Melaka to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog

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The old railroad station, now it seems a converted hotel, on Jl Hishamuddin.

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.

The Hindu temple at the top of the steps at Batu Caves, with the opening high above it.
Rhodri and I obviously could have stayed all night but I think Chris was begining to get bored so we only got half an hour of playing on the keyboards :-( - the search continues!

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.

The famous Petronus twin towers in central KL.
Due to having a cold and being shot up in the air 400 metres in the space of a minute, my sinuses were playing havoc and twenty minutes up there was more than enough as my nose felt as if it were going to burst.

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 hude golden statue standing guard at the bottom of the 272 steps up into the Temple Cave. Very intimidating!

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.

This is an attempted shot of the three of us peering down into the camera at the Batu Caves - you can see the opening that was miles above us. Can you tell which is which!?
The temple itself was similar to all the other Hindu temples we'd seen so far - that is a tower of statues of the Gods to decorate the top, the inside was open-walled with incense burning in small pots. Back at the bottom we paid RM15 to go around the Arts Caves where there were many statues of Hindu Gods and also a reptile house that gave home to about 15-20 species of 'reason I don't want to wander about in the rain forest', ie snakes! Chris held a lizzard which tried to climb inside his shirt.

Tomorrow morning we are heading out to the Cameron Highlands, which (as I may have excitedly mentioned already) is much cooler :-D.

ekipatez says:
Cheers dude, glad you concur with my descriptions :-) Camer"o"n highlands is very different to KL altogether, will to a post about it when we've actually done something here ;-)
J
Posted on: Apr 29, 2008
Vector_J says:
We loved KL when we were there and agree that the communications tower was a far better idea thna the towers! Shame you couldn;t stay up there, the revolving buffet restuarant was pretty awesome when we were there. Didn' t go to the cameroon highlands, so can't wait to hear about them! Keep up the blog James, it's highly entertaining and a nice destraction from revision, and I am of course hugely jealous of your travels!
Posted on: Apr 27, 2008
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