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Kuala Lumpur, or "KL" as it's often called, is the epitome of an emerging Asian city. This multicultural city boasts culture,cuisine art, museums, shopping and so much more. The Batu Caves, a major Hindu Shrine and the site of the yearly Thaipusam Festival, shows the city's roots in ancient tradition. On the other hand, the Petronas Towers are a symbol of the capital's embrace of modernity and of Malaysia's status as a major financial player in Asia and beyond. Other highlights of KL include the Masjid Jamek mosque and British Colonial architecture.
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Plunge into Malaysia's diverse cultural mix while wandering the bustling morning Pudu Market, the main produce market in Kuala Lumpur. Here, ethnic Chinese, Malay and Indian vendors hawk tropical fruit, greens, clothes, local crafts, and just about anything you can imagine.
Wander the calming grounds of Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur's most beautiful mosque - a Mughal fantasy of arches, minarets and onion domes.
Visit the impressive Islamic Museum with the founder, a friend of Remote Lands, whose team has tastefully populated this modern building with beautiful calligraphy of Qu'ran verses, jewelry, armor, ceramics, and other art pieces and relics.
See Kuala Lumpur's Islamic-inspired, iconic landmark: the Petronas Towers. A symbol of Malaysia's booming economy, the towers were financed by the state-owned Petronas oil company, which occupies the entirety of Tower One's 88 floors. Take a high-speed elevator to the viewing deck and walk on the Sky Bridge connecting the two towers.
Go on a "food crawl" through the eclectic, flavorful world of Malaysian street-food. Sampling hawker food is practically the national pastime, and your guide can introduce you to the top local specialties, which blend Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences. Sample nasi lemak, rice steeped in coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger, and garnished with anchovies, roasted peanuts, pickled vegetables, a variety of meats and hot spicy sauce (sambal). There’s also Indonesian satays, South Indian roti chennai (a popular flaky flatbread), and Chinese-style fried rice noodles, or mee.
Morning Tai Chi
Start your morning with a tai chi lesson at a local park. Kuala Lumpur has a large Chinese community, who perform their daily exercise and meditation at the city's various parks.
Visit the Batu Caves, a major Hindu Shrine, and the site of the yearly Thaipusam Festival from mid-January to mid-February. During Thaipusam, thousands of Hindu pilgrims journey to the Batu Caves to do penance for their worldly sins, often through elaborate body piercing. The caves contain a series of caverns and grottoes, filled with colorful painted sculptures of the pantheon of Hindu gods, and the immense cliff faces outside the caves are the favorite rock climbing routes of local macaque monkeys.
Enjoy a walking tour of the old Colonial District for a taste of the city's British past. Pass through Little India and experience its vibrant community, full of kaleidoscopic colors and pungent smells. Finish in Chinatown, the heart and soul of Kuala Lumpur's large Chinese population.
Spend 10 days exploring peninsular Malaysia’s must-see spots on this thrilling luxury journey. You’ll tour the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur, enjoy fresh tea at a plantation in the Cameron Highlands, visit UNESCO-listed sites in Penang, and relax beachside in Langkawi, all while staying in luxury hotels.
Voyage between Malaysia’s west and east coast on this remarkable 10-day journey that stops at fascinating points. You’ll explore UNESCO-listed Georgetown, hike through lush tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands, and take a boat cruise through Taman Negara National Park., all while staying in luxury hotels.
Uncover Borneo’s wild and wonderful side on this 6-day luxury journey into its rainforest, far off the tourist trail. Your adventuring will consist of trekking to and camping in the incredible Maliau Basin, where you’ll be surrounded by exotic plants and animals, and sights of unimaginable natural beauty.
Step into the rich colonial histories of Singapore and Malaysia on this fascinating 9-day luxury journey. You’ll stay at the iconic century-old Raffles Singapore, stroll down Jonker Street in Old Malacca, trek through the picturesque Cameron Highlands, and take a private tour of UNESCO-listed Georgetown.
Experience for yourself the similarities and differences between sparkling Singapore and mesmerizing Malaysia. These two countries were once part of the same state, but in 1965, Singapore became independent. Nowadays, their cultural similarities make them friendly neighbors, while the juxtaposition of their vastly different landscapes...
