English Tea At Carcosa Seri Negara
If you seriously, seriously want to relax in a nice English ambience in Malaysia then this would be the thing. Forget the food, it is dainty and nice but nothing to shout about. For RM 55 you get freeflow of tea of your choice..AND
If memory serves me correctly, you're served a dainty portion of :-
1. Strawberries (fat and juicy) with sugar icing and whip cream > this is definitely my favourite!!!
2. Sandwiches with salmon, tuna (?)
3.Scones with really nice cream. The scones were nice by Malaysian standard but having had heavenly ones in the UK, they proved to be a tad dissapointing
4.Tarts and cakes
You get only one round of these, but its filling though, especially the scones. I was dearly tempted for a second because of the strawberries but that would mean another RM 55 which is plain silly.
At the end of the day, I fulfilled my desire to see what Carcosa was all about, and it was a good experience.
Its a very quaint historical place and if you asked to be brought around, they will oblige. The service is excellent.
Tips : remember to prebook (not that it was packed when I went) so you can get the cozy corners. You can have your tea indoors or outdoors. I prefer indoors. You can request for privacy as they have partitions and sofa's at the corners. A great place to read your book or magazine or for a nice quient conversation.
The Lake Gardens
The Lake Gardens are close to central KL and are a peaceful spot to escape the bustle of the city.
The gardens occupy 92 hectares. We went round on foot but this was tiring in the heat. There is also a shuttle for getting round. If you do walk, wear a sun hat, sun screen and bring plenty of water with you.
The gardens most famous site is the Bird Park. Open 9am to 7.30 pm. Adm Rm 28. There is also the Taman Rama Rama - the Butterfly Park. Open 9am to 6pm. Adm Rm 15.
We did not actually visit either of these sights. Instead we visited the Taman Orkid - the Orchid Garden. Open 9am - 6pm. Adm free. We also visited the Taman Bunga Raya - the Hibiscus Garden. Open 9am -6pm. Adm -free. Both were beautifully laid out and filled with colourful flowers.
The park also contains a lake where it is possible to hire boats, the National Monument which we visited on a previous trip and the Hotel Carcosa Seri Negara which was once the luxurious residence of British Government Representative, Frank Swettenham.
View from KL Hilton @ Sentral
Original tip written in 2004
The view of KL and its surroundings from the new KL Hilton @ Sentral is expansive and beautiful. To get there, you need to you drive up the ramp to the hotel carpark and past the lobby, you will have the view of the newly developed area of Sentral, Brickfields laid out at your feet, and the view of Kuala Lumpur from the distance. Besides the Telecom Towers in the distance, you can also get a great view of the National Museum and the surrounding greenery of the Lake Gardens and Carcosa Seri Negara and parts of Bangsar and Damansara.
The best time to drive here is on a Sunday morning before 10.30 am because at this time, the sunlight is still light and fresh and clear. From this high vantage point, the city looks new, fresh and vibrant and indeed, it is full of possibilities!
Some Colourful History-this tip was updated in August 2006
The area in and around Brickfields has come a long way. The town of Brickfields begin its life as a series of settlements and houses built along the banks of Kuala Lumpur 's famous Klang river (the estuary or meeting points of the Klang River is what gave Kuala Lumpur its name). It was initially home to railway workers who were mainly migrants from Southern India. At that time, the head office of Malayan Railways (now known as "KTM" or Keretapi Tanah Melayu), and the main railway tracks and some godowns were located in Brickfields, and that's the reason why the railway workers home was also situated here. The area flourished when petty traders and small businesses set up shop here. In the era of the British rule, it was also the home of large brick making kilns, thus the name "brick fields" or fields of bricks. (or so I'm told!).
This area is also home to the Malaysian Association for the Blind, where the visually handicapped are trained in certain vocations, including body massage and telephone skills. Many visually handicapped people continue to live and work here so please drive slowly when you're in the area.
In recent years, the area was redeveloped and the new KL Sentral Station was built here making it a transport hub to connect international travellers from KLIA (by Express Rail Link / ERL it takes 27 mins from here to KLIA) to downtown Kuala Lumpur. Buses, taxis, the Putra LRT & KTM Commuter service & KL Monorail also links to KL Sentral. With the development of several up-market hotels such as the Le Meridien & KL Hilton @ Sentral, this part of Brickfields has come a long way from being a "field of bricks" and now, expensive condominiums sit cheek by jowl alongside older railway worker houses. It shows a face of Kuala Lumpur that is unique, colourful and hopefully will not totally disappear in time to come.
- KL -
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Dazzling Capital City
- a Magnificent Night View of KLCC -
- Popular Tourist Attractions at Kuala Lumpur -
Batu Caves ( Gombak , Selangor )
KL Bird Park ( Taman Burung )
KL Butterfly Park ( Taman Rama Rama )
Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve
Carcosa Seri Negara
National Palace ( Istana Negara )
Central Market ( Pasar Seni )
Little India ( Jln Masjid India )
Jamek Mosque ( Masjid Jamek )
Kuala Lumpur Tower ( Menara Kuala Lumpur )
KL Lake Garden ( Taman Tasik Perdana )
Malaysia Tourism Centre ( MTC )
Merdeka Square ( Dataran Merdeka )
National Monument ( Tugu Negara )
National Mosque ( Masjid Negara )
National Planetarium ( Planetarium Negara )
National Science Centre ( Pusat Sains Negara )
National Zoo ( Hulu Kelang , Selangor )
Old KL Railway Station
Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens ( Taman Orkid )
Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers ( Skybridge )
Petrosains Discovery Centre
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Royal Selangor Club
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Thean Hou Temple
- Museums -
Armed Forces Museum ( Muzuim Angkatan Tentera )
Bank Negara Money Museum
Forest Research Institute Malaysia’s Museum ( FRIM )
Heritage Centre ( Jalan Stonor )
Islamic Art Museum ( Muzuim Kesenian Islam )
Maybank Numismatic Museum
Muzium Orang Asli ( Gombak , Selangor )
National History Museum ( Muzium Sejarah )
National Museum ( Muzium Negara )
Telekom Museum ( Telemuzium )
Eye On Malaysia ( Titiwangsa )
- Others - plz click for link the pages
Batu Caves ( Selangor )
Shah Alam ( Selangor )
Klang ( Selangor )
Genting ( Pahang )
Langkawi & KL!
My Husband and I are staying for 12 nights at Tanjung Rhu In Langkawi and then 3 nights at the Shangri-La hotel in KL from the middle of November. I was wondering if anyone else has stayed at these hotels and could tell me anything about them or indeed any recommendations of things to do in Langkawi or KL?!! We are really looking forward to our visit! I have read thet the sea around Tanjung Rhu can be quite dangerous with sting rays being present? I am bit worried to go for swim now!!!
Re: Langkawi & KL!
wow-uve got plenty of time to explore langkawi!!
im assuming ull are staying at the tanjung rhu resort...1st-its very beautiful...n tanjung is supp 2 be one of the best beaches on the island!!
we went there for dinner one night...ive heard the policy is for hotel guests to book their tables in diff restaurants(i think there r like 6-7 in the hotel) for each meal in advance-primarily coz location wise-tanjung is away from restaurants outside...u can always hire a cab n keep him waiting if needed(transport at nite isnt easy)..else do book one of those romantic tent dinners on the beach(on the hotels property):)
in langkawi-make sure u pick up a free map in advance n ull know exactly what to do. id definitely recommend taking the island hopping cruise (u can even rent ure own speedboat to make the trip...) this is a MUST SEE!!!...also ive heard pulau redang is great for swimming enthusiasts!
have a great trip...:)
in KL...the twin towers, the Menara KL......for shopping: KLCC, Sungei Wang Plaza, Berjaya Times Square, and there r lots of gardens and museums around the place
Re: Re: Langkawi & KL!
Pulau Payar is easily accessible from main Langkawi Island. Swim with baby reef sharks and lots of fishes there. Bring your snorkeling gear if you own one, if not, rent it when you are there.
There are other island hopping trips. You may want to sign up with one of the many agents when you are there.
Re: Langkawi & KL!
You're gonna love Tg Rhu and Shang cos they are one of the most prestigious hotels in Msia. Not sure about Tg Rhu but Shang has some of the best restaurants in town, eg LaFite (French) - popular dining spots for socialites and royalties, Kampachi (Japanese), Lemon Grass. Shang is right across all most of the happening spots/clubs and is about 5 mins walk to Petronas Twin Tower/KLCC. Go early and sign up for a free tour to the bridge on 40/41th floor of the building. If you have time, have an afternoon tea at Carcosa Seri Negara - an amazing British colonial building converted into hotel. Queen Elizabeth stayed there the last time she was in town. Oh..and you have to visit Chinatown/Petaling Street.