Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur

Month/Year: Sept 2015

Flight time: UK to Dubai = 7 hours /  Dubai to Kuala Lumpur = 6.5 Hours

Exchange rate: £1 = 6 Malaysian Ringgit

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The Flight

So we were flying with emirates. I love this air line as the food is so cool and love the luxury elements. When we arrived at the airport we managed to get upgraded leg room seats for free. Now these seats are so cool. They are fire exit seats and have so much leg room – check it out

The flight was in the morning at 9:30am. It was an ok flight to be fair. I did find thow that the 2 planes we caught here had different films although they were the same airline??? weird.

We arrived in the morning around 8am at Kuala Lumpur airport. This place is pretty easy to get your bearings in. We then headed towards the taxi rank

Taxis at the Airport

Now id been reading up on taxis ripping people off here i.e adding tax etc onto the final fare.. our experience with taxis was really good here. When we walked towards the exit of the airport there was a big yellow booth saying “TAXIS”. We got a taxi to a hotel called “INVITO SUITES” which was in the area of Bukit Bintang. It cost 102 Malaysian ringgit which is £16 in our money (bargain since it was over half an hour away). We actually fell asleep in the taxi as due to jetlag – grrrrrrrrrr

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The Hotel

So being Asia you can get 4-5 star hotels for like £30 – £40 per room so after lots of looking in the UK, we came across this hotel. It was called ” INVITO SUITES”. We arrived and the room had a kitchen in it and also 2 double beds. It was a great room. The weird thing about it thow is that if you wanted the balcony door opened you basically had to sign a disclaimer saying you wouldnt jump off the edge etc.

We originally stayed in Malaysia for 4 days then went to Bali for 4 days then came back here for 1 day to fly back to UK. When we came back for that one day we stayed in a place called Transit Kuala Lumpur. It was a shit hotel with very little air con and shit wifi. Wouldnt recommend that hotel!

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Street Food – CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP

So outside our hotel there were lots of shanty food places i.e places that do look abit dodgy to eat from.. but ive had good experiences with them in the likes of Thailand so thought we would give them a try. The one by our hotel served indian food. There wasnt much of a selection but we had lamb curry, chicken curry, rice and chicken tikka all for £2!!! it was really nice too and full of flavour. It didnt give us the shits! It was great!

Also one of the evenings clubbing we came across a place that served a mixture of indian and chinese food. Again it was from a shanty kinda place. We ordered so much food from this place. We had a huge plate of southern fried chicken, a plate of chicken noodles, a plate of chicken rice and some other stuff.. all for £6. We could not polish it all off.

On the last night here we had noodles, chicken rice with an egg on top…again cheap cheap cheap and tasted amazing!

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Food is cheap here, and funny enough the only food that gave me the shits was KFC. KFC in Asia is not the same as KFC in the UK. They do not use the same batter..its lighter and tastes different. I am always pulled in by the amazing deals they have thow as your talking £7 for a bucket of 15 pieces of chicken. Its not worth it thow as I sat on the toilet alot after this. Thing is the same happened to me in Thailand before with the KFC. You would expect it from street food but not KFC. So in summary DEFFO try street food in Asia as its so cool and actually full of flavours. Sure some stand may give you the shits but so does KFC so blah!

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Nightlife

Night life main strip is where Healy Macs Bar is. Now there are 2 Healys bars but its the one by Invito Suites Hotel.

We got to the main nightlife strip which was like 2 mins up from our hotel. Its a long road with bars either side. We got there about 9pm on a Friday so things were pretty lively. I noticed straight away that there was a bar with my name on it…literally.

Healys Bar

Healys bar is an irish bar. It had buy one get one free on beers so naturally we couldnt resist. Now we opted to try a beer named ASAHI. This is a japanese beer. Now we have had this before and it is pretty lethal …i.e it dont take you long to get mashed! We had a couple of these each and were well on our way…so it was time to look for the next bar.

