Malaysia Chronicles - 4Nights / 5Days Maximum Coverage

31st May 2019
Photo of Malaysia Chronicles - 4Nights / 5Days Maximum Coverage by Aditya Saini

As soon as May started, me & my Wife (Radhika) were craving for a short summer international trip. After comparing several options, we decided to go to Malaysia. EID was round the corner (5th June, 2019) and a holiday from office was on offer. We grabbed the opportunity immediately by planning to leave on a Friday Night and Return back on Eid, Wednesday, thus making it a 4N 5D trip.

We booked our flights online from Air Asia and applied for VISA from a known Agent. An online e-VISA is given for Malaysia which generally takes only 2-3 days at max for processing. Cost for one VISA is around INR 3500/-.

Our plan was to spend 2 Nights in Kuala Lumpur KL (inclusive of a day trip to Genting Highlands) & 2 Nights in Langkawi.

DETAILS OF THE TRIP → Our flight was @ 11.30PM IST on Friday and the time of landing was 07.30AM Malaysia Time (Malaysia is 2.5 Hours ahead of India), which was perfect as we could reach the Hotel by Noon and have the entire day with us to explore KL.

Day 1

DAY 1 : (Underwater Aquarium, Petronas Twin Towers, Fountain Show, Syria KLCC Mall)

After landing in KL on time, completing the immigration and other processes, we headed straight to the Car Rental Counter as we had booked a Self Drive Car for KL (I use a very simple "Car Rental" app for doing these bookings on international trips). We drove to KL from the Airport, which takes about an hour, and checked in our Hotel "Park Royal Serviced Suites" around 12.30PM.

After resting for some hours, we went to see the Underwater KLCC Aquarium in the evening. The Aquarium is near the Petronas Twin Towers, which is the TopMost Attraction of KL. The ticket of the Aquarium is MYR 69 for an adult (however, I use the KLOOK app which gives amazing discounts and it costed us MYR 47 each). The Aquarium is nice with alot of different species of fishes alongwith sharks, turtles, crabs, snakes, etc. It takes about 45 minutes to do a full round of the Aquarium, click pics, read about stuff and all.

Photo of Aquaria KLCC, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Aditya Saini

After the Aquarium, we went to see the Petronas Twin Towers to have a look at it in the night. The Towers are Majestic and it was a wonderful experience to just view the tallest twin building of the world. There is a Mall next to the Towers by the name SYRIA KLCC, wherein you can shop, eat and roam around. There is also a nice fountain show which happens just below the towers which anyone can sit, chill and experience.

After clicking some 100 odd pics (lol), we searched for an Indian Restaurant on Zomato App and found a really good one nearby the towers, by the name "Bombay Palace." It is a fine-dine restaurant. We were greeted and served very nicely by the staff and our dinner was just perfect.

Post our "heavy-dinner," we walked back to our Hotel for a good night sleep.

Photo of Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Aditya Saini
Day 2

DAY 2 : (Half Day KL City Tour, Batu Caves, Genting Highlands, Cable Car)

After enjoying a nice Continental Breakfast in the Hotel, we were to be picked up by our Guide for the Half Day City Tour @ 9 AM (it costed us just MYR 33 each from the KLOOK App). The Half Day City Tour consists of 6 Major Attractions & is completed with 4 hours. The Attractions are:

Kings Palace (Istana Negara)

National Mosque (Masjid Negara)

National Museum

Sultan Abdul Ahmad Building

Petronas Twin Towers

Chocolate Factory & handicraft building for shopping/souvenier purchase. (Dont forget to taste the special "Chilli Chocolate" there).

A Proud Fact that we got to know in the tour was that the land on which Petronas Towers are build was once owned by an Indian, Ananda Krishnan, who is currently the 2nd richest person of Malaysia. Ironically, His heir (son) has turned a MONK and has left behind that millions and billions of wealth - WOW.

After completing this tour and clicking loads & loads of pictures, we were dropped back by our guide cum driver "Peter" around 12.30PM. Our plan was to rest for an hour and a half and drive to Batu Caves & Genting Highlands.

Photo of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Aditya Saini
Photo of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Aditya Saini
Photo of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Aditya Saini
Photo of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Aditya Saini

So, around 2 PM, we left the hotel and drove to Batu Caves. The drive to Batu Caves takes about 30 mins from Petronas. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples. The cave is one of the most popular Tamil shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. To reach it, we have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps. At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings.

After spending an hour there, we headed to our next destination - Genting Highlands.

Photo of Batu Caves, Gombak, Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia by Aditya Saini

It takes about an hour from Batu Caves to reach Genting Highlands. At the end of the journey, there are 2 ways of reaching Genting Highlands → 1) Drive; 2) Drive till Genting Premium Outlet (a Mall) situated 10 kms before Genting, and then take a Cable Car to Genting. Needless to say that the second option is far more adventurous and time saving. In addition to this, you can explore the Awesome Mall and have a brilliant Cable Car experience as well. We took the Glass Door Cable Car (slightly more expensive than the standard floor but has a smaller Que of people and therefore you do not have to wait for a long time in the standard floor). The experience of that was MAJESTIC. It takes about 12-15 mins to reach the top of Genting. Genting has several options for food, alongwith casinos and theme parks. It becomes very lively after 7 PM in the evening and thus it is advisable to visit it at that time. We spent about 2 hours in Genting, having dinner & drinks, after which we took the Cable Car back to the Mall/Outlet. Same ticket is used for return as well.

