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opinions please on itinerary with children

Hello, we are first time visitors to kl in September,

are staying for 2 weeks, 3 nights bukit bintang, 4 nights petaling jaya, 5 nights BBintang (4 nights singapore) then 3 nights BB.

These are the activities/places I want to see..

Let me know if I have left anything out, or if I should give something a miss

Its not in order.Sorry its long.

Suria

Aquaria

Petrosians

klcc park

Cosmos

Pavillion

lot 10/ sungei wang

Craft complex

Butterfly park/planetarium

taman tasik perdana gardens

chinatown

central market, fish spa

sunway lagoonwaterpark

sunway scream/amusement/wildlife sections

sunway pyramid

icity

blue mosque/gardens

thean hou temple

mid valley mall, megakidz playground

National science center

national textile museum

kids are 3.5 and 6.5 years old.

we will have stroller in apartment to use if necessary.

Also, is fireflies worth it?

thought bit far away/expensive and kids might get tired, undecided because fireflies so cool,

and I apologize for next question, but I must know...Are they potentially crocodile infested

waters like some suggest?

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1. Re: opinions please on itinerary with children

Thankyou for reading my post, and I value any input

cheers

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2. Re: opinions please on itinerary with children

2 weeks is very long in KL, I propose you should stay in Bukit Bintang instead of moving to Petaling Jaya etc as from Bukit Bintang can take you anywhere quite easily. Why not spends some time in Malacca (2 hours by road) or Penang (flight or 4 hours by road)

Suria, Aquaria, Petrosians, klcc park - all are in same area (5-10 minutes by taxi from Bukit Bintang)

Pavillion, lot 10/ sungei wang, Craft complex - all located in Bukit Bintang by walking distance

Butterfly park/planetarium, - located at Taman tasik perdana gardens (Take Monorail exit at Sentral )

chinatown is about 5 minutes walking distance to central market, fish spa, can reach there via LRT from Bukit Bintang

sunway lagoon waterpark, sunway scream/amusement/wildlife sections - all in or near sunway pyramid

icity blue mosque/gardens - in Shah Alam, Take Monorail transfer to Commuter train at Kl Sentral. Exit Shah Alam and take taxi to I city, I would skip blue mosque or gardens as Putrajaya Mosque is much more interesting

thean hou temple - exit Tun Sambathan monorail station, and take taxi from there or walk about 30 minutes.

mid valley mall, megakidz playground - Monorail transfer to KL Commuter train at KL Sentral. Only 1 stop from KL Sentral exit Mid Valley Station

National science center - Located at Bukit Kiara, take taxi from Kl Sentral

national textile museum - Near Dataran Merdeka, should visit this place. To reach there take LRT to Pasar Seni or Masjid Jamik, interesting place too

You miss -

- Putrajaya (30-40 minute drive - tour agency)

- Bukit Nenas - KL Tower at Forest reserve - take monorail exit Bukit Nenas

- Batu Caves -

- Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary (1.5 hours from KL via Tour Agency)

- Kuala Selangor nature Park

- Zoo Negara - nothing great but the kid would love that

- Visit malacca is posible for day trip, but i would suggest stay at least 2 nights there

Happy holidays

Also, is fireflies worth it

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3. Re: opinions please on itinerary with children

Never heard of crocodile attack at firefly parks. Should be safe

Closest beach to KL is Port Dickson, nothing great but a stay at Avillion Resort is nice (1 night is sufficient there unless the kids asking for extension ;) )

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4. Re: opinions please on itinerary with children

thank you!

I will look into those suggestions, p.s thanks for the transport tips :-)

too. guess that crocodile talk may just be stories

cheers

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Hi

I think that you may find 2 weeks mostly in and around Kuala Lumpur is pretty difficult to fill, even with your pretty extensive list. You have two very small children, and much of what has been suggested is great for adults but will be very boring, hot and not exciting for little ones.

Please don't let your children do the fish spa. The risk of cross contamination of diseases is low, but not something I personally would risk on delicate skin of children.

