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Tai Zhi Wei Formosa Noodle House ??????? at Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai

This Tai Zhi Wei Formosa Noodle House ??????? (N1.51609 E103.67048) is located at the corner shop lot unit of Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai – Johor Bahru. The corner lot is the ‘foot reflexology centre’ and this cafe is just situated beside it. The area is well ventilated but it can be warm sometimes during the hot humid weather of Malaysia.

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The owner of the cafe was friendly and he introduced some of their authentic Taiwanese dishes for us…

*  Taiwanese scallion pancake – ???
*  Braised pork rice – ??? (recommended)
*  Taiwanese beef noodle – ???????
*  Chicken chop rice – ???
*  Taiwanese minced pork homemade noodles – ????? (recommended)
*  Pot sticker – ?? (recommended)
*  Rainbow dumplings – ???? (recommended)

Really appreciated for the recommendation, we like some of the dishes very much! But some were mediocre…

The Taiwanese scallion pancake – ??? was served slightly dry and the scallion was too little, but the sauce was nice.

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The braised pork rice ??? was one of our favorite! The pork were braised to perfection! It was tender, succulent and tasty! I love it!
Must try if you are pork lover!

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The beef noodle ??????? was taste average, but the homemade noodle was nice and springy. Strongly recommended on the noodle.

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The chicken chop rice ??? served with vegetables. If the chicken chop serve in more moist then it will be perfect…

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The taste of the minced pork homemade noodle ????? was ‘authentic’ and delicious! It served the similar taste that I had in Taipei, oh…this noodle really made me missed my days in Taipei…
Recommended!

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The pot sticker – ?? (or Chinese pan fried dumplings) was served in juicy and tasty! It was not too dried, we all like it! Another recommended!

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Rainbow dumplings ???? was Perfect! Each of dumpling skin was not artificial colouring but it was from the natural resources…natural, seaweed, yam, pandan and others. The fillings were fragrant and fresh, some with minced pork and some with chives or seasonal vegetables.
Each of them had different taste where you can enjoy the delicious dumplings one-by-one slowly…
Recommended and must try!
 
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Overall, the foods were nice and tasty. Some of them need some adjustment to suit the public taste, or it just my personal opinions. But the bottom line is…the price is very reasonable! You may say, it’s cheap and good! Go and try it out yourself with all these affordable Taiwanese Cuisines at Tai Zhi Wei ???, Taman Sutera Utama.

Beside the foods, I would like to highlight the lemon juice. The lemon they use was not the local normal lemon, the taste was super refreshing! It’s a good way to cool you down under the hot weather.

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Penang Food Trail

Ask any Malaysian about Penang, and they’ll definitely talk about the food. From char kuey teow to nasi kandar, cendol to rojak and more; there’s just so much to taste and try at the food capital of Malaysia. With so much to taste and try, where do you begin, you ask? Fret not, we’ve gone on the hunt for all the must-try goodies and compiled them for you here.

First stop: Jalan Burma

Must try:

Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng

Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng
Seng Lee Cafe
270, Jalan Burma, Georgetown
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm (Closed on Monday)

One of the most famous mee goreng (fried noodles) stall in Penang, the Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng is a great way to start your gastronomic adventure. The stall has been operating for generations at the corner of Bangkok Lane and Burma Road. Flavourful noodles fried to perfection with potatoes and spicy sotong (cuttlefish), topped with a squeeze of lime.

Also in the area:

Assam Laksa Lemak Laksa
Kedai Kop Sin Hwa
329, Jalan Burma, Georgetown
Opening hours: 10.30am – 4.30pm (Closed on Thursday)

Apom Manis
Stall at Lorong Kuching, next to Kedai Kopi New Cathay
425, Jalan Burma, Georgetown
Opening hours: 7am – 1pm (Closed on Sunday)

Next stop: Jalan Rangoon/Lorong Selamat

Must try:

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White Curry Mee

White Curry Mee (Non-Halal)
Hot Spicy Bowl Nyonya Delights
58, Jalan Rangoon, Georgetown
Opening hours: 8am to 3pm (Closed on Monday)

Don’t be surprised when your bowl of curry noodles is served white. There’s a container of chilli paste on each table for you to add into your noodles – you can put as much as you want! Topped with fresh cockles, cuttlefish, tofu and bean sprouts, the flavour of the curry mee here is truly authentic.

