Moving north from Singapore stopping off for 4 days in Kuala Lumpur
Walk-about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
After arriving early evening by bus from Singapore, I checked into the Ceria Hotel that met my requirements. Intending to stay a few days in KL, the next day I devoted to acclimatizing myself to the area and seeing if there was a better deal for my stay. So I did a walk-about in the Bukit Bintang area which killed 2 birds with one stone as this would be my write-up of best places to stay. The 2 main highlights were the Batu Caves and the Petronas Twin Towers
The Batu CavesI am not a big tourist .. but Batu Caves was quite impressive... with the big statue of Murugan in-front of an imposing staircase. Yip, I climbed them and took some pictures on the way (WIP virtual tour of Batu Caves). There is a big car park in front... which was virtually empty, but I can imagine if that was full... this could be a zoo!
The Petronas Twin Towers
I guess the Twin Towers are on everyone's to do list. This was a well-run slick operation getting tickets and colour-coded groups up and down by the organizers. These are 2 photshoped and pano2vr software edits for websites done by Coos below to show off what can be done, but you can google all the public domain pictures on Google maps
Less than $50USD/day
There are several options available in KL for this budget. On google maps you can see all the hotels in the Bukit Bintang area. I first checked into the Ceria Hotel, with the intention of looking for better options the following day with my walk-about. After visiting a couple and looking at the rooms for the price, I came to the conclusion that the Ceria was the best value for money for what I needed.
Again my review of all the hotels I stayed including the Ceria can be seen on Google Maps. The only immediate negative was that my room did not have a window. But it was clean, modern, the WIFI was great and it had new modern shower/bathroom, which met exactly my requirement. Also a nice coffee sop next door where I worked the Internet. Right as you leave the Ceria Hotel is a laundry place, which does laundry not by item but by kilo. This was great!
Getting across the Border - 19 May 2016
There are a number of options for travelling between Malaysia and Thailand. The train looked like the best option as it seemed most researched and used. However, I chose to take the bus (after discussion with Coos .. as should do things that most other folks would not do). So I decided to take the route which would take me the furthest distance without any transfers. This was a bus from TBS, the main bus terminal in KL. A very modern building. I first went to Pudu Sentral as the website said I could also take buses from there. But this was not the case. With only one bus counter a nice lady mentioned that it was better at TBS ...so off I went to TBS to buy a ticket.
The image above is a 180 degree panorama of 4 pictures from my Olympus TG4 Tough. Stitched together to create this 180 degree panorama. Surprisingly this worked well even without using a tripod. The software used was Pano2VR
My favourite memory song for Malaysia ...