Kuala Lumpur is the capital city and the federal territory of Malaysia. Also known as Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, it is one of the main city centre populated by tall skyscrapers and lively nightlife. It is also recorded to be the largest city in Malaysia with populations of over 7 million in 2018 alone. The best way to get to Kuala Lumpur is by flying, even when you are travelling domestically, it is still easier to go by flight than the bus or train when it comes to travelling time. The distance from Pontianak to Kuala Lumpur is approximately 2,387 km. Some of the major highlights in Kuala Lumpur not to be missed include Central Market, Petronas Twin Tower, and Batu Caves.
Kuala Lumpur is always sunny most of the time. The weather makes it almost suitable for travelling any time within the year. However, the best time one should travel to Kuala Lumpur from Jakarta is from early June to late September and from mid-December to mid-March. This is because on months other than that, the east coast will be having its annual monsoon season, thus it tends to give some dark clouds over in Kuala Lumpur.
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Supadio International Airport (PNK) - Supadio International Airport is the main airport in Pontianak, Indonesia. It is formerly known as Sei Durian Airport or Sungai Durian Airport. It is located 17 km away from Pontianak and it will take around 27 minutes from the airport to the city itself.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) - Kuala Lumpur International Airport or short for KLIA is right at Sepang. There are two KLIA airports, but both located close to each other. KLIA2 is where AirAsia mainly operates. The airport is 58 km away from the capital city. It will take approximately 50 minutes to reach the city centre from the airport. Time may vary depending on traffic during that day.
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB) - Also known as Subang Airport, it is the oldest airport in Malaysia. It caters to mostly domestic routes in Malaysia with main airlines operating such as Firefly and Malindo Air. Subang Airport is 21 km from the city centre. It will take around 26 minutes to travel from the airport to the city centre.
As mentioned, Singapore has pretty much stable weather patterns throughout the year because they have two main seasons; wet and dry. During the wet season, the temperature will either be around 25 degrees Celsius, and rarely does it go below that. During the dry season, the temperate varies from 32 degrees Celsius and it rarely goes above 33 degrees Celsius most of the time.
Central Market - Central Market is one of the oldest hot spots for tourists and among the locals. It housed some of the most amazing crafts and products at a cheap price. This is the spot to go shopping and be one with the locals here. Central Market is 3 km away from the city centre and it will take you mere five minutes to reach there. It is accessible via bus, taxi, and train.
Petronas Twin Tower - The Petronas Twin Tower is another iconic skyscraper in Malaysia. It was built in 1993 - 1999 by an architect named Cesar Pelli. It broke the record by being the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004. The tower's connecting bridge is accessible for tourists daily until 9 PM where you can grasp the scenery of Kuala Lumpur as a whole. The twin towers are 6 km away from the city centre. It will take around 12 minutes to travel to get to the towers.
Batu Caves - Batu Caves is both astonishing and magical. It is a temple located inside the limestone hill along the highway in the Gombak district. The most iconic feature of Batu Caves is the giant 42.7 meters high Lord Murugan golden statue; and the colourful 272 steps leading up to the temples. Batu Caves is 19 km away from the city centre. It will take 22 minutes from the city centre to the temple.
Planning is a good way to go traveling, be it domestically or internationally, but don’t disregard the fact that things can and most likely would not go as planned. This could either be due to suddenly the activity you want to do is unavailable or if more logistical issues force you to think of other ways to do things. Keep in mind that plan is a good base, but when you are traveling and there are a lot of external factors involved, it will be a different kind of adventure.
There is a saying that doesn’t keep all your money with your person when you travel, but that doesn’t mean you should not bring extra money at all. Keep extra credit and atm cards with you when you travel. This will help greatly when things go south and believe me, it probably will. Keeping cards instead of cash with your person is better and safer.
This will come in handy when you are traveling to a place where English is not their first, second, or only language at all. It is best to learn some local words that can help you through the trip, especially in terms of direction, transportation, medical, and such. Plus, it will open a ton of network opportunities with the locals to be able to be among them. You will be able to make friends and discover some hidden gems you never thought you would find.
This might sound ridiculous but it is important nonetheless. We tend to underestimate ourselves and assume we have it all in our heads. It is best to have it with you at all times because when you need a specific direction back, you can refer to it easily. It is best to keep it on paper as well because you will never know when the handy-dandy technology will fail you when you need it the most.
We are not going minimalist here, but minimalism can help you get more things done. In order to determine how many you should bring with you, you should always go back to the question of where and what. Where are you going? What will you be doing? This will bring you back to the consideration if you do a lot of walking, then it is best to bring something you are comfortable with. The key example is to wear your everyday clothes because you know what you are comfortable with to go about your day. Don’t overthink too much on a “just in case” situation because that is the number one trap to bring more with you and in the end, it will just make your bag heavier with things you can either reuse or get easier there.
Be it whether you are traveling domestic or international, it is important to gear yourself up with travel insurance. Traveloka itself provides travel insurance from Chubbs. This is pretty much self-explanatory because you will never expect what could happen when you are abroad. Even if you are traveling domestically, should things go out of your control such as accidents or sickness, you will have the leverage of insurance coverage.
Despite the beauty of the world, it is not necessarily a safe one. Even if you are doing a solo trip, always keep in touch with your family and/or friends. Let them have a copy of your itinerary so that they have an idea of where you are. Keep them close in contact each day and let them know when you are changing locations during your trip.
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