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Help needed for 1 week trip in Kuala Lumpur with kids

Help needed for 1 week trip in Kuala Lumpur with kids

Old Jun 18th, 2017, 11:41 AM
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Help needed for 1 week trip in Kuala Lumpur with kids

We are a couple in our thirties travelling with 3 boys aged 10, 7 and 5.
We have our flights booked for Kuala Lumpur. Also we r looking into Berjaya Times square hotel, does anyone have experience staying in this hotel??
Also please recommend places/ activities appropriate for kids. We will be staying in Kuala lumpur, and are open to any day trips too.
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 12:52 PM
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I'm assuming that KL isn't the entirety of your planned Malaysia or Asia experience? I confess I'm not a fan of the city and there are, in my opinion, better places to spend your time. Unless you have no choice but to stay in KL, maybe tell us the rest of the plan, in case I or others have some suggestions on improving it.
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 12:56 PM
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"We will be staying in Kuala lumpur,..."

I did see this before my post but now take it to mean the entire plan is for KL & day trips. If so, consider my question answered and I'll leave it to others to fill in activities for you. Anyplace I like is too far or not amenable to just part of a day (Penang or Cameron Highlands, for instance).
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 12:58 PM
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MmePerdu I am totally clueless and am open to all options but within Malaysia only. Im flying in and out of KL, rest im open to anything please suggest. Only thing to keep in mind is that this trip revolves around the kids only. SO please suggest any activities or places in Malaysia that would be enjoyable by kids specifically
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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What time of the year is this trip?

Places I'd look at depending on the time of the year, would be beach locations like Langkawi or Kuantan or the delightful world heritage site of Georgetown, Penang.

I'm also not a fan of KL, and think it would be a difficult destination with children.
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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How many nights will you be spending in Malaysia altogether?
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 01:16 PM
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8 nights in malaysia.
We fly at the end of this month.
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 01:20 PM
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We havent booked any hotels yet so we are open to any other cities too.
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 03:36 PM
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Interestingly enough the rainfall is quite similar whether you are on the east side or the west side of the peninsula at the end of June/beginning of July. So you might decide on the basis of hotels. For beach, I'd consider Kuantan or Langkawi. If you opt for Langkawi, spend a few nights in Georgetown, Penang. I wouldn't go to Penang for beaches, but for the culture and the food.
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Old Jun 18th, 2017, 04:46 PM
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I think I am in a minority here of being a fan of KL!It has a few places that may interest the kids, but I do agree with Kathie, that it may not be the easiest place for children. It does have a monorail system and bus system but they often don't link up which can make it problematic getting around. The kids would probably like the Bird Park and a trip to the connecting bridge of the Petronas Towers.

I haven't stayed at the Berjaya but have walke past it many times. It is in a good location but anywhere in Bukit Bintang would be good for getting around, eating etc.

I have booked us into the Mercure Shaw Parade and got a very good deal on the Accor website.

I would probably only spend a couple of nights in KL and then fly to a beach resort. It is the rainy season on the west coast ( Langkawi and Penang) . So you can expect heavy, but short downpours, some sunshine and generally high humidity, especially in Langkawi. The upside is that hotel rates should be lower. I would have a look on booking.com to see which resorts have good options for children. Several activities spring to mind; mangrove walks/kayaking, the cable car etc.

The east coast will see better weather, lower rainfall and likely more sunshine, but has far fewer options for resorts and those that are there.

These days the seasons are becoming less distinct/reliable so the weather may not be the biggest factor to consider.
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Old Jun 20th, 2017, 02:53 PM
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I'm a Malaysian! First of all, KL don't have much to see in 8 days, you can finish visiting it's all attractions in a day. Hop on the GoKL bus. It's free and run through all the city's attraction in a loop. If you have money, go take the KL Hop On Hop Off instead. But for me, why bother spend money if you can ride for free for similar route?


