Tuesday, 5 January 2010

KL Hop-on Hop-off - Visit Kuala Lumpur In A Day

Is it true that you can visit Kuala Lumpur in just one day? Yes that's what special about Kuala Lumpur and let yourself being taken on a guided tour through the city. The main problem faced by visitors to any place is  transportation but when in Kuala Lumpur that problem can be considered nil. Kuala Lumpur provide busy visitors who do not have much time the access to nearly all attractions in the city. Kuala Lumpur Hop On Hop Off (HoHo)double decker bus service offer those who are on a brief stop or overnight travellers to see the city without engaging a tourist guide and at a minimal fare. Depending on your choice of itenary, within a day you can tour and explore the diverse, contrasting and colourful scene of Kuala Lumpur on a semi-roofed double-decker bus. Hop On Hop Off will take passengers to over 40 attractions and is also disable friendly.
While on board you will not be left alone because you will be presented with multi-lingual commentary so that you will not be lost while being taken for a ride. Besides there is also the availability of WiFi on-board. Passengers can opt to sit in the air conditioned cabin or the open deck for a skyview of Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur is very lucky to have her places of interest and attraction located in a circle and within reach. So if a tourist start visiting one place after another he/she will land at the starting point again. See the attached route map below to see what I mean (click to enlarge).
Below is the bus stop signboard for HoHo where passengers can board and buy the tour ticket on board.  Tickets can also be bought at travle agents, major hotels of any official agents displaying the HoHo logo. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by calling Toll Free info line at 1-800-88-5546 that show location of the bus stop. Visitors can embark and disembark at any of these stops within the 24 hours or 48 hours of the ticket validity period.
Below: Hop On Hop Off Customer Service Centre and Ticketing Counter at Bukit Bintang. Open from 9.00 am - 9.00 pm.
Address: KL Hop On Hop Off,
               No. Lot 1 (iii)@ Island - Revised, Piccolo Galleria,
               Jalan Bukit Bintang
               Kuala Lumpur
The booth is located in front of Wisma Peladang between Lot 10 and KL Plaza.

Along the city tour route there are 22 dedicated stops and all stops has its own attraction. In this posting I am going to give a brief information of the various stops. To get a clearer picture log on to the official website HERE.

Below is a brief explanation of what to expect at the respective bus stops based on my experience.
Bus Stop No 1 - Malaysian Tourist Centre
Photo Credit: marriot
Bus Stop No 2- KL Tower
Bus Stop No 3 - Jalan P. Ramlee - Night Life
Bus Stop No 4 - KL Convention Centre (KLCC) serving also for guest staying at Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Bus Stop No 5 - Karyaneka - Local Handicraft and Royale Chulan Hotel
Bus Stop No 6 - Bintang Walk - Lot 10, Pavillion, BB Plaza, Sungai Wang and other major shopping centres  within walking distance.
Bus Stop No 7 - Tengkat Tong Shin
Bus Stop No 8 - Petaling Street (China Town)

The best time to visit China Town is from evening to midnight where visitors can shop for variety of items from watches, apparels, bags,

Bus Stop No 9 - Central Market

Bus Stop No 10 - National Palace. This is the residence of the King of Malaysia. Visitors can visit the main gate and pose with the guards. If you come at the right time there will be guards on horse.
Photo credit: iiwas 

Bus Stop No 11 - KL Central
This is the hub for land transportation with Kelana Jaya Line serving the complex. It also the new station KTM rail and commuter. Besides the KL City Air Terminal is also housed in this complex.
Bus Stop No 12 - National Museum
Photo Credit : iiwas
Bus Stop No 13 - Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden
Photo Credit : Malaxi 
 At this stop you can visit the National Monument and then walk back to The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Butterfly Park and Tun Razak Memorial. If you wish to visit all these places, you will have to take a longer time especially the bird park. The orchid garden and hibiscus garden is located next to another and can be visited on one go.

Bus Stop No 14 - Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Bus Stop No 15 - National Mosque
Bus Stop No 16 - Dataran Merdeka
Places of interest within this stop is the Dataran Merdeka, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Selangor Club
Bus Stop No 17 - Medan MARA, Sogo Shopping Complex, Pertama Shopping Complex
Bus Stop No 18 - Chow Kit
Bus Stop No 19 - Bulatan Pahang
If you stay at Grand Seasons Hotel, KL International Hotel, De First Inn Kuala Lumpur, Brisdale Hotel, Dynasty Hotel or Vistana Hotel you can take the bus from this stop.
Bus Stop No 20 - Kampung Baru - Malay Community within Kuala Lumpur. As soon as the bus hits Jalan Tun Razak prepare to look on the right side of the bus to experience the beautiful view of Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur Tower and the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. Well, of course get your camera ready.
Bus Stop No 21 - Ampang Park Shopping Complex
This is one of the first shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur. Tourist or visitor staying at Nikko Hotel can take the bus from here.
Bus Stop No 22 - Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Petronas Twin Tower

What does KL Hop On Hop Off has to offer.....At KL HOP ON HOP OFF, our service is difference. We care about our customers and commit ourselves to providing our guests with the highest standard of service. -from myhoponhopoff brochure.
For More Information

Toll FREE Infoline : 1-800-88-5546
Website: www.myhoponhopoff.com
Email: inquiry@myhoponhopoff.com
Phone : +603 2691 1382
Facsimile : +603 2691 1382
Customer Service Centre
Posted below are photo captions I took from the brochure of KL Hop On Hop Off in different languages for the benefit of tourists.
Ticket pricing are RM 38.00 Adult and RM 17.00 Children
Malaysians with Mykad will get a discounted rate of RM 19.00 for Adult and RM 12.00 for Children
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