In the daily rigmarole of life our hearts always yearn for being free of the clutches and drudgery of day to day grind. Sometimes, taking rest is not enough. Sometimes, it is important to make that effort for that journey - planned or not, short or long, quick or slow, near or far - sometimes it is just the journey which is more important than anything else.

Ever since we returned from Bali after a fantastic escapade, we were already yearning to go someplace like Bali - tranquil, peaceful, beautiful and serene.

So when I got an email about promotional fares, I did not waste time in deliberating. I am usually a very elaborate planner. I like to have things under control, to know where I would be going, how I would be going - and so on. However this time I took the wild side of me take reins. And I am glad I did - I loved the adrenaline rush of the moment when I just booked my international flight o Malaysia here with no other plan in sight.

In the interest of choosing cheapest flights, I chose to fly out of Kochi as flight from Bangalore were much costlier. Kochi is very well connected by train, road and flights to Bangalore and I booked flights from Bangalore to Kochi as well. I also booked a hotel near airport for transit and it was a good decision as we got breaks in our long flight schedule. Still the overall cost was cheaper than if I had booked direct flight from Bangalore.

Now the flights were taken care, I spend some time figuring out places to stay. After careful research, reviews and deliberation I finally chose Hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur for our Kuala Lumpur stay and The Datai & The Meritus Pelangi resorts for our Langkawi stay. I chose Hotel Istana for its location. It is located in prime shopping district of Malaysia Bukit Bintang and everything is a few minutes walk away. This was important to us as we wanted to walk as much as possible soaking in the Malaysian visuals and experiences along the way.

This choice of location helped us visit The Aquariaum & The Petronas Towers area on foot. We enjoyed our walks on good stretch of roads and pavement here. The skywalk connects the district and it was very useful.

In Langkawi we wanted to experience both the vibrancy of popular beaches and the quiet & exclusivity of nature and rain forests. Thus we decided to split our time in Langkawi between The Datai which is a beautiful property nestled amongst pre-historic rain forests with connectivity to a private beach and Meritus Pelangi resort which is located near to the shopping area.

Both properties were amazing in their own ways and we enjoyed our every bit of time spent here. Datai was a spectacular experience with staying almost in the middle of a forest. The property is done in eco-friendly way - for every tree cut - they planted more! The minimalist yet extremely elegant and beautiful decor adorned by wood and nature was a breathtaking stay. And whatever we say about the exclusive, extremely beautiful beach with a beach-side restaurant - will not be enough to express the joy and bliss once experiences by just being here. There are few places you can dream about. And then there are some where your dreams will fall short of reality - this is one of those!

Not to discount the other beautiful property we stayed - Meritus Pelangi which offers really huge swimming pool, water games for kids, fun areas and so on.

I guess for a family travel our choice of hotels turned out to be great. Our kiddo still talks about going to Malaysia - what more could we ask for?