PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA As a recap, I went first to Singapore to visit a friend and to have fun at the Universal Studios. Then I went scuba diving in Banda Aceh. After a few days, made a long commute from Medan to Danau Toba. My solo backpacking trip ended in Kuala Lumpur. This time I got the chance to explore Putrajaya.
Since I have visited Kuala Lumpur town proper for a couple of times now, I have decided to try the Putrajaya sunset cruise tasik.
This was the only time I was able to use the KLIA Transit. I alighted from Putrajaya station. On the ground level of the station is a taxi voucher booth. I have booked my overnight stay in Sepang Budget Hotel.
Staying in Sepang Budget Hotel
This is located on the south of Putrajaya. The area of the hotel is quiet. Even though I arrived before the usual check-in time, the hotel was gracious enough to give me my assigned room. With the price I have paid for a night here, I have to say that it was an okay stay. Anyway, I stayed here just to have a place to rest after roaming Putrajaya and before going back to Manila.
I have asked the receptionist to book a taxi to Putrajaya. Good thing the taxi driver suggested that I go first to Masjid Putra and its surrounding area. The travel time to Putrajaya from Sepang Budget Hotel is around 20 mins.
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Roaming Putrajaya on foot
I decided to eat lunch first. There were restaurants along the river where the Cruise Tasik is located. I have ordered some seafood laksa and chicken burger. Yes, I am famished!
From this area you can already see some architectural sights. You can see here the Putra Bridge, Istana Darul Ehsan and Seri Wawasan Bridge.
After eating lunch, I went around to see the Masjid Putra and the Perdana Putra. At that time, the square was being renovated hence a whole fence was obstructing the view of these structures.
A good 20-min walk was needed to reach the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens. Along the way, I have met some tourists from Kazakhstan. The entrance of 5 MYR was worth it. It is divided into five themes: Explorer’s Trail, Palm Hill, Floral Gardens, Sun Garden and the Lakeside. I was able to see some Philippine plants here as well.
After some sightseeing in the Lakeside area and enjoying the view, I decided to go back to Putra Square to experience the Putrajaya sunset Cruise Tasik.
Putrajaya Sunset Cruise Tasik
I have read some nice reviews on the experience of having the sunset cruise on the Putrajaya Lake. It would have been convenient as well to have the dinner cruise however a fellow Malaysian diver friend will be meeting me up for dinner later that night.
The fare for the cruise was around 30 MYR and was bought earlier when I had my lunch in the food court below the Masjid Putra.
A stand-out on this cruise will be the well-lighted bridges, the Masjid Putra and the Putrajaya International Convention Center.
After the cruise, I was fetched by a Malaysian friend who I have met in my dive in Indonesia. We had dinner in a local restaurant serving Malay food. It was just amazing how travel can bring people together despite the differences in nationality and even language. He was also gracious to drive me back to Sepang Budget Hotel. I was very grateful to this experience and thankful to the people I have met during this solo backpacking trip I did.
Going back to Manila
AirAsia’s flight to Manila used to be early in the morning. The taxi fare plus the night surcharge was almost 110 MYR. Not really fun at all. Somehow this trip made me miss going to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark.