Recently i gathered my friends for a weekend getaway trip to KL. Here's what we did. We hopped onto a no frills coach and zoomed our way up to KL. We stayed in Jalan Bintang area (a shopping stretch). It was basically an urban shopping, eating an drinking trip. The coach, hotel and travel insurance only cost us $140. What?! Yes, only $140 for 3D2N no frills getaway. What are you waiting for?
I booked our coach ride at www.easibook.com. It lets you see the bus schedules, pick up and drop off point. It was hassle free. You have an option to buy your travel insurance at the same time if you want. We took "Starmart" coach. The coach was comfortable. No cramped at all. But there is no entertainment on the coach. We saw Sri Maju buses had individual TV at their seats but i'm not sure if they are switched on.
First you book your tickets via the website. Print out the confirmation slip. On the day of departure, arrive 30 minutes before departure time to get your bus and seat numbers from the coach company located inside Golden Mile Tower (Do not go to Golden Mile Complex, the one with 5 starts travel). We booked the 8am coach. We arrived at 7.30am, got our numbers and waited out at the main entrance for the bus. We were lucky to be able to board an earlier bus to KL because it still had available seats. We went by the 2nd link (Tuas). The coach only made 1 rest stop during the journey (not at Yong Peng! So eat your breakfast first if possible). The entire ride from Golden Mile Tower to KL (including customs time) was around 5.5 hours. We alighted outside Berjaya Times Square along the road where the Starmart Kiosk is. That is the same place to board the bus back to Singapore.
We stayed at Sky Hotel. It is very near Berjaya Times Square but abit tricky to get to. Nevertheless, with the help of the locals and my faint memory from 2 years ago, we still made it to the hotel in good time. It is a no frills hotel. The walls are abit thin though. We could hear people talking along the corridor and doors closing at night. For S$70 a night in "KL Orchard road", i think it's a good bargain since free wifi is included in the room! Here's how the rooms look like:
Our hotel was very near Jalan Alor. The zichar food stretch! Tons of stalls there. I introduced my friends to this zichar stall. I patronised this place the last 2 times i went to KL. The food is reasonable priced and the lady boss is friendly. It is somewhere in the middle of the whole stretch. Four of 4 had salted egg squid (nice!), kang kong, chilli clams, hotplate tofu with salted fish (nice!), spring onion and ginger pork. RM70 only!
|Jalan Alor Zichar Stall|
We also tried the lok lok on the 2nd night we were there. It is basically food on skewers that you choose. They can be boiled, deep fried or BBQ. You are supposed to eat them with chilli sauce, satay sauce or sweet sauce. Quite a new experience. Diff colour sticks are priced differently. We had about 27 sticks in all. It cost RM 70. Same price as our zichar dinner!
|Jalan Alor Lok Lok|
We had breakfast at Berjaya Times Square on the 2nd morning we were there. This cafe call "Rasa Utura" served really good nasi lemak with a coffee/tea for RM 7.90. Shiok! There is free wifi too!
It was quite a good weekend getaway doing what Singaporeans love - Eat and Shop. But you know what? My heart is still in Phuket~~~~
P/S: A word of caution. Avoid dodgy looking people who seems to be headed your way intentional. Always becareful of your belongings and try not to walk too close to anyone who isn't a tourist!