GET LOST: Long Weekend in Malaysia
December has passed, the nostalgia of epicness has subdued, and it’s time to hit the refresh button. With a long weekend (15th-17th March) around the corner, let’s get a bit reckless, can you feel the lust, the wanderlust?
Travel, food, nightlife, beaches, spas, shopping and obviously your awesome friends is the life espresso you need to jolt you out of your monotonous existence. Fill in those leave applications, take out that shiny American Express, and rehearse the lines you will need to coax that perpetually-on-the-fence BFF, because your flight (aprrox Rs.20,000) to fancy leaves in about a fortnight.
The Goa party vibe is meandering away towards the end of the season, cosmopolitan Bangkok has been over killed, and the beaches of Samui are too crowded. With airlines offering killer deals, we might have found a destination oasis from the already done & dusted options. If planned stealthily, you can do a comfortable 5 nights in Malaysia in under Rs. 50,000 (Impulsive retail therapy not included).
Kuala Lumpur: Big City Life
1) Shopping: From budget to high end, KL has it all covered, Walking around the Bukit Bintang area, malls are spread all around with options for all kinds of shoppers. If you prefer to bargain head on to the street stalls of Petaling Street.
2) Eat: Nasi Lemak might be the first Malay dish that comes to mind, but their cuisine has many cross cultural influences. If you love to eat, you’ll love this city, teeming with culinary delights and multiple restaurants to access these mouthgasms, be ready, prepared and forking hungry.
3) FMFA 2014: On the 13th, 14th & 15th of March, The Bukit Jalil Stadium will play host to the Future Music Festival Asia, which is one of the largest festivals in the world. With crowd pulling artists like Pharrell Williams, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tine Temah, Naughty Boy, Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz etc. Your gal pals and you can groove to some tunes without having to worry about being possibly groped.
4) See & Do: Apart from the Petronas Twin Towers and the exemplary skyline, Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer. The rich culture and heritage must be explored, especially the Batu Caves. Be it temples or theme parks, you won’t be running low on activities in this vibrant city.
5) Stay: A top floor suite in a ritzy hotel or a backpackers hostel, choose a bed wisely. With extra moolah for the shopping splurge, you can balance it out and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Langkawi: Beach Bumming Life
1) Beaches: Surrounded by over 100 islets that are accessible by boat, you can tan, you can dive, you can get tipsy and make sand castles, its your holiday, you choose. The white sands, turquoise waters, hospitable people and amazing food make Langkawi truly special.
2) Spas: To compare a good massage is a very difficult thing to do, wellness is an important aspect of Malay culture and the spa therapy and treatments available here are second to none. If you enjoy your R&R and feel that you’ve deserved the pampering, you’ve come to the right place.
3) Eat: Island food is always good, its the calm breeze that’s the secret ingredient. Seafood is fresh, tropical fruits ripen around this time, you can’t have it better if you enjoy pleasing your taste-buds. The famous eating spots are Kuah Town, which has a bunch of restaurants to choose from, and the other main beaches have great dinning options too.
4) See & Do: If the suns rays, natures beauty and the company of your friends isn’t keeping you content you can participate in a handful of activities. From cable cars to natural parks and forest treks, Langkawi has you covered.
5) Stay: Depending on your budget, be it hippie to hoity, accommodation can be found for any kind of traveller. The people are always friendly, so unwarranted smiling isn’t alien.
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