I would also not take the kids to Port Dickson, it is not a nice beach. Don't go to the zoo - a very unpleasant experience.

Suggestion, drop Petaling Jaya - you can do all you want to do from Kuala Lumpur in 6-7 days. Why not head to Penang and stay on the beach.

Whilst you might find the odd croc in the apartment pool, it is not something that Malaysia is infested with!!

[please forgive my cut and paste] What we normally suggest as the best thing is to read the FAQs about Kuala Lumpur [ on the right of the Kuala Lumpur forum page --->>>>. Everyone forgets or misses the Top or Frequently Asked Questions/FAQs [especially if using smart phones], which are packed with lots of really great information about lots of really useful information!! If you are accessing TA via the smart phone app’ you won’t see the FAQs in the normal app view on your phone, so suggest that you view the app it as full site mode / desk top view; or just use a laptop or pc to enjoy the information that has been collected. The Top Questions / FAQs ] but FAQ KL Popular Sights and perhaps FAQ KL Day Trips / FAQ Elephant Sanctuary / FAQ Fire flies are worth reading.

Also look at the green banner at the top of this page and check out the ‘Travel Guide’ / ‘Inside Guides’ [in the MORE tab] and ‘Things To Do’ which list lots of pointers of what to see and where to go as well as other information like restaurants.

Petronas Towers - tours http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/ or from KLCC park or have drink at Skybar in Traders hotel for the view to watch the sun go down

shangri-la.com/en/… and Suria KLCC is a nice mall containing the Petroasian and a short walk to the Aquarium.

A short walk along Jalan Ampang (or from KLCC to Dang Wangi station) is KL Menara [Tower] – views from observation deck http://menarakl.com.my/index.cfm or afternoon tea / dinner buffet http://www.kltower.com.my/index.cfm?sc=dining or http://www.atmosphere360.com.my/ as well as enjoy Bukit Nanas some of the original rainforest from the city and some attractions for the children!!

Bukit Bintang is a 15min walk using the covered a/c walk way from Suria KLCC / KL Convention Centre directly to beside the Pavilion Mall or 20 min walk from the base of KL Menara, or a 5min ride on the monorail from , there are Bukit Nanas. There are around 10malls in and around Bukit Bintang including Pavilion, Sungei Wang, Fahrenheit 88, Berjaya Times Square and so much other shopping and eating with + Jalan Alor / Changkat Bukit Bintang just around the corner[evening eating, bars and entertainment],

Batu Caves is just out of town and on the public transport routing - although the children will find the steps a lot to take in and the caves are dirty and have lots of monkeys. The easiest way to get to Batu Caves is probably a taxi but you can get there by monorail and then train. Batu Caves station on the Sentul / Klang KTM line, If you find nearest station to your starting point, then find Batu Caves , http://www.myrapid.com.my/rail/routes www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/monorail http://www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/lrt

Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre is a 20mins taxi ride out of town or Putra line to Wangsa Maju station, http://visitorcentre.royalselangor.com/vc/.

Craft Complex, Jalan Conlay is not far from Bukit Bintang, and Jadi Batik Gallery is near the Craft Complex. http://malaysiancraft.com/index.cfm

If you fancy a bit of time out look at a trip to Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=543, a very interesting food tour http://www.foodtourmalaysia.com/ , Lazat Cookery course http://www.malaysia-klcookingclass.com/ or http://www.simplyenak.com/, see some local country side with http://openskyunlimited.com/v1.0/ or maybe the Elephant Sanctuary, Fireflies at Selangor, day trip to Malacca to see the heritage buildings [see FAQs -->> ]

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) http://www.matic.gov.my/ is between the Petronas Towers and the KL Menara {Tower} on Jalan Ampang, useful stop for information, food, coffee, ATM, tours etc. It is also on the Hop on Hop off bus route http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/ and the base of Saloma Cultural Theatre Restaurant http://www.saloma.com.my/ http://visit-to-kl.com/

http://mappery.com/Kuala-Lumpur-Tourist-Map a half decent map is a must when planning!

