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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Bus from KLIA to KL Sentral, Malaysia

This is continuation of article:

“Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 0726 from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”

(https://wordpress.com/post/travelingpersecond.com/375).

Malaysia Airlines that I rode landed at KLIA on 7:31 pm Kuala Lumpur time.

Towards KLIA Exit Door
After the plane smoothly landed, I dropped off at KLIA arrival hall at 3rd floor. When I
got off from plane, usually I would look for drinking water station to filled my drink
bottle but I couldn’t find it until I was out from airport.

Menuji Exit Gate KLIA

Top Left: I walked along arrival hall H towards immigration counter

Top Right: Passport checking process at immigration counter

Bottom Right: Passed baggage conveyor belt …. but I didn’t carry luggage, so I continued

towards exit door.

Bottom Left: I reached at airport exit door

Towards Airport Coach Shelter

Once out of airport exit door, of course, One thing that I looked for was location of Airport Coach that would departed to KL Sentral. Well, I found these direction in KLIA:

sign KLIABecause I was still on 3rd floor, it means I should go down to 2nd floor to got Airport Coach that will took me to KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur).

Towards Bus Shelter KLIA

Top Left: Then I walked down the escalator to 2nd floor of KLIA

Top Right: And I always followed that sign to Airport Coach shelter

Bottom Right: A moment later I passed a corridor above a driveway.

Bottom Left: I reached the end of corridor adjacent to car park area, Turned to left was escalator to Airport Coach shelter and to right was lift to the same shelter. Actually Airport Coach shelter wasn’t located on 2nd floor but on 1st floor.

escalator n liftTop Left: KLIA car park area at 2nd floor

Top Right: Toilet at the end of corridor before exit to  car park area, very clean and I had
used it for a few moments here.
Bottom Right: At first I wanted to get down to Airport Coach shelter through this
escalator but it was under construction,
Bottom Left: Finally I must use this lift to Airport Coach shelter. At the end of the
corridor near the lift is direction to famous transit hotel in KLIA (Hotel Sama-Sama).

bus shelter

Top Left: Once got off from lift, I was immediately seen Airport Coach ticket counter to KL Sentral

Top Right: I ultimately rode the Airpot Coach with ticket price 10 Ringgit for adults and 6 Ringgit for children.

Bottom Right: Yoyo Express Bus which also took passengers in KLIA and KLIA2. The bus had destination to several cities outside of Kuala Lumpur such as Johor Bahru, Ipoh and Taiping

Lower Left: Finally I boarded Airport Coach to KL Sentral. Distance which would covered about 60 km with travel time about 1 hour journey.
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Hotel Murah Terdekat dengan KL Sentral, Malaysia

Begitu Airport Coach yang Gw naiki tiba di KL Sentral pukul 10:03. Tujuan pertama Gw adalah Batu Caves. Tetapi untuk meringankan beban, Gw akan menitipkan bacpak di hotel walaupun belum waktunya untuk check-in dan Gw hanya akan bawa tas lipat yang diisi dengan air minum, dompet, passport, handphone dan kamera.

Hotel yang Gw pilih adalah Westree Hotel di Jalan Tun Sambanthan tepat di sebelah tenggara KL Sentral.

Gw memilih hotel ini karena sangat dekat dengan Airport Coach dan Skybus Shelter di KL Sentral karena keesokan harinya Gw harus terbang menuju Singapura menggunakan pesawat Scoot Airlines. Jadi keesokan harinya Gw harus berangkat menuju KLIA2 sekitar jam 04:30 pagi.

Gw memesan hotel ini 9 hari sebelumnya menggunakan Agoda dengan harga Rp. 331.772/malam (sangat murah untuk ditempati oleh 2 dewasa dan 1 anak). Harga ini sudah termasuk tourism tax 10 Ringgit (sejak 1 September 2017, Malaysia menerapkan pajak menginap untuk turis sebesar 10 Ringgit per malam).

