Malaysia Backpackers Destination and Homestay


Sunday, April 20, 2008

How to Choose a Good Travel Agent in Malaysia

A travel agency is a business that sells travel related products and services, particularly package tours, to end-user customers on behalf of third party travel suppliers, such as airlines, hotels, tour companies, and cruise lines. In addition to dealing with ordinary tourists, most travel agents have a special department devoted to travel arrangements for business travelers, while some agencies specialize in commercial and business travelers. Some agencies also serve as general service agents for foreign travel companies in different countries.

Planning a vacation abroad can be difficult so its best to find a travel agent to guide you from start to finish. Even if you want to travel within your own country, it is always best to speak to those who are familiar with transportation, lodging, costs and also able to guide you.

1. Ask family members or friends for recommendations.
2. Have a look at the travel agent's website (if they have one).
3. Have a walk past and have a look at the interior and exterior of the store.
4. Make a short list of your favorite so far and give them a call. Cross any travel agents off the list that are not willing to listen or who don't answer your questions properly.
5. Note that if you still haven't selected a travel agent, choose the one from your list that has the most years of experience, cheapest deals and is the most helpful.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Backpacking Malaysia for Solo Travel - Malaysia Travel Guide


Like Thailand there are very few dormitories in the hostels in Malaysia. You will almost certainly have your own room. This should not pose too much of a problem if you are looking to meet other travellers.

Because Malaysia is slightly less popular than Thailand you are more likely to be sharing a guesthouse with fewer people which can make for a friendly atmosphere. As a solo traveller the more off the beaten track you get the friendly other travellers tend to be.

The cheapest places to stay tend to be Chinese owned guesthouses.


Guesthouses in Malaysia tend to start at around 50 rg for a single room to 90 rg double. Prices to vary throughout the country and tend to be cheaper in KL.

Camping options are limited in Malaysia and are normallyconfined to national parks and jungles.

Trips and activities:

Malaysia offers the solo traveller a wealth of activities throughout the peninsular and Malaysia Borneo.

Here is a list of ideas.

Trekkingin the Cameron islands
Cultural trips around he capital KL
Visiting the virgin rainforests.
Learning to dive around Malaysia's islands


Check out the Solo Travel Malaysia budget travel calculator


We must understand that your vacation can take a year to save for, but only a second to ruin. While you can't do anything to prevent an unexpected storm from closing the airport, you can do something to help cover your travel investment-buy travel insurance.

Travel insurance can provide you coverage for medical expenses, trip cancellation/interruption, baggage damage, and much more. Plus, with every international travel insurance plan you will also receive 24-hour travel assistance.

Here with i list out the company which can provide you international travel insurance:

Backpackers Hostels in Malaysia - The free information platform was born with the idea to create an international hostel address database, which is free-to-use for everybody. Every traveller has already remarked that it is a lot more difficult to get in direct contact with a hostel in a city by than one could imagine because you will always fall back at online booking services. A booking service where I pay my hostel in advance even if I dont already know if I want to leave today or tomorrow.
This is how we want to differ from all the other already established pages:

- an international address database with only hostels and cheap Bed and Breakfasts and guest houses listed
- links for every city and country, giving the first directions for the traveller
- direct contact with hostels and companies
- free listing for hostels and companies, free using for everybody
- transparent organisation
- ads at minimum

About 16 Cities or District in Malaysia are listed for backpacker accommodation. Who the person or backpacker group interested to find out and to know about backpacker accommodation in Malaysia, you can browse through this URL :

Top 5 Backpackers Travel Tips

Are you thinking of going travelling or backpacking for an extended length of time? Are you worried about the prospect particularly if you are going alone?

The little plastic containers that camera film comes in are excellent for storing things. The best use I found for them was salt and pepper holders.

• If you're a drinker, make sure you have your own wine/bottle opener! Sometimes you can get them as key rings. You'll never find one in a hostel cause they're constantly stolen.

