I recently travelled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, for a wedding, but having also frequently travel there for business, i find it to be a bustling, vibrant city with a lot to offer by way of shops, food and activities. In KL there is an accommodation style and type for anyone, however, if you’re looking for a quality hotel in Kuala Lumpur, or a “hotel in KL” as the locals would say, then you’re probably looking more around the city centre areas of KLCC and Bukit Bintang.
KL is like most big cities in Asia (with the exception of Singapore which is an island of tranquility sitting off at the bottom of Malaysia), it is busy and has terrible traffic at peak hours, however KL city centre boasts cheap and convenient AC-laden monorail and train services which will help you get around town.
The KL international hotel scene has the same names you’d find in Europe and nearly all are found in the city centre, but there are several areas in particular you should look to stay in, for example, a hotel in Ampang offers you a centralised location in the city with close access to the LRT/Monorail services as well as nearby KLCC and Pavilion. Other suitable areas would include KL Sentral, which connects to the airport and Bukit Bintang, which is the classic touristy area in KL.
Being a tropical climate, Malaysia has its fair share of sunny weather and stunning scenery, KL itself has the usual top end restaurants (Marini’s on 57, Fuego, Nobu), shopping centres (Suria KLCC, Pavilion, Mid Valley), nightlife (Zouk Club, Trek, Changkat), however KL is nestled in the lap of nature with numerous treks and waterfalls within 1 hour from the city centre itself (Kanching Falls, Chilling Falls, Gabai Falls), this way you can get the tropical experience and be back in your top quality hotel within the same day.
For general partying, KL is like any other major western city, alcohol prices are comparable to western countries due to Malaysia’s taxes on alcohol, however if you’re looking to have a big event such as a wedding or honeymoon, Malaysia is extremely low cost without compromising on quality. Wedding receptions, banquet halls and even wedding planning services come at western quality without western prices while you also enjoy the luxury of the tropical surroundings.
All transport is low cost in Malaysia (particularly the further you get out of town), the train service will cost you less the RM5.00 to cover pretty much the whole line, taxi’s start at RM3.00 for budget and RM6.00 for premier and only go up in small increments, alcohol is pricey but restaurant prices are very cheap compared to the high quality of service you can expect.
For more information, visit http://www.malaysia.travel/en/my.