Markets, Birds and RWC

Trip Start Jul 15, 2011
Trip End Nov 02, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Saturday, September 10, 2011

After recovering from our mammoth journey yesterday we grabbed a map of KL and decided to do our normal and have a walk around the city. This was easier said than done here as the maps and signs are not that clear and all the road names are very similar so soon we were walking in circles (no it wasn't due to my map reading skills!).

We decided to try and head towards the Central Market whilst taking in the sights of the city. The buildings in KL are a real mixture; you are greeted by massive skyscrapers and modern buildings against which are set hindu and muslim mosques and temples. You can be walking down a built up and affluent street one moment and then you turn a corner and you are faced with market stalls and touts.

We passed some lovely looking buildings, one of which was a lovely sandstone coloured building which looked a little like a mosque; inside part of this was the National Textile Museum and we would come to see this blooming building quite a bit as we tried to make our way around the city and would always seem to end up back here!!!

Finally we made it to the Central Market. The history of this market goes back to 1888 when it was originally a wet market selling fish, meat and vegetables and as it has expanded a permanent structure was built to house all of the vendors. The Central Market is a great place to wonder round and can easily take a couple of hours as you walk through numerous lanes of vendors selling everything from handmade jewellery, local arts and crafts (including traditional Malaysian Batik paintings which are just amazing), clothing and of course the obligatory tacky souvenirs!

After wondering around for a couple of hours and making a few purchases we decided to walk through Chinatown, being shouted at by each and every market vendor as we went (no, for the last time I do not want a fake Louis Vuitton bag) and tried to head towards the bird park. After walking around for quite a while and passing the National Textile Museum (twice!!) we decided to admit defeat and grabbed a taxi.

The KL Bird Park is the world’s largest free-flight walk in aviary, sprawling approximately 21 acres and is home to over 3,000 birds including hornbills, eagles and parrots. It was a really great place to walk around; however we timed it just right with pouring rain and a thunderstorm so it was a bit of a wet walk!

Once we were completely soaked and all birded out we jumped in a cab and headed off to the hectic area of Bukit Bintang in the hope to find a bar to watch the RWC England match. Easy right? Nope! We walked everywhere looking for a bar which was showing the rugby but unfortunately there was not one anywhere, nor did anyone know of one. So after giving up we decided to walk to the Petronas Twin Towers in the hope of going up to the observation deck. As luck would have it we passed an empty bar near the towers which was showing the rugby!! Yay!! We ducked in here for a beer and I was able to watch the last 20 minutes of England’s unconvincing win over Argentina.

Back to the Towers and we were told that all the tickets had been sold for the day so we would have to come back tomorrow. Not to worry so instead we took a few photos, grabbed some dinner and headed back to the hotel to plan a few things and take some time to talk to loved ones back home.
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