Around Kuala Lumpur with KL Hop On-Hop Off Bus

Three weeks after our trip in HongKong, we went to Malaysia to celebrate my birthday. The weather is hot but not humid. The feel did not surprise us since it’s expected and Philippines has also the same temperature.

It’s our first time in Malaysia and we know for a fact that it’s not easy to roam around like in HongKong where you can rely on their MTR system. While there are available city tour packages online, we still decided to avail the two-day ticket of the Kuala Lumpur Hop-on, Hop-off bus.

So if you are planning to go to Malaysia and considering the KL Hop On Hop Off bus, below are our experience with tips that can help you in your decision making.

Is it worth it? Yes. One day pass costs MYR 48 ($14.83) while a two-day pass costs MYR 79 ($24.41). The city tour costs around MYR 69 ($21.31) per person but its time is limited and you only get to see few attractions and more souvenir shops which really  annoy us. The KL Hop On Hop Off Bus has 23 stops which comprises the major attractions in Kuala Lumpur.  On our first day, we decided not to hop off on the bus to see all the 23 stops in one ride.

KL Hop On, Hop Off Bus and Ticket

KL Hop On, Hop Off Bus and Ticket
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 2014

When is the best time to use the Hop On Hop Off bus? I suggest that you use it in the morning until at least 4 PM so you won’t be stuck in the traffic. However, there are many tourists during those hours so there will be times that you will be standing long until after the next few stops.

The bus operates until 8PM but it depends on what stop number you are. Some buses have cut off time as early as 7:30 PM based on our experience. The traffic is a huge hindrance that makes this inefficient, though.

Not all busses have open viewing deck but you could try waiting for one. The bus intervals is 30 minutes (if not traffic). Since it’s hot, we went to the open viewing deck for photo purposes only and enjoyed the view from the upper deck air conditioned area entire time.

You can buy tickets as soon as you rode the bus. Our starting point is in KL Sentral (bust stop #11) .

Stop # 11 KL Sentral Station

Stop # 11 KL Sentral Station
KL Hop On, Hop Off Bus and Ticket
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 2014

Friday is Malaysia’s traffic madness, according to one of the locals there. So it’s like literally, you’ll get mad. I highly recommend that you skip this day especially in the afternoon. Friday is our flight back home and second day of our ticket.  We rode the bus at 2 PM to hop off in stop #17 but it got us to the place 3 hours after because of the heavy traffic. We ended up staying in the place for about 15 minutes to catch our service going to the airport at 7PM. The next bus arrived and we were stuck starting 5:15PM. At 6:30PM, the bus is still in KLCC (bus stop #23) and so we decided to hop off and took a whooping MYR 30 ($9.26) taxi for a short ride.  We are buzzer beaters.

Below are some photos I’ve taken during our tour.

Inside KL Hop On, Hop Off Bus

Inside KL Hop On, Hop Off Bus
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 2014

Stop #2 Menara KL Tower

Stop #2 Menara KL Tower
KL Hop On, Hop Off Bus
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 2014

Major Attractions in Kuala Lumpur

Major Attractions in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 2014

Details of our KL Hop On Hop Off tour:
Date Travel: March 20-21, 2014
Traveled as a couple

Note: The aim of this post is to share our personal experience with KL Hop On Hop Off bus. The service did not ask or pay me to write this article.

Hong Kong’s Mid Level Escalator

Posted by: liza on March 02nd, 2014 in featured, HongKong, photos, shoe tales

Did you know that the Mid-Level Escalator in Hong Kong is the longest covered escalator system in the world? According to the Wikipedia,  “The entire system covers over 800 metres (2,600 ft) in distance and elevates over 135 metres (443 ft) from bottom to top.  It was constructed in 1993 to provide a better commute by linking areas within the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island. It consists of twenty escalators and three inclined moving walkways. ” It could take you an approximately 20 minutes to got the uphill.  And we’ve been there from the bottom to top of its line up during our 2014 6-Days tour in HongKong.

Going to the peak of the Mid-Levels Escalator

At the Mid-Levels Escalator

We learned this place from one of Biyahe ni Drew’s Hong Kong episodes in YouTube. We got intrigued because it’s holding the badge of being the longest outdoor escalator system in the world and we want our footprints there.  We went there at the noon of Valentine’s Day.

There’s not much you can do in the the Victoria Mid-level Escalator since it was built to provide a better way for commuters between Central and Western District.  But you will definitely see a lot of things (left and right) at least in the first few hundred meters from the Central area. There are hundreds to thousands (I think) of professionals, locals and tourists walking here and there,  restaurants in the streets jam packed by workers having lunch and an endless row of establishments selling various goods. At a much higher level until you reach the top, you’ll start seeing few people and more residential areas. There, we met more OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) who are working as domestic helpers.

The Mid-level Escalators has different entrances and we started our journey from the lower entrance at the Queen’s Road Central.

I realized that we have more videos than photos taken in this place so I can only share you a few which are below.

Lower level of Mid-Levels Escalator in Hong Kong - The longest escalator in the world

Lower level of Mid-Levels Escalator in Hong Kong

 

Going up to the Mid Levels Escalator, the Longest Escalator in the World

Going up to the Mid Levels Escalator

Some random tips and facts about this tourist attraction:

1. No Money Changers. We did not find any money changers going up so we were not able to have lunch. That left us hungry until 3 P.M.  ha ha ha.
2. Plan Your Trip. Mid Levels Escalators operates downhill from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and uphill from 10:30am to midnight so make sure to plan your trip there.
3. Going back. If you don’t want to return to where you started using the stairs,  ride the bus #6 going to Central and hop off in the Peddler’s MTR station, the nearest one if you would like to take it.
4. Entrance Fee: none
5. Date: February 14, 2014
6. Traveled as a couple

7. Address: Central-Mid-Levels Escalator System, Soho Hong Kong

The Best Time To Book A Plane Ticket, According To New Study

Posted by: liza on March 02nd, 2014 in news

I find this post of Suzy Strutner from The Huffington Post so I decided to share it with you guys, my fellow travelers. If this data is still true as of this writing, then this is really a big help!

Here’s an excerpt of the post.

Finally, there’s a scientific answer to that magic number of days before a flight when tickets are at their cheapest.

The answer? Are you ready? Are you reeeally ready?

Fifty-four days before takeoff is, on average, when domestic airline tickets are at their absolute lowest price. And if you don’t hit 54 days on the head, you should usually book between 104 to 29 days before your trip — within the “prime booking window” — for the lowest possible prices. In this window, ticket prices typically hover within $10 of the lowest price they’ll ever reach.

At least that’s what the data from 2013 tells us.                                                                                                                                                                              

Read more here.

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