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!

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Big car park behind but was nearly empty on this day ... so not a lot of people

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Caves are in active use with religious events and prayers at certain times

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This worked really well with a 360 degree camera... and one of the highest views on Google maps

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view from the top of the stairs which was quite impressive .. lots of monkeys too!

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

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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 off I went to TBS to buy a ticket. 

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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

The highlight of the day was a nice young lady at security check-in who noticed my camera and said .. "Yo .. Peace ... nice!"
Overall the journey took about 11.5 hours. and had booked a hotel in preparation for the late arrival and took a video clip of my arrival.

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