Kuala Lumpur Itinerary, Malaysia

What to do in Kuala Lumpur

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands 

My friend purchased ahead of time for our bus tickets from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. The bus picked us up at Golden Mile Complex which is located a few meters away from Bugis and Nicoll Highway. We took the 0730 bus schedule bound for KL. I had to wake up so darn early for the trip, at the same time I go to work every day. I have to leave the comfort of my roommate's pillow and my favorite polka-dot blanket early again. I guess my good night's sleep will remain unchecked in my healthy lifestyle agenda. No worries, I'll be able to do all my sleeping days when I'm old ahahaa.  Silly me, now I know why old folks sleep all day long and they never get tired of it, our body is simply saying that it's "Payback time". I'll get my sleep on the bus. Let’s go! 

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3 days Itinerary in Kuala Lumpur
Budget: 150 SGD = RM 300

First Day: Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 

How to get there: Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 

Morning Bus Pick-up: Golden Mile Complex (nearby Bugis and Nicoll Highway)
Bus Fare: 30 SGD
Travel time: 4-5 hours

(Night Bus Option, take star coach bus liner, Night Bus fare: 40 SGD) 

Check out:
Kuala Lumpur Time Square Mall is a 9-storey level mall packed with various boutiques selling cheap clothes and all.

Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands

Taxi fare: RM 10 - RM15 
Kuala Lumpur Times Square to PUDU Terminal is less than 30 minutes away, depending on the traffic. It took us more than the said travel time because of the traffic jam. 

From PUDU Terminal:  Bus to Genting Highlands
Bus Fare: RM 10 
Travel time: 1 hour
Second Day: What to do in Kuala Lumpur

Reminders: buy ahead of time for return tickets to Singapore. 
Ticket Price: RM 40

From Genting Highlands to Batu Cave
Taxi to Batu Cave and final drop at Kuala Lumpur for RM 70 (we asked the driver to wait for us, he was kind enough to say yes)
Travel time: 1 hour
No admission fee

From Kuala Lumpur:
Check out the ever-famous Petronas Tower. Take the MRT to the Mall.

Shop at Kuala Lumpur Times Square
Lunch: Mr. Teppanyaki

Buy souvenirs in Central Market
Snack time: Shimino Japanese Crepes

From Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands: 
KL Central bought a ticket for the bus back to Genting Highlands
Bus fare: RM 11

Casino night after a long bustling day around the city of Kuala Lumpur

(If you're heading back to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur, take the Star Coach bus liner, bus fare: RM 50 - RM 60. The ticket station is right in front of the Central Mall)

Third-Day: Countryside Tour

Taxi charges RM 60 - RM 80 for 2 hours 
The tour includes the following: a flower garden, strawberry farm, mushroom farm, chocolate factory, and temple. 

From Genting Highlands to Singapore
Direct bus to SG (only 2 bus schedules: 1030/133for Starmart Bus Liner)
Bus fare: RM 40 RM 
Travel time: 5-6 hours

From TUAS Checkpoint: Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 

At exactly 0800 we were already on our way to TUAS Checkpoint to have our passport stamp. It was around 0920 when we finished all the necessary things to be done at the checkpoints, and then we were on our way to Kuala Lumpur. Only a few passengers were on board so when we saw that the front row seats were unoccupied we immediately transferred our bags. It had a great view of the road, trees, and all, it's as if we were driving on our own.

After two hours of traveling on the road, we got a chance to have our bladder break and grab a snack. They have these mini-stores parked near the washrooms. I bought a sliced guava fruit sprinkled with "Assam", a Malay powder that has a distinct taste of sweetness and a mixture of tea?. It was refreshing and delicious for the hot weather on the road. 

Stopover: Kuala Lumpur Times Square Mall

We traveled for another two hours then the bus stopped at Kuala Lumpur Times Square Mall. A 9-storey level mall packed with a variety of boutiques selling cheap clothes and all. I bought a new pair of shoes for 45 RM=20 SGD, not that bad. There's a food court inside the mall where you can have a nice meal to fill in your stomach. They sell swipe cards to bill you for your meal and the excess money deposited in the cards is then refunded as cash. 

Where to stay in Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Genting reminds me of Baguio, the summer capital region of the Philippines. A province in my country that exactly has the same cold weather. 

We stayed in the First World Hotel, one of the three hotels in Genting Highlands. The view of the mountains from our resort was beautiful and serene. My friend's family is a loyal casino member and they earned points for every visit they made. The sum of points deposited in their card is converted then to a free stay at the hotel - lucky me! 

What to bring checklist:
-thick Jacket
-bonnet, winter socks 
Optional: mittens or bring along your potholder?! Ahahaa
-3 in 1 coffee sachet, there's an available water dispenser inside the hotel. 
-wear closed shoes 

Steamboat Dinner Buffet

We arrived in Genting fully covered and ready to face the cold, windy weather. To beat the cold we had a steamboat dinner buffet at Hot Pot Restaurant for RM 30 (15 SGD). I went to bed tired, sleepy, and sheepishly satisfied, nothing compares to a freshly cooked dinner up in the mountains. 

Second Day: Batu Cave, Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur Times Square, Central Market, and come back for Casino Night

We woke up early to have our breakfast my friend's mum offered to pay the bill for the most important meal of the day. What a great treat to start a great day. The first plan was to head back to Kuala Lumpur and check out a few places: Batu Cave, Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur Times Square, Central Market, and come back for Casino Night

Batu Cave

We had a good deal with a taxi driver, who would wait for us while we went inside Batu Cave and then drop us off at Kuala Lumpur. Genting Resort is an hour away from Batu Cave so we woke up early to start our day.

No admission fee.

Batu Cave is an Indian temple situated inside a majestic cave. I've never been a fan of temples but I'm always curious about it. We climbed 285 steps to reach the top and saw amazing rock formations. The cave makes the temple interesting which makes praying inside seem more intimate and a deeper connection with nature. 

Petronas Tower 

The taxi driver patiently waited for us and afterwards, he drove for 30-45 minutes to the city. We took some shots of the Petronas Tower before getting on the MRT to shop at Kuala Lumpur Times Square. 

Central Market

Central Market is a great place to shop for souvenirs. The MRT is right in front of KL Times Square so going to Central Market was not that difficult. As we were browsing for the more good stuff to buy we had a little snack. 

Hidden Gem: Delicious Japanese Crepes

The name of the store was Shimino and they're selling Japanese crepes. It was unbelievably delicious! I didn't expect it to be that good at all. I've realized something about myself I'm such a crepes seeker. It reminded me of my first ever crepes in Boracay, Philippines and it was so good and even in Bangkok's street food market was such a treat as well. However, little did we know that preparing the crepes took longer than expected and after we ate like hungry reptiles we rushed back to the bus station to catch our bus back to Genting Highlands. 

Casino Night

We arrived at the hotel feeling exhausted and happy. The cable ride at night was spooky knowing you were traveling inside a small box in the mountains with only the cables holding you up to keep you from falling. It was casino night after a long bustling day around the city of Kuala Lumpur. It was time to make some money, as I've always seen in movies. My friend's mum helped me register for my casino/resorts world card, so every time I play I can earn points which is redeemable with every room/food purchase. 

I played like a kid waiting for candy to drop in the slot machine. I won a few dollars but decided to play along till my allotted casino money drained. It's how it's supposed to be in casinos you let the machine eat up all your money and for what?! I guess I didn't catch the casino fever virus which allows you to waste money and sit around like robots moving the same lever again and again. It only means I'm just an outdoor person who loves to get wild and crazy.


Countryside tour of the flower garden, strawberry and mushroom farm, chocolate factory, and an overlooking Chinese temple.

Going back to Singapore was no hassle because the bus station and the tickets are sold just outside the hotel's vicinity, plus the buses go straight to Singapore.

"The World is Full of Nice People. If You Can't Find One, Be One" - Nishan Panwae

Consider Making An Impact: Volunteer for a Day

If you're into volunteering check out Pandawas Academy in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaIt's a new year and a great way to jumpstart the year is to share our blessings with other people. My friend wanted to celebrate her birthday differently. We shared the same passion for volunteering so I need not think twice about what we should be doing on her special day. What a great coincidence when I was browsing the Internet that I passed by this group called Caring Singaporeans. I decided to take a peek at their volunteer work for this month and they had one. They planned to go to an Afghan Refugee Center in Malaysia. It got me pretty excited and sad too, I've never met a refugee before, and being able to lend a hand was surely not enough. They've been through a lot and nothing can compare to what they've been through during the war. It was my pleasure to render my genuine service. 

The Pandawas Academy is a school for Afghan refugees located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If everyone who drops by Kuala Lumpur will spend some time with these kids and donate some educational supplies it will be truly appreciated. These are the kind of activities that everyone should be doing once or thrice in their lifetime, if possible all the time. I know my presence was not enough to support their needs but I hoped that it brought warmth in their hearts, knowing that there are people who care about them. I found this quote pasted in the bulletin when we said our goodbyes. It struck me really hard and it made me feel good. 

Donate or Tutor a Child
Address: 12a, Jalan Wawasan 3, 68000 Bandar Baru Ampang

The school, established by Robert Levitt from the U.S., and Malaysians Jeanette Chan, Francis Tay, and Jessica Wee, operates independently without any religious or non-profit affiliations. Its funding comes solely from donations contributed by private individuals and corporations.

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go for a Foodventure in Singapore.

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