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JBR: KL Shopping Trip Mar '10 (& a little sightseeing)

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JBR: KL Shopping Trip Mar '10 (& a little sightseeing)

Kuala Lumpur Trip: Thu 18 – Thu 25 March ‘10

Purpose: Girls Shopping Trip (Mum 60’s, Self 40’s, Daughter 17yo)

This quick trip came about as a result of super cheap flights that came up after just getting back from KL last year (last stop in a month trip to Thailand, Laos and Malaysia with a group of friends). I returned from KL in May ’09 and said to my Mum and Daughter “you two would love the shoe, handbag and clothes shopping in KL” and whoila… a few days later airfares just too cheap to resist became available so we snapped them up. 

Flights: Air Asia (Melbourne, Australia direct to Kuala Lumpur)

Accommodation: Parkroyal Hotel – booked via wotif.com (see separate hotel review)

Ground Transport: monorail system, taxi’s and walking

Main focus: Shopping (Bukit Bintang area, Bangsar, KL Sentral area, Chinatown, Mid Valley Megamall)

Other attractions this trip: Bird park, Butterfly park, KL Menara Tower, Genting Highlands Casino/Theme park

Food: mostly food courts or restaurants in/near shopping centres, Jalan Alor street, McDonalds.

To give those interested in an idea of what we paid for some stuff I will show some costs in RINGGET under each day’s sub-heading (food, transport and accommodation items are listed as the TOTAL FOR 3 ADULTS unless otherwise indicated). Once I have listed a cost (e.g 6.90RM for 3A Monorail BB stn to KL Sentral) I have not bothered repeating it for other days we may have used this service or bought the same item, etc.

I have broken this JBR into several posts from this point on - one for each day - to avoid it being so long. I'm sorry it took so long to get to post it up here but better late than never I hope to give some value to someone else planning a similar type trip! :)

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WED 17th

Overnight Ciloms Lodge near Tullamarine, Melbourne. Booked via wotif.com. Around $150AUD for 2 Queen bed room (& rollaway) but no breakfast. Inc free shuttle to airport next day. Quick dinner in bistro of pasta for 2 and 2 soft drink (1 didn’t eat) = $50AUD.

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THU 18th

FOOD: Breakfast at McDonalds at Tullamarine (egg/bacon muffins, hash brown and drink) – total for 3 of us = $21.70AUD.

AIR ASIA FLIGHT: We used Air Asia’s Web Checkin (checked in on Wed morn via internet and printed out boarding passes; very easy). Checked in using Self Check In counter – efficient, very fast. Took a backpack on plane (allowed 7kg) and a checked bag each (these only weighed about 6kg each going over and came back at under 15kg each).

Air Asia plane departed approx 1:25pm as scheduled. Seats had headrests, no footrests. Meals cheap and ok (no complaints about Air Asia; have flown with them many times).

TAXI: Got to ‘Airport Limo’ taxi counter inside Arrivals hall; Paid for BUDGET taxi to Parkroyal Hotel (across road from Sungei Wang Plaza in Bukit Bintang area). Took about 1hr at about 7:30pm. Taxi driver spoke only a little English, very courteous, knew where hotel was. 3 people and luggage in budget taxi = 74.40RM

HOTEL: Parkroyal Hotel check in was a little slow even though I only had one group of 4 in front of me in the queue. Staff were very friendly whilst remaining professional and had our wotif.com booking paperwork organised. They didn’t have our requested Deluxe 2 Queen/1 Rollaway room available for the first night though. We agreed to stay in a King bed + rollaway for a night then move the next morning. King bed room as room 1302 and fine – looked out over pool and Sungei Wang Plaza. Next room was 1102 so same outlook just 2 floors lower. Both rooms fine and we could still get around easily enough with the full size rollaway they provided as the third bed. Looked pretty much like pics on their website. Get bottled water daily complimentary etc. The shower was inside the full bathtub (fine for us but perhaps a challenge for some with mobility issues?). I will do a separate hotel review when I get a chance – suffice to say we were happy with the service overall (few minor hiccups with house keeping but nothing to stop us staying again) and LOVED the location. Location, location, location… !!

