Best Places To Visit In Asia

Updated on 16 May 2020 – Included all the Best Places to Visit in Asia (in the past, only featured a few). Added more images. And also a Content Table for easier navigation since this is a really long article.

I am so happy and grateful to be living in this part of the world. There are so many Best Places to Visit in Asia.

And I have visited many of them. I love to travel and see interesting places. And I do my best to do it as often as I can. (Right now not possible during the coronavirus pandemic, though)

Before arriving at a city, I would do some research on the Internet. To find out what are the attractions and sights to see, what local food to taste and try, and which hotel to stay at for a good night’s sleep.

I find that it helps me to enjoy as much of a country or city as possible. I do not want to return home, and regret not knowing what were the best things to try.

This is one of the reasons I created this travel blog. I hope that by sharing my experiences with you, it will help you by cutting down your research time. And you get to enjoy as much as you can at any location.


How Asia Travel Gems Can Help You?

On this page, I share all the Best Places To Visit In Asia. There is a short introduction to each of these places. To find out more about each of these countries, click on the button shown in that section.

The link will bring you to the next page where you can find out more. For example, at the section about Indonesia, there is a link to visit the ultimate guide for this lovely country. There will be information such as where is Indonesia, the people, culture, religion, cities or islands to visit, Indonesian cuisine, best hotels to stay at, and more.

Continuing this example, when you land on the Indonesian page, you will also see mention of the best cities or islands to visit in that country. Again, there is a link button to lead you to each of these places.

Click on that link button, and it will take you to that specific page about that city or island. It will contain more information about that places; such as where is that place, what are the things to do, where to enjoy good food, the best hotels or resorts to stay at, and more.

You can dive deeper into each thing to do, place to eat, food to enjoy or hotels to stay. In those articles, you will get information about the place, why is it so unique, what to see or eat there, and also how to get there plus many more useful information.

All this I provide here at Asia Travel Gems to help you. So that you can know more about a city or country before you visit.



BHUTAN

Ever since my first visit to Thimphu in Bhutan, I have fallen in love with the magical and mystical place. It is truly beautiful with friendly locals, and sights that are awesome! The peace and tranquility that exists there cannot be found anywhere else. Truly deserving of the title – The Last Shangri-la on Earth.

Everywhere you go, there are magnificent mountains, lush green valleys, and swift rivers. Of course, there are temples, monastery, tourist attractions such as the famous Tiger’s Nest.

What else is there? Any museums? Historical and heritage sites? How to get there? How to get around? Where to stay? Click the button below to find out.


CAMBODIA

Most people think of the legendary temples of Angkor Wat when they hear about Cambodia. To be honest, so did I. But you will be surprised to know that the first city I visited in this country is Phnom Penh. I stayed at the Bridge Hotel where I was privileged to wake up every morning to an awesome view of the Mekong River.

There are more interesting places to visit here. You can choose to see the historical colonial architecture, seek adventures in the dense forests, sail down the majestic rivers, or just chill at the many unspoiled white sand beaches in Sihanoukville.


CHINA

I have been to China many times. And there is so much to experience. The Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army, the Yangzi, and many more are just what you can find in this immense country. So many cities to visit. So many sights to see.

For a start, there is one of the oldest cities in the world, that is Beijing. It is home to SEVEN UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For nature lovers, there are the magnificent towering green karsts in Guilin.

Let us not forget one of my favorite cities in the world – Hong Kong. Every time I visit Hong Kong, I always find something new to experience. And just a short ferry ride away is Macau, where you can take Instagram pics in the UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as enjoy some nightlife and gaming at the casinos.

For more of the cosmopolitan life, travel to Shanghai. Go see the Bund, the Jade Temple, and many of its wonders. These are just a few of the numerous cities in China. Read more about it in an upcoming article that I will be writing soon.

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INDIA

Let it be clear that India is a continent. As such, the wide expanse of land has plenty to offer. The most famous is the icon of India that is the Taj Mahal in Agra. In contrast, Mumbai draws you into the world of Bollywood. The fast life with bright lights in the big city.

My first time in India, I traveled to New Delhi. I was there for a trade show. And did not know what to expect. As it was work, I did not see much of this busy city. I commute mostly from the very fine hotel to the convention cener, and back. Hope to visit again soon.

For a slower pace, consider relaxing on the soft sandy shores of Goa, immerse in the arts and crafts in Jaipur, or enjoy a rejuvenating holiday in Kerala. The first time I heard of Kerala was when a yoga teacher was sharing about her experience at the ayurvedic treatment centers there.

There are so many more cities, and interesting places to visit in India. Each city in this vast space offers a myriad of culture, religious sites, modern attractions, and even food.

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INDONESIA

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Did you know that there are about 17,000 Indonesian islands? 17,000! Well, you do not need to visit them all. Just a few, like Bali and Lombok, to see the lovely white sandy beaches. At the same time explore their rich culture, temples and museums. For a unique spiritual experience, travel to Borobudur where there are mesmerizing historical temples.

Last year, I finally visited Bali. And all the good things I heard from people who traveled there is true! The beaches are pristine. The sights are fantastic. The food is a gastronomical delight. We are planning to visit Ubud next time.

Remember Eat, Pray, Love? The movie with Julia Roberts? Then you would know of Ubud. The rice terraces, awesome waterfalls, the natural rainforest alongside the vibrant nightlife shown in the movie is everything true of Ubud. Other towns with nature and seaside activities are Lombok and the Gili Islands, Komodo islands, Kalimantan, etc.

For those who prefer the city life, you can travel to Bandun, Medan, Jakarta. These and other cities offer all the modern luxuries such as shopping, coffee fix at cafes, and high end restaurants.


JAPAN

Since my first visit to Japan, I have been enamored by this country. Everything is so pretty. The train can confuse but they are so efficient. High speed trains are even better. They can take you from one city to another at unbelievable speeds.

