7 Hours Enjoy Beauty of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It was sad If I met European tourists, because they had long leave schedule. When they asked to me about my leave duration…. yes, exactly just 12 days ….. I sad…. hahaha.

But I never give up …. with my little time I will be around the world.

Back to time matter …. Every I had short transit when abroad, I often spent time to short exploration to the city that I had transit.

This article also tells how I spent 7 hours in Kuala Lumpur down town between 10:00 – 17:00

1. Batu Caves.

The journey started from 10:30 am from KL Sentral. Using the combination of KTM 1 free bus and Sentul – Batu Caves commuter train.

KTM KOMUTER

Left: Free bus KTM1 (KL Sentral-Sentul Station)

Right: Commuter train (Sentul Station – Batu Caves Station)
on 12:06 I arrived at Batu Caves. It was second time I visited it. Nothing had changed since 4 years ago, there were only some renovations in some parts of temples.

Batu Caves

Top Left: Hanuman Statue

Top Right: I didn’t know what is the temple name…. it was precisely behind Hanuman statue

Bottom Right: Venkatachalapathi Temple

Lower Left: Murugan Statue

My trip in Batu Caves Gw was closed by lunch time at Dhivya’s Café – an Indian food stall on the front yard of Batu Caves -. I ate fried rice for 4 Ringgit.Dhivya's cafe

2. Petronas Twin Tower

At 14:42 I arrived at KL Sentral, I was using the same lane and mode of transportation when I was heading for Batu Caves. From KL Sentral I moved with LRT Kelana Jaya Line for 2.4 Ringgit and finally I arrived at KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). I was out through Ampang Street KLCC Exit Gate. And finally I found Petronas Twin Tower.

The stinging heat of sun required me to took some photos of twin building when clouds were blocking the sun. When clouds have moved avoid the sun then I took shelter under the trees in front yard of twin building. Many tourists saw my oddity…. hahaha

 

Suria KLCC

Top Left: KLCC Exit gate to Ampang Street

Top Right: Ampang Street

Bottom Right: Suria KLCC mall is adjacent to Petronas Twin Tower

Bottom Left: Petronas Twin Tower.

After took some photos of Twin Tower and surrounding landmarks, I immediately moved to Pavillion in Bukit Bintang using GOKL City Bus.

3. Pavillion Bukit Bintang

Using the free GOKL bus, I had opportunity to revisited Pavillion, Bukit Bintang at 16:18. Easter theme made decorations in Pavilion courtyard was very eye-catching.

Pavillion2

Top Left: Fountain in front of Pavillion

Lower Left: Sephora Mall …. Cosmestic and skincare centre at Bukit Bintang

Central: Five star hotel JW Marriot Bukit Bintang

Right: Easter theme in the front of Pavilion

I was only 20 minutes in Pavilion and I wanted to went to Petaling Street at Pasar Seni soon. 

4. Petaling Street

Going to Petaling Street, Pasar Seni, I used again GOKL free bus. On 16:53 I arrived at Pasar Seni terminal.

I just asked to local people around Pasar Seni to showed Petaling Street directions. A middle-aged nicely man pointed to me the way to got there. By walking towards Petaling Street, My eyes swept Pasar Seni situation that had changed better than 2014. In 7 minutes I reached Petaling Street.

petaling street

Top Left: Pasar Seni MRT Station

Top Right: Petaling Street front gate

Bottom Right: Petaling Street inside

Bottom Left: Street situation in front of Petaling Street gate

Petaling Street didn’t crowded yet because I came there around 5 pm, traders were getting ready with their wares. I just bought keychains here.

And Petaling Street became last destination on this trip. Because I must prepare to flied to Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Route to Batu Caves, Malaysia

In 2014, I had visited Batu Caves. At that moment I went from KL Sentral to Batu Caves used Seremban Line Commuter Train with ticket fare 2 Ringgit.

March 30th, 2018, I visited Kuala Lumpur and I wanted to visited Batu Caves again. But when I bought ticket at KL Sentral commuter ticket counter, the commuter train to Batu Caves currently unserved passengers from KL Sentral. I knew it because I notice a tourist who talk to ticket counter staff. Finally I decided to got out from queue before actually reached in front of ticket counter staff.

I finally headed to KL Sentral information counter to ask how to reached Batu Caves. According to information staff, to reached Batu Caves, I must use KTM 1 free bus from KL Sentral to Sentul Station. Well from Sentul Station then continued using commuter train to Batu Caves. I ask where did the free bus located, actually KTM 1 bus shelter was in front of Airport Coach / Sky Bus Shelter in KL Sentral.

KTM1 path

Top Left: Direction board was in front of Skybus shelter that directed tourists to KTM 1 bus to Sentul Station

Right: Direction on the floor directed me towards KTM Bus 1 shelter.

Bottom Left: KTM 1 Bus parked at Sentul Station.

Free bus KTM would go if passengers was full, I didn’t wait to got a seat. When bus had available space then I immediately got in. The journey from KL Sentral to Sentul Station took approximately 25 minutes on the fluently road.

Once arrived at Sentul Station, I immediately headed into station to bought commuter train tickets. I immediately bought a round-trip ticket because it was cheaper 1 Ringgit than one-way ticket. Once I paid 5 Ringgit then I got a ticket pass to got in the train line. This card would bring me back to Sentul Station again after finishing Batu Cave visitation.

 Sentul Station

 

Top Left: Sentul Station inside

Top Right: Sentul Station ticket counter

Bottom Right: Ticket pass (Sentul station to Batu Caves station round trip)

Lower Left: Commuter Train that carried passengers from Sentul Station to Batu Caves station

 

Once got in to train line,  a commuter train was waiting. This Chinese-made train stopped long enough to waited for passengers until all seats were full.

It was clear that KL Sentral point still exist on the route map above the train door, it indicated that initially this train passed KL Sentral when it ran towards Batu Caves, but the line had been changed and shortened into Sentul Station-Batu Caves Station.

I noticed that the flow of passengers up and down along the way to Batu Caves was very quiet, it also seen from some station buildings along trip that poorly maintained in cleanliness so the building seen dull and some escalator didn’t work. The line was arguably quiet.

After 20 minutes finally I arrived at Batu Caves.
Some interesting views in Batu Caves that I got:

Batu Caves2

Top Left: The corridor that was used to sold souvenirs after exit from Batu Caves Station

Top Right: The Murugan Statue that became the icon of Batu Caves tourism.

Bottom Right: Took off the shoes before entering Venkatachalapathi temple

Bottom Left:  Food stalls around Batu Caves.

And before moved to Petronas Twin Tower, I decided to lunch at a food stall around Batu Caves. Most of food stalls were managed by Malaysian Indians because Batu Caves was their worship place

Cheap Hotel Nearest to KL Sentral, Malaysia

When Airport Coach arrived in KL Sentral at 10:03. My first destination was Batu Caves. But to lighten my backpack, I would leave my bacpak at hotel although it wasn’t time to checked in and I would only bring folding bags that I filled with drinking bottle, wallet, passport, mobile phone and camera.

The hotel that I chose was Westree Hotel on Jalan Tun Sambanthan precisely at south-east of KL Sentral.

I chose it because it was very close to Airport Coach and Skybus Shelter in KL Sentral because on tommorow I had to fly to Singapore by Scoot Airlines. So on tomorrow I must go to KLIA2 around 4:30 am.

I booked it 9 days before by Agoda with price about Rp. 331.772 / night (very cheap to be occupied by 2 adults and 1 child). The price includes tourism tax 10 Ringgit (since September 1, 2017, Malaysia imposed tourist stay tax of 10 Ringgit per night).

Peta Hotel Westree

Very close….. Just 3 minutes walking to Airport Coach and Skybus Shelter

Jl Tumsanbhatan

 

Left: As soon as Airport Coach arrived in KL Sentral, I just needed to got out from a corridor to Tun Sambanthan Street

Right: Tun Sambanthan Street was dedicated to Malaysian Indian leader who be one of Malaysia’s founding fathers. Hotel Westree is precisely located on the edge of this street.

