Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2nd Jan - 4th Jan

Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
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Trip End Apr 02, 2014


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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Introduction

Kuala Lumpar is the capital of Malaysia, the population is a mix of Malays, Indians, Chinese and British which gives an interesting mix of food options and shopping experiences. The city centre is home to some of the highest skyscrapers in Asia.

We spent a few days here exploring the sights as part of our journey through Malaysia. We were pretty tired by this point as Singapore really killed us with all the walking (not the hangovers…honest!) Only a few more days running around like this and we will soon be in Thailand for a rest!

Highlights

Hop on Hop off Bus Tour – We spent the day on a hop on hop off bus tour – which was great for our aching feet. There were lots of tourist attractions along the way. We stopped at the twin towers, the tallest twin towers in the world and had a walk around the shopping centre & the gardens nearby. We were so tired after we had been around the loop once, we decided to stay on again for another loop and watch the world go by in KL from the air conditioned bus.

Batu Caves – These caves are a short train ride away from KL. They are a sacred place for the Hindus and as you approach the caves there is a giant Buddha statue there waiting for you to enter. Also there were monkeys hanging around the entrance. There are three main caves and to get to the main one there are 272 steps to climb! Outside the caves, at the base of the steps are many vegetarian Indian restaurants to choose from, we had a pretty good feed for only a few dollars.

Food & Drink

New Tastes:

-         Coconut which chocolate fudge 

-         Durian – Asian Fruit

-         BBQ Sticks – Meaty balls on a stick from a street stall

-         Double Corn Flavour Chewy Sweets

International McDonalds Meal: Prosperity Beef Burger, Curly Fries & Mango Fizz Drink

Local Beer: Tiger

Accommodation

Sentral Lodge - This hotel was right near the train station so it was convenient as we were arriving and departing by train. It was ANOTHER red light district though so there were lots of strange people hanging out on the streets. The room had no air con, it was hotter in the room than outside….and it was 36 degrees outside! All together though, can't complain for $13 a night.



Strangest thing to see

Where we were staying, there were SO many blind people all working at blind massage parlours. When they lose their vision the Institute for the blind help them to become masseurs so they can have a source of income for the future. It was strange at first seeing so many low vision people in the same area like that.

Expenses

                Visa: FREE for 90 days

                Meals: $3-$5

                Water: $2 for 1.5 litres

                Alcohol: $3.50 for a long neck

                Transport: Hop on Hop off Bus $15 for 24 hours, Return Train to Batu Caves $1

Average Daily Spend per person: $31

Transport there for both of us: Train from Singapore to KL $17

Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $140

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Comments

Joan in Perth on

KL looks interesting - would liked to have gone there.

Great pics.

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