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On arrival at KLIA should you use the Ekspres train or a taxi? It depends on how many are in your party. Having used both it comes down to convenience compared to cost, and what is the difference. If on a tight budget, and you are young single or a couple, and fit, perhaps the Ekspres train is the most cost effective, but you still have to add the cost of a taxi, Monorail or Rapidrail from Sentral (railway station) to your hotel, and the inconvenience of manhandling your bags For three or more people a taxi is the most cost effective, and convenient, but be aware the journey is about forty five minutes to an hour, depending on time of day. Based on actual costs in 2014, the cost of the Ekspress train was RM 35 / person one way, a total of RM 105 for three people, and add RM 40 for a taxi to the major hotel area, we arrive at a total cost of RM 145. A taxi from the KLIA cost me RM 134 for four people – door to door. On departure - Depending on the airline that you use to depart Kuala Lumpur, the air line check-in at Sentral is a breeze. My wife and I, and our friends usually use Malaysian Airlines, which allows us to check-in at Sentral, but recently other airlines have added check-in facilities – Royal Brunei, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Etihad The cost compared to convenience is now reversed. With a morning flight of 9.00 am from KLIA requires a check-in of two to two and a half hours before take-off. We usually leave our hotel at 6.30 am for the fifteen minute drive to Sentral, where we check-in and lodge our suitcases. The Ekspress train, just after 7.00 am, has us at KLIA in twenty eight minutes, and we stroll through immigration and security with just hand baggage, and miss the stressful airport check-in and checked bag lodging. We arrive stress free at the departure gate after a short visit to the duty free area. We consider the extra cost of the Ekspress system worth paying, because of the lack of stress. My blog has further details of KL.

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Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

Hotels

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Hotels

Sao Nam Vietnamese Cuisine

Restaurants

Platinum Chinatown

Restaurants

Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur

Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets

Petronas Twin Towers

Architectural Buildings

KLCC Park

Parks

Geoff W's City Tips

  • For those with heavy suitcases I would not use the monorail system due to the stairs required to get to / from the platform, and the number of steps involed depends on your stop.
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    Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
    Hotels
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    Geoff W Says:

    A new hotel, a few minutes drive from Sentral for the KLIA Ekspres and a few minutes walk for the metro to KLCC for shopping.

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    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Sentral is close but don't try and walk due to busy roads.
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 346 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great hospitality 25/09/2017
    • Stay Quality 24/09/2017
    • Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
    Address:
    Tower 3, No 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya
    Kuala Lumpur 59200
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    011 60 3-8408 1068
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    Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
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    Geoff W Says:

    As short walk from the hotel to KLCC and Petronas Towers. Plenty of restaurants within the area. Three minute walk to the Monorail (Bukit Nanas) for Chiantown or Bukit Bintang shopping area. About twenty minute drive to Sentral for the KLIA Ekspres.

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    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 346 Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quirky clean and comfortable 25/09/2017
    • Not professional. 25/09/2017
    • Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
    Address:
    Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur 2 Jalan Sultan Ismail
    Golden Triangle
    Kuala Lumpur 50250
    Malaysia
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    Sao Nam Vietnamese Cuisine
    Restaurants (Vietnamese)
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    Geoff W Says:

    Fresh and tasty Vietnamese food at the right price. Located in the Bukit Bintang area. The restaurant's web site as a clear map showing the location.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Print the map to show the taxi driver due to one way streets.
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 3,370 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxed haven great menu 18/09/2017
    • Hidden gem 10/08/2017
    • Sao Nam Vietnamese Cuisine
    Address:
    25 Tingkat Tong Shin
    Kuala Lumpur 50200
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2144 1225
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    19:00 - 22:30
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 - 14:30
    Fri - Sat
    19:00 - 00:30
    Other:
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    Platinum Chinatown
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Geoff W Says:

    Doesn't look like a 'posh' restaurant - food is OK, and beer is cold - an inexpensive restaurant right in the centre of Chinatown, which is very convenient when shopping in the area.

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    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #1,486 of 3,370 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
    • Quirky DimSum 18/08/2016
    • Wouldn't recommend! 11/03/2016
    • Platinum Chinatown
    Address:
    25 Jalan Hang
    50000
    Kuala Lumpur 50100
    Malaysia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:30 - 23:30
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    Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur
    Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets
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    Geoff W Says:

    Even if you don't want anything it is worth a walk through just to see the range of products for sale.

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    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Many shops behind the stalls in the road.
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 288 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • Haggling and shopping in China Town 25/09/2017
    • No big deal.... 25/09/2017
    • Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur
    Address:
    Jalan Petaling
    Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
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    Petronas Twin Towers
    Architectural Buildings
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    Geoff W Says:

    A landmark for ease of location - it can be seen for miles. You have to be an early starter to gain the free tickets to walk across the tower bridge.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 288 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect tourist thing to do... 25/09/2017
    • Touristy visit to twin towers 25/09/2017
    • Petronas Twin Towers
    Address:
    Kuala Lumpur City Centre
    Kuala Lumpur 50088
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2331 8080
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    09:00 - 21:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 13:00
    14:30 - 21:00
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    KLCC Park
    Parks
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    Geoff W Says:

    Shops and more shops. Money changers in side have very good rates - all legal.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The center court often has entertainment.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 288 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Park with nice amenities 25/09/2017
    • THE CENTRAL PARK OF KUALA LUMPUR 24/09/2017
    • KLCC Park
    Address:
    Jalan Ampang
    Kuala Lumpur 50450
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2380 9032
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