Step into Malaysia’s stunning nature on this exhilarating journey through its western jungles. Explore high and low, birdwatching from the forest floor, walking high above it on Taman Negara National Park’s canopy birdges, and circumnavigating Belum-Temengor Rainforest in a kayak, before moving on to Penang.
Carcosa Seri Negara
Originally built in 1904 as the official residence of the highest British representative to the Malay States, Carcosa Seri Negara is a hallmark of Malaysia’s colonial past. Restored as a boutique hotel, Carcosa Seri Negara has 13 elegant Victorian-styled suites set on a hill overlooking the infamous Lake Gardens. Each of the 13 suites is named after Malaysian states and has sizeable, tastefully appointed bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms and cozy sitting areas or verandas. Each is distinctive in style and offers a unique culturally inviting experience. In-suite amenities include mini-bar, television, surround sound systems, DVD and Internet access. There is a fitness center with a jogging track, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. The business center offers photocopying services and wi-fi, which is also available in all public areas. Dining options include French cuisine in The Dining Room, which offers sweeping views of the gardens in the resort’s elegant dining room, fine Malay fare at The Gulai House, located on the veranda, and a bar and drawing room for tea and cocktails. The resort is approximately a one-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL).
Eastern & Oriental Express
Passengers aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express by Belmond get the opportunity to travel in style and luxury on magical journeys throughout Southeast Asia with a range of trips; destinations include the buzzing cities of Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the breath-taking temples of Angkor Wat and the UNESCO world Heritage town of Luang Prabang. Aboard the train, guests enjoy every comfort, with three options of comfortable private cabins, each with its own en-suite facilities, not to mention the train’s rear carriage where travelers can enjoy views of the passing scenery by day and socializing with cocktails and entertainment come nightfall. Dining is a pleasure with breakfast in bed and a range of international cuisine served in the dining cars. The train’s bar car is open all hours for guests to relax, chat and enjoy a drink or two as the landscape slides by.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The Mandarin Oriental is ideally situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur between the Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Center Park. The hotel has 643 rooms, including 41 suites, Mandarin Oriental Club floors, and 51 fully serviced apartments. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, including Casbah, an Arabesque-style lounge, Lai Po Heen, a Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine, and Wasabi Bistro, a contemporary Californian-Japanese inspired restaurant. Amenities include two ballrooms and 16 function rooms, a business center, high-speed or wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, a spa with nine treatment rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor infinity pool, tennis courts and squash courts. The hotel is only approximately a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur international airport (KUL).
Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the west coast of Malaysia, along the Straits of Malacca. Of the island’s 300 acres, only a fraction has been developed to house the resort’s villas and suites (as well as eight “estates,” private beach houses that are set on a small, secluded cove). The resort has 142 villas and suites, many of which stand on stilts above the sea. Villas set on a garden, beach, or hill feature oversize tubs in a private courtyard or a rain shower next to the rainforest. The resort’s premier accommodation is the two-bedroom Pavarotti Suite, set high on a hill and named after the world-renowned tenor who fell in love with the island. Each accommodation offers modern comforts with traditional touches. The Spa Village located onsite features an extensive range of Asian-inspired treatments. Other facilities include the hotel’s two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, three tennis courts and a squash court. Seven restaurants and bars make up the dining scene, serving a wide range of cuisines from traditional Nyonya to Italian. Pangkor Laut Resort is approximately a 3 hour 30 minute drive from central Kuala Lumpur followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride to the island. Alternatively, helicopter charters are available from Subang Airport in Subang, Malaysia, with an approximate flight time of one hour.
Shangri La Kuala Lumpur
The Shangri La is ideally situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur near the Petronas Twin Towers. With 662 guestrooms and custom designed suites, each room offers modern amenities and contemporary decor, with beautiful views of the city. Facilities include a business center, clinic, conference facilities, complimentary shoeshine services, a hair/beauty salon, a gymnasium and health club, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and 24-hour room service. The Shangri La offers a number of dining options, including fresh sashimi at Zipangu, Cantonese cuisine at Shang Palace or international buffets at Lemon Garden Cafe.