Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Ultimate Guide

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I have been to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia many times. In the past, I was there as a young boy with my family. Then I traveled often for work. My latest adventure was for a fun and exciting holiday. All these travels are shared in this article about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Ultimate Guide?

In my latest adventure, my Malaysian friend and I decided to go on a road trip along the west coast of West Malaysia. I would arrive in Kuala Lumpur where he resided.

He showed me around Kuala Lumpur. Then we got in his car, and rode all the way to Ipoh, and stayed there for a few days. After a nice and relaxing time in Ipoh, we traveled to Penang.

It was really nice to visit all three cities. And even nicer to be shown the sight by a local. He shared with me a lot of local information about popular places, and introduced me to all the best places to eat.

It was a really great holiday. And I share the experience here with you.

In this article, I will provide as much information as I can. Some information would be from research. And some would be from experience.

You will learn about where Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is? Who are the people living there? The culture and religion in this town. The language spoken. The dress code to follow. Where to stay? What good food to enjoy? What are the things to see and do? And many more.


Where is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

As the capital of Malaysia, it is interesting to me that Kuala Lumpur is along the west coast of West Malaysia. And especially interesting that it is situated somewhere in the middle of the peninsula along that coast.

It does make Kuala Lumpur strategically located so that it is within reach, by land, of both Singapore and Thailand. And also easy access by sea to Sumatra.

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Who are the People in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

While Malaysia is multi-racial, the majority of the people in Kuala Lumpur is Malay. Chinese, Indian, Indigenous Tribes and other races are minorities.

While in Kuala Lumpur, I did find that most of the people are Malay. There are Chinese but not as many as in other towns like Ipoh and Penang.


What is the Culture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

It is evident that the strongest cultural influence are from the Malay and the religion, Islam. Everywhere you go, you will see strong impact on almost any aspect of their lives.

At the same time, because of the other races and religions, there are subtle cultural influences from them. But these are mostly found at certain areas and sites.

Nevetheless, there is a level of tolerance in this country. And as such, each race and religion does celebrate their respective practices and festivals. This creates a colorful range of activities. See Festivals section further down for more information.

Travel Tip: Please respect their culture.


What are the Religions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

In Malaysia, there are many people with different beliefs. Some believe in Buddhism. Some in Hinduism. Some are Sikhs. And some are Christians. The majority in Malaysia follow their main religion, which is Islam. In Kuala Lumpur, the same can be said to be true.


What is the Common Language Spoken  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

I would say the language to be Malay. In fact, I had a rather unpleasant experience in a shopping mall.

My friend and I were looking for the men’s clothing department. We asked a sales lady for directions in English. She smiled cheekily and answered in Malay. It was obvious she was doing it on purpose to force us to speak in Malay.

But we did not know the language. And we found it to be very rude of her to do that to a tourist. After all, the large departmental store was in the tourist hub. How can she not know how to speak English? Or is it that English is saved for people who only show white skin?

So, from that experience, I concluded that the common language spoken would be Malay. Or rather they expect you to learn and speak Malay. Strange thing was that in hotels and restaurants, they speak English.

Still, I did ask directions a few times on the streets. And most times, I would approach a Chinese or any other race rather than Malay. Because I did not wish to be caught in that same situation mentioned above.

Most times, I found that people were willing to speak in English. If you are fluent in Chinese, you can try to speak it with the local Chinese there. Most would be able to speak Mandarin.

Of course, if you are fluent in Malay, then good for you! You will find it easy to get around, get directions, and get a lot done in this country.


What are the Festivals and Public Holidays in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Here are the public holidays and festivals that are celebrated in Kuala Lumpur. They are basically the same as the national holidays celebrated throughout Malaysia.

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • February 1 – Federal Territory Day
  • 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
  • Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
  • Deepavali
  • December 25 – Christmas Day

To learn more about the above public holidays and festivals, please do visit my article about Malaysia. I cover it in more depth there.

Below are some of the festivals unique to Kuala Lumpur.


Thaipusam in Batu Caves

This is a festival in honor of the Hindu god of war, Lord Murugan. It is an annual celebration that is colorful and lively.

Held at Batu caves annually, the Hindu community gathers to shower gifts of gratitude for prayers answered. This vibrant festival is best celebrated personally at Batu Caves. For now, watch this video to see what to expect.


Chinese New Year

In every country that has Chinese community, the Chinese New Year is celebrated. Simply because it is the start of the new year based on the Chinese calendar, or Lunar calendar.

What happens during this celebration? What do the Chinese do? Check out the two videos below for an introduction to this festival.


KL International Jazz Festival

This is an annual event that raises Kuala Lumpur as a centre for stylish live music. The festival attracts world class acts like Incubus, Linkin Park, Jason Mraz, and many more.

Love jazz? Don’t miss this.


1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

This is one of the biggest sale events in Malaysia. And it is massive in Kuala Lumpur. Lasting for 2 months, you get big discounts on all types of products.


Mid-Autumn Festival

The mid-autumn festival is one of the festivals that I enjoy and love. It is a time for lanterns and mooncakes. The latter which is really yummy and tasty.

Here is a video about mid-autumn festival; how it started, why it started, the origin of mooncakes, and the festivities. Enjoy watching.


Deepavali

Deepavali is also known as Diwali. It is the Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus. It signifies the triumph over evil.

During Deepavali, Hindu families light candles and other sources of light to symbolize the dark being overcomed by the light. Families exchange gifts, enjoy feasts, and pray to their deities. Watch the video below for more information.


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What is the Dress Code in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

For years, when I visited Kuala Lumpur, I dressed in bermudas or shorts with a light t shirt. My local Malaysian friend wears the same.

So, as a tourist, it is all right for you to wear the same light and casual wear. But do be mindful when you visit religious sites.