Peta Hotel Westree

 

Sangat dekat sekali…..Hanya perlu berjalan 3 menit menuju Airport Coach dan Skybus Shelter

Jl Tumsanbhatan

Kiri : Begitu Airport Coach tiba di KL Sentral, Gw hanya perlu keluar dari sebuah lorong menuju Jl. Tun Sambanthan

Kanan : Jl Tun Sambanthan yang didedikasikan untuk tokoh Malaysia keturunan India yang merupakan salah satu founding father Malaysia. Hotel Westree terletak tepat di pinggir jalan ini.

Westree Inside

Kiri Atas: Pintu depan Hotel Westree yang tepat di tepi Jalan Tun Sambanthan dan tepat diseberang jalan adalah shelter Airport Coach dan Skybus.

Kanan Atas: Lobby Hotel Westree

Kanan Bawah: Ketika check-in pihak hotel meminta deposit sebesar 40 Ringgit dan bisa diambil kembali ketika check-out

Kiri Bawah: Kebersihan hotel biasa tercermin dari kebersihan toilet kamarnya. Toilet Hotel Westree sangatlah bersih.

Mayoritas karyawan hotel ini adalah warga Malaysia keturunan India karena memang hotel ini terletak di daerah Brickfields yang merupakan Little Indianya Kuala Lumpur. Dahulu daerah sekitar hotel ini adalah penghasil batu bata.

Secara umum staff nya cukup membantu dan ramah. Staff receptionint dengan baik memberikan Peta Pariwisata Kuala Lumpur ke Gw.

Gw check-in ke hotel jam 17:00 setelah puas keliling Kuala Lumpur dan check-out keesokan harinya pukul 04:15 untuk menuju KLIA2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Bus dari KLIA ke KL Sentral, Malaysia

Ini adalah kelanjutan dari artikel:

“Penerbangan Malaysia Airlines MH 0726 dari Jakarta ke Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia” (https://wordpress.com/post/travelingpersecond.com/339).

Malaysia Airlines yang Gw naiki mendarat di KLIA tepat pukul 7:31 waktu Kuala Lumpur.

Menuju Pintu Keluar KLIA

Setelah pesawat mendarat mulus, Gw diturunkan di Arrival Hall H KLIA lantai 3. Biasanya begitu turun dari pesawat yang Gw cari adalah drinking water station untuk mengisi botol minuman tetapi Gw tidak bisa menemukannya hingga keluar bandara sekalipun.

Menuji Exit Gate KLIA

Kiri Atas : Gw berjalan sepanjang arrival hall H menuju konter imigrasi

Kanan Atas : Proses pengecekan passport di konter imigrasi

Kanan Bawah : Melewat baggage conveyor belt….tapi Gw kan ga bawa bagasi, ya jadi dilanjut ajahhh

Kiri Bawah: Sampai juga di pintu keluar bandara

Menuju Shelter Airport Coach

Begitu keluar dari pintu bandara tentu yang Gw cari adalah dimanakah letak Airport Coach menuju KL Sentral. Nah Gw melihat petunjuk ini di KLIA:

sign KLIAKarena Gw masih berada di lantai 3, berarti Gw harus turun menuju lantai 2 untuk mendapatkan Airport Coach yang akan mengantarkan Gw ke KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur).

Towards Bus Shelter KLIA

Kiri Atas: Kemudian Gw berjalanan menuruni escalator menuju lantai 2 KLIA

Kanan Atas: Dan Gw selalu mengiIkuti tanda itu untuk menuju shelter Airport Coach

Kanan Bawah : Sesaat kemudian Gw melewati sebuah koridor yang berada tepat diatas jalan mobil.

