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 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 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 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 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 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 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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