Weekend Getaways From Singapore: Kuala Lumpur and 2-Day Itinerary

A little bit of spa, a little bit of walking through the forest. A little bit of laying by the pool, a “little bit” of steps to climb up. A little bit of everything.

Kuala Lumpur. The capital of Malaysia.

Perfect place when you can’t decide whether you want to relax and recharge or you want to explore and walk around. Two days in this city are good enough to fulfill both sides.

1. Relaxed. Refreshed. Recharged.

Thai Odyssey.

I found this little piece of heaven thanks to the great Google reviews. In KL there are a lot of spa places, you just need to choose the right one.

Thai Odyssey is not about the massage only (which maaaaybe was the best I had), it was about the whole experience. Smiling staff, ginger tea, relaxing atmosphere will bring back your energy and recharge your batteries.

2. Are you a coffee explorer?

If the answer is YES – VCR is a place for you.

Cute place that was built in 1927 and located in the heart of KL. They serve fresh coffee on a daily basis which is delicious, together with the perfect breakfast and even more perfect cakes.

Spa will boost your energy. This place will boost your mood 🙂

3. Infinity pool – infinite joy!

Far from the ground, close to the sun!

37th floor. Swimming with THE view. A rooftop bar that serves ice-cold beer.

Can you imagine how hard it was to decide not to spend the whole day like this?

Almost every building in KL has this, either it’s a hotel or Airbnb accommodation.

4. Baby, let’s stay high

Now when the rain is gone, let’s just fly away to another rooftop.

Heli Lounge.

Rooftop bar placed… wait for it… on the HELIPAD! Real functional… helipad.

This place is used as a helicopter landing area during the day and sky bar during the night (!?).

The 35th floor and the 360-degree view of Kuala Lumpur. Staff dressed in pilot and cabin crew uniforms. Great music and open air. Glass of wine and sunset.

Perfect way to have a dinner and start the night.

5. I present to you… Suzie Wong!

Who is Suzie Wong?

A novel? A prostitute? A movie? Hidden gem of KL?

Yes, yes, yes and YES.

Suzie Wong is placed in the city center (5-minute walk from Heli lounge), it’s not so easy to find it. And when you succeed, you’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland.

Don’t be confused when you bump into a miniature traditional Chinese noodle market that serves bowls of noodle and dumplings. You are on the right way 🙂

Find the door next to it and enter into this mysterious world. First thing you’ll see is a traditional Chinese woman sitting on a swing, then you will enter into glamorous Robert’s room (Suzie’s fictional lover from the novel). Keep going through this labyrinth and you will find a velvet curtain that leads into Suzie’s room. Red light, velvet lounges, chandeliers and birdcages hanging from the ceiling… This place is bringing that hedonistic spirit of Hong Kong’s bars from the 50s. Super authentic!

6. After glass of beer, glass of wine…

It’s time for some TEQUILA and Changkat Bukit Bintang street. 🙂

Let’s be honest, after the Heli lounge and Suzie you’ll probably be in the mood for dancing. 🙂 Right then it’s time for this vibrant tiny street full of clubs, music, and people.

No photos. Thanks to tequila.

7. Canopy walk

KL Rainforest Eco park.

One of the oldest protected jungles in Malaysia.

This one is a real rainforest placed in the middle of the city center!

What attracted me the most is all those 200-meter high canopy bridges that you can use during the walk through the forest. A little bit of acrophobia, a little bit of humidity 🙂

The best entry is one close to Menara KL Tower.

8. Rainbow walk

Number one thing on KL wishlist.

Batu Caves – one of the most popular Hindu temples outside of India.

A 50-meter high gold statue of the Hindu God. 272 rainbow stairs that lead to the temple inside the cave. The stunning view from the top. Cute monkey surrounding. And it’s getting even better…

This temple is the main stage of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. This festival is celebrated by the Tamil and Malayali communities on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January or February). They celebrate the victory of this Hindu god, Lord Murugan, over the demons. The interesting part here is “kavadis” – ceremonial sacrifice practiced by devotees. The simplest sacrifice is carrying a pot of milk, but there are also practices like piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks. And the most spectacular – vel kavadi – two meters tall portable altar decorated with peacock feathers and attached to the devotee through 108 PIERCES into the skin on the chest and back! Firewalking can also be included. And what is even more interesting – devotees are able to enter a trance and feel no pain, don’t bleed from their wounds and have no scars left behind.

Lucky you if you make it here during this celebration 🙂

9. From Hinduism to Islam

I love love love hearing about various traditions and religions and I honor EACH-ONE-OF-THEM!

Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan.

My first visit to the mosque.

Built in 2000, after just a few years of constructions. It can hold up to 17,000 worshippers at one time. It consists of four floors and includes school, library and prayer hall. In this main hall, you can find semi-precious stones that are embedded into the carved marble and was done so by descendants of the same artisans who built the famous Taj Mahal in India.

These beautiful stones, marble floor with all those reflections, the turquoise blue color of the dome, wooden floral carvings on the doors, unreal polite people – left me speechless.

From the moment you take off your shoes and step into the mosque, get proper clothes and help how to wear those, get a free tour around the mosque… you’ll get the whole unique experience.

Until the next trip,

A.

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