Staying in Putrajaya, Malaysia

4/12/11

The city of Putrajaya refers to itself the administrative capital of Malaysia. This should have been a huge red flag that it would be a boring place to stay while in town for the Grand Prix. But with only a few weeks until the race and no hotel reservations made, our options had run out. We were either going to stay in Putrajaya at what felt like the only hotel in town, or blow our rent and stay in an enormous suite at the Pan Pacific. Putrajaya it was. 
On the train to Putrajaya.
It only cost RM5.50 to get from LCC Terminal to Putrajaya's train station.
Some hotels rooms have Bibles; in Malaysia, the rooms point you towards Mecca.

I didn't take any photos of the hotel grounds for some reason. It was a huge, recently constructed complex. The sprawling estate felt empty and sad, a continuation of the same dreary vibe we got as the city bus drove through town. We arrived in the morning and the hotel was desolate, yet we were told that our room wasn't ready. This was the first of many WTF moments of the weekend. I fell asleep on a couch in the lobby while Jeff quietly typed away on his laptop until our room was ready a few hours later.
Jeff and I decided to rent bikes from the hotel one morning to ride around the city. Putrajaya's development as the federal administration center of Malaysia began in 1995, but the buildings look as though they were completed months ago. The infrastructure of Putrajaya is impressive; there are wide streets and immaculate sidewalks lined with street lamps, bus stops and garbage cans. Everything is spotless. In fact, during our bike ride through town, the only people we saw on the streets were street cleaners and landscapers. 
Seri Gemilang Bridge over the manmade Putrajaya Lake.
The Palace of Justice in Putrajaya.

We were looking for a place to buy a cold drink on our bike ride and couldn't find anything, not even a vending machine or a 7-11. Maybe we didn't ride far enough. I later learned that Putrajaya has one mall, as well as a bazaar-style market. We didn't have time to check these out because we were at the race track most of the day. I also wanted to ride to the Putra Mosque, but we had to turn our bikes around and head back to the hotel.

Jeff says the reason why no one was in town is because everyone was celebrating the King of Johor's birthday, but I have a feeling the town would have felt just as eerie even with people in it.

11 comments:

  1. I fell into the same as well when I went to KL last year. Because I hadn't been there in YEARS I'd more or less totally forgotten how spread out it all was, and ended up in a huge big runaround going to my friend's office which turned out to be 45 mins by train OUTSIDE KL Sentral. *sigh*

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  2. It was our first time to Malaysia so we didn't know how spread out it was. How quickly we've adjusted to being a short distance to everything here in Singapore. In some ways, I appreciate the efficiency of it.

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  3. thats trippy, no people. well at least its a squeaky clean place :o) i like the hotel mecca thing- hahaha! that might guilt me more than a bible if i had to be reminded that way.

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  4. I love the thing in the room pointing you towards Mecca. In Hong Kong I was amused to see a Bible and the teachings of Confucious as well.

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  5. Flora ... you were right. Turkey was just beautiful. Am anxious to get to the blog postings on that area now .... we loved it and would return in the blink of an eye.

    Marmaris area and that peninsula was magical.

    Leone

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  7. hi! nice blog!
    Are we following each other?? i would like to have more blogger friends! i always follow back!
    there's a giveaway at my blog too!

    kisses from La Mode En Rose = )

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  8. Hi...
    Just read your blog. Now I have reservations about the impending trip to Putrajaya. My husband has already booked a family room - we have 4 young kids aged 3mths to 9yrs... @ the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside.
    We are going on 14th June...

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  9. Hopefully your trip won't fall on a holiday, then you'll be OK. You might have to hire a taxi to go somewhere like a restaurant or grocery store if you need snacks for yourself or the kids. There is a mall in Putrajaya, but it's not within walking distance to the Pullman.

    There is a kids' room down by the lake, as well as a pool and bike rentals. It is also a sprawling estate for your kids to run around. Let me know how it goes!

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  10. Tks! We wld be driving into Putrajaya! I think it's The school holiday there... So perhaps there are more people around? The other half wants to check out the architecture there... And just hang out...

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  11. Hi! The place is spotless! So much different from KL! We drove out to Alamanda shopping mall. There is a convenience store at our hotel... But I only found out when we got back to the hotel at night... The kids spent time here engaging in activities like pool, swimming etc...
    The town is more crowded compared to the srrounding areas near the hotel... I find that the drivers here are courteous compared to those in KL or even other parts of the country!
    I simply like the quietness here... R & R

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