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 TaxPhp 1,620.00

    Travel Tax is to be paid at NAIA for those who travel out of the Philippines.

  • IN

     RouteModeTravel Time ≈Amount Ringgit
      Manila to KL (+15kg)Cebu Pacific4 HoursMYR 276
    (PHP 3,138.00)
      KLIA2 to Pudu SentralStar Shuttle Express1 Hour10.00
      Pudu Sentral to GuesthouseWalk10 MinutesSweat
    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 SentralLRT5 Minutes1.20
      KL Sentral to KLIA2Aerobus1 Hour11.00
      KL to Manila (+20kg)Air Asia4 HoursMYR 268.00
    (PHP 3,086.01)


     2-way LRT ride from KL Sentral to Batu Caves4.00
    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


    Suzie's GuesthouseMost of the guests rate their stay at this guesthouse as exceptional. And I give it a 10 too. It is perfectly located one block away from Pasar Seni LRT station and few hundred meters from Petaling Street. A very cozy place. The common area is considerately setup for bloggers and those who work while traveling: long table, enough chairs, lots of power outlets, high speed internet connection, free unlimited coffee, tea and toast in the morning. Staff are very nice and accommodating. The owner hosts a radio program and talks about local life, tourist destinations in Peninsular Malaysia and backpacking. If you have free time, you can guest in the program and share your experience being a traveler.
  •   Muzium NegaraRM 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.