Travelogue :: Epic Weekend Adventure in Kuala Lumpur

Continuing from our previous post "Travelogue :: Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral" we are going to share with you our weekend adventure.

After settling down, we decided to head out to explore. We took the monorail (MRT), Kelana Jaya Line to KLCC Station, 5 stops away.

Monorail ~ Kelana Jaya Line

The monorail (MRT) is like a sight-seeing train, travelling high above ground, giving you an excellent birds-eye view of the city and traffic from a different angle. Plus its clean, fast (gets you out of vehicle traffic saving you lots of time) and well ventilated. On average you'll probably pay RM1.60 (estimated SGD0.65) per person for one way to travel to most locations within the city center area and nearby. We downloaded the phone app "My Rapid Travel Guide" (available on both android and iphone devices) for convenience to plan our journey. Unfortunately it doesn't list departure/arrival times or estimated travel times.

App available on both Android & Iphone Devices

Graffiti Art on the banks of the canal

Before we know it we arrived at the underground KLCC Station. Above sits, the Suria KLCC Mall which houses over 320 high-end local and international brands.

Suria KLCC 

Iconic Harrods Bear 

Right outside the mall is the KLCC Park and a mesmerizing fountain spurting a chandelier of droplets from Lake Symphony.

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KLCC Park & Lake Symphony

The amazing KLCC Twin Towers also known as the Petronas Towers, is the city's iconic 88-storey twin peaks that rise 452m into the sky. They've been described as corns; their form was actually inspired by an Islamic shape resembling an eight-pointed star. 

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Picturesque Petronas Towers during the day

Inside the Petronas Towers

100,000 tons of steel

Petronas Towers soaring at night

We popped by Pavilion Mall to look at the famous "Liuli Crystal Fountain" situated infront of the mall. It is said the three bowls symbolize Malaysia's multi-racial cultre living harmoniously together with the bowl's ascending pattern representing the nation's growing aspirations. The fountain spurts water from all directions convey a never-ending source of blessing and opulence.  

Liuli Crystal Fountain

Quaint cake shop we found in the Pavilion Mall

Laden with shopping bags we returned to the hotel to relax by the pool before heading to Nook for dinner and thereafter drinks at W XYZ Bar to enjoying the "Live @ Aloft Hotels" performance.

Relaxing by the pool whilst enjoying the sunset

The Menara Tower and the Petronas Towers can be spotted in the horizon

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Dinner is never complete without desserts,
having my Ais Batu Campur (shaved ice)

#AloftLive, Artiste of the month Kelly Siew
"Live @ Aloft Hotels" Performance amplified by MTV Asia

Rise & shine to an early start!

After breakfast we headed out to Genting Highlands which is about a 2 hours drive. Lots have changed since we were last there 10 years ago. The air is crisp and cooling but not as cold as it use to be, the Theme Park is being renovated, the hotels looks rather rundown on the outside whilst the inside has been refurbished quite a number of times we think.

"G" is missing sorry car was moving too fast

No more floating clouds

We weren't allowed to enter as we were not properly attired - take note no slippers, shorts, bermudas are allowed, no biggie, we just headed back down in search of FOOD. 

As we approach our destination, we saw a row of shop houses with many sign board showing fresh water seafood. On recommendation we checked out Restoran Grand View known to be famous for their Claypot River Prawn Tong Fun (rice vermicelli) the broth is tasty and the river prawns are huge and fresh!

Restoran Grand View, 19 Kampung Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, 28750 Pahang, Malaysia

Claypot River Prawn Tong Fun

Feeling guilty after lunch we went hiking in search of fresh durians! Mind you the hike up was a mean feat, we were all panting and perspiring when we reached the peak. But it was definitely worth it, the durians tasted yummilicious even better then the ones we have in Singapore.

Enroute we found wild kampong chickens roaming around

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 Happy bunch with our find

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Pure happiness

No pain no gain, fed the mozzies in the hilltop
during our durian expedition

*Burpss*...oops pardon us the durians had left us all bursting with contentment. We took a leisurely drive to Batu Caves, a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India dedicated to Lord Murugan. The statue is the largest statue of Lord Murugan in the world and stands at 140 feet tall!

Reminded me of the TVB serial Outbound Love <單戀雙城> 

544 round trip steps ~ Batu Caves are around
400 million years old and reach as high as 328 feet

We ended the day with a light dinner and drinks at Vintry - Experience Wine. An unanimous agreement the best dish had to be the signature Vintry Roast Pork - sinfully delicious!

 Vintry - Experience Wine
130 Jalan Kasha, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

From top left: Sweet Potato Fries, Roast Pork, Honey Fried Cheese & Thai Style Crab Patties 

Our last day in Kuala Lumpur, we slept in till late morning (we stayed up watching soccer at W XYZ Bar) and had brunch at the nearby Teh Tarik Place on the ground floor of Nu Sentral, located next to Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

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Aloft signage found on Level 1 linkway towards Nu Sentral

Decor at Teh Tarik Place is nostalgic with an old school charm

Quirky posters adorn the walls

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Mee Goreng and Kopi Tarik of course 

We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging around W XYZ Bar reminiscing our time spent in Kuala Lumpur, it has been an amazing weekend jammed packed with activities from having an opportunity to experience the much talk about "Live @ Aloft Hotels" performance to sight-seeing, going on a food trial, and meeting up with old friends as well as making new ones.  

Lounging at W XYZ Bar


As the Chinese saying goes "天下無不散之筵席" ~ all good things comes to an end soon it was time to bide farewell and take the KLIA Ekspres to the airport.

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Waiting for the train to the airport

Its been a joy staying at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, we would stay here again if we are back in Kuala Lumpur and we do recommend for anyone travelling into Kuala Lumpur to stay here too! As Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is conveniently located opposite the city's public transport hub, Sentral station thus making transfers to airports and attractions a cinch!

Read our review on our stay at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral HERE.