Hop on Hop Off KL Bus Tour; not just for tourists ;-)

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!

Our ‘easy to spot’ double decker bus for our Hop on Hop off city tour of KL 

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.

Stop No. 2: The infamous KL Tower. Go up to the observation deck or choose to wander around the grounds and tackle the canopy walk in the KL Forest Eco Park below.

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!

Stop No. 7: Tengkat Tong Shin has become a hub for travellers with many guest houses and hotels. It also has a great choice of clubs, pubs, restaurants and cafes on the neighbouring Changkit Bukit as pictured above. Definitely a good spot to grab a bite and enjoy the vibe.

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.

A stop at China Town and the infamous Petaling Street was a must!

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!

I really love Merdeka Square, and always truly admire the architecture

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.

The Lake Garden (Perdana Botanical Gardens) is just perfect and has so much to offer.

Just next door to the Lake Gardens stop, you have the KL Bird Park which we loved and would definitely recommend.

If you have time, KL Bird Park really is a big favourite with the whole family.

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

Stay on the bus until 8pm and watch the city light up

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

Titiwangsa is one of our favourite parks in KL and the bus stops just outside Istana Budaya which is just a short walk away

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

Shopping opportunities at Central Market with two floors of jewellery, clothes, handicrafts and souvenirs…

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