Ask the people in charge what is the correct clothing to wear. If required, most religious sites would offer a temporary wrap around the body or at least the lower part of the body.


What is the National Dress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

The National Dress is the same as for the entire country. You can see what it looks like in my Malaysia article.


What is the Popular Sport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Football, or soccer as known in other countries, is the most popular sport in Kuala Lumpur. Other sports like badminton, bowling, tennis, squash, golf, sailing and martial arts do get some attention, too.


What Currency Can I Use in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

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All throughout Malaysia, the currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit.


How is the Weather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

I have written in length about the weather in Malaysia. And it is the same weather for Kuala Lumpur. To find out more info, please refer to my Malaysia article.


How is the Haze Situation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Every year, there is haze situation in Southeast Asia. The haze does get worse in Kuala Lumpur. Partly because of it being a city, and has its own pollution issue, too.

The haze has been known to occur during the hot season. This is from May to October.

Travel Tip: Check the haze situation for Kuala Lumpur before traveling to this city.


Which are the Hotels to Stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Kuala Lumpur is a metropolis. And has many hotels and resorts for you to choose from. Here are a few that I have stayed at, and I share my experience with you.


The Face Suites Hotel Review

Looking for a hotel room that is like an apartment? Look no further. The Face Suites may be what you are looking for. And it is also very well situated. Read my review and watch the video walk-through to find out more.

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The Face Suites Hotel. Click image above for more info.

Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

I just love staying at large hotel rooms. And better still, those that are like a small apartment. How does Ramada Suites measure up then? Is it near the city centre, according to its namesake? Read my review and watch the video to find out more.

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Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Click image above for more info.

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What are the Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

I have been to Kuala Lumpur many times. But nothing beats seeing the sights with a local friend. Through his eyes and with his explanations of each famous place, I learned more about this fascinating city.


Batu Caves

I used to think that Batu Caves was overrated. Then I finally really explored this place thoroughly. And I learned more about this ancient site. It was mind blowing. Click the image below or button further down to check out my story of my visit to Batu Caves.

Gigantic Lord Murugan Statue at one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves
Batu Caves. Click image above for more info.

Getting to Batu Caves

On a budget when visiting Kuala Lumpur? Wonder what is the best way to travel to Batu Caves at a reasonable price? And is this a comfortable ride? You must read about how we got to Batu Caves.

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Getting to Batu Caves. Click image above for more info.

Petaling Street

Every traveler to Kuala Lumpur will eventually visit Petaling Street. Why is that so? Click on the image or button below to find out.

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Petaling Street. Click image above for more info.

Petronas Twin Towers – Icon of Malaysia

This is known as the icon of Malaysia. Not just Kuala Lumpur. But the whole of Malaysia. It has been featured in advertisements, magazines, brochures, TV shows and even top grossing movies. Click the image below to learn more about this amazing sight.

Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - the Petronas Twin Towers at night
Petronas Twin Towers. Click image above for more info.

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What Food to Eat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

I have always loved the great taste of Kuala Lumpur food. There is so much to try. And so many that are simply scrumptious. While impossible to cover it all, I did my best to feature some of the best here.


DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store

This super heroes theme cafe was eye catching. Nestled inside a shopping mall, it could easily be looked over. But with that awesome, bright and colorful window display, there is no way you would miss it. Come read my experience shopping and eating at this super duper place.

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store. Click image above for more info.

Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall

Unfortunately, my friend has informed me, that this place has closed down. It served really good Japanese food. It was an all you can eat buffet. Come read and see what you missed.

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Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall. Click image above for more info.

Madam Kwan’s at KLCC

This is a well known eatery. Why is that so? And who is Madam Kwan. What food does this place serve that is so popular? Find out when you click on the image or button below.

Madam Kwan KLCC - Outside Restaurant, Front
Madam Kwan’s at KLCC. Click image above for more info.

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Where To Go Shopping in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Besides all the sightseeing and eating, shopping is the next best and fun activity in Kuala Lumpur. There are so many malls in the city. It is just crazy Watch the video below to help you narrow down to which mall or malls to visit.


Best Time to Visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

There are high season and low season to visit Malaysia. The same goes for visiting Kuala Lumpur. Each season has its pros and cons. For me, I prefer the low season so that I do not jostle with large crowds. Also, the hotel room rates are lower during this season.

To find out more about the two seasons, please go to my Malaysia article.


How To Get To Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

By Airplane

When you fly in from another country, you will arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). This is the main international airport that is located in the Sepang district of Selangor.

I know this because I flew in from Singapore, and I arrived at KLIA. One thing to note is that the airport is approximately 45 kilometers from the city centre. I had a choice to take the taxi or call a Grab car. I chose the latter. It was easy and hassle free.

For my latest holiday, I took the AirAsia flight I did not like it as much as JetStar. Next time, I would choose JetStar.

There are many other airlines that fly to Kuala Lumpur. For example, Malaysian Airlines, Malindo Air, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, China Airlines, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and plenty more.

Travel Tip: Find out if your preferred airline flies to Kuala Lumpur International Airport

By Train

You can take a train from Thailand or Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. And vice versa. You go to and from the station called KL Sentral.

You can also take the train to arrive at Kuala Lumpur from the other cities and towns of Malaysia. As long as there is a train line and station to that town or station.

For example, here is my ride experience from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves. I took the same train back to Kuala Lumpur. Watch the video to see how I traveled from Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) to Batu Caves.

By Bus

There are buses from Singapore or Thailand to Kuala Lumpur. And also from Kuala Lumpur to these countries. Do check for various transport providers for individual pricing and schedule.

