After a month in Thailand my visa was about to expire so I had to go out of the country to get a tourist visa for other 60 days. The cheapest flight I found was for Kuala Lumpur. Even if it is nicer than Bangkok, I didn’t like it too much. But it was anyway a great experience!
Overview of the city
Almost everyone speaks a bit of English. This is very good especially if you need to ask infos (like how to go from the KLIA express train to the Monorail) because the indications are very bad.
The centre of the city is full of skyscraper. The most famous is the Petronas Twin Towers. The shopping centres and the western chains (Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, etc…) are everywhere.
Crazy traffic! I had been stacked in a jam in the rush hour for an hour and half for doing a couple of kilometres! The public transport is not very good. I sugget to use Uber instead. It works very well and it’s very cheap.
The second day I had to go to the Thai embassy and tried to took a bus. I waited it for 20 minutes but at least it was for free. The problem was that the same bus doesn’t exist for the return and google maps said me that the only way was to walk 45 minutes. I didn’t know yet that Uber worked here, so… good walk through the city!
Prices are more expensive than in Thailand. And I would say they are almost the same than in Europe. In a horrible guest house around the centre, the minimum price you can pay is 90 MR (around $23). For a dinner in the food street market you can pay around 20 MR (about $5) for a plate. It can look cheap but we are not speaking about a restaurant, just a stand on the road.
The cheapest place to go is a guest house. But the rooms are so small and often dirty! The size of my room was 3 meters for 3 meters (including the toilet!). I stayed for 3 nights at the Oscar guest house. The toilet was so small that when I was sit I could lean my head against the wall!
For the last night a local suggested me a hotel near Chinatown (Grid 9). The room was slightly bigger but the size of the toilet was definitely more spacious. The price was only 80 rm per night ($20).
The weather is very hot and humid. More similar to Bangkok. The first night and one afternoon it rained so much that I couldn’t go out to the road! In particular when I arrived the first day to the hotel I decided to have a beer in a pub. At 11pm started a storm and my phone battery was 1%. No taxis and I didn’t know about Uber. The result was waiting for an hour looking at the rain. Very romantic, isn’t? 🙂
Near the guest house there was a very nice area to go out for dinner and a beer: Changkat. The long food street offers the possibility among many typical cuisine: Indian, Chinese, Thai or Malaysian.
In the pub road there are at least 30 locals to go. My favourite one is Mango Tropical Cafe. Very good live music!
Everything here is called by acronyms: KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), KLCC (Kuala Lumpur convention center), KLMR (Kuala Lumpur MonoRail), etc.
For the Thai visa I had to wait 3 hours at the Embassy. At the end they called me at the counter to tell me they needed the receipt of my flight and hotel. That means I had to book it quickly in a bar to not had to wait 3 more hours the day after.