Kiri Bawah: Gw sampai di ujung koridor yang berbatasan dengan area parkir mobil, belok ke sebelah kiri adalah escalator menuju shelter Airport Coach sedangkan ke sebelah kanan adalah lift menuju shelter yang sama. Ternyata shelter Airport Coach tidak terletak di lantai 2 tetapi di lantai 1.

escalator n liftKiri Atas : Area parkir mobil KLIA lantai 2

Kanan Atas : Toilet di ujung koridor sebelum keluar ke area parkir mobil, sangat bersih dan Gw sempat bersih-bersih beberapa saat disini.
Kanan bawah : Awalnya Gw mau turun ke shelter Airport Coach lewat escalator ini tapi ternyata sedang dalam perbaikan,
Kiri Bawah : Akhirnya Gw harus menggunakan lift ini menuju shelter Airport Coach. Di ujung koridor dekat lift adalah arah menuju hotel transit yang terkenal di KLIA (Hotel Sama-Sama) .

bus shelter

Kiri Atas : Begitu turun dari lift langsung terlihat konter tiket Airport Coach menuju KL Sentral

Kanan Atas : Airpot Coach yang akhirmya Gw naiki dengan harga tiket 10 Ringgit untuk dewasa dan 6 Ringgit untuk anak-anak.

Kanan Bawah : Yoyo Express Bus yang juga mengambil penumpang di KLIA dan KLIA2. Bus ini memiliki tujuan ke beberapa kota di luar Kuala Lumpur seperti Johor Bahru, Ipoh dan Taiping

Kiri Bawah : Akhirnya Gw menaiki Airport Coach menuju KL Sentral. Jarak yang akan ditempuh sekitar 60 km dengan waktu tempuh sekitar 1 jam perjalanan.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 0726 from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

30 March 2018- This was Malaysia Airlines flight from Soekarno Hatta International Airport (SHIA), Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Malaysia using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with capacity about 166 passengers. This 2 hours flight occurred from 04:25 Jakarta time to 7:25 pm Kuala Lumpur time.

I issued ticket on October 7th, 2017 or 5.5 months before departure on price about Rp. 605,000 without seat choosing. Seat choosing add-on would be charged seat fee about 11 Ringgit or Rp. 40.052 (yes …. I choosed a seat 3 weeks before departured).

tiket dan seat fee

Left: e-ticket was earned when issued   ;           Right: seat fee

At 00:30, I headed towards Soekarno Hatta International Airport (SHIA) by Grab Car service at cost about Rp. 136.000 and got off at Terminal 2D. Upon arrived at airport, I couldn’t go directly to check-in counter because I must wait screening gate was opened. Finally screening gate was opened at 02:00. Some foreigners were disappointed because of it. I also didn’t know why the gate didn’t open for 24 hours.

Screening my backpack was smoothly then I went to check-in counter. Apparently I still had to queue and waited for 10 minutes until counter was opened. Actually I already had a boarding pass through web check-in process that I did independently, but when I asked to check-in staff what I could go directly to immigration counter, he said it was better for me to re-printed my boarding pass using paper from check-in counter. Yes finally I must queued

boarding pass

Left: boarding pass from web check-in result.
Top right: boarding pass from Malaysia Airlines check-in counter
Bottom right: cabin baggage tag

Finished check-in, I must wait again for 30 minutes to went to immigration counter, I saw immigration officers wasn’t standby in their posts.

At 3:00 pm I finally went to immigration counter. It was smoothly without any meaningful constraints.

part in SHIA

Top Left: Departure gate 2 SHIA Terminal 2D SHIA
Top right: Check-in counter
Lower left: immigration counter
Bottom right: boarding gate D4 Terminal 2D SHIA

Going to gate D4, I directly could enter 15 minutes before boarding time.
At 3:55 pm finally I was boarding,

Boarding

Since 2013 Malaysia Airlines had joined Oneworld, an airline alliance aimed to made alliance members be first choice of world travelers

Interior Plane

Top left: Business Class seats
Top right: Economy class seats
Bottom left: In-flight entertainment
Bottom right: Left plane winglets

For menus, during flight I got a glass of apple juice and Low Fat Meal as my request when issued ticket.