By Road

It is true that I took a flight to Kuala Lumpur. But we did go on our road trip back from Penang to Kuala Lumpur. And let me tell you that it was a really long journey. It was nearly 6 hours drive, including one refreshment and toilet stop.

It was fun. But after a few hours of nothing but roads and mountains, it was a little boring. So, I had to chat with my friend a lot to keep him awake and alert.

The good news is that there are highways that made it a quicker ride. To go from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, we traveled on the Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/E1. If you are unfamiliar with roads in Malaysia, download an app called Waze. It will help you travel easily from one point to another in Malaysia.

Do You Need a Visa to Go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Visitors from some countries can visit Malaysia, and all her cities without a visa. Some will need a visa. It is best to check the immigration websites to find out if you need a visa to enter.


How To Get Around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

By Train

Hooray! Kuala Lumpur now has Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). And it is quite easy to get around using this choice of transport. See the above video about getting to Batu Caves? The initial part of the journey was via MRT. Watch to see how easy it was to buy a ticket, and travel on the MRT.

Travel Tip: MRT can take you to many attractions such as KLCC, Central Market and even their National Museum.

By Bus

If you are mainly traveling within the city, and going to popular places as well as shopping districts, the good news is that there is a free Go KL bus service for you. It is air conditioned and quite comfortable. Best part of this is that it is a free bus service.

If you are traveling further away from the city, and into the various districts, then it is better to go by taxi, Grab or your own transport.

By Taxi

Travel by taxi in Kuala Lumpur is very convenient. There are plenty of taxis. But do take note that it is best to go by meter.

But ultimately, from my experience, most cab drivers haggle for a fixed price. If you are comfortable to pay for the asking price, then agree and get in.

By Grab

Private Hire Vehicles like Grab is available in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I recommend using this service because it is so convenient. Also, prices are fixed before you confirm the ride. So, there is no problem with haggling or sudden increase in fare.

By Car

If you drive in with your own car or rent a car, then this is a good option. This is because you have the freedom to travel wherever you like. Only thing is if you are unfamiliar with Malaysia, you may end up getting lost. Do get the Waze app.

For me, I prefer Grab. Of course, I have a friend in Kuala Lumpur, and he is really nice. Whenever I visit Kuala Lumpur, he would do his best to drive me around. Bless him.

Travel Tip: Rental of cars is quite affordable. Just make sure the rental service is legit, and get insurance.


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Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur

Best Places To Eat in Kuala Lumpur

I love Malaysian food. And here are some of the Best Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur.

When you visit Kuala Lumpur, do not miss the great tasting food at so many eateries. Here, I present some of them. And I will add more as I travel to Kuala Lumpur again, and try more yummy dishes.


DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store

We stumbled upon this cafe and store while shopping. It is a store with lots of super heroes toys, clothing, and other merchandise. Plus, a cafe with super heroes theme. If you love DC comics super heroes comics, TV shows and movies, you must read this review.


Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall Review

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This restaurant served really good Japanese food. Sadly, I have been informed by my Malaysian friend that is closed. Still, if you wondered how was the place and dishes, here is the review.


Madam Kwan’s at KLCC

Madam Kwan KLCC - Outside Restaurant, Front

You can almost say that this restaurant is an institution. It has grown in popularity. And serves street food in an air conditioned dining space. Is the food as yummy as


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Kuala Lumpur Hotels

Kuala Lumpur Hotels

In this captial of 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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Kuala Lumpur Hotels – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – Bed & Sofa – Click on Image to Read More

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?


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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

I never knew there were so many Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur. So many sights to see. So many cool things to experience.

And I am glad I had the chance to visit Kuala Lumpur, and experience as many places as I can. I do plan to visit again, and will explore more places and share them with you here.

In this section, I share a list of them. Each is a summary of an attraction. If you need to find out more details like what it is about, where is the attraction, how to get there, what are the opening hours, etc, please click on the individual item to go the post with more information.


Petronas Twin Towers – Icon of Malaysia

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Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers – Click on Image to Read More

This was the very first post I did of Malaysia. And of course, it must be the first post. The Petronas Twin Towers is the Icon of Malaysia. It is located at the heart of the city.

Millions have visited this place, and taken selfies to remember the experience. Day and night photos and videos offer different sights. Both are equally awesome.

Don’t miss reading about this, and seeing some of the cool photos and videos.


Batu Caves – Ancient and Awesome!

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

Everyone who visited Kuala Lumpur will eventually visit the Batu Caves. This site is famous, and very popular.

The huge Lord Murugan gold statue at the entrance to the cave is sight not to be missed! The Caves itself are a testimony to the beautiful handiwork of Mother Earth.

There is so much more to see and experience here.


Getting to Batu Caves

I have also created a blog post and an instructional video on Getting to Batu Caves from KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center).

You must watch this as it will help you learn which station to board, how to transfer to another train line, and many more steps to get you to this beautiful and magical place.


Thean Hou Temple

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Entrance of Thean Hou Temple – Click on Image to Read More

Like Batu Caves, Thean Hou Temple is another religious site.

It is ornate and well decorated.

Being away from the city, and high on a hill, there is a photo opportunity to capture a picturesque view of Kuala Lumpur.

When is the best time to visit this temple?

Where is it located?

How to get there?


Central Market

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Central Market – Click on Image to Read More

The Central Market used to be a boring place.

Today, it has been reinvented as an exciting and fun hub where you can learn about the cultures in Malaysia as well as shop for quality arts and crafts.

I was so glad I decided to give this place a second chance.

They have done a good job making this place enjoyable again.


Petaling Street – Everyone Wants To Visit Here

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Petaling Street – Entrance – Click on Image to Read More

Petaling Street is a part of Chinatown. And it can be said that Petaling Street is the heart of Chinatown. It is where you can enjoy great food and shopping. Bargain hunters take note. The bargains at within certain hours. Read my travel blog to find out when.

