Author: Surina Shankar

Kuala Lumpur Top Sites and How Many Nights

You could see the top sights in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur in less than 24 hours. We had four nights here. This worked out fine for us because our friend was meeting us here to travel through Cambodia and Vietnam together. The flights worked better and were cheaper for her to meet us here. Free Perks It also worked out well for us because we were able to use my Fourth Night Free perk from my Citi Prestige card. This card has given us the most bang-for-buck benefits and privileges out of all the many credit cards we have had....

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Sampling Creative Street Food at Jalan Alor Market in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Jalan Alor food street in KL is a great place to go for lively nighttime eats. But yes, everyone else thinks so too. You will gawk at the unique eats shoulder to shoulder with strangers, and it’s an uphill battle each way to get from one end of the street to the other. There are things to eat representing most of SE Asia and plenty of unique sweet bites too. We did a full sweep before deciding what we wanted to try. We ended up starting with Dragons Breath, which we had seen at the Geylang Sarai market...

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Batu Caves and the Dark Cave in Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves: Hindu religious sight in natural caves These limestone caves house a Hindu temple and shrines. Outside is a very large statue (the largest statue in Malaysia) of the Hindu deity Lord Murugan, painted in gold and standing at 42.7 meters or 140 feet high. Spread the Aloha by Lending a Hand When you visit the caves, why not lend a hand, and help carry some buckets of sand up for the work that is in progress in the caves. Of course, you will be carrying them along with yourself up 272 steps. Ryan and I hike often,...

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How to Enjoy a Billion Dollar View from the Marina Bay Sands Resort for Free

Only completed in 2010 The Marina Bay Sands has quickly become one of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks. The hotel cost $8 Billion to make and has 55 floors and 2561 rooms. It also boasts the World’s longest elevated pool at 200m above ground level and is a whopping 150m long. If gambling is your thing then look no further.  The Marina Bay Sands has over 500 tables and 1,600 slots. If you like to shop then you can do it till you drop at one or all of the over 300 retail outlets at the Marina Bay Sands Mall....

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Chinatown and Geylang Sarai Market

Street food, street clothes, street furniture, street everything but the kitchen sink (they probably sold those too) at the Geylang Sarai Market.   Our receptionist, upon a late return to the hotel, let us know that if we liked late night dining we should definitely check out the Geylang Sarai market which was happening in a big way for Ramadan. We were expecting a food market but found ourselves wandering through a carnival-meets-swap-meet market. There were not only children’s rides, shoes, clothing, and full home furnishings, but a wide variety of fun and exciting new foods. I am a vegetarian...

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