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Sep 17, 2010 - Activities, Shopping    No Comments

Top 10 places to shop in Kuala Lumpur as a traveler

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is very easy, as the metropolis is full of shopping malls, out which you can find the most exclusive ones and the bargain places. The main shopping areas of KL city can be found inside the “Golden Triangle” area, which you can easily walk through or use the Monorail for doing so. Other shopping areas include the area of Bangsar and Midvalley roads, which are on the Southern side on the city and can be reached by the local Metro. In our article, we would like to introduce you to some of the best shopping malls of the city with the reason why you would visit them.

  1. Berjaya Times Square – Not too far from the Imbi Metro station Eastwards from Chinatown, you can find this enormous shopping mall which is one of the biggest in Asia. The huge shopping mall will surely take away your day, as it offers various retail stores on altogether 12 levels. The best place to go to check out the latest trends and it is also extremely popular for having the biggest indoor theme park in Malaysia that you can find on the seventh floor. This is a must- visit shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  2. Starhill Gallery:  This is the most luxurious shopping mall of KL city, located within the popular Golden Triangle district. This shopping mall boasts of a high variety of luxury brands such as LV, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Versace or Gucci, among many others.
  3. Pavillion KL - This enormous shopping mall is quite new being built in 2007, and it offers the choice of around 450 various retails that range from the most expensive Burberry Prorsum to the urban wear brands. You can find the label stores of Hermés, Gucci, Boss, and Prada but in the same time, you can also get to see Juicy Couture, Zara or Mango. The famous shopping mall was the first for many luxury brands to open their very first store in KL city. The mall has a huge food court with various fast food and normal restaurants and cafes.
  4. Fahrenheit 88 – This shopping mall has reopened its doors to the public in 2010 after closing down for a couple of years. The large shopping mall is today among the trendiest places being full of stores of teenage and sportswear and houses fashion stores of several local designers. H&M opened its very first store in Fahrenheit 88. If you want to check out the latest Japanese teenage trends, do not miss visiting Uniql and Muji stores.
  5. Lot 10 – Widely considered as the best shopping mall of KL city, Lot 10 is also a happening mall since its renovation. The mall has dozens of hip stores and it is very popular for those who would like to taste local and international specialties. Lot10 has a great rooftop garden terrace, which gives place to several bars, terraces and cafés. It is very busy during the evening hours. The mall also sports a cool gym and a Debenhams.
  6. Low Yat Plaza – If you are looking for gadgets or any electronic goods or replicas, then this plaza is your place to go. Selling goods much cheaper than their original price, this plaza is always busy and has an extra large clientele. Be prepared that most of the devices here are fake.
  7. Sungei Wang Plaza - This is the trendy Chinese clothes market of Kuala Lumpur where you can buy fine quality Chinese garments, many of which come to Europe to be sold for a much higher price. The store has lots of replica handbags, belts and all sorts of luxury goods.
  8. Bangsar Shopping Centre, known simply as BSC, this is the favorite shopping mall of especially the British expats who live here in large numbers. The mall houses several specialties coming from the UK.  Check out the Cold Storage Supermarket and Burlington Tailor Shop to see the two unique stores in the shopping centre.
  9. Bangsar Village- Connected to the former mall, the new building is now connected to the old one through a covered bridge. This is an ordinary shopping mall with lots of retails and fine prices located along Bangsar Road.
  10. Mid Valley Megamall and Gardens at Mid Valley -  This two malls, which form one, are among the largest shopping malls of Asia with lots of department stores, a Carrefour hypermarket, Jusco, MetroJaya among many other brands

After introducing you to these great shopping malls of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, let us also suggest you to visit the Central Market, which is located in the downtown Old City part of Kuala Lumpur and it is among the best touristic shopping places of the city. The market was awarded with quality architectural awards and it is one of the historical buildings of this relatively young city built roughly in the same time and the capitals constitution. 

May 1, 2010 - Activities, Travel    No Comments

Top 10 activities to do in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is really a diverse city where many Asian cultures meet in order to create a unique mix, which you will not see anywhere else in the world. This characteristic and the inviting all-year long warm climate makes Kuala Lumpur an inviting destination for tourists of all budget.  In our article, we will quickly examine the 10 top activities that you can do while you are staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1. Sightseeing: This city is really inviting for tourists with its colorful streets, colonial quarter, Chinatown and Little India. Kuala Lumpur celebrates many events and has many festivals all-year long. You must check out the great diversity, culture and architecture of Kuala Lumpur together with the former tallest building in the world the Petronas Tower. Do not miss riding the Monorail that gives you the best chance to take great photos of Kuala Lumpur’s downtown area.

2. Shopping: If you stay in Kuala Lumpur, you will quickly see how inviting a destination it is for shoppers. Packed with some of the largest shopping malls of Asia, you can get everything in KL City, from luxury goods to the cheapest gadgets. As all Asian cities, KL City is rich in all and every goods. You must check out the night market in China Town, which is one of the most popular activities to do, even for the locals.

3. Relaxing: Kuala Lumpur is a great place to relax. The city is packed with beautiful parks even in its centers, which give you perfect chance to relax. In addition, the city houses some of the best spas in Asia, including the Day Life Spa and the Puri Santi Spas, each one located in the city centre, yet once you are there, it seems as if you had been on a relaxing jungle island.

