Days 5-7 of our 13 day, 1233 mile Bangkok to Singapore by Train trip starting in Bangkok, Thailand and going all the way to Singapore.
A fascinating and vibrant city, Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city of Malaysia.
In the morning, we took a taxi to the Penang Ferry Terminal to retrace our steps to the train station and continue our journey on the 8:00 AM train 1 to Kuala Lumpur.
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur at the Sentral Station at about 2:40 PM and took the monorail to the Medan Tuanku Monorail Station, a four minute walk to the Tune Hotel. The KL Monorail Line is great. To utilize it best, make sure that your hotel is located close to a station.
Checked into Tune Hotel (144 MYR / 43 USD per night) – After checking in, we took the monorail to Bukit Nanas Monorail Station for a great hike in the middle of the city at Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve (free). After our hike we visited the KL Tower and the 1483 foot tall Petronas Twin Towers.
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Canopy Walkway (10.6 MYR / 3 USD each) – We took the KTM Komuter train to Kepong Station. From there we crossed to the east side of the tracks and hailed a taxi to take us to the park. UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Canopy walkway is closed from June 30, 2017. View their website to see other attractions.
The Canopy Walkway is a 150m-long series of suspended bridges, 30m above the forest floor. FRIM only allows 250 people (200 through booking and 50 walk-ins) to go on the hanging bridges per day. Book early if you want to include this great activity in your itinerary!
The views from the hanging bridges are stunning!
Batu Caves (free) – After exploring FRIM, we took a taxi to Batu Caves. While it is a very steep climb up 272 concrete steps to get to the top, the caves are amazing. It is estimated that the limestone forming the caves is over 400 million years old.
Batu Caves are one of the most important Hindu religious sites outside of India.
We originally planned to rent bicycles, but due to rain, opted to skip our planned KL by Cycle activity. We instead spent the day exploring the heritage zone route, outlined in the KL by Cycle guide, in Dataran Merdeka by foot.
The beautiful Jamek Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia.
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building – This historic building houses the Supreme and High Courts.
Up Next: Read about Singapore!
- Time of Year: December 2014
- Length of Stay: 4 Days, 3 Nights
- Malaysia Visa Information: Immigration Department of Malaysia, U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter for stays of 90 days or less. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry.
GPS Coordinates: Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
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KL Sentral Train Station @ 3.134167,101.686111
Medan Tuanku Monorail Station @ 3.159489,101.698703
Tune Hotel @ 3.160387,101.696777
Bukit Nanas Monorail Station for Nature Walk @ 3.156207,101.704818
Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve- Bamboo Trail @ 3.153071,101.704924
Kepong Railway Station @ 3.202619,101.637557
Forest Service Institute of Malaysia- Hike Canopy Walkway @ 3.23616,101.63446
Batu Caves @ 3.236545,101.681635
Jamek Mosque @ 3.148758,101.695878
Sultan Abdul Samad Building @ 3.148611,101.694444
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*Disclaimer- ALWAYS verify locations, transportation routes, GPS coordinates, etc. Errors are made, routes changed, sometimes we are just plain wrong. No one knows what you like more than you. If the trip is worth doing, it is worth doing right! Do your homework.