Try exotic tropical fruits like the Rambutan or Durian, or have delicious Cempedak Coconut ice cream.
Visit the limestone crags at Batu Caves, where a gigantic golden statue of Lord Murugan (Hindu God of war) takes centerstage.
For the best nightlife, head to Pantai Cenang’s Reggae Bar–a beachside shack with live music.
The duty-free island of Langkawi is a vibrant tourist hub, just an hour away from KL.
Selamat “suh-lah-mat" is followed with the appropriate phase of the day. Good morning is Selamat Pagi “pag-ee" and Good evening is Selamat Petang “puh-tong".
Want To Go ?
If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Southeast Asia, Malaysia could bejust the option for you. Its fascinating diversity offers beautiful beaches and islands, caves and jungles, architecture from the colonial era, as well as contemporary skyscrapers, luxurious shopping districts and a lot of art and culture to soak in.
Many airlines like Air Asia and Jet Airways have affordable prices for flights to Kuala Lumpur. Return tickets are priced as low as INR 15,000* (approximately) if you’re flying from Mumbai or INR 18,000* (approximately) from Kolkata.
Best Time to Go
The months of March to early October are the ideal time to visit when the worst of the rains are over and there’s less humidity. During January and February, Malaysia sees heavy rainfall.
Located conveniently near the skytrain station as well as the shopping centres and Petronas Towers, Furama Hotel has a lovely pool area and a gym. The Berjaya Times Square is just across the hotel and there are many massage parlours in Bucket Bintang area.
Getting around: one can opt for a Hop On Hop Off tour of the city
The rooms are impeccable, with a comfortable bed and fantastic shower. The breakfast buffet that includes Malay delicacies, is meant to spoil you. There’s a large pool, fitness centre and various conference rooms as well.
Getting around: The city's free bus service, Go KL is just across the road. There are also two Monorail and LRT lines within the same area.
Around 20 km away from the twin towers, this palace-style hotel has lush green environs and is situated right next to a golf course (which means gorgeous views guaranteed). The hotel has in-house Chinese and Japanese restaurants and a patisserie and drinking lounge.
Getting around: They provide free transport to the city and back if you give them advance notice.
Close to the Kuala Lumpur Gateway-Universiti LRT Station, this hotel has spacious apartment-type rooms with amenities like microwave and utensils, in case guests want to cook themselves. There’s an infinity pool and a rooftop bar with a view of the city, open till 1 a.m.
Kuala Lumpur Selangor Turf Club is a major horse racing course in Klang Valley, Selangor, that hosts around 30 races a year.
A must-visit for nature lovers is The Lake Gardens area which is home to The Orchid Garden, Butterfly Park and Bird Park, all of which are a must-visit for nature lovers.
The Aquaria is an oceanarium, home to a large number of aquatic animals including large turtles and a variety of sharks. It is located in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
The National Art Gallery and National Museum (near Sentral station) is an excellent introduction to Malaysia’s history, economy, geography, arts, crafts and culture. History buffs can also visit the Islamic Arts Museum which houses an extensive collection of Islamic decorative arts from all over the world.
Chinatown markets like Petaling Street give visitors a chance to sample authentic Chinese cuisine as well as get great shopping bargains.
You can also visit Sri Maha Mariamman Temple—a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Parvati, Masjid Negara—Malaysia’s National Mosque or Chan She Shu Yuen Clan—an ancient Chinese ancestral hall.
Where to Eat
For a nice Indian meal, the places you can head to are Spice Garden restaurant, Aryan restaurant or Sarvana Bhavan. At any of these eateries, you must sample Teh Tarik, the local frothy tea. For delicious dumplings, head to Din Tai Fung at the gardens or Nam Heong Vintage at the Pavilion. If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, there are plenty of dishes for you at these places—just make sure to ask the chef to not use any animal-based sauces and stock. A meal will cost you between INR 400-700 on an average.
Scuba divers in Sipadan can experience one of the richest marine habitats in the world. Explore 12 different dive sites with the most spectacular species of fish and corals, the most popular being Barracuda Point, Turtle Tomb, South Point and Hanging Gardens. Packages start from INR 15, 000* per day approximately.
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Plan a firefly-spotting evening
Known as kelip-kelip in Malay, these beetles are one of a kind 6 mm long bugs, found between India and Papua New Guinea. Boats leave for 30-minute firefly-spotting trips from Kampung Kuantan and can cost INR 3000* and up (including dinner).
Hike up Fraser’s Hill
This is an excellent place for hiking up nature trails and birdwatching. But public transport won’t take you there so you’ll have to hire a private cab, which can cost roughly INR 3000* one way for a two-hour drive from KL.
I'm a wanderer at heart, interested in the world's history and culture, and collecting souvenirs from wherever I go. I believe the best way to travel is to mingle with the locals, eat street food and visit contemporary art galleries. I also try to be a responsible tourist, careful not to buy products made through child labour and be sensitive to the local ecology.