I recommend booking.com because most hotels offer free cancellation up to a certain period of time, normally up to a day before the scheduled stay. All you need is a credit card as a guarantee but it’s your choice if you want to pay with cash or card when you arrive at the hotel. They offer discounts as well especially if you book ahead of time.
We stayed at the V’la Heritage hotel located in Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang for MYR 264 ($ 74.12/ ₱ 3200) for two nights. The hotel seems new and location is superb. It is surrounded by a lot of pubs and restaurants but it can get a bit noisy until midnight. I even heard a Sexbomb song being played which was really weird and surreal. Perhaps, the DJ was a tacky Filipino dude. No wonder, there are lots of Filipinos here, even our hotel receptionist. Anyway, breakfast buffet was included but the wifi connection was horrible. Good thing I bought a U Mobile sim card with 3g data for my iPad.
Our hotel was near Jalan Alor, famous for side-to-side street food stalls. This is a must-visit for street food lovers. This is literally what you call outdoor dining because under the red and orange Chinese lanterns are the plastic tables and chairs placed on the street. You can just imagine how narrow the road is for the cars and the people passing through. Here you can choose from Malaysian, Chinese or Indian food. We had chicken satay, some steamed vegetables and fresh lychee juice. You can eat while you listen to some local street bands who play for tips or just for a chance to be discovered.
Kuala Lumpur is 4 hours away from Johor Bahru via shuttle bus. We mostly got around KL by taxi. It’s not the cheapest mode of transportation, obviously, but we didn’t have plenty of time to visit the attractions. Plus, did I mention already that it was motherfudging hot in Malaysia in July? Just don’t get ripped off by taxi touts though.
Must Sees and Dos
- Batu Caves: It’s one of Kuala Lumpur’s best-known cultural attractions. Actually, it’s not really in Kuala Lumpur but if you google “Things to do in Kuala Lumpur”, this one will be at the top of the list because it is really near. I’ve read that it’s accessible via train, but you can go via taxi as well if you don’t mind paying a little more. It’s a labyrinth of caves with big ass Hindu shrines and statues. There’s no entrance fee to the main entrance but make sure to wear pants or long skirts if you don’t want to be forced to rent a sarong for MYR 5 ($ 1.40/ ₱ 63).
- Petronas Twin Towers: A trip to KL without a photo with the twin towers as background is incomplete, or so they say. If you just want the cliché shot, no need to pay for any fee. You just have to find the best place outside the building, much better at night. They sell tickets to go to the Skybridge or Observation deck. You can visit https://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/ for more details.
- Jalan Alor: Get your fill of the best street food KL has to offer. This seemingly never-ending stretch of street food stalls is one of the most famous in Kuala Lumpur, for the locals and tourists alike.