As another long weekend hits the calendar this month (May 1 is a Monday), we give you the perfect getaway idea that doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket. Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are two energetic Asian cities, just one flight away!
WHY GO NOW
>Because You Can Get There in Style
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>Because It’s a Gourmand’s Dream Escape
The local food in both cities combines the best of world cuisines. Experiment with their fusion plates—Thai meets French, Malaysian meets Mughlai and everything in between. Try a Pla Pao (grilled fish served with lime-based chilli sauce) or a Khao Pad (traditional Thai dish of fried rice served with chicken, shrimps or crabs). Other must-haves are Gai Moo Ping (quintessential chicken/pork skewers served with dried chilli sauce); Hoy Tod (an omelette with oysters—just make sure they’re fresh); Khao Niew Ma Muang (fresh mangoes with coconut sticky rice).
Is this your first time in the cities? We have curated a short itinerary with things you must do in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
WHEN IN BANGKOK
- Check out the Wattana, Bang Rak and Khlong Toei districts for plush modern hotels.
- No trip is complete without a visit to the city’s Chinatown, where the narrow lanes are loaded with gold shops and you should head to the Golden Buddha for some delectable food.
- Then, head to the Grand Palace that is home to the holiest shrine in Bangkok, the Wat Phra Kaew temple. This houses the 26-inch tall Emerald Buddha.
- Nearby, the Jam Factory hosts exhibitions and has become the central point for the local underground art scene.
- Other places to visit in Bangkok include the Wat Arun temple, Lumpini Park for some scintillating Muay Thai action, and the Soy Sauce Factory.
- Check out the night and flea markets, the Central World, Siam Paragon, Gaysorn Village and Central Embassy, which are close to each other in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district. These offer any brand you can think of.
- You must also give the Chatuchak Weekend Market a try because it is a shopping haven for those looking for bespoke apparel and accessories, furniture, electronics and more.
- The Asiatique The Riverfront is a quaint complex of stalls, shops, entertainment and eateries that is like a mini-Bangkok. It’s a must-visit for couples, because it’s a pretty romantic place in the evenings.
WHEN IN KUALA LUMPUR
- Bukit Bintang, Jalan Tengah, and Jalan Stesen Sentral have great options. If you’d rather enjoy nature, then head for the villas and hotels in Petaling Jaya and Putrajaya that are away from the city.
- Popular tourist destinations include the KL Tower, Aquaria KLCC and Berjaya Times Square Indoor Theme Park.
- A must-visit is Malacca. A day-tour to this UNESCO-listed city is a reminder of the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonialism.
- Take a morning KL Heritage tour, which includes the famous Central Market that is full of tales of the old city. KL also has its own Chinatown.
- When it comes to shopping, Kuala Lumpur is among the best in the world. To satiate your appetite, head to the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall, Suria KLCC or The Garden.
- The exclusive boutiques in Bangsar, a suburb on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur are fabulous for artisanal products.