Explore Kuala Lumpur, one of the most developed and fascinating capital cities in Asia. Is it all possible to visit within 72 hours? You must think I’m crazy!
You’d probably be right, but taking one of Malaysia Airlines’ twice daily flights from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur International Airport actually makes taking a weekend break to Asia more possible that you think.
I’m here to tell you all about how it is totally possible to take a flying weekend visit to this incredible city with Malaysia Airlines.
Bump yourself up to business class
When you book your Malaysia Airlines flight from Heathrow you might want to consider treating yourself to one of their affordable business class rate tickets.
You can travel in complete luxury from the get-go, and your weekend break can start sooner than expected.
Once you’ve flown business class, it’s a challenge to go back to economy.
When you consider that when flying with Malaysia Airlines you get personal check-in, personal security lane, lounge access, shower access, priority boarding, additional luggage, welcome drink, comfort kit, special designed menu, order anytime service, chair turns into a bed, noise cancelling headphones, power plug for the laptop, express immigration upon arrival, and much much more – you will soon get used to this standard of comfort.
With business tickets you can enjoy the Malaysia Airlines dedicated Heathrow airport lounge before you head to your flight.
Nothing makes you feel more relaxed before your long-haul flight. I arrived early to take full advantage of the private lounge, and I was most relaxed at an airport I’ve ever been.
Get your in-flight snooze on
Once you’ve been ushered into business class and you’re tucked away in your spacious and comfortable seat, the bed extends out to be completely flat for you to sleep.
That means that most of the duration of your flight can be spent comfortably asleep, so when you wake up you can get out there and explore KL straight away.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur?
If you’re going to be flying business, why not complete the experience with a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur. You’ve already treated yourself so might as well go for the full package. Enjoy the comforts of one of Kuala Lumpur top stays.
This elegant hotel is sure to please any traveller, and as you’re only staying for the weekend you can justify the splurge.
experience Central Market, Pasar Seni for authentic Malaysian food
For a more local experience once you’ve settled in, grab some authentic and delicious Malaysian food favourites at Central Market, Pasar Seni.
I loved the durian, roti and curry, currypuff, and kopi with the Coronation milk.
Malaysian food is incredibly varied with spicy influences from all over the world, and lots of local favourites can be found here.
Go on a motorbike tour
For an unusual but exciting way to explore Kuala Lumpur, take a Harley Davison tour to see the city from the unique angle of a two-wheeled chopper.
Join the gang and see KL from the back of a roaring motor with charismatic guides. This is definitely one unique way to see a city.
Live life at the top
Head to the top of the Petronas Towers for a view you will never forget. Treat yourself to some light shopping in the mall before heading straight to the top to enjoying the viewing tower open to the general public.
My top tip for this experience has to be booking in advance to avoid the lines – you don’t want to waste any time on this short city break!
End the night with a view
Enjoy a quiet drink in stylish surroundings at one of KL’s many roof top bars – just keep walking and you will find many of them.
One of my recommendations has to be Troika Sky Dining, a lovely rooftop bar with the best view of the Petronas Towers that I could find.
To get up close, View Rooftop Bar is set inside the custom-built roof of the GTower Hotel.
Take a trip to Monument Park
The Kuala Lumpur Monument Park is home to one of the most revered memorials in all of Malaysia, and it’s just a short walk from the Lake Gardens.
Take a moment to appreciate Malaysia’s history at the national monument park. There are many flowers, birds and animals to see here too, and you could easily spend a whole day exploring this beautiful park.
Still got time? Head to Batu Caves
Batu Caves is a network of caves all set within a giant limestone hill, and it is one of the most popular Hindu shrines in the world outside of India. There’s an Art Gallery Caves and a Museum Cave, so there is plenty to explore in this beautiful natural site.
After your crazy weekend exploring one of the most exciting cities in Asia, you’d better relax a little on the way back.
Enjoy the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge in KL International Airport, and kick back and relax thinking of all the incredible things you did and saw in a weekend.