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westin hotel what level to stay and what to do?

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westin hotel what level to stay and what to do?

we are staying here for 5 nights on the way to vietnam. Can anyone tell me if the club floor is worth the extra or would a deluxe room with twin towers views be just as good. Also is the concierge good at organising trips and is there any good local cafes nearby? So far we are planning a trip to the caves and also the fireflies? Anything else recommendedor just shopping? We would be grateful of any suggestions.

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1. Re: westin hotel what level to stay and what to do?

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The view from the club roomis pretty good, as are the snacks / canapes / drinks etc. The rooms as pretty much the same as the normal room, its the extras of the club room that you pay for. So, the rooms with be the same for the twin tower room, just without the benefits fo the club lounge.

I would not bother getting the concierge to organise your trips, you can easily do that yourself, and save money. We normally just figure out where we want to go and get public transport or a taxi to take us.

There is a cafe adjoining the hotel, and it is directly opposite Pavillion Mall, and next to Starhill Gallery, so cafes everywhere within 100m!

Lots to do other than shopping!! Batu caves is a couple of hours, and the fireflies an evening out.

KL is a really easy city to get around. Most of the sights are walk able - 10-20mins. Or a short ride on a bus, train or monorail. The Kuala Lumpur tourist Hop On Hop Off bus is another popular way to have a trip round the city.

Do use the monorail and taxis, or walk. But many people would rather use the bus than haggle with the taxi drivers. The monorail costs a couple of ringitt per trip so is very cheap and easy – it will work for Chinatown [Maharajalela station +10min walk], Little India [Medan Tuanku station +10min walk], KLCC/Petronas [Bukit Nanas or Raja Chulan stations +10min walk from each], Bukit Bintang [Bukit Bintang or Imbi stations], the sites near the lake gardens [KL Sentral plus taxi]. Tickets are really cheap, you can buy a ticket a journey [1-2ringitt] or 20 ringitt valid for up to 6 months. Start around 06:00 and finish about 00:00 midnight.

Trains / LRT and monorail systems covers most of the city, it is easy to get round to most of the sights in the city. Most journeys are 2-3myr, so very cheap. http://www.kiat.net/malaysia/KL/transit.html

http://www.malaxi.com/Map_transit.htm

http://www.thepricechat.com/train/planner.php

www.klmonorail.com.my/web/guest/stations

A reasonable map of Kuala Lumpur is a must.

malaysiatravel.org.uk/tourist-attraction/kua…

http://www.malaysia-maps.com/kl/

Bukit Bintang and KLCC are well connected to see the sights and the shopping, and any hotel near Bukit Bintang (BB) or KLCC will give you the shop to you drop experience. BB area of KL has plenty to shop, eat, do, see, drink, dance etc etc and good connections with the Monorail. Several of the monorail stations do not have escalators up to them, which may be an issue.

The Hop-on-hop-off bus is a great way as a familiarisation of Kuala Lumpur for a first time visitor or as a reminder of the city. It follows a long and interesting route that covers most of the tourist sights [with pre-recorded info in English and several other languages]. You need to do the whole circuit to get back to your starting point but can get on and off at any time as its name suggests. The buses run at 15-30 minute intervals and takes 45-60 minutes to complete a full circuit. Stop 1 is at the Malaysian Tourism Complex on Jalan Ampang and stop 22 is at KLCC / Petronas Towers, which is not far from stop 1. The signs are very clearly marked and highly colourful. It is not cheap compared to using pubic transport, the train / monorail / bus, but does give a great introduction to Kuala Lumpur and a good way to spend a day to get to know KLs sights along the 22 stops enroute. The HOHO bus will NOT pick up directly at your hotel, only the designated stops. The down side will be that at times of heavy traffic the bus can not do the route as quickly. You buy tickets on the bus on the day or from large hotel concierge and approved travel agents. You can buy adult or child tickets to cover 24 (38/17myr) or 48 (65/29myr) hours, the 24 / 48 hours start from the time you get your ticket and expire 24 or 48 hours later, ie buy at 2pm Friday, expire 24hours later at 2pm Saturday or 48hours later at 2pm Sunday. The buses run from 8:30am to 8:30pm. Check out their website http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/index.html

The KL traffic and route can make the HOHO not seem like very good value for money. Another option would be the RapidKL integrated bus services, which visits all the same places as the HOHO via various bus routes and more, like Batu Caves, although not in a circular route. Prices are based on travel to and from zones, but expect to pay between 1 - 3myr per trip. Buy the tickets on the bus. Check on their website for more info:

www.rapidkl.com.my/network/bus/busroutes

www.rapidkl.com.my/tickets-fares/bus-fares

Otherwise a half day city tour is a good orienteering tour; get a feel of this wonderful city, although you will probably find that must tour companies will take tourists to see lots of the things you are not interested in and just drive by or stop for a minute or two for the things you want to see..

