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Business toolkit: Tips for Kuala Lumpur

The conversation starter, the app and the cocktail bar for your next business trip to Kuala Lumpur

Conversation starter: Alibaba’s first Southeast Asian office

In June, Alibaba launched its first Southeast Asia office at The Vertical tower in Kuala Lumpur, reflecting its deepening partnership with Malaysia. This follows last year’s establishment of Malaysia as the company’s first overseas hub for its Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP), an initiative that promotes changes to e-commerce and trade rules to make it easier for small businesses to export globally.

Business toolkit, Kuala Lumpur

The app: MyCar

Ride-hailing apps have become essential for travellers. MyCar, a newcomer looking to rival Grab’s dominance, often offers a cheaper fare, plus it features low fixed rates to the airport. No harm in comparing before picking a ride.

After hours: Mr. Chew’s Chino Latino Bar

This newly established taproom sitting atop Wolo Bukit Bintang hotel has become the after-work chillout place of choice in Kuala Lumpur. It’s just a few blocks from the CBD in entertainment district Bukit Bintang. Come for a cocktail and ogle at the huge portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi in the tropics, or visit the restaurant downstairs to sample its Asian twist on tapas.

Business toolkit, Kuala Lumpur

Fact file

Central business district: KLCC

Airport to CBD: 40 min (train + taxi)

Currency: HK$1 = 0.51 ringgit

Cathay Dragon flies to Kuala Lumpur from Hong Kong 28 times a week

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