Norhana Ismail is the Rooms Division Manager at The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur which describes itself as “A moment of calm in the heart of a bustling city”. Originally from Penang, Hana has worked with the hotel since May 2013, and enjoys the fact that every day is challenging and exciting, and no two days are the same. Hana says Malaysia is a diverse country, with “people of different races, religions, cultures and ethnicity and that makes us a very interesting and unique place to visit”. Let’s join Hana as she gives us a guided tour of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur…
Favourite locale when enjoying a day off
Citta Mall, located in the fast-growing Ara Damansara township. The mall has stores for Children & Maternity, Enrichment & Hobbies, Fashion & Footwear, Food & Beverages, Leisure & Entertainment, and Lifestyle & Home Living.
Where she takes her own guests when they visit
Attractions: Zoo Negara, Aquaria, KLCC Petronas Twin Towers, KL Towers, and Bird Park.
Eco Tourism Spots: FRIM, Sg Chilling, Janda Baik.
Night Spots: Bangsar, Changkat Bukit Bintang.
It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what we should do
Indoor activities are recommended, such as Shopping Malls, Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions.
Recommendations for night-time entertainment
Our very own RP Entertainment Centre, with live band performances. TREC, Changkat Bukit Bintang and Bangsar for night-time entertainment. Fine-dining restaurants with rooftop view of Kuala Lumpur, such as Roofino, Fuego Troika Sky Dining. Dinner In The Sky would be a unique experience as you would literally will be having dinner in the sky up in the air. Also, Plane In The City is the latest unique fine-dining place to be. For street foods and hawker foods, try Jalan Alor and Tapak Urban Street Dining at Jalan Ampang.
Key phrases visitors should learn
Terima Kasih – Thank you
Apa Khabar – How are you doing?
Selamat Datang – Welcome
Selamat Pulang – Have a safe journey back
The best shopping & souvenirs to buy
One Utama – The largest mall in South East Asia.
Sunway Pyramid – A uniquely-designed mall.
Pavillion – A luxury mall.
Central Market – A mixture of traditional, antiques and multicultural items.
Souvenirs may vary depending on individual preferences. I highly recommend Kain Songket or hand-painted batik clothes.
A child-friendly thing to do or place to go
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Zoo Negara, and Kidszania.
Best-kept secret or favourite hidden treasure
Trekking & hiking to Sg Chilling Waterfall. Seashell collecting from several beaches in Malaysia.
Best way to get to the airport
By car or by the KLIA airport Express Bus.
Best time of the year to visit
All year long, especially during various culture festivals.
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