• Always travel with a pack of cards.
It's the best way to make friends and a lifesaver if you're staying in a hostel with no TV.

A sarong has many uses. It acts as a tablecloth during a picnic. A wrap around if you've unfortunately managed to fry your legs to a crunchy crusty crisp in the midday sun. A belt that keeps your trousers up. A blanket to sit on while relaxing on the beach or in the park. Finally, my personal favourite, if you're lucky enough to get a bottom bunk, you can pin it under the mattress above so you get a little more privacy.

Don't leave home without a journal. The scribbled stories from Singapore , tales from Thailand and memories of amazing people and places will be what you treasure when you're in your 50s. Think of it less as a journal or diary and more as the story of your travels. Your own little book!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Borneo Backpackers

Centrally located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Backpackers has already attracted the attention of discerning travellers from around the world. Some guests have already made return visits, and many more have vowed to return.

While guests originally come for the facilities on offer, such as clean bathroom, toilets, pantry area, internet facility, laundry, cosy lounge area, roof garden deck, 24 hours security, and a tour information counter. They return for the service from our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable local staff.

Shared Facilities:

* WI-FI Accessibility
* Common bathroom
* Self-catering pantry with refrigerator and microwave
* Free flow of filtered drinking water, tea and coffee
* Free Internet facility
* Free bed linen
* Bath towel available for rent
* Laundry service
* Cosy lounge area with wide selection of reading material, TV and ASTRO (Satellite TV)
* DVD player and in-house movies
* Open-air roof Garden Deck
* 24 hours security
* Tours Information Counter
* FREE Luggage Storage

Borneo Backpackers Sdn. Bhd.
No. 24 Lorong Dewan, 88801
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 60 88 234 009 Fax: 60 88 233 688

Backpacker Magazine - Your Backpacking, Camping, and Hiking Magazine.

Backpacker Magazine is an American publication whose mission is to provide readers with practical information on wilderness hiking and adventure. With 2007 marking its 34th year of publication, Backpacker magazine is currently published by Active Interest Media and is based in Boulder, Colorado. The magazine moved from Emmaus, Pennsylvania to Boulder in August 2007.

Backpacker magazine started in March 1973, the baby boomers’ boom in backpacking had brought such a huge increase in numbers to the trails that new backpackers in that year exceeded the total number of all backpackers on the trails just four years earlier. The number of backpackers has more than doubled since then, bringing more than 15 million pairs of their boots onto the trails every year. If that doesn’t startle you, consider this: More than 31 million hikers, including backpackers, use our backcountry trails annually.

Website :

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pinnacles Kuching Lodge


Pinnacles Kuching offers travellers affordable accommodation right in the heart of Kuching City, the capital of Sarawak a.k.a. Land of the Hornbills. We are located right smack in the middle of Kuching’s golden triangle which comprises Hilton, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotels, so rest assured that you will be strategically and conveniently located in close proximity to the best amenities and services the city can offer. Be it for business or casual travellers, backpackers or honeymooners, singles or ones with families, we have the type of accommodation for everyone.

Address :
Level 1, Lot 21, Block G,
Taman Sri Sarawak Mall, Jalan Borneo,
93100, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact Number : +6082-419100
Fax Number : +6082-429100
Reservation :
Enquiry :
Website :

Room Description Fully Air-Conditioned Rooms with Attached or Shared Bathroom Facilities & Simple Complimentary Breakfast Facilities & Activities Library, WIFI Internet at Lounge/Lobby, Fast Speed Internet, Travel Desk / Travel Info, Digital Photos Uploading, CD Burning for Digital Photos, Laundry Pick Up Service, Luggage Storage, 24-hr Reception, No Curfew / No Lockup, Card Access Security System, TV Lounge, Tel / Fax Service

Monday, April 14, 2008

Malaysia Opens Islamic Civilisation Park

The Islamic Civilisation Park is the latest tourist attraction in Terengganu. It was officially opened by the Prime Minister YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi on Feb. 3, 2008.

