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Travel & Resources: KUALA LUMPUR & Vicinity (Klang Valley)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- area code (60-3)

General Information

    KL is a modest little city on steroids, with muscular architectural monuments and traffic jams that feel out of proportion to its winding, tree lined streets and village-like neighborhoods. Colorful and chaotic, it retains a vitality that neighboring Singapore nearly polished away in its own efforts to become Asia's Tomorrowland. But it's KL that feels like a themepark in progress. Here, you may ramble through a traditional Malay kampong in the shadow of the show-stopping twin towers; or ride the cute monorail that offers first-time visitors vistas of both construction sites and destruction sites. Half of Chinatown has been turned into a uglified pedestrian mall that feels like anywhere but Chinatown, while old and crumbling heritage shophouses nearby that were (thankfully) overlooked by civic planners still house traditional businesses that ooze with charm of days gone by. Modern, yet hand-me-down; confident, yet uptight; Asian tiger, yet conservatively colonial; butch, yet nelly: KL is the fascinating love child of visionary nation-maker Dr. Mahathir and his Mr. Hyde ego.

Kuala Lumpur (c) 2012 by John Goss

    Gay life in the capitol is widespread and surprisingly sophisticated, but still largely underground due to lingering antique British colonial law and Islamic disapproval. Many gay businesses have morphed into creative hybrids to remain "within the pale": yogatoriums, aerobisaunas, massageaurants or spaversities with darkgyms and karaocuzzis. Mainstream businesses now openly cultivate gay and lesbian customers who loyally dispense pink ringgit at the growing number of mixed venues that welcome them. Gay or lesbian nights at straight clubs are common. And, of course, the Internet is the medium of choice for the discreet and closeted.

    Getting into KL from the KLIA airport is faster and easier than ever. Skip the hour long and expensive taxi ride and, when you get out of Immigration, change just enough for about R$100 (the money changers in the city will give you a much better deal than at the airport!), and take the elevator down to level 1 and get right on the KLIA Express train. You'll be at the Sentral Train Station downtown in 28 minutes. Pay R$35 for the train ride at the ticket booth to exit and then go straight to the budget taxi stand for a ticket to your final destination (in 2011 only R$13 to Bukit Bingtang). Such a big improvement!

Kampung sweets (c) 2006 by John Goss

    The population of Kuala Lumpur is about 1.5 million people (that's 60,000 Utopians just in the city proper). The Klang Valley, incorporating KL, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya has a combined population of over 4 million (for a grand total of more than 160,000. Utopians).

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Businesses


Travel Services

  • Capricorn Enterprise UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2013
      A-5-10 Empire Tower SS 16/1, Subang Jaya, 017-305-2283, email. Gay-owned tour related services including airport transfers; customized and private tours; hotel and ground arrangements; plus private cars and drivers. Licensed, English speaking tourist guide and private transportation for small groups up to 10 people. Any destinations within peninsular Malaysia. Utopia Member Discount
  • Kuala Lumpur Travel UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2012
      016-235-9009, email. Gay-friendly, independent local guide providing tours and transportation services in Kuala Lumpur and throughout peninsular Malaysia. Utopia Member Discount
  • Pride Travel UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2012
      012-347-2747, email. Local gay guide providing private tours and transportation services in Kuala Lumpur and throughout peninsular Malaysia. Get insider access to Kuala Lumpur's local gay scene and visit places, off the average tourist's radar, where local gays go to meet each other. Along the way, sample some of the city's best local food spots and other cultural highlights based on your own interests. Accommodation and home stays may also be arranged. Utopia Member Discount


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Accommodations

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Attractions

    • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
        Jln Lembah Perdana, Utopia Map, 2274-2020. This private museum is probably the most beautiful museum in the capital. With superb collections of architecture, calligraphy, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and more, all housed in state-of-the-art displays with excellent English language translations. Particularly appealing are scale models of famous mosques and actual lifesize rooms displaying the height of Islamic artistry from around the world. All of this is housed in a beautiful building filled with natural light and a thoroughly modern interpretation of classical Islamic architectural motifs.


