Satay land

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Independence Square
It's no secret that we chose to fly to Malaysia purely on the basis that our favourite restaurant in London is a little Malaysian one with the best satay ever. Food is just important.

Arrived in KL Wednesday afternoon, after a 40ish minute flight (enough time to go up and then down again) and an hour on a bus. For once we had decided not to go for a hostel, but a hotel - luxury. Well worth it for the air con alone. Despite going for an upgrade of accommodation, our approach to travel was pretty much the same - hit the streets walking and see as much as possible. Immediate impressions - despite being so close to Singapore, this is definitely not Singapore!

Wednesday we wandered up through the market right outside the hotel to a street full of textiles (mainly carpets and silks), before catching the LRT to Brickfields (aka Little India) for a stroll.
Doctor Fish
Evening approaching we headed to Chinatown and Petaling Street night market. Lots of fun, even if the stall owners do hassle you and chase you to offer you a lower price on something you don't really need, but just happened to express a passing interest in! Dinner was fried rice for me and noodles for Sarah, followed by 60 sen (about 10p) satay sticks from a street seller. Delicious.

Thursday morning we took a look round the colonial part of KL - from the Independence Square, to the old railway station. Morning was made more interesting by 'Jay', a local who insisted on taking us to coffee. Very friendly, had travelled a lot, but also claimed to know the Sultan of Brunei... Still, free cup of coffee for Sarah. Finished the morning in the Central Market, where I had fish nibble on my feet (Sarah refused) and we ate a good rendang curry in the food court.
Petronas Towers
On to Chinatown for a look round some temples, before jumping on monorail to Bukit Bintang, the shopping district. Sadly cameras no cheaper than in England, but food much better (and cheaper) so evening ended well.

Friday's original plan was to go see some elephants, but this turned out to be a long and expensive trip, so we settled on seeing some more of KL. We started early, but not early enough to get any of the free tickets to the Petronas Towers Skybridge, so we settled on a wander around the nearby gardens with nice views of the towers. Determined to get up high, we walked to the KL tower and got the lift up from some amazing panoramic views of the city. I appreciated that the binoculars were free, unlike certain other high towers in the world (no names mentioned).
View from KL Tower
Still before 11am by this point, so we headed back to the Aquarium, which was great fun and made us feel like kids, especially when we sat front row for the feeding session!

In the afternoon we caught a taxi out to Batu Caves, which are somewhat dominated by the 140ft (43m) tall statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity. Hot work climbing lots of steps up to the caves, avoiding the monkeys that we had been warned about. Inside the cave are more monkeys (who as some other visitors found out know how to snatch and open a bag of peanuts) and the temples. Lots of workmen too, as preparations for the festival of Thaipusam were underway. Couldn't help but feel that these amazing limestone caves have kind of been ruined by adding temples and thus tourists; would have enjoyed them even more if they were just caves.
Murugan
Still, can't really complain! Taxi back to the hotel for some rest.

Bonus of Friday was being able to have dinner with Jon and Emma, friends from university who are currently working in a zoo just out of KL. They met us fresh off a bus in Chinatown (we had already eaten some more street satay...) and we headed to find food. Good times of catching up on their adventures and telling them some of ours. After dinner we bought some beers at a 7/11 and sat in the street to drink them, before a rat interrupted proceedings by running onto Emma's foot. Cue screaming from girls and laughing from boys.

Saturday brought the end to our KL adventure, but not before we explored some more - bits of shopping district, national mosque (had to wear robes) and central market again. Finally it was time to jump on the LRT to KL Sentral where a bus took us to the airport for our flight back to Singapore and our final 2 days of travel.

Luke
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Independence Square
Independence Square
Doctor Fish
Doctor Fish
Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers
View from KL Tower
View from KL Tower
Murugan
Murugan
A very big flag pole
A very big flag pole
National Mosque
National Mosque
41,856 km (26,008 miles) traveled
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