Hi Everyone, 🙂
We planned our trip from makemytrip.com. They give you a dedicated team member who plan your itinerary. You can customise the trip as per your budget and requirements. You can look for group departures in order to bring down the cost.
Malaysian currency is Ringgit. Do get some before leaving India because in the plane sometimes they accept only Ringgit if you want to buy food.
Places to Visit : Bukit Bintang *, Petronas Twin Towers (book your tickets before hand if you want to go up on the bridge for the view), Batu Caves*, Cave Villas, Sunway lagoon Waterpark (it was under renovation when we went there), Thean Hou Temple*.
If you have a few more days in hand, you may head to Langkawi. It’s a beautiful beach destination and very near to Kuala Lumpur. We personally were more interested in exploring Bali. 🙂 It was one of my dream destination and Sanjeev made it true for me. 🙂
Hotel We stayed at: Renaissance Marriot, Kuala Lumpur. Good food, great services, small but lovely rooms, gorgeous swimming pool and very well located. Walking distance from Petronas towers and Bukit Bintang and monorail station was right in front.
Mode of Travel : Taxi and mono rail. If you want to explore Kuala Lumpur find taxi services online and book them for a day or so. Don’t book them from the hotel as that would be costly.
Minimum days for Kuala Lumpur : 2
Visa : to be done before hand.
Here’s a video from our Malaysia Trip :
Places to Visit : Sacred Monkey Forest*, Ubud, King’s Palace, Tanah Lot Temple*, Kecak Fire Dance (must see), GWK Park, Padang Padang Beach*, Coffee Plantation, Uluwatu*, Pura Puseh Desa Batuan, Goa Gajah, Rice Paddy*, Kintamani Temple*, Lake & Mt Batur *, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
If you have an extra day in hand and you are fairly fit, go for trekking on Mount Batur.
Hotel We stayed at : Grand Mirage. Stunning property, great staff but you’d have issues with food there. Very less options for Vegetarians.
Mode of Travel : Taxi. Our driver, Sumara turned out to be an amazing guide and a very nice chap. 🙂 Here’s his phone number : +62 896 25104003. Tell him you are Sanjeev’s friend and he’d give you a good rate. 🙂
Minimum days for Bali : Atleast 5 . 2 full days go into travelling. Malaysia to Bali flight is around 4 hours. And India to Bali flight is 11 hours (minimum). We had a connecting flight from Malaysia. So we left the hotel at 10 am and reached Delhi at around 11 pm. Our flight got delayed by 2 hours because of the weather.
Indian Restaurant : There is amazing chain of Indian restaurant called Queen’s in Bali. Food varies from one location to another but still they serve good food. It’s expensive but honestly, you would really want to keep going back to this place. My personal recommendation is Jal Jeera and Gulab Jamuns. 🙂
What to Shop : You can pick up some lovely art and craft pieces from Bali for your home. How you bring it back with you is something you’d have to figure it out.
What to Pack : The basics for any hot and humid destination – airy comfortable clothes, sunscreen, bikinis / swimsuits, sunglasses, a camera. But the main are the shoes. Keep them very comfortable because there is a lot of walking in Bali. If you are going to rice paddy or trekking the Mount Batur, definitely pack a pair of converse / sports shoes with you. I didn’t know that we’d have to trek through the rice fields so I did it in my sandals only. Thankfully they were extremely comfortable and very sturdy throughout. Also, don’t wear dresses or skirts for rice paddy.
One Indian rupee is roughly about 185 Indonesian rupiah. So if you want to convert currency in India itself and take along it would be too much (you’d have to carry lakhs of Indonesian rupiah 😛 ). So carry money in dollars to Bali (only $100 notes as you get good rates on them compared with $10 or $20 notes). There is no problem of money exchangers in Bali. They give good rates and they are easily available throughout the place. Keep good amount of cash handy with you. Every place you visit to you have to buy a ticket. Except rice paddy, where you had to give a donation. 😛
Similar to Malaysia, we booked a taxi in Bali for three days and roamed around. We completely ignored the city tour arranged for us.
Visa : on arrival
And Here’s a video from our Bali trip :
I hope you enjoyed our trip as much as we did. And boy! I have worked so much after coming back from the trip that I want another vacation now. 😀
Have a great week ahead all of you. :-*
PS: The first pic is shot by Mr. Husband on our way back from Bali. The sky was magical that evening. 🙂
Bali : GWK Park, Kecak Dance, Padang Padang Beach, Coffee Plantation, Uluwatu
Bali Day 1: Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud, Tanah Lot Temple, Kecak Fire Dance
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Day 1
Kuala lumpur, Malaysia Day 2
Bali : Pura Puseh Desa Batuan, Goa Gajah, Rice Paddy, Kintamani Temple, Lake & Mt Batur