Melaka to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 7 of 9 › view all entries
Kuala Lumpur is a busy and very humid city. Our hostel was located in the Golden Triangle, and was very cheap despite this being the more upmarket area. Contrary to our expectations, it seems it will be getting hotter as we go further north (apparently Thailand is unbearable at the moment) so this was the hottest we've known it yet; therefore every half an hour we have to stop for drinks, which is definitely our biggest expenditure!
The first night we arrived, we decided to take a wander and get a feel for the city - the department stores and shops are open really late over here so wandering along at about 10 at night may as well be in the afternoon. We finally managed to find a music shop where the owner doesn't follow you around frowning when you look at the instruments.
Things to do in KL: being the capital, KL is quite pricey (the cost of beer is no different to the UK) so we had to choose between what was available, and what we could actually afford. The Petronus Towers (largest twin towers in the world, now) were free to go up, but did involve getting there for 8-30 in the morning to acquire the first-come-first-served tickets they had to offer; we decided instead to go up the telecommunications tower, which is the fourth largest in the world (I believe the largest is in Toronto). This gave us a spectacular view of the city, the only disappointment being that the view of the Petronus Towers was side-on so the photo wasn't as good as it could have been.
Donning our mosque robes again, we looked around one of the biggest mosques in KL - Masjid Jamek. This was a very al fresco mosque that was mainly prayer area. Not being allowed into the prayer area, we briefly wandered around the outside. The architecture was rather beautiful as it was made up of a large number of white, decorated arches. A trip to the largest mosque in SE Asia (Masjid Negara) met with disappointment as the large wall around the outside stopped us seeing very much at all. Unfortunately, it was closed so we couldn't go inside either.
The Batu Caves are also worth a visit while in KL, this is probably what I enjoyed the most. These are caves about 30mins outside of the city, that contain a Hindu temple. They are situated 272 steps up from ground level, about 20 floors up (my nose didn't like that much either!), and littering these stairs, were monkeys! Loads of them, all looking for food - which Chris had! Two of them were on either side of him, one of which hissed and swiped, hitting some poor Indian dude, hooking his arm, and pulling him in for the kill. The other one jumped across to eithe help or hinder him so, once the gap opened, I freakin' legged it up about 100 stairs. Bloody monkeys! The caves themselves were impressive and extremely drippy, which was much needed for standing under after the 100-flight run I'd just done.
Tomorrow morning we are heading out to the Cameron Highlands, which (as I may have excitedly mentioned already) is much cooler :-D.