Westree Inside

Top Left: Westree Hotel’s front door which precisely on the edge of Tun Sambanthan Street and just opposite from the street is Airport Coach and Skybus shelters.

Top Right: Lobby Hotel Westree

Bottom Right: When checked-in, hotel receptionist ask about 40 Ringgit for a deposit and can be taken back when checking out

Bottom Left: Hotel cleanliness is usually reflected in the cleanliness of toilet. Westree Hotel’s toilet is very clean.

The majority of Westree Hotel’s employees of are Malaysian Indian because the hotel is located in Brickfields area that was known as Kuala Lumpur’s Little India. Several time ago the area around this hotel are brick producer.

The staffs was generally helpful and friendly. Receptionint staff gave me Kuala Lumpur Tourism Map.

I checked-in to hotel at 5:00 pm after I satisfied got around Kuala Lumpur then checked-out on next day at 04:15 to went to KLIA2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

7 Jam Menikmati Keindahan Kuala Lumpur

Jika bertemu turis Eropa dan Amerika tuh ya bikin ngiler, karena mereka rata-rata memiliki jadwal cuti yang panjang hingga berminggu-minggu bahkan lebih dari sebulan. Nah ketika mereka nanya ke Gw berapa lama lo cuti….yes tepat 12 hari…..sedihhhh….hahaha.

Tapi Gw ga nyerah….dengan waktu yang sedikit ini Gw akan berkeliling dunia.

Kembali ke masalah waktu….Setiap Gw transit pendek atau liburan 3-4 hari saat weekend plus tanggal merah ke negeri orang selalu Gw manfaatkan untuk explore kota yang Gw singgahin.

Artikel ini pun bercerita bagaimana Gw menghabiskan waktu selama 7 jam di tengah kota Kuala Lumpur antara jam 10:00 – 17:00

1. Batu Caves.

Perjalanan dimulai dari jam 10:30 dari KL Sentral. Menggunakan kombinasi bus gratis KTM 1 dan kereta komuter Sentul – Batu Caves.

KTM KOMUTER

Kiri: Bus gratis KTM1 (KL Sentral-Stasiun Sentul)

Kanan: Kereta komuter (Stasiun Sentul – Stasiun Batu Caves) 

Jam 12:06 Gw tiba di Batu Caves. Ini adalah kali kedua Gw berkunjung ke tempat ini. Tidak ada yang berubah sejak 4 tahun lalu, hanya ada beberapa renovasi di beberapa bagian kuil.

Batu Caves

Kiri Atas: Patung Hanuman

Kanan Atas: Gw ga tahu itu kuil apa….yang jelas ini berada tepat dibelakang patung Hanuman

Kanan Bawah: Venkatachalapathi Temple

Kiri Bawah: Patung Murugan

Wisata di Batu Caves ini Gw tutup dengan makan siang di Dhivya’s Café – sebuah warung makan India di halaman depan Batu Caves -. Cukup makan nasi goreng dengan harga 4 Ringgit.

Dhivya's cafe

2. Petronas Twin Tower

Jam 14:42 Gw tiba kembali di KL Sentral menggunakan jalur dan moda transportasi yang sama ketika menuju Batu Caves. Dari KL Sentral Gw berpindah menggunakan LRT Kelana Jaya Line seharga 2,4 Ringgit dan akhirnya Gw sampai di KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). Keluar melalui KLCC Exit Jalan Ampang akhirnya Gw menemukan Petronas Twin Tower.

Panas menyengat mengharuskan Gw mengambil foto gedung kembar ini tepat saat ada awan menghalangi sinar matahari. Ketika awan sudah bergerak membuka kembali sinar matahari ke bumi maka Gw kembali berteduh di bawah pohon di halaman gedung kembar itu. Begitu seterusnya hingga banyak turis memperhatikan keanehan Gw….hahaha

Suria KLCC

Kiri Atas: Exit gate KLCC menuju Jalan Ampang

Kanan Atas: Jalan Ampang

Kanan Bawah: Suria KLCC mall bersebelahan dengan Petronas Twin Tower

Kiri Bawah: Petronas Twin Tower.