Lorong Selamat Char Kuey Teow

Lorong Selamat Char Kuey Teow (Non-Halal)
Kafe Heng Huat
108, Lorong Selamat, Georgetown
Opening hours: 11:30am – 6pm (Closed on Tuesday)

No trip to Penang is complete without a plate of char kuey teow (fried noodles). The Lorong Selamat version of the char kuey teow may be one of the most expensive in Penang, but it’s hands down one of the best in town. Flat rice noodles, fried to perfection with large, juicy prawns – you may wipe the drool off your chin now

Third stop: Jalan Penang

Must try:

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

Teochew Chendul
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
475, Jalan Penang, Georgetown
Opening hours: 10:30am – 7pm (Monday to Friday) 10am – 7:30pm (Saturday to Sunday)

There’s nothing better than an ice cold dessert on a hot, sunny day. Chendul (also spelt cendol) is a popular dessert made with coconut milk, palm sugar syrup, kidney beans and green jelly, topped with shaved ice. This roadside stall has been in operation since 1963! You can queue up for the chendul and have it standing around the stall, or enjoy it in the coffee shop next to it for a slight surcharge.

Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa
Joo Hooi Cafe
475, Jalan Penang, Georgetown
Opening hours: 11:30am – 5pm

Ranked 7th in the world’s 50 best foods by CNN, the assam laksa is another Penang favourite. The thick, sourish soup is made with fish and tamarind, and topped over thick rice noodles. The Joo Hooi Cafe version is really addictive, with just the right amount of sourness.

Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kandar
Nasi Kandar Line Clear
Corner of Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Penang, Georgetown
Opening hours: 24 hours

Located in an alley at the corner of Lebuh Chulia Jalan Penang, Nasi Kandar Line Clear might not be the prettiest sight in town. But one whiff of the curries, and you’ll forget about the surroundings. You’ll be given a choice of plain steamed rice or briyani rice, and a selection of meat, curries and vegetables.

Also in the area:

Popiah
Kek Seng Coffeeshop
382, Jalan Penang, Georgetown
Opening hours: 11am – 4:30pm

Lorbak (Non-halal)
Kafe Kheng Pin
80, Jalan Penang, Georgetown
Opening hours:  7am – 3pm (Closed on Monday)

Fourth Stop: Lebuh Union Lebuh Chulia

Must try:

Pasembor

Pasembor
Kareem Pasembor Rojak
Lebuh Union, Georgetown
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm (Closed on Sunday)

Pasembor is a kind of salad consisting of shredded cucumber, potatoes, fried beancurd, prawn fritters and egg topped with a special sweet and spicy nut sauce. You can choose to mix and match the ingredients, or order one with everything. The texture of the prawn fritters are just right, not too soft or chewy. And with a generous helping of the sauce, Kareem’s pasembor doesn’t disappoint.

Chicken Tandoori

Tandoori
Restoran Kapitan
93, Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown
Opening hours: 24 hours

The chicken tandoori here is very tender and flavourful. Served with a fluffy naan, it’s a pretty filling meal. If you’re looking for a heavier meal, the claypot briyani at Restoran Kapitan is also recommended.

Also in the area:

Hot Puthu
Jelutong Hot Puthu
Lebuh Penang, Georgetown
Opening hours: from 5pm

Mee Goreng Hameed Coconut Shake
Kota Selera Padang Kota Lama
Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, Georgetown
Opening hours: 11:30am – 8pm (Closed on Sunday)

Last stop: Lebuh Kimberley Jalan Siam

Duck Kway Chap

Duck Kway Chap (Non-halal)
Restoran Kimberly
Lebuh Kimberley, Georgetown
Opening hours: 6:30pm – 11:30pm (Closed on Thursday)

Kway Chap is a special handmade rice noodle, served in a slightly herbal broth. This stall here has been serving duck kway chap for over three decades. Each bowl comes with a generous portion of braised duck, innards, egg and a choice of kway chap, rice or porridge. The flavoursome soup is really delicious, you’ll be slurping till the very last drop!

