Trying to be good little tourists.
Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 47 of 251 › view all entries
April 30th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
Finally in the afternoon we did actually venture out in the heat for a visit to the Petronas Towers (world's tallest twin towers). When this building was constructed, it unseated Chicago's Sears Tower as the tallest building in the world. Some people (i.e. STEVE) would tell you it was damned unfair, as the Sears Tower had 22 more occupied floors, and Petronas gained its height with mere "decoration.
From there, we were able to walk underground to the Aquaria. Happy to say, this place was nowhere near as packed as Osaka's aquarium, but some very loud and excited children gave me flashbacks nonetheless. Many of the exhibits were kind of small and sad... we watched a poor, hungry turtle in a tiny enclosure attempt the eat the same plastic weed five times. They did have a very cool "ride:" a conveyor system that transported us under the huge main aquarium. All around us we could see rays, sharks, and many strange species of fish, the likes of which I have never seen before. There was an audio track that basically softly urged Asians to stop eating sharks (we heard a similar track in the turtle area.
Next on our Tourist List was Petaling Street, or China Town. There are many vendors along this street selling bad knockoffs, kind of like it was in China, but without the phlegm-flinging men. We just came from China and did not feel the need to relive it here in KL, so we exited after a few blocks.
Last stop was Central Market, an indoor bazaar where one can buy locally made, crafty things. There were wood carvings, scarves, and trinkets, but no purchases were made.
Back at the hotel we made dinner reservations, which we cancelled when we found out the Royal Club had that really good free food. We have to come back to Malaysia again, for some true local food and to experience more of the Real World Out There. I guess next time we will have to book a crappier hotel so that we will be more inclined to leave it!
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