There was a bar opposite where the only way I can explain it is that it had a ROUTE 66 sign at the bottom of its stairs. You walk upstairs and there is a stage and balcony. This place seemed cool so we decided to stay here. The band came on and they were singing hits like BON JOVI, BRYAN ADAMS and all the old school rock which we loved! Now there is something special about this bar…Its “TOWERS”. They are basically big glass containers full of your chosen beer. Now ASAHI was the more expensive but we thought feck it as we were already on our way and we new this would get us pie eyed so we ordered this “DOME” full of ASAHI. It was the equivalent to about 6 pints.

After chatting to plenty of strangers we were well on out way so we went outside looking for the next place. Basically this night ended up in us finding this random dude walking the streets, getting him to agree to take us to a “Typical Malsian” club and spending the night in there with him. He left us half way through the nigh and to this day…we still have no idea how we got back to our hotel!

 

Sky bars

Ok so I had read that this place is heavy on sky bars.. I had them all noted down before we came here and was really looking forward to the views…however the first sky bar we tried was called “THE HELIPAD”. This was apparently a bar on top of a hotel that had no edges on it (as Helicopters actually land there in the day). This seemed so cool.

We got to the hotel entrance and caught the floor to the Helipad bar. The doors opened and we were greeted by a posh looking lady and bouncer at a desk. They were very polite however straight away I began to think “this is a bit posh so far”. . . anyways. basically they offered us a place in the bar however needed to pay 100 Malaysian Ringgit  (£16) each that got you a drink and entrance. We were kind of put off by this as what if it was shit? So we chose not to do it. We were then put off the sky bars as figured they would all be the same, and plus they were all so far apart we couldn’t be bothered getting taxis everywhere.

 

Beach Club Cafe

Cost: 45 Malaysian Ringgit with a free drink or free entrance before 9pm.

Now we first saw this place after we had visited the KL Tower in the day. We stumbled in and noticed that there was a live shark in a tank above the bar – yes a LIVE shark. I had never seen this and looked rather cool.

The place opened up really big inside with a  dance floor and stage etc. We sat down and beer wasnt too pricey so started on the Asahi again.

It wasnt long until we were approached by 2 Malaysian ladies. It was apparent then that we were in a GOGO style bar. They stayed with us doing general chit chat etc (as they do)… I will always make the effort to have a laugh with the girls and talk to them, but not really bothered by the whole taking them back to hotel and doing stuff – this is always difficult when they suggest it and I saw no lol.

We ended up going back most nights as at night this place is a club and has a live band on and then dance music. The atmosphere in here was just happy and it was spacious. I loved the outdoor area where you could just sit down and have a Shisha or chill out.

It is funny seeing the girls here as obviously they’re looking for business so you get them standing around trying to get guys eyes…it was apparant that there were different nationalities here. Normally in GOGO bars you have one nationality..in here there were Romanians, Thai, Malaysian and Russian. The Russian girls kinda had a corner they all hung around and didnt seem very approachable at all. They also would not come and speak with you, you had to go speak to them kinda thing.

It was nice to be able to speak with different people here from different parts of the world. GOGO girls must hate me as Ill give them the time of day and spend time with them but just wont do nowt with them at the end lol

Not to far away is its sister club called “THAI CLUB” or something like that. We did try this out but this is alot smaller and very and I mean VERY dark in side. You walk in and yes its kinda a club but you literally cannot see where your walking.. just the odd face of people sitting down. We didnt stay in this place very long.

 

Price of Beer

Beer aint that cheap here. It’s basically the same as the UK. Best to go to an Offy beforehand if you want cheap licker as average price for a pint is around £3.20

They are heavy on selling bottles of Heineken in buckets here. So for 7 bottles you’re talking 85 Malaysian Ringgit (£14)

ASAHI PINT = After happy hour (11pm) its 70 Malaysian Ringgit for 2 pints (£11.06)

ASAHI TOWER = 170 Malaysian Ringgit after 11pm (£28.30)

Bukit Bintang – Is it dodgy?

Not really. I felt personally safe here at night. As I said above me and Bob walked the streets at 3-4am in the morning looking for shanty food and never felt threatened. Theres not really anyone about, and if they are there tourists…plus being a major city center there are always taxis etc going down the streets.