Located on Pulau Wan Man (Wan Man Island) in Kuala Terengganu,
the 23-hectares Park is part of a project under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) to further boost Kuala Terengganu as a waterfront city. Combining entertainment and education, the Park is expected to attract 1 million visitors during the Visit Terengganu Year 2008.

The Islamic Civilisation Park is divided into two zones: the Islamic Civilisation Complex and the Public Zone.

The Islamic Civilisation Complex features the first theme park that glorifies the achievements of Islamic architecture. When fully completed, the Park will feature 21 replicas of Islamic monuments and architecture from around the world. The main attractions of this theme park are five interactive monuments, namely Malaysia's National Mosque, the Dome of the Rock of Palestine, the Sacred Mosque of Saudi Arabia (Masjidil Haram), Al-Hambra Citadel of Spain and the Taj Mahal of India.

At press time, a total of eight replicas have been fully completed. They are; the Kalyan Minaret of Uzbekistan, Abu Nasr Shrine of Afghanistan, Samarra Winding Minaret of Iraq, Mohd Ali Mosque of Cairo, Qairawan Great Mosque of Tunisia, Agadez Great Mosque of Nigeria, Aleppo Citadel of Syria, Kul Syarif Mosque of Russia and Minaret of Xian, China.

However, only six replicas are available for distance viewing, which are the National Mosque of Malaysia, Kudus Minar Mosque of Indonesia, Pattani Central Mosque of Thailand, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque of Brunei, Taj Mahal of India and Minaret of Xian, China. All the other replicas are scheduled to be completed and available for viewing in May 2008.

Meanwhile, the Public Zone houses the impressive Crystal Mosque – icon for the Islamic Civilisation Park and a new landmark for Kuala Terengganu. The unique mosque made of crystal shine glass and steel was officially opened by His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on 8 February 2008.

The Public Zone also boasts the biggest convention centre in the east coast of peninsula Malaysia. It can seat up to 3,000 people at any one time.

Public transportation:

Regular shuttles from the city centre to the Park will be operational sometime in early April. Meanwhile, taxi services are available from the city centre to the Park. Alternatively, visitors can take the "Penambang" boat or a cruise boat from the Shahbandar Jetty to Tok Ku Paloh Jetty located in the Park itself.

Permai Inn Kuala Terengganu, an ideal stop-over for island hopping to the idyllic island of Kapas,Redang and Perhentian, is located just a few minutes walk from Batu Burok Beach and also a few minutes drive from Istana Maziah.

Permai Inn
Jalan Sultan Mahmud
20400 Kuala Terengganu

Tel : 09-622 2122
Fax : 09-622 2121
Email :

Backpackers in Pangkor : Nazri Nipah Camp

Apart of the resorts at Pulau Pangkor there are some fine cheap huts near the beach for backpackers available. The best I found around Nipah Bay and they are excellent bargains for backpackers, cyclists and other individual long term travelers. The cheap places are usually "camps" which here at Pangkor usually means you will get a beach hut.

The huts come with mattresses and fan. Bathroom can be attached. We found some nice places around Nipah Bay which are cheap and good values.

The Nazri Nipah Camp

Nazri Nipah CampThe Nazri Camp is located at Teluk Nipah. The Camp offers 10 small huts (RM 20) and 7 chalets (RM 40) available. Some of the huts are triangle sized. All have fans and mattresses available. Some of the huts have attached bathrooms.

Food is available for reasonable prices. There is a barbeque on request available with a minimum of 10 people. There is a central relaxing area with music and tv (football seems to be very popular).

The Nazrih Nipah Camp has a laundry service available. Adik, the manager is a musician. Don't be surprised when you come you find him jamming with the guests or some friends.

