With the travel industry practically at a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a vital time to stay home, stay safe, and be positive. But we can still have hope and look forward to future trips. This is also a good time to cherish your favorite travel memories.
There’s a lot to post about my travels around Southeast Asia. After Taipei, I went to Malaysia to visit the capital, Kuala Lumpur, for a few days. I stayed at the fairly new Hexa Hotel in the lively neighborhood of Bukit Bintang next to many pubs and the night market.
I wanted to explore the city and discovered the best way to do that was by booking the Cooler Lumpur By Night Tour with Vespalicious. The 4-hour tour is a really fun way to see the sights and try local dishes while riding around on a vespa!
My guides and vespa driver were Vincent, Kimi, and Dass. They picked me up at my hotel and off we went. Our first stop was Chinatown to try a few Malaysian-Chinese dishes and check out some really cool street art.
Then we stopped by the colorful Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Little India.
Then it was off to see a few sights like The River of Life, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and the iconic Petronas Towers. It was so nice to see them lit up at night. Vincent and Dass always offered to take pictures which I really appreciated.
For our final stop, we browsed a food market where I tried items I’ve never had before and even some dessert for later.
It was time to sit down and try Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak, at an authentic locals spot. The dish is popular for breakfast, but can be eaten any time of the day. It consists of coconut-infused rice served with an assortment of sides like fried chicken, egg, sambal chili paste, fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, and sliced cucumbers. It’s a delicious medley of flavors.
After some tasty nasi lemak, we enjoyed the Putu Bambu we got at the market earlier for dessert. It’s a cylindrical-shaped steamed cake made with rice flour, palm sugar, and grated coconut. I also had the chance to meet the owners of the restaurant before heading back to the hotel.
What a fantastic night! Riding around Kuala Lumpur on a vespa at night was a blast and I got to see quite a bit. Dass, Kimi, and Vincent were excellent guides and captured plenty of great shots throughout the night. They also provided great recommendations for the rest of my trip. I highly recommend a tour with Vespalicious!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia