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Kuala Lumpur LRT ( Light Rail Transit ) Taxi and Executive Cab

Whenever I am in Kuala Lumpur, there are 2 modes of public transport I would normally used throughout my trip – the taxi ( cab ) and the Light Rail Transit ( LRT ) train. I would used the taxi whenever I am carrying my luggage, for example from the bus station to my hotel; or when I am carrying a number of shopping bags. Taking a cab is also more convenient if you are accompanying elderly people as they may have problems walking or squeezing through a crowded train. On the whole, I would take the LRT more than cab because it is safe, cheap and convenient mode of transport.

Route Map for the LRT in Kuala Lumpur

The first thing that you can do if you are using the LRT in Kuala Lumpur is to get a tourist guide book. This free tourist guide book can be easily obtained from Malaysia Tourism Office, at the information counter in the Airport and sometimes in good hotels in Kuala Lumpur. The guide book normally would have a route guide and map of the LRT system in Kuala Lumpur. The different routes are differentiate by different colors; and it would also indicate the LRT interchanges where you can take connecting trains to different places in Kuala Lumpur. So if you intend to use the LRT daily while staying in Kuala Lumpur, it would be wise to select and stay in a hotel that is near a LRT station.

Ampang Park LRT Station In Kuala Lumpur

You can take the LRT train from 6 am in the morning onwards and the last train is normally at 11 pm to 12 midnight. When you are in the LRT station and is not sure on how much to pay or the connecting route  to your destination, go to the control station and seek the help of the staff over there. Most of the staff are able to speak reasonable good English. During peak hours, the LRT trains are quite crowded and you have to squeeze yourself into the train. However the train frequency is higher during the peak hours – so the waiting time is about 5 minutes interval. During off peak hours, the waiting time for the train is approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

LRT Station in Kuala Lumpur

The LRT system in Kuala Lumpur used either the 2 car or 4 car train. Most of time I would see the 4 car train in operation. The 4 car train can accommodate more people and there are 32 seats in each car. So each set of 4 car train can transport about 800 people as compared to half of this amount in a 2 car train. In the 4 car train there are priority seats for the elderly, the pregnant ladies, young kids etc. There is also an area for disabled person on wheel chair to ride the train safely.  My view is the the LRT train in Kuala Lumpur is definitely value for money when you need to travel around in this city. But I do hope that the government and LRT operators would upgrade the service and system by having more newer trains and more frequency in service.

KLCC LRT Station and a Standard Red Color Taxi

Now I would write about the taxi service in Kuala Lumpur. Taxi or cabs are plentiful in KL and there are cabs in different colors and using different types of vehicles. If you see a proton ( Malaysian made car ) being used at taxi, these are normally the budget taxi – sometimes these cabs are old and worn out. If you see a blue taxi using foreign brand cars such as KIA, Toyota and Nissan, then these are Executive cabs and most of them are new and clean. So which type of taxi should you take? If you are looking for comfort, then opt for the Executive taxi. Of course you have to pay more for the extra comfort. The charges is RM6 per entry and RM0.20 for every 100 meter; as compared to RM3 per entry and RM0.10 per 100 meter for a standard taxi. Many of the Executive cabs are using the Multi Purpose Vehicle ( MPV ) which can accommodate more people and luggage. So if you have a family of 6 persons, then the Executive taxi is more suitable for you. The Executive cabs are more spacious, the air conditioned really work ( very cool ) and it is very clean. The drivers of the Executive cab are generally more professional and courteous. I find that the standard taxi drivers have this tendency of quoting you a price for your trip rather than using meters. These taxi drivers can be quite notorious in driving their cabs. The seats of the standard cabs are mostly worn out and the air conditioned is sometimes really pathetic – it is just like having a  sauna in a taxi.

Taking a cab can be costly especially if you are stuck in a traffic congestion. The city of Kuala Lumpur is notoriously well known for traffic jams. Do take note that the meter of the taxi will continue to tick or run even if the cab is stationery. I have experienced taking a cab and being stuck in a traffic congestion for an hour; the meter would happily run up while I sat in a stationery cab. Anyway if I have to take a cab in KL, my choice would be an Executive cab even though it cost more. I am prepared to pay for more comfortable ride while on the road.

 

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Suria KLCC Mall Kuala Lumpur

Whenever I am staying at the serviced apartment around Ampang Kuala Lumpur, I would make regular trip to Suria KLCC Mall to buy foodstuffs and also take my dinner at this mall. This mall is just next to the Malaysia Petronas Twin Towers which is 88 storeys high and is the pride of all Malaysians. From Ampang, I would take a train from the LRT station nearby and alight at KLCC station. Thereafter it is just walking to the mall. The Suria KLCC mall is not a new mall but it is well maintained and there are 6 levels of retail stores which is spaciously spread across the entire building. In fact when I was there the first time, I had lost my sense of direction as there are many entrances around the mall itself.

Suria KLCC Kuala Lumpur

When I am at Suria KLCC, there are a few stores that I would make a point to visit and they are Isetan, Parkson, Mark and Spencer, Cold Storage, Best Denki and Rotiboy bakery store. If you are taking the LRT train and walking towards the mall itself, the Rotiboy bakery is just at the right hand corner of the entrance to the mall. I will always buy their coffee bun at this store as this is their signature bun. I have tried coffee bun from other bakery such as Breadtalk, but the taste of coffee bun at Rotiboy is still the best. There are also 2 restuarants worth visiting and they are The Harrods and Ki Ki Taiwan Cuisine. The Harrods is the place to go whenever I want to pamper myself with a good western meal and a cup of good English tea. I loved tea – both English and Chinese tea. The Ki Ki Taiwan Cuisine is a nice place to eat Chinese meals and tea. Take note that at Ki Ki Taiwan Cuisine, most of their meals are sold in set. For Cold Storage supermarket at this mall, it seems to me that the vegetables and fruits sold in Cold Storage Singapore looks fresher than those sold here. Also, the prices of fresh produce and other products sold here are not cheap as compared to Cold Storage store in Singapore. For the bread counter at this supermarket, they should try to improve on their variety, quality and display.

Suria KLCC Kuala Lumpur

I have tried some of the food outlets in Suria KLCC food courts and by the way there are 2 food courts namely the Rasa Food Arena located at the 4th level and the Signatures Food Court at the 2nd level. Both of these food courts are crowded with shoppers during the weekend. So make sure that you can find a free table space before ordering your food. Personally, I am not impressed with the food that I have tasted over there; but nothing to complain about because it is food sold at reasonable price. During the weekends, the food courts seems to be short handed with staff. I observed that the cleaning staff are unable to cope with the load of clearing and cleaning the tables.

Suria KLCC Kuala Lumpur

One major advantage of shopping here is that whenever I get tired and wanted some fresh air, I could actually go out of this mall and walked to the park. It is having nature at your door step. The KLCC Park is spacious with plenty of trees, green landscapes, fountains, jogging track and children playground. I think this is the only mall in Kuala Lumpur with such a spacious and beautiful park. There are also other attraction such as the Petronas Art Gallery, the admission is free but I was told by the staff that no photography is allowed in the art gallery. I have not been to the Sky Bridge for viewing of Kuala Lumpur Skyline nor The AQUARIA which is the aquarium. I hope that I can find the time to visit them on my next trip and post some photos or videos here.

Suria KLCC Kuala Lumpur

 

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