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Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon - Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur was our second to last place we stopped on our whirlwind Asia trip.  I can't tell you how comforting it was to stay in at the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences.  When you've been living out of a suitcase for a few weeks already, having a great place to stay like this is key.

I think the biggest draw of staying in a time share is that you get more of homey feeling rather than just staying in a box of a hotel room.  At the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences you get the comfort of staying in a residence, but you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars like you would with a time share.  It’s a win, win in my book.  These serviced residences are just the place you should stay the next time you’re in Kuala Lumpur.

ROOMS

The absolute best part about staying at the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences is that you don’t just get to stay in a tiny hotel room, you get your own fully functional apartment.  It’s really a nice thing when you’ve been traveling for a while.  Lanson Place establishes a home base for you to kick back and relax.  Do your laundry, cook something fresh (in the full kitchen with an oven, regular sized refrigerator, stove and all cookware) or enjoy the full living room where you aren’t sitting right next to your bed.  Each apartment has a giant kitchen with a large island, living room, bedroom(s), bathroom and washer and dryer.

SERVICE

Every person I encountered here was not only extremely helpful but also very kind.  That’s something I always notice - kindness.  It really goes a long way especially in the service industry.  Everyone from the front desk, the management, the security guards and even the lounge attendants were very pleasant.

LOCATION

Let me just say that getting around Kuala Lumpur was not the easiest.  Not sure if it was because it was raining and people don’t seem to drive well in the rain, but traffic was heavy and I’m from LA! That being said, Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences are well located in Kuala Lumpur.  It is not far from the KL Tower, Chinatown and the Central Market.  You can also easily get to the Petronas Twin Towers with an Uber, just account for some drive time.

Kuala Lumpur is a little far from the airport.  Generally you should give yourself 1.5 hours to drive to the airport, however, in a freak of nature situation, it took us almost 3 hours to get to the airport just barely making our flight!  As with anywhere you are, be sure to give yourself enough time to arrive! 

FOOD + AMENITIES

The only thing that might be better than staying in spacious apartments is getting the perks of a hotel, as well! Enjoy a delicious, complimentary buffet breakfast each morning of everything from eggs and bacon to lox, a large pastry assortment and a gourmet cheese platter. You’ll feel like you’re staying in the lap of luxury while dining 50 floors up with views of both the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers.

You also have access to an olympic-sized swimming pool, 2 floors of exclusive residents only lounge areas, fully equipped gym, iMac stations, a billiards table, rooftop barbecues and complimentary cookies in the lounge in the afternoon.

Check out the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residences, here.

Guide to the Temples of Angkor

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I didn’t realize this before going to Siem Reap, but Angkor Wat is only one temple that makes up the Angkor, Siem Reap area.  In actuality there are approximately 50 temples and they all have different names.  Angkor Wat is the most famous which why is easy to make that mistake.  Although the phrase Angkor Wat does literally mean city of temples in the native Khmer language.

I also did not realize how spread out most of these temples are.  I figured like in Europe, you could visit multiple sites in a short period just by walking to each.  When I googled the distance between two temples that looked pretty close before my trip, I quickly realized that driving was going to be the way to go because the short distance I perceived on the map was going to be an hour walk.

Because there are so many options of temples you can visit in the Angkor Wat area, I've put together a list of the top 10 temples you should visit during your trip.  Tons of pictures included below in this post!  FYI, all pictures that relate to the temples are shown just above the text!

BANTEAY SREI

The Banteay Srei temple is one of the furthest temples from Angkor Wat. It was our first temple visit because it is pretty far north.  The lady temple as its also called is known for its pinkish color and intricate stone carving detail.  Even after hundreds of years, the details remain intact after all this time because of the good quality sandstone used.  The red sandstone used is actually what gives it its pinkish shade.  The temple is surrounded by a moat filled with colorful waterlily flowers making an already beautiful temple more stunning.

You can really see the pinkish color in the title picture shown above!

PREAH KHAN

This temple is one of the bigger temples in Angkor.  It’s actually similar to Ta Prohm which is famous for how the 500 year trees have grown into the structures.  You’ll find yourself walking around Preah Khan in a bit of a maze of columns, fallen rubble, ancient trees and tons of carved buddha icons.  This one wasn’t high on my list before actually seeing it, but I definitely would have missed out had I stuck to prior research.

NEAK PEAN

Pronounced “neak pawn”, this was a temple that I was really excited to visit after doing some research before visiting.  This temple is unique in that it is located in the middle of a lake and has a long and beautiful wooden walkway leading to the actual shrine.  The walkway is lined by delicate trees and water.  It is truly picturesque.  Neak Pean is located just next to Preah Khan temple.

PRE RUP

Pre Rup is a great place to catch the sunset.  In comparison to the more popular spot to watch the sun go down, Phnom Bakheng, this temple is slightly less crowded and doesn’t have a limit to the amount of people they allow on it.  Phnom Bakheng only allows 300 visitors on top of it, so if you don’t get there early enough you could miss out on the sunset.  Choose Prae Roup instead because the top of the temple sits above the trees.  Get there around 4.  It does fill up and getting there early allows you to grab a better vantage point.  Stake out a seat as high as can be on the front south side as the sun sets to the south west side.

ANGKOR WAT

The most popular and most well know of the temples, Angkor Wat is the largest stone building in the world, and one of the new 7 wonders of the world.  It is also the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia because its the largest religious site in the world.  This is the place to catch sunrise.  It had been a lifelong dream of mine to witness a sunrise here.  I was praying for good weather and no heavy cloud cover.  The world heard my prayers because I witnessed the most stunning sunrise I’ve ever seen over the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat.  It’s an art getting the best view of Angkor Wat for Sunrise - keep an eye out for my blog post to learn how.

