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19 Feb to 22 Feb 2015
Another Chinese New Year holidays. This time the public holidays fall on Thursday and Friday. Together with the weekend combined, it becomes the super long weekend holidays. No wonder it was so crowded. For the 1st time, I was not able to purchase the bus tickets to Kuala Lumpur(KL) of my choice timing. We reached Larkin bus terminal at about 10.30am but only after frantic search, then I could manage to get the bus tickets of 1pm departure at MYR65 per head. The crowd at the Malaysia Immigration and Customs was so jammed that we needed to queue an hour to clear the customs. What a day ! To add to the misery, the North South highway was also jammed at the certain points. With all these delays, we only reached KL at about 8.30pm.
Coming home was also another hassle as all tickets were sold out. Managed to purchase the 1.45pm at MYR65 per head. However, the seat was 2 by 2. It is not super VIP seat. As Lady Luck was not my side, my seating passenger was an overweight man….
I had booked Grid 9 Hotel for triple room ensuite for 3 nights through Booking.com. Grid 9 is 2 minutes walk from the KL monorail Maharajalela station(MS). From Grid 9, it is about 10 minutes walk to Chinatown. During night time, the way to Chinatown was deserted and quiet.
From Larkin bus terminal, most buses will stop at Tasik Bandar Selation (TBS) bus terminal for passengers to alight for KL destination. From TBS, we needed to take the train and proceeded all the way to KL monorail Maharajalela station. I made a mistake by not buying the train ticket all the way to MS, thinking we needed to change train at KL monorail Hang Tuah station. Change train – yes but there was no need to go out and come in.
It seems to me KL has now become more congested with foreign labour compared to the last few years. They were everywhere.
As usual, our KL trip was very casual and food oriented. As in the past, we revisited our favourite food joints that I will relate in the photos that I took with Samsung Galaxy S4.