Malaysia, a 2.5 hour flight from Yangon, is known for its beaches, rainforests, and its wealth of natural beauty. Flights from Yangon arrive in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. MYANMORE visits three destinations easily accessible Yangonites for weekend trips; Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Malacca.
Best for business, food and shopping
Known as “KL” to locals, Kuala Lumpur is a bustling city of diversity and contrast, mixing heritage with modern skyscrapers, creating a city with its own unique character. CNN named KL as the 4th best shopping city in the world a few years ago and regionally it is known as a haven for foodies. KL is also a great place for business. It has a thriving start-up scene thanks to both lower living costs and the success of Grab.
KL is divided into different a number of districts. Bangsar is unique among the districts as it contains two different worlds living peacefully side-by-side. On one side you find trendy youngsters coming in and out of shopping malls and nightclubs. On the other side is a rather conservative culture seen in the district’s mosques, churches, and temples. As Bangsar is home to many of Kuala Lumpur’s rich society and expatriates, there are many fine dining and international restaurants located around the shopping areas. Bangsar Shopping Centre and Bangsar Village are two prominent shopping malls but most will flock to Mid-Valley Mall on the Federal Highway.There’s plenty to see in KL and if you are not into its many culture and sightseeing spots, just head for KLCC to tick of the Petronas Twin Tower, enjoy a coffee at the park below it and then spend a few hours at the Bangsar Village for some trendy shopping.
A hotel located in the middle with easy access to major attractions, is Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar. It is also conveniently located for people visiting companies in Bangsar South, one of the hottest districts to live and work. In addition a high standard, Pullman hotels are geared towards a business audience and offer all the facilities you would expect with large rooms, meeting rooms, business lounge and modern restaurants. Upgrade to business lounge access and you can enjoy drinks as the sun set over KL.
Airlines to Kuala Lumpur
- Malaysia Airlines
- Malindo Air
Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
1 Jalan Pantai Baharu, Jaya Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 3-2298 1888
A place to settle down and relax
With a heritage architecture going back to the 18th century, Penang is an island that can easily be reached from KL. An hour away from the mainland, its landscape of colonial, oriental and local influences, together with a social fabric woven of Asia’s richest cultures has made it an extraordinary island. Many foreigners have chosen this island for their retirement as they can find plenty of good food at reasonable price, beautiful beaches, hills for hiking and wonderfully hospitable people.
The city of Georgetown is listed a protected city under Unesco’s World Heritage Sites in 2008. Many of the residential and commercial buildings that were built in the 18th century during the British era are still in existence today. Areas that have been given this status and are worth exploring include Fort Cornwallis, Weld Quay, Beach Street, the Esplanade and the harbour area.
Witness the diversity as you wander through streets like Bishop Street, Church Street, China Street, Chulia Street and Little India. Don’t miss the Chinese clans houses; Khoo Kongsi, Cheah Kongsi, Tan Kongsi, Lim Kongsi, Yap Kongsi and Yeoh Kongsi, which were built by their respective clans after they settled on the island.
At the north end of the island you will find the secluded resort Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Malaysia’s first deluxe hotel and resort located along Batu Feringgi beach. Since it opened in 1973, the resort has reinvented itself and is spearheading the state’s efforts in luring more tourists to the island. Its name Rasa Sayang, means a “feeling of love” making it the perfect choice for a romantic mini-break. As well as a 30-acre landscaped garden with a spa, yoga pavilion, golf course the hotel is also known for its beach access in Penang.
How to Get to Panang
- A direct flight from KLIA2 Airport or Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
- Train-Ferry: Around 4.5 hours
- Train: Around 5 hours
- Bus: 4-5 hours
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa
Batu Feringgi Main Road, Jalan Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Feringgi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
+60 4-888 8888
Perfect for a culture-packed daytrip
A two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, UNESCO declared Malacca a World Heritage Site in 2008. Malacca, also known as Melaka, was one of the greatest trading ports in Southeast Asia before Kuala Lumpur developed into the super city it now is.
Rich with heritage buildings and landmarks, Malacca was the location where the colonial forces first made contact with Malaysia meaning that you can still see the traces of British, Dutch and Portuguese forts, museums and churches across the city. The Famosa, a former Portuguese fortress built in 1511 is a reminder of the European architectural heritages.
Malacca is home to a unique mix of historic and youthful attractions from its pink-hued Stadhuys building, built in 1650 by the Dutch, to the Jonker Street market, where you can buy freshly made cookies, Durian popsicles, chocolates, souvenirs and Malaysian bites.
Malacca’s cultural sites are unparalleled. Visit the astonishing St. Paul’s church, the very first church in Malaysia and even Southeast Asia. Built in 1521 by a Portuguese nobleman Duarte Coelho, you can see a panoramic view of the whole city from here as well as a statue of St. Francis Xavier. The pope of Goa came through Malacca and the chapel has now become a museum for visitors.
Take a walk around the famous Malacca River amid colonial buildings. Find My Kiehl’s Heritage wall, covered with murals – but stay alert for the big komodo dragon by the river!
How to Get to Malacca
- Train: Around 2.5 hours
- Bus: 2 hours