MH Meal

Mineral water, crackers, peanuts and low fat meal (potatoes, carrots, egg, broccoli all were boiled)

The steward asked to me “Would you like to ate now or later?” Because I replied that  I would eat later, then he gived me a plastic bag with Malaysia Airlines logo to brought my food when arrived at KLIA.

After 2 hours trip I landed smoothly at KLIA.
I had captured headquarters of Malaysia Airlines

MH Base

Malaysia Airlines base in KLIA

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KLM Flight-KL 0809 from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta

March 18th, 2018-This flight was my first time to used service of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. And KLM became the 19th airline I had ever rode during my traveling. Every traveling I always tried to found different airlines to felt their difference services, but my priority was still the cheapest one.

I issued this ticket on September 18th, 2017, exactly 6 months before flight.

Harga KLM

Ticket price was 224.10 Ringgit or Rp. 768,748, very affordable for European airlines

Airport Coach drops me to KLIA at 14:00. I went straight to check-in counter.

KLM

I was the first check-in yet passenger…. lonely at counter

Based on my ticket, I must go to gate C3. Views of KLIA when I moved from check-in counter to Gate C3 didn’t tell here, guys. I would tell later when that I came by Malaysia Airlines after this trip.

Oh yes, this was my first time visited Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 1 (KLIA), because I often visited this neighbor country and always landed at KLIA 2 (it was Air Asia base). Seeing the building, KLIA terminal 1 looked like old building …. similarly like Soekarno Hatta International Airport Terminal 1 and 2 at Jakarta

C3 room

Gate C1 was Saudia Airlines boarding gate

view gate 3

Gate 3 view was building for POS Aviation – Malaysia’s Ground Service.

Waiting for 1.5 hours finally my plane came.

KLM Plane

(Left): Saudia Airlines aircraft was adjacent to (Right): KLM aircraft

KLM flight from KLIA to Soekarno Hatta International Airport (SHIA) was operated by Air France. Some KLM flights from KLIA-SHIA was even operated by Garuda Indonesia. Actually this flight was a transfer flight from Amsterdam to Jakarta that transited in Kuala Lumpur. While waiting for loading process, there was a bonus for passangers:

Liliana Natsir

Several minutes before boarding …. Liliyana Natsir came …. She was Indonesia’s mix double badminton world champion.

Okay …. didn’t wait for long, finally I boarded to European class airplane.

interior klm

Plane interior was common…. just very happy for rode Air France’s plane.

Along flight, I got a warm wet tissue for face cleaner, vegetarian pie which was enough to replaced my dinner menu (saved my budget) and a glass of apple juice.

And along flight I saw “Dunkirk”…. I didn’t know why I like this movie. I had watched it three times before. Even on my previous trips, I also watched it in Thai Airways when flied to Kathmandu, Nepal.

view flight

It was the coolest view on this flight.

Pretty enough flight. I would tell you my another flight in different article.

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Bus from KL Sentral to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) Terminal 1, Malaysia

For International flights, I always tried to came to airport 3 hours before flight. Because KLM flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta was at 16:30 then I would try to KLIA 1 (Kuala Lumpur Internatinal Airport Terminal 1) at 13:30.

Time was 11:15 at Bandaraya Station. Actually I canceled trip to Batu Caves because of transportation route changing. It was unfortunate although I could make it happen 2 weeks later on different trip.

To reached, I would use cheapest transportation mode i.e Airport Coach. Well, to boarded Airport Coach, I must go to KL Sentral first because Airport Coach base was there.

From Bandaraya Station, I went to Masjid Jamek Station (both stations are located at Sri Petaling Line). From Masjid Jamek station, I continued to used Kelana Jaya Line and got off at KL Sentral. Simply paid 1.8 Ringgit for all this trips. Just bought token at Bandaraya Station and returned at KL Sentral.

Masjid Jamek LRT Station.

