As we are currently planning our Spring travel tour to the Far East, we thought we would share some useful information we have gleaned from our extensive research so far in case any of our readers are also planning a trip to that part of the world. So here is our Far East Foodie pitstops and travel ideas for Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur on the best places to stay, eat, shop and enjoy sightseeing and evening cocktails:
The best locations with views of the marina are within the Colonial District in Boat Quay and also Clarke Quay. Check out : Swissotel Merchant Court. Also if you want to say in family run guesthouses, then check out Why Not Homestays and Waffles/ Cosy Corner Homestays (for each of these homestays, prices are about SG$ 35 per person/per night).
Maxwell Road and Newton Circus have large food centres; coffee shops: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (whom we found were good when we visited Vietnam) & S-11 (24hrs chain of coffee shops); Chin Chin (Chinese fast-food chain); and in the Chijmes Area head to East Coast Parkway for seafood restaurants as well as Scotts Picnic Food Court. Though if you are in search of more upmarket fair, then head over to Raffles City, near Raffles Hotel, which has an upmarket food court, as well as checking out Tea Chapter.
Also, ensure you visit 2 Michelin-starred Chef Janice Wong’s 2am Dessert Bar as she has trained at Noma and creates culinary masterpieces, as well as you can partake in masterclasses if you wish. ( http://www.2amdessertbar.com ; for more on Chef Janice Wong visit: http://2amlab.org/about/ ; Twitter: @2amdessertbar ; and for more on the events, food and classes visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/2amdessertbar?ref=hl )
Shopping and Sightseeing –
Check out the marina area, as well as satellite towns Tampines and Bedok.
You can either stay in the tourist areas of Tsim Sha Tsui; Wanchai, in hotels like the Marco Polo or Novotel; Admiralty, if you want more upmarket hotels like Conrad and Marriott. Though if you want to get the best of both worlds of great location, views and close proximity to restaurants then head to Fortress Hill, east of Causeway Bay, as it has reasonably priced hotels like City Garden and Newton Hotels, and is within walking distance to the Causeway and North Point shops and restaurants.
For reasonably priced meals visit Causeway Bay; Victoria City for cheap seafood; Tsim Sha Tsui; Admiralty areas; as well the Outlying Islands for good seafood. Also, if you are after more upmarket meals, visit Lan Kwai Fong.
*Top tip: Avoid Wanchai as it is full of tacky tourist trap restaurants.*
Shopping – Nathan Road
Check out Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Tsim Sha Tsui is the well-known touristy area at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula.
Evenings out – For the best cocktails, visit the rural outskirts of town in Sheko and Sai Kung.
Hotels – Ampang is the best area to stay. Check out Hotel Nikko, Hotel Maya, Hotel Zou ; or basic but functional rooms at the Hotel Grand Central President.
Eating – Ampang area, as it is quieter, less touristy than central KL and has good restaurants at reasonable prices.
Shopping – Seri Lubul
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