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by Jeff Iorio | December 01, 2012
Taste Sensation
One of Malaysia's culinary staples is nasi lemak, a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and generally accompanied by spicy anchovies, hard-boiled egg, cucumber slices and peanuts.
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Kuala Lumpur 
The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur opened in August. All 412 guest rooms offer panoramic views of the city, six meeting and event spaces can host up to 1,300 guests, a 24-hour fitness center features personalized LCD screens with Internet access, and the Essa Spa offers 11 treatment rooms and a sauna.

Ultra-sleek Asian design distinguishes the 513-room Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, set to open in 2013. What promises to be a high-tech haven for business travelers will include 11 meeting rooms able to host up to 2,000 people, plus video and teleconferencing facilities.

To debut on Jan. 1, 2013, the Seri Chenang Resort and Spa is set on tropical Langkawi Island, one of UNESCO's designated World Geoparks. The boutique resort is a one-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur and features six luxury villas built with local hardwoods to reflect traditional Malaysian architectural style. The Kayangan Spa emphasizes the use of natural ingredients and traditional Malaysian therapies.

Meeting Hotels
In Kuala Lumpur, major hotels include the 662-room Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur; 643-room Mandarin Oriental; 503-room Hilton Kuala Lumpur; 473-room InterContinental Kuala Lampur; 385-room Sheraton Imperial; 365-room Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur; and 335-room Impiana KLCC Hotel & Spa.

In Putrajaya, about 15 miles from Kuala Lumpur, are the 380-room Marriott Putrajaya and 118-room Putrajaya Shangri-La.

Convention Center
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center; more than 30 separate meeting venues, including a theater capable of seating up to 3,000 attendees. (011) 60-3-2333-2888

Taxes
Hotels add a 5 percent government tax to all rates, plus an additional 10 percent service charge. (Many restaurants add a 5 percent tax to your bill as well, plus a 10 percent service charge; such eateries are designated as "plus plus" or "++.")

Currency
The Malaysian ringgit (MYR or RM). At press time, 3.29MYR was equal to US$1.