BACKPACKING DIARY — WANDERING A ROUND KUALA LUMPUR — MALAYSIA
Before the trip, there pretty much things happened to me, seemed not able to conduct this trip. Sometimes I have think of should book the tour. But due to limited budgets, so I decided to self-advocacy. Finally, fortunately, everything were all ok. Because now, when I already back home, still ecstatic feeling with the Malaysia country are beautiful and full of strange, so I decided to write this post to share experiences, every detail of the journey for everyone in order if anyone excitement want to go there can be somewhat understand.
COMMUTING IN KUALA LUMPUR
MOVE FROM KLIA2 AIRPORT TO CENTER OF CITY
Airplane landing at the KLIA2 airport far away about 50 km from center of Kuala Lumpur. In order into center of city, you can use the Shuttle bus or metro. According to my opinion, you should use the Shuttle bus because this vehicle not only quite convenient but also cheap (10 RM / ticket of bus compared to 35 RM / metro tickets into town).
After done the custom procedures and take baggage, you go followed guide out the lobby zone (go down 1st floor, noted that from the plane’s gate to entry zone, you have to walk a very long way). In this lobby you will easily see the ticket counters sell bus tickets into the city, just buy ticket and get on the bus. This transit bus operate almost constantly throughout the day (even in the night because there are many night flights) density of 30 ‘/ trip. KLIA2 airport very wide so you can easily find the right place to rest if has night flights. The last point of bus route is KL Sentral, you go up the stairs to enter the commercial center and take metro to go other places within this area.
COMMUTING IN THE HEART OF KUALA LUMPUR
Commuting within the city center is quite simple, you can use the metro or bus, taxi. Taxis have 3 colors to differentiate, blue just for vip, red and yellow are common vehicles. You should determine distance you want to arrive in order be able to bargain as well as avoid the situation of taxi driver deliberately brought you wandered around in order extra charge.
If you move by the metro is more simply, especially for those who had ever used metro in Singapore or Thailand. Tickets prices of metro in Malaysia very cheap, not expensive as Singapore so you can free to choose anywhere to go. First you come to the automatical ticket counter, select station want to go and put money into the machine, then the machine will return you a plastic round piece of the size of a coin, you use it to put into the machine at the gate of station and take it when out of station. If you are not familiar with the metro system here, you should use the map of city (there are a lot in the airport) or save on a smartphone. You always define that the center only 2 station KL Sentral and KLCC (there is the Twin Tower) so from there you can go anywhere.
After finishing breakfast, I had catch taxi to go Medaka Square costs 20 RM. This square located next to Masjid station, I had goes through previous days without realized. I was very fortunate to come here at the time they begin flag-rising ceremony with music, trumpets and the drums jubilantly. I heard that this was the world’s tallest flagpole. From the main square looking over the main road is a chain of museums very long including the Silk Museum which no entrance fee. I had decided coming to KL City Gallery has logo I Love Kuala Lumpur, then arrived orchid gardens nearby.
Next morning we taken a taxi to the airport, on the way I visited Putrajaya. This is one very great works of Malaysian people, which is considered the administrative capital of the Federation of Malaysia. They call the Putrajaya is Resort city, not here there are many resorts but it is the only city in the world built according to the standard Resort. Housing only accounts a small area, the rest around are administrative areas, lakes, trees. In order into here, everyone must wear a pink robe. I visited here about 2 hours and then continue to go to the airport to return to Hanoi, ends the trip full of emotion and joy.