Even when you live somewhere, sometimes it’s nice to go out and truly ‘play the tourist’!So when we recently had a long weekend here in KL, the one thing my children really wanted to do was the ‘Hop on Hop off’ bus!
With 23 stops around the city covering most of the obvious tourist attractions such as The KL Tower, Petronas Towers and the Botanic Gardens, the bus also takes you a little further afield to the National Museum and the National Palace.
Shopping opportunities and eateries are also taken care of and it’s guaranteed you’ll find a few stops that you didn’t even know existed!
We stopped off at the likes of China Town and Central Market to enjoy a wander around both and take in the sights and sounds.
We also made the most of a long stop at Merdeka Square which not only offers a walk around the colonial part of the city but also houses the new Music Museum, the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and the now iconic I ❤️ KL statue that makes for a great photo opportunity!
A stop at the Lake Gardens is always nice and has so much else to offer in the vicinity that you could spend a whole day here and do nothing else! From the Butterfly Park and the Planetarium, to the likes of the Deer Park and Orchid Gardens within the Botanical Gardens it really is worth a stop.
Just next door to the Lake Gardens stop, you have the KL Bird Park which we loved and would definitely recommend.
The buses offer two decks; with the lower one being fully enclosed and air-conditioned. The upper deck has both a closed section and an open-top front half so you can make the best of both worlds and enjoy the views from upstairs. An entire tour on the bus (should you decide not to get off on any of the stops) will take you approximately 2.15 hours and I have to admit that we did that at one stage on the first day and loved it; we’d said the little ones could stay up late and do the tour of the city by night so with a nice breeze in the air on the upper deck it was great to see the city come alive as night fell
There’s generally a member of ground staff at each stop so you can check when the next bus is due and even buy tickets from them. Children 5 and below are free of charge and an adult ticket is 45RM but should you buy online, you get a 5RM reduction per ticket. We were given great maps which gave an overview of the stops and other attractions in the area and were impressed by the tour itself. I will say though, that they only have 6 buses in circulation the buses aren’t that frequent. They say they’re about 30/40 minutes apart but if you really want to make the next bus, check with the ground staff as to just far out the next bus is to ensure you get your timings right and can make the most of your time
If you want a day where you don’t have to worry about driving and parking in the city and wanna sit back and see the city at the same time, then this is a lovely way to pass your time. And of course if you really are a tourist, there’s no better way to get a feel for the city and its highlights than via one of these fab Hop on Hop off buses 😉 S x