Also, there is a popular drink stall here. You must not miss trying this drink when you visit Petaling Street. It is so refreshing! And so good after hours of walking around here.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

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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 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)


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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.

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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.
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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.


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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Petaling Street

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Petaling Street

When you visit Malaysia, this is one of Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur that you must do! Take a trip to the busy and exciting Petaling Street. That was exactly what we did.

After the tour of Central Market, we hopped over to Petaling Street. It was just a short distance away. Only about 5 to 10 minutes walk from Central Market.

And we loved every minute of it!

Tip: There is a video of Petaling Street below. Watch It! Don’t Miss It!


About Petaling Street

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Petaling Street

Petaling Street is also known as the Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. It has a long history in this city. The name is also Jalan Petaling in Malay, 茨厂街 (Cíchǎng Jiē) in Mandarin or Chee Cheong Kai in Cantonese.

Whichever name you call it, it is a vibrant venue. It is always crowded with locals and tourists. And busy during day or night.

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Locals and tourists browsing through the stalls

It is also widely known as Bargain Hunters’ Paradise. And that is no surprise. There are rows and rows of stalls selling almost anything a person is seeking. Things such as clothes, souvenirs, electronics, gadgets, and more.

Tip: Be careful of imitation goods. Most of the brand products sold here are not the real thing.

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur - Petaling Street - Locals and tourists browsing through the stalls
Locals and tourists browsing through the stalls

As with most street markets, you will find much haggling happening. In fact, it is almost expected.

Tip: Haggle. Bargain. Don’t take the first offer as fixed price.

Petaling Street is also a food haven. There are dozens of restaurants and food stalls that serve popular dishes like Hokkien mee, Ikan Bakar, and more. More of a couple of these food stalls after the video.

Tip: Visit Petaling Street with an empty stomach.


Petaling Street – The Video

Take a look at Petaling Street and what this awesome place holds for you. I took the video during the day when it was less crowded.

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Tip: Visit Petaling Street during the night too! 


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Famous & Popular Food Stall & Shop

Air Mata Kucing

When you are at Petaling Street, you must have a cup of the famous and popular drink. It is called Air Mata Kucing. The word – Mata Kucing – is Malay for Longan.

I have had many such drinks in the past. And thought this is going to be an overrated one. To my pleasant surprise, I was wrong! It was very different from any other Air Mata Kucing I have tasted before. There is no other way to say it except that you must be there to try this!

This stall is now an institution. It sells only one product. And that is the drink that is made from dried longan, luo han guo (a fruit that cools the body) and winter melon. The fruits and herb are boiled and sweetened with rock sugar.

The combination is cooling and refreshing. You can have it served hot or cold. This herbal drink cools the body and quenches your thirst. It is no wonder this stall won the Ctrip Gourmet List, Local Favorite Award in 2017!

Watch this video of the award-winning stall.

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Tip: So thirst quenching. Buy one cup. Walk around. Go back and buy a second or third cup.

Where is Air Mata Kucing stall?

The stall is very easy to find. It is at the centre of Petaling Street, at the intersection of Petaling Street and Jalan Hang Lekir. On a hot day, look for a stall with a long queue of thirsty locals and tourists.

OLOIYA

There are so many really good stalls and restaurants serving great and delicious food at Petaling Street. But I cannot mention them all this time round. Maybe in the future? For now, I would like to share about Oloiya.

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur - Petaling Street - Oloiya, popular barbecued meat shop
Oloiya, popular barbecued meat shop

In the past, when I traveled for business, Oloiya caught my eye. I tried their barbecued meats, and am a fan ever since.

This is a popular brand. They sell barbecued meats. And opened their first shop in 1970. Today, there are Oloiya branches everywhere, including the one at Petaling Street.

During this trip, I spotted their shop at Petaling Street. And was pleased that they now have a counter outside that cooks and sells sandwiches with their barbecued meats. Naturally, I had to have one. And the barbecued meat was as delicious as I remembered.

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur - Petaling Street - Oloiya Sandwich Stall
Oloiya Sandwich Stall

Where is Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur?

It is located opposite Kotaraya Shopping Complex and short distance from Central Market.

Address of Central Market:

109 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur (according to Malaysia Tourism site)

How To Get There?

By Train

Light Rapid Transit (LRT) – Stop at the Pasar Seni Station that is located opposite The Central Market, via the Putra Line. Short walk from the station to Petaling Street.

By Bus

Public Buses – There are public buses to Petaling Street. Take bus lines KL01, SPG01, and SPG02. You can ask the bus driver to help and inform you when the bus reaches Petaling Street.

KL Hop-On Hop-Off – A City Tour Bus that stops at the station just opposite The Central Market. From there, you can walk over to Petaling Street.

GoKL – This is a Free City Bus Service for visitors. It travels on selected routes in the city. Take the Purple route to Pasar Seni stop. From there, you can walk over to Petaling Street.

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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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Central Market

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Central Market

Before our visit to Thean Hou Temple, we actually made a stop at the well known Central Market. This is Kuala Lumpur’s most familiar landmark. It is a centre for Malaysian culture, arts and craft.  As such it is definitely one of the Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur.

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Central Market Main Entrance, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: There is a video of Central Market below. Watch It! Don’t Miss It!


About Central Market

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A reminder that this place was originally Pasar Seni, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Central Market is located at the heart of the city. It is just a short walk away, about 5 to 10 minutes, from Petaling Street. It was originally a wet market called Pasar Seni that was built in 1888. Now, it has been classified as a Heritage Site by the National Heritage Department.

Today, it is a popular destination for art lovers, shoppers and tourists. At once, as you approach the building, you can appreciate the stunning art-deco structure with influences of beautiful Malaysia architecture.

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Inside Central Market, row of stalls, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Inside is where you will get a real visual treat. Take your time to immerse in the sights of the Malaysian heritage. Throughout the place, there are more than 300 shops selling textiles, handicrafts, souvenirs, collectibles and authentic Malaysian batik prints.

And let us not forget the delicious local food offered at the cafes, food court, food stalls, and restaurants.

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Signage with info about Central Market, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Central Market – The Video

Central Market truly surprised me. It has changed so much. There is so much more to this place now. I must confess that I did not take as much footage as I would like to.

Maybe I will take more when I visit Kuala Lumpur next time. And update this video then. Meanwhile, there is enough for you to see what Central Market is about, what you can expect to see there, and how beautiful the place and what it offers is now.

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Central Market Annexe

There is the Central Market Annexe that is located behind the main building, and offers a wide and diverse range of art galleries. Some of the attractions here are an Illusion 3D Art Museum, Art House Gallery, and the Central Market Art Lane.

Don’t miss the art corner where you can find unique art studios. These studios feature the works of art by local artists. So if you are on the lookout for local art, this is a good place to find it.

And of course there is the charming DIY batik workshops. Create your own batik that will have special meaning for you.

Somewhere in Central Market, I chanced upon this unique find! See the image below. It is a collection of Star Wars memorabilia created by Royal Selangor. How unique and awesome is that??!

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Star Wars Collection, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Kasturi Walk

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Kasturi Walk, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Take one of the exits to the Kasturi Walk. This is quite a cool place that is alongside the main building. It is a walkway that has been newly transformed into an open air market.

The walkway is covered, and was opened in 2011. This new ‘wing’ has an al fresco ambiance and features an exciting variety of stalls selling tantalizing local snacks and exquisite souvenirs.


Where is Central Market in Kuala Lumpur?

How To Get There?

By Train

Kelana Jaya Line & MRT Line – Stop at the Pasar Seni Station that is located opposite The Central Market.

Ampang Line – Stop at Masjid Jamek Station, and walk to The Central Market. About 15 minutes walk.

KTM Commuter – Stop at Kuala Lumpur Station, and walk to The Central Market. About 5 minutes walk.

By Bus

Rapid KL Bus – Any of these buses will take you to The Central Market – 821,822,851,180,640,650,651, 652,772,780,781,782,750,751, 752,770,771,BET1,BET3,BET4

KL Hop-On Hop-Off – A City Tour Bus that stops at the station just opposite The Central Market

GoKL – This is a Free City Bus Service for visitors. It travels on selected routes in the city. Take the Purple route to Pasar Seni stop. From there, you can walk over to the Central Market.

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.

Address of Central Market:

Lot 3.04-3.06, Central Market Annexe,
Jalan Hang Kasturi,
50050 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00 – 21:30

Contact Central Market:

Phone Number: +603 2031 0399, or +603 2031 5399, or +603 2031 7399, and 1300-22-8688 (Hotline)

Email: info@centralmarket.com.my


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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Thean Hou Temple

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Thean Hou Temple

I have always loved visiting religious sites such as temples. So, when my friend from Kuala Lumpur suggested visiting Thean Hou Temple, I was very happy. This is definitely one of the Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur.

My friend picked me up from the hotel where I stayed at – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. And it was a short drive, about 20 to 30 minutes to the temple.

Tip: Don’t miss Watching the Video! (shown further down)


About Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and biggest temples in Kuala Lumpur, maybe even in Southeast Asia. The temple has six tiers. The architecture has influences from Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. And it was built in honour of the Goddess Queen of Heaven – also known as Thean Hou or Tian Hou.

Thean Hou is a Goddess to protect fishermen. Of course, the Goddess helps anyone, too. Which is why many come to worship Thean Hou and Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy here.

The temple was built by Kuala Lumpur’s Hainanese community. It was officially opened on 3 September 1989. It is located on top of Robson Hill, and from certain locations of the temple, you can see wonderful views of the capital of Malaysia.


Thean Hou Temple – The Video

Thean Hou temple is so very beautiful and magnificent. The bright and colorful lanterns at the courtyard. The garden at the temple grounds. The impressive Main Prayer Hall and all the grand furnishings as well as the golden statues. All of it was quite a sight to behold.

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More About Thean Hou Temple

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The serene garden at entrance of temple grounds, with Kwan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) statue, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

At the entrance of the temple grounds, there is a garden where you can find the fountain of Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Here, you can stand at a fake rock in front of the statue of Goddess of Mercy, and water will spout further towards you. The idea is to cup your hands and be able to catch some of the water. Splash the water on your face to receive blessings from Kwan Yin.

As you walk closer to the temple, you can spot another garden just next to the temple. This garden features the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac signs.

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The grand front entrance of Thean Hou Temple, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

At front entrance of the temple, you can begin to notice the multi-arched gateways with red pillars. These symbolize prosperity and good fortune. The columns are dragon-inspired, and there are pagoda rooftops.

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Beautiful Lanterns, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The rows of pretty lanterns was breathtaking. You must be there to experience this! Oh wait, watch the video I made for you (above), and it is the next best thing. It is really quite a sight!

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Thean Hou in Main Prayer Hall, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Main Prayer Hall is on the fourth level. It is filled with bright golden statues, which the main one is that of Thean Hou Goddess. I must say, when I was there, I was very impressed with the grandeur and beauty of this hall.

On the first level, there are souvenir stalls, a canteen as well as a marriage registration office. Thean Hou temple is also a popular venue for weddings. The second level is the multi-purpose hall, and the third level is where the offices are.