Bars and Clubs


Cabaret Shows

Discos


Fitness and Gyms

    • Chi Fitness UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2012
        Damansara Perdana, just next to Menara Bata which is just next to the LHDN Bld. Full of hot muscle gays who work out there from 1pm onward. It is very cruisy inside the fitness center. Small groups of gays have drinks at a bar next door where the owner of the bar is gay friendly. Gays from Menara Bata are always cruising for fun in the surrounding area, too.
    • Energy Fitness Studio
        Directly behind Giant Mall, Dataran Glomac area, Kelana Jaya, 880-3805. Parking is plentiful and free. Though quite small, the gym spans two floors - 1/F for classes and 2/F for equipment and cardio machines. Tasteful decor with plasma TVs. The place is clean and has a comfortable, tidy feel. The reception area is manned by two muscular chaps who will greet you cheerfully. The shower rooms are very nicely done. They intend to expand to a 3rd floor in the future.


Karaoke


Massage for Men


Meeting Places

      BRICKFIELDS / KL SENTRAL

    • Hilton KL Clark Hatch Fitness Centre
        Sentral. The sauna/steam room can be very cruisy, especially in the late evenings on weekdays and in the afternoon on the weekends. Some PLU members of the gym are very obliging.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Returned last week for a weekend at the Hilton KL. Stopped in at the renovated spa and gym. It's cleaner and more organized. Cruisy weekend in the sauna - members and guests were accommodating." -- Monroe, Oct 6, 2013 "KL Sentral facilities near Secret Recipe - Unit 2, Level 1 (Arrival Hall KL City Air Terminal), KL Sentral Station, Utopia Map - are busy and there is fun to be had there." -- grazzy, Jun 27, 2013


      BUKIT BINTANG / KL CITY CENTER

      click for our interactive map of Bukit Bintang

    • Aquaria KLCC UTOPIAN VISITED AUG 2012
        Utopia Map. Leading to the underground passage to KLCC, the facility there is a meeting place, especially after work.
    • Bintang Walk UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2013
        Utopia Map. The whole of Jln Bukit Bintang, starting off at the Pavilion luxury shopping mall right up to Lot 10 and Jln Alor's hawker food street, is KL's major cruising area. Outdoor cafés have sprouted all along this route. Appropriately nicknamed "The Catwalk", it sees a steady stream of gays throughout the day and especially in the evenings. Hook-ups even happen on the traffic islands!
    • KLCC UTOPIAN VISITED MAY 2012
        Utopia Map. Joggers, international hotels, lots of guys hanging out
    • Shopping malls
      • Low Yat Plaza UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2013
          Bukit Bintang, Utopia Map. This IT mall is buzzing with young computer nerds. Yum!
      • Pavilion UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2013
          Bukit Bintang, Utopia Map. Brand kings and label queens have migrated to KL's most luxurious high-end mall, now nicknamed "Gayvilion."
      • Starbucks UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2013
          Pavilion food alley, Utopia Map. Cruisius maximus!
      • Sungei Wang Plaza UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2013
          Bukit Bintang, Utopia Map. Top floor, near the Reliance. Beware of pickpockets.

          Comments from Utopians:

          "Top floor, near Reliance, was very active on a Tue afternoon 2pm onwards. Guys seem to wait just outside and anyone interesting they follow in - cubicles are clean some of the cleaners seem interested, too! There is food and drinks not far away if you fancy a second round later. Worth visiting." -- spikey353, Jun 19, 2013


      CENTRAL MARKET / CHINATOWN / PUDURAYA

    • Chin Woo Stadium pool
        Near Chinatown, Utopia Map. More gays after 5pm. Inexpensive entry fee.


      CHERAS

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    • Compleks Renang Swimming Pool UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012
        Utopia Map. Gay cruisy swimming pool. Water theme park is crowded on weekends with lots of eye candy. The showers have full doors and afford discreet privacy for partners. Pleasant on weekdays with less visitors. The lazy river ride has CCTV cams mounted inside the cave. Food is available on prepaid top-up value bracelet, so no need to carry cash inside.
    • The Lost World (Bandar Tun Razak) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012
        Sri Permaisuri Lake park vicinity, Cheras. Chinese gays cruise in this parking lot, Utopia Map, and then head home or into the park with their catch. Malay gays do the same thing here, Utopia Map, or here, Utopia Map. Best times are 3-5am. Don't bring valuables and best not to come alone.
    • Cheras Shopping Mall facilities


      PETALING JAYA

    • MPPJ pool
        Kelana Jaya, Utopia Map. Great for cruising, especially the bathing area. A mixed crowd of young hunks to older chubs (mostly Chinese) lounging and swimming.
    • Tesco UTOPIAN VERIFIED SEP 2010
        Mutiara Damansara, next to Ikano, Utopia Map. G/F facilities.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya, 2/f facility (behind Tee Too boutique) is cruisy, especially at night. Also, LG facility (behind DiGi Center)." -- badinc, Aug 14, 2013

      "SS2 Mall is a new cruising place in PJ area. Very quiet and check out the facilities next to FOS outlet, especially after office hours." -- festooner, Jul 24, 2013


      OTHER AREAS

    • Basketball court park
        Jln BP 1/5, Bandar Bukit Puchong, Puchong Dist, Utopia Map. A cruising place for many young and old gays at night. Normally more vehicles come in after 10pm and men will have a walk in the park where they search for others. Crowd is mostly Malay/Chinese, and sometimes Caucasians. The local residents know about it but they are quite OK as long as you keep your voice down while cruising and move the fun to another location once you've connected.
    • Behind the Kelana Jaya Stadium, by the lake, Utopia Map. Between the old Subang International airport and Petaling Jaya (about 8km from KL City Center). Very cruisy with more upscale Malay, Chinese and a few Indians. After dark until the wee hours.
    • Bus stop in front of Dewan Bandaraya.
    • In front of Quality Hotel KL.
    • Public facility opposite Pertama Complex after 11pm.
    • Railway Station Park, after dark.
        Transgenders come here to meet their friends or to make new friends. Nice mixed crowd.
    • Shopping malls
      • Endah Parade
          Utopia Map. Cruisy facilities in the upper floors. Week days and after office hours.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "BSC or Bangsar Shopping Centre is a nice neighborhood mall with many nice stores and prime seating for quick glances and smiles. Gay friendly vibe. Nice mix of crowd; especially after office hours and weekends. Sit by Coffee Bean, Just Heavenly, La Bodega or Dome - prime area for exchanging quick glances." -- Monroe, Oct 13, 2013

        "Parkson OUG, Old Klang Rd, G/F facility near the Parkson staff entrance is a cruising place. Quite happening 5-9pm on weekdays and weekends after lunch until evening. Mostly office workers and people staying in the nearby area. Check it out whenever your are nearby the area." -- festooner, Sep 11, 2013

    • Swimming Pools
      • Bukit Gambang Resort Centre (BGRC)
      • Chin Woo Pool
          Nice for its location with views overlooking the cityscape, and the water is quite clean. The bathing area and changing rooms have no doors, and locals have fun there.
      • Pandamaran swimming pool complex
          Mon-Fri after 7:30pm in the shower room, Sat and Sun after 7pm. No one is shy to get naked.


Restaurants and Cafes

      BUKIT BINTANG / KL CITY CENTER

      Albion (contemporary British cuisine) UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2013
        31 Jln Berangan, Utopia Map, 2141-9282, email. Gay-owned restaurant serving modern British cuisine reflecting the exciting changes happening now in British food. Gorgeous, contemporary decor. Two bars, lounge, terrace, balcony and dining areas on two floors. Full a la carte menu, comprehensive wine list, and exciting cocktails. Chef Colin's fare includes updates on British staples like steak and Guinness pudding; slow-roasted pork belly with thin sliced potatoes and caramelized apples; or a perfectly poached egg dusted with black truffle and reclining on baby asparagus in a delicate blue cheese sauce. Partner, James, keeps the front of house cordial and casual. Their staff are well-tuned and gorgeous to boot. Available for private hire and functions. Open Tue-Sun, noon-midnight. Utopia Member Discount

    • Coffee Klub
        Plaza Berjaya, Jln Imbi, Utopia Map. Coffee specialties, and snacks like satés and noodles. Owner welcomes all PLUs, especially chubs and their admirers.

