If your next business trip is to Kuala Lumpur, and you also expect to have some down time between work commitments to do some sightseeing, eating/socializing and office Kuala Lumpur.? Here is the low down on how to get the most out of your business trip to Kuala Lumpur to make it more fun and interesting:
Where to Stay. Most business travelers to Kuala Lumpur will find staying in a serviced apartment in the KLCC area where the Petronas Towers are and nearby Jalan Ampang where many embassies are located or the general Bukit Bintang/Golden Triangle area where several malls and a number of restaurants or nightspots are to be the most convenient as these areas are pretty central and are accessible by the monorail or LRT train. However, be sure to find out what part of town most of your meetings or work will be in as Kuala Lumpur is fairly spread out, traffic can be bad (especially after it rains) and many companies are now located in suburbs which are hard to reach by the city’s train or public transportation systems.
What to See. The Petronas Towers have become a symbol of Kuala Lumpur and a visit can easily squeezed in between meetings in the area. However and if you want to go to the bridge between the two towers, be aware that you may have to reserve tickets for a time later in the day if its super crowded. If you have more spare time on your business trip, a visit to the Islamic Arts Museum near historic Merdeka Square (where there are also a couple of other interesting museums) is well worth it plus the KL Bird Park in the city’s Lake Gardens are also in the vicinity.
Eating Out / Nightspots. Kuala Lumpur is a foodie’s dream as you will find plenty of restaurants serving Chinese, Indian, Malay, Middle Eastern or just about any cuisine. The Changkat Bukit Bintang street area in the heart of the Golden Triangle is lined with both restaurants and pubs popular with expats and locals alike that stay open late plus upscale malls like the Pavilion, Suria KLCC and super swanky Starhill Galleries have their share of restaurants and nightspots. The Damansara area where many expats and affluent locals live is also full of restaurants, nightspots and some MNC offices, but you will also need to take a cab to get there while the hip Bangsar area is a bit more accessible by public transportation and closer to central Kuala Lumpur. Finally and for a sky high view of the city, the SkyBar KL in the Traders Hotel overlooking the Petronas Towers is a great place to end a long business day over drinks while the Menara Kuala Lumpur (the tallest telecommunications tower in SE Asia) contains an observation deck plus a revolving restaurant with spectacular views at sunset.