The NUFCsingapore.com Guide to Kuala Lumpur (KL) 24 - 27 July 2003

 

Event Details: NUFC are to take part in the prestigious FA Premier League Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this summer. The tournament, which is the only fully sanctioned FA premier League pre-season tournament in the world, will take place between July 24th and 27th. Birmingham, Chelsea, Newcastle United and the Malaysian National Team will make up the entrants. Newcastle United will play Birmingham at the 86,542 capacity Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, on July 24th 8.45pm with the winner playing in the final on the 27th and the runner up playing on the 26th. All matches kick off at 8.45pm.

 

Stadium: The 86,542 capacity Bukit Jalil Stadium was the venue for the 1998 Commonwealth Games. It is easily accessible from anywhere in central Kuala Lumpur via the LRT system,the Putra, a modern light rail system. Take Line D (green) on the LRT. This goes straight to Bukit Jalil stadium from the city centre. Some rumours indicate however that due to the poor pitch condition at Bukit Jalil, the venue may change to the Shah Alam Stadium. If so this has a 70,000 capacity and is slightly further out, and is not served by the LRT.

 

Tournament Tickets:- Now on sale, details can be found at www.espnstar.com and www.axcess.com.my

Season tickets (for all four matches, general seating) are available at 150 Ringgit (RM). Otherwise VIP tickets (numbered seating) cost RM200 per game, general seating RM50 per game. We recommend the general seating, as the VIP seats don't look that special. Perhaps the most accessible place to buy tickets in KL itself is "Video Ezy" which is in KLCC Shopping Centre (below the towers) 3rd floor unit 16a (0316a).

 

Where to Stay:

Numerous hotels in the city centre to suit all budgets, some good deals and online bookings can be found at www.asiahotels.com/hl/Greater_Kuala_Lumpur-Malaysia.asp . Be sure to book early!

NUFCsingapore will be staying in the Concorde Hotel, on Jalan Sultan Ismail, right next to the Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur.

If you want to stay out of the city centre, then Hyatt Saujana and Pan Pacific Glenmarie are ok and both have decent Golf. These are in Shah Alam. If the venue is moved to this stadium these are very well located for "out of towners". If you want 5star luxury then "The Palace of the Golden Horses/Mines Resort" is good. We suspect this is where the teams will be staying.

 

Best Deals : There are several "Deals" around at the moment to relieve you of a few quid. But here's how to get real value after you arrive.

You can buy your tickets in KL. We will monitor the sales but when we got ours a month or so ago from the outlet in KLCC they werent moving fast. RM50 per match, or RM150 for a season ticket for all 4 games (effectively RM38.50 per game).

A "slap up" meal from a food court in KLCC will cost you about RM12. Difficult to go wrong as long as you like Asian cuisine. There are also plenty of McDonalds, Burger Kings, KFC's etc around as well as Western food restaurants.

A room in a 4star hotel around the "Golden Triangle" can cost around RM165++ or so. Negotiate!

Traveling around KL take the Putra (LRT), or if getting a taxi, do ensure you take a cab with a meter running.

Also buy jugs of beer instead of individual pints/mugs!

 

 

Travel to Kuala Lumpur:

From Singapore: Regular Daily Shuttle Flights to KL International Airport (KLIA) / Numerous Coaches from Golden Landmark Complex / Train from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Coach is the cheapest option costing about S$45 for a return ticket. One of the cheapest options is to cross over to Johor Bahru by bus and then get the coach. Very cheap. Travel by coach takes about 4.5 hours.

There are typically 2 shuttle flights an hour from Singapore to KL. One on SQ and one on MH. A return can cost as low as S$200 if you work it right. We advise is to buy a cheap one way shuttle ticket (S$150+) then buy another in Ringgit (RM150+) at KLIA to get back.

By Car or Motorbike it can take less than 3 hours if the police don't stop you!

From UK: Malaysia Airlines fly to KLIA from Heathrow. They are the only airline that flies direct. Fares are quite cheap. Other alternatives are to go via Singapore or Bangkok. Singapore is a 45 minute flight. Bangkok is a 1.5 hour flight.

From KLIA: (KL International Airport) Note: KLIA is one hour from KL itself. The easiest option is to take the KL Ekspres train. This is RM70 return to the KL Sentral Station. From here you can get a taxi or take the Putra (LRT/Metro) to KLCC. A Taxi from KLIA should cost about RM80 one way. Cars are of variable quality. For an official one you can book just after collecting your bags before going into the public area. Alternately you can negotiate with a local cabby. For safety we recomend the KLIA Ekspres.

 

Getting About in KL: There are loads of red and white taxis (no relation to the Mackems). Hotels can also arrange for more plus "hotel cars" if you want to travel in luxury. To get to the stadium with the taxi meter running will cost no more than RM20 from the city centre.

Alternately take Line D (green) on the LRT. This goes straight to Bukit Jalil stadium from the city centre.

Currency: £1 = approx RM5.7 (Malaysian Ringgit), S$1 = approx RM2.

