One Awesome Day at Legoland Malaysia Resort

This is my second day in Singapore but since Malaysia is an hour away from this country, I opted to visit the famous Legoland Malaysia Resort. My brother and his wife Lyn who are both working in Singapore volunteered to accompany me. But since they spent a whole day of fun five months ago in this theme park with their kids, they will visit Johor Bahru and I will explore alone. This is another fun-filled adventure and I’m super excited!

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The trip from Singapore to Malaysia

Things I brought for this trip: Passport, Valid IDs, SG Dollar, Malaysian Ringgit, cellphone, and my precious SLR.

We traveled by bus coming from Boonlay MRT Station on the East-West Line. It’s the best and cheaper way in getting to Johor Bahru. The journey was so comfortable and it took us fifteen minutes only. Later we headed to the immigration booth for entry to Malaysia. Service was fast and easy. From there we took two bus rides before we reach our destination.

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Off to another fun-filled getaway for the day… with Choy and Lyn

Be informed that Legoland has two separate theme parks with separate entrance fee; the main Legoland Theme Park and the Legoland Water Park. Since I have no plan to get wet I chose the former. I suggest if you want to enjoy yourself fully in each theme park, buy tickets separately on two different days.

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Getting inside the theme park, I passed by the Legoland Hotel, a brightly colored hotel with big Lego statues in front of it.

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R2D2 outside Star Wars Miniland

Let me now tour you inside Legoland with 8 themed areas.

INSIDE THE THEME PARK

The  Beginning

This area is where all excitement and fun begin. You will get here the entry tickets and annual passes, the map, the Big Shop, and the Legoland employee who will be of service to your inquiries and request.

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I paid for the entry ticket for RM195 and headed to the gate. I was stamped on my wrist and was told that there is no re-entry in the resort. Unlike in Universal Studios Singapore and Hong Kong Disneyland, guests could get in and out of the theme park without paying again for another ticket.

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I grabbed a map and made a quick study of how I will explore the whole theme park. I started to the left side and set off initially to Lego Technic.

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Lego Technic

Rides like the Technic Twister and Aquazone Wave Racers are designed for the kids, but elders may also enjoy it here. Unfortunately, the roller coaster Project X was under maintenance.

Technic Twister

Technic Twister

 

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For activities inside fully air-conditioned and indoor rooms, there are the Lego Mindstorms and Lego Academy for the creative workshop for building awesome figures like robots, houses, buildings, and even cars.

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I’m not a fan of Star Wars but the “Star Wars” Miniland impressed me much. Before anyone can tour inside, guests are initially invited to watch the five-minute show. Later the excitement begins upon entering the rooms with seven sections, seven episodes of the epic saga with lights, sounds, and moving objects. Amazing! I was fascinated!

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C3PO is another “Star Wars” figure outside Star Wars Miniland

Kids were also fascinated that they want to get close to the moving legos and touch them. Hahaha! Outside were the Lego life-size figures of R2-D2, C3P0, and Luke Skywalker.

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one of the amazing sections in Star Wars Miniland

Food stalls: Cool Hut and Asian Deli

Lego Kingdoms

Cross a drawbridge and enter a magnificent castle to see knights and dragons.

The Royal Joust is for the kids to enjoy

The Royal Joust is for the kids to enjoy

There are two roller coasters here, the big one, the Dragon and the Dragon’s Apprentice designed for the kids. Royal Joust is for toddlers.

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Food stalls: Kings’s Grill, Waffle Haus, and Castle Fried Chicken
Amenities: Shops, restaurant, comfort room, food stall, and play area.

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This area is the most colorful and most attractive for the kids.

The Observation Tower

The Observation Tower

Skip the midday sun and watch exciting 4D movies in Lego Studios that will bring you into a new dimension every thirty minutes. Experience the elements like water, smoke, wind, and the special lighting effects that will take you on an awesome journey!

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Food stall: Pizza Mania
Other Attractions: Lost Kingdom Adventure, journey into an Egyptian labyrinth, and blast Lego monsters with layers.

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Yummy pizza at Pizza Mania

Lego Ninjago World

Exciting challenges in this area are the Lego Ninjago The Ride, an interactive ride that is good for the whole family, Nya’s Practice, Cole’s Rock Climb, Kai’s Spinners, and Zane’s Temple Build.

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There are no food stalls here only Sensei’s Shop and Photo Booth.

The Sword inside Ninjago

The Sword inside Ninjago World

Land of Adventure

For an adventure seeker like me, this area was my favorite as I journey to the unforgotten worlds of Pharaohs and dinosaurs. The Dinosaurs world had the amazing Dino Island the exciting log boat ride that resembled the Mighty Mountain Flume Adventure in LeoFoo Village Theme Park in Taiwan.

