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Kuala Lumpur Itinerary, Malaysia


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 metres 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, the same time I go to work everyday. I have to leave the comfort of my roommate's pillow and my favorite polka dot blanket early again. I guess my good night 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 sleeps 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 in the bus. Let's go!


3 days Itinerary
Budget: 150 SGD = RM 300

First Day 

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, a 9-storey level mall packed with a variety of 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, depends 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
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 MRT to 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 buy ticket for 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 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 
Tour includes the following: flower garden, strawberry farm, mushroom farm, chocolate factory and temple. 

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





What to do in Kuala Lumpur




Welcome to KL! Now what?!


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 in the checkpoints , 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 ,its as if we were driving our own wheels. 

After two hours of traveling on the road we got a chance to have our bladder break and grab a snack. They have this 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 a hot weather on the road. 




We traveled for another two more hours then the bus stopped at Kuala Lumpur Time 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 at a price of 45 RM=S$20 , 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. 


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

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

Check in: Resorts World Genting - First World Hotel

We stayed in 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! 




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

We woke up early to have our breakfast my friends mum offered to pay the bill for the most important meal of the day. What a great treat to start a great day. First plan was 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




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



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 climb 285 steps to reach the top and saw amazing rock formations. The cave makes the temple interesting which makes praying inside seemed more intimate and a deeper connection with nature. 

No admission fee.





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



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. 



We arrived in the hotel feeling exhausted and happy. The cable ride at night was spooky knowing you're 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 what I've always seen in movies. My friend's mum helped me register for my casino/resorts world card, so everytime I play I can earn points which is redeemable with every room/food purchase. I played like a kid waiting for a 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 its suppose to be in casino's you let the machine eat up all your money and for what?! I guess I didn't catch the casino fever virus where it allows you to waste money and sit around like robots moving the same lever again and again. It only means I'm just the outdoor person who loves to get wild and crazy.


Third Day




A 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 hotels vicinity, plus the buses go straight to Singapore.





If you're into volunteering check out Pandawas Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's a new year and a great way to jumpstart the year is to share our blessings to other people. My friend wanted to celebrate her birthday in a different way. We shared the same passion for volunteering so I need not to 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 peak at their volunteer works 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 meet 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 their are people who cares about them. I've found this quote pasted in the bulletin when we said our goodbyes. It struck me really hard and it made me feel good. "The World is Full of Nice People. If You Can't Find One, Be One" - Nishan Panwae

Donate or Tutor a child

Address: 12a, Jalan Wawasan 3, 68000 Bandar Baru Ampang 

(The school was founded by Robert Levitt, an American, and Jeanette Chan, Francis Tay and Jessica Wee, all Malaysians and is not affiliated with any religious or non-profit organization and is funded solely by donations by private individuals and corporations). 

Send them a message at their facebook account: https://facebook.com/pandawasacademy

Have fun and be safe ^__^


Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
If you still have more days to spare why not try Indoor Skydiving in Singapore.

Where am I going next?

My next adventure is to visit a place where dreams come true and that's in Disneyland Hongkong.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us . Batu Cave always attracts Tourists . Singapore Malaysia tour package

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    1. Indeed! The cave hold such wonders and it's a great spot for the temple too.

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  2. Singapore And Malyasia Is the Best Destination Of Newaly Married Couple For Honeymoon. If You Plan For Travel Towards India Then It Is Also Best Destinations For Honeymoon.
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    1. hey shiv kumar!

      You got that right. Both countries offers great food and exciting activities. A must visit in Asia!

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  3. Wow, great Malaysia and Sigapore Tour. Hope I can visit these country in some day.
    KLIA airport transfers

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    1. HelloHearn, I hope that one day is this year, make it happen! Drop me an email then maybe you can be my guest blogger. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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