I was mostly in Tokyo. And I find the food so different and delicious. I did not get to see much of the city. As usual, was working. So it was hotel to office to client’s office to office, and then back to hotel. I promise I would visit this amazing country again. And truly see more of Tokyo.

Besides the exciting city, I plan to visit many other places in Japan. For example, I would go to Fukuoka for the ancient temples. Hokkaido for the beautiful scenery. Kyoto for its history, shrines and temples. Osaka to see how different it is from Tokyo with its ports, nightlife, theme parks, and more.

Oh, I look foward to see more of Japan. The above ar just a few of the cities and towns. There are still more; Okinawa, Nagoya, Nara, Sapporo, Nikko, Kamakura, etc.

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LAOS

Laos is becoming more of a tourist destination. Vientiane, the capital of Laos, along the Mekong River, is a erupting pot of shopping, sights to see, cafes and restaurants in French-Indo-Chinese architecture.

Away from this bustling city, you have choices of Si Phan Don and Vang Vieng for outdoor activities such as tubing down the river, kayaking, rock climbing, and even dolphin watching. Last but not least, there is the famous Luang Prabang and 33 villages that have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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MALAYSIA

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Malaysia is just north of Singapore. Many Singaporeans, like me, often visit this country filled with fun and thrills. There are metropolitan cities, jungles with wild animals such as the terrifying tigers, enchanting islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, and beautiful beaches with soft white sand. Just to name a few.

I have been to Cameron Highlands when I was a young boy. When I became older, I traveled to Pulau Permangail, Pulau Dayang, and many more islands off the east coast of West Malaysia. Then there are the lovely small towns like Melaka, Ipoh, and Penang. They make a sweet contrast to the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur, where the icon of Malaysia is located – Petronas Twin Towers.

There is also the East Malaysia, which is part of Borneo. Last year, I visited family in Kuching. It was such a charming town. Look forward to visiting again. And will travel to Miri, and all the other lovely towns.


MALDIVES

Miles away from the civilized world, in the vast Indian Ocean are 1,200 islands that create paradise. White sand beaches and crystal clear water enchant you. The blue sea is filled with sea life such as turtles, reef fish, whale sharks, and even manta rays. Added to all this, there are luxury resorts that make Maldives the perfect romantic getaway, and popular with honeymooners.

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MONGOLIA

Mongolia is more than nomads staying in the mountains with wild horses, sheep and living in huge tents. Today, the capital city is progressive with tall buildings, restaurants, and even coffee places to get your caffeine fix. At the same time, the ancient ways are preserved, making this country a fascinating place to travel to.

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MYANMAR

To say that Myanmar is a beautiful country is to not say enough. This land has many unique and eye pleasing things to see, do and eat that I have not found in any other Asian country. For a start, the capital, Yangon, has the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda.

Then there is Bagan where you get the largest number of pagodas, temples and stupas. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride to get a unique perspective of this place.

Inle Lake is quietly enchanting as the locals practice traditional fishing in their unique way. And don’t miss the opportunity to see the rest of the country by cruising down the massive Irrawaddy River. You can even travel to Mandalay and Bagan.

Don’t forget to travel to the Mon State to see the famous Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock. It is amazing how the rock balances on the edge, and seems to float above the ground.

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NEPAL

I am not sure if I would ever visit Nepal. I heard that it is more renowned for trekking. Not an activity that I favor. But I do acknowledge the wonders and natural beauty of the land. Most people would start at the capital, Kathmandu. And make road trips to popular places like the ChitwanNatinoal Park, or hike their way to the peaks and glaciers of the majestic Himalayan Mountains..

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PHILIPPINES

The first time I traveled to the Philippines was for business. I know. No the perfect way to get to know this place that is simply bubbing with life. While Manila was a pleasant place to be at, there are so many better choices here.

Bohol is one way of getting to know Philippines better. This city has a unique feature, the unusual chocolate hills. You can also visit Panglao Island for lovely crystal clear waters with rich coral life.

But I much prefer a vacation at the seaside or on an island. Actually, before the coronavirus lock down, we were planning to visit either Cebu, Boracay or Palawan. All three destinations offer dazzling beaches and fun activities in the waters as well as outside.

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SINGAPORE

Crazy Rich Asians did more for Singapore than anything the local tourism board ever did. The movie brought this nation to the world stage. Of course, there is only so much that can be squeezed into an hour plus movie. Singapore is so much more.

The mix of Asian cultures has created a colorful world. You can experience a little of India in Little India. Buy cheap souvenirs and eat really great tasting food in Chinatown.

Spend some time at Marina Bay Sands area to see the Merlion, Singapore Flyer, and Gardens By The Bay. And when you like to take things a little slower, head on to the Singapore Zoo. It is awesome!


SOUTH KOREA

The movie – Parasite, Psy’s Gangnam Style and BTS have made South Korea famous all over the world. Thanks to them, and to many other talents in this country, And all eyes are on South Korea. In fact, so many people would like to visit this place.

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is the first place tourists land on. The city is fascinating with a blend of the ancient and contemporary. Tall skyscrapers reside next to ancient temples, shrines and villages.

Another popular destination is Jeju. Its beautiful scenery is a fresh respite for the hard working Korean. It is also a popular honeymoon destination.

For a mix or urban and nature life, visit Busan. Great food, interesting markets and excellent beaches. Incheon is also another cosmopolitan city that would please those who prefer city holidays.

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SRI LANKA

A gem at the south of India is Sri Lanka. You get a sprawling metropolis like Colombo. And national parks, temples, tea plantations, highlands, and relatively untouched beaches. While most will just stay at Colombo, do know that there are many places that offer more; such as Negombo, Beruwala, Bentota, and even Kandy.

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TAIWAN

Taiwan’s capital city – Taipei – is a good first stop in this land. You can visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101 Tower, restaurants, bars, and nights markets such as Shilin Night Market. Taiwan night markets are notorious for tasty Taiwanese street food.

Another town with great Taiwanese food is at Keelung. For some history and culture, travel to Jiufen and the vibrant Taichung. After Taichung, drop by the picturesque Sun Moon Lake.

After the hectic city life, make your way to Kaohsiung where you can enjoy parks, gardens, and a quiet afternoon at a coffee place. For more great tasting food, go to Hualien where you can enjoy their famous marble tasty dumplings and sweet-filled rice cakes.

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THAILAND

Amazing Thailand. That is the slogan for the country brand. And I agree. This beautiful country is truly amazing. I have traveled to Bangkok many times, sometimes for work, sometimes for leisure. And every stay has been wonderful. I enjoy visiting the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and of course the crazy yet fun Chatuchak Weekend Market.

The other cities, when compared to Bangkok, are less hectic. I found Chiang Mai to be a slower paced lifestyle with more focus on history and culture. Lots of arts, crafts, festivals, and flowers. The Walking Street was memorable with all the unique wares.

I truly enjoyed Phuket with its lovely beaches and cerulean waters. I heard about the other islands like Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Railay Beach and Ko Samui. Will do my best to have holidays there after the coronavirus pandemic.

Hua Hin is the spa hub of Asia. The late King of Thailand used to go to this town for his vacation. So, the service standards are reputably high. A friend of mine has been here for a yoga retreat. And he, someone who does not compliment others easily, gave this city rave reviews.


VIETNAM

Vietnam has plenty for every type of visitor. As usual, my first romp in this country is for business purpose. And I traveled to Ho Chi Minh City. Like any other city in Vietnam, there were scooters everwhere. The food was really delicous, and mostly healthy too. I had some time between meetings, and managed to see the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

The other bustling city is Hanoi. Apparently, it is perfect if you are visiting Vietnam for the first time. You get plenty of history, culture, shopping, and dining.

Off the beaten track, I recommend you travel to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a look at the photo below. It is no wonder they won the title, right.

Also worth your time, and another UNESCO World Heritage Site is Hoi An. It is one of Asia’s oldest trading ports, and its original architecture has been beautifully preserved. Also, visit Hue, a city filled with culture. And My Son where you can see the war ruins and temple sites.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus


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Kuala Lumpur Hotels

Kuala Lumpur Hotels

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Hotels are many, and any visitor to the city is spoilt for choice. I would like to help you by reviewing as many as we can stay at here. For a start, here are a couple I have stayed at so far.


The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur – Truly Awesome!

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The biggest selling point at this hotel is the breathtaking view of the city and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers from the Infinity Pool. Added to this, the rooms are large with living room, en suite bathroom, work room, kitchenette and many other amenities. You will love staying here at The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur. Watch my video walk-through to get a preview of what you will experience here.


Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

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This five star hotel is a hidden gem.

While my stay at Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur was not perfect. It could be due to its newness.

What happened? What does this hotel offer?

Where is it located?

Is it near all the malls, bars, restaurants and cafes?


If you have ANY questions about Kuala Lumpur Hotels, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

I visited Malaysia again recently, and stayed one of the Kuala Lumpur HotelsRamada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. In this Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review, I will share with you my experience at the hotel, what is around the hotel, what are the nearest attractions, how to get to the hotel and around Kuala Lumpur.

It was time for another vacation. A friend from Malaysia proposed a road trip – Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh then Penang. That sounded fun! The thought of visiting more interesting places in Kuala Lumpur like Thean Hou Temple, Central Market, Petaling Street, Petronas Tower, and more was so inviting.

Plus, all the delicious food to enjoy like Madam Kwan’s, DC Comics Superheroes Cafe, Kinjuku, and more! And that is just in Kuala Lumpur. There are more good food in Ipoh and Penang. Resistance was Futile!

First stop was Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, I turned to trusted Agoda to find a good hotel to stay at. I found a fantastic deal for one of the Kuala Lumpur Hotels – the Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Please continue to read for my review of this hotel.


Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – The Overview & Rankings: 

Three Point Stars Rating

Hotel: Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Room Rates: US$72 – US$133 (based on average rates for a standard suite)  and above (depending on suite) per night. I managed to get a very good deal at Agoda – US$51 per night only.
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: No 1 Lorong Ceylon, Bukit Ceylong, Kuala Lumpur  50200, Malaysia.
Rooms: One bedroom suites.
Service: Cold, unfriendly, mechanical
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it!
Sleep Quality: The bed was all right, but the pillows were a bit soft. Still, managed to get good enough sleep.
Cleanliness: Very good. Could be better.
Asia Travel Gems Rating:  3.0 out of 5.0 

Additional Info: Non-Smoking Hotel, Breakfast Buffet (need to purchase)


Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – The Video: 

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About Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

The hotel name is Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Quite a mouthful. And sometimes you might see the name listed or written as Ramada Suites KLCC.

Do not be misled when you see it as Ramada Suites KLCC. It is not located at or anywhere near KLCC. Instead, the hotel is nearer to the popular shopping belt known as Bukit Bintang. It is just a short 15 to 20 minutes walk to malls like Pavilion, Lot 10, and Sungei Wang. And even shorter distance to Low Yat, the IT Mall of Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Bed & Sofa
Bed & Sofa, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre has 107 rooms or suites, as the hotel prefers to call them. Personally, I do consider the rooms a little too small to be called a suite. At the same time, it is a little larger than most rooms.

Furnished in contemporary style, each of the suite comes with king-sized bed or twin beds. There is even a choice of executive suite. The rooms or suites include a closet, a kitchenette, an en suite bathroom with rain shower, a sofa to watch shows on a 50 inch TV as well as a simple work desk.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Work Desk
Work Desk, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Due to its location near the shopping belt, and within the city, all the rooms have a city view.

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City View, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: Hotel is in an area with many restaurants and pubs. Can get noisy at night. Try to ask for a room that is in the quieter side. No promises they will provide though. I was fortunate to get a quiet room.


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Amenities 

  • 24-Hour Reception Desk – Service was cold and unfriendly. The reception staff were polite but did not smile at all. They might as well just install robots to do the job.
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Free WIFI
  • Breakfast Buffet Available

Tip: Do check if your booking includes the breakfast. If not, then you will have to purchase it.

  • Laundry Services
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Onsite Parking – Available but for a fee. Even for guests. We were not happy to find out that even guests have to pay a fee to park here. It should be free for guests!
  • Room Service
  • Kitchenette – With hob and hood, a kettle, fresh water in bottles daily provided, coffee and tea packets with sugar and creamer, a small refrigerator and a microwave oven. It is nice to have the refrigerator. I love to eat tropical fruits, and it was nice to store them in the refrigerator.
Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Kitchenette
Kitchenette, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
  • En Suite Bathroom – Has towels and well stocked with shampoo and conditioner. There is also a hair dryer. What really pleased me was the Rain Shower. Loved it! And the water pressure was very good too.
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En Suite Bathroom, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Rain Shower
Rain Shower, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems
  • Safe – Great for keeping my valuables safe while I explore the city. But I discovered a hiccup, something for you to be careful about. Read the tip below!

Tip: The Safe! Be careful to use the safe in this hotel. One evening, I needed to check my passport that I kept in the safe. I could not open with the code I previously entered. I tried many times before I gave up and called the Front Desk. I was duly informed that they could not do anything because only the Manager can resolve this. And the Manager is only back in the morning.

I was horrified! What if we needed something urgently from the safe? What if our flight was that night, and we needed our passports? The Reception gave the standard answer – wait till morning for the Manager to arrive. Terrible!


Facilities

  • Lounge/Bar/Restaurant – Goa by Hubba is on the ground level, next to the Front Desk. They serve a wide range of food, from local to American. There is also a bar scene with live music. I had a couple of hours before my flight, and I spent it resting at this place. The drink was all right.
  • Business Center
  • Meeting Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Infinity Swimming Pool – Infinity Pools are so popular these days. But it is not good to have one for the sake of having one. I think this happened here at Ramada Suites KLCC. The Infinity Pool is lack lustre. There is no great view, only view of the city that are just buildings. It was not worth taking photos or videos of this facility.

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Attractions Nearby

There are no attractions nearby, unless you count Bukit Bintang, which is a shopping belt. There are large malls, small shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and food courts in this area. One popular eating place is Jalan Alor, which is a famous food street. You can find many tasty local food served at the restaurants and food stalls along Jalan Alor.

While there are no attractions near the hotel, there is the Bukit Bintang Monorail station that is only 15 to 20 minutes walk away. You have access to many attractions in Kuala Lumpur from this station. The attractions are such as those mentioned earlier – Thean Hou Temple, Central Market, Petaling Street, Petronas Tower, and more.


Where is Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre?


Address: No 1 Lorong Ceylon, Bukit Ceylong, Kuala Lumpur  50200, Malaysia.

Phone: +60-3-2386-9288

How To Get There?

It is easy to get to Ramada Suites KLCC from the airport. One way would be to get one of the taxi services at the airport or use Grab. My choice is Grab as it is easy to use.

Tip:  For some reason, drivers are not able to find the hotel, even if you give the right address. Get the phone number (shown above) ready. If need be, call hotel, ask them to direct driver. That’s what happened to me, and what I did.


Getting Around

By Train

Light Rapid Transit (LRT) – The nearest Monorail station is Bukit Bintang, and takes about 15 to 20 minutes walk to reach there. The monorail can bring you to almost anywhere within the city.

By Bus

KL Hop-On Hop-Off – This is a City Tour Bus that can take you to many attractions. Go to their website to find out the various routes, fares and destinations.

GoKL – This is a Free City Bus Service for visitors. It travels on selected routes in the city. Go to the GoKL website for more information.

By Taxi

This is also an option. And always take those that go by the meter. You can reject if they do not use the meter. Speak to the driver and agree to go by meter before you get on the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

The hotel would have received a much lower rating. This was because of the very poor service at the Front Desk. To me, everyone working in the hospitality industry should have good customer service, and know how to smile.

Three Point Star Rating

I arrived at the hotel to sullen faces. Not even a greeting. Just robotic actions to register me and quickly get me away from the Front Desk and to the room.

I do not know if it was because I was Asian? I witnessed the Front Desk staff behaved much nicer to a Caucasian couple.  No matter what, no excuse for poor service.

What made it worse was the inability to open the safe at night when the Manager is not around. Could they not arrange for the most senior person in the night to assist with this?

What saved the hotel, and helped them achieved an average 3 instead of a 1.5 or 2 are the room, cleanliness and location.


We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

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Timotheus

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About Malaysia

Holidays in Malaysia - Beautiful Islands with White Sandy Beaches

Malaysia is made up of a peninsula and the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is well known for its lovely beaches, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, charming small towns and modern cosmopolitan cities, and so much more.

There are many races in Malaysia; such as Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian. As such, much of their architecture, food, fashion, language, attractions, entertainment and lifestyle have interesting cultural influences.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. It is a fascinating city with so much to offer. See our Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur for some of the interesting attractions such as Batu Caves and the iconic 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.


Where is Malaysia?

Holidays in Malaysia - map

Just north of Singapore, above the equator, and south of Thailand is the peninsula that is West Malaysia. Across the South China Sea, part of the island of Borneo is East Malaysia.

Together, they form the entire country known as Malaysia.

West Malaysia is made up of many states, and has many interesting cities. There is the exciting Kuala Lumpur, the charming Ipoh, and fascinating Penang. Just to name a few.

East Malaysia has two well known cities. The main city is Kuching. And the smaller city is Miri.

Each of these cities have different sights to see. All very interesting. And each has different and very tasty food to offer.


