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  • Never Been To Malaysia? Here are 5 Reasons Why It Needs To Be Your Next Vacation Spot!

    Being a middle-class destination for a holiday, Malaysia is located at the core of Southeast Asia. It is proving to be brimming each year with an abundance of travel hotspots, gourmet cuisines at every block of the country and an atmosphere infused with a unique blend of cultures. It does not stop there! It is of no surprise that Malaysia is one of the most popular destinations among Muslim travellers based on the availability of halal food, convenient access to prayer amenities and wide range of Muslim-friendly hotels and tourist attractions. Malaysia may be a diverse region comprising of a population of approximately 32 million people but they never fail to provide an ultimate `Muslim-friendly vacation` for families who are visiting the country for the first time. Without further ado, let's jump into the top 5 reasons why Malaysia should be your next holiday destination! Read more about Malaysia 1) Easy to find affordable Halal food You would not have completely experienced the whole of the Malaysian lifestyle if you did not try out the local food they have to offer. Their cuisines range from a variety of different cultures - Indian to Malay to Chinese and so on. If you are a fan of spicy food bursting with flavors, you should definitely explore the restaurants in Malaysia. They will leave you in a food coma with zero regrets. There is no shortage when it comes to the availability of restaurants serving Malaysian cultural food. Be sure to bump into carts and huts that are known for reasonable pricing at every street corner. Bukit Bintang is a spot-on example to satisfy your Malaysian cultural food fix with a literal street jam packed with gourmet food shacks serving the typical Malaysian delights like Satay, Nasi Lemak, Teh Tarik etc. You will be assured of the Halal factor of the food, considering that the majority of the population is dominated by Muslims. Some Halal eateries that will leave you salivating for more: Ayam Penyet Api Restaurant Contact number: +603 8020 7499Website: AyamPenyetPrice range: RM11.90 – RM20.00 Satay Satay Restaurant Location: Paradigm Mall, No.1, Jalan SS7/ 26A, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya 47301Contact number: +60 3-7887 7908Price range: RM9.90 – RM15.90 Capital Café Location: 213, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, City Centre, 50100 Kuala LumpurContact number: +60 3-2110 5591 2) Unique mosques Due to Islam being one of the core religions practiced by the Malays, there are a plethora of mosques available in Malaysia which encourages the Muslims to carry out daily prayers and religious activities. The beauty of each mosque differs from each other. One thing you will notice is that each mosque has its unique feature and its own way of portraying Islamic architecture. The mosques portray a variety of intricate designs on their monuments which would make them stand out individually. However, one must be cautious about behaviorism and how they conduct themselves as mosques are sacred places of worship. There are certain etiquettes that each mosque follows and tourists should be mindful of these before visiting to avoid disrespecting the mosque and those worshipping in it. A few of the standard ones would be the removal of shoes before entering the mosque, wearing appropriate clothing and keeping volumes to a minimum. Some of the most unique mosques you can expect to come across would be the following listed below: Malacca Straits Mosque, Malacca (The floating mosque) Location: Jalan Pulau Melaka 8, 75000 MelakaOperating hours: 9AM - 5PMContact number: +60 17-377 0309 Putra Mosque Location: Persiaran Persekutuan, 62502 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan PutrajayaOperating hours: 9AM-12.30PM, 2-4PM, 5.30-6PM (Sat-Thurs)                                3PM-4PM, 5.30PM-6PM. (Fri)Contact number: +60 3-8888 5678 Crystal Mosque Location: Pulau Wan Man, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, TerengganuContact number : +60 9-627 1111Operating hours: 10AM–7PM (Mon-Thurs)                                9AM–7PM (Fri-Sun) 3) Affordable shopping outlets Shopping malls all throughout the country radiate with the "shop till you drop" vibes thanks to their mammoth assortment of both