Having been on the Hop-On Hop-Off buses in Dublin, Paris and London years ago, I did once contemplate that if I was born rich, I would have started this business here in Malaysia, but well, apparently I was not the only one to think so as someone has obviously finally brought the Hop On Hop Off bus here to KL and also Penang.
However, like all locals, we usually never take the opportunity to enjoy our own place/ home area sceneries, so when my sister in law invited me, I jumped at the opportunity. Before I go any further, here is the introduction to the KL Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
The KL Hop-on Hop-Off Tour takes on the popular ‘see it all’ concept available in bigger cities such as London and Paris, but the key to the tour is that it maintains its flexibility. With 22 designated stops, and over 40 attractions throughout Kuala Lumpur, the double-decker, air-conditioned tour bus is equipped with facilities such as pre-recorded multi lingual commentary for each of the attractions and Wi-Fi, making it one of the most convenient tours around.
Choose between 24-hour or 48-hour tickets and just hop on at a designated stop, then hop off when you feel like exploring, and hop on again when you’re ready to move. Shop, dine and take in the many attractions, but do it at your pace and experience KL, the way you want it! .
Operation hour: 09.00 – 20.00
To check out the stops: http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/kl/attraction.php
|A view of the KL Hilton at KL Sentral from the KL Hop-On Hop-Off|
Anyway, I brought my little girl along for the tour and she was naturally delighted. We got up on the bus from KL Sentral which was actually stop no 11 and naturally sat outside at the open deck area. That is actually the best part except that in Malaysia... it can get too humid and hot (like I found out personally after about an hour on the bus), unlike the open deck of the Hop-On Hop-Off buses in London or Paris. However when that happens, fortunately we can escape the heat into the nice 'indoor' and air-conditioned area.
|On the KL Hop-On Hop-Off|
|A nice view of skyscrapers together...|
It can be pretty breathtaking looking at KL City in a tourist point of view. This, I guess is what it means by sometimes we just take for granted what we have and do not know how to appreciate it. So, well, take some time off and go for a tour around your neighbourhood, your city and try to look at it from a different angle sometimes!!!
|Le Meridien /KL Sentral from the road|
|The view of the parliament building before we turn into the New National Palace/ Istana Negara|
My little girl and I were delighted to finally get to see the New National Palace, not having been here before. It was definitely a sight to behold and appreciate. This is considered stop no 13. The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus will stop here for about 5 minutes to allow you to get off the bus for a quick photo or two.
|The view of the New National Palace/ Istana Negara|
The interval between buses are about 30 minutes each and for me, it is interesting to be able to hear the commentary while on board the bus, which will tell you all about the history or background of places your are passing through.
|Looking cute while grinning and bearing it in the sweltering heat...|
|The Parliament Building|
The stop for the Parliament Building is at stop no 14, this is where you can also head to the National Monument or Tugu Negara, ASEAN Sculpture Park, and the Perdana Botanical Gardens or Taman Tasik Perdana....
|The National Mosque|
Stop no 16 is where you can get off to visit the National Mosque, the Islamic Art Museum and also the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
|TV AlHijrah's station|
|The crowd at stop No 16, at the National Mosque....|
|Sultan Abdul Samad Building|
If you want to see the Merdeka Square and the lovely Sultan Abdul Samad Building, you can get off at stop no 17. You can then head to the Jamek Mosque, or St Mary's Church next to the Royal Selangor Club.
|A lovely colonial house which is now the Pakistani High Commisioner's house, this is in front of stop No 1, at MaTic|
|Some pretty boutique hotels I saw on the way to KL Tower....This is near little India|
|The majestic KL Tower...|
|KL Tower at a different angle...|
My sister in law, my daughter and I finally got down at Bukit Bintang to go do some shopping and have our lunch. However if you can purchase tickets for 24 hours or 48 hours and get on and off it as many times as you like during that duration....
For more info please check out : http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/kl/visitor.php
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|Tadaaahhh..... Stop No 6 at Bukit Bintang...|