A Day in Kuala Lumpur

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Thean Hou Temple

Had a pretty good night's sleep, had set the alarm just in case but was woken by rustling bags that sounded like they were in our room but was coming from the dorm! Reminded me of my old backpacking days. We need to get to the Petronas Towers ticket office early to secure a slot for a tour of the Skybridge, the tickets were free but it was on a first come first serve basis. We headed down for the free breakfast of toast and cereal, while having breakfast I got chatting with an Irish guy. The hostel owner also informed me that Malcolm and Julie's room would not be ready until 2pm so I texted him to let him know that they could use our room in the interim.

Inside Thean Hou Temple
It was about 8:30am and we were in our room getting ready to head to Petronas Towers when a knock came on the door and two familiar faces appeared from behind it! Malcolm and Julie had turned up earlier than expected, we exchanged greetings before heading off to the Towers to get our tickets. The day was a warm and humid one and the streets were quiet, the complete opposite to the night before. We got to the Towers' ticket office to find a fairly long queue. The queue was moving fairly quickly and a display indicated the current time slot available for tickets being issued. The time slots were ticking over fast and we worried that we would miss out but got the 4:15pm slot which worked out well for us as that gave us the rest of the day to do something else. A shopping complex was at the foot of the towers and consisted of several levels of shops, we had a quick poke around the shops spotting an excellent Lego display in the centre of one of the level concourses.
Thean Hou Temple
The displays were impressive and of well known landmarks like the Petronas Towers, Taj Mahal etc, it wasn't open for close viewing as it was still early but you could see the Lego masterpieces quite well. We also spotted a fish spa down near the Aquarium and took note of that for later.


We strolled back to the hostel to find Malcolm asleep on the communal area couch and Julie reading a book! I imagine they are worn out if they got the same unpleasant Air Asia seats we did coming from Melbourne! It turned out they did! We sat and chatted for a while then headed up the road for some lunch where I had another chicken on the bone served up, YUK going to have to change my diet over here I think.

Getting my blessing, Thean Hou Temple
Malcolm chose well, he picked the pork dish! To kill time between now and 4pm when we had to be back at the towers we would head up to the Chinese temple up on a hill about 15 mins away from the CBD. We went back to the hostel first so I could grab some band aids for my poor feet that were being rubbed to death by my flip flops and from there caught a taxi for 15 ringgits. The temple was very nice, there seem to be some polls for elections going on at the ground level which didn't affect us as the interesting part of the temple was at the upper levels. The temple was very colourful with painted dragons and birds decorating the roof line. Inside were golden Buddhas, incense, candles and prayer wheels. I had a go at doing a blessing, we watched how the locals did it first so I wouldn't make a fool of myself.
Thean Hou Temple
The idea was to put a donation in the box, gather the sticks each of which are numbered and drop them into the cylinder until one of the sticks stood out from the rest. You take note of the number on that stick and find the corresponding number on one of little drawers on a rotating drum. Inside the drawer is your written blessing, one side in Chinese, the other in English. After looking around the temple and admiring the views across the city we headed back. Malcolm suggested we walk down to where he thought the monorail station was. We walked for about 10 minutes ending up on this main road and no monorail! We parked ourselves at a bus stop and flagged down the next taxi which cost us 15 ringgits so we may as well have grabbed one from the temple! We got the taxi to drop us off outside the Towers it was about 3pm so we headed to the fish spa for some R&R.
Thean Hou Temple


Having a Fish Spa is a must for anyone going to KL. For 20 ringgits you get a towel and entry into the spa. You first wash your feet then enter a room where a moat runs around the walls. You park your bum on the ground and dangle your feet in the moat and before you know it you have 20+ small fish nibbling at your feet! At first it felt funny and tickled and neither Vaughan or I could keep our feet in long enough but after a while we got used to it. Malcolm and Julie thought it was funny, they knew what to expect they had done it before. It was very relaxing having the fish clean your feet and listening to soothing background music at the same time.

Thean Hou Temple
Large screens were everywhere displaying psychedelic patterns to the music. Some parts of the spa had built in fish tanks for you to look at. We were there over half an hour and had the place to ourselves, I didn't want to leave I was enjoying it too much! Certainly a highlight of my trip to KL. We had some time to spare so we made our way back into the shopping complex to find somewhere to drink, at this time it was packed with people and you couldn't get near the Lego displays! We went up a few levels to get away from the maddening crowds and found a nice place for a drink which specialised in different types of drinking chocolate, expensive but nice all the same. Malcolm and Julie headed off and Vaughan and I went up to the meeting point for our trip up to the Skybridge. We were first shown a short film of the making of the towers and split into two small groups for the trip up the lift and onto the bridge.
Thean Hou Temple
The view from the bridge was amazing across the city and getting a close up view of the steel structure was something to remember. We had about 10 minutes to enjoy the view and take photos which is long enough really. Before heading back to the hostel we did some shopping and I bought some new flip flops from a surf shop to replace the others that were rubbing me. Vaughan wanted to scout the electrical goods and found prices were better back home! We went outside to a park so we could get a good photo of the towers. Back at the hostel we sat with Malcolm and Julie for a while and chatted before heading out for dinner, we were all very tired so we didn't venture far just to the Indian next door! Then to a bar down the road with the funkiest decor for a happy hour beer. It was going to be an early night as we had a taxi to catch at 5am!

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Inside Thean Hou Temple
Inside Thean Hou Temple
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Getting my blessing, Thean Hou Te…
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