high-end and affordable spending options. They are compacted into the copious floors that entail you to crane your neck while attempting to figure out which floor you are on (and discounts of course!). Malaysia is one of the most ideal places to grab a bargain without having to compromise on quality, which is a crowd-drawing aspect that the country provides for visitors on a vacation. Below are a few wallet-friendly options you can opt for: To find enjoyable entertainment facilities for the traveling kids, along with a worthy shopping experience do drop by to Berjaya Times Square and Sungei Wang Plaza. Berjaya Times Square Location: 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala LumpurOperating hours: 10AM-10PM(Daily)Contact number: 1 300 888 988 Sungei Wang Plaza Location: Lower Basement One, SWP Box No. 009, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala LumpurOperating hours: 10AM-10PMContact number: 03-2148 6109 For a lively and bustling street shopping experience head over to the Central Market and Petaling Street. Central Market Location: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah PersekutuanOperating hours: 10AM-9.30PMContact number: +60 1-300-22-8688 Petaling Street Location: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah PersekutuanOperating hours: 10AM-12AMContact number: +60 3-2032 5988 4) Affordable hotels and unique accommodations As the annual inflow of tourists increases in Malaysia, the country keeps up in terms of accommodations and hotels for visitors. They have a huge selection of unique and one of a kind types of lodging, breaking the norm of having to live in dull and the usual `Bed & Breakfast` dwelling options. Malaysia does not undergo scarcity when it comes to listing down amazing Muslim-friendly accommodation spots. It need not be a 5-star rated hotel to give you the best of amenities and a great stay. A large number of budget-friendly accommodations here could provide tourists with an unforgettable experience and a whole bunch of Instagram-worthy pictures, while radiating a luxurious lifestyle without having to create a dent in their wallet. Here are some Muslim-friendly lodging options which will deliver an ultimate Malaysian experience for you and your family: Time Capsule Retreat Location: Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang, MalaysiaPrice range: RM118 – RM498 (per night)Contact: +013 963 8888 Bamboo Village, Hulu Langat, Selangor Location: Off Jalan Pelangi 5, Taman Desa Pelangi, Batu 11, 43100 Hulu LangatContact: 019-2275620 /016-2226424Email: bamboovillage.kl@gmail.com Wind Paradise, Sabah Location: 89308 Kundasang, Sabah, MalaysiaContact: +6019 8000 201E-mail: booking@mrsabah.comPrice: RM170 – RM380(for standard rooms)           RM220- RM300(for the Mongolian Yurts) 5) Muslim-friendly attraction sites Malaysia is indeed a spot where there is so much to do and so much to see. You can be assured that you will not be left bored to tears. They range from picnicking on the beaches and trekking in the rainforests to visiting some of nature's wonders like Batu Caves and Bukit Tabur. If you have the above listed in your itinerary then you are definitely in for an exhilarating time at Malaysia. Muslims have plenty of attractions to choose from. Taking into account the vast amount of Muslim-friendly tourists hot-spots, it would be a challenge trying to name the most favorable. However, some of them that could be deemed as top attractions are listed below: Sunway Lagoon Location: Subang Jaya, 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling JayaOperating hours: 10AM-6PMContact number: +603 5639 0000Website: SunwayLagoon Petronas Twin Towers Location: Concourse Level, Lower Ground, 50088, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala LumpurOperating hours: 9AM-9PMContact: +603 2331 8080Website: PetronasTwinTowers Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia Location: Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala LumpurOperating hours: 10AM-6PMContact: +60 3-2092 7070Website: IAMM As Malaysia is leaning towards a more Islamic approach, the country would be a highly-recommended destination for a Muslim family looking for a holiday without having to worry about non-halal products or eateries.​ Read more Halal Travel Blogs...

  • 7 Unique Accommodations In Malaysia That Will Cost You Less Than RM180 Per Night!