On special occasions such Chinese New Year Wesak Day, Mooncake Festivals, or the birthdays of Buddha or Bodhisatvas, you will see thousands of devotees and visitors fill this temple. They come to burn joss sticks, kneel in prayer and give offerings to the Thean Hou and all the other Divine Beings.

On weekends, you can see people exercising and practising martial arts such as Qigong, Taichi, Wushu.


Where is Thean Hou Temple?

How To Get There?

There are no buses or trains direct to the temple. One of the options is to go to the Klang bus terminal, and take the minibus number 27 to Jalan Syed Putra. Alight and take a short walk to the temple.

The best mode of travel, that I highly recommend, is to go by taxi or Grab. To save costs, first travel by KTM to the Mid Valley station. Or you can take the LRT to Bangsar station. From these places, you can get a cab or Grab.

The distance to the temple is only 2 to 3 kilometres. Also, there is less chances of you getting lost. Going out of the place and back to the city, again you can call a cab or Grab.

Address of Thean Hou Temple:

65 Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50460

Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 – 18:00

Contact Thean Hou Temple:

Phone Number: +603 227 4 7088


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Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur – Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall Review

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Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur – Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall Review

Update – Sadly this place has closed down.

“Tim, when you visit Kuala Lumpur, I will introduce you to this place where they serve good Japanese food. Plus, you can order as much as you can eat.”, gushed my friend from KL. Locals definitely know where are the Best Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur, and my friend was referring to Kinjuku at SetiaWalk Mall.

We visited the Japanese Restaurant as my friend promised. And here is the review where I share with you about this unique Japanese Restaurant, the food and service, Asia Travel Gems’ final opinion, and how to get there.

Tip: Don’t miss Watching the Video! (shown further down)


About Kinjuku

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Dining Area, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Kinjuku is actually a true blue Japanese restaurant with its origins in Shimbara town, Japan. It was founded in 1994. The restaurant is named after the founder and chef, Kinjuku Takahashi. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Japanese cuisine.

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More Dining Area, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

In Shimbara, the restaurant mostly serves fresh sashimi, sushi and sakae. In Malaysia, the menu has been adapted to suit the tastebuds of Malaysians while retaining the essence of the recipes and spirit of Chef Kinjuku.

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Dining Area with more privacy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Authentic and traditional Japanese furnishings adorn the entire restaurant. Most of the décor were imported from Japan to create the true Japanese ambience for the customers. One worthy note is the Shoji door that is truly made in Japan and shipped specially from Japan for this restaurant front.


Kinjuku at SetiaWalk – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Kinjuku
Cuisine: Japanese
Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Reservations, Takeout
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 4.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Madam Kwan KLCC - 4 Star Rating


Kinjuku at SetiaWalk – The Video

We arrived a bit earlier than the time of reservation. So, we walked around SetiaWalk to see what the place is about. Then we headed to the restaurant, and had our sumptuous meal. Watch the video to see what SetiaWalk look like, the exterior and interior of Kinjuku as well as all the yummy Japanese food we had.


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Kinjuku at SetiaWalk – The Buffet!

The restaurant is so comfortable that after we were seated, we started chatting and forgot to order the food and drinks. Fortunately, one of us had the sense to remind everyone, and we started to do that.

We looked through the menu, and selected what we would like to have on an order form. Then we gave the form to the friendly waiter. This is a buffet, and we can order as much food and drinks, and as many rounds as we like. Of course, we must not waste food, and must finish everything we ordered.

And the best part is the endless servings is at an attractive and affordable price of MYR70++ per person only! That’s around USD18 (before tax) only! Please do note that this is the price on January 2018. Kindly note that prices can differ in future.

Soon enough, the food and drinks are served.

Chawanmushi

The first dish served was the Chawanmushi. It was pleasant enough. I do find the texture a little thick. And it was not soft enough.

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Chawanmushi, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Sashimi Platter

Next came the Sashimi Platter. The range of sashimi was not wide, but still, it was good enough. More importantly, they have all the types of sashimi we wanted. We ordered the Salmon Sashimi (but of course), Abari White Tuna Sashimi, Maguro Sashimi, Tako Sashimi, and the Shime Saba Sashimi.

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Sashimi Platter, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

All the sashimi tasted very good! Of course, we cannot expect the freshness that one would get at a Japanese restaurant that is situated by the sea. Taking that into account, the sashimi was great! I highly recommend ordering this. My friends and I had a few rounds of this platter.

Fresh Oysters

A quick shout to the Fresh Oysters (a glimpse of them in the photo above). They are so good! If you like Oysters, you must have them!

Chuka Idako – Marinated Baby Octopus

This dish was surprisingly good. The sauce used to marinate the baby octopus was flavorful, and not overwhelming. Just the right amount. The baby octopus was cooked well that resulted in the near perfect texture.

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall Review - Chuka Idako – Marinated Baby Octopus
Chuka Idako – Marinated Baby Octopus, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Salmon Shioyaki

This was decent enough. To me, it was nothing spectacular. I stuck to the sashimi.

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Salmon Shioyaki, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Shisamo

I found the Shisamo a little too burnt. I could be spoiled because I have tasted excellent Shisamo in Japan before. So, to me, this was all right but could be better.

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Shisamo, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Salmon Carpaccio

The Salmon Carpaccio proved a true delight. I am not a fan of carpaccio dishes but this won me over. I was surprised how good this was. Some places serve this dish with too much garnishing and sauce. At Kinjuku, they have done it right. The result was very enjoyable.

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Salmon Carpaccio, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Salmon Sushi Roll

Another dish that was not to my liking. The taste was rather bland. Back to the sashimi.

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall Review - Salmon Sushi Roll
Salmon Sushi Roll, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Soft Shell Crab Temaki

I like Soft Shell Crab Temaki a lot. At every Japanese Restaurant that I dined at, I would order one to try. And this was a delicious choice. The portion was big and generous. The crab was very good, well done and tasty. I could actually taste the different layers of textures – the seasoning, the flour fried to a crunchy crisp, and even the crab meat.

