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1 May

Kuala Lumpur - 'Bustling city filled with energy'

Tales from the desk of Catherine Mathews

To get there…

1311044755_Monkey and Me.jpgMalaysia airlines offers two direct services a week to Honolulu. On arrival Taxis are readily available to transfer you to/from the airport.

Malaysia Airlines business class offers comfortable angle seating with lie-flat option for sleeping. The incline is quite small and I didn't feel like I was sliding down as some people had felt, which made it comfortable for sleeping. Pitch is enormous on this aircraft approximately a mitre and a half of leg room in front of you with slightly wider seats then economy, so you don't have to worry about jumping over your neighbour from the window seat to get out. Seat configuration is 2/3/2 with 35 seats in Business Class. I found the service on board to be fine, entertainment on board was old and needed updating. Meals on board were fine.

Getting Around…

The express train departs every 15 minutes from ground level at the airport from 0500 - 0100 hours. Very easy to use the train, central is your first stop so you won't get lost. Duration is 20-25mins compared to just over an hour in a taxi. Ticket is MYR35.00 each direction per adult. Note even at the airport there are no western toilets, just a hole in the ground. The same out at any shopping complex. Once you arrive at central then its easy to catch a cab to your hotel. Try and ask first how much it will cost to travel from central to your hotel it shouldn't cost you more then 20 -25MYR and around the city no more then 10-15MYR. One thing I will recommend to your clients is the KL HOP-ON HOP-OFF City Tour. The Bus comes around ever 30-40mins. Cost 38RM for 24 hours or 65RM for 48 hours per adult and 17RM for 24 hours or 29RM for 48 hours for a child aged5-12yrs)  with 46 major attractions to visit. I have a brochure that I'll bring back which will show all the attractions. Worth a look, double decker bus, air conditioned with an open area at the back.  Tour also includes on board commentar

Where to stay…

Checked into the Pacific Regency - Apparently this property is a 5 star. I would have rated it as a 4 or maybe a 4 1/2 star. The rooms are lovely and spacious, we were given a superior room each which has a large sep bath from shower with a huge kitchen. Extra cost if wanting to cook in your rooms. No mini bar. This hotel allows smoking in all areas and being a Muslim country they offer Halal meat. Superior Suite RM300 includes two buffet breakfast, free cover charge to Lunar Bar and Newspaper. Comp high speed Wi-Fi (5mhps). Pacific Regency Hotel to Berya times square Hotel in KL. Another 5 star property but one I would definitely recommend clients. Non smoking property offering 8 different room types from your studios to a club brooklyn suites. The property is located right in the heart of KL with a train station next door and a 12 level shopping complex right in the middle of the property. The hotel has two towers the east (the mall in the middle) and west wing. The Mall also includes a theme park, great for both adults and children, cost for adults is approx NZD20-25 with children as half price. The mall opens from 11am - 11pm Who would have thought our site inspection would have included the theme rides lol...Best site inspection ever!!


The cost for items in the malls here are no different from home just more shops and levels to look at.

Shopping hints - you have to check out Petaling Street AKA China Town. Anything from clothing, wallets, bags, shoes etc this is Genuine Fake Heaven!!

Try and go during the day, you have a better chance of bartering with the locals, at the night markets apparently it gets quite packed so you may find it hard to barter with them. An example, a local wanted to sell me 3 prada bags and 1 jimmy choo for 650MYR, I bought them for 55MYR per bag approx 20-25NZD. Armani Black Code 75ml retailed in NZ for $119 at Parallel import, I bought a 100ml here for 20NZD.