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Dino World

For the Egyptian theme, there are The Lost Kingdom Adventure, Beetle Bounce, and Pharao’s Revenge.

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Food stall: Burger Junction
Amenities: Adventure’s Photo, Lost Kingdom photo, body dryer, restroom, and locker rental.

Lego City

Kids between 6 to 13 years old can drive a car and will learn about road safety, traffic lights signals, parking, and may own Driver’s License. But they should watch the video first before they will drive. There is also a large playground for toddlers below 8 years old.

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Aside from the car, there is also a boat riding in the Boating School and another fun activity is the Lego Rescue Academy where kids will take the fire engine to put out a fire.

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Another attraction is the train made of lego that will take you to the theme park every thirty minutes.

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Food stalls: Fire Rescue Bistro, Snack Corner, and Market Restaurant
Amenities: Driving School Shop, Stage Shop, Driving School Photo, Photo Booth, First aid and Restroom

Miniland

My last stop is in Miniland where my jaws almost dropped with amazement as I saw the stunning miniatures of different landmarks in Asian countries. This is located at the very heart of Legoland. Said wonderful masterpiece was built with over 30 million lego bricks and more than three years in the making.

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Being the host country, Miniland features Malaysia’s famous prime attractions and buildings like the KL Tower, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Bank Muamulat, and even the sections of Putrajaya. But of course, the highlight of them all was the Kuala Lumpur City Center with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

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Putrajaya, Malaysia’s federal administrative center, has some buildings and structures: Putra Bridge, Istana Darul Ehsan, Masjid Putra, and the Bangunan Perdana Putra. They highlighted Johor Bahru, the capital city of its host state as they showcased some of its interesting sites like the clock tower at Dataran Bandaraya, Johor Tourism Information Centre, the Catholic church in Johor Bahru, and some more buildings.

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Singapore’s pride

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I’ve noticed Singapore being a neighboring country of Malaysia had been given a special spot in Miniland because several iconic landmarks had been made for them like Merlion, the Skyline, Fullerton Hotel, Boat Quay, and the Singapore Flyer.

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India’s Taj Mahal

Other amazing famous landmarks to see are the Taj Mahal of India, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Patuxai of Lao, Sultan Oma Ali Saifuddin Mosque of Brunei, Karaweik Hall of Myanmar, and Bolinao of my very own Philippines.

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I spent most of my time in this area admiring the feat behind the creation of these miniatures. Later I went back to The Beginning and strolled inside the Big Shop.

THE BIG SHOP

If you are a lego collector, this shop is for you. They offered the largest selection of Lego toy sets which includes the hard-to-find ones and the exclusive items. They also sell souvenir goodies like mugs, t-shirts, hats, and a lot more.

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This is open at 10:00 am. So if you visit Legoland, be sure to have enough money to buy your desired Lego toys.

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Verdict:

Most of the rides are kid-friendly so elders can also enjoy them. I had limited time to enjoy it myself since we will go back to Singapore to buy pasalubong for my loved ones at night. Anyway, a solo tour to the whole team park and be amazed by the wonderful creatures and places made out of millions and millions of Lego blocks was just fine. It’s so nice to get back with the whole family. Surely they will love it as much as I do.

Please visit their website for their rate.

Opens daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Any inquiries please email them at info@LEGOLAND.my

Other Legoland Resorts are located in United States, Denmark, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.

Notes:

  1. If guests are arriving from Singapore bring your passport as you will pass the immigration.
  2. Payments in cash can be Malaysian ringgit or SG dollar. Credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit cards are accepted within the park.
  3. Be early to avoid the long queue.
  4. Malaysia is a tropical country so expect it to be hot and humid. Bring sunblock, wear comfortable clothes, a hat, and sunglasses.
  5. Day tickets are allowed one entry only per day but multiple entries per day for Annual Passes.
  6. There are 2 ATM machines located in The Beginning, the other is outside near the ticket counters and the other is next to the Guest Services Counter.
  7. Food and beverages are not allowed inside the theme park except for those with infants or special medical needs.
  8. Alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited.
  9. Lockers are available for rent at Minifigure Marketplace in The Beginning with a fee of RM10 for a single and RM14 for the family.
  10. Cellphone charging lockers are available at Minifigure Market and Pirate Shores for RM3 for a two-hour charge. Lockers can charge also tablets and include four different charger ports like iPhone cables 1-4, Lightning Cable (iPhone 5-current), Micro USB, and USB-C.
  11. Strollers are available for rent but on a first-come, first-served basis. Single strollers-RM14, Double Strollers-RM17, and Infant Strollers-RM14.