    • Jalan Alor UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2013
        Bukit Bintang, Utopia Map. This famous food street is popular and central, if not the most delicious place to eat. Watch for the stalls where the locals are eating and don't be afraid to order what looks good from competing hawkers.
    • LOBBY Restaurant & Lounge (Thai) UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2014
        L1-2, Office Tower, No.1 Jln Nagasari (off Jln Raia Chulan), Utopia Map, 011-1428-7101, email. Gay-friendly, modern and chic restaurant located in the Bukit Bintang area. Serving Thai Cuisine with full bar. Occasional shows and special events. Utopia Member Discount
    • Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar (international) UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2012
        21 Jln Mesui (off Jln Nagasari), Utopia Map, 2142-2148, 012-226-1237, FAX 2143-2148, email. This funky and colorful two-storey restaurant and bar is secretly tucked away between Changkat Bukit Bintang and Jln Raja Chulan. The inventive menu is packed with playful delights like "chicken lollipops" and "deconstructed carrot cake." Dine, drink or snooze (their garden patio was voted one of KL's best places to take a nap!) surrounded by quirky furniture and artful murals. Gay and lesbian-friendly with a weekly Thu night called Rainbow Rojak which celebrates the rainbow community. Closed Mon. Utopia Member Discount


      CHERAS

    • BJBS Café
        G/F 115 Jl 3/93, Taman Miharja Cheras, Utopia Map. This cafe is a meeting and cruising point for local PLUs. Nice, friendly environment.
    • Jalan Bunga Mawar 2 UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012
        Utopia Map. Foodie Alert! This street is packed with dozens of "mixed rice" restaurants where you can heap your plate of rice full with many kinds of local specialties at cheap prices.
    • Jalan Taman Saga UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012
        Utopia Map. This food street has the best view of the KL city lights in Cheras. Dozens of inexpensive food stalls, each with a million ringgit view.
    • Paradise Garden Café & Spa UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2013
        27 Jln Cengkeh, Taman Cheras, Utopia Map, 016-311-0987, 03-9131-0987, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly café, the first in Malaysia to incorporate a day spa (on 2/F). Organic fruit juice, coffee, beer, tea, western food, Japanese snacks and more (no pork). Free Wi-fi.
Snow beer (c) 2012 by John Goss

    • Restauran 2008 Snow Beer UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2013
        Utopia Map. Foodie Alert! Quiet, streetside dining in the cool of evening. Order up the beer of your choice in super-cooled bottles that freeze into a delightful slush (see above) as soon as they are poured. Specialties include deep fried gai lang leaves, lala clams in an incredible herbal broth, and unctuous slices of salted pork served with dipping sauces. Other local vendors are at hand with chicken wings or roti. The Pattaya Thai Seafood restaurant in the same vicinity is also recommended by local eaters.


      PETALING JAYA

    • A.J. (Malay traditional cuisine)
        85 Jln SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Utopia Map, 012-777-2332, email. New location (2012) and same block as the hopping Studio89 gay sauna. Dynamic duo, AJ and Ryu, are the super-Daddy couple who run this colorful and tasty restaurant. The decor is bright, colorful and bubbly, showcasing their collection of bears, Swatch watches, and Japanese maneki neko (beckoning cats). Retro Malay pop music accents the huge buffet spread of outstanding home-made traditional Malay curries, veggies, and specialties which you heap onto a plate of rice. Save room for the dessert table with options including bananas in coconut cream.


      OTHER AREAS

    • Kyle's Place UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2014
        11G Jln Metro Wangsa, Wangsa Maju Seksyen 2, Wangsa Maju, Utopia Map, +60 3-4141-8548, email. Gay-owned, G&L-friendly coffee and tea joint opened in Feb 2014. Quality is their mantra. They feature Illy Coffee from Italy and Clipper Tea. Over 30 drinks on the beverage list. Utopia Member Discount
    • Old Kawan Kopitiam
        12G 10/116B Kuchai Entrepreneur Park, Kuchai Lama, Utopia Map, 03-7981-8961, email. Gay-owned Old Kawan Kopitiam is a cozy place for PLUs and their friends. They serve vegetarian foods, pork-free Asian fare. Free Wi-Fi. In-house games. Special areas for pets and smokers. Economic prices. They also cater for theme parties or functions. Utopia Member Discount



Saunas and Fitness for Men


Shops and Salons

      OTHER AREAS

    • The Healing Touch UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2012
        Block B6-09-01, Pandan Mewah Heights (next to Pandan Indah), Jln Pandan Mewah, Pandan Mewah, Selangor, Utopia Map, 012-399-4288, email. Gay-friendly reiki energy healing for relaxation and health. Reiki is a Japanese form of qi or chi energy healing. It is a touch-therapy which entails the (non-sexual) laying of hands on the front and back of the body, through which energy is transferred. The Reiki therapy is very relaxing, energizing and refreshing. It is also very good for improving one's vitality. In or outcall. Strictly professional service. Utopia Member Discount



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