But the main reason why I like the Nazrih Nipah Camp is it's relaxed and cool atmosphere under the shady trees. It has for sure a sort of "jungle feeling". Highly recommended if you travel "on a shoestring".
Relaxing at the Nazrih Nipah Camp in the lush forest.
Relaxing at the Nazrih Nipah Camp at Pulau Pangkor

Getting there

The Nazrih Nipah Camp is located at lot 4445 at Teluk Nipah. Teluk Nipah has two side roads. Take the one at the corner of the Horizon Inn. It's at the end of the road.

Bookings can be done by telephone:

Call Adik at 012-5760267 or write to
Nazri Mat Abu (Nazri Nipah Camp)
4445 Kampung Teluk Nipah 32300 Pangkor, Pangkor 32300, Perak
phone: 605-6852014


Pulau Pangkor, Malaysia

Facts about Pulau Pangkor
Population About 20.000
Currency Malaysian Ringit RM (US $1 = RM 4)
Language Bahasa Malaysia but English is widely spoken
Temperature Tropical, 25-35ÂșC, monsoon from October to February

Forty minutes by ferry from Lumut, the popular island resort of Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor Island) welcomes visitors with its serene golden beaches, crystalline blue waters, and cool refreshing breezes. Located about 90km south west of lpoh, it is largely inhabited by fisherfolk.

They live in scattered fishing settlements along the coast especially on the eastern side, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik, and their catch comprises mainly cuttlefish and anchovy. The modern facilities make it an ideal gateway. A wide range of sun and sea activities are available such as scuba diving, wind-surfing, fishing, snorkelling.

Pangkor Island Beach Resort, Pangkor Island
Pangkor Island Beach Resort
Teluk Belanga (Golden Sands),
32300 Pangkor Island, Perak,

Tel: 605-6851091
Fax: 605-6851852

Saturday, April 12, 2008


A. Penang International Airport

Penang, "the Pearl of the Orient" has been on the tourist route-map for decades, and is now fast-growing as an industrial centre. With the combined attractions of tourism and business, Penang airport has been upgraded to cater to the increasing traffic demand.

In 2005, the airport handled more than 2.8 million passengers, with 31,173 aircraft movements. It also handled 221,971 metric tones of cargo in 2005. A new cargo centre was opened for operations in 2000 with a capacity to handle 360,000 tonnes of cargo.

Penang International is a medium-sized airport with good connections with major cities in South East Asia. Passengers arriving or departing from the north will have a fabulous view of George Town, Butterworth and the Penang Bridge. Waiting times for check-in and baggage claims are relatively short compared to other larger regional airports. The airport is not crowded and basic facilities are available for users.

The airport is the hub of Firefly, a new subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.

Faisally Ahmad Rusdy
Senior Executive (Media Relations), Corporate Communications
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Head Office
Terminal 2, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
47200 Subang

Tel: 03-7846 7777
Fax: 03-7846 6536


Salmah Yaakob
Executive, Corporate Communications
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Head Office
Terminal 2, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
47200 Subang

Tel: 03-7846 7777
Fax: 03-7846 6536

For info on KL International Airport (KLIA):-
General Line: 03-8777 8888
Public Relations Division: 03-877 68043 / 68186 / 68289

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Borneo Beach House (Backpackers)

Enjoy the only BeacHouse (friendly, relaxed atmosphere) which offers the ideal vacation home to the leisure seekers and busy executives with abundant eco and nature sites.

Its time to slather on sun tan lotion. Slip on your T-shirt n head down to our beach house for an epic all year TROPICAL holiday.

Over here, you are in charge of creating your tropical playground teeming with water sports & other guided BORNEO tour adventures.

Simply relax , let your hair down and enjoy our beach side location.

5 minutes walking distance form our local airport terminal 2. We are situated in the south city of Kota Kinabalu with buses plying to and forth.

Borneo BeacHouse are within walking distance to Offices, Food Outlets, Shopping Malls, Entertainment Outlets and Jetty to Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Islands from (Tanjung Aru Resort Jetty). We are the only Beach House closest to Tanjung Aru Beach within a stone throw away.