Setelah mengabadikan Twin Tower dan beberapa landmark disekitarnya,  Gw segera beranjak menuju Pavillion di Bukit Bintang menggunakan GOKL City Bus.

3. Pavillion Bukit Bintang

Menggunakan bus gratis GOKL, Gw berkesempatan untuk kembali singgah di Pavillion, Bukit Bintang sekitar pukul 16:18. Tema Easter membuat dekorasi di pelataran Pavillion terlihat sangat menarik mata.

Pavillion2

Kiri Atas: Air mancur di depan Pavillion

Kiri Bawah: Sephora Mall….Pusat Kosmestik dan perawatan kulit di Bukit Bintang

Tengah: Hotel bintang lima JW Marriot Bukit Bintang

Kanan: Tema Easter di halaman depan Pavillion

Gw hanya 20 menit berada di Pavillion dan segera menuju Petaling Street di Pasar Seni.

4. Petaling Street

Menuju Petaling Street, Pasar Seni, Gw kembali menggunakan bus gratis GOKL dan pukul 16:53 Gw tiba di terminal Pasar Seni.

Gw hanya bertanya kepada orang lokal di sekitar Pasar Seni untuk menunjukkan arah Petaling Street. Bapak setengah baya dengan baik menujukkan ke Gw arah menuju kesana. Dengan berjalan kaki menuju Petaling Street, gw menyapu suasana Pasar Seni yang sudah berubah lebih maju daripada 2014 silam. Dalam 7 menit Gw sampai di Petaling Street.

petaling street

Kiri Atas: Stasiun MRT Pasar Seni

Kanan Atas: Gerbang depan Petaling Street

Kanan Bawah: Bagian dalam Petaling Street

Kiri Bawah: Suasanan jalanan di depan gerbang Petaling Street

Petaling Street masih belum begitu ramai pengunjung karena Gw datang kesana sekitar jam 5 sore, para pedagang sedang bersiap-siap dengan barang dagangannya. Gw hanya membeli gantungan kunci disini.

Dan Petaling Street menjadi destinasi terkahir pada trip kali ini. Karena Gw harus bersiap menuju Singapura.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rute Baru Menuju Batu Caves, Malaysia

Pada tahun 2014, Gw pernah mengunjungi Batu Caves. Saat itu Gw bertolak dari KL Sentral menuju Batu Caves menggunakan kereta komuter laluan Seremban dengan tarif tiket masih 2 Ringgit.

30 Maret 2018, Gw kembali mengunjungi Kuala Lumpur dan maksud hati hendak berkunjung ke Batu Caves kembali. Tetapi ketika ingin membeli tiket di konter tiket komuter KL Sentral ternyata kereta komuter ke Batu Caves saat ini tidak dapat melayani penumpang dari KL Sentral. Gw tahu info ini karena Gw merhatiin bule yang bicara sama petugas konter. Akhirnya Gw putuskan keluar dari antrian sebelum benar-benar sampai di depan petugas konter tiket.

Gw akhirnya menuju konter informasi KL Sentral untuk menanyakan cara menuju ke Batu Caves. Menurut petugas informasi, untuk menuju Batu Caves, Gw harus menggunakan Free Bus KTM 1 dari KL Sentral ke Stasiun Sentul. Nah dari Stasiun Sentul baru dilanjutkan menggunakan kereta komuter menuju Batu Caves. Gw nanya dimanakah letak free bus itu berada, ternyata bus itu berada sejajar dengan Shelter Airport Coach/Sky Bus di KL Sentral.

KTM1 path

Kiri Atas: Papan Petunjuk yang terletak di depan shelter Skybus KL Sentral yang mengarahkan turis menuju bus KTM 1 menuju Stasiun Sentul

Kanan: Petunjuk di lantai menuju Bus KTM 1

Kiri Bawah: Bus KTM 1 sedang parkir di Stasiun Sentul.

