Day 3 – Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
This was the day where we would depart Kuala Lumpur by bus. The pick up location would be the Five Elements Hotel in Chinatown. It was a sunny day and the view of the Petronas Twin Towers under the morning sun from our room was great. We didn’t always get a view of the Petronas Twin Towers when we stayed in Kuala Lumpur.
Near 8.30 am, we descended to the lobby restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant wasn’t crowded at all this Monday morning. We ordered omelets again and got our food. We also ordered cappuccino which was great to go with our food. The breakfast spread was fine but could be better for a Pullman brand. Anyway, Pullman just took over this hotel from the former Prince Hotel, so in time to come, the standard of this hotel will be comparable to other Pullman Hotels in the region.
The location of this Pullman KLCC Hotel is perfect for a shopping trip to Kuala Lumpur at Bukit Bintang with Pavilion Mall just across the road. KLCC is also within walking distance via the air-conditioned sky bridge not far on the right of the hotel. In addition, the bus stop just few steps from the sky bridge is convenient for taking the free GOKL buses to KLCC, Chinatown and the commercial district in the city.
After breakfast, we returned to our room to rest a while and had another round of packing. We watched some TV and chatted with the children whether they needed anything else before our departure from Kuala Lumpur. Around 10.45 am, we approached front desk and checked out after a two nights enjoyable stay. It was quickly processed and we really like the service of the hotel staff here. Pullman KLCC Hotel would be our top hotel choice should we visit Kuala Lumpur again in the near future which is just a bus ride away from Singapore.
We left the hotel and crossed Jalan Raja Chulan and entered Pavilion Mall. The mall was so quiet this morning as it was still early and shops were just opening up for business. Our original plan was to head to Jalan Bukit Bintang to buy bread and pastries from the French Tous Les Jours Bakery. However, having visited some bakeries in Pavilion Mall the night before, we decided to just buy our bread and pastries here. So we went down to the basement first to check out the bakeries. Freshly baked bread and pastries were just brought out and staff were busy labeling them with prices. We got our bread and pastries and then went to look for lunch.
Pavilion Mall was really very quiet and empty of shoppers while we walked around to check out restaurants. We ended up at Din Tai Fung Restaurant again for lunch. We were the first diners for the day and we chatted with the friendly staff. We were told another Din Tai Fung Restaurant would be opened in Penang at Gurney Plaza. We ordered our food and they soon came. We enjoyed the food here again and the xiao long bao were really good.
After lunch, we walked to the bus stop across Jalan Bukit Bintang. The free GOKL purple line bus came. We boarded the bus and we had seats this time. It was so overloaded with foreign workers the day before so this day we could enjoy the sights of Kuala Lumpur while we travelled towards Chinatown. Kuala Lumpur is an interesting mixed of old and new buildings. The food here is good and shopping is great. In about 30 minutes, we reached the bus terminal near Central Market.
We crossed the road and walked towards Chinatown. We turned right into Jalan Hang Lekir and walked on towards Jalan Sultan. We passed the busy Petaling Street and then finally turned right along Jalan Sultan and the Five Elements Hotel was just not far in front on the left. We entered Five Elements Hotel at 1.15 pm and waited at the lobby for the bus.
The KKKL bus came late at 1.45 pm. Some passengers together with us boarded the bus and the bus left quickly towards another pick up point near Sentral. At Sentral Bus Station, more passengers came on board and the bus was nearly full.
The bus then travelled south and drove along the north south highway. So it was time to sleep and listen to music during this monotonous ride. It was already 5 pm when we arrived at the bus rest area in Yong Peng. Everyone left the bus for a toilet break and we also had a meal here. Before returning to the bus, we bought more local goodies from the stalls and vendors there.
The bus moved off again and travelled further south along the north south highway. The bus headed towards the second link and by the time we reached the Malaysian Check Point, it was already after 7 pm. The queues at the Check Point were very long but we managed to spot some self-help MACS counters towards the extreme right. So we got through immigration quite quickly and returned to the bus to wait for the rest.
So we moved off again towards Singapore’s Tuas Check Point when everyone had returned to the bus. We had to bring down all our bags to be scanned after clearing immigration which was pretty fast. We boarded our bus again to wait for the rest. A couple came after a long wait and we had no idea why they took so long. The bus finally hit the road again and drove along AYE. There was a stop at the bus stop near Taman Jurong where some passengers alighted.
We then travelled towards the city. The bus would finally terminate at Katong V Hotel. However, there was one more stop at Lavender MRT Station before the last stop at Katong V Hotel. It was already 9 pm when we eventually got off the bus at Lavender MRT Station. We went straight to the food court for supper. The fish ball noodles here were quite good too. After the nice supper, we took the train home.
It was a short weekend break to Kuala Lumpur for some shopping and to enjoy the local food. The bus journey there took longer than expected as it was a Saturday. So perhaps we might not want to travel to Kuala Lumpur on a Saturday. Pullman KLCC Hotel was perfect for our short shopping trip at Bukit Bintang. The free GOKL bus service was an added bonus.
If I were to drive there, I would have to be prepared for the horrible traffic jams on the busy roads in the city. So taking public transport might not be a bad idea. Maybe we might even do a day trip up to Genting Highlands the next time we visit Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur will always be an easy and affordable getaway where we won’t burn our pockets for such a short vacation.