By Erika Lehman
Navigating a new city can be a worry. Memories of being stranded in a small village flood my mind. Aimlessly wandering the streets, trying with all my heart to find my way to the train station with hopes that I can find my way back on course. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone. And luckily in a sophisticated city like Kuala Lumpur, getting around is no problem. Taxis, multiple rail lines, and buses are readily available and link key tourist destinations like Central, home of the Petronas Towers and posh shopping venues, and Masjid Jamek Mosque.
Unlike most overcrowded Asian cities, the more relaxed Kuala Lumpur is proud of its well-designed highways that make driving convenient and practical. For instance, its easy for guests to hail a taxi from Apple’s location that is tucked away just off of Jalan Bukit Bintang near the E38 motorway. Keep an eye out for the red or white coloured insignias that most taxis display. In an effort to conserve resources and promote eco-awareness, Kuala Lumpur takes pride in the fact that taxis throughout the city choose to operate on cleaner-burning natural gas fuels.
Another way to ensure you can make it to all the sights for the day is to use one of the public transportation rail systems. Three major train lines service the city with increasing popularity. RapidKL Light Rail Transit, KL Monorail, and KTM Komuter link neighborhoods and converge at KL Sentral hub station. KL Sentral station is especially beautiful all light up at night. Entrances to other stations are easy to find either elevated, at street level, or underground.
It can also be fun to make the transportaion itself part of travel plans. Dating from 1910, the historic Moorish-influenced Train Station serves Rawang-Seremban & Sentul-Port Klang Line. The clean white front façade adds charm to any journey.
A favourite way for many tourists to see Kuala Lumpur is the Hop-on-Hop-off bus. Running from 0830 to 2030, the route covers all the main tourist attractions in the city. Riders can enjoy seeing sights in the Center (KLCC, Petronas Towers, Aquarium), KL Menara Tower, National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, National Museum, Central Maket and Chinatown, Bird and Flower Gardens, Bukit Bintang, and the National Palace. It’s simple to buy a one or two day bus pass on the bus for RM38 or RM65, respectively. They offer child and student discounts too. Please consult the website, http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/, for more information and routes.
Wherever a guest wants to go, Apple Hotel is happy to guide the journey.