Globetrotting adventures are good and all, but sometimes all you want is a short drive, a quiet hotel room, and a peaceful night away with your special someone that won’t break the bank.
These are our picks for the most convenient getaways and where to stay, what to eat, and what to do.
1. KUALA LUMPUR
For the many KL-residents who are probably reading this, home sweet home has lots to offer. All you need is to see it through new eyes.
Where to Stay: Bagasta Boutique Guesthouse, RM180 – RM375 per night
Experience traditional kampung-style hospitality right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Each of the guesthouse’s 30 rooms features a delightful mix of old Malay antiques and crisp contemporary furniture to show off its spectacular blend of old tradition and modernity. As though to remind you that you’re still KL, the Petronas Twin Towers loom regally in the backdrop through the windows.
For many travellers, this will be a wonderful introduction to the serene charm of kampung living and traditional Malay life.
Bagasta Boutique Guesthouse
A: 56, Jalan Raja Alang, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
Where to Eat: Line Clear Nasi Kandar
Since you’re in Kampung Baru, take this opportunity to visit the KL branch of the legendary Line Clear Nasi Kandar from Penang. Grab a plate of rice, pile it high with your choice of meats, vegetables, and curries and dig in. Or visit the original Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee just a short distance away. Your choices are endless here in town.
What to Do:
- Be a tourist in your own city! Leave your car in the hotel carpark and take a 5 minute walk to the Kampung Baru LRT station. From there, ride the city’s web of public transport to see KL in a way you never have before.
- Spend an afternoon exploring the shops in Petaling Street and Central Market before making your way to the glitzy Golden Triangle. If it’s a Saturday or Sunday, sample Nobu’s Sky High Afternoon Tea from 2.30 – 4.30 pm, and then make your way to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra to watch our incredibly talented national symphony at work.
- End the night with a drink at the Trader’s Hotel Sky Bar and take in the KL city skyline – a view that somehow never fails to take one’s breath away.