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A Day in Kuala Lumpur

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A recent business requirement brings me to Kuala Lumpur (KL) , Malaysia. This time round I will be taking the coach up north instead of driving as it will give me time to catch up on some reading as well as work. The journey on the coach is definitely longer then self-drive and it’s usually takes approximately 5 to 6 hours with one stop in-between. I have booked online for premium coach from Transtar Travel and it cost a total of S$54.59.

  • Singapore to KL (Pasarakyat Bus Terminal) – S$32.96 (includes 3% admin charge)
  • KL (Pasarakyat Bus Terminal) to Singapore – S$21.63 (includes 3% admin charge)

Above photo shows the waiting lounge at Transtar Travel. There are free coffee, tea, snacks available for consumption too.

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Interior of coach – it is relatively clean and comfortable. The seats come with a massage function, which I truly appreciate.

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Each seat also comes with a LCD screen where you can watch TV programmes or movies but the screen for my allocated seat is spoilt! By the way, there is also a 3-pin plug power source located near the bottom of the seat, this is especially useful if you are working on your notebook or just entertaining yourself on PSP, iPhone, Nintendo, etc. Each of the traveler are given a bottle of mineral water too!

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Lucky Garden rest stop at Yong Peng – is one of the popular rest stop for interstate buses. There are many variety of food available for selection too!

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Towards the end, there is a provision shop selling various kinds of Malaysia snacks and products. This is a heaven for those who loves to munch on snacks while traveling on the coach!

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Walk around and I decided to have a Ramly Burger for breakfast.

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Ramly Chicken Burger RM5. The chicken patty is wrapped up by the egg. 🙂

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Finally reach KL (Pasarakyat Bus Terminal) and decided to talk a short stroll to Bukit Bintang area.

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Walking towards Berjaya Times Square.

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Krispy Kreme at Berjaya Times Sqaure. Remembered that Krispy Kreme is extremely popular in Japan and had super-long queues!

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Lunch at Marrybrown (Berjaya Times Sqaure) – Lucky plate with Orange Juice at RM10.40.

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The interior of Marrybrown at Berjaya Times Sqaure – clean and have various kind of seating available. Love the over-hanging cocoon seat!

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After the lunch, it’s time to perk up with a Starbucks Mocha at RM11.75.

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Went to Etude House to check out some items for wifey.

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After my business meeting, I headed over to Bukit Bintang area. Passing through Low Yat Plaza, which is a shopping centre that specialize in electronics and IT products, much like our Sim Lim Square in Singapore.

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Lot 10, another shopping center that serves middle-upper tier products.

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Reached my accommodation for the night, 41Berangan, which is located at 41 Jalan Berangan. It is near to the famous street food (Jalan Alor), shopping malls (Jalan Bukit Bintang), night life and restaurants (Changkat Bukit Bintang). Trying out for the first time. 🙂

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Free usage of the computer and internet access at the lobby area. You can also request for the WIFI password from the staff for free in-room access from your notebook or mobile!

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Waiting area of the lobby.

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Standard room (twin) – 2 single beds with shared bathroom. I booked this online at RM 100 (which includes RM20 surcharge per room for weekend) and also includes a simple continental breakfast. Room is rather small but still good enough for me. For those interested, please note that there is no TV in the room and you have to use the common bathroom. It is also on the first level and next to the check-in counter.

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At a corner, you have an area where you can hang your clothes. You can ask for towels if they are not in the room.

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Common wash basin area.

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One of the common bathrooms, comes with shampoo and body foam.

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Court yard area – There is 2 rooms here that is made from containers. The container rooms comes with 1 double bed with attached bathroom (deluxe).

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Dining area – you can also watch TV programs or DVD movies here too!

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A shop which is beside 41Berangan, you can get food, drinks or snacks here. The outside sitting seems like a great place to chill out!

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Passing by Radius International Hotel.

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Checking out Healy Mac’s Irish Bar and Restaurant at Changkat Bukit Bintang.

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Reggae Bar at Changkat Bukit Bintang. Looks like a nice place to party!

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Havanna at Changkat Bukit Bintang.

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Hotel Rae – one of my accommodation consideration.

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YY38 Hotel – another of my accommodation consideration. Think I will try either Hotel Rae or YY38 for my next trip to KL.

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Temporary rubbish dump in-between Jalan Alor and Jalan Bukit Bintang? I have seen this scene since many years ago and the rubbish are still around…

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Federal Hotel – used to stay here whenever I travel (with wife) to Kuala Lumpur.

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Passing by Restoran Dragon View. Is the food here any good?

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Famous food street – Jakan Alor.

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Many food stalls available at Jalan Alor. It’s also a popular place for tourist too!

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A mobile kitchen selling Lok Lok (food on wooden skewers and cooked by dipping in a hot satay gravy).

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Met up with a friend and headed off to Pavilion Mall to have some beers. Checking out La Bodega at Pavilion Mall.

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Decided to hang at Weissbrau German Bistro & Bar and we had Hoegarden, Erdinger and Franziskaner. Nice place to chill!

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Back to hotel and was feeling hungry so went to the coffee shop at the end of Jalan Berangan to order a packet of Mee Goreng at RM5. Went back to hotel and dine in the room while checking emails on the notebook. It was already 2am when I went to take a bath and then to bed. What a long day!!! 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve lived for over a year right next to Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang. Whenever we went to have lunch or dinner along Jalan Alor we also had to pass a small alley with piles and piles of rubbish. We actually brought along our foreign friends through this alley the first day they arrived, so that we could really get a nice shock-effect :). The area is wonderful though; many nice choices for dinner, the western bars and restaurants of Changkat and also of course all the popular malls. I’ve spend countless of days at Plaza Lowyat when we did not have internet at our place :)…great memories; but now we  moved to a new location; nice too but it lacks the really great local KL vibe 🙂

    • Hi, thanks for sharing. I agree that the Changkat area is fantistic and has lots of good restarturants and bars. Always hang out with my Malaysia friends around this area or at Pavilion! 🙂