Our tour around Kuala Lumpur came earlier than expected. This was all due to us missing our Air Asia flight to New Delhi. We’d like to thank to the Eleventy traveler blog for help in organizing out travel adventures!
Lesson learned: When traveling using different airlines, anticipate possible flight delays and allow more than enough time for layover.
How many hours is enough? My rule of thumb is, it depends on how much risks you are willing to take. Or costs you are willing to absorb. If the connecting flight will be so expensive that I could not afford or if missing the flight would mean i incur more than the cost of the expensive re-booked flights because of missed tours, etc., then I would book at least a day of layover. This gives me time to explore the city where i have layover and avoid having to race against time and bearing unnecessary costs in case the other flight gets delayed.
In an effort to move on from the bad experience, we decided to make the best of our unexpected stay in Kuala Lumpur at this early part of the trip.
First off, we decided to have dinner with Philip and Ivy, the lovely Filipino couple who we met at KLCC airport because Mom accidentally switched bags with Ivy. They showed us how to get around KL (as this was our first time), taught us how to take full shot of the Petronas Tower, and helped us find a good hotel (Royal Bintang) to stay at for the night. They left for Penang only after they ensured that mum and I were comfortable with the hotel we found.
Royal Bintang was a good hotel and we had no complaints. Our room and its bathroom were nice and decent sized. Our twin beds were comfortable and the room was reasonably priced (If i remember correctly, our cost was equivalent to US$50 at that time). This helped us get a much deserved good sleep after all of the troubles we went through the day. Thanks Philip & Ivy for helping us! Our trip started to turn for the better!
We booked a tour with the hotel for the following day. We figured this would be the best use of our time while we were in KL, before we head to the airport in our afternoon, to catch our new flight to New Delhi. Here’s what to expect if you’re on a half day city tour in KL:
A stop at the beautiful and tallest building towering the city, the Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Towers was once the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101 of Taiwan. We know that Burj Khalifa in Dubai has taken that title since 2010.
At the bottom of the Petronas Towers is the Suria KLCC, a retail centre that features mostly foreign, high end labels.
Was the city tour worth it?
Because it was too familiar with home, I would give it 7 out of 10. In my view, the tour was still worth our time, but it did not stand out for me. The best part of it was seeing the Petronas Towers up close, as this was once the tallest building in the world.
The city itself (not the tour alone) is very nice. Even though it’s quite modern with many buildings towering the KL city skyline, they found a way to preserve nature by having many trees in the city. You can see it everywhere, soon as you get out of the airport. This, together with the warm people you will meet on the road, makes it a city that’s worthy to visit.
Have you been to KL? What do you like about the city?