This is the first part of my series of posts about my trip to Kuala Lumpur in August 2011.
Two years after I’ve arrived here in Singapore, I finally got to visit one of its closest neighbors, Malaysia! Going to Malaysia is one of the cheapest weekend getaways from Singapore.
I went to Kuala Lumpur with two friends and I was the one who arranged everything:
1. The bus tickets
BusOnlineTicket.com is one of the websites offering a wide selection of coach companies. For this trip, I chose Star Mart Express because it’s one of the cheapest and the schedule was what I wanted.
It was just a regular weekend so we were able to get a round-trip ticket for 60SGD. You can also choose your seats online free of charge! There are 3 seats in each row and I chose all the (lone) window seats for all of us.
The bus has no entertainment console so it’s good to have something to lessen boredom during the 5~ hours trip. I had no tablet pc nor a smart phone so I had no choice but to sleep!
Star Mart has the phrase “Massage Coach” written on the bus but the massage feature is no longer working. It could get too cold inside the bus so it would help to bring something to keep you warm. Someone did try to ask the driver to increase the temperature but the driver just shrugged it off.
2. The accommodation
I found Prescott Inn Kuala Lumpur – Medan Tuanku in Agoda.com. It is located very close to the Medan Tuanku MRT station.
We were able to get a room for just 35SGD. It was a charming inn, but old age is really showing in its bathroom among other things. Overall, it was a great bargain. However, I encountered an unfortunate event in the hotel (to post later).
3. The Map
I don’t think it is safe to use the navigation tools in your smart phones in Kuala Lumpur so go get a map! I am not the kind of person who prepares everything for the trip. As long as I have the accommodation and the transportation, I’m good to go. We only bought the Kuala Lumpur map at the mall close to the drop-off point. We got the cheapest, which was about 5SGD, so it was not as detailed as I wanted it to be.
My advise: add about 2SGD and you’ll get a better map
4. Malaysian Ringgit
We had some money changed at the bus station in Singapore. However, I noticed that the exchange rate in Malaysia is higher than in Singapore. You still need some Ringgits though, in case you need to buy something during the 15-30 minutes stops on the way to Kuala Lumpur.