Free bus KTM ini akan jalan jika penumpang sudah penuh, Gw sih ga perlu nunggu untuk dapat tempat duduk. Begitu masih muat maka Gw segera naik. Perjalanan dari KL Sentral menuju Stasiun Sentul menempuh waktu kurang lebih 25 menit di jalanan yang tergolong lancar.

Begitu tiba di Stasiun Sentul, Gw segera menuju ke dalam stasiun untuk membeli tiket kereta komuter. Gw langsung beli tiket pulang-pergi karena lebih murah 1 Ringgit daripada belinya one-way. Begitu menyerahkan uang 5 Ringgit maka Gw mendapatkan ticket pass untuk masuk ke jalur kereta. Kartu ini lah yang akan membawa Gw kembali ke Stasiun Sentul lagi ketika pulang.

Sentul Station

Kiri Atas: Bagian dalam Stasiun Sentul

Kanan Atas: Konter tiket Stasiun Sentul

Kanan Bawah: Ticket pass (Stasiun Sentul-Batu Caves pp)

Kiri Bawah: Kereta Komuter yang mengangkut penumpang dari Stasiun Sentul ke Batu Caves

 

Begitu masuk ke jalur kereta ternyata kereta komuter sudah menunggu. Kereta buatan Tiongkok ini berhenti cukup lama untuk menunggu penumpang dan membiarkan semua kursi terisi penuh.

Terlihat  jelas pada route map diatas pintu kereta masih ada KL Sentral point, ini menunjukkan bahwa pada awalnya kereta ini melewati KL Sentral untuk menuju ke batu Caves, tetapi jalur itu sudah di rubah dan diperpendek menjadi Stasiun Sentul-Batu Caves.

Yang Gw perhatikan arus penumpang naik dan turun sepanjang perjalanan menuju Batu Caves sangatlah sepi, hal ini terlihat pula dari beberapa bangunan stasiun yang dilewati seperti kurang terawat kebersihannya sehingga bangunan nampak kusam dan beberapa escalator tidak berfungsi. Jalur ini boleh dibilang sepi.

Setelah berjalan selama 20 menit akhirnya Gw tiba di Batu Caves.

Beberapa view menarik di Batu Caves yang Gw dapatkan.Batu Caves2

 

Kiri Atas: Koridor yang dimanfaatkan berjualan souvenir setelah keluar dari Stasiun Batu Caves

Kanan Atas: Patung Murugan yang menjadi icon dari wisata Batu Caves

Kanan Bawah: Melepas sepatu sebelum masuk ke Venkatachalapathi temple

Kiri Bawah: Warung makan di sekitar Batu Caves.

Dan sebelum berpindah venue ke Petronas Twin Tower, Gw putuskan untuk lunch di warung makan sekitar Batu Caves. Warung makan yang tersedia kebanyakan dikelola oleh warga Malaysia keturunan India karena memang Batu Caves adalah tempat peribadatan mereka kebanyakan.

Spending Last Night and Morning In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After 3 hours journey from Melaka Sentral to Hotel Pudu 88, finally I could take a break in hotel room while arranged next possible destination venue for tonight and tomorrow morning, because tomorrow at 12:30 was my last time for adventured before returned to KLIA.

After checked-in and took a bath, at 7:30 pm I ate at a street stall on Pudu Street. With 9 Ringgit I could get a plate of rice, long beans and mackerel fish plus a glass of Tea Tarik.

After leisurely ate while watched local activity and vehicles traffic for an hour, I decided to spent night at Petronas Twin Tower. Indeed in 2014 and 2016 I ever visited it but was at day. I would see Petronas Twin Tower at night now. Just curious.

