Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 31 of 33 › view all entries
January 16th, 2010 – by: lukeandsarah
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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