How to Have the Best Time in Kuala Lumpur. And Land a Developer Job.

by Dea Martinjonis August 11, 2017

Visiting Kuala Lumpur? Maybe even moving there? Want to stay off the beaten tourist tracks and do like the locals do? Our liaisons on the ground shared some of their best kept secrets.

Malaysia is a country that offers you the best of everything — bustling city life with the finest of dining, fanciest of rooftop bars, best shopping and mouthwatering street food, throwing the most amazing experiences nature can offer in the mix — from wild jungles and varied wildlife to pristine beaches with breathtaking diving spots.

We tapped into the best local knowledge of Ninsters aka the people working at Nintex — a company that exists to improve the way people work. How? They’ve created a simple point-and-click workflow that connects every person, department and system inside or outside of any business.

PS. If you fancy staying longer and actually living in Malaysia, you just might land a job at their Kuala Lumpur office.

PPS. Take a sneak peek of what life at Nintex looks like:

Our special list of to-do’s in Kuala Lumpur

What to see or do first? Go and take a look at the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, this 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel.

Also — experience (we couldn’t find a better word for it) durians. The durian is the infamous Asian fruit with a smell of “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock” that can be sensed from yards away. It has such a potent stench that it’s banned on the Singapore Rapid Mass Transit. But according to some — it tastes amazing, others even love the smell. Go figure. The famous American chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain calls it “indescribable, something you will either love or despise…Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.” He is also quoted to having describe the smell of the durian in following words:“It smelled like you’d buried somebody holding a big wheel of Stilton in his arms, then dug him up a few weeks later.”

Durians are an acquired taste. But some just seem not to get enough of them. Photo by: Kondoruk / Shutterstock.

Durian can be eaten raw or cooked and it is used to flavor many traditional Southeast Asian dishes, and candies. Proceed at your own risk.

What are all the things you HAVE to do if you only have 24 hours in the city?

No wonder they call Marini’s on 57 iconic. I mean — look at this scene! Photo by: Marini’s on 57 Facebook.

Marini’s on 57— it is Malaysia’s most iconic bar, lounge, and Italian restaurant located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves may be KL’s most frequented tourist attractions, but rightfully so. Photo by: Popova Tetiana / Shutterstock.

Batu Caves— it may be one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, but it sure is worth a visit. It’s a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus.

Lord Murugan Statue is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia and second tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world. It is also the tallest statue in Malaysia at 42.7 metres (140 ft) in height. It took 3 years of construction and unveiled in January 2006 during the famous Thaipusam festival. Photo by: Carlos Amarillo / Shutterstock.

Dive into the Bukit Bintang area, considered the fashion and entertainment epicentre of Kuala Lumpur.

Bukit Bintang is bustling with shops, bars and restaurants. Photo by: Bukit Bintang Facebook.

The places to get the best haircut, massage, street food, etc: Bukit Bintang area, also Jalan Alor is a great spot for street food — KL being an immigrant city, the variety of food available is amazing and the barbecued meats, noodles and desserts are some of the best (and cheapest) in the city there.

Best expat bar: All the clubs along Changkat Bukit Bintang — an avenue on which a large number of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular bars and restaurants can be found is a trendy place that’s great for pub crawling.

Some of the best places to go for a long weekend trip:

Melaka Straits Mosque sits on the water. Photo by: nelzajamal / Shutterstock.

Melaka was one of Southeast Asia’s greatest trading ports back in the 15th century. Today this charming city is a UNESCO world heritage site, with a rich multicultural heritage and definitely worth a visit.

A resort in Penang — also known as the Pearl of Orient. Photo by: Patrick E Planer / Shutterstock.

Penang, a world renowned exotic holiday destination, is also listed as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. This virgin paradise has no shortage of cultural sights and natural scenery. Nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its soft sandy beaches and is fondly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia. Some of the most interesting sites of Penang include the sandy beaches of Tanjung Bungah, the landscape from the summit of Penang Hill, and the vipers in the Snake Temple.

Tioman Island seen from a propeller plane. Please propel us there right now. Photo by: Cultura Motion / Shutterstock.

Tioman Island is a nature reserve, ringed by beaches. The area is known for its dive sites, which have corals, sea fans and sea sponges, as well as shipwrecks. The island is covered in tropical rainforests, home to butterflies, lizards and monkeys.

Cameron Highlands is famous for its tea estates, the plateau is also noted for its cool weather, orchards, nurseries, farmlands, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, wildlife, mossy forest, golf course, hotels, places of worship, bungalows, Land Rovers, museum and its aborigines (Orang Asli). Photo by: berm_teerawat / Shutterstock.

Cameron Highlands is Malaysia’s largest hill-station area famous for its tea estates. Temperatures in these 1300m to 1829m heights rarely top 30°C. This fresh climate inspires convoys of visitors to pick strawberries and sip tea here each weekend.

During the Thaipusam celebration, the devotees impale their bodies with long metal skewers. Photo by: amzyrrashid / Shutterstock.

