The Planned Community of Putrajaya

PauTravels in Putrajaya Malaysia

Twice in the past I had my opportunity of getting to this organized city south of Kuala Lumpur that has become the federal administrative center of Malaysia.   Putrajaya was a brainchild project of Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohammad to free up Kuala Lumpur from congestion.

And so my first visit here was when we had a side trip to Kuala Lumpur during one of my previous visits in Singapore in 2005. On both occasions that I have visited the city, our trip here is always a side trip from KL.

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First Trip to Kuala Lumpur

PauTravels at the Petronas Towers at night

In one of my visits to Singapore, we have set up a plan to get a short tour to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  It was not my first time to visit Malaysia then as I had already been to Penang for business trips.  But on the May 27th of 2005, we decided to make a side trip to Kuala Lumpur to try and see the Petronas Twin Towers and the rest of the city.

And so, I was again tasked to set up the whole itinerary going there.  On this trip, there are six of us, my brother Mark and his wife Joy, Joy’s sisters Leslie and Jackie, and Jackie’s then boyfriend Chris.  Well that time, my bro and Joy were still engaged.

So, I looked up for a cheap accommodation in Kuala Lumpur.  With the help of Travellerspoint, I was able to get our accommodation to Red Palm, a hostel.  The hostel is located near Bukit Bintang, a shopping center in KL.  And also from Singapore, I’ve purchased for us regular cabin KTM train tickets to KL Sentral station.

And so at about 10 PM, our group made our way to the Tanjong Pagar KTM Station along Ayer Rajah Expressway in Singapore.  We are booked on the 12 midnight trip to Kuala Lumpur.  We have an expected arrival time in Kuala Lumpur at around 7AM the next day.  I’ve planned the trip this way to save one night stay in a hostel.  And so throughout the trip, we slept on our seats.  About an hour later from the Tanjong Pagar station, we all alighted at the Immigration hall before crossing the Causeway Bridge to Malaysia.  And from there, the train stopped in several other stations in Malaysia before we got ourselves to Kuala Lumpur.

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