Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
After a couple of week of beaches and islands it was nice to get back to a big city, we spent a hectic few days in KL and managed to see and do lots for a change.
We stayed at a hostel for the first time (well it had a shared bathroom) called Reggae Guest House 2 in Chinatown and it was really nice, we had a small room with air con and a tv (2 channels yey!) and the price included free tea and coffee and a breakfast of as much toast as you can eat.
Once we checked in we headed out and found happy hour at the Reggae bar up the road then headed for the market at Chinaton where we had a mini spending spree, we bought a watch each, some t shirts, a sunglasses case and a purse – we haggled like demons and got decent prices for most things.
On the next day we boarded the hop on hop off bus which tours most of the city’s attractions, we used it to get to the bird park first, it’s a covered aviary so the birds get to fly around instead of being cooped up which is good, being **** on twice by the free range birdies was not so good!
We then got back on the bus and got off at the Petrona Towers and tried to get tickets to go up to the observation deck for the next day but were disappointed to be told they were sold out unless we came back to queue at 7 am the next day- that was not going to happen – so we consoled ourselves by wandering around the mall there – it was huuuuge!
On a sour note we had our camera stolen somehow while we were there (hence the lack of pics), don’t know how it happened but we only noticed it had gone when we went to take a picture of the towers outside but on the bright side most of the pics were backed up and at least it wasn’t a purse or wallet that got nicked. We were also well placed to buy a replacement at the mall so we now have a nice new toy to play with. We watched a film at the cinema there too, Piranha 3DD which was even more **** than it would have been at home as most of the naughty bits had been cut out – boo!
Over the next couple of days we headed up to the KL Tower where you can just turn up and buy tickets – take heed Petronas Towers! – the observation deck there is higher than the towers too, the views from the top where great, we went to the Batu Caves, a Hindu worship complex built into caves, there are 272 steps to the top – was a bit of a trek in the heat and the monkeys at the top were a bit aggressive – we saw one grab hold of a little girl’s neck,it then growled at Sharlie!
Another mall we visited was Berjaya Times Square which had the added attraction of an indoor theme park, there are several white knuckle rides including a rollercoaster, there were virtually no queues so we had a great time!
We ate really well in KL, there’s so much to chose from, we ate in Chinatown mostly and found a great stall were everything was on sticks and you boiled your own veg in a pot sunk in the middle of the table – we had a pick and mix of pork, squid and veggies, delicious!
KL is really easy to navigate via public transport and we used the metro system, mono rail and trains during our stay, all very efficient, cheap and most importantly air con equipped!
So that’s KL in a nutshell, great food, lots to see and do and cold beer available afterwards – we really enjoyed it and could have stayed longer but we’d booked our flights to Indonesia and have Melaka and Singapore to visit first!