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Isn’t it amazing how you can look forward to a trip forever, and then, suddenly, it’s time to go? Well, the time is almost here, and I’ve been collecting lots of travel books (I like the little Lonely Planet books because they are easy to carry, compact and don’t weigh down my purse or suitcase). Still, there’s nothing like gathering suggestions and information from friends.
So here’s the scoop – We’ll be traveling on ANA. Remember that crazy $276 open jaw airfare deal? Got it! We added on a Thai Airways one way flight from KUL-BKK for $87 (5,700 Chase UR points).
I’ve never been to Malaysia or Thailand, so I’m excited. We’ll be in Kuala Lumpur for 2 nights and Bangkok for 3 nights. It’s a short visit so I know we can’t go everywhere and see everything.
For hotels, although I made a bunch of reservations, I’m nearly certain we’ll stay at the Grand Hyatt in each city.
I’ve been researching and receiving lots of recommendations from friends (especially Susan and Pat – thank you!) about the two cities, but I’d love to hear your recommendations. Here are some possible topics.
At the airports KUL and BKK
- Priority Pass Lounges
- Transportation to KUL/BKK
- Currency Exchange
In Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok
- Sightseeing suggestions
- Temples, etc.
- Tours or Self-guided? hop on buses?
- Getting around recommendations: public transportation, Taxi, Grab? (note: bye bye Uber)
- Wandering: I like to see sites, but I also enjoy relaxing, wandering and just taking it all in.
- Street Art?
- Currency and credit cards
- Food and Restaurants (not too spicy)
- Coffee and cocktails
- In Bangkok – massage recommendations
- Reminders and Warnings
- Must do/ Need not do
- Must bring
Tech – I have T-Mobile so I don’t plan on getting a Sim card. Unlikely I’ll bring iPad or laptop.
Running – suggestions on routes
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