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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saving Budget for 5,6 Ringgit with GOKL City Bus, Malaysia

As a backpacker, I always try to minimize budget in every trip. For transportation budget, I will more walk or use the cheapest mode of transportation,  if possible I use free public transportation.

Like in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, I used tram for free or ….. in Kuala Lumpur, there are free buses that I can use to got around to city. it’s name is GOKL City Bus.

Well what I want to tell here is GOKL City Bus, guys….

GOKL City Bus has the following routes:

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Consist of 4 line, there are GO Relax (Red), GO Work (Blue), GO Sightsee (Purple), and GO Shopping (Green)
Source: http://www.spad.gov.my/transport-operators/buses/route-map-gokl-city-bus

GOKL City Bus itself was launched by SPAD (Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat) on August 31, 2012 as a part of Malaysia’s Government Transportation Program to reduced congestion in Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District (CBD) with user targets were private car users, users of public transport and tourists .

The operating hours of GOKL City Bus are 6 am-11pm for working day and 7 am-11pm for weekends and holidays. For working day, this bus will operate during peak hours (7 am-10am and 4 pm-8pm) every 5 minutes. And for  another day,  it will operate every 10 minutes.

I ever tried GOKL City Bus in 2014 when I visited Kuala Lumpur for first time. And the same traveling I did on March 2018.

Petronas Twin Tower – Pavillion Bukit Bintang

After satisfied to took some photos at twin building, I immediately moved to GOKL City Bus shelter in front of Petronas Twin Tower. Yes ….. this bus would take me to Bukit Bintang – a famous shopping center in Kuala Lumpur-.

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Left: GOKL City Bus (GO Shooping / Green Line) was waiting for passengers at Shelter

Top Right: GOKL City Bus interior

Bottom Right: Petrosains shelter, GOKL will wait for passengers near this shelter.

Bus waited about 10 minutes until space was full of passengers. It took 15 minutes until the bus reached Pavillion, Bukit Bintang. I tried to remembered landmarks in Pavilion to decided where I would stopped. I remembered and saw Pavillion parking gate, so I immediately got off  from bus.

Pavillion Bukit Bintang – Pasar Seni

I was only 20 minutes in Pavilion and I wanted to went to Petaling Street at Pasar Seni soon. Actually I would use Monorail combined LRT to Pasar Seni. But when break sitting in front of Pavilion, I saw GOKL bus with a destination board to Pasar Seni. I immediately ran to the bus that was taking some passengers. Exactly, I could got in and bus departed to Pasar Seni.

About 12 minutes, GOKL City Bus arrived at Pasar Seni terminal. Pasar Seni terminal was very different if compared to 2014-the time when I firstly came to Kuala Lumpur-. I saw MRT Pasar Seni station there. As far as in 2014, the MRT station was still under construction.GOKL Pasar Seni

GOKL City Bus at Pasar Seni


Using GOKL City Bus for moved to 2 venues could save budget about 5.6 Ringgit. Actually
It was a little money but it could use for my dinner……hihihi  

 

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.

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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.