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Shop 'til you drop in Kuala Lumpur

A November 2003 trip to Kuala Lumpur by Kez

The Royale Bintang Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: Kuala Lumpur was never on my travel "wish list," but as we had the chance to stop over on the way to Langkawi Island, we took the opportunity to stay for a few days and we shopped until we could shop no more. The range and choice is amazing, so we were not disappointed. Apparently the prices and range are better than for example Singapore and after our effort I can believe it. We came away planning to visit again one day in the future as this time we really didn't have the time to see the historic or cultural side of the city.

Shop 'til you drop in Kuala Lumpur

Overview

Petronas Twin Towers Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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KL is a melting pot of East meets West, with traditional and modern buildings jostling side by side along with some of the friendliest people that I have ever met on my travels. It is a predominantly Muslim country and this reflects on the architecture and design of its buildings. It has been hauled into the 21st century with the ever-present and imposing Petronas Towers as a constant reminder. The main sights in the city are: 1. The Petronas Towers and the KLCC shopping mall. Definitely worth a visit to go up to the tower, although the shopping centre carries name brands and could be anywhere in the world. 2. Chinatown & Petaling Street -- great to soak up the street a...Read More

The Royale Bintang

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Hotel

The Royale Bintang Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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This was the Novotel Century but has been re-branded as The Royale Bintang as of 1 January 2004. It is located in what is known as the "golden triangle" which is the tourist area and the location is brilliant. Step out your door and you are in the middle of all the action with all the main shopping centres close by. We stayed here two times once on the way over to Langkawi Island and then on the way back just to finish off all that shopping. The rooms are adequate and comfortable, but in need of a revamp. On our first stay, we arrived very late at night and they were not holding our reservation. OK, that happens and they were very helpful and upgraded us to a suite with a fantastic view of the P...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 23, 2004

The Royale Bintang
17-21 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(603) 2143-9898

Bangkok Jam Thai Restaurant and Bar Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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This was very handy for us as we found this was the closest restaurant serving great food and good quality wine close to our hotel. After shopping all day, we didn't really want to walk too far at night. Catering mainly to tourists, this restaurant wasn't cheap by local standards, but we found the service, food, and atmosphere worth the price. On offer were all the standard Thai offerings, including red and green curries, but being a Muslim country, there was no pork, of course. Servings were smallish, but very good. Although it was still Asian with rice, etc. it made a great change to eating the standard Malaysian dishes. The restaurant is set on two levels; when we were there, the top secti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2004

Bangkok Jam Thai Restaurant and Bar
GL-10 BB Park, Plaza Low Yat,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
603 2142 3449

Pizzeria Bella Italia

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Restaurant | "Pizzeria Bella Italia & Best Friend Massage "

Pizzeria Bella Italia Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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This is one of our favourite restaurants but not strictly for the food! This story should probably be two separate entries, but as the Best Friend Foot Massage is located at the back of the Pizzeria Bella Italia, it is really hard to distinguish them in my mind; hence, we christened it "Food and Feet." What a great concept! You go in and order your pizza, local noodles, beer, wine, or whatever you fancy in the restaurant at the front. While sitting relaxing enjoying your meal at the back of the restaurant is a glass wall – yes, a glass wall! This is where the patrons of the Best Friend Foot Massage are reclining and having their foot therapy done. When you have finished your dining exp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2004

Pizzeria Bella Italia
73 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
0166179683

Petronas Twin Towers

Attraction | "The Petronas Twin Towers"

Petronas Twin Towers Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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This is a must visit. As these towers seem to be nearly always in your sight, you couldn't come to KL and not go up to the viewing platform. The towers themselves are so modern and dominating they appear almost surreal against the skyline. Amazingly, the exteriors of the towers are made entirely of stainless steel and glass; this is very unusual and very expensive. Although these are among the tallest buildings in the world, the high-speed elevator only whisks you up to the 42nd floor. The view is still great, but if you were hoping to make it to the top you will be disappointed. On the bright side, entry is free. You collect your ticket from the ticket counter where it is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2004

Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Kuala Lumpur 50088
60 3 382 8000

Sungei Wang Plaza

Attraction | "Sangei Wang Plaza"

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This was for us the best shopping mall in KL, offering a great range at bargain prices. It was geared towards the locals and had whole aisles jammed to the rafters of various electronic must-haves such as Playstation consoles and games, cameras, accessories and the very latest mobile phones at about 40% less than we would pay at home. My partner bought a Playstation 2 already chipped so that it can play games from anywhere in the world including the new DVD 10's. Because it was filled with locals, it had lots of atmosphere, was really busy with a great buzz and of course, you were expected to bargain! We seemed to end up here on most of our shopping expeditions. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Sungei Wang Plaza
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50250
+60 3 2148 6109

Petaling Street Chinatown

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Attraction | "Chinatown and Petaling Street"

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Chinatown is a great area to wander around and soak up the atmosphere and, of course, do some more shopping. Copyright pirating is rife in Asia and every now and then the police have to make it look they are making an effort to stamp it out. They concentrate on one area of the city at a time. When we were there it was Chinatown so there was not a DVD in sight, but ask around and you will be taken to a storage area where they are all kept. You may think that you are about to be mugged or robbed as it seems you need to climb up a rickety flight of stairs to the third floor to get there. You normally receive buy 10 get one free and they are less than 8-10 ringitt each. If that particular store doesn’...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Petaling Street Chinatown
Petaling Street
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50000
+60 3 2693 6661 (Kua

Hemingway's Bistro

Attraction

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This is a fantastic Cuban-inspired bar. It is so authentic that I thought that I had been transported back to Cuba. When we visited, it was a predominantly local crowd with young professionals kicking back after work.p> There was heavy, beautiful carved timber all along the back wall of the bar and Cuban music playing in the background, so it was atmospheric and intimate. Built on two levels, it also offered a cozy lounge upstairs. A full list of tapas is offered. We tried the lamb meatballs, chicken wings and squid rings. These three dishes were enough to fill us up for dinner. They seemed to have a promotion on nearly every night. When we were there it was a Thursday,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Hemingway's Bistro
33 Changkat Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia