My husband’s birthday proved to be the perfect time for my Malaysian encore! I finally found myself back in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate my husband’s birthday with a weekend trip. It was his first visit there, while it was my second time.

Why Kuala Lumpur?
The first time I went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was back in 2013. It was a foodie destination, which was enough to entice me there. At that time, my trip was all about me, myself and I – a chance to do some sightseeing and much-needed soul-searching (yes, I was going through something at that time. A solo trip proved to be a wonderful balm for my soul.) I went on my own with nary a proper plan where to go, and without being my usual super organized, super efficient self. And lived to tell the tale. Ever since that trip, I’ve been planning my Malaysian encore. I wanted my husband to see Malaysia for himself because I suspected that he’d enjoy the spicy and flavorful Malaysian cuisine as much as I did.
Where we stayed

We stayed at the gorgeous Meliá Kuala Lumpur off Jalan Imbi right across Berjaya Times Square. We were assigned an impressive guestroom suite at The Level (you can find more info here).

The bedroom at The Level, Meliá Kuala Lumpur
Meliá Kuala Lumpur
Meliá Kuala Lumpur
How we got there

AirAsia got us to Kuala Lumpur and back to Manila without delays. It’s my second time to fly with AirAsia, and if they keep up the good work, I’ll just keep booking flights with them.

What we did

For our weekend trip, I was more organized than during my first visit, and booked three activities to keep us busy:

    • Malaysian Cultural Night – We explored Kuala Lumpur’s back streets, cultural attractions and shopping areas after sunset, visited the busy Chinatown where you can look for truly unique souvenirs to bring back home, saw the oldest Hindu temple in town – Sri Maha Mariamman Temple founded in 1873, and completed the evening with a rich buffet of local delicacies as you watch a wonderful show of Malaysian traditional dancing at the Love@Matic.Funnily, it wasn’t enough that we watched the traditional show. They made sure that there was audience participation! I’m not posting pictures here though.
      Sri Mahamariamman Temple,

      Cultural show at the Love @ Matic

    • Kuala Lumpur Street Food Tour – This fun and immersive tour of Kuala Lumpur’s street food led by a very knowledgeable tour guide allowed us to try the best food stalls and shops that are unknown to most tourists.
      Milk-free Ginger Tea

      Madam Tang, the Muah Chee Queen
      Madam Tang, the Muah Chee Queen
      The newly-opened Kwai Chai Hong, otherwise known as Little Demon Lane
      The newly-opened Kwai Chai Hong, otherwise known as Little Demon Lane
      One of the oldest lamp posts in Kuala Lumpur
      The newly-opened Kwai Chai Hong, otherwise known as Little Demon Lane
      The newly-opened Kwai Chai Hong, otherwise known as Little Demon Lane

      Eating at a wet market off Madras Lane
      with Mrs. Chin
    • Kuala Lumpur Half Day City Tour – We discovered the sights of KL including Petronas Twin Towers, the Handicraft Centre, the Cocoa Boutique, and made photo stops at the King’s Palace, National Museum, National Mosque (photo stop), National Monument, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building & Dataran Merdeka.

Guandi Temple
Guandi Temple
Guandi Temple
River of Life waterfront
Muzium Negara
Muzium Negara
Muzium Negara
Figurehead of royal boat
Muzium Negara
The replica of the Royal Throne of Perak — at Muzium Negara.
Istana Negara
Tugu Negara
Tugu Negara
Jadi Batek Gallery
Petronas Towers
National Mosque (Masjid Negara)
Dataran Merdeka
Dataran Merdeka
Sultan Abdul Samad Building 1
What we ate
      • Traditional Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang
    Meliá Kuala Lumpur
    Meliá Kuala Lumpur
      • Nasi Goreng Kampung — at The Kitchen @ Melia Kuala Lumpur.
    Meliá Kuala Lumpur
      • Dinner buffet fare at The Love @Matic
      • Vada
    Vada
      • Masala vada
Masala Vada
    • Poori
Poori
    • Dosa
Dosa
    • Shrimp and radish fritters. Love ’em!
Shrimp and radish fritters
Radish Fritters
Shrimp Fritters
    • Madam Tang’s Muah Chee
Muah Chee
Muah Chee
steamed and blended glutinous rice mixed with pounded peanuts, sesame and sugar. sooo good!!!
    • Laksa
Laksa
    • Asam Laksa
Asam Laksa
    • Chee Chong Fun
Chee Chong Fun
    • Durian and coconut tarts, steamed pork buns
Coconut Tart – Durian Tart – Steamed Pork Buns

We also headed to Jalan Alor for dinner on our own.

Eating dinner off Jalan Alor

  • Kudos to. . .
        1. AirAsia Go for their air and hotel package
        2. Klook for their easy-to-book activities
        3. Simply Enak
        4. Melia Kuala Lumpur for assigning us to The Level guestroom. I booked the standard room, so the upgrade is more than welcome. I wonder if telling them it was my husband’s birthday weekend celebration made the difference?

    Our trip wasn’t sponsored by those entities, but they made our trip easier and more fun, thus, worth a mention..

    In conclusion

    Even while we were still there, hubby was already saying we should go back to Malaysia in the near future. Guess he also enjoyed the country as much as I did!

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