August 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm
After having always seen the double decker bus all over Kuala Lumpur, we finally checked out the KL Hop On Hop Off City Tour. This bus tour is not your typical tour, as it allows its passengers to disembark and explore at their own discretion. And the best part is, your ticket is valid for 24 hours or 48 hours, depending on the type of ticket you get. So what does all that mean?
It means that if you are a visitor to Kuala Lumpur, you get a convenient means of travelling around the city. The tour stops at 22 different locations in the city, all chosen for convenience and tourism in mind. Taking all the locations into consideration, there are over 40 tourist attractions that can be visited during the tour, which is actually a lot of places to visit in one day to be honest. That is probably why a 48 hour ticket comes in handy for most visitors.
What is even more convenient is that passengers can begin their tour at any of the stops. The buses travel in a so called loop, repeating the 22 stops all around the city from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm daily. The first stop in the tour is Malaysia Tourist Centre at Jalan Ampang and the last stop is at Petronas Twin Towers. The tour bus is comfortable, and is actually a very easy and convenient method of sightseeing. The upper deck has wide windows and also a glass roof panel to enable visitors to view the various sights and the entire skyline of Kuala Lumpur. The air conditioned bus offers a welcomed respite to those who are unaccustomed to the tropical climate of Malaysia, and there is an open air deck at the back of some of the buses for those who want to have an unrestricted view of Kuala Lumpur without the hassle of actually walking.
Although the private pre-recording tour guide, which allows visitors to listen to a commentary via earphones in nine different languages, was being upgraded at the time of our visit, there was an English language audio guide playing in the bus for the visitors. While the bus tour maintains a half an hour schedule, delays should be expected because of the traffic jams that Kuala Lumpur is notoriously known for, especially during evenings of workdays, most notably Friday.
All in all, we were rather satisfied with Kuala Lumpur KL Hop On Hop Off City Tour. It really is an easy and convienent way to get around Kuala Lumpur without any hassle and worry, especially in having to deal with taxi drivers or getting all weary with walking all around the city. And don’t worry about having to buy your ticket in advance. Just wait for the bus at any of the 22 stops and when one comes along, purchase your ticket from the tour guide, hop onboard, and enjoy your tour!