Malaysia Quickie: Part I (Legoland + Bukit Bintang)
Like I mentioned in my last post, I went back to Singapore two months later. I was given a two-week break from work so I took advantage of it to fly back to SG. Since we weren’t able to visit Legoland Malaysia last time, we made sure we’d be able to do it right the second time around.
Since it was a Saturday, I bought two one-way tickets to Legoland from Singapore for S$24.50 from the same bus company, Superior Coach. No need to hurry back to Singapore the following day. I tried to book the Legoland Theme Park tickets in advance since they offered 20% discount 7 days before the date of visit. I wasn’t able to successfully pay online, not sure why, so I sent them an email. They made me fill out a manual form and later on gave me a pre-booking number. I was informed that I could pay RM 224 ($ 62.89/ ₱ 2792 for 2 persons) at their counter on the date of visit, still with the 20% discount.
I flew to Singapore the day before, had dinner at CMK (Little India) and went to bed. We woke up early to catch the bus at Lavender Station, this time, at the back of Wendy’s. It was a Saturday so the bus was crammed with kids. We left the station at around 9:30 AM and arrived in Johor Bahru, Malaysia at around 10:30 AM. Since we were crossing borders, we had to get off the bus and go through immigration and have our passports stamped. The bus guide instructed us on where to go after immigration so we could get on the bus again without getting lost (which happens a lot according to them). We arrived at Legoland at around 11:00 AM.
Legoland seems to be geared mostly to very young kids. No extreme rides like in USS. But the park looks really cool and the intricate details put into each display were quite amazing. The miniature of Asian cities in Miniland might be my favourite.
We tried some of the attractions like Legoland Express (if you want to see the sights in the park without walking under the scorching sun) and Lego 4D studios (if you want escape from the extreme heat). I’m a fan of theme parks but not of that kind of weather. So we left the park at 5 PM and hopped on our booked bus to Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur is 4 hours away from Johor Bahru via shuttle bus. The bus was comfortable enough and it was dark outside already so we mostly slept through it. The hotel we booked, V’la Heritage was located in Bukit Bintang. I booked the hotel via booking.com for MYR 132 ($ 35/ ₱ 1582) a night for two persons. There are lots of pubs and street food stalls along this strip with a variety of cuisines to choose from. My friend wanted to watch the World Cup match that night so we looked for a restaurant where it was being watched. We found this Indian eatery with lots of Indians watching the match so we ate chili crabs and chicken rice there. The hotel was within walking distance from this very lively strip. Advantage: lots of things to do here. Disadvantage: very loud, you can hear the tacky music until midnight.