Photo of Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia by Aditya Saini

We drove back to KL and reached our hotel around 10.30 PM. It's always nice to have a good dinner after a very busy day :) So we packed some food from a local shop and ate in the Hotel. "Octopus" was experienced by myself (my wife is a Vegetarian).

Day 3

DAY 3 : (Flight to Langkawi, Dash Resort, relax & relax & relax)

We got up early at 5 AM to catch our flight to Langkawi, scheduled at 10 AM. The flight takes exactly an hour to reach Langkawi. So we got landed and collected our stuff by 11.20 AM. There is a Car Rental app by the name "MY CAR" which works in Langkawi and is just like our Uber/OLA and is very very cheap to use. The pre book taxi were asking us to pay MYR 35 to our Resort while the app took only MYR 14.

As soon as we left the airport for the resort, we were just in AWE of the beautiful island of Langkawi. It is such a beautiful, calm and a picturesque place. The people on top of that are just amazing - so polite, always eager to help, always have that "smile" on the face.

The day got even better when we checked in our Resort "DASH RESORT." I would like to recommend this resort to everyone going to Langkawi. It is a very cool resort with a very different "bunny" theme. Our room on top of that was a "Sea Facing Jacuzzi Room" and needless to say - it was FANTABULOUS.

Our trip was planned in such a way that we knew the initial 2 days are going to be busy/hectic as we had to explore a lot of things and time was less, therefore, langkawi was planned in the end to have a relaxing end to the trip.

We slept, took a Jacuzzi Bath, went to the Swimming Pool and just chilled the day out. The Sunset View from the Room was a thing to be experienced - absolutely stunning !!!

In the night we hired a Scooty (which costed us MYR 35 for a day). To have dinner, we went out to a busy lively street nearby in Pantai Cenang. There are alot of eat-in options in that place, including 3-4 Indian Restaurants (Do try Shawarma from the Lebanese Shawarna Corner in the street).

Photo of Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia by Aditya Saini
Photo of Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia by Aditya Saini
Day 4

DAY 4 : ( Langkawi Cable Car, Langkawi Sky Bridge, Eagle Square)

After having a good night sleep, we woke up to a lovely morning in DASH. Our plan for the day was to see the Langkawi Sky Bridge and the Eagle Square. So after having our breakfast, on our Scooty we went at around 11.30 AM.

We bought our tickets from the Ticket Counter in a complex which has some 3D Attractions, mazes, food outlets etc. The ticket for the Langkawi Cable Car costs MYR 55 for an adult (additional MYR 50/ adult for the express line - which I would not suggest as it is not that crowded). So we boarded our 2nd Cable Car of the Trip - this one had a more picturesque view as a result of beaches, ocean, forest as compared to the one in Genting. Iy again takes about 10 mins to reach the top.

Photo of Langkawi Sky Cab, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia by Aditya Saini

After reaching the top, there are again 2 options to reach the Langkawi Sky Bridge - 1) in an inclined lift called SkyGlide - Cost MYR 15/adult & 2) by walking and taking some steep stairs to the Bridge - Cost MYR 5/Adult. We do not mind walking, so we opted the stairs and reached the Bridge and Buoyyyyy - it was one heck of a view from the Bridge. The eyes were literally popping out at the View all round. Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125-metre (410 ft) curved pedestrian designed to maximise the viewing experience. You can click 100+ picturres there and can still be hungry for more. However, even though we wanted to stay up there for hours, after an hour and a half we took the Cable Car back to the Complex at the base.

Photo of Langkawi Sky Bridge, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia by Aditya Saini

Our next destination was the Eagle Square (also called Dataran Lang in local language), which is about a 45 min drive from the Langkawi Sky Bridge Complex. We reached the Eagle Square around 5.30 PM in the evening. It is situated nearby a busy town. It is a picture destination only and "can be skipped" in case anyone wants to opt the beach and water sports instead of it. We stayed there for about 30-45 mins, got some good pictures and drove back to our RESORT.

In the night, before giving back to scooty, we again packed our food from Pantai Cenang market and had our lovely dinner in the room, besides the Jacuzzi.

Photo of Dataran Lang, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia by Aditya Saini
Day 5

DAY 5 : (Beach, Flight Back to DELHI)

Our Flight was @ 4 PM, so we had half a day to ourselves for leisure. W e checked out from the Resort (Sadly) around 12 Noon anbd asked them to keep our luggages. We went to the Beach in front of the resort where spent our next 2 hours. It started raining at that time, else our plan was also to do some water sports over there.

We again booked our cab through the "My Car" App. It was EID and therefore we were lucky that a driver was on duty and available.

You can reach late to the Langkawi Airport as all the immigration is done at KL only while going back to India.

We boarded our flight for HOME with tons of beautiful memories from such a small trip. MALAYSIA TRULY ASIA (The fact it is called like this is because 3 cultures from different countries are present here - Indiam Culture/Chinese Culture & Indonesian Culture).

Some Additional Information About the Trip:

•Cost : 150,000 for 2 people with 5/4 star hotel booking, inclusive of everything.

•Apps Used : Klook, Zomato (KL), Car Rental, Grab (KL), My Car (Langkawi)

•Hotels Stayed in : DASH Resort Langkawi & Park Royal Serviced Suites KL

In case anyone has a query, feel free to whatsapp on +91 9910335052

Photo of Delhi, India by Aditya Saini
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