The Travel Hub Kuala Lumpur Guesthouse

5.00 avg. rating (98% score) - 1 vote

I wanted somewhere cheap, clean, and central in Kuala Lumpur. There are many hostels and guesthouses to choose from in Malaysia’s capital city, and I chose The Travel Hub because I could get a very cheap single room, rather than a dormitory bed. Travel Hub front door

I arrived in the evening and the location was somewhat confusing, being at the end of the street in the address, such that the front door was around the corner. The guesthouse is not on the ground floor, so I lugged my suitcase up lots of stairs. When I found out my room was on the third floor I was worried, but fortunately there is a lift serving floors one to three (two to four if you’re counting US style with the ground floor as level one).

 

My single room with a window and air-conditioning was certainly small, but it was clean. The blind on the window would not shut fully so it was never totally dark, and at times it was noisy outside. The single bed was super-creaky. I thought I was going to break it each time I rolled over in bed! There was wifi in my room but with a very poor connection that only worked sometimes, in some parts of the room. Single Bedroom with Window and a/c

The shared bathrooms were fine, not the cleanest but perfectly useable. I never had to wait for a shower. The communal living room area was nicely decorated, with comfy sofas to lounge around, and a shoes-off policy.

 

The guesthouse staff were friendly and helpful. When one of them had forgotten to book me a taxi, the staff member on duty went out and found me one in the street.

 

Breakfast was advertised as 7-10am, included in the price, but in practice it was self-service toast and jam with tea or coffee. I wondered why they only offered it during those hours instead of having bread available throughout the day like in some other hostels (like this one in Malacca for example). Communal space at Travel Hub

Overall, I have yet to find an ideal affordable place to stay in KL (suggestions welcome!). The Travel Hub is perfectly okay, but I would be equally keen to try a different hostel next time.

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, Malaysia

5.00 avg. rating (98% score) - 1 vote

Spending a day wandering Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL for short), I had visited plenty of museums and Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park offered something a bit different. I had already visited zoos and bird parks, but had never been to a butterfly park. I paid the RM 20 entry fee and entered the lush green park, where possibly thousands of butterflies were flying around, settling on leaves and flowers, or hiding up in the corners of the green netting that acted as the high ceiling of the park, preventing them from escaping.

The KL Butterfly Park is not as big as I expected, but I guess it is hard to cover a large area in green netting. Detail is the name of the game here, spotting the different butterflies as they flit around, catching photos if they land, and creeping up to snap unsuspecting butterflies as they feed. The best way to show you the park is through images:

 

Air Asia to Stop Europe-bound Flights

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/39551170@N02/3793795589Air Asia X, the long-haul branch of Air Asia, has admitted that it will no longer be flying to Paris and London as of March this year. These are currently the only two European destinations served by the airline, so their withdrawal leaves Air Asia firmly off the European map.

For travellers like me, who frequently fly between the UK and South East Asia, this will make a difference, in particular during the Christmas period, when Air Asia is the cheapest option. In terms of nonstop flights between South East Asia and London, this leaves airlines like Singapore and Malaysia Airlines as the only choices, both of which are significantly pricier than Air Asia’s budget service. Other routes include the many airlines that transit in the Middle East, including Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways.

Many potential and past customers of Air Asia seem unaware of the change, which may affect their future travel plans. Having taken the London-Kuala Lumpur Air Asia X flight back in January, a fellow passenger told me she had heard a rumour that the route was being cancelled sometime this year. I asked Air Asia via Twitter and they replied that indeed the route was being withdrawn from March this year. However, I have yet to see an announcement about this major change on the Air Asia website.

Did you hear about this before reading this article? How will it affect your travel plans?