Day 1. Doha stopover with Qatar Airways

I had travelled down to London the previous evening where I met my son at the Premier Inn, Gatwick Airport.  This hotel is conveniently located at the north terminal and can be easily accessed from Gatwick Railway Station at the south terminal by means of the inter-terminal shuttle service which takes only two minutes.  It …

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Day 2. Exploring Doha, Qatar

We had slept like logs in our extremely comfortable bed and ignored the phone alarm at 7.00 a.m. preferring an extra hour in bed.  Finally raising the energy to get up I was brought back to life in the shower which probably had the largest monsoon head that I had ever seen and I lingered …

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Day 3. Exploring Katara Cultural Village and The Pearl, Doha

We slept until 9.00 a.m. but as we had a long day ahead of us, it didn't matter.  It was so nice to be able to ring for the club car to meet us at the door and take us over to the Al Mirqab Hotel for breakfast on its terrace. As we had enjoyed …

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Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel, Doha, Qatar

We had taken advantage of the Discover Qatar Programme which is available to passengers who have booked flights with Qatar Airways and can be taken in either direction of travel.  After booking flights it was very easy to add the Discover Qatar programme to our itinerary, with visa free entry being available for over 80 …

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Day 4. Qatar Airways Doha to Kuala Lumpur

It was just after 2.00 a.m. when we boarded our Qatar Airways A340-600 flight at Hamad International Airport bound for Kuala Lumpur with a journey time of 7 hours 55 minutes.  Our selected seats of 21A and 21B were situated on the second row of the economy cabin and the seating configuration of 2-4-2 meant …

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Day 5. Exploring Kuala Lumpur’s Civic District

We slept really well, not waking until our alarm went off at 7.30 a.m. despite the five hour time difference from Qatar.  Breakfast was served in the large, airy restaurant on the first floor, a little too airy perhaps as on future mornings I planned to wear a cardigan!  There was a large variety of …

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Day 6. Malacca, Malaysia’s UNESCO heritage city

We were up bright and early as we didn't want to have to rush our breakfast as we'd arranged to be picked up from the hotel at approximately 8.45 a.m. for a day trip to Malacca.  Although we usually travel independently, getting to Malacca and seeing all the main sights scattered around the city isn't …

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Day 7. Batu Caves and the Menara Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Alongside my usual breakfast selection I couldn't resist a bowl of bread and butter pudding and custard, a little heavy for so early in the day but delicious nonetheless.  Weighed down with our puddings we took the monorail to KL Sentral to transfer onto a KTM Komuter train to Batu Caves located to the north …

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Day 8. A visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia

It was my favourite morning at the Holiday Inn Express as I noticed that the delicious flatbread roti canai was on the menu and I couldn't resist having several slices along with my usual selection of cheese, fresh fruit and yoghurt. We had planned to spend the day in Putrajaya, 25 km from Kuala Lumpur …

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Day 9. Arriving in Singapore

It was our final morning in Kuala Lumpur and we started the day with a relaxing breakfast.  We then returned to our room to finish off our packing before checking out of the hotel. The lifts were still out of order at the nearby monorail station so once again we had to manoeuvre our heavy …

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