Best events: Thaipusam in Batu Caves— is a colourful annual celebration in honour of the Hindu god Subramanian. It is a famous festival largely because of the practice of devotees who impale their bodies with long metal skewers during the event.

Here are the peeps at Nintex celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Another important celebration is Hari Raya Aidilfitri — a festive celebrated by Muslims in Malaysia. It is the day that marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fasting month.

Favorite lunch spots close to the Nintex office:

When the Nintex folk don’t have in-house barista to entertain their tastebuds, they’ll just hit some of the food stalls or restaurants nearby.

Peter Pork Noodles is a great food stall and Sin Kee Restaurant offers delish Cantonese cuisine.

Ruyi & Lyn’s themselves state their main dining hall has seen many proposals. No wonder it’s suggested as THE spot for a date night. Photo by: Ruyi & Lyn’s Facebook.

Date night idea: Apparently the restaurant du jour is Ruyi & Lyn — a modern Chinese restaurant, event space and bar at the Bangsar Shopping Centre. They say their main dining hall has seen many proposals. 💍

Must-have foods and where to get them:

Nasi Lemak — a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It is considered the national dish, too. Go try it at the Kampung Baru hawker stalls.

Nasi Lemak is a must-try when in Malaysia.

Satay — essentially pieces of meat marinated in a mixture of spices and seasoning (lemongrass is a key ingredient), skewered and then grilled. It is every meat lover’s dream snack. Or meal. Try them in Kajang.

Roti Canai is a soft bread popular among the Malays and is also a typical breakfast dish in Malaysia. Photo by: abu emran / Shutterstock.

Roti Canai or roti cane is a type of Indian-influenced flatbread found in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore. It is often sold in Mamak stalls in Malaysia. Go try it at Sri Nirwana Maju.

Some people cannot stop raving about how good Char Kway Teow is. We suggest you try this out, too. We did. And will do so again. Photo by: lamjay2005 / Shutterstock.

Char Kway Teow literally means “stir-fried ricecake strips” and is a popular noodle dish in Malaysia and among the national favorites. Worth tasting at Chuan Lee Restaurant.

Also try the Fried Laksa at Well Cook Gourmet.

The best locals bar:

Marini’s on 57 comes up as a suggestion in all conversations almost. So, yes, it is a must. Photo by: Marini’s on 57 Facebook.

Marini’s on 57 has an unparalleled view of the city centre and is set to impress you; PS150 is a cool speakeasy in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown; Mantra is a rooftop bar and lounge located in the heart of Bangsar;

The hottest nightlife things to do:

Zouk is a gift that keeps on giving as it actually consists of 11 different venues! Photo by: Zouk Facebook.

Zouk is the most lavish nightspot to be developed in Malaysia. Ranked the #26 club in the world by DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs global poll, its reincarnation symbolises the rise of the superclub that is set to usher yet another game-changing era in the region. It actually consists of 11 venues — Zouk Main Room; Zouk Cafe Bar; Beer Garden; Phuture; Velvet Underground; Apex Lounge; Ace; Members’ Lounge; Imperial; Glass Box; and Balcony Deck; Also one of Kuala Lumpur’s premier nightlife destinations for both clubbers and DJs is Fuze.

Yes, it’s a 26m-long pool. Inside a bar. The SkyBar that offers panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. Photo by: SkyBar’s Facebook.

SkyBar at the Trader’s Hotel, situated on the 33rd floor, has developed a popular following among local and international guests for its combination of great cocktails and panoramic views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Its centerpiece is a signature 26m-long pool.

Heli Lounge Bar is fully aeronautical in their approach. You may even dance on a helipad there! Photo by: Heli Lounge Bar’s Facebook.

Heli Lounge Bar rocks an aeronautical theme. A section of a Boeing 737 side panel has been cleverly converted into a booth for seating. Across the room, a DC9 turbine is used as a base for a low coffee table. On one of the walls hangs a three-blade propeller and a Beaver model airplane hovers from the ceiling and completes and enhances the funky HELI vibe.The piece de resistance is a mere two flights of stairs above the club. Take that last step and you’ll be blown away by the spectacular uninhibited 360° view of the KL skyline. One is now on the Helipad, which is one of just five helipads in Kuala Lumpur. It also serves as a perfect vantage point to view breathtaking fireworks displays that ply the sky on special occasions.

Bricks & Barrels Hartamas offers a great drinking ambience with its unique gastro bar and beer garden. The interior features a diverse mix of modern and retro furnishing with brick walls.

And last, but not least. Some of the most unexpected things about Kuala Lumpur:

The rain and lightning show in Kuala Lumpur is a powerful experience. Photo by: Zai Di / Shutterstock.
  • The number of public holidays (around 56 days per year).
  • People here speak good English.
  • The number of shopping malls.
  • The heavy downpour and lightning strikes definitely amaze those who rarely witness it in their country.

If you happen to be an experienced developer, you just might be the one who could move to this beautiful place, so apply ASAP to one of the two Senior Developer positions, or if you’ve got managerial skills under your belt — to the Team Lead position at Nintex:

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