Malaysia

Holidays in Malaysia

Malaysia

About Malaysia

Malaysia is made up of a peninsula and the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Holidays in Malaysia - Beautiful Islands with White Sandy BeachesIt is well known for its lovely beaches, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, charming small towns and modern cosmopolitan cities, and so much more.

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

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



Where is Malaysia?

Holidays in Malaysia - map

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

Together, they form the entire country known as Malaysia.

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

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

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


Races, Culture & Religion

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

Culture & Religion

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

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

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


Festivals and Public Holidays

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

– 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.


Holidays in Malaysia - TudungDress Codes & National Dress

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

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

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


National Sport

Sepak Takraw. Heard of it?

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

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


Currency in Malaysia

Holidays in Malaysia - Ringgit

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

 

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

Travel Tip: Get ready Malaysian Ringgit when you visit Malaysia


Weather in Malaysia

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

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

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

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

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

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


Things To Do in Malaysia

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

Things To Do In Ipoh

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

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

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

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

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

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things To Do In Penang

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

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

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

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

I will be going back to Penang for more!


Places To Eat In Malaysia

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

Places to Eat in Ipoh

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

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

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

Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur

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

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

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

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

Places to Eat in Penang

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

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

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

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

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

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


Where to Stay in Malaysia

Ipoh

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

Kuala Lumpur

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

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

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

Penang

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


Shopping in Malaysia

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

Holidays in Malaysia - Shopping Mall in Malaysia

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

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

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

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


How to get to Malaysia?

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

By Airplane

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

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

By Train

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

By Bus

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

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

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

By Road

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

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

By Boat / Ferry

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

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

On Foot

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

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

Visas

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

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

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


Best time to go Malaysia

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

1st Low Season (Mar–May)

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

1st High Season (Jun–Aug)

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

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

2nd Low Season (Sep–early Nov)

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

2nd High Season (late Nov–Feb)

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

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

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

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


How to get around in Malaysia?

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

By plane

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

By train

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

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

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

By car/taxi

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

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

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

By bus

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

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



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

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - The FACE Suites

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.

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

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

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


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

Amenities 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gymnasium

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

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


Breathtaking View from the Infinity Pool

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

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

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

Here are videos of the view during day and night:

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


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

Attractions Nearby

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

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

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


Cafes & Restaurants

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

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

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


Location

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

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

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - The FACE Suites Location


Getting Around

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Petronas Twin Towers

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is a sight to behold! It is definitely a must-see on your vacation itinerary and worthy to be considered as one of the Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur.


Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia During the Day

We took the luxury bus by Aeroline to Kuala Lumpur. It started at Harbour Front in Singapore, and ended outside Corus Hotel. The Petronas Twin Towers is across the road from this hotel, only about 7 to 10 minutes walk away.

Upon arrival, which was in the afternoon, we walked over with plans to take some nice photos and videos of this icon of Malaysia. It was quite cloudy, but we managed to capture some nice shots. Here is a video of the Twin Towers taken during the day:


Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers during the day

Here is a photo of the building taken during the day:

Things To See In Kuala Lumpur - the Petronas Twin Towers during the day
Petronas Twin Towers – during the day, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

It looks magnificent doesn’t it? The architecture is so interesting. We love how the structure has many facets, like that of a diamond or jewel, near the top.


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Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia At Night

After the morning shoot of the Twin Towers, we headed for The Face Suites Hotel Kuala Lumpur where we checked in and stayed for a few days. Also took some photos and videos of this lovely new hotel, which we will share in a future blog post.

In the evening, we had a look a the popular infinity pool of the hotel. The infinity pool is popular because of the amazing view of the city and the Petronas Twin Towers as well as KL Tower. In fact, the featured video (on our home page) was one of the photos taken from the infinity pool of the hotel.

Watch the video of the Infinity Pool on our review of The Face Suites Hotel, Click Here!

We were hungry, and thought why not go to Suria KLCC and have dinner? At the same time, we could grab the opportunity to take photos and videos of the Twin Towers at night. The video below was taken when we were very close to the building. Just below it in fact! We started with a shot of the fountain below and slowly panned all the way up to the top where the spires are.


Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers during the night

While the Petronas Twin Towers Kuala is majestic during the day, it dazzles by night. The tall building sparkles like a gem from a distance, and shines brilliantly at close quarters.

