Taipei City Guide – Taipei Travel Tips

Taipei City Guide – Taipei Travel Tips

Taipei City Guide - Taipei Travel Tips

Called “Formosa”, which is Portuguese for “Beautiful Island”, Taipei is that city waiting for you to be discovered.  Food, night markets, nature… Everything is ready for you.

Reasons to visit

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, has about 2.6 million inhabitants and is visited by many tourists throughout the year for a number of reasons.

 This city is perfect to visit is you if you are a nature lover, you enjoy outdoors and hiking. Mountains are really close and public transport is very efficient and very easy to use.

In my opinion Taipei has a wonderful zoo and it’s a good place for families and a must visit for animal lovers and easy to reach by public transport.

Taipei is also famous for his night markets, very popular among locals and tourists. It’s the perfect place to try local food and other dishes, very cheap and tasty. You will never regret if you visit any of them.

Taipei 101 is the icon building of the capital and it’s great to spend your time here and you must not miss the Observatory’s view, but first you must check the weather if you want to enjoy the best view.

People are very nice and helpful if you ever need help or if you want to have some local friends. If you want to try different food must ask a Taiwanese friend what he would recommend for you.

 

Taipei Weather

Taiwan doesn’t have 4 seasons but you must know about the sub tropical climate. You must avoid raining seasons because of risks of typhoons.

My advice is to plan your trip between April and June or September and November because the weather is very nice and it’s not tourist peak.

If you are traveling on budget you can choose to travel between December and March. You must be aware it might be raining, so don’t forget your umbrella and plan wisely if you intend hiking.

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Taipei Local Transport

Taipei has a friendly public transit system including subway, connecting areas of interest of the city, and buses. The public system transport works very well, it’s affordable and it’s very easy to use.

EasyCard and Taipei Pass  are the choices to move around.  EasyCard is just a reloadable card for buses and metros and can be with 20% cheaper than a singular ticket. It requires an NT 100 deposits and after that recharge with the amount you need. Can be purchased  at the machines at MRT stations and can be refilled at convenience stores.

Taipei Pass it’s a not reloadable pass which covers unlimited transport on the metro and buses for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. This card also can be purchased  at the machines at MRT stations and the cost starts for NT 180 for 1 day to NT 700 for 5 days.

Taipei MRT it’s a modern metro system which cover most of the areas of the city and works from 6 AM until midnight. It’s very easy to use and tourist friendly because the announcement are also in English.

Language

The main language in Taiwan is Taiwanese Mandarin which is based on the phonology of the Beijing dialect. Other languages speak are Taiwanese Hakka (native Taiwanese), and Formosan languages. You might hear some Japanese from the prior Japanese period.

English it’s a must learn in school, so young people, under 40 can speak basic. Don’t worry, as a tourist you will not have any issues, Taiwanese people are friendly and happy to help you even with the language barriers.

Electric

In Taiwan, the power plugs and sockets are of the type A and B. Having your smartphone or camera charged for taking pictures is mandatory in this beautiful city. We suggest having this travel adapter.

Currency

In Taiwan, the currency used is the New Taiwan Dollar or short, NT. You can exchange your money at most local banks or their exchanges. Another option can be using ATM`s, which is safe and very easy to use. 

Must Try Food

In my opinion, Taipei is the city where you can find food at every corner of the street.  Not just convenience stores which sell so called junk food, but small restaurant, not fancy, but with multiple choices of food.

I will try to make a list with the most famous Taiwanese dishes you must try before you leave this country.

Oyster omelet it’s a dish you might find at any sea food restaurant but also at small restaurants. You might see a live cooking show. It’s easy to cook with simple ingredients but never eat with that brilliant sauce which made the best taste.

Beef Noodle Soup it’s a soup that you will find everywhere, at almost every corner of the street. This dish is one of the nationals dishes and every restaurant, family business or fancy has their own recipe.

Must know that every year Taiwan is hosting Taipei International Beef Noodle Festival. If you are lucky to find it go for it! More noodles for you.

Hot pot it’s a simple dish that you might enjoy as well. The soup will have a rich taste if it’s cook with meat and a sweet taste from seafood and vegetables. Can be cooked with beef, pork, chicken or lamb and, of course must not miss garlic, ginger, dried chili peppers. The recipe can be also adapted for vegan people which will love that when they feel the taste of tofu and mushrooms.

Sticky Rice Dumpling it’s almost a universal dish in Asia but Taiwanese recipe contain mushrooms, dried shrimps, peanut or chestnuts with pork. Another recipes might contain picked radish with salted egg yolk. Very affordable and very easy to find, I think you will find this dish at every restaurant.

Fan Tuan is breakfast choice and looks like a  burrito made of sticky rice and braised egg, pork floss, bacon, pickled radish, pickled mustard greens and even sugar. If you are in hurry, this dish is an option on-to-go breakfast.

Taiwanese Fried Chicken is like the Korean fried chicken, fried twice tossed with pepper, salt and basil but it’s dusted with five different spices. It’s very delicious and very good for people which love tasty and simple dishes.

 Scallion Pancake, also known as onion pancake it’s one of the best dishes on street food. Can be served with ham, cheese, eggs, corn and more.

 

Must-Try Drinks

Taiwan is famous for drinking tea and has a reputation for producing the Oolong tea. Of course, you can find plenty of others flavors because it’s the perfect place for producing because of the climate.

Pearl Milk Tea or Bubble tea is known as national official drink and it’s imported all over the world. It has a fresh and cool taste and it’s perfect for heat.

Taiwanese Whiskey is produced by Kavalan Distillery, and they have their own recipe. It’s very popular because of tropical fruit taste. It is very appreciate all over the world and won many awards in this domain.

Kaoliang liquor has a local recipe and the alcohol volume range between 38 and 63 percent but also can be stronger with 92 percent alcohol. It is considered one of the strongest drink in the world.

How to get there

Taipei is one of the most important hubs in Asia between the Nord and South. If you are flying its possible to have here a layover and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend a nice time here, even you didn’t plan it. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei Songshan Airport are the airport that usually you will arrive.

So, in our opinion, it’s perfect for a city break here, the perfect escape. You don’t need to carry too many things, just enjoy your time here. If you want to check the best fly tickets you can trust kiwi.com. Kiwi can help to find also best fly on your way home.

You can spend good time in cars with locals, and they can suggest you different places to visit which could be more useful than guides.

Things to know

Eat and drink like a local. You will never regret because you will find plenty of dishes for your taste.

MRT rules: don’t eat, don’t drink, be quiet. Inside of metro station: walk on left, stand on right.

The Taiwanese can be superstitious so you must know a few things: don’t give as gifts clothes, white flowers,  knives, scissors,  or watchers, those items are related to death. Don’t open your gift as soon as you receive it.

Don’t talk about politics. Relationship between Taiwan and China it’s a sensible subject.

Dress as you wish, Taipei is a liberal city and you don’t have limitations. You can eat, drink, party as loon as you wish.  You can have plenty of opportunity and options.

 

Where to stay

Taipei has multiple options for finding a cheap or expensive place to stay. As I said, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget. If you don’t have to worry about your budget can book plenty of hotels rooms and pensions where you like on www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.

If you are looking for a cheap option ob Booking you can try NEOSOHO – Taipei Station Branch for only 13$ per night or Backpackers Hostel – Ximen  for 20$.

If you don’t worry about your budget we suggest The Gaia Hotel – Taipei with breakfast included and a nice view of the city. Another choice can be The Okura Prestige Taipei in great an area for shopping.

If you are looking for three stars hotels you can book a room at Taipei AP H Imperial  for 50$ per night or MOSHAMANLA Hotel-Main Station for 63$ per night.

It’s a different city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.

Also, if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them. If you are traveling on a budget or not couch surfing seems to be a good idea.

It’s a great opportunity for making new friends maybe for a week or maybe for a lifetime, you never know. Hostels are less expensive than a hotel room. Why spend 300$/night for a hotel room when you can spend 30$/night for a hostel room?! The culture of making friends never fails to amaze people.

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Must see

Now we are getting to our top. Here are some of the most beautiful sites Taipei presents to its visitors. In other words, let’s start!

 

TAIPEI 101

Landmark of Taipei, Taipei 101 is the eleventh tallest skyscraper in the world and used to be the tallest from 2004 to 2010. His original name is Taipei World Financial or Taipei Financial Center and it is situated in Xinyi District of Taipei.

It has 101 floors and 508 meters high and the architecture resemble with a bamboo growing from earth. It’s the most important financial hub from Taipei.

First floors are designated as commercial department, full of shops, restaurants and cafes. It preferred by most of the people for shopping and leisure.

 Also, you can see an amazing view for from Observatory of the entire city, but you must check the weather before for outdoor observatory from 91 floor. Or you can have a nice view from indoor observatory situated at 89 floor.

TAIPEI 101
Taipei 101
taipei 101

NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM

This museum is the house of Chinese historical treasures during the past ten thousand years.

It has wonderful permanent exhibitions, and periodically changes its countless treasures from time to time. So, if you are an art lover, this museum must be on your bucket list.Entrance fee will cost around TWD350.

The place is huge, can take a few hours to fully explore it. I recommend some photos outside also, the palace looks amazing!

NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM

NATIONAL CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL

If you love or are interested in Chinese art, this is the place to go. You won’t find anything like it in mainland China as it was brought here when Mao established the People’s Republic. It is HUGE.

I can’t believe people complain that they didn’t see the entire collection. It will take several hours for even non-museum types to make it through all the rooms. Calligraphy, painting, porcelain, bronze, jade, you name it.

I also can’t believe reviewers comments like cost (approx US $10), cold (in the summer it’s stifling outside and with the volume of people inside wouldn’t you want AC), and crowds (isn’t that a good thing, that people–especially the Chinese–want to see what is there).

Go and enjoy, along with thousands of others, the greatest works from the Chinese that stretch back to before China even existed. It’s easy to get to by taking the metro red line to Shilin, then hoping in a taxi right in the queue outside the station, which will cost about $5.

Don’t miss the stunning outside (for free) and notice the steps that when looked at straight on form an artwork. There are lots of shops and a few places to eat and/or drink within the building. You can also store your belongings in a locker for free

NATIONAL CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL

SHILIN NIGHT MARKET

Taipei is famous for his night markets, is a Taiwanese way of spending time, hang out, good places to eat local food and for shopping. Shilin Night Market is one of the many night market that you must not miss.

Could me crowded but it worth it because the prices are affordable and the food… very delicious. You can try here local food like beef noodle soup, oyster omelet, hot pot or scallion pancake.

SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
SHILIN NIGHT MARKET

TAIPEI ZOO

Taipei Zoo is the perfect zoo if you are traveling with your family and not only. You must reserve your entire day because are so many nice and cute animals to see.

To reach here is not that difficult, you can you your EasyCard or Taipei Pass.  First you will take the metro and then after you with take the funicular. You will enjoy an amazing view of Taipei  and your children will love it. Entrance fee will cost 60NT$ for adults and half for students and children.

Taipei Zoo is dedicated zoo to endangered species like Giant Panda, Red Panda, Koala, Gorilla and more. The Council of Agriculture, Taipei Zoo and the Natural Ecological Education Foundation join together to develop special project for these animals. Also, it has a rescue center.

It has great variety of animals to see, good and clean facilities, with enough choices for good food. 

In my opinion, this is the best attraction in Taipei. The place is vast. Even so, it is navigable on foot. You can also take the zoo’s shuttle train avoiding walking. There are areas for eating and drinking (free water dispensers).

The animal enclosures are large (of course it does not compare to having them in the wild) and animals are wide-ranging. Some like lions, kangaroos, spotted hyenas were nowhere to be found in their enclosure

 

 

 LUNGSHAN TEMPLE

 

Lungshan Temple it’s a must visit to Taipei. It’s very easy yo reach here, you can find a ride on the Metro from anywhere in the city. We were encouraged by way the temple is actively embraced by the local Buddhist community.

Please, when you visit, be respectful of the believers who are practicing their faith. Don’t go sticking your cameras in their faces. They are not there for your entertainment.

Also, it was delighted to see that, even though it’s a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy (Guan-Yin in Chinese or Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit), the temple also features numerous Taoist deities, which demonstrates religious tolerance. Nice.

If you happen to catch a sunny day, the beautiful colors employed by master temple builder, Wang Yi-shun, truly pop in the sunlight. And inasmuch as this temple is located so near many other important sights, there’s no reason not to visit.

 

 LUNGSHAN TEMPLE
 LUNGSHAN TEMPLE
 LUNGSHAN TEMPLE

SHI-MEN TING

Shi-Men Ting it’s a shopping district, one of the famous in Taipei very popular during night and the perfect place for party people. Looks like a Japanese district, full of fashion stores, beauty salons, clubs, bars and more.

It’s a good place for you if you are very hungry, for shopping, drinking. Also, I need a hair make-over, so I dyed my hair here blue… yes, blue.

It’s located pretty close to Taipei Main Station, so is easy to reach here, don’t worry about it. Very popular for tourists and young people, has plenty of exhibitions and street performers.

 

Shi-men Ting
Shi-men Ting
Shi-men Ting

TAIPEI MAIN STATION

Like its subway counterpart (the MRT), Taipei’s main station is the epitome of efficiency, good service, orderliness and punctuality.

While people working there may have some difficulty communicating in English, the signs are of great help. They are written both in the local language and in English and you just have to follow them and you won’t get lost.

As to the train schedules, again everything is so clearly indicated. All the details are posted: time of arrival, departure, destination, class, price, etc. The place is also very clean and modern.

There are also shops to while your time away while waiting for your train. Thumbs up to the Taiwanese!

Taipei Main Station
Taipei Main Station

 NATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY MARTYRS’ SHRINE

The main reason for visiting National Revolutionary Martyrs Shrine was to see the changing of the guard ceremony. The ceremony takes place every hour on the hour with the last 20 minutes before closing.

The soldiers are immaculately dressed with mirror finish helmets and rifles with chrome fittings. The procession is synchronized and so precise that the path across the plaza is marked by straight lines of leather worn off from their boots.

You are able to walk with the guards as the crowds are much smaller than at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. The highlight of the ceremony is the display of rifle handling skills at the shrine entrance gate.

Once the new guards come on duty a “dresser” cleans and arranges the guard’s uniforms so that they hang and look perfect.

PEACE PARK

Peace Memorial Park is located in the center of Taipei’s government district. The location is not fortuitous. Late in the 1940s, after World War II had ended and the Chinese Nationalist government had relocated to island Taiwan, an awful dispute over the island’s governance erupted over a small instance involving a vendor and police.

In the end, many native Taiwanese scholars, intellectuals, and prominent people were killed or incarcerated. Between that time and about 1986 (a very in-exact date), native Taiwanese often referred to the political and personal violence of that short time as the 228 Incident.

Taiwan subsequently, in the late 1908s and 1990s, developed a thriving tradition of democratic political expression and practice. Peace Memorial Park is one codification of Taiwan’s transformation.

Instead of a semi-secret, whispered about in one’s family living room, the 228 incident is now memorialized in the form of a prominent public park, complete with a pond, languid herons and ducks, always-busy pigeons, and teenagers practicing water-color painting. Black squirrels bounding from tree to tree across the grass add an industrious dimension.

This park is a nice place to visit. Tourists who want to remove themselves for a time from Taipei’s frenetic back-and-forth will like this enclave in the city center. Others more aware of the island’s political history will reflect on enormous changes that have occurred during the past 50 years.

peace park
peace park
peace park

Outside the city

 

HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE

Taiwan is an amazing country if you are a pet lover. When we were in Japan I wanted an experience with cats but was a little expensive, but here in Taiwan my dream come true really cheap. Cat cafes and cat purridise: Houtong Cat Village! Here you can have one of  Taipei day trips.

The timing of our trip in Taiwan wasn’t the best because in January and February it’s raining season and it’s not so good for outdoor activities.

We love this cat purridise, but we didn’t all the beauty because of the heavy rain.

Houdong Cat Village is a Taiwan tourist attractions, a village in Ruifang District, New Taipei, Taiwan famous for its cat population. It was once a rich small mining town in Ruifang, renowned for a well-preserved culture surrounding its railway, which was built during the Japanese rule of Taiwan.

As the coal mining industry began to decline in the 1990s, the area also declined, but things started taking a turn for the better from 2008, when a local cat lover named Peggy Chien start offering abandoned cats a better life. Their efforts wasn’t in vain because people saw their pictures online and start heaving interest about.

This is how Houtong became a center for cat lovers as word spread, and the number of cats living there increased – thus reviving a declining village, and transforming it into a tourist destination. More information and experiences you can find here.

HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE
HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE
HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE
HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE
HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE
HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE
HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE

YANGMINGSHAN NATIONAL PARK

 

This destination is the most beautiful in Spring but is fantastic year round weather permitting. Locals and visitors visit this national park for mountains from which you have many nice views of Taipei city down in the basin.

There are many roads and hiking trails to explore and this is arguably one of the best places to go motorcycling in Asia if you have the skills. In winter visit the restaurant hot springs up there and in mid summer go to cool off.

Yangmingshan National Park is twenty minutes drive away from Taipei, so this amazing place is pretty close to the city.

 

Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan National Park

SHIFEN WATERFALL

This monument of nature is for people who love nature and wants to be as close to nature as possible. Walk from the main road to the water fall was excellent.

You need to be prepared to walk a bit – no hiking though. The waterfall is beautiful and if you get there at the right time, you might be lucky to see rainbows.

The suspension bridge that takes you there is also unique and offer such pretty site. A must do if you are in the area.

Lot of eateries and souvenir shops around. You can also do a bit of shopping + eating there.

Shifen Waterfall

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Malta – the low cost destination of the year

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Malta was able to surprise me very much. Not because it’s the Caribbean, not because it’s Florence, nor because it’s Portugal, but because it’s a little bit of each!

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From the turquoise waters, to the narrow streets surrounded by ancient buildings marked by history, to the typical balconies of various colors, to the warm and friendly people, to the food so good … Aiii, just writing this paragraph I feel like coming back!

Of course it’s not all spectacular, it also has flaws like everywhere, one of them is having fewer sandy beaches that is annoying for those who want to make “little bread” 😆 And in high season it is difficult to find a place to spread the towel on these beaches, However almost any corner of rock serves to make beach, with small pools torn in the rocks and in some places stairs to help you to leave the water.

Another fault is the wind, which is sometimes boring at times.

Okay, the defects are already dispatched. Let’s get to the good part!

malta

 

Holidays in Malta are expensive?

First of all, and I do not know why, the Tugas who spoke to me had an idea that it is too expensive to eat and walk around Malta. I can assure you that you spend both there and in a tourist area here in Portugal.

For 2 people by the sea, or in the historic area, I paid from € 28 to € 50, given the quality of the food, the value is very fair. And you do not always have to go to the restaurants, you have slices of pizza and other things ready to take and eat on the street that you can buy with the euros that are left in your pocket and yes, the official currency is the Euro.

To walk from one side to the other, on foot it is a tassel: ‘-) Go, I am not enjoying, if you always go by bus you will lose a lot. If you have the time and energy, go on foot, you will not regret it. If you need transportation, the buses cost € 1.50 every two hours wherever you want, Taxify costs between € 1 and € 1.50 per km. Do you think it’s expensive ?!

In addition, Ryanair opened direct routes from the Port to Malta, I paid € 68 Round Trip

As it is a relatively cheap destination, I will make you a guide.

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About Malta

Malta is a country, yes it is a country and it does not belong to Italy. It lies in the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Tunisia. It is a member of the European Union and the Schengen area.

Due to its strategic position between Africa and Europe, Malta has been the target of many wars and conquests during its history. Among others, Romans, Arabs, Moors, Spaniards, French, and Britons passed by until they became independent in 1964. Having been an important position in World War II.

The passage of all these powers is marked on the Island by the great forts, museums, and archeology that recalls the various phases since 3800 BC. Also, in the official language that is the Maltese that will sound to you an Arabic with some Italian words and the second official language being English.

On the road leads to the left and the electrical outlets are 3-pin, as in England. The food is Mediterranean style with great Italian influence, pasta and pizzas found everywhere.

Where to stay? 

Well, I stayed in St. Julian’s, it is the area with the most nightlife and very close to places to visit on the Island. Better, it will be Valletta (Capital) or Sliema, which is right next door but closer to the historical areas.

If you want quiet, go further north to St. Paul’s Bay or Mellieha, you are closer to Popeye Village and the Ferry to Gozo Island and Blue Lagoon. You can choose from Airbnb, Hostels to 5-star hotels, depending on your budget.

For young people staying at the Hostel and near nightlife, Marco Polo Party Hostel is the best option. In addition to being within walking distance of the most popular areas, they also organize meetings on the rooftop, with a bar, which is perfect for meeting other travelers.

If you prefer something quieter and privacy for a couple or family, the Park Lane Aparthotel offers large rooms equipped with a kitchen to save on food or just for snacks. It also has a swimming pool, bar, and balcony overlooking the sea or the city.

How to move around?

To move you have several options, and you are already prepared to not waste time there.

Public transport – In Malta there are only buses, and they work very well with regular buses that take you everywhere. The only drawback is that they get full quickly, if you take children it is not very comfortable for them. In buses, you can ask for a ticket to the driver who costs you € 1.5 in the low season, € 2 in the high season (mid-June to mid-October) and € 3 in the night service. This ticket lasts 2 hours and you can go wherever you want to even get out and get on another bus.

Another option is the Tallinja cards that you have to look for where you can buy, ask a driver that they help you.

Explore Plus Card € 39, have unlimited travel for 7 days everywhere including direct airport and beach services, also includes 2 ferry trips to Valletta and a day on Hop on Hop off buses (see below) or the boat to Comino, Blue Lagoon.

Explore Card € 21 adults / € 15 children under 10, this card has unlimited travel on buses, wherever you want for 7 days.

Tallinja Card € 15, includes 12 trips and is transferable, is valid for one year.

To find out which buses you need to get from here to there, install the Tallinja application, it works very well. Just place where you are or let the app locate you and choose where you want to go, the app tells you what stop you have to be, the number of the bus, the exit, everything you need to know. Install before you leave.

Ferry VallettaValletta Ferry Services

This boat makes frequent crossings between Sliema, Valletta, and Vittoriosa (Three Cities). It serves as an alternative to having to move around the marina to get to the other side. And to have a privileged view of the cities 😉

An adult ticket costs € 1.50 and child € 0.50. Round trip € 2.80 and child € 0.90.

Save the ticket, give yourself the right to climb the Baraka Lift.

Taxis – Taxi trips, I understand, are prepaid. When I arrived at the airport I bought the trip to the Hostel in a cabin dedicated to taxis. I liked the idea because it guarantees that you’re not mocked by sly cabs.

Until I found Taxify on the island, I knew that Uber did not operate here, but I did not know there was another option.

And let me tell you that it’s a lot better than Uber, you do not need a credit card and you pay for the cash trip at the end, which avoids Uber’s problems that the trip continues to count even after you’ve left. charge your associated card.

The cars are good and clean and the drivers very friendly and ready to give you some tips. The trips cost around € 1 to € 1,5 per km. But you can calculate in advance in the Taxify app.

Just open the app, choose the destination and ask for the Taxi, it quickly arrives at you.

CitySightseeing Buses – These are the convertible buses that you see in the major tourist cities if you have less time or want to do the cultural part in one day and then go to the beach, this is an option to consider.

Aside from the spectacular views along the way, on Hop On Hop off routes, you can get out and get on the buses as often as you like. Buses run every hour 7 times a day. Tickets cost € 20 per day / adult and € 12 per day / child (5 to 14 years), € 37 2 days / adult and € 20 2 days / child (5 to 14 years). If you have the Explore Plus card, you are entitled to one day, which I would use on the North Route, in my opinion, it is the one that has more to see.

The South Route coincides with some parts of the northern route and goes to Marsaxlokk, Ghar Dalam, Blue Grotto, and Hagar Qim, you can use public transport easily to go to these sites using the card. That way you save enough money.

These prices are the ones that are on the site but the sellers at the stops have offered me much lower prices, I do not know if it is the low season or because it is negotiable.

However, I think it’s worth not buying in advance on the site, trying to find one of these sellers and negotiate a little. Also, ask if it includes the ferry trips when I’ve been there it was included. The same for the cruises to Comino and Gozo that I will speak below.

Car or motorbike rental – You can find a number of car or scooter rental services at the airport in Valletta, Sliema and probably in more locations. You can also rent in advance at Rentalcars.com. The prices are very varied and the cars too. You can see on the website that I suggested or see there. But be prepared, in addition to having to drive to the left, have huge radars on the road, few places to park in certain areas, the Maltese are very nervous on the road. But it’s your choice, personally, I do not think it’s worth it, the island is not that big.

Script

This script is to guide you and is based on what I liked most and what I think is more relevant to visit. You can adapt this script to what you like, more visits to museums, more night, more beach, you just have to make more time available to what you like.

Day 1

Night

As I told you before, I stayed in St. Julian’s and as the flight arrived late (midnight), the best option was to pack up and find a place to drink a beer and eat something.

The first bar I found was the Jah Ruulz, it ‘s a small place with simple, colorful decor reminding Jamaica, it has some outdoor tables overlooking the water.

The street is only for pedestrians and has some inclination, so do not put the full glass on the table because it will spill: ‘-) I think that’s why the beers do not see full.

The staff is very friendly and by the way, some good tips on Malta was here I had. You have a great variety of drinks to choose from at prices that we are used to here. Try the Bam Bam Apple Mojito, it’s really good 😉

Jah Ruulz
Jah Ruulz
Jah Ruulz
Jah Ruulz

Now I have to find something to eat, after getting up I realized that it should have been before 😉 On the way to the zone of the bars you find, pizzas, kebabs, etc. which will help you have the energy for the rest of the night.

But attention tomorrow is to go explore the island, so do not exaggerate in alcohol, you will not want to miss a day to cure a hangover. But you can enjoy it because the night of Malta is very lively!

Well, boys, in the street of the bars you will find many women who will try to convince you to join Gentleman’s Clubs, which are many.

From what I’ve come to realize are Strip clubs, if it’s your wave, try it. If it is not, do not give too much bullshit because otherwise, they will not let you down, literally! Tugas girls, I think these women are not going to upset XD.

No one because I saw a lot of police everywhere, I did not see any problems at all during the night, so I think it’s a safe zone.

Recommendations, if you want a quieter bar with a view of the sea to try Hugo’s Terrace and go to the rooftop bar. If you want to have fun in a bar with Texas-style decor with a mix of people from all over the world dancing like if the world were to end tomorrow, it’s in Footloose – Wild Surprising Fun, Footloose for friends.

Day 2

Valletta and 3 Cities

Yeah, did not I warn you not to overdo alcohol yesterday? Go, get out of bed, have breakfast and we’ll take a walk.

If you stayed in St. Julian’s and good weather, walking the coast to Sliema will help you wake up. The view is beautiful, you will wake up for sure. On the way you will find cruise sellers for Gozo and Blue Lagoon. You’ll need to buy tickets for tomorrow, on Day 3, I’ll explain.

Valletta
Valletta

From Sliema you will find the ferry to Valletta ( Valletta Ferry Services ), see the timetables and decide if you are coming before the last ferry or if you stay there until later (in winter time there is no night service). If you want to stay late you can get back by bus or Taxify.

The ferry ride is spectacular, is not it? Wait until you cross Valletta to the three cities. Well, now you have to walk to the center or take one of the tourist trains to the center and enter the beautiful streets of Valletta, here is well worth the time to explore, every corner hides a surprise. But as much fun as exploring, I’ll tell you some sites that are worth going to.

First of all, are not you thirsty? Already drank anything. Here Tuga thought about it and already left you a little beer on the Tuga Spot.

If you go on the tourist train, it stops right in front, convenient, is not it? 67 KAPITALI is a very original and comfortable decoration pub and is very well located.

Because you’ll be thirsty more often 😉 Lena and Dominic, (you can tell them that you’re going to be recommended by Tuga Viajante, the Portuguese blogger) have to offer you a letter with lots of snacks and drinks of your choice including national and imported craft beers.

You have 8 to the pressure you can ask to taste before ordering a glass or mug. My favorite is 67 IPA and then Golden Bay, but try and share with me what you like best.

In the snacks, the olive oil with bread to dive. Okay, our olive oil is very good, but this is so good! Or maybe it’s because it looks great with the beer, you also can not miss the Roasted Potatoes.

The rest looks very good, ask for your taste, you have lots of choices. Rest the strength to follow the walk, in the late afternoon, you can go back for another beer talk a little with the staff if they are free.

Now explore, let it be clear that you do not need to visit museums and other things to spend a good afternoon. If you want, you can walk only through Valletta because the city itself is worthy of a Museum. You have beautiful squares with terraces for coffee and appreciate the architecture of buildings, streets that go down and up and end with the sea in sight, viewpoints for the 3 cities.

Just floors, take it easy. Do not run because you will lose all the beauty of Malta before your eyes. When you see something that you think is beautiful, stop, relax, forget the world and absorb the moment. Yes, Malta is so beautiful, and if you take into account the whole history of the country, even deeper will be.

Well, you’re already on vacation. If you want to see more than the streets, you can visit the Manoel Theater, the National War Museum, St. John’s Cathedral, Grandmaster’s Palace and Barraka Gardens.

When you are ready to make the crossing to the three cities, descend to Fort Saint Elmo or afterward to St. Elmo Bridge. This walk gives you a spectacular view and the ferry is there at the end.

3 Citates
3 Citates
The 3 Cities is not something to visit in specific, they are even 3 small towns and it is included in the tourist route of Malta by the historical importance. Here, in my opinion, what may be worth visiting is the Palace of the Inquisitor, which if you attach to the heavy and violent past, can be a very intense visit emotionally. Also, stroll around the inner streets and see the mega yachts at the marina. Then you can go back to Valletta.
Baraka Gardens view
Baraka Gardens

All right, now it’s dinner time! How about an Italian paste? Recommended by a local, and now for me, the Pastaus is simple, it’s all in and very delicious! I’m writing and drooling. You can eat inside or on the terrace. The terrace, in the good Maltese fashion, is tilted like XD street.

If that does not bother you, you can stay on the terrace, but you have to go and choose what you want at the counter, which is then served to your table. The pasta is made by them, and you have a display case with several, then choose a sauce from the picture on top. Easy! If you have doubts in the sauce, you can ask for help. Some have fish, other meat and other vegetables.

The staff is very young and friendly.

Ahhh, I have to tell you that the pasta is served by Al Dente or Italian fashion that is less cooked than we are accustomed here. I ate it as that and I liked it, but if it makes a difference, ask to cook another minute or two.

Do not forget to mention that you were recommended by Tuga Viajante 😉

In the end, return to 67 Kapitali which is two steps away for a coffee, a drink and two of talk.

Day 3

Gozo and Blue Lagoon

You need a lot of beach now, do not you? When I say a lot, it’s really a bit because the Blue Lagoon has almost no sand. But there is plenty of turquoise water and small spectacular caves.

How to get there

To get there you may have bought the cruise yesterday from the vendors near the bus and ferry stops. I went on Supreme Cruises with MaltaSightSeeing , I can not compare with another company, but I have no complaints about this. In addition, it includes the panoramic bus round trip to the departure point of the boat and if you buy the pack as a visit to Gozo you are also entitled to bus there.

Okay, I got on the boat in Sliema, but you have other points that you can enter. It goes through the island of Gozo and you can buy the pack to visit this island, then go to the Blue Lagoon.

If you buy only the pack Blue Lagoon is for 20 € adult and 14 € child and it is about 4 hours there. If you buy the pack of Gozo and Blue Lagoon, it is for € 35 adults and € 27 children and the boat will pick you later to Gozo to go to Blue Lagoon. You stay for about 1 hour at Blue Lagoon. My opinion is to do only the Blue Lagoon and another day go to Gozo and spend there one day, or who knows more than one day.

Tuga’s tip, these packs have an option with unlimited boat drinks and lunch. It gets more expensive obviously, and not worth it. The drinks are of poor quality and the lunch is a sandwich. Unless the seller offers you this at the price of the normal pack, (which is what I got) in this case you lose nothing in drinking some beer by the way 😉

Another option for Gozo is to take the ferry to Cirkewwa. You can go by bus there, or if you have a car, you can take the car on the ferry to Gozo. Each ticket costs € 4.65, or car and passenger € 15.7 with the Gozo Channel Line.
To Blue Lagoon from Cirkewwa costs 9 € round trip adults and 4.5 € children with Comino Ferries.

Blue Lagoon

Do not forget to bring backpack with water, food, sunscreen, hat, towel and sneakers is more appropriate. Do not forget the protector and hat, in the Blue Lagoon you have no shadows and the sun is intense.

If you go to Gozo, you go on the tourist bus and follow this script, I do not need to talk about Gozo anymore.

Now at Blue Lagoon, your chin will drop when you get there, it’s so beautiful !!! First thing to do, visit the caves and you have to go Oki-Ko-Ki Banis , Mr. Banis is a comedy! Very funny indeed, that makes the trip very funny. To the point of it becoming a cave in a disco! XD In addition, his boat passes in places that others do not pass. The tour costs € 10. Do this tour first because then there will be a queue when more boats arrive. Grab yourself because the boat is good!

Tuga’s Tip – Ask Mr. Banis to show you the Merry Christhmas XD.

After the tour, time to soak in the blue water and soak up the sun. For me, this is the most beautiful place in the whole country. You have some Roulotes that sell sandwiches and drinks. They are no big thing, but if you press the hunger gives to stir. Forget the pineapples with drink, no big deal. Unless you want the prop for the photo 😉

Back to Sliema, after this day a good dinner is coming, right?

How about a nice pizza in a wood oven? He goes to Vecchia Napoli, tries to call beforehand. I did not check and was fortunate to get a table. But it was worth it, the pizza is fantastic! I ate the award-winning Capo Di Monte, with a little olive oil on top and the house wine which is very good, it was the perfect end of the day! You have other dishes to choose from if you do not like pizza. Again, I found the prices very fair given the quality and the location.

Day 4

Mdina

Mdina was once the capital of Malta and retains its medieval identity, strolling through the narrow streets surrounded by defensive walls is as if we were traveling in time. The walled part is relatively small but you can also explore the surroundings. Within the walls, you can see the Cathedral of Mdina and the museum, the Falzon Palace, the Vilhena Plinth and the Bastion. You also have the Mdina dungeons museum (Mdina Dungeons Museum) is very macabre and tells the methods of torture with costumes and chilling sound. I do not recommend children or the most sensitive people.

Outside the walls, you can visit the Catacombs and the Grotto of St. Paul among others.

In Mdina, you can also find little filigree shops and other pieces of handicraft very much. What are the ideal gift if you like to offer memories of your trips.

To eat is also a great city, where you can find the typical dish of a rabbit. Many restaurants have beautiful terraces! I will not leave a recommendation because unfortunately, that day was not very good to taste and evaluate the food. But I wait for your tips to join here.

Day 5 and others

Well, now you know how to move the Island, you can choose what you want to do to your taste. I’ve already shown you what you can not miss, now I’ll tell you the places that I find most optional. Ah, wait, sandy beaches! Are you tired of asking me?

In the north of the main island, Paradise Bay, Armier Bay, Mellieha Bay

In the west of the main island, Ghajn Tuffieha, Gnejna Bay, Golden Bay

On the east of the main island, Bahar ic-Caghaq rocky beach, St. George’s Bay

In the South of Main Island, Pretty Bay, St. Thomas Bay

On the Island of Gozo, San Blas Bay, Ramla l-Hamra, Marsalforn Bay

On the Island of Comino, Blue Lagoon, St. Nicholas Bay

Other places to visit, Blue Grotto, Peter’s Pool, Fort Delimara, Village Popeye, Hypogeum, etc. If you want to visit Hypogeum you have to book in advance here.

It accounts for museum tickets, if the total exceeds € 50 for adult, it is worth buying the Heritage Malta Multisite Pass. That way you save up for a few beers.

Well, I guess I’ve already written down everything you need to know if I’ve forgotten anything, he says.

Go, now enjoy the vacation or escape, hugs and kisses my Tugas.

Kuala Lumpur City Guide – Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips

Kuala Lumpur City Guide – Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips

Kuala Lumpur City Guide - Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips

In Malay language Kuala Lumpur means ‘muddy confluence’ but actually in this city the East and the West meet and the combination is as unique as it is extraordinary. Just read the article and we are sure you will come to think of it the same way.

Reasons to visit

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, has about 17 million inhabitants and is visited by many tourists throughout the year for a number of reasons.

The city offers a chance to learn about a new culture and try new dishes, and its architectural masterpieces combine the best of both the East and the West, between the buildings and highways there is also plenty of green space for you to enjoy nature.

For example, near Petronas Towers, trees that are hundreds of years old can be seen. In addition, there is a need to mention shopping in the city as well as in Kuala Lumpur is one of the four best shopping paradises in the world. When to Travel to Kuala Lumpur you ask?

The tropical climate does not change much during the year so you can always enjoy the sunshine. The average temperature around the year is 25-30 degrees Celsius the air is extremely hot in this period of time.

In Southeast Asia, from May to September, there is a great monsoon rainfall, whereby the low-lying areas are flooded by the sudden rain as well.

Malaysia’s hottest and driest month is February, so this seems to be the best choice to visit this city, not get sunburn and stay dray also.

In Kuala Lumpur are a lot of Muslim women dressed in black. The ethnic, religious and culinary diversity of the city is impressive.

You will find gigantic sized high-rise buildings, tall railroads, steady night-time constructions, palm trees that reach to the skies and lots of exotic bird species.

Kuala Lumpur Weather

Kuala Lumpur has a tropical rainforest climate which means it’s warm and sunny and safe from strong winds. Usually is hot and humid and occasionally does experience rainfalls.

Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur starts from May to July or December to February. The average temperature is around 28°C.

Kuala Lumpur Local Transport

Kuala Lumpur has a friendly public transit system including subway, which covers entire metropole, and buses. You can buy MyRapid Touch ‘n go which cost 20RM preloaded with 10RM.

For a short-term visit, you can have a KL TravelPass which cost 120RM for two days and you have unlimited routes via RapidKL, rail lines and return trip to or from the airport.

 

Language

The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu or simple said, Malay. They have many dialects but for tourists will be just Malay.

They also speak English but they have a lot of outside influence like Malay, Chinese or Tamil. As a tourist is pretty easy to talk with locals in special in urban areas.

If you want to enjoy the local food you might find people who barely speak English.  But don’t worry, Malay people are very friendly and curious and happy to serve you.

Electric

 

In Malaysia, the power plugs and sockets are of the type G. Having your smartphone or camera charged for taking pictures is mandatory in this beautiful city. We suggest having a travel adapter if you are not from around.

Currency

In Malaysia, the currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit. You can exchange your money at most local banks or their exchanges. Another option can be using ATMs, which is safe and very easy to use. 

Must Try Food

It is not easy to find Malaysian food, though we can choose from the masterpieces of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Western cuisine. Typical Malay cuisine uses a lot of spice, chilly and soy. No consumption of pork is allowed and the typical herbs used in dishes are garlic, ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, and coriander. However, the best foods cannot be found in fancy restaurants but on the street of Kuala Lumpur and we made a special list for you of foods that you should try.

TURMERIC RICE

On weekdays, white rice is consumed that is boiled in water or cooked with coconut milk, but rice can be made in other forms, especially during feasts. To make it more special and tasty rice is soaked in turmeric with tamarind pieces, making it bright and yellow. They do not boil it but steam it in coconut milk and add salt to it.

SZATE

Szate is the most well-known Malaysian and Indonesian meat dish, consists of pieces of meat drawn on a split. Every country has its own specialty. They can be made from beef or chicken meat, lungs or spleen and are considered as very rare local “delights”. They cut the meat into small cubes and add garlic, pepper, tamarind, salt, and sugar to it and leave it to soak for at least 8 hours, then pull it on a spit and roast it.

RENDANG

Rendang is a roasted national dish. It can be made from beef, chicken or buffalo meat. It is served with rice or lemongrass, with the latter mostly on a holiday. It is on the menu of all important festivals.

CENCALUK

Cencaluk belongs to the category of condiments and it is served with rice or salads. It is made without cooking from small crabs and by adding salt and water. It has a marvelous, salty taste. It can be flavored with grated lemon juice and onion.

BUDU

Budu is similar to Cencaluk but it is not made from crabs but from small fish. It is also used to flavor salads, but it can also be used as an ingredient for curry rice.

SUGARY BANANA

Sugary bananas go very well with your afternoon tea. Chopped banana slices are soaked in hot palm oil and sugar for five minutes and then baked in the oil for 10 minutes. During this time, the sugar is made into syrups, and the fried banana slices are ready to eat after they cooled.

FRIED BANANA

Fried banana is a very popular afternoon snack, easy to prepare at home. In a ready-to-buy flour mixture, they role the bananas and after that they fry it. It is as tasty as it is simple

LEMPUK

Lempuk is a jam-like sweet made from durian fruit. Anyone who travels to Malaysia and eats durian fruit will certainly remember the strange odor for a long time. Malaysians are very fond of it, paying horribly sums for the fruit that otherwise also grows in the wild. Its smell reminds may remind you of a mixture of onion and moldy cheese. Few foreigners enter the durians fans’ camp but for some, it may be tasty.

BELACAN

There is no Malaysian cuisine without Belacan. It is a basic condiment flavor such as soy sauce in Chinese cuisine. With its penetrating, smell it is unmistakable and houses, where the ingredient was used in cooking, can be noticed by far due to the stinky smell. However, they use it regularly as any other typical ingredient like salt or pepper as it gives the food a special taste.

Must-Try Drinks

The national drink is tea, that is, “pulled” tea. They call it this way because of the technique that is being used before serving.

The tea is poured between two cups of tea that have even distances between them such as 1 meter, all this without even spilling one drop.

It has become a tradition to pour tea in such a way before serving; it is a fascinating technique as it is as a once-only procedure for cooling the hot tea.

For the Malays it has become a well-respected tradition it may be even considered as a form of art for pouring tea as if you come to think about it, it does require a lot of practice to pour hot boiling tea without any unfortunate accidents.

Although Malaysia is a Muslim country, there is alcohol here. The ban on alcohol is only in the state of Kelantan and Terengganu. However, the price of alcoholic beverages is quite high.

Besides traditional coffee, teas, juices, and soft drinks, the Malays drink Tongkat Ali a mixture of coffee, ginseng root, and condensed milk. The flavor is quite a harsh one it may not be to everybody’s liking but if you are in Kuala Lumpur try it at least once.

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How to get there

Kuala Lumpur is one of the most important hubs from Southeast Asia. If you are flying it’s possible to have here a layover and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend a nice time here, even you didn’t plan it. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is about 55 km from city center and it’s very easy to get in because of KLIA Express route.

So, in our opinion, it’s perfect for a city break here, the perfect escape. You don’t need to carry too many things, just enjoy your time here. If you want to check the best fly tickets you can trust kiwi.com. Kiwi can help to find also best fly on your way home.

You can spend good time in cars with locals, and they can suggest you different places to visit which could be more useful than guides.

Things to know

Never use your index finger when pointing at something as it is considered impolite. Use your thumb instead especially if you are dealing with locals.

If we are going to a party in Malaysia, then take off your shoes before going inside. Also, be prepared that there may even be some shops that require the same courtesy.

The taxi is quite cheap and quick but it is also worth to try the metro if you can’t find a taxi and are in a hurry.

You can eat very cheap if you are not in a tourist restaurant so watch out when you choose where to have lunch or dinner.

Malaysia is a Muslim country, but you can still have an alcoholic drink if you want one only be prepared to pay a very high price.

Don’t even try to deal with drugs. Malaysia has the death penalty for drug traffic. Drugs are not cool anyway.

Where to stay

Kuala Lumpur has multiple options for finding a cheap or expensive place to stay. As I said, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget. If you don’t have to worry about your budget can book plenty of hotels rooms and pensions where you like on www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.

If you are looking for a cheap option ob Booking you can try Submarine Guest House China Town for only 17$ per night or Step Inn Guesthouse for 20$.

If you don’t worry about your budget we suggest Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa with great coffee and a nice view of the city. Another choice can be Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur in great an area for shopping.

If you are looking for three stars hotels you can book a room at City Central Hotel for 55$ per night or The Mesui Hotel Bukit Bintang for 63$ per night.

It’s a different city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.

Also if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them. If you are traveling on a budget or not couch surfing seems to be a good idea.

It’s a great opportunity for making new friends maybe for a week or maybe for a lifetime, you never know. Hostels are less expensive than a hotel room. Why spend 300$/night for a hotel room when you can spend 30$/night for a hostel room?! The culture of making friends never fails to amaze people.

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Must see

Now we are getting to our top. Here are some of the most beautiful sites Kuala Lumpur presents to its visitors. In other words, let’s start!

 

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

It is the most famous attraction in Kuala Lumpur. It is a sin if you miss visiting the towers. It is an impressive building that you will consider as fascinates for sure.

Its appearance from the outside is actually more interesting than getting going to the top of it and looking around. You should also take a look at it in the evening when it is covered in spectacular lighting.

You can go out between the 41 and 42 floors, connecting the two towers to the platform to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. The tickets are pretty expensive but it will be once in a lifetime experience.

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

MENARA KUALA LUMPUR

You should not miss visiting Menara which is one of the five highest telecommunication towers in the world. To get to the top you can take a lift. The price to get to the terrace is not so high and on the top of the tower. All the points of the city are visible.

Menara Kuala Lumpur is a worthwhile alternative to choose if you will not visit the Petronas Towers. Of course, you can do both but Menara is a cheaper option. The tower is higher than the twin towers plus, there are no lines where you need to wait. Very good photos can be taken through the lookout glass wall.

On Tuesday the place is closed if you visit it, it will take about an hour to see everything as there is no real museum content, but you can still view the palace and its beautiful garden.

MENARA KUALA LUMPUR
MENARA KUALA LUMPUR

MERDEKA SQUARE

Merdeka Square is the heart of Kuala Lumpur. We often hear the name Independence Square as the Malay flag was floated here for the first time when Malaysia won its independence from Great Britain in 1957.

The area is largely a grassy area, which was used by cricket players during the colonial period. The area is surrounded by the most famous buildings in the city, such as the National Museum or the Royal Selangor Club. Merdeka Square hosts a number of community events, open-air concerts, and marathon competitions.

This huge, grassy Merdeka Square (or Independence Square) is located in the heart of the Colonial Quarter of Kuala Lumpur, bound by all sorts of compelling attractions. Earlier, cricket matches and parades were held here, and the culmination of Malaysia’s independence was celebrated here as well.

MERDEKA SQUARE
MERDEKA SQUARE
MERDEKA SQUARE
MERDEKA SQUARE

CENTRAL MARKET

On the market, there are plenty of exotic fruits of Durian, dragon fruit, huge coconuts, and of course everything you can think of exotic fruit wise. You can buy clothing, shoes, sunglasses, all kinds of plastic jewels at variable prices. However, do not expect that for the very low price you are buying something original.

A few corners away is the market where you can eat in various Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Malayan restaurants or have a few snacks for the street food vendors. Here, as if we were going into a different city and world, the tall buildings are rarer, typical are the one-two-story, old, fallen buildings.

CENTRAL MARKET
CENTRAL MARKET
CENTRAL MARKET
Central Market

SRI MAHA MARIAMMAN HINDU TEMPLE

A very spectacular Hindu temple is the South-Indian styled Sri Maha Mariamman. It is the oldest in Malaysian dating back to the 19th century. Interestingly, the most famous Malaysian Hindu temple is located in the Chinese Quarter.

It is interesting to visit and watch some of the Hindu religious rituals. Of course, you have to take off your shoes and leave them in a conservator way, where you have to pay a little money before entering. From the urban noise, it is very nice to get into such a quiet place. There are few believers in the morning then at nights. In both situations, the place is interesting and exciting. You can join the visit by visiting the Chinese temple in the next corner.

SRI MAHA MARIAMMAN

THEAN HOU TEMPLE

Thean Hou Temple is beautifully decorated, a spectacular church in a somewhat outdated location, on a hill. The mood is calm and silent, even though there are many who visit it.

The colors and decorations are brilliant. On the hilltop, you can enjoy Kuala Lumpur views. Most of the tourists visiting here are satisfied with the program so we definitely recommend it.

The three-story church at the top of the southwest drum of the city is one of the largest and churches in Malaysia. By public transport, it is not yet possible to reach it so it is best to take a taxi. There is an amazing order, silence, and purity about this place. Before you go into the main sanctuary, you have to take off your shoes and leave them at the entrance.

BIRD PARK

Obviously we, we only recommend this place to those who love birds and want to see the world’s largest fly-free bird park. More than three thousand birds can be seen here.

It will take a few hours to visit everything but the ticket is not cheap. It is somewhat out of the way, with the easiest way to reach it is by taxi or a 15-minute walk from the main train station.

The point is that the birds are flying freely here, and they are not so free to escape. Here the kids and the even the adults can enjoy the parrot show programs. For the very little ones, there is also a playground in the park.

You can take superb photos as it is a very well done, organized park. Nearby it is an orchid and a butterfly park. After visiting the bird park, you have to take care of what taxi you choose, because taxis want to cheat tourists by doubling the price.

Bird Park

BUTTERFLY PARK

You can find it near the bird park and make sure to do not miss it. There are so many butterflies that you probably have not seen anything like this anywhere else. The butterflies are in a huge area covered with a giant net.

There are plenty of wet places for them with ponds, rivers, waterfalls, flowers, and plants; they are fed with a lot of hibiscus petals sprayed with honey-water if they want it.

Butterflies are very direct beings, if you are sympathetic to them, they will not fly away from you. There are very large specimens as well, palm-sized and colorful.

 BUKIT BINTANG

It is practically a plaza where the shops and restaurants meet. If you want to go on a shopping spree and spend a lot of money on original clothes, shoes, and jewelry this is the place for you.

From here you can get to the side entrance of the Petronas Tower on an air-conditioned glassy corridor, perhaps of 2 kilometers length.

 BUKIT BINTANG

CHINATOWN

 

Visit China town for the food and snacks. Restoran Kim Lian Kee famous for its Hokkien mee, the sambal that goes along with it is nice. The famous egg tart sold by Bunn Choon, normal and charcoal pastry. You can walk down the aisle and savor all the delicacies.

 

Great place to bargain on your shopping. Big range of bags, shoes, t-shirts, jewelry, and electronics. A must visit travelers especially those who are outside from China and Asian. It gets active and more colorful in the night.

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

LITTLE INDIA

 

This place literally looks like you are in South India, we even spotted Bollywood songs being played in different shops. As the Petaling street in KL has all Chinese store, food, and even people, this place is full of Indian things, especially the street market and the food. Good to have a stop by while in the city, it’s very near to KL Sentral.

There are Indian jewelry shops, clothing stores and many Indian restaurants specializing in serving battered rice pancakes called Dhosa

Little India Kuala Lumpur
Little India Kuala Lumpur
Little India Kuala Lumpur
Little India Kuala Lumpur

Outside the city

 

BATU CAVES 

This Hindu sanctuary is 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, north of the huge limestone cave. At the base of the mountain, you can find a monumental 43-foot Hindu statue of worship. This golden statue was completed in 2006, which is currently the second largest in the world.

Be prepared for naughty food-hunting monkeys, and for the extremely steep 272 steps that take you up to the Batu caves and the cave church.

The cave has places where 100 meters of internal height are displayed, decorated with meters of limestone and cobblestones. The caves were discovered more than a century ago and the Hindu sanctuary was built in one of its passages.

The Thaipusam Festival takes place in January and February in the Batu Caves. Then 800,000 to 1.5 million Hindu pilgrims visit the cave churches.

Also, don’t forget to dress appropriately as a woman in short skirts or sleeves shirts are not allowed to go up to the case. If this is not respected than at the bottom of the stairs, a shawl must be rented to cover their legs.

Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves

PETALING JAYA

If you are in Kuala Lumpur then why not visit Petaling Jaya as well? It offers many attractions that tourist could enjoy. For example, you can visit the Secret Utama Garden where you can take a long relaxing walk, enjoy the fresh air and quiet that you may not get in Kuala Lumpur into the crowd and bustling city noise.

If you want to go back in time then visit Thai Chetawan Temple (Wat Chetawan) and be amazed by its unique architecture and style.
A shopping spree can never hurt, well maybe your wallet but if you are looking for a new pair of shoes Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall is the best place you can find it.

If you really want to enjoy yourself and maybe even have kids then you and your family can spend a full day at the Sunway Lagon Them Park. Be prepared for wild rides, water games, and even a zoo.

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Night camping in Desert Safari Dubai

What about the nights in Desert? A place which is already known for calming the soul of Humans, what will be the vibes of an already calmed and quiet place at night?

Night camping in Desert Safari Dubai

Night camping in Desert Safari Dubai

What about the nights in Desert? A place which is already known for calming the soul of Humans, what will be the vibes of an already calmed and quiet place at night?

About Dubai

There are many places in Dubai that can be visited during night or after midnight. From the night safari in the Arabian Desert to the countless night clubs, Dubai is surely going to surprise you on your visit during night time.

Dubai is a city that never sleeps. If you are willing to explore the city during night, then you would be surprised to see what Dubai offers you. The stretch of dunes and deserts, taking a walk on beach of Palm Jumeirah, shopping in the malls, restaurant above the clouds, and many more are some of the best things you can explore in Dubai.

It has everything to offer for all age group crowds, right from youngsters, couples to elderly people. Dubai is a safe city for tourists, hence be relaxed and enjoy the night views and have a great time and enjoy your night with your loved ones. 

Dubai At Night

Where to stay

Dubai has multiple options for finding a cheap or expensive place to stay, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget. If you don’t have worry about your budget can book plenty of hotels rooms and hostels on www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.

It’s a huge city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.

Also if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them. If you are traveling on a budget or not couch surfing seems to be a good idea. 

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Night camping in Desert Safari Dubai

What about the nights in Desert? A place which is already known for calming the soul of Humans, what will be the vibes of an already calmed and quiet place at night?

Dubai Desert Safari can entertain and calm its visitors at any time of the day whether it’s a morning desert safari, evening desert safari or an overnight camp.

But still what I believe is that the amount of peace that you get at night that also a night in deserts is the peace above all kinds of peace. You can get this experience at our overnight camp in Dubai Desert Safari.

Let me take you to some imagination. Imagine that you are sitting in the middle of the desert on an Arabian carpet in a camp which is all lighten up and cold breezes of winds are touching your face.

The calmness of the desert has already calm your soul. The darkness of the sky and the bright stars shining on it is giving you an aesthetic view.

This view will get more pleasing when you will be there with a friend, partner or any person from your family. You can also take some aesthetic pictures of the sky and can make you social media accounts’ updates beautiful.

What is overnight camp?

In the middle of the desert camp is setup inside which Arabic Carpets are there so that people can sit on it and not on sand. There is an arrangement of number of lights to lighten up the camp. And a number of activities are also there on an overnight camp to entertain you.

Here are the activities one can do in an overnight camp

Tanoura Dance is the most famous dance in Desert Safari. It is a kind of sufi dance and is enjoyed the most by people. It is a kind of dance which is takes the viewers of it in a different kind of vibes, vibes which cannot be explained in words.

Henna Art is the second best activity one can enjoy in a Desert Safari Camp. Your hands are decorated with the kind of design you want on your hands by henna. It is a kind of tattoo which is temporary and is painless.

Dinner Enjoy a palatable dinner. You will be served with a special International buffet which has a taste which will last with you your whole life.
Fire Show Group of experienced people will come with fire strings in their hands. Those strings will be thrown in the air one by one repeatedly. This show will last for about 15 to 20 minutes. I promise that you will be left in amazement at the end of the show.

 

Life is too short to wait for getting this beautiful and pleasing experience.
We at www.desertsafaritrip.com offers the best deal for the overnight camp at Dubai Desert Safari. Book your deal now! We are ready to host you and make your trip worth remembering by giving the best services for the trip!

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Desert safari in Dubai with SKYLAND TOURISM

Desert safari in Dubai with SKYLAND TOURISM

From the night safari in the Arabian Desert to the countless night clubs, Dubai is surely going to surprise you on your visit.

About Dubai

There are many places in Dubai that can be visited during night or after midnight. From the night safari in the Arabian Desert to the countless night clubs, Dubai is surely going to surprise you on your visit during night time.

Dubai is a city that never sleeps. If you are willing to explore the city during night, then you would be surprised to see what Dubai offers you. The stretch of dunes and deserts, taking a walk on beach of Palm Jumeirah, shopping in the malls, restaurant above the clouds, and many more are some of the best things you can explore in Dubai.

It has everything to offer for all age group crowds, right from youngsters, couples to elderly people. Dubai is a safe city for tourists, hence be relaxed and enjoy the night views and have a great time and enjoy your night with your loved ones. 

Dubai At Night

Where to stay

Dubai has multiple options for finding a cheap or expensive place to stay, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget. If you don’t have worry about your budget can book plenty of hotels rooms and hostels on www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.

It’s a huge city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.

Also if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them. If you are traveling on a budget or not couch surfing seems to be a good idea. 

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OUT AND ABOUT TRIP TO DESERT SAFARI DUBAI WITH SKYLAND TOURISM

This challenging excursion starts when the driver who takes you to the Safari lifts you up. They can pick your from wherever paying little mind to it is your cabin or residence. You are arranged on the 4×4 vehicles; all the safari drivers are able and have aptitudes to drive jeeps on the desert and sand.

The master drivers by then brainstorm the 4×4 into the Desert Safari Dubai and present the capacities of Dune hammering by taking vacationers on an astonishing rollercoaster ride-all over the ascents of the Desert Safari Dubai. Desert Safari Dubai trip isn’t viewed as the swoon warmed yet this is guaranteed that all age people will welcome this.

After this the land cruiser will stop on a colossal ascent to take a viewpoint of the engaging sunset of Dubai and extra premium delineations to see once back home with your dear.

THE TONS OF ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE THERE

Henna painting, quad biking and camel riding are some additional activities that you acknowledge after slope pummeling. Here you no convincing motivation to get depleted basically sit back in the camp and value evening with these activities and take the refreshment of your own choice.

The visit furthermore consolidates non-veggie sweetheart and vegetarian dinners buffet an uncommon desert BBQ nearby on tap mineral water. Isolated this has soft drink pops, coffee and tea as well. Close by your dinner, you can value the heart fragile hip spin and an outstandingly charming and gleaming tanoura move performed by the readied specialists.

You can similarly acknowledge Desert Safari Dubai medium-term this consolidates a whole night stay in Desert dozing pads, cushions and sacks are given. This is a throbbing learning to spend an aggregate night in the sand with a pit fire to keep people warm, as it might be to some degree nippy night where you rest under the cover under the star sky. Your morning starts with the essential sunrise with freshly cooked sustenance. The sustenance is for all people since this is a whole territory sustenance.

SIGHT SEEING

Dubai has a lot to sensitive to its guests, let me list for you presumably the most energizing activities that you can do while you’re in Dubai; sea calculating, venture dinner, Abu Dhabi and Dubai city visits, Desert Safari Dubai and Burj al Arab diners , not to stop considering a medium-term stay at the Desert camp where an aggregate outside framework is given to experience the certified Bedouin life. Another empowering activity is the Hot Air Balloon and Ski Diving that lifts your adrenaline level up.

The incomprehensible Burj Al Arab restaurants in Dubai offer the best of organizations and improvements to its corporate clients. The hotel boasts about three generally adjusted gathering rooms which are equipped with the latest in correspondence and presentation development. These restaurants join various sustenance settings. The assurance of sustenance fuses a grouping of nourishments like Arabic, European, all inclusive, Asian and Mediterranean.

Dubai is the best engaging objective for journey, offering its guests empowering practices like Fishing, Dhow Dinner voyages, City visits and some more. It is the city worked for visiting the attractions all in the territory of the year with amazing lodgings and resorts. Dubai is a grand city and a phenomenal objective for a collection of events and Desert Safari Dubai. It has something for everyone, and gives different styles of voyage acknowledgment.

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