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 14,000* (approximately) if you’re flying from Mumbai or INR 12,500* (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.
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Where to Stay:
Budget Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Furama Hotel Bukit Bintang
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
Tariff: INR 2,756* per night
Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa
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.
Tariff: INR 3,060* per night
Palace of The Golden Horses Hotel
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.
Tariff: INR 3,090* per night
Capri by Fraser Kuala Lumpur
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.
Tariff: INR 5,870* per night
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What to Do?
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.