2015. 05. 28.
My trip to Malaysia has been a culinary hit but the beginning was rough. So here is some advice for getting to wherever you need to go if you are new to Malaysia. In my scenario I was headed to Bukit Bintang* (Star Hill) without topping up or loading my SIM card.
Big headache ensued.
So I couldn’t understand Malay and after already being stuck in traffic for almost 2 hours, I ended up lost in a far suburb wondering why I was heading away from my destination. Luckily, young boys tried helping me while the driver shouted at me in Malay. After being reprimanded, he made follow him to another bus. I thanked the Malaysian boys for their help and followed. They looked embarrassed for me, not being able to communicate fully with me either.
Then the driver, introduced me to a new driver who not only spoke English but Filipino Tagalog as well! On the bus I was welcomed by two Malay ladies wondering what happened to me. Everyone erupted in laughter after hearing my story since 3 hours had already passed and I still wasn’t in Bukit Bintang. Then we returned right back to Chinatown where we stopped earlier and I discovered that I was supposed to ride in a van to my next destination. Big slap in the face.
Usually, I take the KL Ekpres to KL Sentral and take the monorail (2-4 MYR) to wherever destination. I recommend staying in Bukit Bintang because it’s central and you can walk everywhere. It’s the party hub, Vegas style of Kuala Lumpur.
Fortunately for me, my SIM card was not cancelled and could still receive calls from friends demanding why I was late to dinner. So lesson learned…
* Bukit Bintang is right next to KLCC, where the famous Twin Petronas Towers are. If you have seen Entrapment with Sean Connery or Catherine Zeta Jones, they are indeed stealing and dangling from the towers. If you are a backpacker you will notice numerous types of accommodations are in the Bukit Bintang area, especially in the Changkat area (the party area of KL) on Jalan Alor (Alor Road). Bukit Bintang also houses numerous malls, especially Pavilion. Pavilion is a massive mall where it’s easy to meet people, eat, shop for American and international brands, and watch movies. Just be warned 50 Shades of Grey was banned in Malaysia, so do not expect to watch 50 Shades Darker there.
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