A layover in Malaysia Part 1

Sunday, January 13, 2013

When we paid for our tickets to Siem Reap, there weren't direct flights from Manila. We had to take 2 flights, Manila to Kuala Lumpur then Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap. We had a 12 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur before heading home.

Since this was the tail end of the trip, we were feeling quite tired. We didn’t want a see-the-most-we-can-on-this-layover kind of adventure. Also, Berenie and I have been to KL separately already. My list of must dos during the layover were: visit Putrajaya, eat Lecka Lecka ice cream and shop at Vincci (VNC here in Manila). 

The Malaysia leg of our trip was organized by Berenice and Danix. Unfortunately the ladies were unprepared. To be honest I was livid at first. I worked hard on our Siem Reap itinerary and I don’t like not knowing where to go especially since we had a limited time. Anyway, to cut through all the emotions, we decided to check out Putrajaya, the Batu Caves and the Petronas Towers. We resolved that hiccup of course.

How to get to Putrajaya
LCCT has a luggage storage service which was perfect for our layover. Getting there was frustrating. Upon arrival we received wrong directions from a bunch of airport officials and went from one end to the other lugging our bags. Anyway, view this link for the luggage storage rates.

There are counters at LCCT where you can buy tickets for the KLIA transit. The ticket includes the shuttle going to the train which is located at KLIA. From KLIA, it was an easy train ride to Putrajaya.

Now what?
Since we didn’t have plans, we roamed around the station trying to look for Putrajaya maps, a tourist desk or anyone to talk to. We went to the bus terminal area but no one could give us proper directions. We saw a tourist both that offered the “Best of Putrajaya Tour” for RM1. ONE MALAYSIAN RINGGIT ONLY??? The tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays only with 2 sessions, the morning session at 11:30 AM and the afternoon session at 3:00 PM. What perfect timing! We arrived on a Sunday around 2 PM. We were getting tense. Is there a tour today? The booth was still empty. We decided to wait until 2:30 PM (the mentioned meeting time in the flier) to check if someone would show up. We thanked our lucky stars because someone did.

The tour includes a guide, an air conditioned bus and 14 sites.

* Additional photos from Danix Labudahon.

Don't forget to visit parts 2 and 3. Here's where you can stay when you visit Malaysia. 

Best of Putrajaya Tour
019-236-1796; 03-887-7690

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