Day 2 – Kuala Lumpur
We booked our hotel during the Accor sales which came with breakfast as well. When we woke up, it was already very bright in Kuala Lumpur. We enjoyed the great views of the city with the Petronas Twin Towers under the morning sun from our room on level 24. It was just 7.30 am and this would be a great day in the city for sight seeing and shopping.
We lingered some time before going for breakfast after 8 am. The restaurant at the lobby was pretty busy. Since this was Christmas season, the entrance to the restaurant was decked up with Christmas decorations.
The wait staff immediately ushered us to a table. We ordered omelets and then went around to get food. Before returning to our table, we collected our omelets.
The breakfast was the usual fare of a five stars hotel with main course and a variety of food choice both western and eastern. A waitress came along and asked about our drinks and made us very nice coffee. The breakfast was satisfying but not fantastic compared to other Pullman Hotels we had stayed in the region. Anyway, Pullman had recently taken over this property from the former Prince Hotel, there would be room for improvement.
Back in our room, we took our time to rest and watched a little TV before getting ready to leave and explore the city. There was no point to rush out early morning as most shops would not be opened so early. Slightly after 10 am, we left Pullman KLCC Hotel. We took a right turn and walked to the bus stop after the overhead bridge to Pavilion Mall to wait for the free GOKL bus.
We were waiting for a bus from the purple line to Chinatown. Our return bus pick up point was The Five Elements Hotel at Chinatown so we were going there to recce the place before our return to Singapore the next day. After all, it had been a long time since we visited Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. Two buses came but they served other areas at KLCC and the commercial district. Next came a bus from the purple line and we boarded the bus.
In about 30 minutes, the bus terminated near the Central Market. It was a hot and sunny day. We alighted and walked across the busy road towards Chinatown.
We ventured into a side street and walked through a carpark towards Jalan Petaling. We passed a street food area like one of those found in some back lanes in Hong Kong. There were many food stalls there where customers were mostly Chinese. We were not hungry after the buffet breakfast so we skipped this place and entered Petaling Street.
Petaling Street in Chinatown is one long touristy street with stalls on both sides outside shops, restaurants and guesthouses. It resembles some streets in Hong Kong near Nathan Road. It was still early slightly after 11 am and some stalls were just opening for business. Hence, the place wasn’t crowded yet during our visit.
You can buy clothes, bags, phone accessories, souvenirs and food along this touristy street. You would need to bargain though otherwise you would be paying more than the price expected from the vendors. The stuff sold here are pretty much the same as what you can get in Bangkok except that the prices are slightly higher which is to be expected. So my dear wife did some shopping for clothes at one of the stalls along the street. The vendors here can speak English and Mandarin as well as the Cantonese dialect.
Next we made our way to The Five Elements Hotel via Jalan Hang Lekir and turning right into Jalan Sultan. We entered the hotel to find the travel agent for the KKKL Coach and to confirm the timing and pickup point. After obtaining our information from the staff managing the tour booth office on the right at the hotel lobby, we left the hotel and continued to roam the streets around Chinatown.
Chinatown at Petaling Street is an interesting place. Some street food stalls have been around Chinatown for many years and such stalls are no longer found in Singapore. There are side streets to explore as well and Chinatown is a place to buy cheap stuff but don’t expect the stuff sold here to be genuine. Shopping here just adds another dimension to shopping in the mostly modern air-conditioned malls in Kuala Lumpur. There are hotels and guesthouses in this area for those who prefer to stay near to this place of attraction.
Nearer to noon, we made our way back to the bus terminal next to Central Market. Along the way, we dropped by at a fruit stall and bought a fresh coconut to quench our thirst. It was an easy walk along Jalan Hang Lekir and then turned left to Jalan Hang Kasturi. The bus terminal was just across the road. We boarded the GOKL purple line bus waiting there which was already quite crowded.
The bus moved off not long after and picked up more passengers along the way. The bus was packed and there was a passenger holding a table fan standing precariously in the bus. Since this was a Sunday morning, many foreign workers were not working and they took advantage of this free bus service. So the free GOKL bus services were overwhelmed.
About 30 minutes later, we alighted at Bukit Bintang bus stop. We walked over to Sungei Wang Plaza to check out the mall for some mobile phone accessories. There were some Christmas decorations at the main atrium with a centre stage for performance. The Christmas decorations here were a far cry compared to Pavilion Mall. Not only that, Sungei Wang Plaza was no longer what it used to be where it was busy and full of shoppers during weekends. While there were still shops and stalls in the mall, it was rather quiet.
Moreover, Bukit Bintang Plaza looked like it was shutting down with nothing much to see there. My wife bought some blouses for the girls but I didn’t manage to get the phone accessories I wanted. City Square and KSL City Mall in Johor are so much better places to shop at than these two malls here. So we left after a short visit.
