Hotel Shangri-La Bangkok

We visited Bangkok in February 2018, where we stayed in Shangri-La hotel for four nights. We really loved the hotel, it has been one of the best hotels where we’ve stayed during our trips. 

LocationHotel location was very good. Sky train station was next to the hotel and the river boats stopped at the hotel, so it was really easy to get around the city from the hotel. 

Pool AreaThere were two separate pool areas, one common area and one for Krungthep wing only. Krungthep wing swimming pools were smaller, but there were less people. Common pool area was larger and there was a pool bar, poolside massage and some restaurants next to it. The pool area was actually really nice and green. 

One of these lizards visited the pool area one day. There were plenty of these in the river, which was next to the hotel. Luckily it was just a small one and not his mother ..

BreakfastWhen staying in the Krungthep wing you could choose to have breakfast in the Krungthep wing or in the common breakfast room. …

Port Dickson and Hotel Grand Lexis

Our main destinations during our trip to Malaysia were Kuala Lumpur and Melaka. We thought it would be nice to at least see some sea and beaches during our trip. The only destination with any of those on the west coast close to the cities was Port Dickson and it was just between those cities, around two hours driving from both, so we booked a room for two nights at Hotel Grand Lexis.

Port Dickson seemed to be a holiday resort for mainly local people. It was a small place with not too much to see. On the second day we visited PD Waterfront, where they were trying to build a more attractive area next to the sea with some shops and restaurants. Kids had an ice-cream at McDonald's and we had lunch at Double Queue Thai restaurant, which was actually very good.

Sea view at PD Waterfront.
There were some beaches around Port Dickson, but the water in the sea was not clear at all. So we didn't go swimming in the sea, but at least we saw the sea and walked on the beaches and the view was …

First visit to Kuala Lumpur

After flying for more than 14 hours we finally landed in Kuala Lumpur. Our first visit to Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur, but hopefully not the last. We were going to stay four nights in the beginning and four nights at the end of our trip in Kuala Lumpur. 

Our first hotel was Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, which was next to the Central station, so it was really easy to get there from the airport by train. It just took a bit more than 30 minutes to get there.  

Read our review about the hotel from here.

When you read about Kuala Lumpur, there are people who like it and people who don't. I liked it. It was a very green city with large parks and trees growing around the city. Everything was better organised than e.g. in Bangkok. It was clean around the city. The traffic was closer to Europe than in most part of Asia - not so hectic.
How to get around the city?Easiest was to use Grab. You got a car in a minute and it was quite cheap. It was also easy to get around the city using sky trains. During…

Hotel Equatorial Melaka

We stayed in Hotel Equatorial in Melaka for three nights during our trip to Malaysia. It was a quite old hotel, but it had been renovated. 

Hotel Equatorial

LocationThe location of the hotel was really good. It was just a short walk away from the old China Town and Jonker Street. On the way there was a nice park with many museums and a fortress. There were also many large malls close to the hotel.
 View from our room.
RoomWe had a club room with two balconies. The room was nice and looked exactly as in the pictures on the hotel reservation site. We had an extra bed for the kids as there was no bed sofa in the room.
Swimming poolsThere were quite large and nice swimming pools and a tennis court on the swimming pool area. The swimming pool area was never crowded. The only downside was that the pools and the pool area was not kept very clean.

Club loungeThe club lounge was really nice and had a large balcony on the roof. You could choose to have the breakfast in the club lounge or downstairs.…

Hotel Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

For the last four nights of our trip to Malesia we stayed at Shangri-La hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Wealways enjoy staying at any Shangri-La hotel. We usually book a room for three persons, even though we are travelling with two kids. Beds are large enough to fit the second child. They are usually very child friendly and have never charged us any extra for the second child. 

LocationHotel location was very good, with just a five minutes walk from KLCC Park and Petronas Towers. Closest sky train station was around 200m from the hotel, next to Hard Rock Cafe. KL Tower and KL Forest Eco Park were also close by.
RoomOur club room was nice and clean. Not too big, but big enough for our family.

Pool areaThere was one bigger pool, a small children's pool, a pool bar and a separate area for adults only. The pool area itself was nice and green and you did not feel like being in the city centre. Pools were never too crowded, as they were not anywhere where we stayed in Malaysia. We enjoyed it.


Melaka, Malacca ..

Our third destination during our trip to Malesia was Melaka, Unesco's world heritage city, where we stayed for three nights. An interesting mix of different cultures in one city. You could see the British, Dutch and Portuguese influence in the city's architecture, museums and churches.

During weekends there's a night market in the old China town, mainly Jonker Street. A lot of people, street food, dancing performances and music. I wouldn't go to Melaka just because of the night market, but if you happen to be in Melaka during the weekend, then I would neither skip it.

Many of the houses along the river and in the old China town had colourful paintings on them and in the evening there was a lot of colourful lights along the river. It was just nice to walk around the city and look at everything. There was so much interesting to see. We also took a river boat cruise along the river. It was nice.

One thing that did not really fit into the historical city, were the psychedelic…