Sunday, March 20, 2011

Visit to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore

We took a 5 day/4 night break last week with Singapore Airways. It was a long way to go for 4 nights, but I guess it was no different from when we did New York for New Year from the UK.

We flew into Singapore and then transferred to KL. We stayed at the Renaissance in KL which was a really nice hotel with a great location in downtown KL. Our room looked out onto KL Tower and the hotel  was also close by the Petronas Towers. The first night we just went for a wander and ended up in China Town and the market at Petaling Street.

The next day we had booked a guided tour. We were expecting to be picked up at the hotel by a coach and move around in a group, but in fact we were picked up by a guide in his car - so we had a nice personalised trip. Our guide took us first of all to the Batu Caves which were established as a temple by the first Indians brought to the country by the Brits as workers on the plantations and construction (has a familiar ring to it from the UAE!).

Our guide showed us some interesting things on our travels, like sampling the infamous, smelly Durian fruit, pulling rubber from a rubber tree and meeting a Malay family living in a traditional wooden dwelling.

We also visited an elephant sanctuary at Kuala Ghandah , were we got to feed and ride on the elephants.

That evening we had dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top of KL tower, which gave some fantastic views across the city, including the Petronas Towers.

Next morning we flew to Singapore. Here we stayed at the Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel - again another really nice hotel. It was Caroline's birthday on this day and we ate at a nice restaurant called PS Cafe nearby the hotel.

The next day we walked around parts of the city and took in many of the sights and we also took a "flight" on the Singapore Flyer (just like the London Eye). From here we got some great views across the city.

In the afternoon we went across to Sentosa Island which is home to many resorts, Universal Studios and other attractions. We took a cable car ride which Caz hated, but I quite enjoyed!

All in all we had a really nice time, but just wished we had longer to stay - especially in Singapore where there really is lots to do.

... good excuse to go back one day though!

Here's the pic albums...

Trip to Kuala Lumpur

Trip to Singapore

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