In mid 18th century, Kuala Lumpur was just a campsite of tin miners working near the Selangor River and up the Klang River. Mining was a prosperous industry causing more workers to settle in the area and the encampment grew into a village. As the community flourished, faction of miners likewise labored to dominate the industry. The conflict resulted in a disaster in 1872: the emerging town, where most of the dwellings were built from wood and dried palm fronds, burnt to ashes. It was rebuilt, yet went through more challenges: cholera, flood, conflict. When Swettenham was appointed Resident in 1882, order was established. Kuala Lumpur then rapidly developed into a glorious urban center. Due to its significance in the global economy today, Kuala Lumpur is rated as an alpha world city.
Top places to visit in Kuala Lumpur:
Admission Ticket to the Petronas Twin Towers is RM 85. This includes visit to the Sky Bridge and Observation Deck. One thrifty option is to just go to the Sky Bar in Traders Hotel, the building accross the Twin Towers. No admission fee but you need to buy some drinks so you can have a table. During happy hours, fruit juice is only RM 18. It is best to go there late in the afternoon for a full view of the Twin Towers during the day and wait till sundown to see the city skyline with the skyscrapers lit.
Total travel expenses excluding the amount spent on food is MYR 795 about PHP 9,150 (USD 192).
(Exchange rate at the time of travel was: I USD = 47.7 PHP ; 1 MYR = 11.5 PHP)
Philippine Travel Tax Php 1,620.00
Travel Tax is to be paid at NAIA for those who travel out of the Philippines.
Route Mode Travel Time ≈ Amount Ringgit Manila to KL (+15kg) Cebu Pacific 4 Hours MYR 276
KLIA2 to Pudu Sentral Star Shuttle Express 1 Hour 10.00 Pudu Sentral to Guesthouse Walk 10 Minutes Sweat BEWARE OF TREACHEROUS CABBIES! I stayed in Bullockart Guesthouse in Brickfields the first time I visited Kuala Lumpur. The guesthouse was just few blocks away from KL Sentral. I arrived around 2:00 AM and my phone was dead. The taxi driver took advantage of my situation and charged me 20 Ringgit. He drove through a roundabout way to justify that unreasonable fare.
Pasar Seni to KL Sentral LRT 5 Minutes 1.20 KL Sentral to KLIA2 Aerobus 1 Hour 11.00 KL to Manila (+20kg) Air Asia 4 Hours MYR 268.00
2-way LRT ride from KL Sentral to Batu Caves 4.00 You can go to various places in KL penniless. Go KL, a public transport service, offers free ride around business centers and stops at some popular attractions like the Pavilion, Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Pasar Seni.
3 nights in Suzie’s Guesthouse 72.00
Muzium Negara RM 12.00
There are many cheap food choices in KL. I usually dined at Malaysian stalls by the road; lunch cost only 5 Ringgit. A full plate meal with cold drink in an Indian restaurant is only 8 Ringgit.