Both rooms were VERY quiet at night and not near the lift or stair wells etc. Room, via wotif.com cost me approx $110AUD a night including the 50RM per night charge for the rollaway but did not include breakfast.

After checking in we went to Lot 10 Plaza for quick tea at the food court in the basement. The food court looks new and has good reviews on here however we didn’t find much to write home about. Ate at a stall called “Ho Weng Kee’ (bbq pork or similar) and for 3 mains it was 25.95RM. An OJ and lemonade from supermarket next door was 5.15RM.

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FRI 19th

Shopping day at Sungei Wang and BB Plaza’s then back to the Parkroyal to swim in the nice large pool before heading out for dinner and more shopping. Pool water was VERY warm.

Some costs in RINGGET (food, transport and accommodation items are listed as the TOTAL for 3 Adults unless otherwise indicated):

27.55 breakfast McDonalds (3 x egg/bacon rolls, 3 orange juice & 3 hash browns)

9.00 icecreams for 3 at icecream shop

40.85 lunch for 3 mains & 3 drinks at Johnny B’s

132.25 dinner for 3 mains, 3 drinks & garlic bread at Piccolo Pizza Café

40.00 black, smart sneakers for hubby – Bata brand in Bata shoe shop

7.80 sunsilk black hair shampoo at supermarket

80.00 leather belts for 2 – good quality leather but fake D&G & Gucci buckles

29.95 converse shoe hand bag

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SAT 20th

BIRD and BUTTERFLY Parks today, swim in hotel pool, then shopping at Pavilion Plaza. I was hesitant about the parks however Miss 17 wanted to go as a friend had told her they were fun. We all really enjoyed both parks and have seen much worse in our travels over time. To get to the parks we caught monorail from outside Parkroyal (just up from hotel) to KL Sentral. We then walked from KL Sentral (maybe about 2km at most?) to the Bird Park (the assistance desk at KL Sentral pointed us up to the top of the station, turn right outside the doors, then down a bit past taxi’s and you see a sign that shows pictures of a person walking and approx times. Follow the signs and you end up in the Nat Gardens. Very easy. We spent several hours at the bird park just absorbing, relaxing, watching the shows and watching some very funny monkeys mucking about everywhere.

We almost ran out of time to get to the Butterfly Park but hot footed it over there and were glad we did. Some incredible butterfly’s flying about and some landed on us and just stayed on us the entire time we were in the enclosure.

OPTOMETRISTS: Later in evening I found Sunglasses & Vision (S&V) in Sungei Wang Plaza as recommended by others on this forum. Ordered a pair of short sighted glasses (took my prescription with me). I picked frames similar to my current Australian optometrist purchased glasses; Stepper brand, frameless, titanium (so very light weight) and slightly different lenses shape but similar size to my current ones. These cost 600RM ($200AUD) whereas my current ones cost me $460AUD in Australia over 5 years ago. I chose the BEST QUALITY lenses on offer (a polycarbonate one) which come with a very good guarantee and my own optometrist has already confirmed the quality of the material used.

I also ordered a pair of prescription sunglasses – Esprit frames (originals) and dark polycarbonate lenses. These cost me 380RM ($126AUD). My current prescription sunnies cost $550AUD in March 2009 (from my optometrist). Ended up picking up both pairs on Tue evening and they were perfect. Have been wearing them with no probs. Bloke was lovely and fitted all to my head/ears etc correctly before leaving shop. Also did some basic eye tests before he placed final order.