Sadly, there is not much of the 'real' KL left in KL. A few old shop houses here and there. If you wanted to experience ‘old Malaysia’ then why not visit Penang - real traditional stuff there mixed with loads of sights, night markets, some of the best food in Malaysia!

Petronas Towers / Suria KLCC mall / Petrosains Discovery Centre / Kuala Lumpur City Centre park / Kuala Lumpur Aquarium [and a fish spa] / Petronas Philharmonic Hall / KL Exhibition and Conference Centre. The park gives just the best views of the Tower, You can however do a free tour of the sky bridge on the 41st/42nd floor of the Petronas Towers and need to get there early (0800) to get tickets - you queue up and tours are issued by time on a first come first served basis for a specific tour time. Tickets can not be booked in advance, although there is some selection on the time of the tour for that day. The skybridge is closed on Monday. The views are not that brilliant compared to say, KL Menara, but it is a been there done it tick. The park has some great views of the towers, as does the Sky Bar at Traders hotel or the Luna Bar at the Pacific Regency if you fancy a quick drink day or night. Monorail to Bukit Nanas and then following the finger post signs walk along Jalan Ampang to KLCC 10min stroll, OR LRT to KLCC (MRT station is under Suria KLCC mall which in turn is under the Petronas Towers.

Bukit Bintang – A great place for shopping with 10malls and endless shops giving a great choice of goods and prices and eating at restaurants and other eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. Sungai Wang/BB Plaza [500 shops and a real Malaysian treat of all sorts of bargains hidden away], KL Plaza, Times Square [which also has a theme park, Hotel with the Mall], Pavilion [Mid to top end shops and also the best food court which is reasonably priced, very good mix of restaurants and eateries, plus a supermarket], Lot 10 [also has a supermarket and a street-food style food court], Starhill Gallery [very top end but some very nice reasonably priced restaurants], Plaza Low Yat [IT mall], YTL Plaza, BB Park, Imbi Plaza for shopping, plus there are many open fronted shops which offer some great bargains and are identical to those in Chinatown and then there is Jalan Alor / Changkat Bukit Bintang [turn down by KFC opposite BB Plaza] is a whole street of restaurants / bars, and a great place for street food, plus many restaurants along Bukit Bintang. Opposite the Ritz-Carlton is a car park on Jalan Imbi that is also a hawkers centre at night as well as coffee shops and restaurants; some smaller eating places on the small alley ways that run between Bukit Bintang and Jalan Imbi. Ain Arabia or Arab Street is just around the corner in Jalan Berangan, the shopping haven and food and culture of the Arabs in Malaysia. Monorail to Bukit Bintang and either walk directly into Sungei Wang from the station or down the stairs onto Jalan Sultan Ismail, head towards LOT10 (large green building on the corner), this is the junction of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang. Turn right past LOT10 to the Pavillion Mall and turn left towards the KFC for Jalan Alor.

Walking from KLCC to Bukit Bintang (or vice versa the other way round)

Either Walk around KLCC park to Traders, or round Mandarin Oriental hotel onto Jalan Penang, then cross over Jalan Pinang, into Jalan Kia Peng which has a couple of appt' blocks at the top of it and has Menara HLA building on the left side of the road (and behind this there is a colonial style bungalow which has a lane that leads to Traders), heading towards and beside the Novotel City Hotel, you will see the escalator up to the pedestrian bridge over Jalan Raja Chulan, this is the back of the Pavilion. Walk thorough the Pavilion and you will come out directly opposite the Starhill Gallery.

KL Menara, it is only a few metres shorter than the Petronas as it is built on a hill [Bukit Nanas aka Pineapple Hill] it give fabulous view of KL and the towers day and night. You can also walk around the forest reserve at the base of the tower. You can go when you want and stay as long as you like on the observation deck. There is a (book able) revolving restaurant that gives [probably] the best views over the city, however, there are better restaurants in KL, but it is worth it for the views. Snack bar at the base of the tower. Added to this is access to some of KL’s original rainforest, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, claimed to have been left in-situ whilst KL grew up around it. Monorail to Bukit Nanas OR LRT to Dang Wang; then following the finger post signs walk through the grounds up the hill. 15 min energetic walk.