House No 122, Lorong Ikan Lais, Jalan Mat Salleh,
Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Tel: 088 - 218331
Fax: 088 - 219331

100 Cintra Street Hostel, Penang, Malaysia

Converted to a hostel in Dec 2004, there is a magnificent view of the famous Penang Hills from here

A truly excellent hostel - it really is the real deal, staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and I would really recommend it to anyone staying in Penang. Great location, is very nearby everything you need, and the staff are always on hand to point in the right direction!

A nice little retreat from the commercial backpackers strip only a short walk away from everything. Owner is really helpful.

It's very interesting place to stay, very different from your run of the mill hostel. The building has loads of character and everyone is very friendly.

Near from there, the Toy Museum is Penang's latest attraction with over 100,000 toys, dolls, models and other collectibles.
Started by an avid collector of toys, the museum is also said to be the largest of its kind in Asia with many different chambers showcasing toys from different genres such as anime, Hong Kong movie stars, horror, science fiction and fantasy.

The location is great except for the proximity of a club which resulted in a lot of bass from 11pm till 4-5am.

100, Cintra Street,
10100 Penang Island

Tel : 04-2643581 / 03-22742207

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Malacca, Malaysia Toward Interesting Journey

It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and the state of Johor to the south. The state's capital is Malacca Town.

Malacca was once one of the oldest Malay sultanates, the state has no Sultan today. Instead, the head of state is the Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor.

The prosperity of Malacca attracted the invasion of the Siamese. Attempts in 1446 and 1456, however, were warded off by Tun Perak, the then Bendahara (a position similar to Prime Minister). The development of relations between Malacca and China was at that time a strategic decision to ward off further Siamese attacks.

In April 1511, Afonso de Albuquerque set sail from Goa to Malacca with a force of some 1200 men and seventeen or eighteen ships.[2] It became a strategic base for Portuguese expansion in the East Indies.

he Dutch ruled Malacca from 1641 to 1795 but they were not interested in developing it as a trading centre, placing greater importance to Batavia (Jakarta) in Indonesia as their administrative centre. However they still built their landmark better known as Red Building or Stadhuys.

Malacca was ceded to the British in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 in exchange for Bencoolen on Sumatra. From 1826 to 1946 Malacca was governed, first by the British East India Company and then as a Crown Colony. It formed part of the Straits Settlements, together with Singapore and Penang. After the dissolution of this crown colony, Malacca and Penang became part of the Malayan Union, which later became Malaysia.


Malacca Museum.

A Famosa, or "The Famous" in Portuguese, is one of the oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in Asia.

Stadhuys Square

By Plan - Although Malaysia Airlines does not fly to Malacca, it maintains an office at Lot 1&2, Block A, Ground Floor, Century Mahkota Hotel, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka. Tel: +60-6-2829597.

By Bus - All long-distance and local buses now operate from the Melaka Sentral bus terminal, a good 3km from the historic core of the city.

Some of the companies operating to/from Malacca are:

* Transnasional is the largest long-distance bus operator in Malaysia. It links the state with a host of destinations in Peninsular Malaysia like Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Singapore and further afield. Transnasional buses depart from Malacca City (Melaka Sentral), Alor Gajah, A'Famosa Resort and Masjid Tanah.
* Malacca-Kuala Lumpur Express: Hourly buses between Malacca City and Kuala Lumpur from 0530 to 1900. Tickets cost RM9.40.
* Jebat Ekspres: Buses to Kuala Lumpur via Masjid Tanah and Alor Gajah.
* Malacca-Singapore Express: Hourly buses between Malacca City and Johor Bahru and Singapore from 0800 to 1900. Tickets cost RM14.60 to/from Johor Baru, and RM17 to Singapore.
* Mayang Sari Express: Buses to/from Johor Baru. Tickets cost RM14.60.
* MCW Express: Frequent express services to Muar, Johor

Malacca hotels guide brings you all of the hotels in Malacca, Malaysia. Participating Malacca hotels will allow visitors to make hotel bookings on line with instant confirmation. Details you can visit to this website:

Related URL :

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sarawak Day Tour : Jungle Trekking

Jungle Trekking is an activity for the whole family but can also be challenging especially on the more difficult trails. If possible, choose your route to suit your fitness level. The jungles of Sarawak hide creatures yet to be recorded in the science books and who knows, you may be the one to discover them?