Before boarding into bus …… When arrived at KL Sentral, I decided to Dzuhur pray and continued to lunch.

Panettone …. The owner was Indian and the noodles was very nice…. worthed to tried.
Nice noodles….worth to try.
Penang White Curry Bowl menu appearance.
The original appearance of Penang White Curry Bowl.

I was so enjoying the noodles but the time was at 13:00. Even though my target to reached KLIA was at 13:30, so it was certainly late for 30-45 minutes depended on Airport Coach waiting time in KL Sentral.

Commuter line (KTM) at KL Sentral ….A view from Panettone shop.

Before going downstairs, I bought a softdrink on a vending machine near escalator towards Aiport Coach counter and I would drink it while sightseeing at bus. Understandably because the Airport Coach would be quiet and there wasn’t TV or music. Not bad for 1 Ringgit per cans, very cheap if  was compared to minimarket around KL Sentral.

That is…the “blue” Airport Coach.
Adult fare is USD 3,3….Children fare is USD 1,9.

The journey covered distance about 60 km within 1 hour.

During trip through highway, I saw very well organized and patterned settlements. This made Kuala Lumpur was impressed in city landmark.

Highway to KLIA during I visited Kuala Lumpur four times never jamed. it was OK for their transportation system. For me, It didn’t need to be ashamed to admit their excellence on spatial and transportation system because my traveling purpose was learnt from other country, opened my insight and appreciated the differences.

Finally, it wasn’t late to arrive at KLIA.

thanks guys already read this short article.

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Bus from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After 5 hours trip in Malacca, I would stay in Kuala Lumpur because my flight to Jakarta would departure from Kuala Lumpur on tomorrow afternoon. In addition to got time for explored some places in Kuala Lumpur, I also felt more calm because I was near KLIA.

I’ve booked Hotel Pudu 88 near Puduraya Bus Terminal.

First step,  Of course I must go back to Melaka Sentral to got bus to Kuala Lumpur. To returned to Melaka Sentral, I used easy way …. I went back to starting point when I dropped by panorama bus at Bangunan Merah, Malacca. Long enough waiting for the bus …. almost 30 minutes,  a bus actually came.

Surely this bus took me around Malacca first then got back to Melaka Sentral. So during in bus, I could use the time to saw hustle-bustle of Malacca.

Panorama Bus Melaka

New model panorama bus …. when departing I rode old model one

By paying 2 Ringgit, I long enough rode around Malacca with this bus. After 45 minutes finally I arrived at Melaka Sentral.

When arrived at Melaka Sentral, I directly headed to Inter City Bus Terminal.

Terminal Bas Antara Negeri

I just followed this sign to found a bus to Kuala Lumpur.

No long searching, finally I found intercity bus ticket counters.

konter Bus ke KL

Didn’t worry…. a lot of buses options and prices …. just choosed …. Bus would departure every 30 minutes.

I got out of terminal room to saw some good buses to rode. Actually all buses were similar and I thought all buses were comfort. So I decided to grabbed fastest bus that would be departed.

Finally I bought Mayangsari bus ticket that would depart at 15:15. I must be hurried by bus timer because bus would depart in 2 minutes. Pity man who queued behind me, he couldn’t get a ticket and must wait for half an hour again.

I ran to bus and finally got a backseat, the seat number that I got wasn’t matching with seat number on ticket. I asked to ladies who sat on the middle seat….then a gentlemen behind them told me to sat anywhere …. It was free. Oh, that was the rule. Because available seat was at back, so that was my seat.

Bus Mayangsari 2

Left: The inside of Mayangsari bus that had route Melaka Sentral-Kuala Lumpur
Right: Mayangsari Bus when arriving at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur

tiket mayang sari

Cheap…. only 10 ringgit could move from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur

I didn’t know which way this bus was passed…. actually 2 hours later I arrived at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS).

