Agent Name: Brent Coate
Date: September/October 2008
Trip Location: Malaysia and Singapore
Places Visited: Kuala Lumpur – Hotel Equatorial
Langkawi – Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa Resort
Singapore – Hotel Re & Rasa Sentosa by Shangri-La
Kuala Lumpur – A very vibrant and busy city! Very affordable shopping. KL has the most unique architecture I have ever seen. There is a lot of construction, and new residential areas are being created by the government in hopes of expanding the population substantially. Massage therapy is extremely popular and very inexpensive. You can even get a massage at the local gas stations! The best is the relaxing fish reflexology…..a 30 minute session is approximately $10.
Langkawi – A beautiful all duty free resort island. The shopping is extremely inexpensive. The Langkawi cable car takes you 710 meters above sea-level on a cliff for the most amazing view imaginable.
Singapore – The cleanest, most organized city in the world. Customer service is top notch! A very expensive city for dining and shopping and alcoholic beverages are extremely expensive, $22 for one beer!
Most Beautiful Attraction: The Singapore Botanic Gardens epitomizes the tropical island’s luxuriant parks. Spread over 52 hectares and close to the centre of the city, the Gardens show many plant collections such as the National Orchid Garden, the Ginger Garden and the Evolution Garden.
Best Local Tours: Definitely, the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest and highest observation wheel (165 meters from the ground) . We enjoyed breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina Bay, the island city and beyond.
The island of Sentosa in Singapore, has quite a few interesting attractions, Underwater World & Spa Fish Pool Dip, Sentosa Luge and Skyride (this is incredibly fun). Songs of the Sea is a must see. It is a mesmerizing show with a live cast, dramatic pyrotechnic effects, water jets, brilliant lasers, special computer imaging and stunning flame bursts. This all takes place on the beach and is a rain or shine event.
The Ulu Ulu Night Safari, an incredible array of nocturnal animals so close you can almost touch them.
Langkawi – Definitely, the Langkawi Cable Car and the Killim River Safari (participate in the daily eagle feeding).
Kuala Lumpur – The Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower. Incredible panoramic views of the city and beyond.
Favorite Hotel: The Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa Resort in Langkawi.
The entire resort is waterfront with individual chalets, some located on stilts out in the water. The rooms are very private, quite spacious and all have private balconies. The chalets at this resort are quite spread out; a shuttle service, available 24 hours a day, is used to travel around the entire resort. The resort hosts an incredible spa at very inexpensive rates. It is extremely popular, advance reservations are needed.
Best Place To Shop: China Town (Petaling Street) in Kuala Lumpur. Bartering is the name of the game here. You can find knock-off brand name items, such as “Nike” running shoes for US $2, brand name purses for US $8-$10, “Rolex” watches for US $10-$15.
In Singapore, China Town and the Indian Bizarre are great places to find unique things. You can barter here but usually it’s a very small discount. Vivo City is a massive shopping centre that hosts many brand name stores. Most stores tend to be on the pricey side. Orchard Road is one of the most popular shopping streets in S.E. Asia.
Transportation: KL – Taxis in the city are very inexpensive. From the KL airport, make sure you negotiate the fare and check the currency before accepting the ride. The KL airport is located approximately 45 minutes from the city, and the taxi fares range from US $35-$45 one way. KL has a great monorail train system, and you can basically travel from one end of the city to the other for approximately US $2. You can also take the train to and from the airport to downtown in approximately 20 minutes.
Langkawi – A taxi or car rental is needed to get to and from everywhere. Everything is pretty spread out all over the island.
Singapore – Taxi, bus and monorail are generally pretty inexpensive, and it is very easy to move around the city by train or bus.
Currency: In both countries, it is best for you to change your money into the local currencies. Money changers are conveniently located pretty much everywhere.
Best Time of the Year To Travel: Anytime is a great time to go. As both Singapore and Malaysia are very close to the equator, they enjoy tropical weather all year round with nightly rain showers.