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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 has retreated back underground in the last decade, not helped by lingering antique British colonial law and Islamic disapproval. Local gay businesses are a mash-up of creative hybrids to remain "within the pale": yogatoriums, aerobisaunas, massageaurants or spaversities with darkgyms and karaocuzzis. Trendy straight venues now openly cultivate gay and lesbian customers who loyally dispense pink ringgit at rainbow theme nights. 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. 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. Then, go straight to the budget taxi stand for a ticket to your final destination. Uber is now the way many locals prefer to travel around the city.

Kampung sweets (c) 2006 by John Goss

    The population of Kuala Lumpur is about 1.7 million people (that's close to 70,000 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 (about 160,000. Utopians).

    Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Kuala Lumpur:

click for our interactive map of Kuala Lumpur

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Businesses


Travel Services

  • Capricorn Enterprise UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2015
      A-5-10 Empire Tower SS 16/1, Subang Jaya
      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 Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT on customized and private tours.
      Add your review, comment, or correction

      Comments from Utopians:

      "I used Capricorn Enterprise for two separate tours this month while making my first visit to Kuala Lumpur. I can't say enough about his professionalism and knowledge and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone visiting that exciting city and dynamic country. Tourism is a 2nd career for Victor, as he had been an executive in the banking industry for many years previously. He is a fully accredited and licensed tour guide now and his knowledge of his area is exceptional. My trip would not have been as informative and exciting without his facts, figures and back story details that were intriguing and enlightening. Great job, Victor and many thanks." -- Robert Stephen Browning (international traveler and writer), Dec 17, 2015

  • Kuala Lumpur Travel UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2016
      016-235-9009, email

      Gay-friendly, independent local guide providing tours and transportation services in Kuala Lumpur and throughout peninsular Malaysia.
      Utopia Member Benefit: ONE FREE ADDITIONAL HOUR when you book a KL Half Day City Tour (4 hours); TWO FREE ADDITIONAL HOURS when you book a Full Day KL Tour (8 hours); 10$ DISCOUNT on all overland trips booked for more than 3 days.


Popular Spots

Accommodations

      Click here for Kuala Lumpur hotels and accommodations.


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.
        Add your review, comment, or correction


Bars and Clubs


Cabaret Shows

Discos


Fitness and Gyms

    • Energy Fitness Studio UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2016
        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.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "Most gyms in KL will provide a good workout, visual eye candy and cruising. Fitness First and Celebrity are the big operators in town. No branch is particularly gay, but gays will be at every branch, particularly the inner city area." -- Jeff H., Jun 10, 2016


Karaoke


Massage and Spas


Meeting Places

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    • Bandar Tun Razak Pool UTOPIAN VERIFED JUN 2016, 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.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Also best for cruising, not necessarily best for swimming." -- Jeff H., Jun 8, 2016

    • The Lost World (Bandar Tun Razak) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012

    • Cheras Shopping Mall


      PETALING JAYA

    • MPPJ pool UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2016

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Best pool for cruising." -- Jeff H., Jun 8, 2016

    • Tesco UTOPIAN VERIFIED SEP 2010


      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.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • 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.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Bus stop in front of Dewan Bandaraya

    • In front of Quality Hotel KL

    • Public facility opposite Pertama Complex

    • Railway Station Park

    • Shopping malls

      • Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013

          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.
          Add your review, comment, or correction

      • Parkson OUG UTOPIAN VERIFIED SEP 2013
          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.
          Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Swimming Pools

      • Chin Woo Pool UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2016

          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.
          Add your review, comment, or correction

          Comments from Utopians:

          "Chin Woo is also best for cruising, not necessarily best for swimming." -- Jeff H., Jun 8, 2016

      • Pandamaran swimming pool complex


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Jalan Alor UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        Bukit Bintang, Utopia Map

        This famous food street is popular and central, lively and colorful, even though it's not top in the taste or quality department. Watch for the stalls where the locals are eating (many will tell you W.A.W. Restaurant (with the Mickey Mouse sign) has the best food here) and don't be afraid to order what looks tasty from competing hawkers. Casual and flirty, it's a beer and snacks kind of place.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • LOBBY Restaurant & Lounge (Thai) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        L1-2, Office Tower, No.1 Jln Nagasari (off Jln Raia Chulan), Utopia Map
        011-1428-7101, email

        Gay-friendly restaurant located in the Bukit Bintang area. Serving Thai Cuisine with full bar. Less popular since they stopped their drag shows.
        Add your review, comment, or correction


      CHERAS

    • BJBS Café

    • Jalan Bunga Mawar 2 UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012

    • Jalan Taman Saga UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012

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.
        Add your review, comment, or correction



Saunas


Shops and Salons

      OTHER AREAS

    • The Healing Touch UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2016
        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 Benefit: 10 EXTRA MINUTES for 1-hour therapy sessions, and 15 EXTRA MINUTES for 1 1/2 hour sessions.



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