Races, Culture & Religion

Malaysia is a country with many races. There are Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian, and many more.

Culture & Religion

Officially, the main religion in Malaysia is Islam. At the same time many other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Christianity are accepted, tolerated and respected.

With all the different races – the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians – there is much diversity in customs and traditions that has gifted the country with a very colourful heritage.

Important festivals celebrated by each religion are proclaimed as public holidays. As everyone observes others’ practices, there is a feeling of understanding and respect for each other.


Festivals and Public Holidays

Here are some of the public holidays and festivals in Malaysia:

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Thaipusam
  • May 1 – Labour Day
  • Vesak Day
  • Nuzul Al-Quran Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Hari Raya Adilfitri
  • June 8 – Birthday of SPB Yang di Pertuan Agong
  • Father’s Day
  • Hari Raya Haji
  • Awal Muharram
  • August 31 – National Day
  • September 16 – Malaysia Day
  • Maulidur Rasul
  • Deepavali
  • December 25 – Christmas Day

Some public holidays or festivals do not have dates shown because they follow the lunar calendar. As such, the corresponding solar calendar dates can change.


Holidays in Malaysia - Tudung

Dress Codes & National Dress

Most Malaysians wear clothing that is of western influence. On special or major religious occasions, they will wear the traditional fashion and accessories.

Some Malaysians wear a form of a headscarf called Tudung. It is worn in accordance to Islam belief. It covers the hair, ears, and neck, leaving only the face to be seen.

As a visitor, please be respectful and do not stare when you see someone wearing the Tudung. Also, do not wear clothes that are too revealing or offensive in public.


National Sport

Sepak Takraw. Heard of it?

This is Malaysia’s national sport. Players use every body part except their hands to get a ball over a net. The ball is made of rattan or woven palm stems. It is hollow on the inside.

This sport is also popular and played in many other Southeast Asian countries.


Currency in Malaysia

Holidays in Malaysia - Ringgit

The currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit. It is sometimes symbolized by RM. The currency code is MYR.

The Ringgit is used everywhere in Malaysia. It is rare that an establishment will accept any other currency.

Travel Tip: Get ready Malaysian Ringgit when you visit Malaysia


Weather in Malaysia

The temperate in Malaysia varies very little. It is usually around 30°C by day.  It does get humid all year round, and that does make the air feel warm and uncomfortable.

Holidays in Malaysia - Monsoon

The northeast monsoon ushers in the rainy season from the months of late November to early March. Driest months are usually May to August.

But it has been noted that the weather is a little different these days. There can be heavy rains or even torrential thunderstorms during June. So do check weather websites before planning to visit.

There is also another thing to look out for, and that is Haze. This can affect visibility, and as such ruin a good vacation. This is known to happen during the hot months. It can be any time from May to October.

If you have any conditions that affect your breathing or heart, try to avoid this period.

Travel Tip: Check the weather before flying to Malaysia. Especially for haze.


Things To Do in Malaysia

There is plenty to see in Malaysia, both East and West. Each city has something unique to offer, whether to see, play, eat and even stay.

Things To Do In Ipoh

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art - Click on Image to Read More
Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art – Click on Image to Read More

For a small and quiet town, there is surprisingly has quite a lot of Things To Do In Ipoh. First, there is the famous Mural Art on buildings everywhere that adds so much color to this sleepy town.

Just a little away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is the enchanting Kek Look Tong. A cave with a temple and many spiritual statues and artifacts. Plus, a hidden gem that is a paradise-like garden with lakes.

In recent years, the First Concubine Lane has been redesigned and given a fresh breath of life. The lane now hosts chic boutique hotels, local cafes that offer unique dishes and desserts, and retail stores with merchandise that is so different that you will want some.

Ipoh has a very rich culture and history. Both have inspired thought provoking museums. There are so many that you may spend an entire day museum hopping. I had time for only one – Ho Yan Hor Museum.

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

There are so many Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur. A trip to Malaysia is never complete without a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

Travel Tip: Visit the Twin Towers during the day, and then the night. You’ll get 2 very different views of this awesome structure.

Gigantic Lord Murugan Statue at one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves - Click on Image to Read More
Gigantic Lord Murugan Statue at one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves – Click on Image to Read More

Then there is the famous Batu Caves. It is actually quite a distance off from Kuala Lumpur. But no worries. I have written a blog post on Getting to Batu Caves. The journey is really worth it. To see the giant Lord Murugan gold statue, the large and fascinating caves as well as the temples inside.

Kuala Lumpur has so many beautiful temples. Thean Hou Temple is no exception. In fact, this is a very popular temple and every tourist must visit.

For arts and crafts, go to the Central Market. The place has been refurbished and redesigned, and look splendid now. Watch for great bargains.

Speaking of bargains, Petaling Street is the place to go. Whether day or night, enjoy great food here. Night time is the best to visit this bargain hunting site. Read my blog post to know how to bargain here.

Things To Do In Penang

Kek Lok Si Temple - View of Circular Pavilion garden and Middle Prayer Hall - Click on Image to Read More
Kek Lok Si Temple – View of Circular Pavilion garden and Middle Prayer Hall – Click on Image to Read More

Penang is amazing! There are so many Things To Do in Penang! So many that I could not possibly do them all the last time I was there. There is the Street Art that is so famous, and is one of the reasons why Georgetown has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Atop Penang Hill is the gorgeous Kek Lok Si Temple. Go here to get a superb view of Georgetown. Definitely a photo moment!

And there is the educational and entertaining Entopia Butterfly Farm. I never expected to enjoy this place so much!

I will be going back to Penang for more!


Places To Eat In Malaysia

There is a lot of really good food in Malaysia. For me, one of the many reasons to visit Malaysia is simply to enjoy the great tasting food. Here are some of them for each city.

