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Hello vPost readers! Welcome to our third destination on this Malaysian road trip - the bustling Kuala Lumpur city! As the capital of Malaysia, metropolitan KL is very similar to our Lion City as it’s a popular destination for shopaholics and foodies alike.
While on the road, we made a checklist of must-do things while in KL which include a luxury brand shopping spree, experiencing the exciting nightlife, and immersing in local culture with a Batik-making workshop! Our itinerary was packed throughout the three days we were here to make sure that we fully experienced all KL had to offer. And of course, we expected KL to be a little more expensive than our previous destinations since it is a tourist hotspot, so we allocated a larger budget to spend on this itinerary.
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Upon reaching KL around noon, we proceeded to check in at our hotel - Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
. This five-star hotel is located right beside the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and is also linked to the Suria KLCC Shopping Center, offering both phenomenal views and convenience to its guests from RM566 (~S$180) a night. After spending some time taking pictures of our hotel room for the gram and IG Stories, our stomachs started to grumble - a sign that it’s time for lunch!
Photo: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
We immediately headed to Suria KLCC hunting for food. A quick search on Google Maps brought us to Signatures Level 2 Food Court, an enormous food court located right smack in the middle of the mall. It’s one of the best places to eat at Suria KLCC due to the large number of stalls serving Malay, Chinese, Thai, and Indian food, and because you can get a decent meal with three dishes and a drink for only S$3.50.
For those of you craving Malaysian food, you can get your fix at Potboy
, a Malaysian online grocery selling mouthwatering packed flavours such as Assam Laksa cup noodles, Malaysia Noodles, Chicken Curry paste, and Sup Tulang (beef soup)!
Once our tummies were filled and happy, we were ready to go shopping. Our main goal for this shopping spree was to get our hands on all the luxury and branded goods that are cheaper in Malaysia than in Singapore (especially when on sale) such as Balenciaga, Coach, and Jimmy Choo. Fellow shopping addicts in Singapore who want to snag branded items at slashed prices can also check out the Isetan KL Online Store
featuring fashion and beauty brands like Gucci, Bvlgari, Elle, and CDG Play.
Another site where you can shop till you drop is Melium Designer Outlet
, where instead of driving all the way to Malaysia to snag those big discounts, you can do so with a simple click of a button. In celebration of Malaysia’s National Day on 31 August, there is also an ongoing Merdeka Sale with items up to 90% off!
After hurting our feet from hours of shopping, we decided to take a short break with a high tea session at THIRTY8 Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Here, all our tai tai dreams came to life as we sipped on refreshing teas and enjoyed the dainty selection of locally-inspired sweet and savoury treats.
If you’re a tea lover, you can even hold a private tea session at home with these high-quality tea sets from BOH Tea
, one of Malaysia’s most popular tea brands. Feel free to pick your favourite flavours in a classic teabag, potbag, sachet, or loose leaves. Not your cup of tea? Those who prefer coffee can head over to Perk Coffee
and browse their fresh coffee beans, coffee makers and brewers, or even Nespresso-compatible coffee pods.
One of the activities on our itinerary was a Batik workshop where we learned how to make our own unique batik prints. We had so much fun unleashing the artistic side of us and getting our creative juices flowing! For Batik lovers, you can check out The Batik Boutique
- a Malaysian batik shop selling gorgeous Batik-print fashion, accessories, face masks, and even homeware!
Photo: The Batik Boutique
Art lovers can also try out this new and upcoming trend in KL which is scrapbooking! We decided to do our own travel scrapbooking during this trip and sourced for crafty items at an arts shop called CzipLee
. Cziplee is truly a scrapbooker’s heaven with all sorts of journaling tools like origami paper, stickers, and wax seals. We also found out that there are many other popular arts and crafts shops in Malaysia from where people would get their supplies delivered during the Movement Control Order (MCO), such as Salt & Paper
, and Stickerrific
If you have more time during the day, do make sure to fit in some time for a history crawl and explore KL’s beautiful culture and architecture from the breathtaking halls of the National Islamic Museum, to the hidden alleys of Jalan Pudu and Brickfields. We also managed to buy some souvenirs for our family and friends!
You don’t have to come all the way to KL to get something for your loved ones - you can find all sorts of novelty items and cool souvenirs at these Malaysian shops such as Snackfood which sells handmade goods, as well as this fabric handicraft shop called KitaKita. We’re also a fan of Bingka with their Nasi Lemak totes and cute Negaraku Tea Towels!
Once the sun set, we would head over to Changkat Bukit Bintang, one of KL’s renowned clubbing and bar-hopping hotspots to prepare for a whole night of fun. We visited No Black Tie - a popular jazz bar, an open-air pub called Havana Bar & Grill, and lastly, the pumping Fire and Ice Club. It was a fun night immersing ourselves in lively beats, and we enjoyed dressing up and looking our best!
Some of us even debuted our new, flashy accessories from the day’s shopping spree, featuring home-grown designer brands such as Wanderlust + Co, Sereni & Shentel, Selberan, and Tailored Jewel. These brands also have a huge online presence, so you can shop online and ship to Singapore from your Malaysian vPost address!
After those late nights of partying, we would find ourselves scavenging for food in the wee hours of the night. Thankfully, there were many Indian mamak stalls around KL offering comfort food such as roti prata - also called roti canai in Malaysia - for 24 hours a day. Many of our friends back in Singapore started craving Malaysian curry when they saw our food posts on Instagram, so we recommended them to shop on Curry Mata
, a website selling Malaysian instant curry paste with flavours such as chicken, fish, sambal, and tomyam!
One of the most memorable experiences from this road trip was our Bukit Tabor hike. While it is known to be one of Malaysia’s toughest hiking trails, Bukit Tabor has views that are out of this world, especially the one overlooking the Klang Gates Dam. To prepare for this difficult hike, we equipped ourselves with lots of water and a pair of sturdy hiking shoes.
Those of you who enjoy outdoor activities in Singapore can head over to SportsClick, one of the most popular online sports outlets recommended by locals. They carry a huge number of brands such as Adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Vans, Puma, HUF, and Asics, and have crazy flash sales where you can get items for as low as RM3 (~S$1)!
Photo: Sportsclick Malaysia
Our road trip to Kuala Lumpur was extremely fruitful as we had a great time enjoying ourselves while soaking up in the amazing culture and food. It’s also great to know that even when we return to Singapore, we can bring little pieces from our travels back with us, and share them with our friends and family
Traveling can be rather exhausting, so we’re definitely looking forward to a more relaxing, slower-paced itinerary at our next destination - Penang. Stay tuned for our upcoming adventure!
By Faith Chua
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