Some costs in RINGGET:

7.50 bakery for 3 items

6.20 icecreams for 2 from McDonalds

17.00 bottled water x 2, icecreams x 2, twisties x 1

7.00 coca cola x 1, icecream x 1

30.80 dinner for 2 at various stalls at Food Republic Food Court, Pavilion plaza

12.90 wine (small bottle) and 2 icecreams from 711 shop

6.90 monorail for 3 from BB stn to KL Sentral (2.30RM ea)

13.00 taxi (bartered, NOT meter) from butterfly park to Sungei Wang plaza

126.00 bird park entry for 3 (42RM ea)

54.00 butterfly park entry for 3 (18RM ea)

1.00 tip to ladies at the Starhill toilets in basement (these loo’s are pretty cool!)

110.00 Miss 17’s 18th birthday dress (purple jersey halter with sequins/appliqué under bust)

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SUN 21st

KL Menara Tower and Chinatown were the focus today. KL Tower did not offer ‘observation deck’ only entry fees; had to buy one of two packages – both 38RM each. We opted for the ‘observation deck, pony ride, F1 simulator ride and entry to reptile zoo’ option. I went to the same reptile zoo (small enclosed area with some fantastic snakes, massive spiders, lizards, monkeys, turtles, skunks etc) last year and didn’t mind revisiting it. The ‘pony ride’ is a rip off and not worth it – sit on a little pony for about 30 seconds while being led around on the concrete. Views are worth it though up at the observation deck and others were glad I took them up there.

Chinatown was better than last year for me. Found more stuff I liked and didn’t seem to get hassled as much (then again, I knew what I wanted and what I wanted to pay). Miss 17 was very happy with Chinatown as she managed, in one dress shop in Petaling Street, to get 3 dresses (her Yr 12 formal, her Yr 12 valedictorian and a formal dress for a girlfriend).

Lazy early evening in pool again then to Pavilion to Food Republic food court for tea again.

Some costs in RINGGET:

80.90 lunch for 3: 3 mains and 2 drinks each in Chinatown (can’t remember where)

89.70 dinner for 3 at Rain Nudle Thai Restaurant, Food Republic food court, Pavilion. This inc 3 mains, rice and 3 lovely fruit drinks. YUMMY.

3.90 monorail for 3 BB stn to Bukit Nana’s stn (not far from KL Menara tower)(1.30Rm ea)

4.80 monorail for 3 Chinatown (Mahajela or similar) stn to BB stn (1.60Rm ea)

15.00 taxi (bartered, NOT meter) from KL tower to Chinatown (VERY busy traffic)

114.00 KL Menara tower package for 3 (38RM ea)

65.00 diesel brand sneakers (brown, leather uppers, v.g copies) for adult male

35.00 black shoes, womens (in shop)

42.00 multicoloured platform shoes, womens (in shop)

39.00 shoes, adult womens, 3 pair for 39RM at Isetan Dept Store, Lot 10 Plaza (13Rm ea)

58.00 cocktail length dress for Miss 17’s formal (taffeta, chiffon, bodice work, inc chiffon scarf to match)

67.00 cocktail length dress for friend for formal (diff style, but similar attributes to above)

77.00 cocktail length dress for Miss 17’s valedictorian dinner dance (taffeta and beading)

40.00 smart black, long pants for Miss 17 (from a shop, not street stall)

70.00 billabong shorts, 2 pair (copies, lined, pattern matches etc) Street stall. For adult male

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MON 22nd

Today we got monorail from BB stn to KL Sentral then taxi to Mid Valley Megamall. Spent morning and part of afternoon there then got a taxi to Bangsar area. Shopped around here – lovely spot for walking nicely laid out streets and small boutique shops. Then taxi back to KL Sentral and monorail back to hotel. Swim again then Pavilion for tea and shopping.

Some costs in RINGGET:

11.40 cinnamon buns for 3 at St Cinnamon, MV

24.40 lunch for 3 at Oasis food court, MV (3 mains, 2 drinks). Cheap and nice.

12.60 icecreams x 2 at western icecream shop, MV

91.20 dinner at Grandmama’s Restaurant at Pavilion (3 mains, 3 drinks, rice) YUM.

