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LEGOLAND MALAYSIA: There’s a big kid in all of us

By Lloyd Green

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THE GATEWAY TO YOUR CHILDHOOD

OKAY, so you’re a parent and your kids want to go to LEGOLAND Malaysia. They’ve been dreaming about this day since….well forever actually. The only ones that need real convincing are you and your wife. Sure, there’s the rides, displays and themed hotel room but what’s in it for you — other than the large hole in your wallet? I mean, you guys are the ones reading all the blogs and reviews and all of them say how much fun your kids are going to have. Yes, I agree that is the main kick for you; to see little Jack and Emily running around having the time of their lives. But you must be asking yourself….’how much fun am I going to have’?

Well, if your childhood days were spent playing pirates, kingdoms and all kinds of LEGO fantasies — yes guys, I’m talking to you; the Gen Y nerds now aged 25 to 35 with a few kids in tow — then this is the theme park for you. In the same way Toy Story 3 was levelled at Gen Y adults that fell in love with the original Woody and Buzz flicks, LEGOLAND Malaysia passes all the tests in sending you down memory lane and on an adult journey where it is still cool to get get excited about a life-size LEGO statue of Chewbacca.

Those moments of nostalgia begin as soon as you step foot in LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. Whether you are with your kids or a childhood mate, that sensation of being young again is real. There is LEGO everywhere and everything you see is coloured, shaped or moulded to match the all-out LEGO explosion. There are swarms of kids building LEGO in the many ‘brick-pits’ located in the lobby and you can’t help but wander over there and join the fun.

The hotel room is the real surprise. Themed bedrooms may be a thing of the past but not when you’ve got an entire ‘adventure’ or ‘pirate’ mural to stare at each morning. And for the kids, there’s a box of Lego for them to play with and a safe to crack with some take home gifts inside. This is a lot harder than it seems and best left to the imagination of the kids to solve. How hard can it be to count the number of lizards, bugs and spiders on the floor? All in all, the room creates a sense of happiness for everyone and is the perfect base to explore LEGOLAND the following day.

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The theme park itself is a lot of fun. If you go there expecting massive roller coasters and cutting edge rides, you will be sorely disappointed. But face it, the park is aimed and children, young kids and their families and it caters perfectly to them. That doesn’t mean you still can’t have some fun. Like in Toy Story 3, the humour of many of the displays and movies (LEGO Ninjago, LEGO 4D and Star Wars) is aimed directly at to you. There are plenty of lame dad jokes and while not crude the dialogue is definitely of the adult nature giving you plenty laugh about. Even the park guide has a hint of sarcasm to it. Instead of ‘Lost Child’ it has ‘Lost Parent’, presuming you have ventured off into another world.

LEGOLAND Miniland is a winner too. It’s essentially the reason why everyone falls in love with LEGO in the first place; building cool stuff. The attention to detail is crazy: It took three years to create and was completed by a team of 100 builders from around the world. In all, 30 million LEGO bricks were used — 500,000 alone on the Petronas Twin Towers replica. Other famous landmarks include KLIA airport, the Taj Mahal plus an interactive naval re-enactment. If that’s not enough, they’ve also gone all out on the Star Wars Miniland display with interactive models from the first six Star Wars episodes.

I guess the only criticism of LEGOLAND Malaysia is the lack of atmosphere. There’s no doubting you and your children will have a great time (your poor wife will have two kids to look after) but when you gaze around and see only a handful of people on the rides, it’s hard not to question why this adventure-haven isn’t more popular. The harsh exposure to the Malaysian sun is one factor, possibly the price too, but there’s definitely no qualms over the staff and up-keeping. The grounds are immaculate and every volunteer, shop assistant and ride operator has a winning attitude. Generally these are the aspects that suffer when a theme park loses its appeal. Perhaps it was more to do with the fact I went on a Wednesday and during school; in that case I suggest you go then as there’s no waiting, no hassles and total freedom to do whatever you want.