After the sunrise, head straight into the temple.  A line started to form pretty quickly to hike up to the top.  They only allow 100 people at a time so don't waste time getting there!

BAYON

This was another question I had in terms of what this temple was actually called.  Because of some research I thought Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple were one in the same, but it turns out that Angkor Thom is the city name while Bayon is the temple.  This temple is probably the second famous after Angkor Wat of all of the temples.  Bayon temple is made of the carved stone faces.  Literally there are giant stone carved faces every direction you look.  One of the tourist pictures to snap here is the illusion of standing nose to nose with one of the carving.  There are multiple opportunities to get one of these pictures - you’ll no doubt see all of the other tourists getting this same picture.

WAT PREAH NGOK

Just a short walk from the Bayon temple, you’ll find Wat Preah Ngok. It’s a large pyramid looking temple, but a fast visit.  You can climb to the top of the temple and get a great view of the surrounding area.

BAPHUON

A second temple that is just around the corner from the Bayon temple is the Baphuon temple.  These 3 temples are the only exception to the non-walkable advice I gave you above.  Really all of the other temples are pretty far apart, but these three you can hit easily together.  Baphuon is more a photo op, but worth seeing especially since it’s so close to the other two.

TA PROHM

This temple will forever now be known as the tomb raider temple because Ta Prohm is where Angelina Jolie filmed part of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.  It is extremely unique because it is the one temple that really feels like a jungle.  Giant silk-cotton and strangler fig trees have grown in between the stones of the temple and now have become part of the temple.  It is definitely a sight to see!

BANTEAY KDEI

Honestly, Banteay Kdei was a last addition to our tour.  After seeing Ta Prohm, we simply didn’t feel we had enough of the Angkor temples before heading to the airport to leave Cambodia.  Our tour guide stopped by Banteay Kdei since it was just a few minutes drive from Ta Prohm.  I’m so glad we did because this temple was just a bit different than the other temples.  It felt more like a ruin and less giant piles of fallen ruins.  It was beautiful.

These temples are definitely what made me fall in love with Cambodia.  The history, the craftsmanship, the culture.  It's all incredibly beautiful. Hope this guide helps you get the most out of your next trip to the beautiful Cambodia!

Yours Truly // Shannon

The Quincy Hotel - Singapore

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If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m a sucker for pretty places with great design.  The Quincy hotel is no exception.  Literally every inch of the Quincy is fabulous and stylish.  Each detail is so well designed and thought through.  I mean, when you just see the hotel building from the outside, you can’t help but admire its design.  At night the hotel is designed to light up in a cool pattern. 

Basically, the Quincy Hotel screams modern, stylish, new, hip hotel. Read on to learn more about this designer hotel.  If you’re making a trip to Singapore, make sure to keep the Quincy hotel at the top of your list.  It will not disappoint.  Trust me, you get so much bang for your buck with the amount of amenities you get during your stay.

LOCATION

The Quincy is pretty well located not far from Little India and close to the fancy shops at the ION Orchard Mall and the other shops along Orchard Road.  And by fancy shops, I mean the designer, expensive type, but who doesn’t like to window shop, right?  Uber does make it extremely easy to get around the city from the Quincy.  It was also a short 20 minutes from the Singapore Changi Airport.

AMENITIES

The list of amenities that the Quincy hotel offers is incredibly long and pretty much beyond standard.  On top of having a top of the line gym, spa and sauna, gorgeous infinity pool and a beautiful outdoor garden sitting area, the amenities don’t stop there.  The hotel offers a huge amount of complimentary food.  I go into detail just below!


The hotel offers a laundry service too.  I’ve never really seen another hotel do this.  You can have 2 pieces of laundry cleaned if you are staying longer than 2 nights completely complimentary.  Also, if you turn in those pieces in the morning, you can receive them back, cleaned, same day.  Finally, a really awesome feature they have is a mobile device that you can take with you on excursions that has wi-fi internet access.  This is great if your phone doesn’t have a great international plan.

FOOD

Any hotel that offers complimentary breakfast is a win in my page.  The Quincy offers a great buffet breakfast with both cold and hot items.  The Quincy takes it like 3 steps further than breakfast though.  There is also a light refreshments service literally all afternoon and then evening cocktails and light dinner.  Yes, you read that right.  The hotel basically offers you complimentary food all day - yes please!  On top of that, the in-room mini-bar is complimentary and replenished daily.  This was definitely key for helping stay hydrated especially since Singapore can get hot and humid.

ROOMS

Like the rest of the hotel, the rooms are so well designed.  Even as studio rooms, with each area so well thought out, it really seems like you have a ton of space.  My favorite part of the whole room is the giant bay windows with a window seat spanning the length of the window.  Not only do they give you a great view, but I also just loved the openness they created.

SERVICE

The quality of the service at the Quincy hotel was great just like most hotels.  The check-in process went smoothly and quickly.  The staff at the restaurant were tentative and available should you want to have eggs made to order.  In all honesty, we didn’t have very many interactions with the staff, so I can’t report anything negatively or positively.
 

PS. check out the cutest dog pillows hanging from the tops of the lounge seats in the lobby.  They look so real and funny hanging by their heads.  Just another hip touch added to the already stylish hotel.
 

Check out the Quincy Hotel online, here.
 

Bottom line - if you're looking for a place to stay when you're in Singapore, look no further than the Quincy hotel.  It is stylish, clean and affordable.  An unbeatable combination in my book.

*Sponsored Post: My hotel stay was provided in collaboration with the Quincy Hotel! All opinions are my own.