Best Places To Visit In Asia by Asia Travel Gems

Best Places To Visit In Asia by Asia Travel Gems

Asia is the world’s largest continent. She is filled with wonders and fascinating places. Here at Asia Travel Gems we introduce the Best Places To Visit In Asia. Naturally, besides interesting places, we also provide useful information on Cafes, Restaurants, Hotels, and anything travel related.

One of the Unique Features of Asia Travel Gems is that some of the places that we introduce here are places that few know about. Sometimes, even the locals are not aware of them. Plus, within the blog posts, there are little gems; Tips that can help you have a better experience.

Are you traveling to a particular city in Asia, and looking for nice hotels at great prices to stay at? Check out the Hotel Reviews. Wondering where to enjoy delicious food when you are in a foreign city? We have food reviews too! You can find them within the various countries listed on the main menu.

We are still a relatively new website. We do our best to update with at least one blog post every week. In time, more cities will be added; such as Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh, Batam, and more. So do Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates.

Below are the cities we have started to add to this site, and highlight of some of the places to see, eat and enjoy.



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Asia’s World City – Hong Kong

Hong Kong is absolutely amazing! We loved visiting this city, and have plans to visit again and again and again. You get the idea. Hong Kong is definitely one of the Best Places To Visit In Asia!

Good Food in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is famous for good tasting food. So much so there is a commercial promoting Hong Kong that features a popular chef from another country praising the range, variety and great dishes. For now, we start with the well known vegetarian dishes at Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant.

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What To See In Hong Kong

We will be sharing lots about What to See In Hong Kong. For a start, here is our latest article about Tian Tan Buddha!

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Singapore

Best Places To Eat in Singapore

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Things To See In Singapore

Located just a little above the equator, Singapore has many hidden gems on this fast paced city. We start with one of the most mesmerizing moving sculpture in the world, the Changi Airport Kinetic Rain.

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Truly Marvelous Malaysia

A peninsula that has much to offer. 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.

The discovery of Malaysia begins with Kuala Lumpur. You can be sure we will soon explore and share the other cities and all they have to offer soon.

Ipoh

Things To Do In Ipoh

There are many sights to see and do in small town of Malaysia, and here are some of the Things To Do in Ipoh.

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Ipoh Hotels

There are many good Ipoh Hotels. And then, there the not so good ones. We stayed at the hotels, and review them for your benefit. Here is the first of many – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh Review.

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Kuala Lumpur

There is so much to see, and such a wide variety of very delicious food in Kuala Lumpur. Lets start with the following few:

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

So many great and interesting Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur! We visited a few, and share them here with you. Over time, we will include more places. Meantime, check out those below:

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Penang

Penang is awesome! There is so much to see and play. A great variety of food that is so delicious that people actually travel just to enjoy it all.

Penang Food

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Beautiful Bhutan – The Last Shangri-la on Earth

I always tell everyone that they must visit Bhutan. It is truly a beautiful place, with nice beautiful people, and interesting sights. When you are there, enjoy the peace and tranquility that is rarely found anywhere else. Start by reading the blog posts below to get a sense of the experience.

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If you have ANY questions about this website or any article, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments in any of the articles. I will be happy to help you out.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

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Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – 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 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.


Asia Travel Gems – The Overview & Rankings: 

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 Three Point Stars Rating

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


Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – The Video: 

Here is a video of the room that I stayed in at Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre:


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.

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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.

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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.
Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - En Suite Bathroom
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 RatingI 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.


If you have ANY questions about the Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 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

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, commonly called KL, is the capital of Malaysia. It is also Malaysia’s largest city, and one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in Southeast Asia. The city is deemed the cultural, financial and economic centre of Malaysia.

More info coming soon about Kuala Lumpur –

Where is Kuala Lumpur?

How to get to Kuala Lumpur?

Weather in Kuala Lumpur

How to get around in Kuala Lumpur?

Currency in Kuala Lumpur

… and more … tune in soon


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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

Malaysia

Holidays in Malaysia

Malaysia

About Malaysia

Malaysia is made up of a peninsula and the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Holidays in Malaysia - Beautiful Islands with White Sandy BeachesIt 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.


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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.

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.

Holidays in Malaysia - TudungSome 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.

Festivals and Public Holidays

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

– Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Malay)
– Thaipusam (Indian)
– Chinese New Year (Chinese)
– Hari Raya Aidil Adha (Malay)
– Awal Muharram (Malay)
– Wesak Day (Chinese & Indian)
– Sabah Kaamatan Festival
– Sarawak Gawai Festival
– The Birthday of SPB Yang Di Pertuan Agong
– Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
– National Day
– Moon Cake Festival (Chinese)
– Deepavali (Indian)
– Christmas (Indian & Chinese)

Dates are not shown as some can change because they follow the lunar calendar.


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.


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 plane

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

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.


Things to Do in Malaysia

Gigantic Lord Murugan Statue at one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu CavesThere is plenty to see in Malaysia, both East and West. There is the famous Batu Caves, the National icon – Petronas Twin Towers, and many more interesting sights.

We have covered some of them in the Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur section, so far. We have plans to visit more amazing attractions in Malaysia, and will share them with you soon.


What to eat in Malaysia

Madam Kwan KLCC Menu - Nasi LemakWhenever we visit Malaysia, we find ourselves enjoying the wide range of food that is really delicious. As mentioned earlier, there is a very rich culture in Malaysia due to the many races living in harmony. That has produced many delightful dishes that pleases the taste buds.

Of course, there is food that is not so good, too. And that is why we only share about the best. Check out our reviews of the Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur.


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 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.


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.

The northeast monsoon ushers in the rainy season from the months of late Holidays in Malaysia - MonsoonNovember 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. Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict when it will happen.


Currency in Malaysia

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

 

Do exchange some Ringgit for use in Malaysia as it is widely accepted.


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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

Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur

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 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!


Asia Travel Gems – 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:


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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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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If you have ANY questions about The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur, 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

Kuala Lumpur Hotels

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If you have ANY questions about the Hotels In Kuala Lumpur, 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