If you’re a harried backpacker like me who enjoys the challenge of a punishing itinerary, then a Hop-on Hop-off bus might just be the best thing for you. It offers you the chance to see all the best sights and attractions that a city has to offer in a day (or you may also opt for a leisurely 2-days of sightseeing onboard).
My first experience as a tour-bus traveller happened a year ago when I went to Barcelona, Spain (Note to self: write an entry on this one!). And so when I found out that there’s a same service in KL, I knew I should also try it. So off we went to KL Sentral to buy our tickets which threw us off budget by RM38 or P570 each.
So how did it compare with the Barcelona experience? Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and I would still recommend it to anyone who is interested.
There are some caveats though. First, there are no recorded commentaries about the destinations onboard. Or there might have been until some folks decided to mess with the earphones. I saw a number that were destroyed. We instead had a “live” announcer who always ended his monologue with a lilting “terima kasih!” or thank you.
Second, most of the double decker buses are not open top which could have allowed for an unobstructed view of the magnificent KL sklyline. This is understandable though since the heat of the Malaysian sun can be terribly oppressive even for a non-westerner like me.
Third, owing to traffic congestions in KL (which is still way better than Manila’s), the 30-minute intervals between buses can increase to 45 minutes.
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