LEGOLAND MINILAND TOOK THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE

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And do check out the LEGOLAND Water Park. Like its big brother across the road, the rides are suited to children and families so don’t get your hopes up of a Wet N Wild styled one kilometre sea odyssey. But it does do its job of cooling you off after a long day in the sun and there’s plenty of attractions to keep you entertained for a few hours.

Overall, LEGOLAND Malaysia gets a thumbs up. Particularly if you love LEGO and you want share the father-son, mother-daughter moment of reliving your LEGO-playing youth with them. Whether it is value for money is another question? (Prices can be seen here: http://www.legoland.com.my/). But if you treasure fantasy, imagination, memories and good old fashion fun, you’ll be willing to fork out any amount of cash to experience the magic of LEGO once again.

 

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A budget guide to travelling Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

Okay, if you’re coming to Malaysia to spend two weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands, you’re probably not going to do it on the cheap. But there’s also plenty of people who pass through Malaysia on their way north from Singapore en route to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

For these people, every dime is important and in a city like KL where extravagance is flashed in your face on every corner, finding things suited to your budget can be difficult. This also applies to travelling across Malaysia, with knowledge of how and when to travel, important to your attempts at saving money.

So let’s start with your arrival.

If, like most people, you arrive in Malaysia by air at either KLIA or KLIA2 terminals and have booked accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, you will have a few options of varying cost and duration to reach your destination. Often backpackers fly blind during this process and can waste money without even knowing it. The KLIA Express train is the fastest way to and from the KLIA airports from KL Sentral, but it is not the cheapest.

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The cheapest route to Kuala Lumpur is by bus with a one-way ticket for adults from KLIA or KLIA2 terminals to KL Sentral priced at 10 Ringgit. Peak hour traffic in Kuala Lumpur can cause lengthy delays, so if you are on a tight schedule and want to get to the city as soon as possible, KLIA Express train is the best option. It takes 28 minutes and is RM55. If you want to save five Ringgit make sure you pay with your credit card at the kiosk and not at the counter. It will be RM50.

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In terms of accommodation, there are two main places to stay for backpackers; Changkat in Bukit Bintang and Chinatown not far from Pasar Seni LRT station. There’s a host of backpacker accommodation in both areas with single rooms as cheap as RM40-50 and dorms beds priced at around 20 Ringgit. Of course, the quality of your hostel will vary with price. Changkat is closer to KL’s nightlife, KLCC and the Petronas Twin Towers, but Chinatown is more conveniently located near the city’s main transportation hub — KL Sentral. Many coaches to Malacca, Johor Bahru, Penang and Ipoh now leave from TBS bus station, which is approximately 20 minutes from KL Sentral.

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Jalan Alor off Changkat is foodie-central with Chinese seafood restaurants and hawker stalls selling an array of local delicacies and international cuisines until the wee hours of the morning. Petaling Street in Chinatown is also famous for food with its night market chock-full of shops and stalls selling goods and street food. Be aware, both of these areas are aimed at tourists and as such prices can be inflated.

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Most of KL’s main attractions are aimed at families, couples and those who are dazzled by the bright lights, so if you prefer a bit of adventure but want to stay within in the perimeters of the city I suggest you check out Petaling Jaya and in particular areas such as Subang where an urban youth culture has evolved. If you are able to make friends with locals, that’s even better and ask them to take you out of KL City. The food in areas such as Klang, Petaling Jaya, Ampang and Cheras is just as good (and cheaper) and is where most of the locals eat. Also keep an eye out for local night markets known as Pasar Malam. They offer amazing delicacies and fresh produce and are more authentic than the ones in the city. If you want a quiet night at the cinema, Wednesday is the cheapest evening with tickets as cheap as 10 to 12 Ringgit.

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Just a stones throw away from KL are a places such as Chilling Falls and Broga Hill. These are quite popular amongst locals and provide a nice respite from the concrete jungle of the city. They are free and relatively easy to get to by car. Check out the best places for hiking, camping and waterfalls in and around Kuala Lumpur here.

