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Grand Margherita Ho­tel

Jalan Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man, Kuching (08 242 3111/08 241 8911/ www.grand­margherita.com/gmh). With baby cots avail­able upon re­quest, bring your lit­tle ones and enjoy the many fa­cil­i­ties of­fered by the ho­tel. Worry not when you’re div­ing in the out­door pool as the ho­tel pro­vides a kids’ pool and a play­ground for your child to ex­pe­ri­ence a fun-packed va­ca­tion. If you need some time alone with your part­ner or sim­ply crave a drink or two, fret not, babysit­ting ser­vices are just a ring away. Other ac­tiv­i­ties to con­sider dur­ing your trip with your fam­ily in­clude a day out to Bako Na­tional Park, Kubah Na­tional Park or the Ir­rawady Dol­phin Watch.

Tereng­ganu Brick­fields, KL. A small area just out­side KL Sen­tral, Brick­fields is a melt­ing pot of Malaysian cul­ture. You’ll find art gal­leries, mar­kets as well as var­i­ous stalls serv­ing In­dian cui­sine. While the gov­ern­ment is quick to call it the ‘sec­ond Lit­tle In­dia’ af­ter Masjid In­dia, spend a lit­tle more time in the neigh­bour­hood and you’ll find there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Cruise Tasik Putrajaya

Jeti Pu­tra, Jam­batan Pu­tra, Jalan Masjid Pu­tra, Precinct 1, Putrajaya (03 8888 5539/ www.cruise­tasikpu­tra­jaya.com). The scenic and leisurely cruises on Lake Putrajaya are a par­tic­u­lar hit with visi­tors from out­side Klang Val­ley. There are some stun­ning views of the Gar­den City and the boats and per­ahu (gon­do­las) dot­ted about give the lake an idyl­lic feel, es­pe­cially as the sun sets. You can also dine on-board at night and the food is sur­pris­ingly de­cent.

KL Tower

2 Jalan Pun­chak, off Jalan P Ram­lee, KL (03 2020 5444/www.menarakl.com.my). Take a tour up the 421-me­tre high telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and broad­cast­ing tower for a mag­nif­i­cent vista of KL from its view­ing deck. The au­dio tour is rea­son­ably in­for­ma­tive, if a lit­tle dry, and the restau­rant at the top is very pop­u­lar with tourists de­spite its mixed re­views. There is also a small aquar­ium, an F1 Sim­u­la­tor, an XD Cin­ema (with 6D tech­nol­ogy), a 1Malaysia Cul­tural Vil­lage as well as a newly opened mini zoo. (Ob­ser­va­tion deck) Daily, 9am-10pm. Adults, RM52, Chil­dren (4-11 years old), RM31; (MyKad/MyKid hold­ers) Adults, RM32, Chil­dren (4-11 years old), RM21.

Mini Zoo @ KL Tower

2 Jalan Pun­chak, off Jalan P Ram­lee, KL (03 2020 5444/www.menarakl.com.my). Zoo Ne­gara isn’t the only place to see wild an­i­mals in the vicin­ity of KL. In­stead of driv­ing all the way to Am­pang, take the wind­ing road up to KL Tower and check out its un­der­stated mini zoo. Though small in size, the zoo houses a sur­pris­ing num­ber of ex­otic an­i­mals such as meerkats, bat-eared foxes and snap­ping tur­tles in well-main­tained habi­tats. More than one zoo keeper is al­ways at hand to share fun facts about the an­i­mals and to pass you a hand­ful of feed. Let a para­keet sit on your shoul­der for a photo op and visit the pet­ting zone where friendly rab­bits and guinea pigs ac­tu­ally run up to you for food and cud­dles.

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