Friday, April 24, 2015

What to do in Malaysia? A travel guide to the City of Wonders

Exploring Malaysia: A Shining Asian Jewel

Malaysia has become one of my favorite destinations in the world. In fact, I'm going back there again next month for another hotel event. The beauty of Malaysia is in its variety: you will see towering skyscrapers nestled comfortably among ancient temples, while churches and mosques dot the landscape between them. It is a common sight to see monkeys scampering along busy roads, while trying to avoid hawkers and street vendors trying to sell everything from food to unique accessories. Malaysia is truly an explosion of color and life, and a visit there is one that you should be in your bucket list!

There are many hotels in Malaysia that you can stay in, but if you’re looking for a hotel that’s affordable, comfortable, and near many tourist attractions, book a room at Tune Hotels in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Tune Hotels Downtown KL is a value hotel that offers 5 star quality beds. At the ground floor of the hotel is an ATM, a convenience store and a restaurant serving American Breakfast. It’s near Malaysia’s most amazing tourist attractions: the Petronas Twin Towers, and the Batu Caves.

Breathtaking View - In 1998, the Petronas Twin Towers were declared to be the tallest buildings in the world. Today, they are considered to be the tallest twin structures in the world. Other than photo opportunities from the outside of the tower, you can also check the Petronas Art Gallery, listen to a night of classical music at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas concert hall or simply enjoying the view of the whole of Kuala Lumpur from its Skybridge.

Relive Malaysia’s History – The ‘Batu Caves’ is a series of cave temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Hindi deity in the old Malaysia. The limestone formations are natural, and is said to be around 400 million years old. A gigantic golden statute stands outside the cave to guard its history and mystery. The caves have become dwelling places to Asian monkeys, cave spiders, and fruit bats.

Bring out your Inner Kid – Malaysia has two large theme parks: Legoland Malaysia, and Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. Legoland is locate in Johor Bahru, 3-4 hours away from downtown KL! You can go on rides, meet Lego characters, and even stay in a Lego-themed hotel. Sunway Lagoon on the other hand is a waterpark offering the best water themed rides and slides. A ticket to Legoland will cost around 207 RM, while a ticket to Sunway Lagoon is around 150 RM. If you have extra time, you can visit the City of Lights in Shah Alam Malaysia. It’s a small theme park located outside Kuala Lumpur with over 1 million led lights in a thematic manner. The park comes to life at night when its amazing forest of man-made maple and pine trees are brightly illuminated with colorful LED lightscape themes.

The best of Malaysian food is being served at Jalan Alor. It is a street of restaurants offering different kind of cuisines, seafoods and barbeques. I’ve been there twice and and trust me almost everything they sell and cook there is delicious! Plus it’s affordable!
For a truly unique dining experience, visit one of Malaysia’s most famous restaurants: Pan Heong. It is located near the Batu Caves and try their signature dish, the Sang Har Kwey Teow (a noodle soup with fresh river pawns and an orange sauce made from the head roe of the prawns).

The street after Jalan Alor is Changkat Bukit Bintang. Known to be coolest and hippest place at night in Kuala Lumpur. You can go clubbing, dancing and drinking the night away with different nationalities. Most of the pubs and bars here become crowded and gets wilder as midnight approaches.

Take a Side trip – If you have a little bit of time on your hands, take a side trip to Krabi  or Phuket Thailand or Singapore.  Both trips are available by bus or plane. The fare is around $50 RM for a one way trip to Malaysia or Krabi by bus at 5-6 hours travel time.  Plane would be double that amount and will get you there in less than an hour. Now that depends on you if you want to go the beach and relax for few days or go to Singapore and have some more parties at night. (You can read my article here about Phuket and about Singapore.)
Local transportation in Malaysia is just the same as anywhere in Asia, and you can choose from a wide selection of transportation options, depending on your budget. For the most part, you can easily travel through Malaysia using the taxis if you will just be in the downtown Kuala Lumpur, like the Batu Caves, Petronas Towers, Jalan Alor or to the terminal. If your schedule is going to the theme parks or to the airport, that’s when you take the monorail and the light rapid transit.

The beauty of Malaysia is in its variety: you can explore the history of Malaysia, enjoy authentic Malaysian cuisine, ride down a water slide in a theme park, and even take a quick trip to neighboring countries, all in just few days! Visit Malaysia today, and go on an adventure of a lifetime! Because I’m telling you, Malaysia is Truly Asia.

Just a tip when traveling, subscribe to unlimited data roaming with your mobile network provider. In my case, I registered to #SMARTAllDaySurfAbroad It's only P550 for 24 hours.  This will make your life easier in case you need to research something online or you need to talk someone or send an email. Also bring a credit card with you for emergencies and bring extra scarfs just for photo opportunities. 


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