Intro – Maldivian Paradise With A Little Europe Sprinkled In
Part 1 – Getting To The Maldives
Part 2 – Welcome To Paradise
Part 3 – A Couple Of Days In Kuala Lumpur
Part 4 – Paris On A Dime
Part 5 – My First Trip To Berlin
Part 6 – Going Home In Style: The Lufthansa First Experience
We landed on schedule, and after a short cab ride, we arrived at our home for the next two nights, The Double Tree Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is centrally located, and at only 10k Hilton points per night, one of the few remaining super values in the recently gutted HHonors program.
Upon arrival, our Diamond status was immediately recognized, and we were taken to the lounge on the top floor for a private check in. The lounge was stocked with a full selection of drinks and snacks, and also served breakfast (though the breakfast served in the actual hotel restaurant was one of the best I have ever had….) I asked for and was given a complimentary upgrade to a suite. In addition, Diamonds were allowed 3 pieces of clothing laundered for free. A nice benefit!
Having yet to spend any significant time in Kuala Lumpur, beyond a visit to the Petronas Towers, we had no real agenda. The subway was close to the hotel, so we hopped on and went out to explore.
The city is pretty easy to navigate, and we ended up spending time shopping at Central Market, with local arts and crafts and other traditional local items. China town was also lively and vibrant and we stopped for a snack of dim sum and green tea while there (very inexpensive…) And, of course, no trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without seeing the Petronas Towers.
The next day, we hired a fabulous private guide (last minute, even) who put together a custom private tour that would take us to a few of the city highlights, provide dinner at a local restaurant, and ultimately deliver us to the famous firefly sanctuary, the only thing on my personal agenda to see. Anuar picked us up promptly in his wifi enabled passenger van, and we set out for our custom tour. Highlights included Batu Caves, a lovely local sunset dinner, and of course, the Selangor Firefly Sanctuary. I can’t recommend Anuar enough, highly knowledgeable, and just an all around fabulous guy.
We returned back to the Double Tree after a full day of sight seeing and prepared for our ride the next day in the Malaysian A380 First Suites to Paris.
Since our flight didn’t leave until 11:40pm we requested and were given a late 4pm check out. This would give us some remaining time for last minute sightseeing and shopping in the city, followed by a train ride to the airport with plenty of time to enjoy the MH F lounge.
After minor issue with laundry pickup (make sure laundry place is not closed on Sundays, whoopsie) we made our way to the train station, and ultimately to the airport. We were pleasantly surprised when we discovered that we could check our bags for our upcoming flight AT the airport express station, very convenient indeed.
The MH lounge was small, though did have a small restaurant and we were able to order a nice dinner. There were also small sleeper suites and showers. Other than that, nothing too remarkable beyond a quiet place to park before a long flight. We had loads of time, so I made sure to sample every lounge I had access to.
After what seemed an eternity, it was finally time to board our chariot to Paris. Through this hobby, I’ve become a bit of an AV geek and was very excited to board my second ever A380. Though this time I would be in the front of the plane.
We were both stuffed from all the first class lounge visits, so we only ordered the caviar and champagne for dinner. We dined together, one facing the other in the huge F suites.
After dinner, the FAs made up our beds. Before long, we were landing in Paris, and I was sad that for this late night flight, I had slept through most of it.