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.