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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.
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.
Wander the calming grounds of Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur's most beautiful mosque - a Mughal fantasy of arches, minarets and onion domes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Kuala Lumpur Itineraries
- 10 days / 9 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $4,000
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $6,400
- 14 days / 13 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $12,200
Once a small tin mining outpost, in a mere 150 years Kuala Lumpur has blossomed into the capital and largest city of Malaysia with a thriving tourist industry and a multitude of other draws. Among these are one of the most lively nightlife scenes in all of Southeast Asia, some of the region’s best shopping, and abundant opportunities for unique culinary experiences. The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is situated in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle district, placing it near some of KL’s (the city’s name is often shortened to “KL” by locals) most famous attractions. The awe-inspiring Petronas Towers can be seen stretching skyward within walking distance, and KLCC Park, with its well-manicured greenspaces and gushing fountains that glow multicolored at night, is also a short distance away. The Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur features 55 rooms and suites. Accommodations and facilities are styled with contemporary flair paired with a good measure of class and sophistication, as shades of cream and taupe complement elegant furnishings and hardwood or marble floors. The hotel also shines as a couples destination, with a number of available activities tailored toward lovebirds like a session at the couples’ spa treatment room or an arranged candlelit bath complete with rose petals and champagne.
A bustling metropolis with a name that translates to “muddy river confluence” in Malay, Kuala Lumpur is a capital city bearing wide international appeal and a healthy bit of flair. “KL,” as locals often call it, is an urban sightseer’s dream with its numerous shopping malls, museums, and architectural marvels. Those seeking an escape from the city, however, will be delighted to find several forest reserves nearby and other greenspace areas even within Kuala Lumpur that bring an opportunity to hike, see animals in their natural habitat, and find some tranquility. For luxury travelers seeking a five-star base from which to explore this fascinating city, the Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur exemplifies the height of panache lodgings with an ideal location in the midst of the Golden Triangle neighborhood, a shopping and entertainment hub located in the heart of the city. Within the Four Seasons, guests will find a wide array of rooms, suites, and even serviced apartments for extended-stay visitors. The hotel’s six on-site restaurants, lounges, and bars promise enough variety that guests may be tempted to never leave the hotel during their stay (despite the plethora of exotic and fine dining options surrounding the Four Seasons), and a full-service salon and spa is located on-site to serve all hair care and beauty needs.
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.
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur was originally built in 1932 and was one of the great hotels of Kuala Lumpur in its time. Its colonial architecture and style has been carefully maintained, offering guests staying in the original Majestic Wing a slice of the glamour and heritage of its heyday. The newly built Tower Wing offers 253 additional guest rooms and suites in more contemporary design and furnishing. Reminiscent of the 1930’s, the Smoke House features facilities including a lounge and bar, private dining room with Chef on call, the Cigar Room, and a Truefitt & Hill salon for gentlemen. Other onsite facilities include the elegant Drawing Room for Afternoon Tea, swimming pool, fitness center, and screening room featuring classic black and white movies, spa.
Malaysia Goes Well With
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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