16/05/2018 – 15/06/2018
Capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (Wikipedia link here if you want to know more) is one of the fastest developping cities in South-east Asia, from a demographic and economic point of view.
Transport from Teman Negara
As we told in our previous post about Teman Negara, we took a local bus to Jerantut (7 MYR/pp (1,5€)), then another bus from Jerantut to Kuala Lumpur (18 MYR/pp (4€)).
Transports in town
- « GoKL » free buses (See GOKL app on Google Play/Apple store)
- « RapidKL » buses (not free, but cover a wider area)
- Monorail « LRT »
- « MRT » Subway
- Plane (KL International Airport – KLIA)
- Shuttle bus to KLIA (12 MYR/pp)
Typical dishes (Chinese and Malay)
We stayed at the Oasis guesthouse, then the Longhouse Guesthouse and eventually the Hotel City Inn, since we found bed bugs at the first two places we stayed at after a couple of nights. We bargained a lot, since hotels officially allowed by the government are entitled to collect 10% tax from each visitor. Some of them also add a 6% GST tax, which then add quite a sum to the price a night. Most guesthouses have private rooms with AC, shared bathrooms for 50 MYR/night (10€) and hotels are more expensive, with their 16% total taxes. We bargained at the Hotel City Inn and since we wanted to stay for, like, several weeks, they accepted to give us a nice room with AC, private bathroom and shared balcony (I was the only one using it to hang laundry though) for 50 MYR/night (10€).
Well, let’s get back to our bed bugs problems. Crazy insects right? It was our first encounter and we heard crazy stories about them. Just check it out on the web and you might even lose you sleep. We still don’t know why here in KL especially. Some people told us they were brought by tourists! Well, I gotta say that we stayed at filthy places in Asia, with cockroaches and everything, but we never saw these little monsters anywhere else so far! Here is a picture if you want to see what I’m talking about:
After the bed bugs and the leeches, we still were surprised to have another visitor in our intimacy, hereby named migrant larvae!
Queene had the great pleasure to find herself infected with one in her foot one week ago. Migrant larvae are little worms digging right under your skin. It’s quite easy to get rid of them, but it can be frightening since they move from 5mm to 1cm a day. If that’s not enough to make yu throw up, I suggest you check out Google on this link.
- Batu Caves
- Merdeka Square
- Petronas twin towers and business centre
- Perdana Botanical Gardens
- Medicinal plants garden
- Butterfly gardens
- Birds gardens
- National monument
Decathlon : There is one in the Kepong district, northeast of KL.
Option 1: Bus, 1h, 3 MYR/pp (0,6€)
Take bus 103. One of its stops is located at « Pudu Sentral ». We added the location on maps.me under the name « Bus 103 to Kelab Sri Damansara (Decathlon 8trium) ». You have to ask to the driver to drop you off at 8trium or « Kelab Sri Damansara ». He will get you in front of the Decathlon, on the speedway.
Option 2: Subway + Free Bus, 1h, 3,90 MYR/pp (0,8€)
- Line 9 MTR, heading to Sungai Buloh. Get off at « Mutiara Damansara »
- Free Bus PJ106 to 8trium
We chose option 1 to get there and option 2 on the way back, since we could not manage to find the bus 103 over there…
Before we left Belgium, we intended to visit Borneo island for trekking in jungles and mountains. However, we have met locals who told us that we had to take guides through tours and then obviously expensive. We decided to stay here longer and wait for the Ramadan to end (13/05/2018 – 14/06/2018), before heading for Yogyakarta in Indonesia!