For the second day, consider make a day trip to Batu Caves. It's a Hindu Temple located half an hour from KL. You can go there by taking the KTM Komuter. If you stay at Berjaya Times Square, take the KL Monorel just outside of the building to KL Sentral. Or you can take LRT from Hang Tuah station which is like 2 minutes walking from Times Square. Then, from KL Sentral, take the train to Batu Caves. Once reach there, just ask people how to go to the temple.

For the third day, you can choose to go to the northern part of peninsular Malaysia, the eastern part, or southern. The northern includes cities like Ipoh, Penang and of course Langkawi. Eastern includes Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan. The most beautiful beaches in the peninsular are all in Terengganu. The southern part offers a more historical places like Malacca. Just choose which one you like the most. You can take local bus or train (depending on your choice), or simply rent the car.

I'd suggest you to explore the eastern part. Why? Simple. Less crowd. And you can enjoy the local culture to the fullest. To explore the eastern part, I suggest you to rent a car, or take the express bus. The travelling time is similar. You can start your journey by going to Temerloh first. Here, you can go to the National Park in Jerantut. I stayed in Temerloh for five years. The food is awesome! It's cheap too!


Then, from Temerloh, go to Terengganu. You can take express bus from Temerloh to Kuala Terengganu, then take taxi to Marang. Or, just drive to Marang. Consider to stay here:


Consider to spend 2-3 days here before going back to KL. There are a lot of things you can do here. You can enjoy seafood at the cheapest price, you can go for snorkeling.

If you want to explore the northern part, you can just take the ETS train from KL Sentral. If you're a fan of old sultanate, take the train to Kuala Kangsar, enjoy local food there and go for a sightseeing there. It is where the Sultan of Perak stays. There's an old palace you can visit. There's a cheap river cruise tour (in sampan) that will take you along the Perak River. You can view the palace, the old mosque etc from the boat.

Then, take the train to Butterworth. From here, take the ferry to the Penang Island. You can then rent a car, or just take the taxi there. Penang has a lot to offer from culture, foods to beach. But, I'm not a fan of beach in Penang as it is too crowded nowadays. But, you can go strolling along the old streets in Georgetown which has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Spend 3-4 days here before going back to KL. Or, instead, spend 2 days here, then go to Langkawi (or ditch Penang, and just go to Langkawi for 3-4 days). You can take flight or taxi to Kuala Kedah Jetty to go to the island. Langkawi is a bit touristy, but still the sunset is very beautiful there. To avoid the crowd, consider staying at Pantai Tengah instead of Pantai Cenang. In Langkawi, you should rent a car to explore the island. Ride the cable car. Your kid sure will love this! There are also 3D Museum near the cable car station and 6D theatre. Check for the combine ticket to enjoy the saving.


In Langkawi, you can also go for the island hopping. You can enjoy the mangrove tour, go to inhabited island and feed the eagles.


Finally, for the southern part. Malacca is my favorite, but I'm not sure about tourists. You can drive there, or simply call Uber to take you there. Stay around Jonker to enjoy the local culture. Malacca's main attractions are very close to each other. You can just walk to everywhere. Start your day by exploring the historic sites at the other side of the river from Jonker. The area named Bandar Hilir. Go to the refurbished old Malacca Palace, AFamosa and Stadhuys. There are located next to each other. You won't get lost. Then, go to Taming Sari tower, take the rotating lift to the top to enjoy the 360 degrees view of Malacca. The next day (or at night), you should go to Kampung Morten to see how the traditional Malay houses look like. You can either walk along the river, or just take the river cruise.

That's all from me. Quite long, but I listed the place you can go to enjoy the Peninsular Malaysia.
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Old Jun 20th, 2017, 07:40 PM
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I have not stayed at the Berjaya Times hotel but I would have no qualms about doing so.

My son and his friends enjoy the theme park there, so I think your kids are at a good age to go there, in addition he also used to enjoy going to Kidzania, but he's a bit old for it now (12), its a little bit out of the KL city centre but certainly reachable by taxi

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