From Kuala Lumpur

Peninsular Malaysia: Sample 1-Week Itinerary

We never intended to tour around Malaysia that month. Our original destination was Siem ReapCambodia but an unfortunate event forced us to drop the idea. Our connecting flights were in Kuala Lumpur so we figured, Why not explore Malaysia instead? So just a couple of days before the trip, we found ourselves rummaging through the Internet for travel ideas. After a night-long research, we listed down the destinations we wished to visit and most of them are located near the West Coast. Our initial list had five cities but, wait, that was too many stops for a 6-day trip! Since I had been to Malacca and Kuala Lumpur in separate occasions, they got the cut. We settled for three destinations — Langkawi, Penang, and Cameron Highlands.

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Batu Caves: All Things Tall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dozens of macaque monkeys ushered visitors up the 272-step staircase to the Temple Cave. Actually, saying that they were “ushering” would be sugarcoating it. Not only did some of them follow visitors around, a few also found themselves on one end of a mini-brawl when they start getting territorial or when they just try to snatch food from unsuspecting tourists.

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Sights and Sounds of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital city. It is the main economic and cultural centre of Malaysia, home to both the House of Parliament and the Istana Negara (or National Palace). Malaysia itself is a multicultural melting- pot of different ethnic groups and cultures. As the cultural and tourist capital of this diverse country, Kuala Lumpur draws tourists from across the globe. As a result, it is one of the most visited cities in the world with almost nine million tourists visiting per year.

You can arrive in Kuala Lumpur via one of two international airports: the KLLCCT or the KLIA. On arrival, there is an airport bus and rail link to the city and travel time is quite speedy.

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Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Earlier that day, when our Tour Guide announced that we had entered the city of Kuala Lumpur, I quickly moved to a window seat and started searching the skies for an imposing structure — the Petronas Towers. When I looked at our itinerary before this trip, I was familiar with these twin towers only. Prior to this trip, I had not heard of the Thean Hou Temple or the Merdeka Square. The Petronas Towers, I have to admit, were the only man-made structure in Malaysia that I was familiar with. That’s why I was really excited when it was finally time to visit this iconic landmark.

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KL Tower and 1 Malaysia Cultural Village: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Tower, or Menara Kuala Lumpur, has become one of the most iconic landmarks in Malaysia. Completed in 1995, the tower is 421 meters (1,381 feet) tall, making it one of the tallest free standing towers in the world.

The KL Tower, as it is more popularly called, was built to improve the quality of telecommunications and broadcast in the city. The Tower also serves as the Islamic falak observatory, enabling observation of the crescent moon, which marks the Ramadan and other important events.

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The Merdeka Square and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our tour bus stopped in front of what looks like a cricket field. “We gonna play?” I mumbled. The green field lie in front of Tudor-style buildings that somehow reminded me of Old England.

Malaysia was under British rule before. It was only when I caught a glimpse of the flag pole in the southern end of the field that I realized that we were at the Dataran Merdeka (or Independence Square).

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On Board the Superstar Virgo: Singapore-Kuala Lumpur Cruise

I had never been on a cruise ship before. I’m not even sure if I had seen one before. I had been on a ferry a number of times but many of them were short trips. I had spent a couple of days on a ferry once, when I was young, to General Santos City but there was nothing remotely luxurious about the trip. We did not even have a private cabin and there was nothing I could do but watch the horizon. A cruise ship complete with entertainment facilities and buffet dining? Nah, never experienced it before. It was also my first time in Malaysia. That’s why this trip is so special for me. It gave me many first times. I was beyond thrilled.

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Airphil Express’ Fly and Sail AdvenTour Package (Rates and Itinerary) | Singapore – Kuala Lumpur Cruise

I had never been on a cruise before. I had traveled by ship many times — to General Santos City, to Puerto Princesa, to Calapan, Mindoro. Although I enjoyed these journeys very much, I had never experienced being on board a cruise ship, with many luxurious amenities. That’s why I was thrilled when I received an invitation from Airphil Express to try their newest travel package — Fly and Sail!

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