Day 1 – Malaysia
Malaysia & Vietnam are two different countries and we traveled it in two days. Yes, crazy enough to have a sneak peak with quickie tour with these two Asian countries. Time is the limit since we don’t have enough leave credits and as well as funds to wander a lot, so here is our solution.
Arrived in Malaysia around 6:00pm and we smoothly get out from the airport without any hassle since we already booked our bus ticket online prior to travel. Yes, we used bus from KLIA to City center of Kuala Lumpur to save a lot of money. I will tell you why, in bus you will only pay RM 12.00 (Php 162.00) and travel time is approximately 1hour. Hence, if you opt to take KLIA express (LRT be like) from Airport to KL Sentral (stop near city center) will cost you RM 55.00 (Php 743.00) and travel time will be 30-35 mins only. Maybe if you are in rush then this will be the fastest way to reach the city center. Since we are not, we used bus and the good thing is the bus station stop is just walking distance from the hotel we booked. But unfortunately since we have not checked maps before hand we take teksi (taxi) from bus station stop to hotel, the good thing is the teksi driver is very much approachable and kind.
We’ve tried their street food in our dinner and stroll around nearby places. It was tiring yet enjoyable while we explore the city at night since we only walk nowhere and just follow where our steps will lead us. To the point we almost reach the back side of Petronas Twin Tower and half of it we almost take a little glance before the rain haunted us down the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur.
The following day we checked out directly in the morning so we will not get back anymore during checkout time. This is the benefit if you will not bring big luggage bags or trolleys, backpack is enough so you can carry around wherever you will go.
We captivated the stunning beauty also of Batu caves that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu, which flows past the hill. It is the tenth limestone hill from Ampang.
Day 2 – Vietnam
Arrived in Vietnam around 1:00AM in the morning. Since it is really a strange country to us, it is very hard to communicate with locals. Most of them cannot speak English and we find it hard to use grab going to city. There is no available public buses during that time also. So, we are forced to take taxi from the airport itself and unfortunately the taxi charged us more than even double the metered fare. Since we’re tired and really wanted to sleep we did not mind it that much and continue to checking in with the capsule type hostel we booked online. Good thing is the capsule is really convenient enough to accommodate our weary body.
We woke up around 9:00AM and fix ourselves, take our sumptuous breakfast and rush a bit in the city area.
Inside the tunnel you cannot even try to stand, all the way you can only crawl. I could not imagine how Vietnamese able to live for a long period of time during the war. In all, at least 45,000 Vietnamese men and women are said to have died defending the Cu Chi tunnels over the course of the Vietnam War. In the years following the fall of Saigon in 1975, the Vietnamese government preserved the Cu Chi tunnels and included them in a network of war memorial parks around the country. he Cu Chi tunnels were built over a period of 25 years that began sometime in the late 1940s during the war against the French. The excavations were used mostly for communication between villages and to evade French army sweeps of the area. When the National Liberation Front (NLF) insurgency began around 1960, the old tunnels were repaired and new extensions were excavated. Within a few years the tunnel system assumed enormous strategic importance, and most of Cu Chi district and the nearby area came under firm Viet Cong control. (Refer to link for more reads.)
The City is rich with history and probably I will plan to re-visit Vietnam again to explore the other side of this country.
See below for the site visited and total expenses of our travel.
✈Malaysia – March 5
📌National Textile Museum
📌Cathedral of Saint Mary The Virgin
📌Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
📌Royal Selangor Club
📌Sultan Abdul Samad Building
📌Sri Mahamariamman Temple
✈️Vietnam- March 6
📌Củ Chi Tunnels
📌War Remnants Museum
📌Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
📌Saigon Central Post Office
1,919 – Philippines to Malaysia
1,409.67 – Malaysia to Vietnam
3,541.62 – Vietnam to Philippines
455 – Malaysia (per head shared by 2)
588 – Vietnam (per head capsule type)
168 – KLIA to City (each via bus)
700 – Rapid KL card for LRT (each)
800 – use of taxi (1,600 for 2)
167 – City to KLIA (each via bus)
1,150 – use of taxi (2,300 for 2)
600 – Cu Chi Tours (each)
1,500 – Malaysia (each)
900 – Vietnam (each)
Total Expenses = Php 13,897