Places to Eat in Ipoh

Pak Cham Gai at Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken - White Cut Chicken - Boiled to tenderness, flavored with superior soy sauce, and garnished with scallions - Click on Image to Read More
Pak Cham Gai at Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken – White Cut Chicken – Boiled to tenderness, flavored with superior soy sauce, and garnished with scallions – Click on Image to Read More

A small and charming town with some really big hitters in the dining category, some really Best Food in Ipoh. I heard so much about Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken that I must try it when I visited. And I did. Local die hards may say that this eating destination is no longer as good as before. But to me, it is still super. (do not that the locals have very high standards for local food, and for tourists like me this is still very good) Read More

Foh San Dim Sum is like an institution. Everyone knows about this place that serves outstanding dim sum delights. Competition has arisen, and there are a few new dim sum places that is giving Foh San a run for the money. Supposedly, the one opposite Foh San is now reputedly better. Still, locals throng Foh San since wee hours of the morning. Read More

Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur

Madam Kwan KLCC Menu - Nasi Lemak - Click on Image to Read More
Madam Kwan KLCC Menu – Nasi Lemak – Click on Image to Read More

There are so many Best Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur. It will take me years to cover them all. For now, these few will do.

Let us start with the DC Comics Superheroes Cafe and Store. A really fun and thrilling joint that serves food named with superheroes code names. And there is the store that sells really cool stuff from the world of comics and movies. Read More

Then there is the iconic Madam Kwan’s that serves street food in a restaurant setting. The dishes are really great tasting. It is no wonder there is always a long queue at any of the Madam Kwan’s restaurants. Read More

Places to Eat in Penang

The Famous Chendul aka Cendol, Chendol or Cendul - Click on Image to Read More
The Famous Chendul aka Cendol, Chendol or Cendul – Click on Image to Read More

Penang Food is well known to be super tasty. Many tourists visit Penang just to enjoy the famous and popular food. In fact, hotels have maps indicating where the Best Penang Food are located.

No visit to Penang is complete without having the famous Cendol (or Chendul) at Penang Road. I have tried it. And it is the best Chendol I have ever tasted. Careful as there are copycats. My blog post will show you where this one true stall is. Read More

There is a lot of hype about Gurney Drive. I remember how good the food used to be at this place when my parents brought me here decades ago. Today, sadly the food does not live up to the reputation. Find out why? Read More

Like many dishes in Penang, the Assam Laksa has many copycats. Many claiming to be The One. For Assam Laksa, this is The True One. Where is it? Read More

There are many good fried kway teow in Penang. Tiger Char Koay Teow is one of them. It is so good that you might want to have another round. Read More


Where to Stay in Malaysia

Ipoh

To be honest, Hotel Excelsior is a very old hotel. There are many new Ipoh Hotels you can choose from, where you can enjoy more contemporary facilities and amenities. So, why did I choose Hotel Excelsior then? Well, it is an institution. It was the first international hotel in this sleepy small town. Recently, they have also upgraded the hotel, and the rooms are refreshed with many new services. Read More

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - The FACE Suites - Infinity Pool - Click on Image to Read More
Kuala Lumpur Hotels – The FACE Suites – Infinity Pool – Click on Image to Read More

In contrast to Ipoh’s Hotel Excelsior, I decided to try a very new hotel among the range of Kuala Lumpur Hotels. When I stayed at The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur, the car park area was still under renovation. Even the hotel signage was not complete. But the rest of the hotel was ready, and I had a really good experience here. One of the best features at this hotel was the Infinity Pool with a magnificent view of the city, and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Read More

Another hotel that you like to try in Kuala Lumpur is the Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Nestled in the heart of downtown zone, this is ideal for those who wish to be right smack in the middle of the shopping belt as well as the drinking holes and fine restaurants. Read More

Penang

There are no short supply of all types of Penang Hotels; five star, four star, three star, boutique, budget, and the rest. I find it is all a matter of where you are going to focus on during your vacation. If you are there more for the beaches, then the resorts along the Batu Ferringhi stretch is ideal. If you are going to be in Georgetown, then there are the many choices of hotels that have history and culture or a budget one like Cititel Express Penang. Read More


Shopping in Malaysia

Whether it is in the larger cities or smaller towns, you can enjoy the shopping experience in shopping malls, charming small stores to street stalls at night markets.

Holidays in Malaysia - Shopping Mall in Malaysia

The range of goods is extensive. Some malls are known for lower priced goods while there are luxury malls, too.

The best time to shop is during the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, which happens around June to September every year. Do check online for exact dates.

There is exemption of duty on a range of items such as cameras, watches, pens, cosmetics, perfumes, mobile phones, computers, cigarettes and liquor. Islands like Labuan and Langkawi offer goods that are duty-free.

Tip: It is all right to bargain at roadside stalls or night markets.


How to get to Malaysia?

Since West Malaysia is a peninsula, there are many choices on how to get to this part of the country. For East Malaysia, it is only by plane.

By Airplane

Malaysia’s national carrier is the Malaysia Airlines. AirAsia is its sister carrier that is no frills and a budget airline. Most international flights land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

There are other airports in other states where more and more flights have access to. These are Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), Kuching (Sarawak), Penang, Langkawi and Johor Bahru.

By Train

From Thailand, you can take the national railway operator that is the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM, also known as Malayan Railways). This system used to travel to and from Singapore. But it has been closed. A new train system is now being planned to replace this route.

By Bus

Bus and coaches are the best ways to travel to West Malaysia when you are arriving from neighboring countries such as Singapore or Thailand. There are many transportation companies that provide this service.

They have direct routes to various destinations such as Penang, Malacca, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, and even Kuala Lumpur as well as the smaller towns like Petaling Jaya.

One of the best bus operators we have experienced so far is Aeroline. We have used this luxury bus service often from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. The experience is very good. We will share about it in a blog post soon.

By Road

As mentioned above, there are buses and coaches that travel by road to many cities in Malaysia. This means that you can also drive into the country with a car.