To got there from Pudu Street, I rode Sri Petaling LRT Line from Plaza Rakyat Station and got off at Masjid Jamek Station. From this station I just needed to changed on Kelana Jaya LRT Line towards KLCC Station. The ticket price was 2.2 Ringgit only.Jl Ampang

Got off at KLCC Station, I went to KLLC Mall exit on Ampang Street that beautifully lamp decorated

From Ampang Road, already seen the left side of Petronas Twin Tower, so I stayed closer and crossed the road toward it.

petronas twin towerIt’s true what people say, lit up beautifully at night.

Taman Twin TowerThe fountain in front of Petronas Twin Tower courtyard was beautifully lighted. 

For 20 minutes I mingled with crowd of tourists to enjoyed beauty of Petronas Twin Tower, finally I must return immediately to Hotel Pudu 88 before last train operated at 23:00.

Back through departure route. I arrived at Hotel Pudu 88 around 22:15. It was time for rest break for preparation to spent last morning journey tomorrow.

On next day, I went out from hotel at 9:30 while checked out. Well, I actually tired because a day before I explored Malacca until afternoon.

This morning my purpose just went to Batu Caves and after that I would go to KLIA.

Towards Batu Caves, I departed from Plaza Rakyat Station to Bandaraya Station on Sri Petaling Line for 1.3 Ringgit. Get off at Bandaraya Station, I went to exit gate towards Seremban Commuter Line, precisely at Bank Negara Station.

But…. I was strayed, I didn’t see a bridge aisle at right side after Bandaraya Station exit gate. I’ve asked local people who was waiting bus but they didn’t know where was commuter line. I also ask to Indian couple but they were tourist also…. hahaha.

Jalan Raja LautTrascended while walked along Raja Laut Street towards Dataran Merdeka

I was already at end of Raja Laut Street, I must save my energy because my backpack was attached on my back, I didn’t decided to returned again towards Bandaraya Station but I would make the end of Raja Laut Street become my tourim venue.

Panggung Bandaraya

Located in Merdeka Square, this art theater performance building sturdy stand since 1904

I didn’t know why street in front of Panggung Bandaraya towards Dataran Merdeka was closed. I didn’t go to Dataran Merdeka which has been seen in front because I had visited it in 2014.

So my next aim was walking to Masjid Jamek where was precisely located under Masjid Jamek Station. I went to this mosque with my intention to repeated my effort towards Batu Caves from Masjid Jamek Jamek Station as starting point.

Masjid Jamek

 

Top left: Masjid Jamek Station
Lower left: Jamek Mosque see from entrance gate (free entrance absolutely….)
Top right: Clothes that must be used into Jamek Mosque if visitors didn’t wear muslim clothes
Lower right: Jamek Mosque was viewed from inner courtyard.

When finished my Jamek Mosque visitation, I immediately climbed into Masjid Jamek Station. I would leave to Bandaraya Station (repeated again to found Bank Negara Commuter Station to went to Batu Caves).

While waiting for LRT,  local man asked to me where was direction toward PWTC station, he wanted to visited travel fare to found tickets to Bali.-Indonesia. It was funny for me when local man asked the destination direction to me…. hahahaha (Malaysia is like my country).

I rode train soon when it came and got off at Bandaraya Station. Well, I didn’t want to strayed twice now. When went out from Bandaraya Station,  I immediately looked for connection bridge to Bank Negara Commuter Station. Finally I found it too.

Jembatan Bandaraya bank negaraTurn right at Bandaraya Station exit gate, walk within 100m then turn right then you will find connection bridge to Bank Negara commuter station.

I bought ticket at automatic ticket machine in Bank Negara Commuter Station, but I couldn’t find Batu Caves destination in screen list. I asked to station staff, She said direct commuter route from KL Sentral to Batu Caves Station wasn’t operating again. Commuter train to Batu Caves was currently departing from Sentul Station. So I must go to there if wanted to Batu Caves. (If I departed from KL Sentral, there was a free bus from KL Sentral to Sentul Station then continued with commuter train from Sentul Station to Batu Caves station ….. this session will tell by me in next article).

Because it was already on 11:30 and my flight to Jakarta was at 16:30, then I decided to canceled my trip to Batu Caves. I would go to KL Sentral then continued to KLIA from there.