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Over the years, I have visited many awesome cities in Asia. I have seen the popular attractions and sights each place has to offer, tried and tasted their local food, and stayed at some of the hotels available.
As I do all that, I do my best to update this travel blog, and share my experiences with you. I will also review each place to help you find out if it is worth your time visiting the sights, try the food at an eating place or stay at a particular hotel.
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The Best Places To Visit In Asia
Well, some of it. For now.
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Some of the Best Places to Visit in Asia. For more info about each country, click on image
Tip: There are plenty of tips in each of my blog posts. Little gems to help you enjoy and have a better experience in the city of your choice.
The sections below provide you a little more info about each country and the cities – I share with you about Interesting Places to See, Food Reviews to help you decide if cafe or restaurant is worth a try, and Hotel Reviews to help you know if a hotel is good to have your good night’s rest.
Beautiful Bhutan – The Last Shangri-la on Earth
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.
I always tell everyone that they must visit Bhutan. It is a beautiful city that deserves the title – The Last Shangri-la on Earth. Meanwhile, before your visit, take a look at some of the Best Places To Visit In Thimphu, Bhutan.
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Cambodia – Where Old Meets New
Phnom Penh in Cambodia has its beauty and its quirks. Click the above image to find out what I am talking about.
Or if you prefer to dive right into it, I have written Phnom Penh Hotels Review of The Bridge Club Hotel. See the awesome view of the city and Mekong River? It was captured from the high floor room I stayed at.
And if you are keen to know what the food tastes like there, check out the Phnom Penh Restaurants Reviews section where I reviewed the Boat Noodle Restaurant.
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Hong Kong – Many Worlds, One City
Hong Kong is absolutely awesome! I loved visiting this city, and have plans to visit again and again and again.
If you are flying to this city, and arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport, I highly recommend the Airport Express to get to the city. It is the quickest way to travel from the airport and into Hong Kong.
The food is superb and famous. Still, there are those that are all right, and those that are so good that they deserve a Michelin Star. And then there are those that only the locals know of. I share them all in the Hong Kong Food section.
Hong Kong Hotels
Looking for a great place to stay that is affordable? I found one for you, and it is the Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel. I really enjoyed my stay here. And I am sure you will, too.
Going to Hong Kong? Looking for an awesome hotel at low prices? Check out my review that includes a video, lots of photos about the hotel, the room I stayed at, amenities, facilities, and many more. And especially how I got 78% Discount for my room rate!
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As a peninsula, Malaysiahas many cities that have so 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.
For a start, here are a few cities in West Malaysia that I have traveled to.
You need a good place to stay and have good night’s rest in Ipoh. Read my review of the local institution that is the Hotel Excelsior.
A small, relatively quiet and charming town. Yet, there are Things To Do in Ipoh that will surprise you. For example, there is the popular Mural Art sprinkled all over the town.
Ipoh is one of the many cities in Malaysia where you can find Really Great Tasting Food. Check out my list of Best Food in Ipoh.
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Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre
I visited Malaysia again recently, and stayed one of the Kuala Lumpur Hotels – Ramada 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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Due to its location near the shopping belt, and within the city, all the rooms have a city view.
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.
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.
Breakfast Buffet Available
Tip: Do check if your booking includes the breakfast. If not, then you will have to purchase it.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have ANY questions about Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – 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,
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.
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.
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:
– 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Travel Tip: Visit the Twin Towers during the day, and then the night. You’ll get 2 very different views of this awesome structure.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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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The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur – Truly Awesome!
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. Read More