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Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Escape the city and hit the beach

Kuala Lumpur is about an hour from the coast, but if you crave a fix of sea and sand the nearest beach is in Port Dickson, 90km (50 miles) west of the city. It takes a couple of hours to get there by bus ( and the beach is only so-so, though. A more attractive option is Pangkor Island (, on the coast near Lumut.

Explore KL’s incredible jungle

There are jungle reserves all around KL where you can experience the rainforest first hand. Best is the unspoiled forest to the north of the city at Templer's Park, where you'll find walking trails, waterfalls and, praise be, no traffic noise. If you want to reward yourself after all the trekking, stay a night at the luxurious Templer Park Rainforest Retreat (tel: +60 16203 8562;

Go exploring in Malaysia’s crystal waters

Some of the best diving in Asia is around the idyllic islands of Tioman and Perhentian. You can tie it all together yourself, or let an agency make all the arrangements – dive shops in Kuala Lumpur such as Planet Scuba (tel: +60 3 6203 3366; will provide recommendations and any courses and/or gear you need.

Learn to cook like a Malay

Malay might not be the most feted of Asian cuisines but there are some true earthly pleasures to be found in its Rendang curries. A course at the much-loved LaZat (tel: +60 19 238 1198; starts off in a local market before heading back to the school, where you'll be taught the classics of Malaysia and the countries that inspire its food - primarily China, India and Thailand.

Play a round of golf on Asia’s oldest course

Golf is becoming ever more popular in Malaysia, and new courses are mushrooming around the capital. However, the most famous is the Royal Selangor Golf Club (tel: +603 9206 3333; situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, built in 1893 and the oldest in Asia. Not one for beginners, and you’ll need to be a guest of a member to access its plush lawns.

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Sarang Mas

This homely bed and breakfast set in a 1920s brick-built house offers rooms with simple furnishings along with communal lounge areas, and suits both families and single travellers. There's relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that feels far-removed from the business hotels of KLC, and the owners also have various other options, including apartments and single rooms, in six other locations across the city.

Traders Hotel

Firmly targeting the business traveller, Traders Hotel offers a location and amenities associated with the top Kuala Lumpur hotels but its prices are easier on the pocket. Rooms are modern and smartly decorated, and service is friendly and efficient. A bonus of staying here is having immediate access to the rooftop Sky Bar, an in-demand address thanks to its epic views of the Twin Towers.

Metro 360

Located in a bustling part of the Golden Triangle, Metro 360 offers tasteful, air-conditioned rooms across 22 floors of a tower block. Guests can make use of all-day dining options, free Wi-Fi, a pool and a gym, as well as shuttle buses to KLCC and Sentral Station. Visitors hoping to explore KL's shopping scene will appreciate the hotel's location nearby the Pavilion, Starhill and Lot 10 shopping malls.

Villa Samadhi

Set behind bamboo-clad gates in the leafy embassy district, this intimate hideaway is one of the city's finest boutique offerings. The 21 rooms and suites are wonderfully spacious and decorated in exotic artefacts collected from across Asia. Guests can enjoy private hot tubs and romantic balconies that overlook a tear-shaped pool surrounded by cabanas and tropical foliage. The restaurant serves all-day dishes and an indulgent breakfast come daybreak.

MiCasa All Suite Hotels

For a home-from-home experience, this design hotel has accommodation in the form of elegant, well priced one to three bedroom suites with kitchens. There's also a palm-shaded pool, a restaurant and a bar. The hotel is situated in the central business district, opposite the Petronas Towers and near the shopping centres of KLCC.

The Majestic

This lovely heritage hotel retains the refined air of its pre-war days, but recent restorations have added a modern 15-storey Tower Wing. The contrast between old and new plays out in the bedrooms, with those in the colonial quarter boasting wood panelling and claw tubs, while the new wing entices with four-poster beds and sleek glass fittings. The hotel's parlours, smoking lounge and orchid-filled conservatory add further allure.