Malaysia - Finally!

Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog

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We woke up early and took a 6.5 hour train ride from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.  The whole idea for this trip had begun with how badly I had wanted to see the Petronas Twin Towers, so this was a very exciting day for me.

The main Singapore train station was a little run down, and you have to fill out some paper work before you leave.  Then we were off, but not for very long before you hit the boarder between Singapore and Malaysia, and you need to get off the train and go through customs.  Then, back on the train.  The landscape was very impressive.  There was a group of British businessmen on the train with us, they were very funny and nice, and we found out that they will also be at our same hotel in Penang that we are at, and arrive just one day after we do - so we expect to meet up with them again maybe.

Malaysian apartment building
  On the train because it was so long a trip, they put a movie on a TV screen, and guess what it was????  A bad movie about people on a train that goes out of control and crashes.  How dumb is that?  I'm not even kidding.  Michelle, Gracie and I and all the British guys just kept laughing and laughing as they showed all these people screaming as their train rushed along.  Who would choose that movie????  At least the train in the movie was moving at a good rate - ours was VERY slow, but I didn't mind because I loved how great the view out the window was.  I was in Malaysia, it was like a dream to me.  I couldn't believe I had made it this far from home, or how lucky I was.

Then finally, Kuala Lumpur was in view.  There, in all of it's glory, was the Petronas Twin Towers in the setting sun.

The landscape on the way from Singapore to Malaysia
  The train rolled into the main train station.

***IMPORTANT NOTE***  In Malaysia, when at train stations, or the airport, etc, you can't just go get in a taxi.  You first need to find the line to get your TICKET for your taxi, which is typically inside the building (in both the main train station and the airport it IS inside the building.)  You wait your turn in line, go up to the window, explain where you will be going, pay them, and they give you a ticket.  ONLY THEN you can go outside and get in line for your taxi.  If you bypass this step, either by mistake or because you think you can, you will wait through the second line for nothing - you won't be able to get in a taxi.  So make sure you find that ticket line first!

We made it to our hotel (Kuala Lumpur Imperial) which was my favorite hotel of the trip.  We had an executive room, and the executive lounge in this hotel is second to none.  They treat you like old friends, help you with EVERYTHING, and the views are to die for from up there.  I can't wait to go back, and fully intend to.  We were worn out from the long trip, so we ate in the hotel that night, I was introduced to the joys of Malaysian coffee, and we went to sleep.

arlene0725 says:
Thanks for the tip for the Taxi lines. I would not know that. My favorite tv show The Amazing Race has been to Malaysia - three times already. cheers, Arlene
Posted on: Nov 28, 2007
scravius says:
good to hear u enjoyed your stay in kl.. u should post a picture of the twin tower
Posted on: Jun 18, 2007
StupidGuy says:
Lucky U, I was on a ferry from Lumut to Pangkok, they show 70s porn movie. I believe it was by accident. Let's hooope it is by accident. Ron Jeremy was a joy to watch, as usuall.
Posted on: May 16, 2007
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Jungle views
Jungle views
Malaysian apartment building
Malaysian apartment building
The landscape on the way from Sing…
The landscape on the way from Sin…
From the train
From the train
Close up apartment building
Close up apartment building
Malaysian houses
Malaysian houses
Kuala Lumpur Hotels & Accommodations review
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