MALAYSIA: A Day in Kuala Lumpur

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Like travels to other ASEAN countries, Filipino travelers enjoy visa-free access to Malaysia. Travel from Philippines to Malaysia, particularly Kuala Lumpur, is easy because of direct flights from either Manila or Cebu. Of course, there is always the option to visit Kuala Lumpur via Singapore either by a short plane ride from Changi or a bus ride from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur for 5 to 6 hours. 

Here, I will share to you our quick trip to Malaysia. As much as we wanted to visit other parts of Malaysia (e.g. Genting Highlands, Bukit Tinggi), unfortunately, we only had one day to tour around the city. With such a limited time, we still able to visit the iconic tourist spots in Kuala Lumpur.

From Manila, we arrived in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at around 1 in the morning. So we decided to just stay in the airport until morning. Upon arrival, we had our money changed to Malaysian Ringgit (RM). There are plenty of money changers in KLIA. But sometimes, it would be wise to have some of your Philippine Peso changed before the trip.
Money Changer in KLIA
At 6 in the morning, we headed to the ground floor of KLIA and bought bus tickets bound to KL Sentral for only RM11. Though the bus ride's travel time is longer, it is much cheaper than the KLIA Ekspres train which cost RM55.
Bus Counter
Upon arrival in KL Sentral, we looked for the shower room and locker facilities. Many signs around the station point towards the direction of the shower room, so no worries about finding it. A shower goes for RM5, and a towel rental costs an additional RM2. Basic liquid soap is provided, but bring your own just in case. After shower, we headed to the locker station and deposit our bags. Locker cost ranges from RM5-20 depending on the size of the locker. We got the RM15 locker and divide the cost among ourselves. We had our breakfast after and went to our first stop, the Batu Caves! Train cost to Batu Caves from KL Sentral is RM2.60. 
lockers for rent
Train to Batu Caves
Batu Caves is one of the most iconic and popular tourist spot in the northern part of Kuala Lumpur. It has caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines which attracts thousands of tourists and worshippers. Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God Murugan and the cave above it which is reachable by an exhilirating test of 272-step stairs. Tip: Wear appropriate clothes when going to the caves to avoid renting a sarong costing RM3.
Lord Hanuman
Hindu God Murugan
stairs to the caves
inside the caves
Monkeys also frolic around the caves, trying to get some food from the tourists.

Batu Caves is a place that you should not miss to visit in Malaysia!
mother monkey with child
a shrine inside the caves
We went back to KL Sentral to have our lunch. After that, we went to National Mosque of Malaysia or known as Masjid Negara Malaysia. From KL Sentral, you just have to go to the next train stop, Kuala Lumpur Station. The train ride costs RM1.20. From the station, you have to take a 10-minute walk to reach the mosque. Just ask directions. Malaysians are kind enough to help you.

Tourists are allowed to visit the mosque during non-prayer times for free. 

Opening Hours: 06:30am - 01:00pm,
 02:30pm - 04:00pm,
 05:30pm - 07:00pm.

Usually, a lot of tourists flock by the main entrance all queuing up. The mosque's visitors are also advised to observe the rules of dressing and proper decorum. The mosque itself provides free robes and hijabs to visitors.

Multiple tall straight pillars run throughout much of the building. It has several water fountains and pools of water as its internal infrastructure. The main prayer room is off-limits to non-Muslims. 

National Mosque of Malaysia
Mosque entrance
After some sight-seeing, we traveled by foot to Merdeka Square and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. Surely, buildings are quite fascinating. It also has a park where you can rest (in front of Sultan Abdul Samad Building). We stayed a bit there and had some snacks.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Textile Museum
A little bit recharged, we headed to the nearest station (Masjid Jamek Station) to catch the train to KLCC Mall (Petronas Towers). Train costs RM1.90.
Masjid Jamek from afar
Petronas Towers, majestic by day and dazzling at night. This building have become the figure of Malaysia. Outside the building is the large KLCC park which is actually quite nice to chill a bit. This is where most of the people find a good shot with the iconic tower.

After visiting Petronas, we hop on a free bus in KLCC bound to Bukit Bintang, known as Kuala Lumpur's shopping and entertainment district. Upon arrival, we see a maze of streets with every major and minor shopping and food brands imaginable. We had our dinner there and did some souvenir shopping after. There are also a great selection of local shops selling clothes, gadgets, souvenirs, etc.

After exhausting all our energy, we headed back to KL Sentral to get our baggages and hopped on a bus (RM11) to the airport.

I am a little bit exhausted of the fast paced navigation in the heat and bustle of the city (maybe because we lack sleep the previous night) but truly, it is fulfilling to cram a lot of the city's key attractions in one day. 

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  1. I was inspired on your blog and i want to do the same. I have few questions. How did you book your flights? Did you book during the day or did you book all the flights before you leave in manila? Im hoping for your reply. Im really curious😊 I just want it to try by myself.thanks😊

  2. I was inspired on your blog and i want to do the same. I have few questions. How did you book your flights? Did you book during the day or did you book all the flights before you leave in manila? Im hoping for your reply. Im really curious😊 I just want it to try by myself.thanks😊

  3. Thank you angelique! You should try it! Anyways, we booked our flights months before our trip. Most of our flights were booked during Airasia's red hot sale. :)