Monday, August 7, 2017

A Short Getaway to Kuala Lumpur

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Compared to our sunny island Singapore, Malaysia is enormous. Our neighbour has no lack of food or entertainment options too. The close proximity allows us to visit anytime we want – be it a short drive over the causeway for a movie, haircut, or lok lok, or a quick one hour flight to Kuala Lumpur. Widely known for their food streets and night markets, Malaysia plays host to millions of tourists from all over the world yearly. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, draws the most crowd. It’s not difficult to understand why, especially when the streets are lined with restaurants, and street food options, and there are numerous huge shopping malls to hang out at.

If you’re thinking of visiting Kuala Lumpur, I would suggest taking the plane instead of driving or sitting in a coach for 6 hours. Taking the plane saves so much time, and that allows you to have more time to explore the beautiful city. While there are various airlines servicing the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route, you might want to consider Malaysia Airlines (MAS). One-way flights run from $33.80, and return flights can go for as low as $90.80. That’s crazy value! I just came back from Kuala Lumpur recently and took a budget airline for $105. There was a severe delay in the boarding due to faults in the air-conditioning system, and the small plane wasn’t the most comfortable to fly in, to say the least. I would have totally gone for the $90.80 deal if I knew about it! I didn’t expect Malaysia Airlines to be so affordable, or even cheaper than a budget airline, so I didn’t bother checking. However, now I know!

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The airport is about an hour drive away from the city centre and one of the best and most highly rated hotels to stay at is Traders Hotel. We checked into a Traders Club Twin Room on the 29th floor. The cozy room comes with a really nice and spacious bathroom, all the amenities you need, and it offers a solid view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. We also had access to the club lounge throughout the day. Think complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails!

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KLCC can be reached on foot, so you can grab a fancy dinner, or do some shopping. If you’re thinking of venturing elsewhere, taxis are very affordable and readily available. To play safe, we suggest that you book your ride via taxi apps. The jams in the city centre can be insane – a 3.4km journey can take 45 minutes! Hence, a fixed fare ride is always better than a running meter. Also, the general level of security just feels higher.

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Within a 3km radius lies popular destinations such as Jalan Alor, where most people go to for tze char dinners and the famous barbecued chicken wings, and Bukit Bintang, where bars line the streets. They usually have really good promotions all night long. Think a pint of Guinness for 20RM! If you think Bukit Bintang is not really your cup of tea, head to Jalan Tun Razak, which is littered with clubs and more “happening” bars. The vibe and energy there is way more enchanting, and the crowd is also younger and more fashionable. Prices are steeper but we will recommend popping by Donkey and Crow for some legit Passionfruit Margaritas or Irish beers before entering the famous Zouk KL for a memorable night. The club is open daily, and runs till 5am on Fridays and Saturdays. The amazing club does not disappoint even on a Sunday!

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Overall, our 5 days in Kuala Lumpur were very well spent. We had tons of delicious food, too much affordable alcohol, and too many nights of partying. If you have been meaning to check out Zouk, you really have to drop by soon! We love the Zouk here more than the one in Singapore, and that’s saying a lot, especially when we go to Zouk Singapore almost every week. Apart from a rich nightlife, and a myriad of delicious local dishes to dive into, Kuala Lumpur is also home to many gorgeous cafes. You can also take a trip up to Genting Highlands if you like.

Thinking of heading over soon? Wait no more, hop over to Traveloka Malaysia to find wicked awesome MAS online booking deals!

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