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MALAYSIA: KUALA LUMPUR Travel Guide 2017

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Travel Guide how to get there where to stay things to do where to eat itinerary

I've been to Malaysia last year when we cruised from Singapore to Penang and Langkawi via Star Cruises' Superstar Gemini. I didn't expect that I'll be back in Malaysia in just less than a year. This time, we got to explore the city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Yey! Finally, makikita ko na rin ang Petronas Towers! Hahaha!

#AirAsiaInKualaLumpur Familiarization Tour 2017


Together with other bloggers, we were invited by Air Asia to experience the culture, see the architectural landmarks, and taste the flavors of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With this, let me share you some of the highlights of our 4-days/3-nights trip with a travel guide that will provide you with useful information on how to get there, where to stay, things to do, where to eat, itinerary, and more. I hope this would help you in planning your trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Finally! Makikita ko na ang Petronas Towers! Hahaha! šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚ #AirAsiaInKualaLumpur #Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾

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How to Get There?


Budget airlines such as Air Asia Philippines has several daily flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Flights are schedule to depart Manila at 06:40 AM, 12:55 PM and 05:05 PM daily. These flights depart from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 (KLIA2). Travel time from Manila to Kuala Lumpur is about 3.5 hours.

AirAsia also operates Cebu-KL and Davao-KL routes. They have regular flights from Cebu and Davao to Kuala Lumpur which also arrive at KLIA2.

You may visit www.airasia.com to book your flights.

KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur City Center


To get to Kuala Lumpur City Center from KLIA2, you have 3 options: bus, train, or taxi. Travel takes about one hour from KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur City Center.

Visa Requirements


Visa is not required for Filipinos to enter Malaysia. You just have to have a valid passport.

Budget Hotels near KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur KL Malaysia
Tune Hotels KLIA2

Where to Stay?


If you're looking for a budget hotel that's near Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 2, I recommend Tune Hotels KLIA2 which is located just across the airport.

Tune Hotels' guest rooms are very basic but complete with amenties needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The beds are comfortable and are complemented with clean white sheets, fluffy pillows and soft comforters.

Budget Hotels near KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur KL Malaysia
Tune Hotels KLIA2

It has basic amenities such as an en suite toilet and bath with hot and cold shower, television set with cable channels, work desk, clothes hanging area, mirror, and a luggage rack.

What I love most about our stay at Tune Hotel KLIA2 are the fast complimentary WiFi access, accommodating and pleasant staff, and the breakfast buffet.

SEE ALSO: Tune Hotels KLIA2 Review

But if you want to stay near the tourist spots and attractions, there are many hotels and hostels in Kuala Lumpur City Center. CLICK HERE to see other Hotels in Kuala Lumpur.

Things To Do Tourist Spots and Attractions in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

What to do in Kuala Lumpur?


For our KL City Tour, we visited different tourist spots and attractions in Kuala Lumpur. This includes historical sites, architectural landmarks, places of worship, and a lot more.

Top 10 Things to do in Kuala Lumpur for first-timers

  1. Visit Istana Negara (National Palace)
  2. Relieve history at Tugu Negara (National Monument)
  3. Take a photo of the National Mosque of Malaysia
  4. Learn more about KL at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
  5. Get a piece of history at Merdeka Square
  6. Be Amazed by the KL Tower
  7. Visit Batu Caves
  8. Climb the Petronas Twin Towers
  9. Watch a Cultural Show
  10. Food Trip and Shopping

FULL DETAILS HERE: 10 Things To Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions for First-timers

If you're on a tight budget, you may also try these 8 awesome FREE things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
  1. Visit Batu Caves
  2. Take a historical walking tour of colonial British buildings
  3. Take a photo of Petronas Towers
  4. Gaze at art works at Galeri Petronas
  5. Visit Houses of worship
  6. Enjoy the Parks
  7. Visit the Central Market
  8. Explore Little India in Brickfields

FULL DETAILS HERE: 8 Awesome Free Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Where to eat in KL Malaysia travel guide

Where to Eat in KL?


The cuisines in Malaysia are mostly composed of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences. Of all the restaurants we've dined during our trip, here are the top 3 of my favorites that I highly recommend.

1. Saloma Theater Restaurant


We dined here during their dinner buffet. Saloma Theater Restaurant offers buffet dining experience while you enjoy some Malay cultural dances. The buffet spread is quite good and I tried almost every Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cuisines at the buffet table. The cultural presentation showcasing Malaysia's cultural dances are feasts to the eyes while you enjoy your food. What not to miss? At the end of the show, guests will be asked to participate and try the cultural dances of Malaysia. Also, don't forget to have souvenir photos with the dancers.

Address: 109, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open daily from 11:00 AM–10:30 PM
Phone: +60 3-2161 0122

2. Restoran Oversea


A widely known restaurant in Kuala Lumpur offering exquisite contemporary Chinese Cuisines, Restoran Oversea is definitely a must-try! Before going here, our guide told us that this is one of the best Chinese Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, and he is definitely right. Food here are really great! They have many branches, but the one we visited is the restaurant in Jalan Imbi.