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The bus and train are the cheapest options for making your way around Peninsular Malaysia. For Ipoh, catch the rain as Ipoh Railway Station is located in the centre of town, whereas the coach terminal is some 15 minutes away. You will only save five Ringgit if you catch the bus. The bus from KL to Penang is the best option as it takes you directly to the island and within five minutes of George Town. If you want relax on Malaysia’s famed beaches like Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands, the bus and ferry is the way to go.

shutterstock_115589299For those interested in checking out Borneo’s wildlife, make sure you book your flights to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in advance as flights to East Malaysia can be expensive.

Strangely, food prices also vary between Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia with Indian food slightly more pricier in Borneo. Popular music festivals such the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak and the Penang Jazz Festival on the mainland are relatively cheap compared to other international events, but again book in advance to save yourself some cash.

A great, inexpensive way to see Malaysia is to volunteer. Malaysia offers volunteering opportunities for every taste and interest: from wildlife projects in the untamed jungle of Borneo to teaching English to children in urban and rural environments. Most places provide free accommodation and sometimes food and you’ll have access to remote communities you probably never knew existed. Read more here.

When exiting Malaysia, consider the bus trip north to Hat Yai in Thailand. It is less than 60 Ringgit and you can split the journey up by stopping over in Penang for the night. Cheap flights from KL to popular tourist destinations in Asia such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines can be found via Air Asia, but any additional items such as luggage over 20 kilograms can increase the price.

In summary, Malaysia is a wonderful place to explore and the more adventurous you are, the better your experience will be. Doing it on the cheap is possible but having a friend to show you around or give you advice definitely helps with your budget.

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Encapsulated in Kuala Lumpur

Encapsulated in Kuala Lumpur

By: Elmira A.

Know anyone entrance to a side of city who is looking for affordable, fuss-free accommodation for a brief stay? You should tell them about plug hotels, a hotel trend that is commencement to make waves in Malaysia. The judgment is not new – initial introduced in Osaka, Japan in 1979, it was grown to yield a elementary place to stay for guest and travellers who don’t need a services customarily offering by required hotels. The aim marketplace were primarily bureau workers who couldn’t locate a final sight home, or locals on an overnight business trip, who customarily indispensable a bed to nap on comfortably. But, like many things Japanese, a recognition spreads like wildfire, and nonetheless a thought behind it stays a same, plug hotels grew significantly and became a speak of a town. Other countries have now begun to have their own, such as Russia and China and some European airports like a one in Amsterdam.

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Each of a guest bedrooms in a plug hotel are customarily designed with fiberglass block, and yet a sizes might differ, it is customarily about 2 by 1 by 1.25 meters in dimension. Guests can lay absolutely in a capsule, and can suffer some elementary comforts such as a radio and wireless internet, nonetheless this depends on a hotels as well. The capsules are built side by side, dual units high, and guest needs to use a stairs supposing if they are allocated with a room in one of a tip units. Bathrooms are communal, though guest will customarily be supposing with a towel and a yukata. Because of a open concept, some hotels offers apart sections for masculine and womanlike guest as to safeguard privacy.

 

However, we suppose that staying in a room large adequate customarily to nap in might not be ideal for some people, such as those with stress or claustrophobes. So before creation that reservation, greatfully safeguard that we or a people you’re travelling with do not have any issues that might breach your plug hotel experience. If we are certain that tiny cramped spaces won’t be a problem, afterwards plug hotels is an knowledge that we wouldn’t wish to miss.

 

The trend is rather new in Malaysia, and so far, we are home to dual renouned plug hotels:

 

  • Capsule by Container Hotel

Transportation Hub during [email protected], Sepang

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Brought by a same people who gave us Container Hotel, Capsule is designed for movement travellers, backpackers and visit fliers who needs to pile-up overnight, or recharge before throwing their flight. The hotel has a really artistic ambience, and as a covenant to this, a mezzanine has been remade into a artistic space for internal artists to arrangement and share their works of art.

