Kuala Lumpur Calling! (Part I)

On the day of our flight, I was so excited and I could barely sleep that night, in fact, even whilst in the rickshaw heading to the international airport, Sumeet kept phoning me asking where I was and how long it would take to reach the airport!

How it all started I’ll never know. Scratch that, I think it all started in the month of November when Sumeet hatched up the idea of visiting Bangkok and needed a few friends to tag along. And before I knew it, we were checking out different websites to find out which hotel could give us the best deal in Thailand. There were five of us that went along with the plan, unfortunately in the month of January there was political unrest brewing in Bangkok and as a result, Sumeet and I decided that instead of going to Bangkok we would visit Malaysia instead.

On the day of our flight, I was so excited and I could barely sleep that night, in fact, even whilst in the rickshaw heading to the international airport, Sumeet kept phoning me asking where I was and how long it would take to reach the airport! We met up at the new T2 terminal, and were quite amazed with the new look and feel that Sahar International airport had finally gotten. Check out some of our below pictures!

At the new T2 International Airport waiting for take off!

The T2 International terminal at Mumbai got a makeover

The T2 International terminal at Mumbai got a makeover

That’s Sumeet and me posing for the camera, and the other is a model of the new T2 terminal. We did not face much hassle while checking in to Malindo airlines, and since we were hungry, we decided to grab a small bite to eat (and to check out the cute girl who was standing there-yeah, that’s a complete different story perhaps another time). Did you know, there’s even an art gallery located at the T2 International airport?

Finally, it was time to takeoff and what an exciting feeling it was to fly high. Unfortunately since we decided to travel economy class, we had to purchase headphones to listen to any of the in-flight documentaries (which of course we didn’t, since purchasing anything in a plane is really quite expensive, not to mention stupid). After around six hours we finally touched down at Kuala Lumpur International airport, Malaysia. Oh yea, let the fun begin!!

The picture says it all - a huge sign welcoming us when we touched down.

The picture says it all – a huge sign welcoming us when we touched down.

Oh yea! On board Malindo flight. Next destination - Kuala Lumpur. See how empty the flight was?

Oh yea! On board Malindo flight. Next destination – Kuala Lumpur. See how empty the flight was?

It was really quite early in the morning, nearly around 6 AM Malaysian time and I was completely awestruck by some of the lovely shops at the airport. After clearing our baggage and immigration, we finally met our assigned specialist from Make My Trip and she showed us to the car. While travelling from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to Ibis hotel, I noticed that Malaysia is one very well-developed country. In fact the roads were so wide that they could actually support 3 to 4 lanes of traffic. Forget about traffic, our driver was able to drive at an average speed of around 120 km/h – that’s what I was really impressed with. The same distance in India would have taken around an hour and a half to cover, whereas in Malaysia, we managed to cover it in just about 35 minutes.

While travelling from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to Ibis hotel, I noticed that Malaysia is one very well-developed country. In fact the roads were so wide that they could actually support 3 to 4 lanes of traffic. In India we would have taken around an hour and a half to cover that same distance!

Finally, we managed to get to Ibis hotel, which wasn’t really bad for a three star hotel, if you ask me. The only downer was that we had to shell out 50 Malaysian Ringgit’s due to early check-in, but then I guess this is the only way hotels are allowed to legally cheat their guests. So after heading up to our room 856 and spending a little time freshening up, we decided to head out into the big bad Kuala Lumpur city and take in some of the sites. Armed with a map in one hand and a small pouch to safeguard our valuables in the other, we marched forth. However, the one thing we failed to consider was the weather – it was quite hot and barren, with a light drizzle to it -oh boy! The first stop on our agenda was Times Square. I was truly amazed by its size – it was so huge (and as you will soon find out, nearly all the architecture a Malaysia doesn’t manage to fit into the viewport of a camera!)

When we just touched down in KL

When we just touched down in KL

Checking in to our IBIS hotel - I think we were the only guys on the entire floor, a ghost floor!!

Checking in to our IBIS hotel – I think we were the only guys on the entire floor, a ghost floor!!

IBIS Styles - our star hotel charged an extra 50MR for early check-in

IBIS Styles – our star hotel charged an extra 50MR for early check-in

 

Towering over the skyline majestically, Berjaya Times Square Hotel is located in the heart and soul of the Kuala Lumpur city. Home to an eclectic mix of the old and new, embark on a city adventure and discover the diverse culture and heritage of this exciting city.

As you can see from the below pictures, Sumeet and I had a gala time-if I’m not mistaken, we entered the mall at around noon and exited at around 4.30 PM. We then decided to have pizza at Papa Johns (till date I have absolutely no idea how all the girls in Malaysia are able to maintain their thin figures, in spite of eating such heavy junk food. Shucks, they even managed to make me feel self-conscious L). In the evening we decided to walk around like a bunch of aimless fools with one map between the both of us and zero water bottles – as you probably guessed by now, we aren’t the brightest travelers. We managed to visit Little India and walking down the well lit up street with many different types of Indian cuisines and people, it felt like we were already back home.

Towering over the skyline majestically, Berjaya Times Square Hotel is located in the heart and soul of the Kuala Lumpur city.

Sumeet taking in some of the Hush around

Sumeet taking in some of the Hush around

The number of floors in Berjaya Times Square Malaysia - now, ain't that a lot?

The number of floors in Berjaya Times Square Malaysia – now, ain’t that a lot?

<<continued in Part II>>