the monkeys have lost their appeal

Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog

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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 massive steps up to the batu caves
..even if you're dressed conservatively. For the entire 30 minute bus ride back from the Batu Caves, this toddler two seats infront of us (I was joined by a Welsh girl from the dorm), looked extremely distraught and concerned almost to the brink of tears. He kept a steady, intent watch on us, never breaking his stare. It was awkward. No matter what we did he never cracked a smile.

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.

Chinatown is a tad dirty, although on a whole, it's nicer than I thought it would be. It's obviously a muslim country and it's quite the norm to see women in the full burka uniform...however, in KL you're more likely going to see jeans and tshirts. It's westernized pretty well over here. Tains and monorails fly over the city, while the buses seem to lack any sort of organization. They tend to collect at corners and take off when they're full. Chinatown is loud and busy with pedestrain traffic and touts trying to sell you a Gucci bag or pirated DVDs.

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 entry way to the caves
..if you want.

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!

talllady6 says:
Is it any cooler in the caves? What's it smell like where you are/were?
Posted on: Oct 05, 2009
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random store in chinatown
random store in chinatown
the massive steps up to the batu c…
the massive steps up to the batu …
the entry way to the caves
the entry way to the caves
272 to go...
272 to go...
the evil attacking monkeys
the evil attacking monkeys
and back down...
and back down...
the bus stop back to town
the "bus stop" back to town
petronas towers
petronas towers
chinatowns
chinatowns