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TAXIS in general

As said at the beginning these have been given a bad rep. Maybe they have changed since the reviews, but we caught so many taxis when we were over here. They would only charge like £3 to get from one part of the city to the other. They were literally on the same level as the UK. No tax or service charge added. What you saw on the meter is what you paid.

When we went to the Batu caves the guy charged us 40 Malaysian Ringgit  (£6.50) there and then he waited for us at the caves until we had finished and took us back for the same price. From the center of Kuala Lumpur to Batu caves is a good half hour journey aswel so I personally think this is a bargain! He was on meter aswel and was being our tour guide. Normally when they say they will wait for you to finish, this means its an excuse for them to add on extra waiting charge money etc but he didnt.

One night we caught a taxi from the main strip to Beach Hut and the guy didnt realise Bob hadnt got in and sped off with me in the car. So all I see in the rear window is Bob running after the taxi. I was crying with laughter, it was so funny. The man stopped and apologised so much, but when Bob got in he realised we couldnt stop laughing about it and started creasing with us. The entire journey was spent with me, Bob and the taxi driver all laughing like mad about the experience – he was a great guy!

Seriously thow If I went again I would trust these guys. NO one ripped us off here taxi wise. They were all really good at English and very humorous aswel!

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KL TOWER

Ok so one of the days here we went sight seeing. We walked from our hotel to the KL Tower. It was very hot. Now when you get to the bottom of the road for this, you are greeted by a guard who tells you can either walk up to the top of the road or you can wait for the shuttle bus. Being lazy feckers we decided to wait for the shuttle bus.

Shuttle bus came (fully air conned) and we got to the tower. Now we paid to go in and go to the top deck. Now if honest the view was ok but it was abit misty. Now I dont know if its just me or what, but I think ive been up too many towers now as the view is kind of all the same.. I mean surely cities look like cities dont they from above?

Still it was a cool experience all the same.

We then went to the Twin towers

TWIN TOWERS

Now it was quite a trek from the KL tower to these. If honest we didnt go up them as whats the point? We already went up the KL Tower so we did what any person does nowadays and simply had selfies with them

BATU CAVES

Now this had to be done. We got a taxi from hotel to the BATU Caves for 40 Malaysian Ringgit there and same back which was a bargain considering this place was easily half hour away.

We got there and the taxi driver told us he would stay around as there were no taxis there (which he was actually right in saying).

We got to the bottom and the first thing that hits you is the huge gold Buddha. Its amazing to look at. The next thing that hits you is the amount of stairs you must walk up to get up the top…272 of these feckers!!

Me n Bob shook each others hands and wished each other good luck as we embarked on this journey up the stairs.

Now half way up we saw monkeys. We had been told about these monkeys that you must watch out for your cameras etc as they are known to teef them and sell them on ebay (ok so made the last bit up). We saw one of them eating what could only be described as someones take away. To be honest they only really came near you if you had food.

We then made it to the top sweating like bitches

 

 

Inside the cave you have ancient statues and small temples. It was huge inside. Outside it you have a prayer garden where we lit candles

We then walked back down the caves to the taxi guy who took us back to hotel .

This is deffo worth the trip here. You can easily look around the caves within the hour so you can cram other stuff in the your day too.

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Goods for sale

Now there are lots of erm fake goods for sale here. Anything from Rolexes to Dr Dre Beats. They were good quality and looked the biz but if honest if you wanted to do shopping its best to go to Chinatown

Chinatown

Now this place is full of activity. So much going on. The streets are full of market stalls. Now these are full of caps, headphones, wallets , watches n all sorts.

I got a leather wallet here for £4. It was great quality too.

Rolexes, Mont Blancs we heard someone asking the price and the price he got it to was 170 Malaysian Ringgit (£28). Now these copies were really good too and seemed good quality.

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Overall this place is a good place. If honest if you’ve been to the likes of Thailand then you will find it similar. If honest I preferred Thailand as found that there was more to do activity wise. We were here for 5 days and that was more than enough. Would I come here again – NOPE. Not cuz I didnt like it, but cuz ive already done all the things I want to do here.

 

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