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Short Package tour to KL

Post by hg » Wed, 08 Sep 2010 3:18 pm

I will have my relatives visiting us here in SG. They (1 couple) are retired people and are looking to cover KL for a day or two while they are here.

Most tour operators have trips to fancy places but I can't seem to find an all inclusive deal for KL (wouldn't want them to figure out local travelling on their own).....any pointers from people who have done this kind of trip (Road or Air both options are OK)

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 08 Sep 2010 4:49 pm

Going to KL from SG means going straight up E1 expressway. There isn't much in the way of 'touring'... most exits take you to seaside towns and Kampongs, and there is not much on the expressway itself. Taking a bus up this route is scenic, though, cheaper than a plane, and only about 1.5 hours longer (if that much) than a plane, by the time you get through with travel to airports, customs, etc.

There are nice resort areas on the east coast of Malaysia, about a 100 kilometers north, but you take minor highways up the east coast from JB.

Having lived in KL for 8 months, I'd say it is hard to call it a tourist destination. Yes, there are a few cool things to see: KLCC, Mastid Jamek, some other points of interest. You can catch the LRT from end to end to get a flavor of the city. If it's your bag, there are several malls.

I don't know of a KL tour operator, and if it was my choice, I'd go to Bangkok.

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Post by hg » Wed, 08 Sep 2010 5:02 pm

SE,

I have driven to KL from SG in past and I agree that the drive is scenic. However my uncle/aunt are old and can't drive that long. Bangkok would be too much of an hassle (They have MY Visa but not TH)

So that leaves Bus or Air as options to KL. Air Asia has really cheap fares but due to airport txr hassle I am not sure. Best would have been a "packaged" bus+Hotel tour, which takes care of local going around in KL too.

I am finding one Bus operator that drops at Korus Hotel in KL, if they stay there then at least its one less hassle. Local travel in KL is an issue still plus Korus seems to get bad reviews for some reason.

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Post by durain » Wed, 08 Sep 2010 7:12 pm

they can take those comfy "business class" type bus to KL. some of them stop at the heart of KL or at some hotels.

there are lots of buses going to KL. google or look up aerobus or airebus. once you got the bus sorted, all you need is hotels. i use asiarooms.com.

in KL, they can move around on the LRT so make sure the hotel is near a station. taxi is a minefield in KL, so best avoid.

there's only so much to checkout in KL, mostly are the malls. can visit chinatown but do be extra careful with your belongings!

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Post by x9200 » Wed, 08 Sep 2010 7:44 pm

hg wrote:SE,

I have driven to KL from SG in past and I agree that the drive is scenic. However my uncle/aunt are old and can't drive that long. Bangkok would be too much of an hassle (They have MY Visa but not TH)
Visa on arrival not possible? Bangkok is really a better choice. The only doubt in my mind would be if it is already safe.

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Post by gravida » Wed, 08 Sep 2010 8:12 pm

If you book a hotel and an airplane ticket, you may arrange with the hotel for airport pick up/drop off and local tours around the KL. I think it is standard service.

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Post by hg » Wed, 08 Sep 2010 8:17 pm

gravida wrote:If you book a hotel and an airplane ticket, you may arrange with the hotel for airport pick up/drop off and local tours around the KL. I think it is standard service.
Good point...but I should hv clarified that I am not quite looking for the most expensive solution...my bad.

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Post by carlsum1986 » Thu, 09 Sep 2010 9:49 am

hg wrote:SE,

I have driven to KL from SG in past and I agree that the drive is scenic. However my uncle/aunt are old and can't drive that long. Bangkok would be too much of an hassle (They have MY Visa but not TH)

So that leaves Bus or Air as options to KL. Air Asia has really cheap fares but due to airport txr hassle I am not sure. Best would have been a "packaged" bus+Hotel tour, which takes care of local going around in KL too.

I am finding one Bus operator that drops at Korus Hotel in KL, if they stay there then at least its one less hassle. Local travel in KL is an issue still plus Korus seems to get bad reviews for some reason.
taking airasia is a good choice cause once u step out of the terminal u have tons of buses taking you to the centre of the city for 7-9ringgit..however the bus operator to corus is your best choice..you can book a room at corus or at the hotels nearby corus like the zon regency,maya hotel,nikko hotel or crown princess...all good hotels and within walking distance to klcc which is apparently where all tourists go to....these hotels are also near the train stations so transportation is taken care of....

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Post by hg » Thu, 09 Sep 2010 9:51 am

Thanks to all that replied.....its was good information....I will perhaps settle down to Bus + Corus combination

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Post by QRM » Thu, 09 Sep 2010 5:06 pm

In KL I saw these open top tour bus, like the hippo bus tours here, but you have to time it right otherwise you will just sit in heavy traffic, take only the blue taxis, these can be found at most hotels.

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Post by carlsum1986 » Thu, 09 Sep 2010 8:25 pm

QRM wrote:In KL I saw these open top tour bus, like the hippo bus tours here, but you have to time it right otherwise you will just sit in heavy traffic, take only the blue taxis, these can be found at most hotels.
the blue taxis are premium taxis they cost an arm and a leg to use....just flag any red taxi down and ask them to use the meter...if they refuse just wait for the next one...or get one from your hotel as this will guarantee they will use the meter...

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