Thanks to some suggestions provided by readers, I’ve made a few more plans for a stopover on my upcoming trip to southeast Asia. I’m excited for the opportunity to explore a new country, and still open to other ideas.
Time flies. Hard to believe its already been more than two months since my original post seeking advice for a stopover on my Singapore Airlines trip. I’ve finally made a few more plans, and I wanted to share. The good news is that its now less than two months until our trip!
Thanks for all of the suggestions before, and I’m still open to other ideas. Our current plans have us splitting our time before we head to the Park Hyatt Maldives between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. I’m planning to use Avios to book the short haul on Malaysian Airlines between SIN and KUL. There are various low cost carriers serving that route, but 4500 Avios each way is hard to beat. I’m hoping for another British Airways Amex transfer bonus before booking this, but I shouldn’t wait too much longer.
We’ve never visited Malaysia before, and despite Kyle/TripSherpa’s adventures in Malaysia, we think it should be fun. Malaysia has held a unique place in my memory from past travels, particularly to China. Malaysia Tourism does a lot of memorable advertising. I tended to watch CNN International or the BBC in my hotel while relaxing and desiring to hear some English after a day of being overwhelmed with Mandarin. The video below has some very pretty views, but pleas check out the last 10 seconds or so of the below video for the classic jingle. Sorry in advance if the song gets stuck in your head!
Due to the recent major Hilton and SPG points devaluations, we booked stays with both chains before prices went up. We can decide later which to stick with, but I wanted to lock in the lower prices. I’m certainly open to more suggestions.
In Singapore, we are booked at the Conrad Centennial. This seemed like a good use of a bunch of our Hilton points before the points price went up by 50%, and Damian‘s review looked great. I’m a Hilton Gold, but I still have decent hopes for our stay there. We are staying at the Sheraton Towers in Singapore for a quick night on our way home.
In Kuala Lumpur, our current plan is to split our time between the Westin (hopefully in a suite) and either the Le Meridien or the Hilton. The latter two properties are in different towers of the same building. Hard to decide which to use. I have a suite upgrade pending at the Le Meridien, and it was a cheap cash and points booking, versus 40,000 Hilton points. The new Grand Hyatt is also an option, and I have one free anniversary night from my Hyatt Visa, which would bring the price down nicely on what looks like a lovely new property.
Our first night in Malaysia will be my wife’s birthday, so I’m hoping to do something special, and wonder what (if anything) whichever hotel we are at will do if I mention this ahead of time. On my birthday last year the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong provided a cake without us requesting it, which was a nice surprise.
Do any of you travel gurus have other recommendations for our trip?
Thanks for your suggestions!