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.
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.