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Malaysia Overview

July 13, 2013

Malaysia Overview

My First international travel as an adult

LICC, Malaysia

It was raining when we arrived at the LCCT Terminal. We looked for money changer since we only had Philippine Peso with us. I asked 2 of my officemates if it s better to buy Ringgit in Manila or just in KL and they both agreed that it s cheaper in KL.

We decided to convert P2,000 first since airport money changer tend to be higher and we will just need it for our food and transportation to Bukit Bintang. We saw 2 money changers (inside the International departure hall) and they both have the same value so we exchanged our peso there. We got RM144 which is RM13.8 = P1. By the way, I asked some currency converter the day before we leave and these are the rates they gave me:

Manila Conversion as of July 12 in BPI: P14 = RM1 & Czarina: P13.9 = RM1

KL Airport Rate is still lower with at least P0.01 and it makes a difference!

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While we are inside the departure hall, we decided to buy  Maxis Tourist Sim Card  for RM25. We needed data plan so if ever we get lost, we can find our way back thanks to GPS and Google Maps!

We ate at McDonalds outside the departure hall and it was the worst McDonalds I’ve seen! Big flies everywhere, trashy tables and it s also a bit pricey.

Outside the airport, there are buses parked that would take you to KL Sentral for RM8 each. Travel time was at least an hour. Good thing about the buses here, they don’t wait for it to be full and leave on time.

KL Sentral

KL Sentral is like the EDSA Station here in Manila. Most of their trains are connected at KL Sentral so you can go anywhere from here, the KL Monorail however is in another street so you still have to cross the road in order to get there (*TIP: Just follow the yellow tiles on the pavement and it ll lead you to a train station!). We booked our hotel at Bukit Bintang, which is like an up-scaled Quiapo, and that s the train we have to go to.

Fare to Bukit Bintang costs RM2.10. (Tip: Prepare exact amount if you want to pay to the counter. The ticket dispenser however gives you change)

It was around 9-10PM when we arrived there and we needed to convert our money because we re scheduled to leave early the next day for Legoland. So after checking in our hotel which was Victory Boutique Hotel 2, we decided to go look for money changer and to see Bukit Bintang.

We saw 1 money changer that’s still open at that time and it was across the H&M building. The rates were lower here so I was really happy that I didn’t change my money back in PH. Rate here was PHP13.68 per RM1.

Once we already had the money, we decided to look around and see Bukit Bintang. It was a busy night because a lot of people are still going in and out of the store considering it was already around 9:30-10PM.

We also did some shopping at 168 Convenience Store which is beside 711 but it’s cheaper of course.

It was around 11 when we decided to go back to the hotel and rest.  I booked us a Family Triple in  Victory 2 Boutique hotel  using Agoda for USD143.40  for 3N/4D. That’s P6,446.28 (P2148.76 per person & P716.25 per night)  . BTW, prepare RM100 as hotel deposit. The room was big enough for us and what I like about it is the clean bathroom.

Next post will be about our trip to Legoland, Johor Bahru.