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Jalan Siam Char Kuey Teow

Char Kuey Teow (Non-halal)
Siam Road Char Kuey Teow
Jalan Siam, Georgetown
Opening hours: 3pm to 11pm (Closed on Monday)

Ask any Penangite where the best char kuey teow is, and they’ll most likely lead you to Jalan Siam. A 5 minute drive away from Lebuh Kimberley, this char kuey teow stall has been here for decades. An elderly man fries the noodles, while his son brings them over to the coffeeshop opposite where you can sit and have your meal. A word of advice, don’t come here on an empty stomach as the wait can be up to an hour! It’s worth the wait though, if you have the time.

 

Also try …

Here are some other yummy goodies you should try, if you are in the area.

Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee (Non-Halal)
Cecil Street Market
40-48, Lebuh Cecil, Georgetown
Opening hours: 7am until late

Curry Mee (Non-Halal)
Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee
Lorong Seratus Tahun, Georgetown
Opening hours: 7:30am – 2pm (Closed on Thursday)

Apom Chooi

Apom Manis
Apom Chooi
Jalan Burma (Near Union Primary School), Georgetown
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (Closed on Sunday)

Hawker Food (Non-halal)
New Lane Hawker Centre
Lorong Baru, Georgetown
Opening hours: 6pm till late

 

Here’s a map to help you on your food hunt:

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Hope we’ve got your stomach growling with this guide! Book your trip to Penang now, or find out more at www.tourism.gov.my

 

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US1 BILLION PROJECT IN MELAKA KLEBANG

This blogspot is being created to compliment our main Tourism Melaka website at www.tourism-melaka.com.

We hope to write our comments and views on the development of the tourism sector in Melaka so that old cultural jewels can be retained and new ones generated to attract more visitors to our Melakan shores.

For us to continue our journey, we like to invite visitors to pen their comments and views so that we can create a sustainable and vibrant tourism sector in Melaka.

Enjoy.

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ROSARY CHAPEL AT JALAN BUNGA RAYA PANTAI TO BE RESTORED

This blogspot is being created to compliment our main Tourism Melaka website at www.tourism-melaka.com.

We hope to write our comments and views on the development of the tourism sector in Melaka so that old cultural jewels can be retained and new ones generated to attract more visitors to our Melakan shores.

For us to continue our journey, we like to invite visitors to pen their comments and views so that we can create a sustainable and vibrant tourism sector in Melaka.

Enjoy.

TW Kang

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7th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

More than 200,000 both local and international visitors are expected to be at the annual Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta on 12-15 March 2015 to enjoy the psychedelic skyline.

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The fiesta, now in its 7th year, celebrates its exciting exhibition and activities dedicated to all age groups from 7 AM-9 PM. The event provides a fun day out for everyone and the perfect spot for parents to plan out their school holiday destination.

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Visitors are invited to this free event to get a chance to experience in the fiesta’s eight areas. Hop in the tethered balloon rides; enjoy picnic style breakfast while balloons fly over you; for the adventurous at heart, don’t forget to visit the Extreme Zone; and to keep you energized and well-fed, a revolving cast of food stalls and trucks are waiting to serve you at the Purple Zone.

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A new area this year, MyBalloonClub, will offer an option to visitors who would like to break away from the crowds and indulge in a gourmet breakfast buffet with the best picturesque view. To ensure a peaceful ambience, organizers limit the number of guests per session per day.

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To find out more information on the event, call 03–7981 8712 or check out the fiesta’s website http://www.myballoonfiesta.com and follow the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/myballoonfiesta. Your real-life airborne adventure awaits!


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Shopping Mall Christmas decoration in Kuala Lumpur

Just like every other year shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur compete for the best decorated Christmas themed mall around November/December. Top10around.com has made a nice video with the top 10 most beautiful decorated Christmas themed malls in Kuala Lumpur. It’s no surprise that our favorite Pavilion is listed as as #1.