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Capsule aims to make your stay as loose as possible, permitting we to entirely reinvigorate before withdrawal a doors. Among a amenities supposing are a towel, toiletries, indoor slippers and a shoe cupboard to safely keep your boots in. They also have a locker for your luggage, and if yours is a large one, all we have is surprise a front table staff and they will be means to support you. You can breeze down and relax during a Capsule Bar, or if adore to read, conduct to a library where we can even attend in their book sell system. They also have a common area for we to chill, and if we have some dire work to do, tatter not – their WiFi is permitted for we to use. And one good thing about Capsule? They also have capsules that can fit 2 people comfortably, and so it’s ideal for couples.

 

Contact details

Address: Lot L1-2 3, Gateway, Terminal KLIA2, KL International Airport, Jalan KLIA 2/1, 64000 KLIA, Sepang, Selangor

Web: capsulecontainer.com

Phone: 03-76102020

Email: [email protected]

 

 

  • UFO Capsule Hotel

Off Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

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UFO caters to travellers who does not wish to spend a tiny happening on hotels with amenities they don’t indispensably need. It’s located strategically nearby some of KL’s many renouned attractions, such as Berjaya Times Square and Bintang Walk that are located within a walking stretch from a hotel. Other attractions are also only a brief expostulate away, including Istana Negara, KLCC, and Dataran Merdeka. Public travel is simply accessible, too, with a Imbi Monorail Station only a 5-minute travel divided from a hotel.

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UFO Capsule Hotel insist on providing a gentle stay to all of their guests, while remaining elementary and hassle-free. There are shops within a closeness if we need to get something urgently, and WiFi is also permitted if we need to locate adult with work, or stay connected to family and friends. Each plug comes versed with a mirror, a concept energy indicate and a mini desk. A locker is also supposing to store your bags and valuables.

 

Contact details

Address: No. 30, Jalan 1/77A, Kampung Dollah, Off Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

Web: www.facebook.com/ufocapsulehotel

Phone: 03-21480661

 

Do we know any other plug hotels in KL or Malaysia that’s value checking out?

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KLIA Transit to KLIA2

Massive jams everywhere in Kuala Lumpur City Centre even in Klang Valley, how we wish to get to your moody by reached Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 2) or famous as Low Cost Carrier Terminal on schedule? There’s an option, take a KLIA Electric Rail Link (ERL) or famous as KLIA Ekspress.
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The KLIA Ekspress is a fastest ways to reached KLIA or KLIA2 by 35 mins from KL Sentral for usually RM35 per trip. Is that expansive? You might an choice to take KLIA Transit if we are in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya or Salak Tinggi, that might cost reduce than KLIA Ekspress, though we need longer time since KLIA Transit will stop for few destinations.
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From Putrajaya Sentral took a KLIA Transit, it only takes me 20 mins to reached KLIA2, while from KLIA to KLIA it only takes dual to 3 minutes, a a good options if we wish to equivocate a large jams and some-more safer tour from Kuala Lumpur or from Klang Valley to KLIA and KLIA2.
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24 hours in Chinatown

24 hours in Chinatown

I revisit Kuala Lumpur so mostly any year I’ve started to feel like a local. That is a internal of Chinatown where we constantly spend all my time.

It’s substantially a small unhappy though if I’m customarily in KL overnight — frequently we am there longer also — we go directly to Chinatown to a same shops, hairdressers and hotel we always go to.

The night time movement in Chinatown. Pic: Joanne Lane.

The night time movement in Chinatown. Pic: Joanne Lane.

I’ve kind of grown a bit of a slight that doesn’t change many from revisit to visit. This is given it’s unequivocally good to ramble a informed community when you’re so used to being out of your home domain and do a same things and not feel like a tourist, notwithstanding it being a touristy area of course.

I don’t guarantee these practice are for everyone, though here’s my report and a things we like to do.

