KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
LANGUAGE – MALAY
(Don’t speak Malay? No worries. English is taught in all schools and widely spoken in big cities and tourist areas.)
CURRENCY – MALAYSIAN RINGIT
DON'T MISS – HELI LOUNGE
Grab a drink and get a killer view of Kuala Lumpur at Heli Lounge Bar, a helicopter pad that doubles as a bar at night.
MUST EATS – TWO WORDS... CHICKEN. CURRY.
Craving curry in Penang? Head to Miami Café - located conveniently across the street from the Double Tree Resort on Miami Beach. This family owned café serves up a seriously delicious curry, and with epic ocean views and prices that can't be beat, it was easily my favorite place I ate in Penang.
If you’re planning to do a lot of travelling around Kuala Lumpur, get a Touch’n Go Travel Card for 10MYR (about US$2.52) to use on all RapidKL train and bus lines. These cards can be purchased at most train stations and can be recharged at any time.
If you plan to take the local bus, be sure to have exact coins – they don’t give change!
Don't want to try your hand at public transportation? Uber is another popular choice in KL, whereas Grab is widely used in Penang. If you plan to take the local bus, be sure to have exact coins – they don’t give change!
If you have an unlocked phone, you should definitely grab a SIM card at the airport. At a low price of 20MYR (about US$5), it’s definitely well worth it.
MUST HAVE APPS
No matter where you’re travelling in Malaysia, maps.me is a great app to have downloaded. Even if you don’t get a SIM card, when you pre-download the Malaysian map, it can be viewed and navigated without wifi or data. For transportation, download Uber if you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur and Grab for Penang.
COMING SOON - CITY GUIDES
DREAMY DAYS AT TRADERS HOTEL
Kuala Lumpur was the last stop on my back packing trip around Asia... and I guess you could say I decided to go out with a bit of a bang.
With great amenities, a central location, and (given it's proximity to, and incredible view of, the Petronas Towers) a great price, this hotel was a no brainer.