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Day 133: Day Trip to KL, a Day of Cheap Fun

Day 133:  Cheap, yet pretty, flower necklace.

Day 133: Cheap, yet pretty, flower necklace.

We’ll be in Kuala Lumpur for the last day or so of this trip, which isn’t very much time at all, and since there isn’t much to do attraction-wise in Seremban, Pat, his brother and I all took a day trip to KL for a little bit of adventure.

It takes just over an hour to get to KL from Seremban, and return train tickets cost a mere 11.80 ringgit ($3.70 AUD, $3.93 USD). The sun was blazing hot that day, and the humidity was in full effect, so we made it to a mall and decided to spend time there.

First on the agenda was lunch, which is where we found that lovely faux chicken rice dish plus a veggie curry puff — Pat and I shared — for a total of around 10 ringgit.

Second on the list was to watch a movie at the super air-conditioned theater. We opted for Priest at a mere 13 ringgit each ($4.09 AUD, $4.32 USD), and we each opted for a personal size popcorn for $1 more. Oh, but it wasn’t just any popcorn! They had salty corn, lightly sweet corn and even caramel corn. There were no frozen cokes, though, which made Pat a bit sad. For Pat and I, we spent about $12 for the movie and snacks, an activity that would normally cost us in the $40 to $50 mark in Sydney when not going on cheap Tuesday.

When that was over, we shopped around for a bit, had some frozen yogurt and then decided to try to kill more time so we missed the big evening train rush. There is a pool hall just near the theater called Brewball where you can get a table for an hour for 20 ringgit ($6.30 AUD, $6.66 USD), which considering a single game in Sydney will run you for $3 a pop, it was a great addition to our day of cheap fun plan.

After that, we stood in line to book tickets to see Fast & Furious 5 (it is so cheap to see a movie here, how can we not?!), but the tickets here sell out QUICK. We waited in line for a half hour as we watched the available seats dwindle on the screen to be met with zero seat options when we got to the front of the queue, and none of us were down for trying to watch Paul or Something Borrowed.

brooke boost juiceInstead of a movie, we went to go find dinner. I think this is the main thing we do in Malaysia is eat. There was a Taiwanese place that caught Pat’s eye, so we sat down there to get a $2 dinner. Fantastic.

Pat and I were craving an icy cool treat for the train ride home and couldn’t be bothered to try one of the cavity-inducing sweet Malaysian drinks and instead scurried around to find a Boost Juice. It was another $3, but well worth it in our minds.

The train ride back to Seremban was long, and our feet were tired. At least the Boost Juice and a book kept me occupied.

Total cost for the day per person was around $23 AUD. Awesome.


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7 Responses to Day 133: Day Trip to KL, a Day of Cheap Fun

  1. Adam @ SitDownDisco May 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    I love KL. I tell everyone I know. But no one cares. 🙂

    • Brooke May 17, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      What do you recommend people to do there? We’ll be there for the last part of the trip 🙂

  2. Randy May 16, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    What a bargain. Those are like 1989 prices. I can’t believe they have caramel popcorn too. I use to love that when I was a kid. Love the necklace too!

  3. Adam @ SitDownDisco May 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Well, it’s not really a city that has heaps of great tourist attractions, so for short stays, I’d normally base my activities around finding good food. There is heaps of that. My favourite place to go is Din Tai Fung which is a chain that has a branch in Sydney, but it’s about a third of the price in KL. It’s also a great place to get cheap clothes, cheap electronics etc. They’re in the big shopping centres such as the Pavilion and Berjaya Times Square.

    If you want to do tourist activities, I’d recommend Batu Caves. You can catch a bus, but it can be a hassle if you’re staying in the wrong spot. A cab is dirt cheap anyway if they use the meter. I wouldn’t bother going up the Petronas Towers… Not worth the time or money.

    Heading out to Bangsar you can find some great hawker food (as you can anywhere in KL). The Trader’s Hotel is a fantastic spot for a drink at night. You absolutely should book a window table with probably some of the best night time city views you’ll ever get. It is possible to roll up on spec, but you’re relegated to a poor table.

    Also, give Bukit Nanas a go, China Town is not a bad spot despite it being tourist central and Little India is fantastic to slink around.

    • Brooke May 18, 2011 at 12:24 am #

      Yeah, Pat has done a fair bit of KL in the past. I’d like to do the Batu Caves, but my feet/achilles are still acting up, so all the stairs would probably be bad for me. I’ll let you know what we get up to!


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