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Soft Shell Crab Temaki, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Butterfish Mentaiyaki

The Butterfish Mentaiyaki was much better than the Salmon Shioyaki. The sauce blended well with the taste of the Butterfish, and was not overwhelming.

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Butterfish Mentaiyaki, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Dashi Tamago

This delicacy took us by surprise. You should hear the chorus of oohs and ahhs. Everyone agreed it was very good. This dish is usually served cold. At Jinkuku, the chef made it a hot variation. And the result was pure delight!

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Dashi Tamago, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Deep Fried Salmon Fins

The hits just kept on coming. This was another great dish. The fins were fried to perfection; crispy on the outside, hot, tender and juicy on the inside. And the taste was delicately light that made it so flavorsome.

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Deep Fried Salmon Fins, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Chicken Karaage

This was another fried selection done superbly. We were beginning to suspect their fried dishes were all good.

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall Review - Chicken Karaage
Chicken Karaage, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Ebi Tempura

I spoke too soon. The Ebi Tempura was a bit of a let down. The taste was all right. The only issue was there was a little too much flour. At the same time, we appreciated the extra touch where they sprinkled bits of fried flour all over the tempura. Maybe they are good at deep fried food but not tempura?

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Ebi Tempura, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Haagen Daz Ice Cream

Having Haagen Daz Ice Cream as part of their dessert menu meant that our expectations were high. And we were rightfully pleased. There were three flavours offered – Blueberry, Coffee and Banana Chocolate Brownie.

All three flavours were heavenly. We particularly liked the Banana Chocolate Brownie. And this is saying much because I do not like Banana Ice Cream. Haagen Daz’s Banana Chocolate Brownie has made me a convert.

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Haagen Daz Ice Cream, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: have the better valued dishes first, e.g. sashimi and fresh oysters. Then move on to fried dishes later

More From The Menu

Of course, the menu has more selections than what we ate as shown above. There are appetizers such as Edamame, Salads, Gyoza, various choices of Shioyaki, Teriyaki, Moriawase, more choices of Temaki, Sukiyaki, Nabe, lots of types of sushi rolls, Teppanyaki, Donmono, Noodles like Soba, Ramen and Udon, all kinds of fried foods, Maki, and so much more.

There is also a wide selection of drinks and desserts.


Kinjuku at SetiaWalk, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

My friend told me that there were many bad reviews of Kinjuku on the Internet. I did a bit of research and found that to be true. But most of the reviews were of one particular Kinjuku branch.

Madam Kwan KLCC - Rating
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

I do not know what happened at that branch or why the food and service there had such reviews. But I believe in personally trying out a product or service I review, and share my honest experience with all of you.

Also, it must be noted that the bad reviews were written long time ago. Perhaps Kinjuku listened, and made some improvements since? Plus, there were more positive reviews out there than negative.

And as a representative of Asia Travel Gems, I can sincerely tell you that this particular branch of Kinjuku deserves the rating of 4.0

The restaurant was clean and neat. There was ample space with decent dining furnishings. The mood and style might not be purely Japanese, but that was okay. We were  there for the food.

The service was good. The staff were friendly and responded quickly. Whenever we did a friendly wave to get their attention, they arrived promptly, with a smile and ‘yes sir?’

The food was prepared and served in just the right time. Nothing was delayed. Although they did have some orders wrong. But that was only because of just simple mix-ups. Nothing serious.

The food was very good. See the above section for the review of each dish. Overall, it was tasty, fresh enough and some even surprised and more than delighted us. There were one or two that did not meet the mark. But that is all right, unless you are there just for those choices.


How To Get There?

SetiaWalk is located at Pusat Bandar Puchong. There are buses and trains to this place. You can search on Google Maps for directions on how to get there via bus or train.

Alternatively, you can take taxi, Grab or arrange for hotel transport to this location. This will take anywhere between 40 minutes to slightly over an hour, depending on traffic. I recommend this choice.

Address of Kinjuku:
D-05-G, Block D, Setia Walk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160, Puchong

Contact Kinjuku:
Phone Number: +60-3-5879-7816
In case you need to contact them, you can visit their Facebook Page, and drop them a message. They do respond.


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Timotheus

 

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur – Madam Kwan’s KLCC Malaysia

Madam Kwan KLCC Menu - Nasi Lemak


Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur – Madam Kwan’s at KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If there is ever a dining experience that fits the title as one of the Best Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur, it would definitely be Madam Kwan’s at KLCC. Their slogan – Truly Malaysian Cuisine – is no mere boast. Its truth is supported by the fact that their Nasi Lemak dish is named as the best by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia.

What is Nasi Lemak? Is Madam Kwan’s really worth the higher prices they charge? I will share that, and more, in this article.


About Madam Kwan’s

Before I go into sharing my experience at Madam Kwan’s, let me tell you what I found out about this restaurant. It has been around since 1977. The owner, Madam Kwan, is in her 80s.

The menu she created is inspired by the cultural mix in Malaysia; Chinese, Malay, Indian, just to name a few. The focus is on hawker or wok style delights. As a customer, you get to enjoy the uniquely created Malaysian Cuisine, inspired from street food, in the comforts of a cafe setting.

The signature dish is the famous Nasi Lemak. It is even shown on their front signage. There are many other local food on the menu like Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, Laksa as well as refreshing desserts like Ice Kachang, Sago Gula Melaka, and Chendol.


