Kuala Lumpur Milege Run 2 – Kuala Lumpur Arrival and First Night

This post is written by Katie about her arrival into Kuala Lumpur during her second 2016 mileage run to Kuala Lumpur.

After clearing immigration, collecting my bag, and clearing customs I found myself in the arrivals area at KUL.  I obtained some cash from an ATM and then bought a return ticket on the KL Ekspres.

The 7pm train – direct to KL Sentral in under 30 minutes – was not too crowded.  The buses from the airport were cheaper (RM10 each way), but RM45 each way isn’t bad.  If I had remember to bring a Mastercard, it would have been RM40 each way!

KL Sentral was extremely busy when I arrived.  The ticket machines were confusing to use – since no English appeared to be offered – and it was unclear where a MyRapid card could be bought.  I eventually found the LRT station desk hidden behind a pillar and was able to buy a RM20 MyRapid card there.

The exterior of KL Backhome

With my MyRapid card in hand, I was able to take the LRT from KL Sentral to
Masjid Jamik.  I followed the directions on the Hostelworld website from the LRT station to BackHome KL hostel.  Using these directions, I found BackHome with no issues after a three minute walk.

I liked that our names were on the door to the female dorm!
The beds were also well designed and sturdy.

I had reserved a bed in the 4 bed female dorm on Agoda since it listed the cheapest price I could find ($34.68 for two nights). The actual dorm was nice – the beds had shelves, individual hooks as well as shared hooks, nice pillows, and huge lockers with plenty of shelves.  I was really impressed with Backhome KL – the property was also extremely pretty and well-kept.

I unpacked my belongings into a locker and used my laptop in the air-conditioned lobby for a while.  Around 9:30pm I ventured out to Kadar, a restaurant on the next street over from the hostel that was recommended by the hostel.

The menu at Kadar was a bit overwhelming, and I failed to remember what the hostel had recommended.  I opted for a “Late-night Snack” of five different pancakes served with four different sauces.  I attempted to order a mango lassi, but was told they only had juice.  The mango juice I received was pretty good though, and I really enjoyed the five different pancakes and mixing each with the different sauces.  It was an enjoyable dinner once I got past the ordering phase.

Once I returned to Backhome KL, I was really tired so I just showered and went to sleep.

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