Action packed KL

Trip Start Nov 18, 2008
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Trip End Nov 17, 2009


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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Yippee! We're back on the road again with all documents safely in our possession! We were really glad to be traveling again and took a bus straight to Malaysia, having cleared our names at border controls and proved that we were the real Mr and Mrs Nellist they let us on our way. Security measures had obviously been triggered by our names in the system having had our passports stolen!

We arrived in KL and Jin and Su Yin were there to meet us which was great.
We had 4 action packed days around Kuala Lumpur which included a trip up the Petronas Towers, the Worlds Highest twin towers and former Worlds Tallest Building! It was cool to access the skybridge at the 61st floor and see the city below us. The design of the towers is really interesting -the floorplan is 2 interlocking squares with a circle at each of the joining lines on the outside! (sorry bit confusing - wish I could draw a diagram)
We then fitted in a trip to an amazing local market which did the best seafood BBQ ever! We had stingray and other fish with lots of bones but really sweet flesh so it was worth the effort, we also had chicken foot soup, herb salad and super spicy sauce and a sauce made of fermented fish guts -it was way tastier than it sounds! Managed to get up the KL tower - the Worlds 4th Tallest communication tower for more ariel city views. Then a visit to a huge market bursting with crafts, we also had a fish foot-spa here where dozens of little fish nibble at your feet as you relax! NOT - it was really tickley and we couldn't sit still, especially Pete, it was good fun, though I'm not totally convinced about the therapeutic values! Chinatown was another assault on the senses - stalls selling multicoloured everything you can imagine, smells of frying pork, roasting chestnuts, hustle and bustle everywhere and people trying to sell us countless fake Rolex watches etc! We tried Rambutan - a hairy lychee fruit which was yummy. That evening we went to a steamboat restaurant where you're given a mountain of veg, fish, dumplings, noodles etc and a pan of boiling soup on a hotplate and cook up your own dinner. It was good fun and again we tried lots of new things like sour plum and lime juice and fish noodles.

Next day we visited the Batu caves where Hindus flock to worship in the temple up the 272 steps guarded by the Worlds Tallest Murugan statue. It was interesting to see the huge limestone caves with stalactites, stalagmites and monkeys galore!
We then visited Genting highlands which is home to Malaysias only legal casino, and also a theme park and skydive simulator which we were more interested in. Pete and Jin went "skydiving" powered by 3 massive jet engines and it looked really good fun. We also visited the big Chinese temple up the hill too.

That evening we had dinner in a restaurant overlooking the city and watched the sun set by the Petronas towers - pretty cool! We then tried the dreaded durian. The most fearsome of fruits! It's banned from most hotels and the metro system! We were nervous about it and even more so when they produced a cleaver to slash it open! Wow - the overpowering stench of rotting fruit is powerful! Nevertheless we bravely attempted to eat the stinky, cheesy, custard-like flesh but were not too keen on it!! Infact if we never eat it ever again I'll not be upset! Jin and Su Yin loved it though, they were glad we didn't eat our share and polished the lot off! Yuck! It was an experience we don't feel the need to repeat!!

Next day we managed to fit in a swim in a waterfall with lovely smooth rock which acted like a natural flume so that was good fun, it was in a quiet spot and there were lots of lovely big butterflies all around, we climbed a ridge with Jin the following day and had great views. KL on one side and the rainforest on the other.

We then decided to head out of KL for the weekend and on up to the Cameroon Highlands by bus.....



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