Concierge Abdul Yusran Arifin, who is from Kuala Lumpur, has worked in the flagship hotel of the Dorsett hotel group – the Dorsett Kuala Lumpur – for nine years. “The beauty of my job,” Yusran says, “is that I get to help others, engage with guests, and make people happy on a daily basis. Also, I get to meet people from all over the world.” Dorsett Kuala Lumpur is located in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle, a stone’s throw from Malaysia’s finest shopping malls, eateries, tourist and entertainment spots, including the KL Convention Centre and Petronas Twin Towers which are within walking distance via an air-conditioned link bridge. Let’s explore Malaysia’s capital through Yusran’s eyes…
Favourite locale on a day off
I like to head to Village Park for the famous Nasi Lemak, or Murni Discovery @ SS2 for their delicious Mi Goreng. Also, I’d spend time in the shopping malls with my family and catch some good movies in the cinema.
Where he takes his own guests when they visit
Most of the time, I will only recommend guests to Jalan Alor for some local hawker/street food, at the same time I will bring my friends from overseas or out of town to Village Park for the famous Nasi Lemak, or Sri Nirwana Maju at Bangsar for a good banana leaf rice feast, or Central Market, to do get some local shopping for batiks and other souvenirs.
It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what we should do
You could take a cab (which takes approximately 30-45 minutes from Dorsett Kuala Lumpur) to the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre for a museum tour of the local pewter production, live demonstrations, as well as a hands-on experience at the School of Hard Knocks workshop. On the other hand, you could take a cab to one of our popular shopping malls such as Mid Valley or Suria KLCC, and enjoy local delicacies at nearby eateries such as Nyonya Colors or Madam Kwans.
Recommendations for night-time entertainment
I’ll recommend guests visit popular nightspots such as Zouk Club KL, bars in Trec, Helipad Lounge, Atmosphere 360 (the Revolving restaurant in KL Tower), or Dining in the Sky for a view of the city Kuala Lumpur.
Key phrases visitors should learn
Terima kasih – Thank you.
Selamat Pagi – Good morning.
The best shopping & souvenirs
Suria KLCC and Pavilion would be suitable for mostly premium and some mid-range brands. You could head to Sogo for more value-led and lower-price items. Pewter or kain batik are good souvenir options representing locally handmade products.
A child-friendly thing to do or place to go
KidZania KL – for fun educational games and activities.
Petrosains – a Science Discovery Centre that uses a fun and interactive approach to tell the story of the science and technology of the petroleum industry is another option.
There’s always Aquaria – a world-class aquarium that’s home to over 5000 exhibits of freshwater and marine life, such as tiger sharks, sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, and seahorses across a sprawling 60,000 square-foot space.
Skytrex Adventure – an educational adventure activity for all ages. The tree canopy tour allows visitors to go on an exhilarating ride through the forest on flying fox ziplines (over two lakes), balance on tree logs high in the air and take in the views of the forest canopy from platforms nestled in the trees. Situated within the Shah Alam National Agricultural Park, this is a great way to get the blood pumping and put your balance and strength to the test.
Jump Street Asia – ideal for kids and adults, too! Located in a warehouse behind Jaya One, this indoor trampoline park is made for people of all ages. The park is divided into several sections: a main court featuring over 9,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines; two dodge ball courts; a foam pit; basketball and kids’ courts; a high-performance area with six Olympic-spec trampolines; and vertical running walls of different heights.
Sunway Lagoon – a family-friendly place to visit. Explore the Sunway Lagoon Water Park & Amusement Park with one of the highest and most exhilarating water rides in the world. There’s also the natural world at Wildlife Park, home to over 150 species.
Best-kept secret or favourite hidden treasure
Mirror in the Sky at Kuala Selangor. There’s a scenic view for taking pictures and instagrammable moments.
Best way to get to the airport
We can arrange a hotel limousine or a cab, or guests can call for a Grab [the local form of Uber] to KL Sentral, and take the KLIA Express Airport Train which takes you directly to the airport.
Best time of the year to visit
July/August when KL has minimal rainfall.
Anything else we should know when visiting
Be cautious of pickpockets while walking around the city centre.
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