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What’s on in March

Here comes March! How time flies by! If it’s March, it must be time for the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix and 1Malaysia GP Sale – a great month for lots of action on Malaysia’s racing and shopping circuits! Besides these two signature tourism events, March is also the month for multi-coloured hot air balloons in various shapes and sizes to take to the Putrajaya skies in the annual Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Meanwhile, the Le Tour de Langkawi 2015 race from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur will keep cycling fans on the edge of their seats. Besides sports, culture enthusiasts will have plenty to fill their days with events such as the Mah Meri Ancestors Day Festival, Chap Goh Mei Celebration, and Chingay Parade Festival. To give you some ideas of what to do this month, here’s a line-up of well-balanced events for tourists, both local and foreign, to enjoy in Malaysia. Plan your trip well, or engage the services of a licensed tour operator/travel agent.

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Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HABF)

Enjoy a spectacular scenery as beautiful helium balloons decorate the Putrajaya’s skyline during the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Photo enthusiasts and selfie lovers will have the time of their lives snapping away during this colorful spectacle, while other visitors can experience viewing Putrajaya from a bird’s eye view with the ‘Helicopter Joy Ride’ attraction! Don’t forget to bring your picnic mats to the picnic area, where you can pick up a bean bag and choose a spot to laze with a stunning view of the Putrajaya lake, while enjoying your preordered meal from the ‘Balloon and Breakfast’ menu!

Date : 12-15 March
Venue : Monumen Alaf Baru, Precinct 2 Putrajaya
Website : myballoonfiesta.com

Mah Meri Ancestors Day Festival

This annual festival of the aboriginal Mah Meri attracts many international visitors. The Mah Meri tribe of Selangor celebrates Hari Moyang (Ancestor’s Day), a celebration about giving thanks to the spirits for all the good things that had been bestowed upon the villagers. It is celebrated by offering prayers and blessings to their ancestors especially to Muyang Gadeng, a female spirit guardian. Mah Meri people are skilful with craft work, their weaving skills are seen showcased in the neatly woven skirts, headbands and sashes worn during the celebration. This three-day festival features a special dance called Mayin Jo-oh, to invite the ancestral spirits to join the festivity. The men would wear wooden masks and perform with movements to reflect their daily routine which includes fishing and farming, while the women make music from bamboo, viola, drum, and brass gong.

Date : 7 March
Venue : Mah Meri Cultural Village, Pulau Carey, Selangor
Website : mmcv.org.my

Le Tour de Langkawi 2015

Asia’s premier cycling event, Le Tour de Langkawi 2015 is back! Featuring 22 international teams, the race goes through states namely Kedah, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan in one of the biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour Calendar. Organised by Human Voyage Sdn Bhd, the 20th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from 8 to 15 March 2015 is set to cover more than 1,000km over 8 stages. The race will kick off from Malaysia’s legendary island of Langkawi on 8 March for an eight-day journey to Kuala Lumpur via the east coast and Genting Highlands.

Date : 8 to 15 March
Venues : Kedah, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan
Website : ltdl.com.my

Penang Sports Club International Soccer Tournament

This is the Veterans 7-aside football tournament that attracts footie stars of yesteryears including former international players who are still actively involved in the game. A total of 44 teams around the world will participate in this tournament, including teams from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Maldives, China, Brunei, Hong Kong and Europe.

Date : 7 to 8 March
Venue : Penang Sport Club (PSC), Georgetown, Penang
Website : pgsportsclub.com.my

Chap Goh Meh Celebration

Chap Goh Meh is celebrated on the 15th night of the Lunar New Year and it is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. On this night, with the full moon shining down, young ladies of marrying age venture out to popular sea promenades to throw oranges into the sea, wishing for a good soul mate. In Penang, the celebration takes place at the Esplanade waterfront. Enjoy delicious Penang Street food as well as games, performances and a grand fireworks display.

Date : 5 March
Venue : Esplanade, George Town, Penang
Website : visitpenang.gov.my

1Malaysia GP Sale

The 1Malaysia GP Sale is held in conjunction with the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix race event. This event is one of the three great sales of the year besides the Malaysia Mega Sale and the Malaysia Year End Sale. Stores around Malaysia offer great bargains and discounts. Visitors who plan to attend the Formula 1 races should set aside some time to enjoy a shopping-spree.