What to do whilst you are there:
After watching the toon or on a day off you may want to visit the towers at KLCC. Walking across the sky bridge (40th floor) is free provided you turn up early enough to get a ticket. KL is a good place to come as a gang of friends, Individual or even bring your family! Theres something for everyone.

Eat, drink, take it easy and do a bit of shopping for the missus. Incidentally Guinness and Carlsberg are brewed in KL under license.

NUFCsingapore will be gathering in the Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur (on Jalan Sultan Ismail, and various bars along the same street) whilst in KL.

Bars, Disco & Live Music:
Most establishments are concentrated in the Golden Triangle, the area between Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang. Bangsar and Sri Hartamas are well worth a visit if one is into trendy pubs and cafes. Most venues are open until 1 a.m. and many feature bands playing live music, from jazz, blues to contemporary hits. Jalan P Ramlee is the local equivalent of the Bigg Market!

There are many outlets, either set up by individuals or by hotels and many have interesting themes ranging from beachside to football

Food & Dining in Kuala Lumpur:
Malaysian cuisine is exotic with an exciting range of flavours and culinary styles offering the uninitiated an endless gastronomic adventure. It comprises three main groups - Malay, Chinese and Indian with each having its own distinct style of cooking. There are also cuisines that have evolved from the meeting of cultures notably those of the Nyonya and Indian Muslim communities.
For the visitor who is interested in dining out, Kuala Lumpur boasts an extraordinary number of hawker stalls, coffee shops and restaurants, most of them offering a high standard of cuisine and often at very cheap prices.
The vast majority of places serve Malay, Chinese or Indian food, though international cuisine is also becoming more popular, with Italian, Japanese, Thai, Korean and fast-food outlets proliferating.

For a Good Indian style curry restaurant "The Taj" in the Crown Plaza is decent stuff.

Shopping: Kuala Lumpur, the commercial hub of the country, has its fair share of famous landmarks, historical relics and heritage buildings plus a pulsating night life to keep the visitor occupied day and night. None of these, however, would be complete without the sheer fun and excitement of bargain hunting within the cool comforts of ultra-modem, one-stop shopping complexes or the thrill of browsing among antiques and curio items in the older establishments in the older parts of the city. Mingle with the jostling crowd at the numerous roadside stalls or share in the heady excitement of the carnival like 'pasar malam' or night markets.

Main shopping areas in Kuala Lumpur: There are many places to spend your Ringgit in Kuala Lumpur, from little markets to mega malls. Head towards Chinatown at Jalan Bandar, Lot 10 and Sungei Wang, Bukit Bintang Plaza, KLCC Suria, home of the tallest buildings in the world, the PETRONAS Twin Towers, to some of the most popular shopping areas in the capital. Another area is Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
Clothes, shoes, sports stuff, watches and errrr... DVD's are particularly good value!

Golf: There are a couple of nice courses around if this is your thing and want to die in the heat of the day! Hyatt Saujana and Pan Pacific Glenmarie are both nice courses and right side of town for getting to the football.

 

Some Practical Info about Malaysia:

Government: Malaysia practises parliamentary democracy. Parliament consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the head of Government is the Prime Minister. The head of State is His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agung.

Infrastructure: Awesome. For those thinking that your coming to a Asian country with dirt tracks think again! Highways around KL are excellent if not slightly confusing by their sheer number!

Religion: Islam is the official religion but Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity and other religions are also freely practiced. Please respect the culture.

Entry Formalities: All visitors must posses a valid passport or other internationally recognised document with a minimum validity period of six months beyond the period of intended stay.

Travellers Declaration Form: In addition to filling out a disembarkation card, all visitors must fill out a Travellers Declaration Form when entering/ leaving the country to declare the amount of currency brought in and taken out. This really is no problem! A resident is allowed to carry Ringgit notes not exceeding RM1,000.00 into and out of Malaysia. He or she is also allowed to carry foreign currency notes (including travellers' cheques) not exceeding the equivalent of RM10,000.00 out of Malaysia. A non-resident is allowed to bring in Ringgit notes not exceeding RM1,000.00 and any amount of foreign currency into Malaysia. When departing, he or she is allowed to carry out Ringgit notes not exceeding RM1,000.00 and foreign currency notes (including travellers cheques) not exceeding the amount brought in. The Travellers Declaration Form must be handed to the immigration officer together with the disembarkation card and passport.

Banking Hours: Banking hours are from 9.30am to 4.00pm on weekdays, and from 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturday. Cash machines are abundant and take Switch, Plus etc.

Currency: The Malaysian currency is the Ringgit (RM), which is divided into 100 sen. Ringgit notes are in denominations of RM100, RM50, RM20, RM10, RM5, and RM2. Coins are issued in denominations of RM1, 50 sen, 20 sen, 10 sen, 5 sen and 1 sen. RM3.80 is pegged at US$1.00.

KL Weather: Temperature = 25 to 35° C , Humidity = 66%