Malaysia Backpackers Destination and Homestay


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

About KLCC and Nearest Hostel Red Palm - Backpacker's Hostel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur began life in 1857. It was then that a member of Selangor's royal family, Raja Abdullah, decided to open up an area in the Klang Valley for tin prospectors. Miners from China soon arrived and despite pestilence that killed a large number of them, the Chinese miners thrived, attracting merchants and businesses. The commercial area of tin trading was located in the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers and it was here that Kuala Lumpur was established.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) pretty much covers the Central Business District and is home to a good many embassies and international company headquarters.

With the now famous Petronas Twin Towers anchoring the area KLCC has become the new commercial centre of KL. There has been quite a lot of development in this area and now the area boasts many of Kuala Lumpur's new skyscrapers, 5 star hotels, office buildings, luxurious fully serviced apartments, upscale shopping and fine dining establishments.

That and the fact that it is nicely laid out with very good transportation facilities that make it easy to get about makes KLCC a favorite area for business travelers as well as upscale leisure visitors. Hotels in this area are usually large 5 star deluxe properties affiliated with an international chain.

KLCC (Holdings) Bhd is the owner of the 1.67 million sq. meters of commercial development on the 40-hectare (100-acre) KLCC Project, one of the largest real estate developments in the world. The 452 metre tall Petronas Twin Towers were designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art are recognized as a the tallest twin tower building in the world.

The company's core business is investment holdings in the commercial, retail and hotel sectors.

Its subsidiaries are involved in property investment, project development and management and facilities management.

Suria KLCC is Malaysia's premier shopping destination located at Kuala Lumpur prestigious commercial address, the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). It offers an array of goods and services to please and pamper the needs of shoppers; from fashion, entertainment, arts & culture to local delicacies and international gourmets.

Set in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle, Suria KLCC is surrounded by hotels, office buildings, a scenic park and dancing fountains, promising hours of leisurely pleasure. From whichever entrance you take, the excitement hits you the minute you step into the sensational splendour and diversity of the centre.

The time is 8am and the location is the Red Palm Guesthouse in Bukit Bintang. Red Palm is a newcomer to the Kuala Lumpur backpacker circuit, but with its efficient, friendly staff and prominent web presence, it is sure to become a favourite. First impressions are good: freshly painted rooms, clean communal areas and colourful furniture – all housed within a charming colonial building.

Started in Oct 2004, Red Palm has been full of international travellers nearly every night.

“Our guests are mostly from England, Europe and the US,” said Sophie Abdullatiss, co-owner of Red Palm. “I think people enjoy staying here because what we offer is a bit more personal than the bigger hotels,” she said.

Bunking down for the night in a dorm room will set you back RM25, which is not the cheapest bed in town but includes a small breakfast and use of a kitchen. There are internet and phone facilities, and a lounge with a selection of DVDs. However with only five rooms, the atmosphere is cosy enough that swapping travel stories is better entertainment. A communal guitar in the corner is a nice touch – popular with strummers of all abilities.

Having dinner with the other guests at the hotel.
Head towards Chinatown and KL’s hostels tend to be cheaper and, well, crustier.

From KLIA Airport
1) Taxi :

- Get a taxi coupon at the counter near the arrival hall. Normally would cost:

Budget taxi - RM 67.40
Premier - RM 92.40

Midnight rate:
* Budget taxi = RM 16.00 surcharge
Premier = RM 19.00 surcharge

KLIA Taxi counter number: 03 - 8787 3030
- Give the taxi driver the address (No. 5, Tengkat Tong Shin, a one way street).
- It's close to Corona Inn and right opposite 8 Guest House and next to the Indian restaurant "Tg Nasi Kandar" and Foot Reflexology "KL Valley".

2) Airport Coach/Bus to KL Sentral:
- Airport Coach - RM 10 (every hour)
- 6.30am - 12.30 midnight
contact no: 03-87873894 / 03-87768449
From there ---> see below "From KL Sentral"

3) Star Shuttle to Puduraya Bus Station

- RM 10
- Bus schedule =
- call between 4.15am - 9.30pm = 03-4043 8811
- if send straight to Red Palm: RM 18


Addresse / Phone Number
Red Palm
5, Tingkat Tong Shing
Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur
phone: (03) 2143 1279
from abroad: 0060 3 2143 1279

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