Date : 14 March to 5 April
Venue : Throughout Malaysia
Website : tourismmalaysia.gov.my

Raptor Watch Week

Raptor Watch is an exciting event for birdwatchers. Enthusiasts converge at Tanjung Tuan to watch the annual migration of these birds of prey on their journey back to the northern hemisphere.
Organiser: Malaysian Nature Society

Date : 14 March
Venue : Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse, Melaka
Website : msnraptorwatch.wordpress.com

LIMA’15 Tourism Carnival

The biennial event organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and is held in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2015), a dedicated exhibition for defence, civil and commercial applications.

Date : 17 to 21 March
Venue : Langkawi Island
Website : motac.gov.my

International Drum Festival

Drums are one of the signature products in Malaysia’s tourism products. This festival showcases various drum performances and drum-making workshops to share this art of craft-making and playing to the new generation. This programme not only promotes Malaysia’s great culture but is also a platform to hand down drum-making knowledge to the younger generation. Without this effort, Malaysia may lose the art and know-how of this craft that is popular amongst tourists.

Date : 14 to 15March
Venue : Stadium Sultan Muhamad IV Grounds, Kota Bharu, Kelantan
Website : tic.kelantan.gov.my

Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix

Catch the blazing action of high speed rubber burning on one of the world’s most challenging tracks as the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix returns. This season, eleven teams and 22 drivers will be competing at the world’s hottest race in the Grand Prix City of Kuala Lumpur.

Date : 27 to 29 March
Venue : Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
Website : formula1.com


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7 reasons why you should not miss the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

The 7th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) is set to once again thrill Malaysian and international visitors alike with flight, fun and food. Mark your calendars from Thursday to Sunday, 12-15 March 2015, and prepare to get sky high with all the action. The fiesta returns to its home in Precinct 2, Putrajaya for four consecutive days from 7 AM – 9 PM. ¬From returning favourites to first-time features, be sure to keep a lookout for these 2015 activities and attractions!

7 Reasons Why You Should NOT Miss the 7th PIHABF (#myballoonfiesta)

1. Night Glow with Fireworks

As one of the favourite annual highlights, this year will see Night Glow held over not one, but two nights. Watch the hot air balloons come alive as pilots ignite their burners, transforming their balloons into glowing bulbs set to float across the evening sky. Top it off with music and a spectacular fireworks finale on 14th and 15th March.

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2. Van Gogh Balloon

Headlining the balloons is a first-time feature in Malaysia, the Van Gogh balloon. This special hot air balloon that will be celebrating its 150th anniversary, pays tribute to the famed post-impressionist European painter who played major influence on 20th century art.

3. Picnic Area

By pre-ordering a savory ‘Balloon Breakfast’ set, enjoy a relaxing picnic with a stunning view of Putrajaya lake as you watch the morning flight of hot air balloons float across the blue sky. With food and Doof bean bags provided, all you need to bring is a picnic mat!

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4. Helicopter Joy Rides

Once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Putrajaya from a bird’s eye view, the Helicopter Joy Rides are the fastest selling online tickets! This year will feature a brand new chopper with business class interior including a carpeted floor, large windows, air-conditioner and leather seats brought to you by Amin Faried (M) Sdn Bhd. This stunning aircraft seats up to 6 passengers excluding pilot with rides lasting between 5-7 minutes.

5. Extreme Zone

Fancy a little sport while you visit the Fiesta? Outdoor and extreme sports-enthusiasts can make their way to the Green Zone to participate in the various kid- and adult-friendly activities including Sky Rider, Paintball, Spider Jump, Space Spin, Archery or have a tumble in the hamster roll. Also be sure to check out the opportunity to walk inside a gigantic hot air balloon!

6. Food Bazaar Area

Need a snack or cold drink to freshen up while you scour the Fiesta grounds? Visitors without a breakfast package need not worry about coming to the Fiesta on an empty stomach, as the food bazaar area is sure to hit the spot with the various delicious offerings from stalls by Rock Tulips and food trucks by Fried Chillies. Featuring an all-new look this year, the Bazaar area will feature a market fare with special appearance by local celebrities organised by KL CallingXoosha.

7. FIRST TIME EXCLUSIVE: Premium Tethered Rides with MyBalloonClub

Balloon enthusiasts as well as those in search of a unique breakfast experience can look no further. MyBalloonClub is a premium treat whereby members can break away from the crowds to enjoy a picturesque viewing of the hot air balloons flying against the blue sky while listening to live jazz music and dining on a gourmet buffet breakfast.

