Weekend in Malaysia

 Last month I crossed over to Malaysia for a two days one night short trip because I have to accompany a blogger friend who wanted to visit Malaysia before he goes back to the Philippines. The trip was done by land, as we had to pass by Malacca before heading to Kuala Lumpur for a night stay. Instead of taking bus from Singapore, we crossed the border and took a bus at the Johor Bahru's Larkin bus terminal as it is cheaper. We arrived Malacca by lunch time and leave for Kuala Lumpur at 3:00pm. For three hours we managed to cover famous landmarks in downtown Malacca, being my friend's first time visit I knew he had the same experience I had when I visited the place for the first time.

The travel to Kuala Lumpur from Malacca was a bit sluggish or so I thought as we arrived beyond expected time. And add, I was surprised to be dropped to the newly built bus terminal outside of Kuala Lumpur as I expected it would be at Puduraya terminal at the city center. The new terminal named ITT-BTS is located about 20 minutes outside of the city . We took the LRT train to the city and managed to arrive at the hotel hassle free because the hotel location is just a walking distance from the train station. We encountered problem with the hotel room as mentioned in the blog preceding, but everything turned out well. The first thing we did upon checked in was to dipped at the hotel small swimming pool. Coming out, we we went first to the Merdeka Square and then to the Petronas Twin Towers, the main reason why he wanted to go to Kuala Lumpur in the first place. And have our dinner at  Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang area. When you want to experience dining out the local way in Kuala Lumpur this is the place to be, the whole street has a lot of food choices and the crowd is overwhelming at night time.

 The next day after a hearty breakfast and upon checking out, we went to St John Cathedral for a quick visit being Sunday and to the Central Market to buy souvenir items. After that we then proceeded to Batu Caves which is located 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. We took KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral. Batu Caves is one of the famous attractions in Malaysia. The main cave has 100 meters high opening and about 400 meters long. It is a sacred place for Hindus as the cave host  Temple Cave. The cave can be access by climbing 272 steep concrete steps. 

 After exploring the caves we went back to KL Sentral for a late lunch, then took the KLIA Transit to Putrajaya. Putrajaya is the new administrative city of Malaysia. Attractions to this part of Malaysia are the modern government buildings, notable is the Prime Minister office building, the Putra Mosque, bridges, and the picturesque lake. We waited until evening comes, to took photos of the Seri Wawasan bridge which a delight to watch due to its minute changing color scheme.

We took the same train to Bandar Tasik Selatan station where the bus terminal is located for our trip back to Singapore.