the monkeys have lost their appeal
Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 46 of 56 › view all entries
Oh my goodness the heat is relentless. It's never NOT humid...even after raining it's still sticky! OK, so I know it's all about religion and whatnot, but how these poor women cover themselves from head to toe is beyond me. I would be so miserable trapped inside the synthetic cloth when it's boiling out outside. There's more western-ly dressed people here than I thought. Tourists don't even seem to get much flack for wearing tank tops and shorts (although there are some european girls that could do with a bit more covering...). Apparantly, outside of Kuala Lumpur the dress is more traditional and tourists are expected to pay a tad more respect to country norms. Even in the city though, on public transport there's quite a bit of staring.
The Batu Caves are a system of three caves, with Temple Cave being the largest and containing a Hindu shrine. It is reached by a (tiring) flight of 272 steps, guarded by the highest Murga statue in the world (coming in at 43 meters). We took about 3 breaks while climbing up, dodging the monkeys.
KL isn't that fascinating of a city, and frankly, I'm glad to be leaving it. There's a bit more of Malaysia I'd like to see, so I'll spend another week here in December, probably in Penang and Melaka.
The Petronas Towers make up Malaysia's skyline. They used to be the world's tallest skyscrapers until Taipei (Taiwan) built one bigger in 2004. They're the headquarters of the national petroleum company. You can go up to the 41st floor, to the skybridge, and get a panoramic view of the city.
The problem with cities is that there's not a whole lot to do unless you spend money shopping. The "golden triangle" is KLs shopping mecca and houses Times Square...a definite rival to Mall of America in terms of size and amount of shops (over 1,000). Luckily, for my wallet anyways, the shops aren't very interesting and I was more overwhelmed by the chaos of it, I left after 2 floors.
Money is running scarce, I'm so broke! My flight to Sri Lanka is at 6am tomorrow, so instead of taking a taxi and like 3:30am to get to the airport (that's 40 mins outside of town) and pay the 50% surcharge for riding after midnight... I'm sleeping at the airport tonight! Luckily it seems to be cheaper when I'm at coastal towns because I can laze the day away at the beach where I'm not tempted to buy anything other than water!