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As last year, we visited Kuala Lumpur during the Chinese New Year (CNY) period from 30th Jan to 2nd Feb 2017. From 2nd Feb, we took the 9.30am bus from KL to Melaka to join daughter from 2nd to 4th Feb.
Though CNY holidays were from 28 to 30th Jan, we did not travel this period due to the exorbitant airfares. It was incredible how airfares shot up during festive period. We took Tigerair on 30th Jan and paid SGD49 each. What a difference !
KL has not changed much. It is still very crowded. I notice the newly constructed LRT stations along Bukit Bintang are taking shape. Hopefully, by the time I visit KL next time, it will be ready.
We stayed at Royale Chulan Hotel for the first 2 nights at MYR748 including breakfast. RC is a 5-star hotel which is about 10 minutes walk from Pavillion. The comfort and luxury is what you pay and expect. I must say I am not disappointed.
The third night, we switched over to Gold3 Boutique Hotel at MYR178. It is ideally located at Block B of Fahrenheit 88. No breakfast. It is a no frill stay.
Mid Valley Megamall is one mall I will not miss when in KL. From KL Sentral, just take the KTM Commuter train. It is just one stop away. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to visit 1Utama, another favourite of mine.
Visited 3 restaurants which we had not been before :
Vishal Food and Catering at Jalan Scott. We had a hard time locating this Indian cuisine restaurant. I never give up. We liked the food. Surely, we will be back the next time.
Royal Taste of India, another Indian cuisine restaurant at Pavillion. Last year, it was called Spice of India. I suppose a change of ownership. This was sort of fine dining. However, I felt it was quite normal.
Grand Harbour Restaurant at the basement of Fahrenheit 88. The char siew and roasted pork were awesome. Claypot tofu and bittergourd stir-fried with pickles, the other 2 dishes we had were mediocre.
The chicken claypot rice cooked over charcoal fire at Jalan Sultan roadside (Chinatown) is still there. However, the uncle who manned the stove was no more. It was now manned by a young man, whom I think, is the son. The quality was still acceptable. Somehow, I felt uncle had the better skill in creating the end product.
Very quickly our 3 days at KL was over and it was now time to visit Melaka. To take the bus to Melaka, we took monorail from Bukit Bintang to Hang Tuah station and transfer to Ampang/Sri Petaling line to Bandar Tasik Selatan interchange station for the TBS bus terminal. I made a mistake by making to Hang Tuah, went out and bought ticket for TBS. Ticket can be bought for the whole journey without exit from the transfer station. It was comfortable 2 hours ride to good old Melaka. Ticket was MYR13.40 per head.
KL Hotel Review
Royale Chulan Hotel
As usual, Melaka is a popular place. Expectedly, there were swamps of tourists especially at the ever overcrowded Jonker Street.
I booked Hotel Hong for ensuite triple sharing room at MYR150 per night. No breakfast. Located just 6 minutes walk from Jonker Walk, it is a basic stay at affordable price. Bonus point is the free shuttle service by the hotel to and fro from Melaka Sentra bus terminal upon check-in and check-out.
When you come to Melaka for numerous occasions, the one thing you are looking forward to is food. That is exactly we are here.
After reading very positive reviews about Straits Affair, a Peranakan Patisserie Preservation Project and not a restaurant as they claim, I just need to to visit this place. A very interesting establishment just a few minutes from the famous Shan Shu Gong. You will not be disappointed. See my review
Another well visited café is the Daily Fix. Good coffee and everyone is right about the pandan cakes. Yummy. Durian cake was awesome too.
Kaya Kaya Café – very good scrambled eggs and delicious mushroom soup.
Restoran D’ Tandoori House – the food was good. To my surprise, the price was very affordable. See my review
Tai Sam Guan zhi char at Jalan Temenggong – a local zhi char which specialize on crabs.
Pampas@ 41st level – this is a fine dining restaurant which has a panoramic view of the city. For a long long time, I had my T-bone.
Just that, our 3 days in Melaka were over. As expected, all tickets to Singapore were sold out. Plan B came to action – we then bought bus tickets for Larkin Bus Terminal, Johor Bahru at MYR21 per head. We took the Causeway Link bus at 12.30pm. it took more than 3 hours. We had lunch at Din Tai Fung restaurant at City Square before we went home. It was then at about 4pm….
Bulldog Cafe (visited Mar 2017) – a small restaurant that has good nyonya food. Price is affordable. See my review
Manis J Nyonya Restaurant (visited Jun 2017) – another nyonya restaurant in Melaka. See my review
Melaka Hotel Review
Ramada Plaza (visited in Mar 2017)
TheBlanc Boutique Hotel (visited in Jun 2017)