4. Golf: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is one of the most important golf destinations of Asia. There are various quality golf courses here and golf remains to be one of the most popular activities for locals. Popular golf courses include Tibwangsa Golf Course, Kelab Golf Course. The biggest gold course of Singapore is the Royal Selangcor, which is the place of several local and international competitions as well.

5. Eating out: Kuala Lumpur is a great place for gourmets and for those who love to takes local specialties. As it is the melting pot of different Asian cultures, you can get to find great specialties in the city from all around the world. You should not miss tasting the local restaurants, such as kedai mamak (curry houses), taste roti canai (a roll similar to pancakes stuffed with meat).

6. Going out: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is great for going out, especially its Bangsar Street area which is the real party place full of discos and the hippest clubs in the city.

7. Excursions: Some of the best theme parks and excursion sites of Kuala Lumpur can be found outside the city, which you should not miss out on visiting in order to see the real natural beauty of this beautiful tropical country.

8. Business, meetings, exhibitions: Kuala Lumpur has a brand new World Trade Centre that is its main place for exhibitions, fairs and conferences. The town has plenty of top quality executive hotels in the area of the World Trade Centre that makes it great for any business related programs.

9. Cultural entertainment: Kuala Lumpur has a very rich cultural life with its National Museum, Museum of Islamic art and lots of smaller museums and galleries. The Kuala Lumpur musical life is developing together with its theatres where they are representing a growing number of local and international plays.

10.  Formula 1: Kuala Lumpur has become excessively popular from the time its course has been implemented in the yearly Formula 1 tournaments. Yearly thousands of visitors arrive here to watch the F-1 run and this does great for the tourism of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

These are only some of the great activities to do while in Kuala Lumpur. Come and explore this magical city for yourself! Being served by one of the largest international airports in Asia, Kuala Lumpur accepts the world’s biggest airlines that all have frequent flights to Kuala Lumpur, one of the biggest and most important cities in South East Asia.

Feb 17, 2010 - Activities, Tips    No Comments

Budget Travel Tips in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been an inviting target for tourists. Ever since backpacker tourism appeared, the local services try to make their prices comfortable and suitable for them, as this sort of tourism generates a huge income in the end. Today, the city has great possibilities for students and backpackers who arrive to look around in the busy capital city. In our article, we would like to introduce you to some ways to make your travel cheaper.

Travel

With the boom of European and Indian cheap flights, Asia has also created its own airways that offer cheap tickets for everyone wanting to get around the huge continent. The luckiest being close to Asia is definitely Australian as the continent is connected to all the bigger cities of Asia by economical airlines. Therefore, Australian backpackers can travel to Asia the most cheaply.

Economical airlines include AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways. With the help of these cheap carriers, you can get anywhere within the continent and Australia for the cheapest price.

Accommodation

Kuala Lumpur is more than well-prepared to receive low budget tourists, students and backpackers, due to the extreme numbers of backpackers arriving in the city. The specialty areas of cheap hostels include the Chinatown area and the Tunku Abdul Rahman district that lies nearby. Here, you can get a bed in a dormitory for as much as USD 10 per night. In case you would prefer to stay alone or in double rooms, several hostels and inns are prepared to provide you with a great yet cheap room with breakfast from around USD 15 per night. To book the cheapest room to your taste, check out Hostelbookers.

Eat out

You can eat local specialties and you do not have to pay a lot for having them. You should look around on the streets for Kedai Kopis, which are sorts of coffee shops which sell mostly food. Roadside stalls also sell great local foods for as much as 1 MYR, but take care and have them rather in Kedai Kopi if your stomach is sensitive.  Chinatown and neighboring Jalan Sultan and Petaling road is full of cheap Chinese restaurants.  You should also try the Kedai Mamak restaurants, which are sorts of curry houses where big portions of curry is sold for an extra low price.

Public transportation

The good thing in Kuala Lumpur is that the highest number of budget accommodation such as hotels is located very close to an LRT train station that takes you in the city centre. The Chinatown area is good and has some of the best atmosphere in the city, and as an extra: you do not need to walk much to the Golden Triangle. You can also catch the Monorail at stations where it connects with LRTs. Tickets are quite cheap varying between MYR 1 and 3. Buses have about the same price. Kuala Lumpur is also served by some free buses but these usually serve those who come in the city to work, arriving from further lying suburbs.

Top Budget activities

It is cheap to get around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The streets of the Old city centre are great for walking and looking around. Basically none of the attraction request you to pay unless you want to enter them. Have strolls across the streets of Kuala Lumpur; if you buy your food at a Kedai Kopi, you will spend only a very little amount of money. In case you want to buy things cheaper, check out the stores at Chinatown, the central Market and the Batang Rouad with the nearby lying Little India where lots of bargain shopping ventures are located.

As you can see, Kuala Lumpur offers loads of possibilities for the budget travelers and enables you to enjoy all the beauty of the city for a budget price! Do not hesitate to check out the latest offers of hostels and budget airline rates in order to spend a great, memorable time in this beautiful and colorful city.