    Known for its beaches, rainforests and vast cultural influences, Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. Comprising of 32 million people, this bustling metropolis has been home to a plethora of ethnicities. Malaysia brims with nature's wonders, delicious traditional food and a vast variety of accommodations. Taking this country as a whole, it would not be easy pickings trying to name the most favorable budget weekend getaways for less than RM 180, due to the great amount present. However, if I MUST choose, it would be the subsequent seven and here's why! 9 Things To Know Before Your Trip To Malaysia 1) Time Capsule Retreat Picture: TimeCapsuleRetreat If there is one hotel that has gotten people talking over the internet, without a doubt it's the Time Capsule Retreat. Hidden away in the lush forests in the town of Sungai Lembing, the Time Capsule Retreat will offer you the best weekend getaway in Malaysia by providing a very unique lodging experience. Instead of ordinary hotel rooms, you would be spending the night in cylindrical capsule rooms made of re-purposed enormous concrete pipes. The prices start at RM 139 per capsule, which can accommodate up to 2 guests. If you're not feeling up for the adventure or if you don't want to leave out that third wheeler or a friend, you can opt for the Parallel rooms (the first reflective rectangular glass retreat in the world) or the White Cottage rooms. Apart from having karaoke and BBQ facilities, the friendly folks will also help you sign up for hiking tours at a set price so you don't have to worry about being bored in the middle of the forest. Picture: TimeCapsuleRetreat Nearby Attractions include Sungai Lembing town, Rainbow Waterfall and Bukit Panorama. You can get to the Time Capsule Retreat by hopping onto Rapid Kuantan bus numbered 500 to go to Sungai Lembing. You could also take the Komuter to Bandar Tasik Selatan Station from KL Sentral Station. From there, you would then want to take an express bus to Kuantan Sentral where you can catch a cab to the retreat. Address: Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang, MalaysiaPrice: RM118 – RM498 (per night)Contact: +013 963 8888 Website | Instagram |Facebook Pro tip: Don't forget to pack an insect repellant unless you desire to be sucked dry by those hovering mosquitoes. 2) Tadom Hill Resorts, Selangor Picture: TadomHillResorts From being an unsightly crater which was remnants of excavated limestone hills, this site has now been revamped into an eye-catching eco-friendly resort placed next to a sparkling lake. About all of the resort is constructed from bamboo. At Tadom Hill Resorts, you are provided with seven various settings that are inspired by the 'Orang Asli' structural design and manner. They range from the communal bamboo huts which mimic a dormitory to the plusher 'Gendul' bamboo chalets. This resort provides its guests with nothing short of a fun experience. There is a wide array of activities that guests can decide on such as a Bamboo Diving Platform, Tarzan Swinging, and Bamboo Rafting. They also offer visitors outdoor games like Giant Jenga, Badminton and basketball. These recreational activities are inclusive in the Day Pass rate and in the rate for overnight guests. If you have a couple of additional Ringits to spare, do sign yourself up for the Flying Fox. Adding to the activities, Tadom Hill Resorts also supply amenities for rent such as a gazebo, grill, locker, mat, bean bags and BBQ facilities. Picture: TadomHillResorts Nearby attractions include My Balloon Adventure, Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Putrajaya Lake. To get to the resorts, you can take the train or bus from KL Sentral to KLIA, hop onto a bus numbered 471 from the bus terminal and get off at Petronas, Jalan Perak Kanan. Another option is getting a cab from the airport which will get you to the destination in 15 minutes. Transportation services by the resort are also available as two or one-way trips from KLIA 1 and 2. The rates would be cheaper if you travel in larger groups. Address: Bukit Tadom, Kampung Labohan Dagang,42700 Banting, SelangorPrice: RM65 – RM300 (depending on the category of accommodation and peak season)Contact: +6 012-522 5908/ +6012 – 522 5728 /+6012 – 522 5883 Website | Facebook 3) The Sticks, Selangor Picture: TheSticks Surrounded by a rainforest and radiating with fresh air and greenery, The Sticks Resort is an ultimate getaway for a break with your loved ones. Built with the environment in mind, all rooms are powered by solar energy. The Sticks consists of huts and chalets which go under the name ‘Tendoks' which is a combination of a tent and ‘pondoks' (wooden shelters). The most basic Tendok can accommodate two adults with a starting price of RM140. They have a series of rooms that visitors can pick from – The Opera House, The Nest, The Bamboo House and so on. The Sticks resort offers an abundance of activities like paragliding, trekking, botanical walks, white water rafting, and a selection of board games to pick from. Picture: TheSticks Common amenities like parking lots, toilets and 'dewans' (common halls) are provided as well. They also provide meals so you will not be left to fend for yourself in the middle of the forest. You can pay a deposit of an extra RM50, which will be returned, to get yourself occupied with tubing in the river if you're feeling hot and bored, Attractions that are close to the resort include Chiling Waterfall, Pine Tree Trail, and Hulu Tamu Hot Springs. To get to The Sticks, you can take the Komuter from KL Sentral Station to Kuala Kubu Bharu Station. From there, you can take a taxi to the resort. Address: 213, Jalan KKB, Fraser's Hill, 44000 Kuala Kubu Baru, SelangorPrice: RM140 - RM480 (per night)Email: bookings@thesticks.my Website | Facebook | Instagram 4) Tanjung Inn, Cherating, Pahang Picture: TanjungInn The Tanjung Inn has been in existence for almost 30 years and can be spotted on the borders of Pahang and Terengganu. One of the main attractions surrounding this location is the lush greenery present in the vicinity of the Tanjung Inn. A major element that makes this Inn stand out from the rest is the way operations are conducted. This Inn does not function as an ordinary hotel, so get ready for some DIY activities such as cleaning up your room during your stay. However, worry not as the rooms are still cleaned by the keepers of the Inn after visitors have checked out. The Inn provides guests with quite a few accommodation options. Tents that are circulated around a pond will cost RM70 per night for two people. The rooms which have fans and power are called `Tanjung Digs` and are RM100 per night. Those who wish to indulge in a more luxurious visit with adequate facilities can go for the chalets that will cost them RM180 per night. Picture: TanjungInn Guests can hop on fishing boats at the close by Cherating River or head to the nearby Cherating Beach for a stroll or a swim. From Kuala Lumpur, you can purchase a ticket to Kemaman from the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan bus station (TBS Terminal). From KLIA/KLIA2, you can hop onto the train and get down at Bandar Tasik Selatan. You have to then walk to Bersepadu Selatan Terminal where you can purchase a ticket to Kemaman. Nearby attractions include Cherating River, Cherating Turtle Sanctuary and Kemaman District Museum. Address: Jalan Cherating Lama, Kampung Cherating Lama, 26080 Cherating, PahangPrice: RM70 – RM253 (2 people)Contact: +609 581 9081/ +6011 3989 9402Email: booking@tanjunginn.com Website | Facebook 5) Wind Paradise, Sabah Picture: Resimweb Have a desire to visit Mongolia but haven't had the chance to? Fret not, the Wind Paradise will offer you a perfect Mongolian experience with their Mongolian Yurts (tents). The labeling of the tents as `Mongolian Yurts` derive from the interior of the tents which are