Before we knew it, our short 3 day trip in Kuala Lumpur was coming to an end.
On the morning of the third day we were there, we got up at 9 am to make sure we wouldn’t be late. We really had no idea how to get back to the airport. On the way to Kuala Lumpur, the buses were in an obvious location, right along with the taxis and stuff, but it’s not as much of a “no-brainer” when going back to the airport.
The first thing we had to do though was… eat of course! Since it was a day for traveling we didn’t want to risk eating something that might mess up our stomachs, so we went to McDonald’s. My wife had the sausage biscuit again, which seemed fitting. That’s what she had on the first morning, when we were at the Budget Terminal at Changi International in Singapore, waiting on our flight.
After eating, we went back to the hotel and checked with the lady at the front desk for directions. We specifically wanted to know how to get on one of those cheap buses again. Why pay more when you don’t have to? She told us that the best way to get there would be to go back to the Pasar Seni train station and ride to K.L. Central. She said there were buses there that would take us back to the airport for 8 ringgit each, which is what we paid the last time heading into the city.
That seemed simple enough, and it didn’t take us long to get to K.L. Central. The place was bigger than we expected though so we had to stop for directions again. Unfortunately, the guy behind the counter told us it would be “better for you to take fast train to airport.” Of course… that’s what we didn’t want to do. The fast train he was talking about is fast, but it’s also 35 ringgits per person. I couldn’t see spending that much more just to shave 30 minutes or so off our trip. We wound up getting the right directions from a guy working at a sales stand. All we had to do was go downstairs.
When we got downstairs the bus we wanted was right in front of us. It was yellow, just like the one we had taken from the airport, and just like the one we had taken from the airport it was indeed only 8 ringgit. It was called Star Shuttle (see the ticket stub on the left, which was from our trip into the city on the 1st). We double checked with the guy selling tickets to make sure it was going to the airport and then paid and got on board. We got on the bus at about 11:30 am, and about 20 minutes later the bus pulled off from the curb and got on its way to the airport. I dozed off for part of the trip again. My wife was kind enough to let me know I was knocked out and had my mouth hanging open for quite a while. Oops!
We left Kuala Lumpur early because we weren’t sure of the way back to the airport, so when we did get there, we got there early. Really early in fact. We had two hours to kill before we could even check in, so we went to the McDonald’s there and got some coffee. I tried to log into the free wireless but either it was acting up or my phone was, because I kept getting a “no reply from gateway” error. Thinking about it now, it had to be my phone if I got the same error in two different places. Since we couldn’t get the internet to work, we found a bench to sit on. My wife pulled out a book, and I fell back asleep for about an hour.
When the time came, we checked in, got our boarding passes and then went through the immigration and security checkpoints. While in line we realized that we hadn’t taken the time to stop for Dunkin Donuts. There aren’t any Dunkin Donuts stores in Singapore. I have no idea why, because the donut stores that are in Singapore aren’t very good. We were both kinda sad about the whole thing, because we love their donuts. Fortunately for us, there’s a Dunkin Donuts just past the immigration checkpoint.
We had just enough ringgits left for four donuts, so we chowed down!
The rest of our trip home was fairly uneventful. The gate was a bit crowded and the flight left a bit late, but we were back in Singapore by 5:45 pm.
6 thoughts on “3 Days in Kuala Lumpur: Part 10: Heading Home”
I wouldn't doubt that it was set up as a scam. It seems a little too convenient to me.
Your scanned ticket reminded me of the ones I still keep as a reminder of one of our trips to KL. On our way back, the bus which was labeled Eltabina Express didn't come out of the Singapore Immigration until the passengers were forced to ride other buses. I witnessed the bus arrive just when the new bus we took was leaving. The kind driver said he saw our original bus leave and offered to charge only $2 each passenger to get us to Kallang. To this day I'm not certain if they were in cahoots. I wanted to complain then but the busyness of life prevented me from doing so.
So glad you got donuts…lucky you! Me, I gotta make my own. 😦 Nothing like Dunkin Donuts and a cup of hot coffee.
Haha.. Ok. You're funny.
“Ya, that's the great thing about a blog. Years and years from now I can look back through this, or my kids can. It's a great way to keep a record.” just imagine years from now and MKL's kids will be checking out his blogs and will utter 2 words only. ASIAN FEVER. hahahaha
Since it was a day for traveling we didn't want to risk eating something that might mess up our stomachs, so we went to McDonald's.That's a disputable statement :PAnyhow, a very good diary of your short stay. How will you think about that in 10years? 🙂 I think will be many similar trips by then. Great!