by Jeff Iorio | April 01, 2013
Nature's Décor
Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve.
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia ( is a strikingly different meeting venue. Outdoor events can be held against the backdrop of a lush tropical rainforest in the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve. 
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Local Update
Opening this spring in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, is the 101-room Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, a series of longhouses set on 15-foot stilts along the banks of the Melinau River. The resort has a spa, high-speed Internet access and more than 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

Casa del Rio Melaka, a 66-room boutique resort, has seven conference suites that can host up to 400. Highlights include a rooftop infinity pool, a gym and a spa, as well as a river cruise that departs every 30 minutes from the hotel.

Luxe new properties coming to Kuala Lumpur include the 200-room Kuala Lumpur St. Regis, to debut in 2014; the 230-room Four Seasons Place, which opens in 2017; and the 250-room Harrod's Hotel Kuala Lumpur, opening in 2018 at a cost north of US$300 million.

Meeting Hotels
In Kuala Lumpur, properties include the 662-room Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur; 503-room Hilton Kuala Lumpur; 443-room Westin Kuala Lumpur; 385-room Sheraton Imperial; 365-room Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur; and 335-room Impiana KLCC Hotel & Spa.

In Putrajaya are the 380-room Marriott Putrajaya, 281-room Hotel Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside and 118-room Putrajaya Shangri-La.

To find and compare more properties in Malaysia, visit

Convention Centers
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 110,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 26; (011) 60-3-2333-2888;

Putrajaya International Convention Center; exhibit space, 107,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 32; (011) 60-3-8887-6000;

Airport Transit
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, 45 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, US$25; by shuttle, US$5

Kota Kinabalu International Airport, a half-mile from the center of Kota Kinabalu. Transfer cost by taxi, US$10

Penang International Airport, 10 miles from Georgetown. Transfer cost by taxi, US$12; by shuttle, US$1

The Malaysian ringgit (MYR). At press time, 3.11 MYR was equal to US$1.

Hotels add a 5% government tax plus a 10% service charge. Many restaurants add a 5% tax plus a 10% service charge; such eateries are designated as "plus plus" (look for "++" signs to be certain).

Group Venues
Select from a dazzling array of curry dishes at Precious Old China in Kuala Lumpur's Central Market. A 1,000-square-foot dining space overflows with vintage art and furniture showcasing Malaysia's cultural diversity. (011) 60-3-2072-5915;

Experience Malaysia's rich history at Suffolk House, former home of Francis Light, founder of Britain's settlement on Penang. Tour the 200-year-old building and gardens, or dine at the restaurant  in a grand colonial atmosphere. (011) 60-(0)4-228-3930;

Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, (011) 603-2034-2090;