Little India - Masjid Jamek Bandaraya / hawkers / fabulous Silk and fabric stores / jewellery / India Street (Jalan Masjid Jamek), oldest parts of the city, Jalan Masjid India is the original shopping haven that has dated back over a century ago. Maju Junction, Sogo, Pertama Complex, Campbell Complex, Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman street market [Every Saturday between 5.00 pm -10.00 pm] (on the edge of Little India) Brickfields is also known as Little India, but is a much larger vibrant area of Kuala Lumpur – both are worth visiting. The one near Chinatown, monorail to Medan Tuanku and head towards Campbell complex, or MRT to Masjd Jamek and following the finger post signs walk to Little India. 5-10min walk, or the larger one at Brickfields AKA Little India is beside KL Sentral

Central Market [considered as architectural heritage and is a converted former fruit market which now doubles as an air-conditioned Malaysia / SE Asian handicrafts and souvenirs market with eateries] / Independence or Merdeka Square / Sultan Abdul building / Royal Selangor Club / St. Mary's Cathedral / Kuala Lumpur Railway Station - Colonial heritage (walking distance to Chinatown and Little India)

Petaling Street Market is in Chinatown. You can walk to Chinatown / Petaling Street from Maharajelela station. Chinatown is a great place for the [replica goods] market, you will need to bargain hard and the bargains are not what they were. It gets very, very crowded at night, so to avoid the crowds head there at 3-4pm. There is plenty of choice for some really nice food every where through out the day from breakfast to late at night. Sri Mahamariamman Temple [the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur] plus other temples / UDA Ocean traditional Chinese shopping mall junction between Jalan Sultan and Jalan Dato H S Lee / Wholesales shop houses. Monorail to Maharajalela or MRT ot Pasar Seni or Masjd Jamek; then following the finger post signs walk to Petaling Street. 5 min walk from both

Chinatown also is the area with 2 shops is a Malaysia-based chain that specializes in crafts from around the region and offers a modern stylish twist on traditional designs, including handmade batik clothing, silk scarves, throws, cushion covers, beach wraps, jewellery, place mats or eclectic pieces of knick knacks. Peter Hoe has 2 shops in Kuala Lumpur, both in Chinatown. Peter Hoe Evolution, 2 Jalan Hang Lekir, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia +60 3 2026-0711 and Peter Hoe Beyond, 145 Jalan Tun H S Lee, second floor, Lee Rubber Building +60 3 2026-9788. The shop on Jln Hang Kekir is just across the road adjacent from Central Markets. Jalan Hang Kekir runs from Jalan Hang Kastuir to Jalan Sultan and cross Jalan Petaling where the Chinatown market is. The shop on Jalan Tun H S Lee is a also a short walk from Central Market, Jln Tue H A Lee is a long street that runs from Jln Maharajalela to Jln Fereja.

Walking between Little India / Central Markets / Chinatown (or vice versa)

* Medan Tuanku is the nearest monorail stop to Little India. It would take 10mins to walk from Medan Tuanku monorail station to Masjid Jamek LRT station. The area is very small. From Medan Tuanku monorail station, walk along Jalan Sultan Ismail away from the Sheraton Imperial. Where the monorail turns towards Chowkit, turn left along Jln Tuanku Abdul Rabman. Continue along there, and turn left into Dang Wangi, and then turn right into Lrg Tuanku Abdul Rabman. Not a long walk at all. If you walk along there you are in the area know as Little India

* From Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahan or Lrg Tuanku Abdul Raham (which run parallel with Jalan Masjid India), walk until you meet up with Jalan Tun Perak, turn left, cross over the river and you are in (technically) Chinatown, follow Jalan Tun Perak until you cross Jalan Tun HS Lee and then turn right and you are in Chinatown.

* If you want to go to Central Market, turn right into Jalan Ampang (rather than Jln Tun HS Lee a bit further along) and just follow the road as it becomes Jalan Hang Kasturi. Then to get to Petaling Street just walk up Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, which is just about opposite Central Market.

* If you want to go to Merdeka Square to see the colonial buildings between the 2, then from Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahan or Lrg Tuanku Abdul Raham (which run parallel with Jalan Masjid India), walk until you meet up with Jalan Tun Perak, turn right and then turn left in Jalan Sultan Hishamundin walk over the river, past Merdeka Square and the Sultan Abdul building etc, then when you get to L Pasra Besar, left, over the river and you will cross Jalan Hang Kasturi (turn left to Central Market) and Jalan Tun HS Lee (turn left for Petaling Street)

Lake Gardens [Taman Tasik Perdana] / Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens / Bird Park / Butterfly / Deer parks / Carcosa Seri Negara [set within fourteen hectares of landscaped gardens and is the former residence of the last British High Commissioner to Malaysia and is now a colonial deluxe boutique hotel, you can also the Malaysian take on a traditional English High or AfternoonTea] / National [war] Memorial [Tugu Negara] / Parliament House / Museum of Islamic Arts / National Museum [Muzium Negara] / Masjid Negara [National Mosque]. Also the location of Forest Research Institute of Malaysia [FRIM] with canopy walkways, jungle walk ways, arboretum, herbarium, and museum in a natural rainforest setting without travelling to the national parks. The National Palace [Istana Negara] is also a short distance over the river – there are plans to build another state palace and this building will become a museum. Taxi from KL Sentral, and not really in walking distance to anything. This area alone could take up most of a day if you did it all.

LaZat cookery course is a great ¾ day out. They will pick you up and bring you back at the end of a fabulous experience. http://www.malaysia-klcookingclass.com/

Craft Complex, Jalan Conlay - Malaysian handicrafts and artefacts, exhibition gallery, craft museum, stage, souvenir and crafts shops, craft demonstrations and practical interactive sessions, as well as a restaurant. http://malaysiancraft.com/index.cfm

http://www.kraftangan.gov.my (you willneed to translate this page)

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) stop 1 on the Hop on Hop off bus route is located within a colonial building on Jalan Ampang, also 200m from Bukit Nanas Monorail station. Offering tourist information, hotel reservations, coach / bus tickets, tour packages, money changer, ATM, Malaysian cafeteria, craft shop and demonstrations, souvenir shop, heritage exhibition, access to the internet. Saloma Theatre Restaurant offers special Malay/ International buffet dinner with a one-hour cultural show. There is a also the Courtyard with open air dining with light snacks and a la carte specialties surrounded by the colonial building in the shadow of the Petronas Towers.

http://www.mtc.gov.my/eng/ABOUTUS/intro.html

http://www.saloma.com.my/

http://visit-to-kl.com/

Batu Caves – limestone outcropping 15km north of Kuala Lumpur. Reached by 272 steps leading up to one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to god Murugan. Made up of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The Temple cave and other caves features Hindu shrines. There is 42.7 meter (140.09 ft) high, and the world's tallest statue of Murugan at the bottom of the steps. Below the Temple Cave is the Dark Cave t does get VERY crowded at night so you could try to visit in the afternoon, and take in, with rock formations, the Ramayana Cave depicts the story of Rama. The easest way to get to Batu Caves is by taxi, it has the least hassle and pretty cheaply around 30MYR. But if you want to use public transport get the LRT to Batu Caves is Sentrul on the Star LRT line, then short taxi ride. You can also get the LRT to Titiwangsa on the monorail line and then transfer to the LRT line there. Equally as cheap is to catch the RAPIDKL bus, using the red city shuttle bus Route No.101, 102, 103, 104 (2MYR for a whole day trip), get to Titiwangsa terminal, then using the blue trunk bus Route No.2T3 (2MYR for a whole day trip), go to Warta Lama bus stop, then cross the road and search for green local bus Route No.21 (1MYR for a whole day trip) to the caves. Total cost for the trip 5MYR/ Use the same route to return to KL. Just make sure you do not loose your ticket. Some like to combine with a day trip to Genting Highlands Resorts [http://www.rwgenting.com/ Casinos, Theme Parks, Cable Car, Entertainment Centres].

Historical Malacca – two hours south of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca is one of the oldest, and most strategic, trading ports in Malaysia which has undergone Portuguese, Dutch and English rule and some great historical buildings, Nyonya-Baba cuisine, Portuguese Fort de Santiago and the ruins of St. Paul's Church lined by 17th century Dutch tombstones, St. Paul's Hill for a panoramic view of Malacca.

http://melaka.net/

Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre is a 20 minute drive Kuala Lumpur’s centre by taxi or LRT on the Putra line to Wangsa Maju station, http://visitorcentre.royalselangor.com/vc/.

Sunway Pyramid and Lagoon/Mall - the Malaysian past time of SHOPPING plus theme park/water park, bowling alley, ice skating rink etc 11km from central KL – Taxi ride from Kuala Lumpur, or catch the LRT to Kelana Jaya Putra LRT Station then Feeder Bus 2-900, or from Subang Jaya KTM Commuter Station catch the U62 Rapid KL bus to the shopping centre. The drop off and pick up point is right outside the centre's main entrance. http://www.sunway.com.my/lagoon/

Elephant sanctuary – A 2 hour drive to Krau Game Reserve some 90km from Kuala Lumpur and the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, or popularly referred to as the Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary. Located in a beautiful tropical rainforest offering close contact with ‘semi-wild’ elephants, rides, feed them bathing with the elephants at a nearby river http://www.myelephants.org/ – FULL DAY TRIP Razali (the Elephant Man)

Fireflies – 90 minutes north west of Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Selangor is a small rustic town, along the Selangor River mangrove forest Kampung Kuantan is one of two places in the world - the other being along the Amazon River in Brazil - where millions of fireflies can be seen to flash their 'lights'. The best time to see the fireflies is during the new moon, about one to four hours after sunset. Tours normally start in the afternoon and will include a trip to Kota Melawati / Fort Altingsburg , the execution block, royal mausoleum and colonial buildings; there is a bird sanctuary park at the foot of Bukit Melawati; and a chance to see silvered – leaf monkeys, butterflies etc. Dinner on the river side at one of the many seafood restaurants is normally part of the trip. …fortunecity.com/tkkhong/…11restaurant.htm

What ever you do, enjoy.

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