44.85 1 sangria wine drink, 1 non alco cocktail, 1 dessert at La Bodega, outside Pavilion.

8.60 taxi ON meter from KL Sentral monorail station to MV Megamall (traffic average)

10.00 taxi (bartered, NOT on meter) MV Megamall to Bangsar

9.40 taxi ON meter Bangsar to KL Sentral (this was in extremely busy traffic)

30.00 necklace at shop in MV

24.15 butterfly dangly earrings from Cats Whiskers shop, Bangsar

10.50 gold hoop earrings (Cats W)

27.30 women’s stretch black waist belt with lots of gems, appliqué etc (Cats W)

41.30 women’s black dress with embroidered and cut out back feature (Cats W)

95.92 diesel long sleeve hoodie jacket (Diesel/B.U.M shop, MV Megamall)

39.92 diesel t’shirt, mens (diesel shop)

55.92 diesel black lacey tshirt, women’s (diesel shop)

28.45 b.u.m tshirt, mens (diesel shop)

63.92 diesel long sleeve tshirt, mens (diesel shop)

39.00 long sleeve shirt with bows stitched on, womens (Jusco, MV Megamall)

59.00 multi colour ¾ length dress, womens (jusco)

149.65 4 pair Triumph lacy undies, womens (jusco)

48.93 lumberjack brand surfie sandals, mens (jusco)

89.95 pratik brand black/metallic copper mens dress shoes (jusco) – these are awesome

59.90 black lycra diving bathers (swimwear) mens (jusco)

63.93 black lycra diving bathers – diff style mens (jusco)

30.52 rimmel 12 hr foundation makeup (Watsons Pharmacy, MV Megamall)

18.62 maybelline lip liner (watsons)

15.21 4 colour eyeshadow set (watsons)

22.41 maybelline 16hr lipstick (watsons)

11.61 maybelline lip gloss (watsons)

27.96 eyeshadow (watsons)

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TUE 23rd

Genting Highlands trip today on the ‘Go Genting’ bus from KL Sentral followed by shopping in Bukit Bintang area and dinner at an outdoor café on Jalan Alor. We all enjoyed the scenic bus ride up to the highlands. We bought tickets the day before from KL Sentral (as the early buses were already booked out on Monday, which saw us amending our plans at the time) for the 9am bus. The bus trip took around an hour or a little more. Once there we booked a return bus for 5:30pm. Buses ran frequently both ways but early morning and late afternoon ones fill up quickly the ticket lady said.

We filled a day in at Genting very easily; aided by my Mum having a flutter on the pokies with a modest win and my daughter and myself going on the ‘biggest’ rides we could find. Admittedly, the outdoor park is in need of a spruce up and repaint to freshen it up however the indoor park was like new (maybe it is?). If I went again I would go up on the same bus but book tickets for an evening bus home and stay up there for dinner; a couple of extra hours would have felt less rushed and we could have used more of the facilities on our day passes.

Some costs in RINGGET:

59.40 lunch for 3 at Flava’s, Genting indoor park. 2 soups, 3 mains, 4 drinks (quite nice food)

6.00 banana fritters x 5 at stall at Genting

2.50 fairly floss

9.10 4 large bags of dried fruit, nuts, lollies at Genting shop near bus stop

47.00 dinner for 3 at an outdoor café on Jalan Alor. 3 mains (inc prawns), 1 rice, 3 drinks.