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Ramada Plaza Dua Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

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Ramada Plaza Dua Sentral Kuala Lumpur is a luxury 5-star hotel located just outside Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. The hotel has been built just a few years ago and everything about it looks brand new. The lobby is very well designed, just what you would expect in a 5-star business hotel. The reception staff is friendly yet above all efficient. There is always someone you can talk to. When you walk towards the main counter, there is always someone greeting you. The same applies to the concierge; always ready to advice or help out.

Rooms at Ramada Plaza Dua Sentral

Every single room, 357 in total, is magnificent. There are no standard rooms; it starts with Deluxe. The interior decoration is very classy and all rooms are fully equipped. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the whole hotel, the rooms included. The signal is good and the speeds are high. Connecting to the internet is easy; no time-consuming hassle where you constantly having to log in again and again. Wi-Fi works at the swimming pool too, convenient when spending a day at the pool.

The deluxe room contains a large bed and a nice bathroom. The mattress is of very good quality, and a modern flat screen TV hangs from the wall. An entertainment service is available providing the latest movies and series. Each room has multiple sockets and a usb-port making the charging of gadgets an easy task. The ‘One bedroom suites’ are huge and decorated with style and class. They contain a living room with adjoining kitchen, a bedroom with adjoining bathroom area with a large bath, a rain shower and a wardrobe with safe. The kitchen has a refrigerator and a sink. There even is a coffee machine that uses coffee capsules, perfect for making your own coffee in the morning, before having breakfast in the breakfast area.

Several rooms are connected with each other; perfect for families with children. Because the hotel is relatively cheap (for a 5 star hotel), you can easily book two rooms when traveling with your family. The family suite is also a possibility; this is a two-room apartment with 3 beds in total (one King and two Queen sized beds).

Breakfast

Next to the lobby there is Kembali Kitchen; a local restaurant where breakfast is served in the mornings. Breakfast is elaborate; with a broad choice of several local and western dishes. As usual there is an egg counter where you can have an egg of your choice prepared. Being a business hotel, most guests have their breakfast quite early in the morning. If you visit Kembali Kitchen after 8.30am, chances are that there are no crowds.

Pool with stunning view

Unlike many other hotels in the centre of Kuala Lumpur, Ramada Plaza Dua Sentral has a beautiful swimming pool and large children’s pool to offer. The square infinity pool is very beautiful. From the edge, you have a stunning view of the metropolis Kuala Lumpur. The children’s pool is located next to it and offers a truly breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre (with a magnificent view of the Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower).

Restaurants

There are two restaurants to be found in the hotel; Hugo’s at 6 and the renowned Grill 582. Hugo’s at 6 is located right next to the swimming pool; some tables are at the edge of the pool (providing a magnificent view of night-time Kuala Lumpur). The menu is internationally orientated (Mediterranean) and includes several tasty dishes, among other some delicious pizzas. I tried the Tandoori Pizza; especially recommended by the Chef. If you are with two people, you can easily share a pizza as it was quite big in size.

At Grill 582 you can go for semi-fine dining. As delicious luxury food is not that expensive In Malaysia we can surely recommend a visit to Grill 582. The restaurant won three medals at the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2014, something the whole team at Grill 582 was very proud of. After having dinner at Grill 582 you can enjoy a drink at the lounge bar that is located next to it at the 2nd floor.

Punch Bar Lounge

Punch Bar Lounge is the hotel’s bar. It can be found on the 2nd floor by elevator or staircase at the lobby. The atmosphere is very pleasant and it offers an extensive list of liquors and cocktails. For example, I enjoyed a wonderful 12 years old Maccallan for the reasonable price of RM28 (they had an even older one but this one was much more expensive). The lounge bar is beautifully decorated and if you are lucky, a piano player will be playing beautiful music pieces. Next to the lounge bar the biggest climate controlled cigar room of Kuala Lumpur can be found; the Grand Trinidad Cigar Divan. For true cigar lovers this is the place to be. Here you can try over 200 cigars and they enjoy special offers like a complimentary glass of Cognac or Whiskey with a cigar.

