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Malaysia is one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in Asia, with a subtle and harmonious mix of the Chinese, Indian and Malay population interacting with each other to make Malaysia a fantastic country to visit. From its abundant wildlife, incredible National Parks, stunning beaches, rich history, colonial architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lush tea plantations. Experience incredible marine life, warm and friendly people, and the most delicious food in all of Asia.
Over the course of a hundred years Kuala Lumpur has transformed itself from a small tin-mining town of just a few houses to Malaysia’s most populous global city and cosmopolitan capital. It is an exciting and ever expanding modern metropolis with stylish new towers springing up alongside the colonial style buildings of days past. A colourful blend of the old and the new, Kuala Lumpur offers travellers a vibrant mix of historic monuments, awe-inspiring sky scrapers, deliciously diverse street food and plush mega-malls.
Penang’s richly-woven history and melting pot of cultures have transformed it into one of Asia’s foremost gastronomic destinations. Here’s a guide to our favourite local street-food delicacies to sample during your stay…
Tioman is one of Malaysia’s unsung islands. This teardrop shaped dot in the ocean is a tapestry of tropical rainforest and pristine beaches lapped by the emerald green waters of the South China Sea. Without a doubt, this sought after destination, nestled off the east coast of Malaysia, is amongst the most beautiful islands in the world. Spanning a little under forty kilometres from north to south, Tioman might be small but it is mighty, considered a haven for barefoot luxury, scuba diving and spectacular trekking.
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Best for: Culture History, Family, Highlights
The only Kuala Lumpur hotel with full frontal views of the Petronas Towers, Traders offers dramatic city skyline views alongside exceptional service and great dining, making it a firm favourite of Imagine’s for staying in Malaysia’s dazzling capital city.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Owned by the Shangri La group, Traders Kuala Lumpur has a fabulous position in the heart of the city and bang opposite Malaysia’s glittering twin symbols of modernity, the Petronas Towers. More than half of Traders’ 571 spacious rooms and suites have views of the towers, and while the contemporary décor is muted so as not to detract from the main event, abstract paintings and hidden lights do enliven things somewhat. Standard city view and tower view rooms all offer modern amenities and an en-suite bathrooms to ensure your stay in Kuala Lumpur is as comfortable as possible, but it’s worth considering a suite which, along with providing considerably more space, offers access to the Traders Club which provides complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, canapés and evening cocktails.
For informal dining, guests at Traders can sample Western and Asian fare at Gobo Chit Chat, while the Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill grills steaks to perfection in a sleek and sexy environment. The star of the show, however, is the 33rd-floor open-air rooftop Sky Bar where you can linger over the killer views of KL’s city skyline while enjoying soft-shell crab sushi or a lychee-rose martini. The rooftop pool is a wonderful place to relax by day, and there is a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam bath here too, as well as an excellent spa offering a range of de-stressing therapies against a dramatic city backdrop.
A situation at the edge of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle gives Traders great access to this city of contrasts, and the city’s fusion of ethnic Malays, Chinese traders, Indian immigrants and British Colonials gives it a buzz and diversity like no other. You’ll find traditional temples and hawker stalls amongst space-age sky scrapers and shopping malls, local markets that sell jungle fruit and counterfeit DVDs, and you can be eating from a banana leaf one meal and using fine china and silver cutlery the next. With echoes of colonialism in its old street lamps and public buildings below the huge Petronas Towers, KL has the perfect mix of history and cosmopolitan glamour.
When to go
Malaysia’s west coast boasts a warm tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. The driest months are from December to March, particularly good times to enjoy the islands of Penang, Langkawi or Pangkor when the sun is shining and there is only occasionally rainfall. The rains arrive in April and last until October, with thunderstorms typically occurring in the afternoon. However, these are usually brief and can offer a welcome relief from the humidity during the hotter months.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Forgotten Trails of KL City
Explore behind the scenes of modern-day Kuala Lumpur discovering the forgotten trails hidden behind the allure of the city’s skyscrapers.
Kuala Lumpur City Tour
Discover the charm of Kuala Lumpur, exploring both the old and new on this captivating half-day tour of the city’s highlights.
Little India Heritage Stroll - Kuala Lumpur
Get to grips with Little India, experiencing the culture and traditions whilst visiting the many Indian heritage sites on this half day heritage tour.
Petaling Street Heritage Food Walk
Sample the tradition and heritage of the local cuisine and its diverse flavours whilst wandering Petaling Street.
Kampong Tour (Fireflies)
Enjoy an evening taking in rural Malaysia in Kuala Selangor, savouring a Chinese seafood dinner before taking to the river to gaze upon the magnificent firefly lined riverbanks.
Malacca Day Tour with River Cruise
Spend a day exploring Malacca, journeying through more than 600 years of history of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Batu Caves and Royal Selangor Pewter Tour
Spend a morning or afternoon marvelling at the remarkable limestone Batu caves and the temples within, including a statue of Hindu God Lord Murguan.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Kuala Lumpur, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Langkawi
Discover the highlights of the Malay Peninsula on this 14 night itinerary, taking in the cosmopolitan buzz of KL, the jungles of Taman Negara, historic Penang, the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and the sun-soaked beaches of Langkawi.
Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Tioman Island
From the wildlife-filled jungles of Malaysian Borneo to the historic cities and culinary capital of Penang, this two-week itinerary offers a varied introduction to the highlights of Malaysia.