Bangsar is one of the most interesting neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur which is very popular with ex-pats. The adjoining suburbs of Mount Kiera and Damansara attracts a large ex-pat population. Consequently, the services and restaurants are catering to the western taste which makes it a very modern suburb to live in Kuala Lumpur City.
Best way to enjoy KL heritage and culture is to take a historic tour through the old part of the city. You can book your tour with one of the daily tours or explore at your own pace. The street is marked for destination and distance. If you are good with maps and like to explore a bit you might as well do the tour yourself which normally costs around 150RM ( $15).
I decided to take a walk from Masjid Jamek. You can catch the train to the stop near Masjid Jamek. The area offers great shopping options and gives insight into the rich history of the city. Little India, Chinatown and Central Market is walking distance from this place. I walked towards the Central Markets which are quite popular for local artifacts, handicrafts. You can buy a wide range of souvenirs. The markets are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur since the 1940s and are divided into handicrafts of various races that live in Malaysia. Walking through the Markets you can feel the rich cultural heritage and diversity of cultures in the country.
Kuala Lumpur offers a wide range of cheap and affordable accommodation catering to backpackers and budget-minded travellers. Offering over 50,000 room, Kuala Lumpur city caters to visitors in all price ranges. With cheap and quality hotels available in almost all suburbs in the city, Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia are increasingly becoming the most visited city in the world.
I have stayed in all the main localities of Kuala Lumpur in the last couple of years. During this time, I found the Bukit Bintang area, Ampang and Bangsar as the most interesting places to stay.
In this article, I have tried to explore some cheap budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur. The hotel location is important because easy access to public transport, cafes, restaurants and shopping malls can save travel time and transport cost. The light rail network in Kuala Lumpur is a very economical and efficient way to commute to some of the major tourist locations in the city. Therefore, finding a hotel close to public transport is a great way to minimize travel cost.
Kuala Lumpur is an interesting mix of modern and traditional restaurants catering to international as well as diverse ethnic population. During my various visits to Kuala Lumpur, I have explored some very interesting restaurants at all prices ranges. An interesting fact about Kuala Lumpur is that food is quite cheap as compared to other international cities. Most shopping malls have food courts where you can find local food at very affordable rates. Some of the 5 and 4-star hotels have a variety of restaurants offering international and fusion food. Here is a list of some of my favourites restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
Pangkor Island or Pulau Pangkor is located around 250 km north of Kuala Lumpur in the state of Perak. If you are planning to drive to Pangkor Island from Kuala Lumpur, it will take around 3 hours to reach Lumut, which is the nearest city to Pangkor Island. Pangkor Island is a popular holiday destination from Kuala Lumpur with plenty of quality accommodation and interesting things to do for the entire family.
Serviced Apartments offer quality family style accommodation with comforts of home. Various location in Kuala Lumpur has world-class apartment complexes. I have had the opportunity to stay at Somerset Ampang on Jalan Ampang, Fraser Suites near Bukit Nanas and Ambassador Row serviced Apartments near Jalan Ampang. All these locations offer great accommodation with all modern amenities and are quite close to public transport.
Penang offers plenty of accommodation options for visitors. If you want to enjoy Georgetown in traditional was and take a trip down the history lane, you must stay at Eastern & Oriental Hotels in the heart of the city. This hotel enjoys a unique location and preserves the history of the city with some of the finest architecture including the largest dome in Malaysia.
Majestic Hotel is one of the premier Hotels in Kuala Lumpur with history and tradition to its credit. The Hotel is located quite close to KL Central and provides easy walking access to Little India, Merdeka Square, Masjid Negara and other historic landmarks in the city. As a part of Leading Hotels of the World, Majestic offers quality accommodation and service which makes staying at Majestic a unique experience.