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Taman Tasik Titiwangsa or the Titiwangsa Park – So Good to Hang Around

Taman Tasik Titiwangsa also known as Titiwangsa Park or Lake Titiwangsa is one of the most popular recreational parks in the northern part of Kuala Lumpur. Its main attraction is the large lake where one could take a marvelous photo of Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower and Istana Budaya (arts and culture gallery) reflecting to the calm and serene water.

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the big lake is the main attraction in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa

Two days’ sojourn in Malaysia is not enough to explore the beautiful places in this country. But then I was thankful I was able to see Malaysia’s fascinating and famous tourist attraction, the Petronas Twin Towers. My hubby had frequented the country because of his company’s IT seminars usually held in Kuala Lumpur. As he attended another seminar this September, he enjoined me to spend a week-end getaway in Malaysia, to which I was so grateful to him.

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so nice to hang in here and watch the reflections of three stunning structures

We only had limited time in our last day in the country, so we just hang around to Titiwangsa Park, the nearest park in KL Central to where we stayed for the night. We asked the receptionist of the hotel how to get there. He gave us the instruction, though not clear, off we went with our adventure.

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the stations of KL Sentral

From KL Sentral, we rode in KL Monorail going to Titiwangsa, the last station (2.50 RM/head). We asked the cashier how to go to the park. Learning it was near to the station, we didn’t bother ride a taxi. We just walked and asked people in getting there. Walking is a good body work-out. I was glad that we were able to sweat out that morning.

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KLTower as seen from the MRT

Malaysians were good people, though some can’t speak straight in English they could tell us the direction. We passed by a small tunnel and kept walking until we reached the main highway. Knowing we were lost, we went back to the monorail station and took a taxi ride. 10RM was quite high so we use our haggling skills (the Pinoy way) to reduce it to 6RM. The driver nodded his head and he drove off. On our way, we discovered that the park was very near to where we lost the trail! Hahaha! Never mind that funny experience.

Titiwangsa Park relieved our foot aches as we saw its peaceful charm. What amazed me so much was the reflection of buildings and trees to the lake. The concrete walkway was filled with people who jogs, walks and some were just lazing around. The area where we stood was so clean and calm. Indeed, this park is an ideal week-end get away for the family.

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My playful hubby took out a smiley stone from his pocket, put it in a rock and looked for a beautiful angle where the three prominent buildings served as the backdrop. What a good smiley shot he did. hahaha!

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smiley smiles

There were also restaurants and children’s playground near the lake. We didn’t stay long for we will buy some important items before we go back to Manila this afternoon. We boarded a taxi going back to monorail station. Surprisingly, we paid 3.60 RM only. Then we rode at monorail station again (2.50 RM) and alighted at Bukit Bintang Station.

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at Sungei Wang

We explored Sungei Wang Plaza in search of the branded bag Long Champ, which my hubby’s boss urged him to buy. But there was no sort of that bag in that mall. It was almost twelve noon and I could hear the growling sound in my stomach. We proceeded to the 4th floor to eat our lunch at Restoran Sin Tai Kar Lok, Manila’s version of Food Court. We were given a plate of rice then we chose our preferred viands among the Malaysian cuisines lined up in front of the restaurant. We bought ice tea for our refreshments. My hubby told me that this is the usual style of restaurant here in Malaysia. Our meal costs 32.70 RM. Not bad.

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affordable meal

We took a monorail ride in going back to our hotel in KL Sentral. Our flight going back to Manila is 5:35 pm. From KL Sentral we rode in the KLIA transit, the express train going to KL Airport. Fare-35 RM/head. As we were on our way, we enjoyed watching the green scenery and beautiful buildings. I stayed awake in this trip because I want to savor my last glimpse of Malaysia. As I’ve said, two days are not enough to explore this country, but nonetheless, it’s all worth it. Not only that I saw the twin towers, I was able to see and mingled with the people (Indians, Muslims and Chinese) and the culture of this country.

And I say, Malaysia, Truly Asia is a beautiful country to visit. Way back home Manila with another one good memory to cherish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel, Malaysia

My husband enjoined me to go to Malaysia after his third IT seminar in Kuala Lumpur. I booked my flight at Cebu Pacific through an on-line facility (8:55 pm flight) going there. My return flight was booked on Malaysian Airlines with him. I paid P1,600 for the travel tax to which was not included in an online booking and P750 for the boarding pass.

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Malaysia from the veranda

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Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia: Stunning Glow at Night

Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest buildings in the world for seven years after it was completed in 1997. However, it was surpassed by Taipei 101 in 2004. The 88-floor building was inspired by Islamic art and influence as Muslim is the official religion of Malaysia. Burj Khalifa now reigns as the tallest building when it was officially opened in 2010. Petronas Twin Towers remain the tallest twin buildings in the world.

this podium is facing the lagoon with beautiful reflections of towering buildings

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