Day 1 in KL !

Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog

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There we have them !
After the flight from Langkawi (I would reccomend anyone to take a nightbus instead,much cheaper and almost as lengthy considering all the waiting and such) I arrived in the city and went straight to chinatown where I went to the Wheelers guesthouse. Only reason i chose this one from my Lonely planet was because it was the only one with a rooftop garden. I felt I did'nt do a good enough job on the beach in Langkawi on my tan, and thought i could do some work on it here. I found out that the rooftop garden was only open during the evening for beer drinking...which was also quite nice, amazing views and good beers ! (and sometimes also a good social scene...but not when I was there.
Hmm...breakfast, coffe and chilli chicken !
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Best part about KL ? The food, the food, the food !! like any other city in Malaysia! There is genuine indian food, genuine chines food and genuine malay food side by side here, and thet're all super super great ! I must have gained many kg during my time here, as i had about 4 dinners every day. I was even sitting down for meals when i was'nt hungry at all...just because my apettite was never resting. Eating more than you need is considered a sin in islam....thank god I'm not a muslim then !
It is a great thing when I sit down at a hawker stall and start my meal of with a nice Roti Canai and a Roti naan with chicken. Then they come along with a nice chicken curry on the side!. One of my all+time favorites is however Char Kuey Teow which is some amazing fried noodles with vegetables and chicken,prawn,seafood or meat and a nice spicy sauce and rice.
Toching heaven!

I would'nt reccomend anyone going to nice resturants(unless looking for something special) , as these street resturants have all the foods at great prices. I had the greatest meal for 3 Ringitts(1$).

Of course I had to do something more constructive then eating all day, so I went looking for the Twin towers. About 4 km from chinatown, towards the river i found them (was'nt too hard- just follow the skyline). And I must say that this is the coolest building I have ever seen, even more so during night time (can't miss them as all the clubs are centered around the towers).
It is totally amazing to stand under them and look up at the worlds tallest twin towers at 451,9 meters or so.
I never got myself up into it...but probably should have...problem was that I was way too nightactive, and could hardly get to the ticket office before 09:00 in the morning, which is necessary to get the tickets.
Angry fat boy !

I went up into the  Menara Kuala Lumpur Tv tower instead. That was really worth it, a nice view from the whole city there, and extra cool as there was a thunderstorm going on when i was up there.
there is also a bit of tropical rainforest surrounding the tower, with a nice big reptile park that is interesting to see. I almost convinced one of the keepers to let me hold this beast of a frog while they we're cleaning his box....but the fat amphibian was a bit too bitey for a newcomer in frog holding techniques.

I spent the rest of the day getting to know the city (as well as forcing some more food down my stretched stomach), and this is really the first large city that has given me that true large city feeling. Gigantic skyscrapers everywhere you turn, and everything is so modern ! Kuala Lumpur did'nt even have city status before 1972 ! so it has been growing fast and hard the last years. There is'nt more than 1,6 million people there,  which is'nt much considering I was in Istanbul with 20 million people without getting the same big city feel.
Going to Bikut Bakir shopping district gives a feeling of beeing in Trafalgar square in London, or Siam square in Bangkok. Hypermodern shopping malls as far as the eye can see...and neon lights everywhere....
Stigen says:
That!`s good too know ! it`s what my lonely planet said as well !
Posted on: Nov 23, 2008
Clarafina says:
You didn't miss much by not going up the KL towers. I went up them and the Menara Tower, and much preferred Menara!!! :)
Posted on: Nov 21, 2008
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There we have them !
There we have them !
Hmm...breakfast, coffe and chilli …
Hmm...breakfast, coffe and chilli…
Toching heaven!
Toching heaven!
Angry fat boy !
Angry fat boy !
City monkey chillin at the parkin…
City monkey chillin' at the parki…
Views from the tv tower
Views from the tv tower
The main city hub
The main city hub
Thunderstorm coming!
Thunderstorm coming!
Loosening up the skies
Loosening up the skies
Loosening up the skies sepia
Loosening up the skies sepia
Tv tower
Tv tower
Monorail
Monorail