers. Sometimes some officer might be very rude, but you should be polite and calm. The buses will stop for 10-15 minutes. So this should be kept in mind.
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