The first impression of seeing TBS was very amaze, for fist time I looked a large and clean bus terminal. Also LED information board was very large size for bus terminal standard.

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur.
Left Top: arrival hall
Left Lower: ticket counter
Right top: Arrival and Departure Information Board

Right Lower: A guide sign to LRT network and KLIA Express train

Because this is an integrated bus terminal and train line to down town, So my eyes were carefully sweeping all information boards to get direction to Bandar Tasik Selatan station that was integrated with Terminal Bersepadu Selatan.

Both Terminal Bersepadu Selatan and Bandar Tasik Selatan Station are connected by a bridge aisle above road.

TBS dan BTS

Top left: Bandar Tasik Selatan Station
Lower left: Connection bridge between Bandar Tasik Selatan Station and Terminal Bersepadu Selatan
Top right: Terminal Bersepadu Selatan
Bottom right: a sign in bridge hallway towards Bandar Tasik Selatan Station

After arrived at Bandar Tasik Selatan Station, I bought ticket at an automatic ticket machine for 3 ringgit towards Plaza Rakyat Station because Hotel Pudu 88 is near it. LRT that I rode was Sri Petaling Line.

Got off at Plaza Rakyat Station, I must turn around UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) Pudu Sentral through a long hallway.

Stesen Plaza Rakyat

Left: Plaza Rakyat Station
Right: Long hallway from Plaza Rakyat Station towards Pudu Street.

utc pudu

UTC Pudu Sentral is a building where several government institutions such as Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Malaysian Immigration Office etc.

After reached end of block, I turned to walk through Pudu Street. After short walking, I saw Puduraya Bus Terminal at right side.

pudu sentral

Puduraya terminal on right side of road

After passed Puduraya Bus Terminal along 250 meters finally I found Hotel Pudu 88.

Hotel Pudu 88

My afternoon trip to Kuala Lumpur stopped here. A cheap and comfortable hotel to stay overnight.

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5 Hours Visiting Malacca, Malaysia

5 hours opportunity was very precious time for me to enjoying beauty of Malacca, Malaysia.

Because didn’t want to lost this moment, then I well prepared itinerary from Jakarta.

After struggled to got a bus from KLIA2 to Malacca and after successfully swept some landscapes around Malacca Dutch Square, then I would continue my adventure to visited other places in Malacca downtown by walk.

Departed from Melaka 0 Mile point, I spent little time to saw lines of Portuguese Wall at t-junction after Melaka 0 Mile. These ruins were well hedged for site maintenance. Malaysia government is seriously working on their tourism that ably contributes revenue about 18 billion dollars per year.

Jajaran Tembok Portugis Melaka

Malacca city wall is Malacca defence wall in the 16th century

Oh yes …. My main visit aim at the moment were St. Paul Church, A Famosa Fort, Malacca River Cruise and Jonker Street.

Okay, I will tell one by one.

Towards St. Paul Church

To found this church, I found direction sign that made me easily where to took a direction. This direction sign is at t-junction south of Melaka 0 Miles.

tanda ke bukit st paul

Walking in Malacca must skillful to find a sign like this. This can make tourists easily to explore Malacca.

Walk about 100 meters, I found Muzium Senibina Malaysia (Malaysia Architecture Museum).Muzium Senibina Malaysia

Established by Dutch Colonial in the 18th century, this building was used as office of Malacca Water Board. 

Walked straight through this museum about 50 m, I finally found a sign to St. Paul Church that directing me to turned left through a small open door on edge of Kota Street.

Tangga ke Bukit St Paul

This row of stairs is one of several accesses to the church

A number of stairs were high enough waiting in front of  my eyes. There wasn’t other way except climbed stairs one by one ….. Just did it, hahaha …. Many tourists who exhausted and rest at edge of stairs.

As soon as I reached to upper stair, I was amazed to a view of ocean and white neat rows of houses and stores.

Pemandangan Laut Lepas

If you want to see beauty of Malacca from above … just need to ride that Malacca’s Menara Taming Sari ….