Free shuttle service

The hotel has a free of charge shuttle service to some popular destinations in the immediate vicinity (KL Sentral, KLCC, and Mid Valley Megamall Gardens). The fact that the hotel is not lying in the city centre is not a real issue because with the shuttle service you can be in downtown KL in no time. Furthermore, there are always taxis waiting to bring you to other destinations in and around the city. If you have a rental car you can park it in the spacious parking lot for a mere RM8 a day. The hotel is located right next to a major highway; it won’t take you long to reach one of the main roads going out of Kuala Lumpur.

How to get there

Ramada Plaza Dua Sentral can best be reached by taxi. Every taxi driver knows the location of the hotel. If you have a rental car, you can drive to the hotel yourself and park the car in the hotels’ parking bays. If you are traveling from KLIA/KLIA2 then it is best to either take a direct taxi from the airport, or to take the KLIA Ekpress first to KL Sentral, from where you can take a short taxi ride to the hotel (only 5 minutes from KL Sentral, and a one-way trip shouldn’t cost more than RM10).

Our final verdict

Ramada Plaza Dua Sentral is a very pleasant 5-star hotel. Even though it is a business hotel, tourists will have a great time staying at one of the wonderfully designed rooms. Their standard ‘Deluxe rooms’ are very spacious and beautifully decorated. Because the hotel is located just outside the city centre, prices for a stay are very affordable. The location is not a problem because of the free shuttle service. Travelers going for the best price/quality ratio will have a splendid time in the hotel. For the best view, ask reception for a room with a view of KLCC. The view is even better when you stay at one of the higher floors. We had a great stay at the hotel. We were lucky; our room was upgraded to a suite with separate living room and kitchen. We had an amazing time, and would definitely consider staying there again. Keep an eye out for great hotel deals, as a room in this hotel is sometimes sold for 3-star prices.

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Pullman Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

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Bangsar is one of the most popular expatriate districts in Kuala Lumpur. At the edge of the district lies the hip and trendy business hotel Pullman Bangsar, part of the well known Accor Group. The hotel lies directly along the highway that brings you downtown KL in less than 10 minutes. Opposite of the hotel is the Bangsar Convention Centre located, a big contributor of hotel guests.

Pullman Bangsar is a modern business class hotel with similar stylish interior like the other Pullman hotels. It is a 5-star hotel with a sleek design, and it contains 513 rooms. When you enter the beautiful lobby, you are immediately welcomed by the pleasant and more importantly very efficient staff. To the right, there is a cozy lounge bar with the restaurant behind it. To the left a small coffee bar named Petit Café with great coffee and delicious pastries.

Rooms

Rooms are large and nicely decorated. The view is magnificent from every floor. This is because the hotel lies on a hill, and also because the second floor is high due to the enormous lobby (so floors start at a much higher altitude). The standard Deluxe room was very large, with a beautiful bathroom and a glass wall separating the bathroom and the rest of the room (which you can darken with a rolling blind). In the bathroom, you will find a nice freestanding bath, with a separate shower area containing a nice rain shower.

The bed is very comfortable; especially the mattress was of high quality (you would not expect anything less from a 5-star Pullman hotel). The pillow service is very nice; on the nightstand there was a card showing different kinds of pillows. By calling room service, you can order the selected pillow. Also, a nice touch was the flashlight on the nightstand; perfect for midnight errands without turning on the light. The bedside lamps are made for dimming, which is nice if you want to read before sleeping. There is also an iPhone dock on the nightstand.

The minibar was only partially full; leaving enough space to store your own drinks. There is a safe to keep your valuables. And there is complimentary Wi-Fi of course as you would expect from a 5-star business hotel. Sockets are suitable for all kinds of plugs; no need to bring an adapter for foreign plugs. Guests staying on higher floors (Executive Floor) have access to the executive breakfast area, with a magnificent view of the city. Here you can enjoy your breakfast and read a paper or magazine. Now and again the hotel has sharp deals for stays in one of the executive rooms (keep an eye out for the best deals at Agoda.com).

From the higher floors, you have a spectacular view of the southwest of Kuala Lumpur; with all the suburbs in the distance (among others; Petaling Jaya, Bandar Sunway and Bangsar). On the other side of the hotel you have a view of the city centre; though partly hidden by a few large office buildings (like the enormous Menara TM skyscraper) situated directly next to the hotel.