Do note that you will need an International Drivers Permit (IDP) in order to drive into and around Malaysia. Do check with your car rental company for more details.

By Boat / Ferry

There are ferries that sail over the waters to various ports in East and West Malaysia from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Luxury cruises are also a choice if you prefer a more comfortable journey with all the facilities, amenities, great food and entertainment they offer.

Do check out the ferry and cruises sites for further information.

On Foot

Walking into the island of Borneo is not possible. But you can enter West Malaysia from Thailand on foot. The entry points are at Wang Kelian and Padang Besar (both in Perlis), Bukit Kayu Hitam (Kedah), Pengkalan Hulu (Perak) and Rantau Panjang (Kelantan).

Getting to West Malaysia on foot from Singapore is not allowed.

Visas

Most nationalities can enter Malaysia without a visa. Depending on the country you are from, the length of stay permitted can be 14, 30 or 90 days.

To know whether you require a visa to visit Malaysia or not, please confirm with the Malaysian Embassy in your country. Better still, visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia website and the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for confirmation.

Do note that when you overstay in Malaysia, you are subjected to a possible fine. Currently, the rate is MYR30 per day.


Best time to go Malaysia

Almost every day is good to visit Malaysia. This is because the weather is almost the same throughout the year. The only concern is the monsoon that arrives at year end. It usually lasts till January, or latest February. And that can put a dampener on your vacation plans.

1st Low Season (Mar–May)

Weather gets a little warmer. Good news is it is not monsoon season. Also, fewer tourists than other months. Ideal period if you prefer to avoid large crowds, especially at tourist places.

1st High Season (Jun–Aug)

Singapore’s school holidays are during the month of June. Many Singaporeans too arrive in huge numbers to enjoy all that Malaysia has to offer.

From July to August, sometimes way into mid-September, there are many visitors from the Gulf region. Also, due to school holidays. Most are escaping the heat in their own countries.

2nd Low Season (Sep–early Nov)

September to November is less crowded, similar to the 1st Low Season from March to May.

2nd High Season (late Nov–Feb)

Late November to December heralds the school holidays in Malaysia and Singapore. Many Malaysians visit other towns and cities in their home country.

Then there is the New Year followed by Chinese New Year. Traffic can get quite bad during these months as many Malaysians travel from other countries to return home to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Do note that prices are known to escalate during the peak seasons. Even then, remember to book transportation and hotels in advance.

Also, do note that if you plan to enjoy water sports or beach activities, do not visit from November to March. This is monsoon season.


How to get around in Malaysia?

There are many ways to get around Malaysia – by plane, by train, by bus, by taxi, and by foot. When traveling between West and East Malaysia, the only option is flying. This is because the two lands are separated by South China Sea.

By plane

Travel between states in Malaysia is easy by plane. There is the carrier called AirAsia. This is a budget airline, and as such the flights are quite affordable. Another airline, Firefly, is also budget, and flies to certain states only.

By train

This is a slower choice of travel compared to road transport, especially for long distances. For short distances, for example, Getting To Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur, it is decent and fast enough.

There is the ETC (Electric Train Service) that runs faster, and is comfortable with cool air conditioning. It offers fast connection between destinations. This is for West Malaysia.

For East Malaysia, there is a railway line that runs from Tanjung Aru to Tenom.

By car/taxi

Malaysia’s highway network is extensive and quite good. One can practically drive from one state to another easily. Do note that there are tolls along the way, each requiring different amounts of payment. Do get cash ready or get the infamous xxx card.

Within cities, with the help of maps, a car can get you around and about. Alternatively, you can hire taxis. Taxis are available almost everywhere in all the cities and larger towns.

Do note that you must negotiate the fare before getting into the vehicle. They rarely go by the meter. Recently, Uber and Grab have started in Malaysia. These services have been found to be cheaper than the taxis, most of the time.

By bus

This is the cheapest way to travel in Malaysia. There are many bus operators. The two most dependable ones are Transnasional and NICE/Plusliner. Do choose the 24-seater buses when traveling long distances.

When traveling during peak seasons, which are holidays or weekends, it is wiser to reserve your seats in advance.


If you have ANY questions about Malaysia, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - The FACE Suites

Out of all the Kuala Lumpur Hotels, we chose to stay at The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur. After 3 days and 2 nights of experience, here is a Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review of this luxury hotel.

Before traveling to Kuala Lumpur, we checked out the hotels featured on various travel sites, and compared the room rates. We wanted a hotel that is new and modern with all the latest amenities, latest technologies, and a rate that is affordable. Our budget was SGD 100 to SGD 150.

After many comparisons, we finally decided on booking with Agoda. We got the suites at around US$86 per night. That is within our budget. Best of all, after we arrived, we realized this was a really great deal!


Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – The FACE Suites – The Overview & Rankings: 

Hotel: The FACE Suites, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Room Rates: US$200 and above (depending on suite) per night, we managed to get a very good deal at Agoda – US$86 per night.
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: 1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, very near KLCC, easy access to main shopping and entertainment area fondly named as ‘Golden Triangle’.
Rooms: One or two bedroom serviced residence suites.
Service: Excellent, warm and friendly
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it!
Sleep Quality: Generally good, quiet environment. Only issue is the bed is a little too hard.
Cleanliness: Excellent. Housekeeping does great job!
Asia Travel Gems Rating:  4.5 out of 5.0

Additional Info: 5.0 Star Hotel, Suites, Non-Smoking Hotel, Rooftop Pool, Lounge, Restaurant, Cafe, Free WiFi, Free Parking (for guests), Air Conditioning, Airport Transportation

 * Tips are given within review;
e.g. optimal timings to enjoy views from Infinity Pool


We took the Aeroline luxury bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. The bus stopped outside Corus Hotel. We walked from there to Suria KLCC, which was opposite this hotel and within few minutes walking distance. Took some time to enjoy and take photos of the famous Petronas Twin Towers there.

We could have taken a taxi to The FACE Suites. But from the maps, we realized that the hotel was situated very near KLCC. So we walked from there to the hotel. It only took us about fifteen minutes to reach it.

Here is a video of The FACE Suites:

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About The FACE Suites

Hope you enjoyed the above video?

As you saw in the video, the FACE Suites is definitely one of the nicer Kuala Lumpur Hotels to stay at while having a vacation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is like staying at your own home while in a foreign city.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - The FACE Suites - view of hotel from afar
Kuala Lumpur Hotels – The FACE Suites – view of hotel from afar, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

There are 200 all-suite residential style dwelling of sheer luxury. There are choices of one or two bedroom serviced residence suites. We stayed in the one-bedroom suite. From the video, you can see that the suites are spacious and designed in a timeless modern style.

And each comes complete with king-sized bedrooms, a walk-in closet, living room, fully equipped kitchenette, en suite bathroom, and even a functional space for work or study. Truly designed for the needs of every business and leisure travelers.


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Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click Here!

Amenities 

All of the serviced apartments come with a myriad range of luxury amenities for you to indulge and pamper yourself. We know we did.

Every day we enjoyed the tea and coffee provided at the kitchenette. There was a kitchen hob, kitchen hood, microwave oven, toaster, a full size refrigerator as well as cutlery and utensil. We were impressed that many of the modern appliances are of good reputable brands like Bosch.

We were busy visiting places like the Petronas Twin Towers and Batu Caves, so we hardly had time to cook. But good to know that all we needed was available. We did make full use of the refrigerator, stocking it up with drinks and desserts.

The bathroom was always stocked with premium shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotions, and other grooming and washing needs. The towels were many of various sizes, and always replaced with clean ones. The efficient daily housekeeping service made sure of that. There was a hair dryer, too.

There was a high quality Bosch washing machine and dryer. This was so used by us. We would wash the clothes we wore for the day, had it dried, then tidied it with a bit of ironing with the steam iron and ironing board. Voila! The few clothes we brought lasted for days.

Of course, there were the usual IDD telephone, in-room personal safe box to keep all your valuables safe while you explore the city, LED TV with 40 ASTRO channels, and of course complimentary high speed broadband internet.


Gymnasium

Need to keep fit while traveling? The FACE Suites have got you covered. Fully fitted with the latest cardiovascular and strength machines, the gymnasium at the 51st floor is super for your workout while you enjoy fantastic views of the city.

Caution: The gymnasium is on the same floor as the Infinity Pool. Many did not make it to the gymnasium after they have seen the pool. Ha ha


Breathtaking View from the Infinity Pool

One of the hotel features that really attracted us was the Infinity Pool on the 51st Floor. It was the highest floor of the buiding where you could enjoy a stunning view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

The pool was truly amazing! It appeared borderless. And when you swim to the edge, you would enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city. You could see the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower.

Tip: We highly recommend experiencing the view from the Infinity Pool during the day and night. Especially sunrise, and just as the sun sets (the latter to see how the buildings light up)

Here are videos of the view during day and night:

Additional Tip: For those traveling with kids, there is a Children’s Wading Pool that is also on the 51st floor, just next to the Infinity Pool


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Attractions Nearby

Many of the well known attractions are within easy access from this location. There is the KL Forest Eco Park (formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve) that is only a walking distance of 17 minutes away. It has one of the oldest forest reserves in Malaysia.

KLCC that has Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Aquaria KLCC, plus many more interesting places is about 15 minutes away by foot. While we were there, we often visited this place as there is so much to explore.

Other attractions that are not so near but worth a mention are Bukit Bintang, Chinatown, and Batu Caves, just to name a few. All within easy reach via the Monorail or LRT.


Cafes & Restaurants

The hotel has a restaurant and a cafe; respectively Tangerine and Cafe Il Viso. We did not had time to enjoy the food and drinks there. Mostly because we wanted to experience dining out in the city.

Speaking of which, you will be spoilt for choice here. For example, there are so many cafes and restaurants at Suria KLCC. We tried the food court on the first day, and a couple of cafes and restaurants the following days. The most memorable was Madam Kwan Restaurant. Great food there! A review is coming soon.

Bukit Bintang and Chinatown also offers a wide range of local and foreign delights. At Bukit Bintang, we discovered a very fascinating cafe called DC Comics Super Heroes Store and Cafe. We are also going to write a review of this wondrous place soon. Come back soon to read about it!


Location

The FACE Suites is conveniently located along Jalan Sultan Ismail that is in the vicinity of the well known ‘Golden Triangle‘ of Kuala Lumpur. The Golden Triangle is known as the city’s shopping, commercial and entertainment hub. The hotel is also very close to Suria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower.

The other areas such as Bukit Bintang, Chinatown and others are all within easy access from this serviced residences suites.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - The FACE Suites Location

Getting Around

It is quite easy to get around Kuala Lumpur from The FACE Suites. One way, of course, is to take the cab if you have the budget. Taxis are not expensive. But do be careful to take those that go by meter, or at least the agreed rate before you start the journey.

The nearest Monorail station is Bukit Nanas, and takes about 5 minutes to reach there. The monorail can bring you to almost anywhere within the city.

Then there is the Dang Wangi LRT station, which is also about 5 minutes walk away. The LRT system is quite extensive. You can also transit to the main train lines like KTM Komuter to travel to places like the famous Batu Caves. Here is a post about Getting To Batu Caves via the train systems.

We hope you enjoyed this review of The FACE Suites. Do drop us a comment to let us know if you liked it? Or even if you have any questions, do add it as a comment below.

And if you really like what you read, and you are going to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, then we highly recommend booking The FACE Suites using Agoda. As we mentioned before, from our experience, Agoda really gives very good room rates.


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Book Your Rooms with Agoda and Get Up to 70% Off! Click Here!

We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

If you have ANY questions about Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

Timotheus