Malaysian Grand Prix Weekend: What To Do and Where You Should Be
Formula One fans are in for another treat as Malaysia’s 18th Edition of the Formula One Petronas Grand Prix has is bringing the race one week after Singapore’s, the first time they are doing so. Maximise your racing weekend with these great spots that you can head to before and after the race.
If you’re flying down, the Sepang circuit is conveniently located right next to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) so if you’re there just for the race with no intention of venturing around the city then staying at an airport hotel would probably do you good.
Getting to the circuit by public transport has been made more convenient with bus and train packages catering to spectators with KLIA transit transfer packages for either the weekend or all three days, priced at RM170 and RM200 respectively and rapidKL bus services at an average of RM35 from various stops.
The race programmes start early on Friday morning and last throughout the day with activities like driver’s fan forum and musical performances. For those who intend to skip out and have a bit of an adventure it’s highly recommended that you stay in central Kuala Lumpur instead.
The network of train services makes it convenient to travel around the city. All you need is a train pass that can be bought at any of the stations for RM10 and you’re set. Alternatively, there are taxi and private car hires available around the city but do take them at your own peril as taxi drivers over there aren’t the most stand up guys.
If you’re looking for a an authentic shopping experience that’s easier on your pockets visit Kuala Lumpur’s many infamous street markets such as, Kasturi Walk. This open air market isn’t as extensive as Petaling Street but still offers bountiful shopping that will have you lost (in a good way) for hours. It’s a bargain hunter’s paradise and it’s conveniently located within walking distance from the train station.
When it comes to dining or drinks as the city is littered with swanky eateries and bars.
Wanting some local food doesn’t mean you’ve to sit at roadside stalls and fight with the flies. Only 10-15 minutes away from KLCC this hidden gem serves up Malay food redefined. You’re in for a treat if you’re looking to experience Malay food like never before. With signature dishes such as Opor Rusuk (slow cooked beef ribs) and Rendang Kambing (a slight change from the Singaporean favourite beef rendang) you are sure to enjoy these familiar flavours on a whole other level.
- Heli Lounge Bar
Fancy a cocktail, on a helipad with no barriers surrounding it? … Located on the 34th floor of the Menara KH building this bar takes it to another level (quite literally) as it’s on an actual helipad that offers amazing 360-degree views of the city. Besides the view, which is hard to take your eyes off, they offer an interesting variety of cocktails and simple but well-prepared dishes.
- Fatty Boom Boom
Located 30 minutes away from the city centre this watering hole has a dark and exotic vibe complete with showgirls that will entice you with their interesting concoctions of drinks coupled with live music, stand-up comedy acts and even a ping pong table in the middle of the place. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary then this is the place to visit. It will have you feeling like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.
To enjoy a mellow evening, chilling at this open-air lounge located on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel is the perfect way to spend your night. Transforming itself from daytime lap pool to glamorous bar in the evening, it overlooks the busy city and despite serving delicious drinks and bar snacks the draw of this place lies in its stunning views of the twin towers. That and the fact that there’s no cover charge should make it a no brainer as to where you’ll be heading.
- Gold Bar
Can’t decide if you’re in the mood for a wine bar or a good old pub? Why choose when you can have both and then some. With a wide selection of craft beers and wines as well as mouth-watering tapas and hearty mains, you won’t need to toss a coin and choose one or the either. Besides having a good range of drinks and food, it’s pretty affordable. Each person spends an average of RM50, more than enough for a good time.