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Bayan Indah – a Malaysian culinary retreat

Bayan Indah is a gorgeous villa tucked away in the small Malay community of Sungai Penchala near the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Damansara. Backed by dense, rainforest-covered hills and surrounded by gurgling streams, a large fish pond and aromatic herb gardens, the villa is a serene oasis just 30 minutes outside the centre of Kuala […]

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Capellini Pasta with trio of seafood and Togarashi.

A Velvet Escape dining tip: Sage, Kuala Lumpur

A special guest post by @agentcikay. One of my favourite ‘Velvet Escape’ experiences here in Kuala Lumpur is dining at the restaurant Sage. Situated on the roof top of The Garden’s Shopping Mall, this is the place to enjoy haute cuisine at its best. One of the great experiences I had included a personalised lunch […]

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The world’s tallest buildings

The new tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai or Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, will officially be opened today. Standing at more than 800 meters (half a mile tall!), it is twice the height of the Empire State Building in Manhattan and it dwarfs the world’s second tallest building, Taipei’s 101 Tower (at 509 […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Kuala Lumpur

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. Most of us in life, […]

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Shop till you drop in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysians love to shop. I believe the favourite national pastime in the weekends is strolling through one of the many shopping malls. For the locals, it’s a family-outing or a way of spending time with friends. It’s also a great opportunity to people-watch or escape the scorching tropical heat outside! For tourists, Kuala Lumpur is […]

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Plane views: Putrajaya, Malaysia

All flights that approach the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from the north fly over Malaysia’s new administrative capital, Putrajaya. To have the best views, I recommend sitting on the left side of the plane (i.e. row ‘A’). Located approximately 45 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya was built at a tune of $8.1 billion to relieve […]

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Old railway station in Kuala Lumpur.

Ten things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia, is a fascinating city that is constantly on the move. It offers stunning architecture, an amazing array of cuisines, a broad variety of shopping and an exciting and varied nightlife. Anyone planning to spend some time in Southeast Asia should have KL on their itinerary. 1. Shop till […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Kuala Lumpur

What: Curry laksa Where: Chawan (Kuala Lumpur) Note: Curry laksa is a Malaysian classic. It’s basically a thick, spicy coconut-based broth filled with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, fried tofu puffs and noodles (I prefer rice vermicelli – meehoon – in my curry laksa). This dish is rapidly gaining popularity around the world (when visiting Australia […]

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