Address: 84 - 88 , Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Phone: 603 - 2144 9911 / 03 - 2148 7567
Hours: Open daily from 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, 5:30 PM–10:30 PM

3. Canai 15 CafƩ


Located at KLIA2, Canai 15 CafƩ is famous for its extensive fusion menu that guarantees a hearty meal. From Indian, Chinese, to Malaysian cuisines, they will surely satisfy your cravings. This is one of the best places to eat upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur or before your flight.

Address: L3-56 & 57, Level 3, gateway@klia2 43900, Selangor, Malaysia
Hours: Open 24 hours daily

Yesterday's #KualaLumpur #CityTour. ❤️❤️❤️ #AirAsiaInKualaLumpur #Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾

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Kuala Lumpur Itinerary?


Here's our original 4D/3N KL Itinerary:


DAY 1: Arrival + Check-in at the hotel

05:00 PM - Depart MNL via Z2-940
09:00 PM - Arrival in KL
09:30 PM - Check in at Tune Hotels KLIA2

DAY 2: RedQ Tour + KL City Tour Part 1

09:00 AM - Depart from Hotel
10:00 AM - RedQ Tour (c/o AirAsia)
12:00 NN - Lunch at RedQ
01:00 PM - Leave hotel and go straight to the city
02:00 PM - Stroll around Bukit Bintang (Shopping Area)
06:00 PM onwards - Petronas Twin Tower then dinner at KLCC
09:00 PM - Head back to Tune Hotels KLIA2

DAY 3: KL City Tour Part 2

10:00 AM - Leave Hotel & Go to Menara (KL Gallery)
12:00 NN - Lunch
01:00 PM - Go to Batu Caves
04:00 PM onwards - Free & Easy

DAY 4: Pack Up + Departure

08:30 AM - Check out at Tune Hotels
11:00 AM - Fly back to MNL via Z2-943

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide 2017 Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2

Here's what really happened...


DAY 1: Arrival + Check-in at the hotel

05:00 PM - Depart MNL via Z2-940
09:00 PM - Arrival in KL
09:30 PM - Dinner at KLIA2
10:30 PM - Check in at Tune Hotels KLIA2

DAY 2: RedQ Tour + KL City Tour Part 1

07:00 AM - Breakfast
09:00 AM - Depart from Tune Hotels KLIA2
10:00 AM - RedQ Tour (c/o AirAsia)
12:00 NN - Lunch at RedQ
01:00 PM - Leave hotel and go straight to the city
02:00 PM - Arrival in the City / Start KL City Tour Part 1
  • Istana Negara (National Palace)
  • Tugu Negara (National Monument)
  • National Mosque of Malaysia
  • Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
  • Merdeka Square
  • KL Tower
06:30 PM - Buy some pasalubong at Cocoa Boutique
07:00 PM - Dinner at Saloma Theather Restaurant
10:00 PM - Petronas Twin Towers (night shots)
11:00 PM - Head back to Tune Hotels KLIA2

DAY 3: KL City Tour Part 2

08:00 AM - Breakfast
10:00 AM - Depart from Tune Hotels KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur
11:30 AM - Arrive in Batu Caves
02:00 PM - Lunch at Restoran Oversea
03:30 PM - Arrive at Petronas Twin Towers
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM - Free time / Shopping at Suria KLCC
04:30 PM - Climb Petronas Towers
05:30 PM - Descend / Take photos from the outside of Petronas Towers
06:00 PM - Head back to Tune Hotels KLIA2
07:30 PM - Dinner at Canai 15 CafƩ KLIA2

DAY 4: Pack Up + Departure

08:30 AM - Check out at Tune Hotels KLIA2 and Walk to the airport
11:00 AM - Fly back to MNL via Z2-943

How to stay connected?


Before leaving the Philippines, be sure to activate your mobile carrier's roaming service, so you could still receive calls and text messages, make a call and send SMS, and use mobile data.

For internet connection, you may also avail a portable travel WiFi such as FlytPack or you may buy a local sim card upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA Travel Guide 2017
Petronas Twin Towers at Night

Travel Tips and Reminders?


  • Travel time from KLIA2 to KL City Center is about 1 hour. Plan your trip accordingly.
  • You can exchange your Philippine Peso or US Dollars in the money changers at the airport or at the city center. When I changed my PHP to MYR at the airport, exchange rate is about 0.078; but at the city center, exchange rate is 0.081. So, it's better to change your money at the city center.
  • For electricity, most establishments use 3-pin square plugs and sockets at 220–240 V. Don't forget to bring a universal adapter.
  • Some public toilets asks for a payment of 0.50 MYR, so be sure to always have 0.50 cents coins with you.
  • Dress appropriately when visiting mosques, temples, and other houses of worship.
  • To save on travel expenses, join group tours, walk if you can, stay in hostels or budget hotels, and take advantage of flight seat sales.

I hope this Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide 2017 helped you in planning an awesome KL adventure. Please don't forget to SHARE this toi tour friends. Enjoy your trip to Malaysia!


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