27.90 bus & gondola tickets on Go Genting Bus (one way trip on both for 3; ind cost $9.30ea)

15.00 gondola ride from theme park at top of hill back down to bus stop further down (5.00RM ea)

12.90 bus ride on Go Genting Bus (highlands back to KL Sentral – 4.30Rm ea)

138.00 theme park ‘all day passes’ at Genting (2A at 51RMea + 1 ‘Senior’ at 36RM)

20.00 attraction extra cost for large rollercoaster ride for 2A (10RM ea)

10.00 attraction extra cost for laser maze game for 1A

20.00 2 mini torches from a roving seller in KL on Jalan Alor

15.00 1 pair fake ‘ray ban’ glasses, stall seller on Jalan Alor

70.00 1 pair fake ‘ray ban’ glasses with proper polarised lenses and better frames, stall seller

15.00 1 grooming kit in little leather case (tweezers, scissors, nail file, etc) in Jalan Alor

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WED 24th

Last day in KL as we had to get a taxi back to the airport at 10:30pm for check in for a 1:20am (Thu 25th) night flight. Rang Airport Limo’s in morning and arranged a budget taxi (64.80RM quoted as fixed fare – cheaper than coming in) for 10:30pm to meet us in Parkroyal foyer. The driver ‘Zul’ was 10 mins early, waiting patiently for us, friendly and professional.

The day was spent lazily (if you call running from one shopping mall to another ‘lazy’ lol). We walked from Parkroyal to Petronas Towers and KLCC Suria. The park is lovely. We followed directions given on TA for cutting through the Pavilion, down past Novotel (etc) and it worked perfectly. Then shopped back at Sungei Wang, Low Yat and various shops around the Bukit Bintang streets area. Dinner was at the Outback Steakhouse (after meeting another traveller on the street who recommended it). Meal was PERFECT. A lazy swim finished the evening and then the final packing before we caught the taxi to the airport.

Some costs in RINGGET:

20.00 breakfast for 2 at Café Milano, Signature food court, Suria KLCC (waffles, fruit, juice etc)

15.80 100% fruit drink and icecream at icecream shop in Pavilion walk through area.

144.50 dinner for 3 at Outback Steakhouse (1 calamari entrée, 1 garlic bread, 3 main meals, 4 drinks)

27.35 snack at McDonalds, Airport for 3 (3 meals)

7.80 2 bottles water at LCCT Airport

5.00 green tea on Air Asia plane for 1

79.90 black leather handbag at Metrojaya shop, BB area

14.90 tendy tshirt in Sungei Wang

209.00 red evening top with appliqué and lovely black evening jacket (well made) Sungei Wang shop

210.00 2 pair women’s denim jeans with fancy appliqué and artwork down sides of legs

27.00 fascinator type hat, black, Sungei Wang

55.00 4 pairs sunglasses (‘ray ban’ and Versace copies), stall outside Sungei Wang

25.00 cover for Nokia phone (4 parts, black) Low Yat Plaza

6.00 eyeshadow, stall at Sungei Wang

59.80 2 pair strappy sandals with jewels down front, shop at Sungei Wang

64.50 tan leather handbag at Isetan shop in Lot 10 Plaza

Hope some of this helps other travellers.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the other posters who helped me prepare for this trip (both via PM’s and also in answering other people’s posts on this forum). Knowing the exact costs and ‘what to expect where’ really made getting around a breeze; and ensured we had a hassle free holiday; especially when catching taxi’s etc.

I would have liked to also get to the firefly’s but we just ran out of time. All the more reason for another trip though I say…. :)

Now off to planning my next adventures... back for a diving trip to Vanuatu and then the next big Asian one will be Nth Vietnam/Sth China/Macau/Hong Kong. To all that took the time to read my very long JBR, thank you, and I hope it helps a few of you with costs etc.

Cheers, wishtago :)

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9. Re: JBR: KL Shopping Trip Mar '10 (& a little sightseeing)

Thanks for all the detailed info.

Fantastic.

Can you let me know where you got the formal/cocktail dresses in Petaling Street?

I am going soon with my nieces and this is the kind of thing they will be interested in.

Thanks,

Caroline.

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Hi Caroline

I did not get the name of the shop but am pretty sure I did actually capture the name on video on my trip from last year so give me a little while to go through the old footage and see if I can come good for you.

It was about halfway along Petaling as one of the regular shops that sit kind of just behind the 'stalls' in the street (if that makes sense).

I will post the name as soon as I find it - or a photo still of the shop.

Cheers...