Madam Kwan’s at KLCC – The Overview & Rankings

Madam Kwan KLCC - 4 Star Rating

Name: Madam Kwan’s
Cuisine: Malaysian, Chinese, Western, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Meals Served: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Dining Choices: Dine In, Reservations, Takeout
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5.0
Prices: $$$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 


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Madam Kwan’s KLCC – The Long Queue

It was the last day of our vacation in Kuala Lumpur. We had a few hours before taking the Aeroline Luxury Bus back to Singapore. We did a bit of shopping at KLCC.

Before we knew it, it was lunch time! We were hungry, and at the same time, we wanted our last meal in Kuala Lumpur for this trip to be really good. I recalled there were cafes and restaurants on Level 4. So we took the lift up to the floor to explore.

We did not have to do much searching for the right place to eat. We spotted Madam Kwan’s, and I remembered having read some good things about this restaurant before.

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Madam Kwan KLCC - Outside Restaurant, Front
Madam Kwan KLCC – Restaurant Front © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

There was a long queue. It was lunch time. So, that was expected. Surprisingly, they said the wait time would only be about 20 minutes. We figured that was not bad, not a really long wait. So we took a number, and just hung around.

* Tip: We highly recommend waiting near the entrance where they call out the queue number. Many times, we saw many who went off to stroll around or shop, and missed their number, and had to wait a little more longer.


Madam Kwan’s KLCC – The Dining Experience

While we waited, we entertained ourselves by taking photos and videos of the place. Time passed quickly, and soon our number was called.

We walked in to the restaurant, and I noted that the place was packed. As mentioned, it was lunch time. So that is expected. The crowd was mostly the office lunch crowd and families. Many tourists, too, I am sure. All very well behaved. And not very noisy. Just the usual chat volume.

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Madam Kwan KLCC - Inside Restaurant
Madam Kwan KLCC – Inside Restaurant © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The setting was like one of those business hotel cafe style. The decor was not aesthetic at all. Just very functional. Just a few small items that they tried to make the restaurant more Malaysian, for example, the little rattan basket that holds the cutlery and napkins.

Just like the ambience, the service was also functional. Just friendly enough to get things moving. But not really warm and friendly.


Madam Kwan’s Menu of Delicious Cuisine!

Can you tell that I am excited? Well, I was! I had known of Madam Kwan’s for a while, and took note to try their food some day. And what better day than this, and where better than in their homeland?

We were shown the menu, and we took time to peruse. Sorry, everyone. I forgot to take photos of the menu. Will learn and take photos of menu in the future.

There were many choices. As mentioned earlier, there were Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, and Nasi Bojari for the main course. There were also lots of starters and side dishes. Plus, a wide range of desserts like Ice Kachang, Sago Gula Melaka, and Chendol.

Guess what we ordered?

Yes! Nasi Lemak! It is the Signature Dish. So must try!

Nasi Lemak has rice made fragrant with coconut milk. It was served with Chicken Curry, Sambal Ikan Bilis (like spicy anchovies), Dried Shrimp Floss, Hard Boiled Egg, Achar (pickled vegetables done in local flavors), and Cucumber.

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Madam Kwan KLCC Menu - The Signature Nasi Lemak
Madam Kwan KLCC – The Signature Nasi Lemak © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

After a bite of the Chicken Curry, we agreed that it was really good. Not too spicy, and a very full and yet not too heavy curry flavor. The chicken was tender and tasty.

The coconut rice was very well done. The aroma of the coconut flavor was just right. I have eaten my fair share of Nasi Lemak. And always frowned upon those that made their rice with little or no coconut flavor. What is Nasi Lemak without the lemak??

Overall, it was a very satisfying dish.

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Madam Kwan KLCC Menu - Satay or Sate
Madam Kwan KLCC – Satay © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

We also ordered the Satay. It is skewered meat that has been marinated with herbs and spices, and cooked by grilling over fire. Slices of cucumber, pineapple and onions are served with this dish. There is also the Ketupat, which is a type of rice dumpling that was cooked in woven palm leaf pouches.

One more item to this meal is the Peanut Sauce. This is for dipping the meat into, and adds to the flavor and taste. Many people like this part of the dish. The Peanut Sauce is very yummy. When I was a child, I remember scooping lots of the sauce to go with a small stick of satay.

Unfortunately, the Satay at Madam Kwan’s falls a bit below my standards. The meat was very cold. Satay should be at least a little warm. The flavor was not enough, like as if they saved on the herbs and spices. And the peanut sauce was too mild.

* Tip: Don’t order the Satay. You will be disappointed.


Madam Kwan’s at KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Overall, Madam Kwan’s was a satisfying dining experience. But I do find that the quality of the food varies. Of course, it is not easy to have good quality for all their dishes. But it is a standard they can aspire to.

Madam Kwan KLCC - Rating
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Again, Asia Travel Gems gives Madam Kwan 4.0 out of 5.0. One of the factors for the loss of an entire 10 decimal points was the lack of quality standards. The other is the robotic service levels.

It may sound harsh, but think about the prices they charge. It is at least 3 – 4 times more than what we would pay at a hawker stall. Maybe even 5 times now, as the prices keep going up. For example, the Nasi Lemak is $21.90 (not including taxes). So, I do have high expectations for the prices paid.

Still, if you are going mainly for the Nasi Lemak, then it is worth a visit. The large crowds that fill the restaurant daily proves that the food is still good enough to enjoy.


Where is Madam Kwan’s KLCC?

And in case you wonder where this is located or are in Kuala Lumpur and would like to try their food, here is the address:

Suria KLCC
Lot 420 / 421 , Level 4,
Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Phone Number: +60 3-2026 2297

For easy reference, it is the same location as the Petronas Twin Towers.


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

Going to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Or know anyone who may like to visit this awesome city that is one of the Best Places to Visit in Asia? Please share this article.

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Timotheus