THERE are many wonderful places to see in Kuala Lumpur but most people are not sure which are the ones that interest them the most.
If that is the case, why not opt for the tram service and zip through up to 24 attractions in slightly less than 45 minutes?
In this edition of the “KL on a Shoestring” series, we uncover one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
Starting from Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, the electric-powered tram goes through two zones — the heritage zone covering the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka and the nature zone that covers the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park.
So how much do you have to pay for this service? Just RM2 for adults and RM1 for children.
What’s even more amazing is that the ticket allows the holder to hop-on and hop-off as many times as they want.
This allows passengers the flexibility to stop at an attraction or to skip it, and to plan the amount of time one intends to spend at a place depending on convenience.
The tram service was started by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) about three years ago. However, it was handed over to the operators of the Hop-On Hop-Off bus service at the beginning of this year.
According to my helpful and friendly tram driver, who only wished to be known as Bob, the service is little known to both tourists and locals alike.
“There is a huge potential for this service. Too often, I have heard passengers, who stumble upon this service, saying that more promotion is needed to publicise the tram service.
“They find it very convenient and they can save a lot on travelling to several locations within this huge area,” he said.
Since the trams are electric powered, there is little noise, no smoke emission and is eco-friendly.
For the purpose of this review, I embarked on the tram ride from in front of KL City Gallery. I was informed that the tram leaves from this location at 9.30am, 10am, 2.30pm and 3pm.
An eight-seater tram left the KL City Gallery at 3.15pm, driving past the Sultan Abdul Samad Building with a view of Dataran Merdeka on my left.
It then proceeded towards the National Monument before heading to the TAR Heritage Park zone, which includes the Perdana Botanical Garden.
After driving through several spots within the Botanical Garden for about 15 minutes, the tram service proceeded to the Deer Park, Hibiscus Garden and Orchid Garden before passing the KL Bird Park, National Planetarium, Police Museum, Islamic Arts Museum and the National Museum.
Bob said the tram would usually go through the Hibiscus and Orchid Gardens on weekdays when there is no carriage extension. This is because the pathway is narrow and extra carriages would make it impossible to drive through this area.
The tram ride does not take one back to the KL City Gallery. However, passengers who want to return to the starting point can take a 20-minute walk from the National Mosque.
It was a pleasant experience as the friendly Bob was willing to stop at some areas, upon request, to allow passengers to quickly take snap shots of beautiful scenes.
He even stopped to ask tourists walking within the nature zone if they wanted a ride.
Bob said the tram service is halted when it rains as a safety measure.
One can also choose to rent a bicycle for RM10 per hour or RM30 for four hours at the KL City Gallery, with a refundable RM100 deposit if you wish to explore further.
The operating hours of the tram within the TAR Heritage Park is from 9.30am to 5pm daily except on Friday, when the service is from 9.30am to 11.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm.
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