Cool cafes in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a major hub for travel in Southeast Asia and is a great city to make a stop-over. While I’ve always enjoyed coming here for the food and to go shopping at familiar stores, the cafe scene has consisted mostly of the big chains (Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf et al). The […]

Visiting the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

Even though I’ve visited Kuala Lumpur over 20 times in the last ten years, I had never been up the Petronas Twin Towers. My frequent visits fell into a familiar pattern of visit favourites restaurants and finding cafes to work from. When my dad was visiting KL I took this as a good excuse to […]

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the biggest city in Malaysia and a major air hub in Southeast Asia. If you are travelling in the region the chances are you are going to passing through here at some point. While it’s nowhere near as big as Bangkok, it’s a spread-out city that can be hard to navigate. The […]

The regeneration of Kuala Lumpur Old City

The first time I visited Kuala Lumpur was when I was overlanding my way down the Malay Peninsula in 2006. Like most backpackers I ended up in a cheap guesthouse in the Chinatown area of KL. I was amazed that there were so many heritage buildings that had not been restored. There are sections of […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Al Jafs – Kuala Lumpur

Guesthouse Name: Hotel Al Jafs Address: 17-19 Jalan Bedara, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I stayed at the Hotel Al Jafs in Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is in the Bukit Bintang area, which is one of the most popular places to stay in Kuala Lumpur. Bukit Bintang is the name of the street, and it […]

Hotel Review: Simms Boutique Hotel Bukit Bintang – Kuala Lumpur

Guesthouse Name: Simms Boutique Hotel Bukit Bintang Address: No 180 Jalan Pudu, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I stayed at the Simms Boutique Hotel Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. I booked online at the rate of $16.50 USD per night, which is at the low end of private rooms in KL. The hotel name says […]

Flight Review: Jetstar Asia – Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Flight: Jetstar Asia 3K 685 From: Singapore (SIN) To: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) I flew with Jetstar Asia from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. I compared flights with, and if you book in advance the flights are cheap. I paid $63.50 SGD ($46 USD) booked 3 months in advance, and that included a checked bag. This […]

Flight Review: Malindo Air – Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar (Bali)

Flight: Malindo Air OD 308 From: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) To: Denpasar (DPS) I flew with Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur to Bali. I compared flights online with Skyscanner and they were the cheapest, and also flying at a reasonable hour of the day. I had never flown with Malindo, which was another reason I picked […]

Hotel Review: Anggun Boutique Hotel, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Guesthouse Name: Anggun Boutique Hotel Address: 7 & 9 Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I stayed at the Anggun Boutique Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. I booked online after comparing hotels in Kuala Lumpur. I was looking for a 4 or 5 star hotel in Bukit Bintang area, so I set the […]

Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth (Penang) with the ETS – the fastest train in Southeast Asia

In 2015 the electrification of the train line between Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth was completed. On this modernised track the ETS (Electric Train Service) reaches a speed of 160kmh. The ETS is the fastest intercity train in Southeast Asia, and is tied at equal first with two airport trains (Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur). The Bangkok […]