When in Malaysia Series: Satu - Places I've Seen

Just like love, there are all kinds of traveling in this world.

Some travel for leisure, some travel to find the Great Perhaps and some travel for work.

My 2016 started with a bang as I was sent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as an expat for a few months to work on a project. It was my first time in Malaysia so I was thrilled and excited to see what the country has to offer. What’s so great about the experience is that I get to explore Malaysia at my own pace and most of all my roundtrip ticket  and hotel was paid by the company (wee). There was no need to hurry because I’m stuck there for a few months anyway.

As many of us know, Malaysia is known as the land of retail shopping. I have to admit I have hoarded tons of stuff when I was there and I do not regret spending so much in KL because everything was WAY CHEAPER than in the Philippines.

But then of course there will come a time when I have to move on from my shopaholic phase and try to explore what else is there in Kuala Lumpur. I was so sure there so much more in that country other than being a big shopping mall. So with the help of my friends and parents, we have roamed around the city for the best places to go to, other than the Petronas Towers and Batu Caves, when you don’t want to go shopping.

 

Kuala Lumpur National Museum

To get to know more about the history of Malaysia, The National Museum is a must on my go to list. Their museum tells you the story of the country from the historical times up to the current events.

Floor obsession.

Floor obsession.

How To Get There:

1. Take the Kelana Jaya Line, KL Monorail or KTM Komuter train and stop at KL Sentral.

2. Step out of Kl Sentral station and walk through Hilton hotel. From there you will already see the National Museum. Just be careful in crossing the highway because there is no pedestrian lane here. You just have to go yolo on this one!

Other Information:

Entrance fee for foreigners: 5RM (50++php). Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily

 

Merdeka Square

Also known as the “Independence Square” – yep Merdeka Day is Independence Day in Malaysia. It is also a few minutes away from the I <3 KL statue(?).


How To Get There:

Take the Kelana Jaya Line and stop at Masjid Jamek from outside the train station, walk across the street where you will see a mosque. Behind it bam hello Merdeka Square.

Other Information:

Tip: cheapest Cadbury chocolates can also be found here in Masjid Jamek, you can ask the locals where MYDIN is and you will be able to find Cadbury heaven. Any Cadbury bar costs 5RM (50++ php) each!

 

National Mosque of Malaysia

If you decide to go to Merdeka Square, then you can also walk your way to the National mosque. What you will love about this mosque is the fountains, reflecting pools and trees surrounding the vicinity which gives off that tropical vibe.

How To Get There:

Walk your way from Merdeka Square. Use Google Maps for accurate directions.

Other Information:

Visiting hours: 3pm onwards – I came before 3pm so I wasn’t able to go inside the mosque.

 

Petaling Street, Chinatown

And of course any country will have a Chinatown but this Chinatown is different because there are a lot of cafes and food to try out. This is also where I usually go to on weekends because of my street food: fried mushrooms ugh I miss it already.

Yasssss. Mushrooms are on the top shelf to the left.

Yasssss. Mushrooms are on the top shelf to the left.

How To Get There:

Take the Kelana Jaya Line and stop at Pasar Seni.

Keep right – do not cross over the bridge! Turn right once you see Texas Chicken outside the train station then walk straight til you see Petaling Street.

 

Federal Territory Mosque

This is my favorite mosque because it is the biggest I’ve seen so far, it offers free tours inside and it has a bazaar inside! Built from 1997 up to 2000, this mosque is not only a place of worship but also a place for recreational activities and social gatherings. You will find yourself drooling over the mosque’s architecture which according to the tour guide is a mix of the Persian and Arabian influence.

Pak ganire!

Pak ganire!

Then of course I need my solo shot hehe.

Then of course I need my solo shot hehe.

How To Get There: 

Cab. Sorry guys but there is no other way that I know of. Do note to ask your cab to wait for you because it is so hard to get a cab from here. The ironic thing is once you step out of the mosque the cabs are everywhere but I found out that the surrounding area is where cab drivers spend their break time.

Other Information:

Visiting hours: 10am – 6pm

 

Putra Mosque

Also known as the Pink Mosque. This mosque was constructed using rose-tinted granite from the ceiling, walls and up to the floor. You can also take a boat ride to see the buildings and landscapes around Putrajaya which is just beside Putra Mosque.

DETAILS.&nbsp;

DETAILS. 

My mom really does take the best photo. Just look at that expression.&nbsp;

My mom really does take the best photo. Just look at that expression. 

How To Get There:

By Bus: Parkmay (Cityliner No. 868) comes every 20 minutes. The route is Sinar Kota-Komuter Serdang-Putrajaya-Cyberjaya. Sepang Omnibus (No. 536B) goes through Sepang-Banting- Dengkil-Cyberjaya-Putrajaya every 3 hours. Kelang-Banting Bus (No.131) follows Kelang-Banting- Dengkil-Cyberjaya-Putrajaya route every 2 hours. Sum Omnibus (No. 186) from Kajang Terminal Bus, UNITEN- Putrajaya and Cyberjaya runs every 1 - 2 hours. (Putrajaya Internal Nadi Putra bus services are available at 50 sen per ride).

By Train: Catch the ERL train towards the KLIA airport from KL's Sentral station. Express Rail Link (ERL) Route: KL Sentral/Bandar Tasik Putrajaya/Cyberjaya/Salak Tinggi/KLIA Frequency : every half hour (peak hours) every hour (off peak hours).

Malacca

If you really want to make the most out of your trip, go out of town! Malacca/Melaka, the historical state of Malaysia, is only 2 hours away from the city and there’s tons of places and historical landmarks to see such as the infamous A’Famosa. Listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca is known as Southeast Asia’s greatest trading ports. Other people call this place as the “Little Europe” of Asia because of its European architecture. 

Maritime Museum. &nbsp;Entrance fee:12 RM

Maritime Museum.  Entrance fee:12 RM

One of the cafes in Jonker Street. This has laundry service guys. So awesome.

One of the cafes in Jonker Street. This has laundry service guys. So awesome.

How To Get There:

Option 1: Take a cab going to TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan). Buy your bus ticket going to Malacca (10 RM) better yet buy your return trip to KL as well (Tip: take the latest schedule for your return which is 9pm). Be sure to go to TBS early so you can get the earliest trip.The bus will stop at Melaka Sentral where you will need to look for the bus going to the historical city which costs 4 RM.

Please note that when you plan to go back to Melaka Sentral, you will have to wait for the bus outside Christ Church (the red church). It comes every hour. Make sure to take the bus 3 hours before your scheduled return trip to KL)

Option 2: If you don’t want to take a cab to TBS then see this link: http://klsentral.org/how-to-go-to-tbs-terminal-bersepadu-selatan-from-kl-sentral/#.V_jiIDvwzVo

 Other Information:

Favorite Street: Jonker Street – you will be spending most of your time here because it’s hipster, it has a lot of food variety and coffee shops.

So that's about it! Have fun and stay awesome.

PS: Satu means one in Malaysia which is one of the two words that I have used very often. The other word will be on my next post. Should I do a Malaysia Haul? Comment down below!

 

Hubba hubba,

Andi