4 KualaLumpur + Melaka

Info on KL (Kuala Lumpur)  and using Air Asia
  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuala_lumpur  and here: http://wikitravel.org/en/Kuala_Lumpur

Melaka (Melacca) or Singapore - getting there from KL.

Arrive in Kuala Lumpur: now what ?

  • If you arrive with Asia, you will land at the  Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).
  • If you use any other airline you arrive at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) (Malaysians looooove TLA's ) Busses to KL take about an hour and cost 8-10 Ringgit (AUD $3-4). Trains cost more.
  • There is a shuttle between LCCT www.lcct.com.my and KLIA.  
If you are just transiting and want a place to stay at the airport Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) then a budget Tune Hotel is walking distance (15 mins) from the LCCT at:     tunehotels.com/LCCTTransit_KualaLumpur_Malaysia.aspx  price around 110 to 150 Malaysian Ringgit (AUD 30-50)

When using the Air Asia hub at the KL  LCCT: you need to check OUT through immigration, collect your baggage, and CHECK IN again with your baggage to where ever you are going to next. Air Asia is a LOW cost carrier, each section that you fly you need to check IN and OUT yourself. This is what Air Asia means by "we are a point to point carrier".
This means you need to make sure you have enough time to do all that change over. I allow a minimum of 3 hours. What makes it simpler is that Air Asia basically owns the LCCT terminal, so everything is really close, there is not much walking.
Sometimes if a plane is really late and the delay is Air Asia's fault then if you you miss your onward Air Asia connection they will generally give you a flight on the next plane (they don't HAVE to, but if they are nice they WILL). If your onward connection is not with Air Asia, then 'tough luck'. Nothing they can do. It's  part of the conditions you agree to when you  buy the ticket. :-P

Accommodation: backpack, budget

All about finding accommodation and booking a place from the internet see this page here
Specific information for Kuala Lumpur:

Tune hotels  http://www.tunehotels.com/
These hotels operate the same way Air Asia does: you can just walk in, or book online. The earlier you book the cheaper it is. You pay only for what you use: Aircon in 12 hour blocks, Wifi in 24 hours blocks, Towels if you don't bring your own.  Makes me very resource and energy efficient :-) amazing what motivation money can produce :-)
 - Airport Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) Tune Hotel is at:

Links to other places to stay (budget):
- http://www.backhome.com.my/
- http://www.pujangga-homestay.com/home.html double room + air-con =  RM70
Brickfields at Sentral Station: Hotel Grand Crescent 80 Ringgit/night  hotelgrandcrescent.com in Brickfields,  walking distance from Central Station, a lively Tamil/Indian area. Good internet Cafe just across the road. The Manageress Devi keeps the place in good shape and takes a friendly interest in people.

Accommodation: luxury

The Sheraton Imperial in KL is really great. This is the hotel that seduced me to 5 Star appreciation. Breakfast is their specialty, I've never ever seen anything like it, better than a full dinner smorgasboard, amazing delicacies and as well as good old muesly and Corn Flakes..... .
If you are booking this online, make sure breakfast is INcluded or it will cost you  quite a bit to get it added on.
The hotel is a bit off the main hotel district and therefore good prices can be had. The ruins of the Asian Financial Crisis late 1990's still hang about in the shape of gutted, never finished concrete skeleton of grand plans.

KL Bukit Bintang area

Bukit Bintang area:  nice place to hang out longer term Google map here
  • Old fashioned like a 1970's backpacker's: BINTANG GUEST HOUSE, 27 Jalan Tong Shin, off Tengkat Tong Shin, 50200 Kuala Lumpur,  ->  Bintang Guest House  or try this site here. This place is good to hang out and write a magnus opus.... long term stay at RM38 to RM48 single/double ($13 to $20 /day) is possible. Map of Bintang Guest house in KL here. Note: March2012:  some rooms in the centralized aircon area have bedbugs #7,#2, ... (Bedbugs feel like mosquito bits without the mosquito, you wonder how the hell they got you... until you see one...they look like tiny tiny beetles ) room #6 is fine, no problem there. The hotel people are onto it and hopefully will deal with it.
  • HomeStyle boutique hotel, RM90/single, very new, nice outdoor area, 13 Jalan Rembia off Tengkat Tong Shin Rd, Kuala Lumpur, Tel +60 123 1000 122, email homestyle_kl@yahoo.com  (close to all the other listed here, on a tiny side street). Website http://www.homestyle-kl.com/
  • Tiara Guest house Single room 55RM, clean, simple, spartan, breakfast, wifi, paper thin walls, good communal area  http://www.tiaraguesthouse.com.my  website still shows old prices.

More pricey:

  • Hotel Rae $30 to $50 www.hotelrae.com  is just one of many. There are lots of backpackers in the same street, starting from 50 Ringgit (~$15+/night single)
  • Boutique hotel $100+  4stars  www.anggunkl.com  4, Tengkat Tong Shin, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • The whole area is new, modern, stylish, backpackers and above all mixing  map here.  Nice longer term backpacker level and above.
For more rock bottom backpacker places try China town.

See and do:
Batu caves
Batu Caves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Caves
info on KL    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuala_lumpur
In Brickfields, the Tamilan Helping Hands community center, internet cafe etc...

Experiences in KL: 

Left luggage in KL by CS

Busses and Trains: Zipping all over Malaysia:

Buses to all over Malaysia leave from TBS ( Terminal Bersepadu Selatan map here )   There is a train, or a shuttle bus from outside Puduraya Bus Station 2 Ringgit, don't believe taxi drivers who tell you there is no bus and the train stops 1KM away from TBS    :-P 

- Busses for Singapore/Melaka/etc..  - also leave at Times Square Bukit Bintang area, easier than  going all the way out to TBS. The ticket booth is under the escalator of Bukit Bintang Monorail station, on the Time Square side. $45RM, 5 hours to SiN. The Website at http://starmartonline.com/  probably has more info of other places where busses for Singapore leave from.
- I've also been  told that there are busses to Singapore from Pudu Raya station - it seems like not all things go via TBS after all. So it's worth checking the more convenient locations first, at least that's what I'll be doing.

Tip: When taking a bus to KL, ask where it stops. TBS, or Puduraya. You may have a choice and save yourself a trip. I usually get dropped at Puduraya bus terminal and walk to Bukit Bintang.

The computer, laptop, IT, electronics area of KL:

The place for second hand laptops, monitors, for data recovery services, and laptop repairs is diagonally opposite Times Square. It's called Imbi Plaza, at No 28 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
The ritzy glitzy consumer goods IT mall is next door, directly opposite Times Square. It has mobile phones, laptops,  Mac Shops, everything IT, and computer and electronic consumer goods related.

TLA =  Three Letter Acronym
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