done up in Mongolian inspired designs. A regular indoor room can fit two people for only RM170 per night. A yurt can accommodate three or four people for a price of RM250 - RM300 per night. All rooms and yurts come with attached bathrooms with heated water. Upgraded lodgings come with TVs and spectacular mountain views. They also provide BBQ facilities, picnic tables, and a general kitchen. Wind Paradise is a 9 minutes (2.8km) drive from Kundasang town and is located on the left-hand side when you go up the hill just before the Desa Cow Farm. Take a left turn when you spot the Wind Paradise. Sosodikon Hill, Ranau Malaysia and Desa Dairy Farm are three of many attractions that are around the area. Price: RM170 – RM380(for standard rooms) & RM220- RM300(for the Mongolian Yurts)Contact: +6019 8000 201E-mail: booking@mrsabah.com Website  PS: Don't forget to clean up after yourself or get ready to incur RM50 cleaning fee. 6) Bamboo Village, Hulu Langat, Selangor Picture: BambooVillage If you want to escape the modernized life and get away from the technology-driven world, the Bamboo Village is a must visit spot. To make it easier on the wallet, the Bamboo Village will let you stay for a cheaper rate if you put in three to five hours daily of your energy on voluntary work and if you help out for more than seven days you are scot free of all charges! Due to the Bamboo village being a 100% nature retreat, there aren't any air conditioners installed in any of the rooms as they are constructed as Bamboo-styled houses. Bathrooms are communal and an entire cottage can be rented for about RM120 for a group of five and above. A dorm is priced at RM45 a night. The Bird of Paradise (Bungalow House), Frog House (Cottage for a maximum of 5 people) and Eagle Nest (Cottage for a maximum of 3 people) are a few of the famous accommodation types available. You can partake in some of the activities such as jungle trekking, visit nearby hot springs and waterfalls or just waddle about in the pool. To get to the Bamboo Village, you can take the MRT SBK Line to Taman Suntex Station from KL Sentral Station. The accommodation is just a 5 km Grab or Uber ride from there. Address: Off Jalan Pelangi 5, Taman Desa Pelangi, Batu 11, 43100 Hulu Langat, SelangorContact: 019-2275620 /016-2226424Email: bamboovillage.kl@gmail.com Website | Facebook 7) Permai Rainforest Resort Picture: PermaiRainforestResort Known for its extraordinary tree houses and the undisturbed lush natural beauty that surrounds it, Permai Rainforest Resort is the ideal spot for a perfect jungle getaway experience. As it is located close to the beach, one can enjoy and take in fresh air by going for strolls along the shore. Every cabin at Permai Resort is set with a fridge, a tea/coffee maker and attached bathrooms with hot shower facilities. This resort is just right for adrenaline junkies' to indulge in blood-flowing activities such as jungle trekking, flying fox, dolphin watching and other water sports like kayaking and snorkeling. A cafe and BBQ facilities can also be found here. The Permai Rainforest Resort is a 50-minute road journey from Kuching International Airport. Permai Rainforest Resort also arranges and provides transport for visitors from the Airport to the resort and vice versa. This will cost passengers RM40 per person, for a minimum of 2 to 3 people per journey. Nearby attractions include Aquabase Scuba Diving, Mount Santubong, and Damai Beach. Address: Pantai Damai Santubong, 1101, 93860 Kuching, SarawakPrice: From RM150 (for the Cabin rooms) and RM170+ (for the Treehouse) per nightContact: +6082 846487 / +6082 846490Email: reserve@permairainforest.com Website All in all, Malaysia is undoubtedly an enjoyable city with plenty of entertaining attractions. From the food to the culture to the people, Malaysia is spot on in all aspects. To top it off, it is budget-friendly so treat yourself with an affordable getaway! Read more about Malaysia...

  • Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA: Everything Is Within Reach At This Shariah-Compliant Hotel

    Main Image Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Adding themselves to the list of Shariah-compliant hotels in Malaysia, Mövenpick's brand new location in Kuala Lumpur just launched in July 2018. The Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA is set in a prime location, just 10 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KLIA2, the F1 Sepang International Circuit, and the Mitsui Outlet Park.  Check out the full Mitsui Outlet Park Map here! Mitsui Outlet Park Picture Credit: Mitsui Outlet Park The city center can be reached in about 30-40 minutes, so visitors have the best of both worlds. They get the calm of being away from the crowded parts of the city, but can also reach downtown KL without any hassle, making it an ideal choice for business travelers who are looking for Halal hotels in Malaysia near the airport, but also for families who want a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Design & Facilities of Movenpick KLIA Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA While keeping in mind all the unique requirements of a Muslim community, the hotel's management says that everything is designed to fit the overall principle of the 3 Cs – Comfort, Convenience, and Confidence. The architecture for the newest Movenpick Hotel in KL has been designed with the concept of showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the country, as well as showing off its Muslim-friendly Shariah-compliant concept – a seamless and modern blend of traditional Malaysian and Islamic architectures. Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA The design team was headed by Amir Hamzah, a senior associate at HIJAS Architects + Planners, a company that has left their mark on several iconic buildings in Malaysia such as the Telekom Malaysia Headquarters, Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), Putrajaya Masterplan, and Shell Tower in Kuala Lumpur. Amir Hamzah himself has been involved in the design concept for the extension projects of Masjid-Al-Haram, in Makkah, SA. Telekom Malaysia Headquarters Picture Credit: Ecler The hotel is set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens that stretch 7.2 hectares full of lush greenery, fountains, and streams. Mövenpick KL's design gives off an air of modernity and luxury the moment you walk in through the hotel doors into an expansive atrium with its ceiling that is 9-storeys high and glass elevators. The high open space makes it feel bright and breezy – tropical if you must. Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA The outside is decorated with ornate patterns and Islamic geometric art. It also features one of the earliest forms of Islamic calligraphy that was initially used to record the Holy Quran called Kufic script. These designs extend to the interior of the hotel as well, which is also installed with several features that take inspiration from some of the most iconic buildings in the history of Islamic architecture. Like the columns of Alhambra in Spain, or the “lancet” archways of Turkey and Iran. Alhambra, Spain Picture Credit: Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash The mammoth hotel has 333 rooms, which include 2-bedroom suites and great views. The hotel provides free shuttle services, a 24-hour front desk, a staff that speaks a variety of different languages, and free Wi-Fi – but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the list of amenities in store for their guests. Deluxe Room Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Tennis Court Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Halal Restaurants and Eateries Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Other facilities like wellness centers, well-equipped gymnasiums, a tennis court, spas, an outdoor play area and indoor kids club for the little ones make this a full-rounded experience. Keeping up with the criteria of a shariah compliant hotel, there are separate leisure facilities, like gyms, spas, and swimming pools for males and females. There are also 6 different Halal restaurants and eateries, serving all different cuisines from Malaysian to International. Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA The convention center is an impressive hub of its own, home to a banqueting hall that has the capacity to host about 1,500 delegates, a pre-function area, 10 seminar rooms, 4 meeting rooms, 2 boardrooms, an exhibition hall, VIP lounges, and several other facilities. Other than business travelers, the convention center is also set to serve as a departure hall for Hajj pilgrims, as well as hosting international exhibitions and conferences (MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions). Special Offers Superior King Picture Credit: Mövenpick Hotel and Convention Centre KLIA Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre is offering guests a special offer – courtesy of its opening – until the 30th of September, 2018. Guests can book Superior Rooms for the rate of RM 388++ per night, and it comes with a complimentary breakfast for two, as well as 50% for dining at any of the hotel's restaurants/cafes and for spa treatments. You also get the option of late checkout, free airport transfers, and the chance of being upgraded to the next available category of room! The Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre in KL is set to make a big splash, and we're not just talking about their enchanting swimming pools. It is one of the best luxury Shariah-compliant hotels in Kuala Lumpur, and a great place to stay at on your Halal travel to Malaysia....

