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Rome – Inexpensive Start for a Long-Haul Flight

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Rome is not exactly South-East Asia, but this is where our journey to the Philippines began, following a short flight from Malta.

The reason for this was our discovery of some very reasonably priced Emirates flights running from Rome to Manila (€528 return). Since Italy is a small hop from our base in Malta, this seemed a perfect opportunity to extend our trip with a couple of nights in the capital city before and after the main trip.

Once we had decided to start our trip from Rome, we spent a fair amount of time checking out the online reviews of hotels and guesthouses not far from the center. We enjoy walking, especially around cities such as Rome, so didn’t mind if our hotel was not right in the center of the city. Apart from this, Rome is serviced by a very handy set of metro lines, so you’re never too far from a metro terminal.

We  chose a very unusual hotel for our overnight stay in the city, close to the Vatican (more on the hotel later). Since we would be short on time, we limited our activities to a trip to St Peters Basilica and dinner at TripAdvisor’s top-rated Machiavelli’s Club.

Rome - St Peter's Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica

On the following day, we had an early evening flight to Manila via Dubai. Instead of paying exorbitant taxi fees to travel in and out of the city from the airport, we planned to use the city’s Terravision bus service. Terravision offers a regular shuttle service running from both Fiumicino and Leonardo da Vinci airports to the central Termini railway station.

Apart from walking, to travel around the city we used the cheap and efficient metro service. Our budget for this short stopover in Rome was around €200 for the pair of us, including hotel, restaurant, travelling around, snacks and sundries.


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Kuala Lumpur – First Impressions

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Following a short transit through a decidedly chilly Holland and Belgium (see If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium), we were ready to take a flight to warmer climes. Our KLM flight went non-stop from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, departing at 20:50 in the evening and arriving at 15:45 the following afternoon.

The flight was comfortable enough, and cost just €521 for a return ticket.

While still inside the airport, we booked a taxi coupon from one of the booths (RM89), then boarded our taxi. We were headed for the V Garden Hotel in the Jalan Cheras area of the city. It wasn’t easy to find, but with some backtracking our driver finally managed to locate it.

It was already getting dark, and we were keen to wash and get something spicy to eat after the long flight.

Hotel V Garden, Kuala Lumpar
Hotel V Garden, Kuala Lumpar
Hotel V Garden, Kuala Lumpar
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Kuala Lumpur Jalan Cheras District

The hotel itself was unbeatable value for money, and ticked all the boxes for us (€28 for a double, including breakfast). There were excellent helpful staff, a good room with a really comfortable bed, and a good breakfast.

Great for a short stay in Kuala Lumpur.

The hotel is not central, but just up the same road we found 5 or 6 great local street restaurants with tasty food. Our evening meal for two cost us RM15 (about €3).

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Street market in the Jalan Cheras District

The non-central location of the hotel wasn’t an issue for us, since we were heading off early the next morning to catch a coach. We were going to save Kuala Lumpur until the end of our trip, when we were planning to spend 2 more nights there in a more central location.

Our next stops would be on the other side of the Malaysian peninsula, starting with Cherating and then on to Mersing, Tioman and Kuantan.


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