Malaysia is a country that was on my wish list for quite a while. Just a few weeks ago, we were able to make my dream a reality. We flew from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.
The airport is about a one hour drive from the city, and the first thing I realized is how good the roads are. Having lived in Thailand and Vietnam for the past 2 months, the traffic of Kuala Lumpur seemed relaxed and organized. The environment: green and clean. That green vibe continued in the city itself; it is amazing how such a big city can stay so green and lush!
Lanson Place is the serviced residence we stayed at for six nights, and is located in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Kuala Lumpur.
After a night flight Emir and I always like to order room service, but Lanson Place only serves breakfast. In the end, I was happy about this because this meant we had to go out and explore directly.
Our district ‘Bukit Ceylon’ is a quiet area, 5 minutes walking distance from the busy bar street Changat Bukit Bintang. This is where we found ourselves a cosy Italian restaurant where we shamelessly indulged ourselves in pizza, cider and beer.
Emir and I stayed in a 1-person apartment on the highest (apartment) floor 47. The 85m2 apartment comes with a fully equiped kitchen, comfortable bathroom and spacious living room. I loved the fact that the apartment has a washing machine and dryer. I think not having a washing machine is my biggest struggle while traveling full-time. That is why we prefer Airbnb’s and serviced apartments over hotel rooms for longer stays.
The panoramic view from all windows made the stay even more worthwhile. Especially from the bedroom, we had an amazing view on the famous KL Tower.
The KL Tower (Kuala Lumpur Tower or Menara Kuala Lumpur) is a tall telecommunications tower in the center of the city. After the Petronas Towers, it is probably the 2nd most famous site. With 421 meters it is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The tower is the highest viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur that is open to the public. Although we have never been on top of the tower, we got to enjoy its magical light show night after night.
Breakfast is on the 48th floor and has the best view overlooking the KL tower, because of the tall windows. What I like is that basically every table has a good view over either the KL Tower or Petronas Towers. Breakfast is even more fun with a breathtaking view. The vast selection of fruit and cheese made me a happy girl.
Lanson Place has a gym on the 48th floor. Aside from this gym, you can also make use of the 5th floor gym overlooking the pool. I never used the gym, but I heard from Emir that especially the gym on the 5th floor is very nice ;).
On the top levels you can find the lounge with billiards area, and a huge top deck garden with barbeque area.
The Olympic size pool on the 5th floor has a very tropical feel. Surrounded by palm trees, it is not hard to chill down after a busy work- or sightseeing day. At the clubhouse next to the pool you can get snacks and drinks.
Lanson Place is the ideal place to live for a longer period of time. The breakfast on the 49th floor is amazing.
The only downside for us is that you can not order food for lunch/dinner, but that’s why it’s apartments and not a hotel perse. On top of that – Malaysia has foodpanda as well, which is a food delivery service where you can order from the best restaurants. We used this service quite a bit and this comes in super handy when you are working at home and don’t want to ‘waste’ 2 hours going out for lunch.
Lanson’s mission is to provide you with the level of comfort that you would expect in your own home, and that is exactly what it felt like. As full-time travelers it felt great to live in a homey, spacious setting for almost a week. I recommend staying here for both short stay and long stay and I know where to go next time I find myself in Kuala Lumpur.