Sunday, August 31, 2014

Selamat Hari Merdeka - S Goes To Malaysia!

After a yearlong hiatus from blogging, I’ve pushed myself to finally blog again. To further keep me motivated, I’ll share my previous trips starting with the most recent, Malaysia! This post is very timely especially because Malaysia is celebrating their independence today.

When we visited, we noticed that most buildings had the Malaysian flag prominently displayed. So when we asked our guide, he mentioned that it’ll be Hari Merdeka in a few days.

Anyway, let’s go on to the details of our trip. We stayed in KL for 4 days and booked a half day city tour on our first day just to get acquainted with the area. We initially planned to go to Batu Caves via train on our second day but our guide graciously took us there right away when we asked if i's a good idea to go to the caves in the afternoon. 

First Stop: Batu Caves
A tip for those planning to go to Batu Caves, if you’re like us who are quite umm… unfit, we suggest that you do this on your last day in Malaysia especially if you’re planning to climb the 270++ steps. Our leg muscles were sore by noon and remained sore for days! Hahaha!

Next Stops: Istana Negara (King's Palace), National Monument, Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square)

King's Palace KL_TMF

Last Few Stops: Batik Factory, Chocolate Factory

We bought several chocolates to give to our loved ones back in the Philippines. Of course we got the must-buys, Beryl's almonds, milk chocolate, macadamia, and dark chocolate.

Final Stop: The Petronas Towers


Aside from it being part of the tour, we were able to take snapshots of it in the morning and at night in various angles because of the proximity of our hotel to the towers.

After the tour we rested in the hotel then we explored the malls near our hotel. We also decided to visit Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) again in the afternoon because we wanted to spend time in Arch Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.
We were surprised and a tad confused to see that their train tickets
are in coins because we're used to card type tickets

I suggest that you visit the place for their handmade wood veneer crafts. It’s located in Jalan Raja and here are the directions. But for those who don’t feel like visiting the City Gallery, that's alright. You can also find an Arch store in Suria KLCC's 3rd Floor.

Final tip: It is important to choose a hotel with a good location. We were fortunate to have booked a place near several malls and train stations. The excellent location made it a breeze for us to buy food and goodies to bring home, as well as to commute to other locations.

So there, that's what we did on our first day in Kuala Lumpur. In the next post, I'll share with you the food and the coffee shops that we tried! :)

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