tourism.gov.my/en/…E-Brochures has some great leaflets, and the Kuala Lumpur brochure has a really useful map, as do the shopping brochures.

tourism.gov.my/intl_en/places/state_list/kl

There is a ‘free’ bus doing the sights spad.gov.my/sites/…gokl_dec2012.png or malaysiafreebies.com/go-kl-city-bus-free-tra… and they do have a facebook if you search GO KL (Kuala Lumpur City Bus)

The monorail and train is a really easy and cheap way to get about and many stops are near the popular sights or connections to the trains or buses http://www.myrapid.com.my/rail/routes www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/lrt-monorail www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/monorail http://www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/lrt http://www.myrapid.com.my/bus/map http://www.myrapid.com.my/tickets-fares/bus .

Don't over plan, and try to do too much. I do suspect that after 6-8 days you will be wishing you had gone somewhere else.

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Thanks for the tips...yes it is a bit long of a stay...we are really eager to get out of Melbourne for a bit, its been a couple of years since our last holiday. Thanks for those links.Go kl free bus sounds great. Think The fireflies will be fantastic, good to know the crocodile suggestion is laughable :-) Fish spa not the cleanest?

I guess you are right.. didn't think of that...should have! thanks for pointing that out....

I am considering Penang, for a different change of scenery, although we like the idea of kl very much, as there is always something to do....... I agree with what you are saying though.......... Having kids does take energy out of us, and I am sure there will be days where we just hang out at the pool and indoor kids play area, on the internet and watching dvds and playing guitar. Will there be days I wish I was at home? Probably...There are definitely days that I wish I was in KL instead of at home :-)

On most days I would be happy with 3-6 hours of sightseeing/activities, which would allow us to keep the children's routine, and also my partner and I can take turns staying at the apartment while the other has"free time". Truthfully I absolutely love shopping mall walking(on my own), and that could easily take up 5 days.

I know it sounds boring, but a walk to klcc playground each day, a dip in the pool , and a nice restaurant each day , would keep us all content and busy enough. We are not expecting to be thrilled with each attraction, just gives us something to do on our relaxing sunny holiday. Also a good opportunity to have a few beer nights!!

Thanks for your insights though, I appreciate the feedback

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360 degree restaurant looks nice!

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I totally understand your philosophy on traveling with kids. I'd love to take a fortnight and see things at a leisurely pace. There's obviously plenty in KL to see and do when you see how many people keeo coming back year after year. My kids would spend hours in that water play area at KLCC park too. Enjoy your holiday!

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Hi island

You will find just the sights and sounds of KL will bring the kids joy. Also consider seeing a movie at one of the cinemas that can be found at a lot of the larger shopping centres. Your 6.5 year old may also enjoy Kidzania as the concept is very popular. We have found on our trips with our now , nearly 8 year old boy ,that he finds new attractions on each visit , but his favourite is still Petrosains. Lots of fun. If you are going to be in KL for so long , maybe consider seeing a Dentist if you need any teeth work as it is so much cheaper than Australia and there are lots of good Dentists there. Be sure the kids keep hydrated as it is very humid in KL and I know from experience with my boy that he can go a bit nuts if he gets too hot and tired. You will have a great trip and your kids will love it also. Have fun.

Sean

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thanks tn007 and Sean,

yes we hope to have a leisurely stay, and enjoy the atmosphere with the family.....Been planning this trip for a bit over a year(cheap air asia fares), and holiday rental.There are not enough mentions of

holiday rentals on TA, and good deals can definitely be found.........

oh yes movies is on the list too, as well as bowling and karaoke.

Dental work? come to think of it, I do need to be fitted for a crown...

, hmm something to research, could save quite a bit. Not sure on kidzania, dont want my youngest to watch her sister doing fun stuff and feel left out.She would probably have a melt down,cause she is very very active and would love interactive workshop s.

Could probably take the older one..But apparently there are HUGE waiting times for each activity, thats the only thing putting me off

.Thanks again :-)