Travel to the secluded Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Hilton's only luxury jungle property. The resort is set next to Batang Ai lake and the nearby national park amidst the rainforest.

Directions & Transportation

Transfers from Hilton Kuching to Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort must be booked 24 hours in advance. Shuttle departs Hilton Kuching daily at 8.00hrs and departs Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse daily at 13.00hrs. A fee is applicable.

From the Hilton Kuching hotel, the transfer van will pick up guests to take them to the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. The journey takes around 3.5 hours. Upon reaching the jetty at the Batang Ai lake, guests will board a boat which will take them across to the resort.

Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort
c/o Hilton Kuching, Kuching, Malaysia 93100
Tel: 60-83-584388 Fax: 60-83-584399


SARAWAK : APPLE LODGE homestay in Ba Kelalan Highlands

It’s a first for Malaysia — the successful planting of apples at Ba Kelalan in northern Sarawak.

When news of the successful apple cultivation in the cool and tranquil village broke in the 90s, many were skeptical. But the vision of the planters held sway and they are now branching into growing cherries.

Much has changed and while many things still remain quintessentially Ba Kelalan, especially the traditional warm hospitality of the Lun Bawangs, tourism has taken on a more focused approach in anticipation of better things to come.

Seven varieties of apples are grown here, including Washington Apple and its hybrid — thanks to the determination of Tagal Paran (Dr Judson’s father) to take up the challenge after cultivation first failed and was abandoned in the 70s.

When news that apples could be grown in Ba’ Kelalan, it made the headlines in the 90’s but has remained an exotic attraction rather than commercial in nature as the village was outside the mainstream communication network in the State.

Regardless, it has gone on to become an icon of Ba Kelalan, giving birth to Apple Lodge, owned by the Tagal family, and the Apple Lodge Inn in Miri city.

To/from Ba Kelalan: Flights between Lawas and Ba Kelalan run on Monday and Saturday. RM46 one-way before taxes and surcharges. Flights take about 35 minutes.

Getting to the Highlands by land is hard work, especially when compared with flying.

* To/from the Sarawak coast. The easiest and fastest way is by four-wheel drive or trucks between Lawas and Ba Kelalan. The journey, which takes about four or five hours, is over old logging roads and you are virtually guaranteed a bumpy ride as well as the possibility of being bogged in mud during the rainy season.

Ba Kelalan is now enjoying regular flight. service operated by Fly Asian Express. (FAX) and it has become a popular tourist

Ba'Kelalan Apple Fiesta
Venue : Ba'Kelalan Sarawak
Organiser : Borneo Jungle Safari Tours & Travel
Contact : Sandra Munga Tagal
Phone : +6085-419737
Fax : +6085-418737
Email :
Website :

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pudu Hostel in Malaysia : The Best Place for Backpackers

Welcome to Pudu Guesthouse in Kuala Lumpur!! We are located in the middle of the city. Reasonable, cozy and friendly hostel, you will have a lot of fun at our hostel!!
o 24 hour reception
o 24 hour hot showers
o Safety deposit
o Internet
o Tours/Travel Desk
o Air Conditioning
0 Lounge area
o Restaurant
o Games room
o Pool table(s)


Telephone : 60 - 3 - 2078 - 9600
Address : 3rd Floor, Wisma Lai Choon, No10, Jalan Pudu, 55100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
E-Mail :

About KLCC and Nearest Hostel Red Palm - Backpacker's Hostel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur began life in 1857. It was then that a member of Selangor's royal family, Raja Abdullah, decided to open up an area in the Klang Valley for tin prospectors. Miners from China soon arrived and despite pestilence that killed a large number of them, the Chinese miners thrived, attracting merchants and businesses. The commercial area of tin trading was located in the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers and it was here that Kuala Lumpur was established.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) pretty much covers the Central Business District and is home to a good many embassies and international company headquarters.