  • Getting Around in Kuala Lumpur By Public Transport

    Are you going on a holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Then make sure you read our Kuala Lumpur transportation guide prior to your trip! Travelling in Kuala Lumpur can be a breeze these days thanks to its recent development of public transportation, which sees the MRT railway line connecting hard-to-reach places in the city better than ever. If you’re a lone female traveler, issues like safety is always a high priority. Check out these transportation tips and info about Kuala Lumpur public transportation, and how you can best get around town safely as a female traveler on her own:   1.Metered Taxis Picture Credit - journeyfor4.com If you’ve ever followed the news about traveling in Asia, chances are you’ve probably heard of Malaysia (and specifically Kuala Lumpur) being a notorious destination where its taxi service is one of the worst in the region. Cases like rude taxi drivers refusing to use the meter, or sleazy taxi drivers taking advantage of their passengers are cautionary tales for travelers getting around Kuala Lumpur by taxi. That said, if you’re wondering how to get around in Kuala Lumpur easily, your best option is metered taxis. Avoid rogue cabbies at all cost by getting on a legitimate metered taxi. Here are some tips for getting a safe and metered taxi in the city: Get a ticket or receipt at a taxi counter or operator, where you’re required to state your destination and pay beforehand. Only get on a taxi that has stickers on its passenger doors that read like this: “This is a metered taxi. Haggling is prohibited. Request for your receipt.” Taxis can be the best and fastest option if you’re going somewhere that has no railway stopping point. Depending on your destination when you visit Kuala Lumpur, a journey could cost you between RM5 to RM80 (a long journey that takes 40 minutes or more often costs RM30-RM80). If you can, avoid taking a taxi during rush hour (7am-9am and 5pm-7pm), especially if you’re passing by the Federal Highway, Petaling Jaya, Ampang, or any major cities within Kuala Lumpur with high population.   2. Buses Picture Credit - commons.wikimedia.org Considered to be the cheapest transport options in Kuala Lumpur, taking a bus can be the best choice for you if you want to travel by public transport in Malaysia on a budget. Major bus operators in Kuala Lumpur are the Rapid KL, Cityliner, Intrakota, and Metrobus. The best operator to date is the Rapid KL, as it connects the city center with the suburbs of the Klang Valley. If you prefer to get around town by bus, plan your journey in advance and calculate the fares accurately on the MyRapid website.   3. The Klang Valley Integrated Transit System Picture Credit - www.myrapid.com.my The number one choice for many city dwellers and travellers in Kuala Lumpur, the Klang Valley Integrated Transit System consists of an airport rail link to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), one bus rapid transit line, one monorail line, two KTM commuter rail lines (along with shuttle services), and two light rapid transit (LRT) lines. The KTM offers women’s coaches, noticeable by its pink color. Check out the Klang Valley Integrated Transit System map for more details and to calculate the fares. These are some of the city’s tourist attractions near major train stations: KTM Kuala Lumpur Station (Port Klang Line): Islamic Arts Museum, National Mosque, Dataran Merdeka, Central Market, and National Museum. KL Monorail Bukit Bintang Station: Pavillion Shopping Mall, Lot 10 Shopping Mall, Fahrenheit 88 Shopping Mall, Bintang Walk, Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall, and Sungei Wang Shopping Mall. MRT Putrajaya Sentral Station (Sungai Buloh – Serdang – Putrajaya Line): Putra Mosque, Perdana Putra (The Prime Minister’s Office), Putra Square, Natural History Museum, and Putrajaya Wetlands Park. 4. Major transit hubs in Kuala Lumpur Picture Credit - www.tbsbts.com.my There are different transit hubs for local and intercity travel: Local travel: Bandar Tasik Selatan Station, Masjid Jamek, and KL Sentral. Each of these transit hubs has a train interchange between the ERL Transit and KTM and LRT lines. Intercity travel: If you’d like to travel further out of Kuala Lumpur, head to one of these transit hubs: Duta Bus Terminal, KL Sentral, and Pudu Sentral. If you’re traveling intercity by train or bus, the journey could cost you between RM15 to RM50 per trip. 5. Transportation Passes Picture Credit - www.kliaekspres.com Avoid the long queue at the ticket counter and get yourself an all-access transport pass to save time (and money!). For travelers, the most recommended pass is the KL TravelPass, which allows you to explore the city with 2-day unlimited train rides. The travel card includes KLIA Express airport transfer (Single or Return Trips) and 2-day unlimited rides on Rapid KL rail services (LRT, MRT, and KL Monorail lines). You can purchase the card at KLIA Platform (Level 1), Gateway@KLIA2 (Level 2), or KL Sentral Departure Hall (Level 1). For more destination ideas on where to travel in 2018, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....



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