Breakfast

Breakfast was of an extreme good quality, with a huge quantity of breakfast dishes to choose from. Dishes ranged from local dishes (like Nasi Lemak) to European and American inspired breakfast sets. Then there was a bread alone section, with different types of breads, spreads and delicious snacks and desserts. There was even a huge vertical honeycomb, where fresh honey was dripping off for you to enjoy. Two Bean-to-Cup coffee machines can be found there; so coffee lovers do not have to drink local coffee but enjoy a freshly brewed cup instead.

The whole breakfast area in restaurant LINK was huge, with well over 50 tables. Even during crowded times like breakfast on a day of full occupancy still leave enough available tables for you to sit at.

Dining options

Downstairs, next to the lobby the open-kitchen Mediterranean restaurant La Cucina can be found. All dishes are prepared in a large open kitchen, in plain sight. The kitchen is an island in the middle of the restaurant. They also have a brick oven for the most delicious pizzas. Prices vary from RM30 to RM60; which is very reasonable. We were lucky to be able to try a few of the chefs’ specials; they were all really delicious. I can definitely recommend having dinner there, even if you are not staying in the hotel yourself. La Cucina is opened daily from 11am to 3pm, and from 6.30pm until 10.30pm.

Another restaurant where you can have dinner is LINK (same place where you have your breakfast in the morning). Here you can enjoy lunch and dinner inspired by international cuisine. The restaurant is open daily until 10pm.

Lounge bar

Next to the restaurant lies The Lounge, a wonderful lounge bar where you can enjoy live music 5 days a week. Prices of drinks vary from RM10 to RM60, relatively cheap compared to other lounge bars around KL. Cocktails cost RM35, a glass of 12-year-old Macallan RM45. The bartender surprised us with his signature cocktail; the tasty Flaming Lamborghini. In the back you can enjoy a cigar at the Cigar Lounge.

The Petit Cafe is located nearby the lounge bar; it is a cozy cafe that serves tasty snacks besides a great cup of coffee.

Pool gym

There is an beautiful swimming pool, with nice deckchairs. The swimming pool looks out over Bangsar South; an enormous urban centre with shopping malls, several offices and multiple residential areas. You will also find the Bangsar Convention Centre there. Next to the swimming pool there is a gym, containing a large number of exercise equipment.

Free shuttle service to numerous destinations within Kuala Lumpur

The hotel is situated just outside KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). There is a free shuttle service bringing you to several destinations within the city. The shuttle bus goes to downtown KL (KLCC Bukit Bintang), but also to the nearby situated shopping mall Mid Valley Megamall The Gardens (one of our personal favorites). Then there is a service going to Sunway Pyramid and KL Sentral (for the train to KLIA KLIA2).

Across the hotel, you will find the subway station University; but because of the busy crossing in-between, it is better to walk to the subway station Kerinchi (a 5 minutes walk from the hotel). This subway line will bring you to KL Sentral in 5 minutes, to Pasar Seni in 8 minutes (Chinatown) and Suria KLCC (Petronas Towers) in 10 minutes. Metro tickets can be bought at the station.

Another option is to take a taxi right in front of the hotel. If there are no taxis waiting, you can simply have the concierge order or hail one for you.

Car park

Below the hotel, you will find a car park, where hotel guests can park their rental car for free. With a rental car you will soon find yourself on one of the main roads leading out of the city; it runs directly along the hotel.

Affordable 5-star hotel

Most travelers prefer to stay in the city centre while visiting Kuala Lumpur. The disadvantage are the substantial prices you will have to pay while there are very luxurious hotels just outside the city centre at reasonable prices. Pullman Bangsar is a good example; you will be staying in a 5-star hotel for a fraction of the price you will pay for a similar hotel in the city centre. The shuttle service makes it easy to get anywhere you want to go.

Our final verdict

Pullman Bangsar is an excellent hotel at very affordable rates. The standard rooms are already very spacious, the executive rooms are the height of luxury in this business hotel. The location is not its strong point, but the free shuttle service certainly makes up for this. If you are looking for value for your money, Pullman Bangsar is definitively the best choice.

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