South East Asia has long been a magnet for tourists of all genres – from the backpacking student to the high flying luxury seekers looking to take advantage of the plush side of travelling, South East Asia has something for everyone. Whether you love amazing outdoor scenery, to cultural experiences that leave you breathless and everything in between, the region will keep you coming back for more. Malaysia, and in particular Kuala Lumpur, is one such location which, like its neighbor Singapore, is a great introduction to the area.
Getting in and around Kuala Lumpur
Like many other countries, the bus and train are the cheapest options for getting to and from the airport, with the train getting you from the airport into the city center in around twenty minutes. For those looking to get around in style, taxis can easily be arranged from most hotels or resorts. However, if you’re looking for the real luxury experience, sit back and relax and let Explorient take care of your travel needs.
Where To Stay
Undoubtedly Kuala Lumpur is one of the best places to introduce yourself to South East Asia on the whole. A perfect blend of East meets West, the city is home to a whole host of colourful options for dining, sightseeing and accommodation with a focus on providing something for everyone and for every budget.
If you’re of the luxury mindset though, the Chateau Spa and Organic Wellness Resort is the ideal place for you to rest your head at night and spend your afternoons and evenings in pure luscious relaxation. With beautiful and spacious rooms as well as a number of exciting activities at the resort to partake in, it’s easy to see why this is rated as one of the best five star luxury resorts in Kuala Lumpur. Home to their own organic farm, adventure park, spa, golfing, and sports complex you may find that you don’t need to venture far to truly enjoy yourself and your time here.
The Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club along with the Saujana Golf and Country Club are two resorts that are prime for luxury seekers, with Saujana having a bit of everything for both the golfer and those who just want to relax poolside. The Saujana Suite is the ultimate luxury getaway for couples, featuring private steam and treatment rooms and fitness area alongside bedroom and living space make up this ultimate suite, with luscious dining options in the gardens on offer for the most elegant experience possible.
There are many other luxury options to choose from, check out our Private Tour of Kuala Lumpur & Malacca package for where to stay when visiting Kuala Lumpur.
Things To Do In KL – General Sights
Kuala Lumpur, being a large and bustling city, has a number of things to see and do including getting the obligatory selfie outside the Petronas Twin Towers – something almost every visitor to the area seems to partake in. For those who are more inclined to let someone else do the planning for them, joining a tour arranged by Explorient may be the way to go for you. Kuala Lumpur has a number of fantastic tours available, such as a full day private Kuala Lumpur city tour that takes you to all the sights of the city as well as options to go to the Batu Caves and slightly further afield. Choose a dinner tour, including a meal at the famous KL Menara Tower Revolving Restaurant followed by a jaunt through the night market, with pick up from your hotel. One of the highlights of Kuala Lumpur is also the Lake Symphony by night – watch as colorful bursts of lit up water dance around the fountains in synchronicity – rated as one of the top ten things to do in KL.
Walking Food Tours
South East Asia is famed for its walking food tours and cooking classes, both of which you can take advantage of as well and take home some new skills to cook your favorite Malay dishes back home, wherever that is. Likewise Kuala Lumpur is home to a couple of walking tours that have a focus on street food, so if you’re looking for a fun and laid back way to check out some of the local delights, a walking food tour is probably your best bet. Contact Explorient and let one of our travel experts helps you arrange for such walking food tours.
Batu Caves Day Trip From Kuala Lumpur
The Batu Caves and Temple complex are highly popular and take you out to the edge of Kuala Lumpur to tour these impressive caves cut from limestone cliffs. There are also possibilities to explore a nearby village as well in conjunction with the tour to the Batu Caves, allowing you a true experience of what rural Malaysia is like outside of the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. The caves complex is home to a giant Buddha statue as well as over 250 steps, up to the series of tunnels and temples, and is one of the most visited sites in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia in general.
Malacca Day Trip
Another destination well worth visiting while in Kuala Lumpur is Malacca. A quaint city with an abundance of breathtaking sights and rich heritage, this historic city provides a glimpse into the splendid saga of an extraordinary empire founded centuries ago which later grew to become a powerful sultanate later colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.
The city’s rich tapestry of multicultural influences is abundantly displayed through its heritage architecture, diverse lifestyles and eclectic cuisine. Jonker Street, Chinatown’s main thoroughfare, is known for antique shops and its night market. Christ Church, built by the Dutch, is one of Malacca’s most defining structures and is Malacca’s most prominent landmark, instantly recognizable by its brick-red building with a huge white cross at the top. The Cheng Hoon Teng temple, built in 1645, is the oldest functioning temple in all of Malaysia, which practices the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. There are many other sites to see in Malacca including St. Paul’s Church, Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower, Porta de Santiago and Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. Check out our Kuala Lumpur and Malacca package for more information.
Kuala Lumpur, while home to an array of fantastic shops and shopping malls, is also home to a collection of unique and busy markets such as the Central Market. Recently having been revived with a focus on gifts and shopping for tourists, the Central Market is the place to go to set your hands on some beautifully crafted jewelry, clothing, bags and purses amongst other things. Chinatown is near to the Central Market as well, with street artists and quirky caricaturists lining the streets, prime for creating a unique memory of having yourself drawn up by a local artist.
Golfing and Sport
Malaysia is also home to numerous PGA-level golfing greens and country clubs which are a hit for those looking to add some sport into their stays while enjoying the luxurious grounds and club. Three that are worth checking out are the Mines Resort and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and the Saujana Golf and Country Club as previously mentioned. All of these options are located within easy driving distance of central Kuala Lumpur, just slightly outside the city, making them quiet and pristine for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. They also make ideal resorts to consider staying at for those who love sneaking in a round or three of golf in their down time, amongst options for swimming, tennis and other resort based activities.
In all Malaysia is the perfect introduction to South East Asia and Kuala Lumpur in particular is the ideal gateway to the rest of the country and beyond as well as being the perfect stopping point in itself. Come and be enchanted by the area, and see just what it has to offer from its beaches, activities, delicious food and find yourself on the bustling city streets of Kuala Lumpur, stepping foot into one of Asia’s favorite cities.
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