Arrival

I some-more mostly than not arrive during LCCT airport where there are unchanging buses to KL Sentral for as small as RM 8 one approach or RM 14 return. These flattering many run 24 hours a day so we never have to wait too long. They also have buses for other destinations including KLIA, Genting and other areas. If we arrive during KLIA there are identical train services and trains.

Once I’m off my moody and have my luggage we conduct for a train – leave a departures area and conduct outward and travel around to a right of a arrivals area where you’ll see lots of buses.

I’m customarily flattering sleepy after a moody so we try to get a bit of siesta on a float as it’s impossibly well-spoken and prolonged adequate to nap (about one hour duration).

From LCCT we afterwards take a LRT to Pasar Seni where it’s a brief travel to my guesthouse.

Accommodation

I always stay during Matahari Lodge (Jalan Hang Kasturi, tel. +603 2070 5570). I’ve been going there for years – ever given they non-stop and they’ve even altered hands once. It’s a bill investiture though we get a private room that is impossibly clean. The bathrooms are common though also impeccably managed—they yield showering shoes–and they have giveaway WiFi and breakfast in a morning. There’s also a lounge, a TV, copiousness of books to review and we can keep food in a fridge if we like.

Food

By this theatre if I’m sleepy it’s bed time, if not I’ll cocktail into a night marketplace in Chinatown to get something to eat. There’s so many to select from – duck baked in clay pots, banana and chocolate roti, satay chicken, grilled fish, smorgasboard character giveaway for alls (usually during lunch time and a good one underneath one of a overpasses on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock) and more. You can eat from streetside stalls or lay down and watch life go by with a Tiger Beer or two. we adore it. we also adore to ramble around and demeanour during some of a peculiar things being brewed, baked and eaten – durian unmentionables (not for me), cubes of rice, soya bean matter, prawn on sticks, coconuts and countless unidentifiable objects.

Clay pot chicken. Pic: Joanne Lane.

Clay pot chicken. Pic: Joanne Lane.

 

Luxury

I always report in a bit of pampering during my time in Chinatown. we know it’s touristy though there was glorious Chinese reflexology on a second building of Central Market when we was there progressing in a year. The manager told me they have utterly a high turnover of staff though a peculiarity is many improved than a options in Jalan Petaling – I’d grant with that. It was something like RM 60 for an hour.

I’ve also been to a beautician nearby a Reggae Bar (literally around a corner) a few times where they do illusory hair cuts and massage. There was an Indonesian lady there final time we went who did a Indonesian character cream bath – ask for it!

Shopping

As I’m customarily streamer home from KL we always cocktail into Central Market to do some commemoration shopping. My nieces adore a small knicknacks we collect adult there and I’ve got their Christmas presents there a final few years. There are small Malaysian dolls on pencils, lovable Batik purses, small boxes to store things in, kitchenware, scarves we name it. It’s a ideal place to spend a few Ringgit and get a final things we need.

The other selling object I’m guilty of is DVDs. These are sole via Chinatown and we always collect adult a few cinema to move home – something to watch on my laptop on a subsequent flight. It’s value bargaining—I’ve paid several prices over a years—and we should always ALWAYS check a peculiarity initial – they have DVD players there and will give we a viewing.

A wander

If we still have time I’ll customarily ramble down Jalan Petaling to suffer a activity. Because it’s a ancestral area with copiousness of engaging Chinese shophouses and temples I’ll customarily cocktail into one or dual of a latter of these – many mostly than not a Guandi Temple that’s only around a dilemma in Jalan Tun H S Lee from a Matahari Lodge. This is a really internal dilemma with people entrance in and out and lighting incense, observant their prayers and creation merit. we suffer sitting in a dilemma and examination them flitting in and out. It’s utterly atmospheric.

Atmospheric sights during a Guandi Temple. Pic: Joanne Lane.

Atmospheric sights during a Guandi Temple. Pic: Joanne Lane.

 

Departure

As on arrival, removing behind to LCCT or KLIA is a breeze. It’s value checking a report for buses vacating KL Sentral however only in box we find we have to wait there for a bit – not value blank your flight.

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