We then went over to Lot 10 Mall to continue with more shopping. It was already after 1 pm so we went down to the food court for lunch. This is one of our favourite food haunts in Kuala Lumpur. You don’t have to go over to Jalan Alor to taste local food. You can find all the favourite local food at this food court. However, the food court can be very crowded during peak hours. We had a great lunch here enjoying the famous Kuala Lumpur black noodles and fried prawn noodles.
After lunch, we did some shopping at Lot 10 Mall. There was an event at the main atrium on the ground floor. Isetan was closing for renovation. Other than the food court on the basement, Lot 10 Mall was also quiet even on a Sunday. So don’t expect to spend a lot of time here other than the food court in the basement.
We left Lot 10 Mall and crossed the road at Jalan Bukit Bintang to take a look at Tous Les Jours Bakery and Café. The bread, pastries and cakes here looked good. So we planned to return the next morning to buy some bread and cakes to bring back to Singapore.
While we were at Jalan Bukit Bintang, our next destination was naturally Pavilion Mall. So we walked back up the road towards the entrance of Pavilion Mall. The entrance was a busy place with many shoppers stopping to take pictures of the very nice Christmas decorations. It was a very different situation from the night before where the place was packed with shoppers enjoying the snow fall activity at 8 pm.
It was already 2 pm when we entered the mall. Our first mission was to shop at Parkson Store to use up the cash voucher we redeemed the day before. After shopping at Parkson Mall, we exited at Jalan Rajah Chulan to return to Pullman KLCC Hotel after 3 pm.
Having visited Chinatown, Sungei Wang Plaza, shopped and lunched at Lot 10 Mall and shopped at Parkson Store at Pavilion Mall, it was time to take a break and rest a while in our nice and spacious room with a splendid view of the Petronas Twin Towers. So we watched TV and rested and caught up with the children back home.
After 6 pm, we went to some restaurants in our hotel for a look before deciding where to have dinner. Having checked the restaurants though as Accor Plus members we would enjoy 50% discount for dining for two, we decided to eat at Pavilion Mall since we would like to do another round of shopping there. Crossing Jalan Raja Chulan had become a routine these two days. There were some challenges crossing this wide busy road but we overcame them without any trouble.
Over at Pavilion Mall, we went down to the basement to check out the restaurants first. The whole area at the basement was very busy and crowded. Diners were filling up the basement level and queues were formed in a number of restaurants. So we decided it was better to have a quick meal at the huge food court.
As we surveyed the food court, we took a while before we could find an empty table. My dear wife and I took turns to queue and purchase food for dinner. Though it was a simple meal, the local food didn’t fail to provide a satisfying meal.
We then roamed Pavilion Mall and enjoyed the Christmas festive mood again. The night scene in Pavilion Mall was indeed captivating. The Christmas decorations at other malls we had visited could not be compared to this mall. Perhaps KLCC mall might have a better Christmas setup and capture a much greater crowd. Actually, we could walk to KLCC from Pavilion Mall via the overhead sky bridge in under 15 minutes. This overhead sky bridge is air-conditioned and is not far on the right of Pullman KLCC Hotel. But we didn’t intend to visit KLCC this time.
This evening, we didn’t wish to experience the snow fall event at the main entrance at 8 pm. It was super crowded at the entrance last night and it was quite dangerous for little children to be cramped up among so many adults. So after another round shopping it was time to head back to Pullman KLCC Hotel.
But before returning to our hotel, we went to Dome café to buy some nice cakes to bring back for supper. The main atrium with those beautiful Christmas decorations were attracting crowds here. After buying the cakes, we walked back to Pullman KLCC Hotel.
Back in our room it was time to relax again. Of course, with all the shopping done, we did some packing to get ready for the next day’s departure. So it was TV time and time to catch up with the children. Supper time soon came. Coffee and tea with the cakes bought at Dome’s café were great refreshments together with the splendid night view of Petronas Twin Towers from our room, it was a great time indeed.
Pullman KLCC Hotel was the perfect choice for our Kuala Lumpur weekend break. The location of this hotel is strategic for those who wish to explore and shop at Bukit Bintang area with Pavilion Mall just across the road. KLCC is also within walking distance via the air-conditioned sky bridge located just few minutes walk on the right of the hotel. The bus stop for the free GOKL bus services to KLCC, Chinatown and other places is just a few steps away from the escalator going up to the sky bridge to KLCC and Pavilion Mall. So Pullman KLCC Hotel would be our top hotel whenever we visit Kuala Lumpur in the future.
As we chilled the night away we concluded our second day in Kuala Lumpur and were pleased with our shopping and the places we visited, in particular, Petaling Street in Chinatown where we had not visited for many years. Our departure time the next day would be 1.30 pm at The Five Elements Hotel at Chinatown. So we would still have the morning for last minute shopping. With that, we bid goodnight to our children and looked forward to seeing them back home the next day.
Continue to Day 3 …