Here is a photo of the sparkling skyscraper taken during the night:

Things To See In Kuala Lumpur - the Petronas Twin Towers at night
Petronas Twin Towers – at night, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

There are always many people, mostly tourists, hanging around the garden and mini fountain area on the ground level, just outside the main entrance of the structure. Do not be intimidated. Just dive in and find some space to get that photo of you and the Twin Towers. Thankfully, people are generally nice, and everybody gets a chance for a photo of a lifetime.

* Photo Tip 1: Get across the street to get a better shot of the Twin Towers. Some people stop at one of those islands in the middle of the high traffic roads. Be careful. Safety first.

Photo Tip 2: It is not an easy task to capture your entire body and the entire Twin Towers in a single frame. But it can be done! Stand further away from the Twin Towers, and get your friend to squat really low to take the photo from a very low angle to get it all in the photo frame. Alternatively, some people stand on one of the pedestals and their friend simply kneel as low as possible to get that money shot. (you’ll know what I mean when you are there)


More Info About Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

So how tall is the Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia?

It is recorded as the tallest building in the world, that is from 1998 to 2004, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). At an unbelievable height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is deemed by many as the crown jewel of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. It is now an icon of Malaysia, along with the nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.

This international icon of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia was designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli. He chose a distinctive postmodern style to create a 21st-century icon for the city.

You can visit the Petronas Twin Towers on a more personal level by taking a tour. There are interactive displays and an elevator with futuristic edge that will take you 170 metres up to the Skybridge.


The Skybridge

The Skybridge (you can see in the photos and videos of it above) connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, and is the world’s highest 2-storey bridge. The tour also takes you even higher to level 86, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur.

* Interesting Fact: The Skybridge is designed to slide in and out of the towers, swaying several feet towards and away from each other, to prevent it from breaking during high winds.

Do note that the Skybridge is limited to 1,000 visitors per day, and you need to get a ticket to get up there. So do get your tickets early as it does get sold out quickly. Also, note that visitors are allowed to visit during specific hours, and some days access can be closed too. So do check with the ticketing counter for more details, or you can visit the Petronas Twin Towers website for more info.


Suria KLCC

On the lower levels of the Petronas Twin Towers, there is Suria KLCC. This is a upmarket retail mall that spans 140,000 square meters. Tenants in the mall include luxury goods, high-street labels, food court, restaurants, cafes and many other types of tenants as well as facilities and amenities.

On the first day we arrived, we were so hungry that we did not want to wait in long queues at cafes and restaurants. So we headed for the food court, and had nasi lemak (a local dish with rice flavoured with coconut, often comes with chicken wing or fish, egg and cucumber plus other optional food). Big mistake. It was not very good.

On the last day, we had time, and explored a bit more. We chanced upon Madam Kwan’s. To be honest, I did hear about Madam Kwan’s before. So we tried it. And the food was very good. I will write a post about this later.

As mentioned, Suria KLCC spans 140,000 square meters. So there’s a lot of shopping. And a lot to see. Inside Suria KLCC, there are also an art gallery, a philharmonic theatre, an underwater aquarium and also a Science center. It is no wonder that Suria KLCC is considered as one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia.

We didn’t manage to experience everything because we had plans for other exciting places to visit, but some of Suria KLCC was good enough for this trip.


KLCC Park and Fountain

We read about the fountain and light show that is displayed every night. Earlier during the day, just so happened when we had our lunch at the food court, we sat at a table that had a view of the park and fountain. We told ourselves that if we were around the area, and the timing was right, we would enjoy this visual and sound treat.

As luck would have it, after dinner that night, we were just in time to catch the fountain light show as it started. Here is the video of the performance:


Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur – KLCC Park Fountain

The park and fountain area has jogging and walking paths, wading pools and a children’s playground that is ideal for daytime fun, too.

The photo below was taken from the park and fountain area, at the entrance that led to Suria KLCC.

Things To See In Kuala Lumpur - Suria KLCC

Making plans to visit Kuala Lumpur? Hope this article convinces you to check out the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC?

Please add a comment. We would love to hear from you now, and also if you ever visit this tourist attraction, do come back and write a comment to share with us your experience.

We have also shared about Batu Caves, Madam Kwan’s, DC Comics Super Heroes Store and Cafe, The Steakhouse, and more.


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Timotheus

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

There are many sights to see and stuff to do in the capital of Malaysia, and here are some of the Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur.



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. Read More


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. Read More

 

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. Read More


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?

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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.

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

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus