We got back from our holiday in Malaysia and Thailand at the weekend. And what a fantastic trip it was! I'd like to begin by thanking you all for your helpful advice, it made our trip very special, so thanks to everyone who helped you lot are great :)
Here we go...
We flew with Malaysia Airlines London-KL on an overnight flight. This worked out really well, the kids slept straight through and hubby and I managed to get a few hours sleep too. Great friendly service and a very smooth flight.
Our travel agent prebooked a taxi for us which was nice and easy after a 12 hour flight with kids, but it would have been easy to get a taxi by buying a coupon at the airport on arrival.
We stayed at the Shangri La for 3 nights in interconnecting rooms. Fantastic hotel, perfect really. We arrived about 8pm, checked in and headed straight for the pool which was empty and very inviting. Pretty cool to swim and look up at the Menara Tower and the Petronas Towers! Quick shower and off out to eat. It was drizzling very lightly as we left the hotel...2 minutes later the Heavens opened, I've never seen so much rain. We were soaked through but laughing, great to experience a tropical downpour like that! It was getting late, we were soaked, kids were tired so we went into the nearest restaurant we could find....and had pizza...yes, pizza. Shame on us!
Things we did...
great, well worth the effort of getting up early to get tickets. Well, my husband got them. Husbands can be quite useful on holidays! 80RM adults, 30RM children. We got tickets for 8pm and KL looked magical from up there. A lovely gift shop too, selling nice stuff and cheaper than I initially thought. Brought back a 3D jigsaw of the Towers which will take ages to build but I'm sure will keep the kids happy on a rainy afternoon.
Jumped on a taxi from the Petronas Towers, took about 15 min but I can't remember the price, cheap by British standards. Interesting place, beautiful birds walking/flying past you, gorgeous gardens and a fun parrot show.
Very touristy tacky I thought. But fun to go up and the kids loved the revolving restaurant. We had afternoon tea which was ok, sandwiches, tiny cakes and fruit, nothing special. The views are good and the kids enjoyed it a lot so that made it worthwhile, but whereas I would do the Petronas Towers again, I wouldn't do this one
Loved it! We got a blue taxi from the hotel, 75RM for taking 5 of us there, waiting and then bringing us back. Very hot and hunid but we thoroughly enjoyed the trek up to the canopy walk which was one of the highlights of our holiday. Our active kids loved the whole thing and we even saw some monkeys swinging across the trees. The plan was to go to Batu Caves after FRIm but we were so hot and tired that we just headed back to the hotel for an afternoon swim. Next time...
Best place to shop at night! Loved it here, so much character. Plenty of T-shirt fakes, handbags, polo shirts, watches, it's all here. Ate in one of the many restaurants here, very busy but good atmosphere. Nice food
Sungei Wang and Lot 10
Interesting places for shopping, enjoyed both. Food at Lot 10 is very good
Loved it. Busy, noisy, amazing food. Really glad we went
And that was it! There's only so much you can do with kids. I would have kept going and done more each day but the kids needed some pool time every day and tbh so did I, you forget how hot it gets in the tropics. We all loved our time in KL, a great fun city with so much to do. Everyone we met was so friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. I was prepared for taxi drivers trying to rip us off, but we got none of that. They either put the meter on or we agreed on a price. Very, very cheap compared to what you'd pay in the UK. We also used the monorail which is efficient and very cheap too, about 5 RM for all 5 of us per trip. We walked too, but in the heat it takes ages and the complaining starts so we tried to keep that to a minimum.
I have very fond memories of KL and I'm sure we'll visit again