Our road trip around Australia is history. What now? We continue our travels. Our plan is to be back in Switzerland for Christmas which is almost two months from now. Plenty of time to do a bit more travelling. Read on to find out why we decided for a stopover in Kuala Lumpur.
A stopover in Kuala Lumpur was not on top of our list. First we thought about going to Bangkok or Singapore. Even if we’ve been there a few times already we would go back any time. While checking for flights we stumbled upon such attractive rates that it wasn’t hard to decide where to do a stopover. Air Asia has very cheap offers from Perth to Kuala Lumpur and probably the best connecting flights to many places in Southeast Asia.
3 Reasons why we decided to do a stopover in Kuala Lumpur
The things that convinced us to book a flight to Kuala Lumpur were the direct flights from Australia, the low costs and the wide range of connecting flights to many destinations within Southeast Asia.
When booking a flight we want to be sure that we are choosing a reliable airline with a good reputation. Our favourite airline within Southeast Asia is Air Asia. We’ve flown with Air Asia many times on our 7-month trip around Southeast Asia and we were never disappointed. And the best is they have great connections from Australia to Kuala Lumpur too. We checked the flights. Prices were very attractive and we had the choice of an early morning flight or one in the afternoon. That was an easy decision, let’s go to Kuala Lumpur. Within 10 minutes our flights where booked.
The flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur was about USD 190 (EUR 150) including taxes and two checked-in bags of 20 kg. That’s a pretty good price for the distance. Even if Kuala Lumpur was not our first choice, we are glad we came here.
A Lucky Strike: Apartment with a spectacular pool
It’s already 7 years since we’ve been to Kuala Lumpur. Back then we were unlucky with the accommodation. Not this time. We got a tip from a friend and it turned out as the lucky strike. We can call a large, modern apartment that we booked on Airbnb our own for a few days.
But the best is we have access to an infinity pool on the 37th floor with spectacular views of the skyline. The pool deck is open until 10 pm. Perfect for a night swim after a hard day of sightseeing. We love it.
Public transport in Kuala Lumpur is cheap or even for free
We love cities that are easy to travel with public transport. Kuala Lumpur is a city which is easy accessible by public transport and it’s faster too than travelling by taxi. Tickets are available on the ticket counter at the station and to get to the city centre is very cheap. Short distances cost around half a dollar.
During our whole stay we travel by train to the main station and from there we either hop onto the Monorail or the free GoKL City bus. Yes, there is a free bus in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a wonderful service for locals and tourists alike.
Public transport in Kuala Lumpur is very efficient and we never have to wait more than 15 minutes for a train or bus. Even the free GoKL City bus runs every few minutes.
Look out for the light purple bus. The GoKL Bus is free, so if you see the light purple bus just hop on and enjoy the ride. We enjoyed a free ride to the Petronas Twin Towers and the shopping area Bukit Bintang. What a great service to have a free bus to amazing attractions. But even if you choose not to travel by GoKL Bus public transport doesn’t cost a lot in Kuala Lumpur.
You love Indian Food? Then Kuala Lumpur is perfect
We love Indian food. Roti, naan, chapatti, curries in all variations or even tandoori chicken, the variety is huge. We eat Indian meals during our whole stay and we always go for the places where all the locals are eating. That’s normally the best because the locals know where the best restaurants are. For a meal with meat we spend about USD 2.60. Vegetarian meals are even cheaper.
There are small basic restaurants everywhere. If you fancy an upmarket restaurant, Chinese or European style, no problem. There are plenty of options.
Our recommendation: Go local. We had fantastic meals in basic restaurants. Cheap and delicious.
Are you planning a stopover in Kuala Lumpur? If you need more information or tips just write us a message in the comments.