With the now famous Petronas Twin Towers anchoring the area KLCC has become the new commercial centre of KL. There has been quite a lot of development in this area and now the area boasts many of Kuala Lumpur's new skyscrapers, 5 star hotels, office buildings, luxurious fully serviced apartments, upscale shopping and fine dining establishments.

That and the fact that it is nicely laid out with very good transportation facilities that make it easy to get about makes KLCC a favorite area for business travelers as well as upscale leisure visitors. Hotels in this area are usually large 5 star deluxe properties affiliated with an international chain.

KLCC (Holdings) Bhd is the owner of the 1.67 million sq. meters of commercial development on the 40-hectare (100-acre) KLCC Project, one of the largest real estate developments in the world. The 452 metre tall Petronas Twin Towers were designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art are recognized as a the tallest twin tower building in the world.

The company's core business is investment holdings in the commercial, retail and hotel sectors.

Its subsidiaries are involved in property investment, project development and management and facilities management.

Suria KLCC is Malaysia's premier shopping destination located at Kuala Lumpur prestigious commercial address, the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). It offers an array of goods and services to please and pamper the needs of shoppers; from fashion, entertainment, arts & culture to local delicacies and international gourmets.

Set in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle, Suria KLCC is surrounded by hotels, office buildings, a scenic park and dancing fountains, promising hours of leisurely pleasure. From whichever entrance you take, the excitement hits you the minute you step into the sensational splendour and diversity of the centre.

The time is 8am and the location is the Red Palm Guesthouse in Bukit Bintang. Red Palm is a newcomer to the Kuala Lumpur backpacker circuit, but with its efficient, friendly staff and prominent web presence, it is sure to become a favourite. First impressions are good: freshly painted rooms, clean communal areas and colourful furniture – all housed within a charming colonial building.

Started in Oct 2004, Red Palm has been full of international travellers nearly every night.

“Our guests are mostly from England, Europe and the US,” said Sophie Abdullatiss, co-owner of Red Palm. “I think people enjoy staying here because what we offer is a bit more personal than the bigger hotels,” she said.

Bunking down for the night in a dorm room will set you back RM25, which is not the cheapest bed in town but includes a small breakfast and use of a kitchen. There are internet and phone facilities, and a lounge with a selection of DVDs. However with only five rooms, the atmosphere is cosy enough that swapping travel stories is better entertainment. A communal guitar in the corner is a nice touch – popular with strummers of all abilities.

Having dinner with the other guests at the hotel.
Head towards Chinatown and KL’s hostels tend to be cheaper and, well, crustier.

From KLIA Airport
1) Taxi :

- Get a taxi coupon at the counter near the arrival hall. Normally would cost:

Budget taxi - RM 67.40
Premier - RM 92.40

Midnight rate:
* Budget taxi = RM 16.00 surcharge
Premier = RM 19.00 surcharge

KLIA Taxi counter number: 03 - 8787 3030
- Give the taxi driver the address (No. 5, Tengkat Tong Shin, a one way street).
- It's close to Corona Inn and right opposite 8 Guest House and next to the Indian restaurant "Tg Nasi Kandar" and Foot Reflexology "KL Valley".

2) Airport Coach/Bus to KL Sentral:
- Airport Coach - RM 10 (every hour)
- 6.30am - 12.30 midnight
contact no: 03-87873894 / 03-87768449
From there ---> see below "From KL Sentral"

3) Star Shuttle to Puduraya Bus Station

- RM 10
- Bus schedule =
- call between 4.15am - 9.30pm = 03-4043 8811
- if send straight to Red Palm: RM 18


Addresse / Phone Number
Red Palm
5, Tingkat Tong Shing
Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur
phone: (03) 2143 1279
from abroad: 0060 3 2143 1279