Finally I reached top of St. Paul hill and started to entering courtyard outside St. Paul Church. Intentionally I didn’t directly get inside of church to enjoyed beauty of this building from outside.

Gereja St Paul Outside

Left: St. Paul’s Church front view  ;  Right: St. Paul’s Church back view

After satisfy enjoyed outside of building, I started to got inside. Here’s inside of St. Paul Church.

interior st paul

 

Above: Inner wall of church
Below: Gravestones were laid against church wall

After explored inside of church for 20 minutes, I decided to got down soon because I realized that my times wasn’t much. I got down stairs to got back to Kota Street.

Towards A Famosa Fort

Continued trip along Kota Street which had been interrupted by visiting St. Paul Church. After walked about 15m, I passed Muzium Islam Melaka (Malacca Islamic Museum).

Muzium Islam MelakaOriginally the building was office of Malacca Islamic Council.

Walked again about 75m, I found some following museums:

Muzium UMNO

UMNO Museum (United Malays National Organization), Malaysia’s largest political party that dominated power since Malaysia’s independence

muzium setem malaysiaMalaysian stamp museum

Muzium Dunia IslamThis museum explains spread of Islam in the world, important Muslim figures and some important Islamic buildings.

It didn’t take longtime to reached the A Famosa Fort. It was only about 300m from St Paul’s Church entrance.

Here is the beauty of A Famosa Fort: A Famosa 1

A Famosa Fort left front view

A Famosa 2Fort A Famosa Fort front view

Entering fort inside, tourists are welcomed by singer with live western songs. His performances was quite entertaining in middle of sun heat.

I talked to Mr. Yusuf, he was a local tourist from Sabah who was on work duty to Malacca and he took a time to picnic.

The natural peeling fort wall shows how it is sturdy as 507-year-old building.

Some informative parts make me amazed for a moment

A. Famosa 3Actually this fort was built by Alfonso D’Alboquerque who originally came to Malacca just for free captives.

D’Alboquerque itself is very famous in Maluku, Indonesia because once sent a troops to found spices there.

It was already 12:10, it was time for me to left A Famosa Fort for Melaka River Cruise.

Towards Malacca River Cruise and Jonker Street

Moving from Fort A Famosa, I just realized that this fort was opposite a mall

dataran pahlawan

Dataran Pahlawan Mall is a popular place for shopping at Bandar Hilir, Malacca

Walking along Kota Street that was built from pavling block arrangement in daylight required me to drank lots of mineral water to keep my body from dehydration.

Walking along 200 m, I found Taman Kenderaan Sejarah Melaka. 

taman kereta

I think it’s a paid playing park for children in Malacca.

After walking for 10 minutes, I reached the edge of Malacca River. Before enjoying the beauty of Malacca River, I took time to visit Bastion Middleburg.

benteng dekat riverBuilt by British colonials, this building had function as trading supervision centre in Malacca at the time

And at next to this building is Malacca River.

melaka riverThis river is an important trade route in the 15th century

After seeing Melaka River Cruise activity, my stomach began to rumbled and it was time to had a lunch and ended my adventure in Malacca.

Intentionally I would search lunch menu on Jonker Street. After crossing the bridge that connects between both Malacca river side, I passed this point

jonker street

In Dutch period, Jonker Street was settlement of Dutch officials. But after Dutch didn’t govern, Jonker Street became settlement of merchants and wealthy businessman.

I began to focus on finding halal food. It was hard to found halal food on Jonker Street but that didn’t mean it didn’t exist.

After 2 blocks I found a food stall owned by a Malaysian Moslem and plastered halal logo. Finally I got inside to ate and closed my trip in Malacca.

lunch melaka

Lunch for 10 Malaysian Ringgit

Well, my 5 hours trip in Malacca was over…. It was time to return to the capital of Malaysia i.e Kuala Lumpur for continued  my exploration of Malaysia.