Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Singapore & Malaysia - Two Week Itinerary

I recently was lucky enough to take a two week trip around Singapore and Malaysia. Hours of research and reading went into this trip so I thought I would share my itinerary with you to help plan your own experiences.

We flew on a Friday evening after work from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Airways. This meant we landed early evening on the Saturday in KL ready to start our adventure.

We stayed for two nights at the Sheraton Imperial. We had booked a Deluxe non-smoking room but were thrilled with a fabulous welcome including a rose for myself and an upgrade to a wicked one bedroom suite overlooking the Petronas Towers. Also I have to point out this hotel serves waffles with ice cream and chocolate sauce for breakfast, you can't get better than that!

Our two nights in KL were spent wandering and getting to know this city. Make sure you check out the Petronas Twin Towers and pre book your tour to avoid the queue and disappointment. We also took the KTM Commuter Train from KL Sentral station to Batu Caves for 2MYR. This area was worth checking out, it is a Hindu Shrine covered in monkeys built into the side of a limestone cave.

In the evenings make sure you check out Bukit Bintang for the best of Malaysian Street Food on offer. The place is crazy and buzzing and busy. Everyone is fighting for your attention but the food is authentic, cheap and delicious! It's always great to experience dining like a local and your hotel will have many recommendations of the best vendors and foods to try.

From KL we took the Aeroline Malaysia from the Corus Hotel to Penang, which took just under 5 hours and included a luxury coach with TV's and a meal. Please also pre book as times and seats will be limited.

In Penang we took a room in the Victory Annexe Wing of the Eastern and Oriental Hotel. This was bed and breakfast as well as club access, which provided two hours of alcoholic drinks and canapes every evening. Go early to nab a table outside over looking the bay. The hotel itself is so beautiful and colonial, I would consider it the best in Penang.

Whilst in Penang we hired a taxi driver to take us around all of the sites including the butterfly farm and spice garden, this is a great way to see the island with a lovely English speaking guide who knows the area well. Also whilst in Penang check out the Hawker Markets, they are slightly different to KL, which are more like restaurants and you order from a stall and wait in the middle for your food, it's an exciting experience and the food is again very cheap and delicious.

From Penang we took a 35 mins Air Asia flight to the island of Langkawi. There is so much to do in Langkawi including mangrove tours, snorkeling etc etc or just relaxing on the pristine beaches.

We split our eight nights equally between The Meritus Pelangi Resort and The Andaman. Both were beautiful in their own way. Please see my Langkawi specific blog.

From here we traveled again on an Air Asia flight to Singapore where we checked into the Royal Plaza on Scotts. Again, I will go into more detail of our two night Singapore adventure in a separate blog.

We flew Malaysian Airways on a Saturday evening from Singapore to KL and connected onto London in one smooth, quick transition. This really was the trip of a lifetime and I would recommend anyone to go and explore this area of the world.