Day 1. Qatar Airways flight to Kuala Lumpur via Doha

Awakening with nervous excitement as our latest travel adventure was about to take place,  luggage in the car and driven to Manchester Airport in good time for checking in at the Qatar Airways desk for our flight to Kuala Lumpur via Doha. Boarding cards at the ready there was plenty of time for a cappuccino …

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Day 2. The Berjaya Times Square Hotel and Jalan Alor, KL

Immigration and Baggage Reclaim were both quick and we were soon following signs to the KLIA Express.  Single tickets cost RM35 each and the journey time to KL Sentral is 33 minutes.   We obtained some Ringitts from an ATM in the station before buying two 'KL  Rapid Touch 'N Go cards (similar to the UK …

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Day 3. Merdeka Square and Chinatown, KL

We woke early (6.00 am) due to jet lag so we were eating breakfast in the hotel's Apple restaurant bright and early.  The restaurant is on the 14th floor and sitting at a window table we had good city views.  There was pretty much everything on offer for breakfast, catering for all tastes.  The waiters …

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Day 3. Petronas Towers and Jalan Alor

At 2.00 pm we set off again, this time to KLCC Park  from where we took photos of the famous Petronas Towers.  Although there was still haze overhead,  the tops of the towers were visible.  Around the far side of the complex, lies a small park with fountains and a shallow lake, popular with children. There …

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Day 4.  Batu Caves and the Bunga Raya Spa

Breakfast at the Berjaya was again enjoyable, lingering over our complimentary newspaper and several cups of coffee.  But we needed to get going, so we took the monorail to KL Sentral followed by a Kommuter train out to Batu Caves which lies 8 miles north of Kuala Lumpur.  Batu Caves is one of the most holy …

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Day 5. A visit to FRIM and the Petronas Towers at night

It was harder to wake this morning, but we made it down to breakfast by 8.00 am. The air pollution index (API) has now risen to 191 (100-200 being unhealthy) and it's now difficult to make out the outlines of the Petronas Towers and other landmarks due to the haze caused by illegal forest fires …

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Day 6. Putrajaya, the Mitsui Outlet Park and Jalan Alor

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's Green Apple restaurant we took a train to Putrajaya which is the administrative capital of Malaysia and a planned city.   The railway station is too far from the centre to walk so we waited a short time for a bus to the main square.  The bus fare …

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Day 7. A Day in Malacca

It was an earlier start for us this morning as we had booked a coach tour to Malacca.  After breakfast we were picked up from our hotel by minibus and taken to KLCC where we transferred to a full size coach. There were only 10 of us on the trip to Malacca,  4 Australians, 2 …

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Day 8. Perdana Gardens and the Petronas Towers

First on our 'to do' list this morning was a visit to the Perdana Botanical Gardens, also known as Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park.  It's  a large area of parkland with several museums and the National Mosque within its grounds.  The first building we came across was the Royal Police Museum, we hadn't planned on visiting …

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Day 9. Shopping at the Mitsui Outlet Park and a return to KLIA

Our final day in KL, why does the time pass so quickly when on holiday!  A window table once again at breakfast and the final opportunity to savour one of the Berjaya's delicious omelettes cooked to order.  We then packed our suitcases and checked out of our hotel.  The Berjaya Times Square hotel was an excellent …

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