Hello Malaysia, Goodbye Pork and Beer
Trip Start May 30, 2005
130Trip End Sep 30, 2006
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The train arrived in Butterworth, North Malaysia just after lunchtime. A more colonial name I couldn't imagine. A quick 5 hour journey on a bus was a breeze after my Burma experiances and before I knew it I was in Kuala Lumpur looking at the Petrona Towers lit up in the distance
As for sight seeing in cities, I don't like to just talk about the negatives of a place but to be honest KL isn't a great sight seeing city. I can imagine that it's brilliant to live and work here but not for tourists. Don't get me wrong, the Pertronas Towers are fabulous especially at night, the street food is magnificent, but there just wasn't anything else to do. Walking around in the afternoon just made me feel hot and tired and I wanted to just find some air-conditioning, I guess I'm just not the hardy backpacker type afterall.
I'd heard about one of the local scams in KL. You get talking to a friendly local who then invites you back to their house. You start playing some 'friendly' cards, winning a little money. After that the stakes go up and you end up loosing all your hard earned cash. I had a guy approach me in the street, either he was genuinely friendly or it was the start of the scam...
He opened with "I like your sandles"
"How much were they?", keeping on the sandles theme.
"Too much!" It's not usually a good idea to convert UK prices into local currency.
"Where did you buy them?"
"In the UK"
"Which part, Copenhagen?"
At this point I kept on walking, I'll give the guy 9/10 for effort, but he scores a fat 0/10 for research, he'll need to keep trying.
I'd arranged to meet up with Flo (Kalaw and Inle Lake), as he was working for Siemens on the 71st floor of the Pertronas Towers which has 88 floors in total. I was keeping my fingers crossed for an invite up to his office, but I was bitterly disappointed. He did explain to me in great detail though how fantastic the view from his office was, thanks. Perhaps he'll send me a picture of it sometime.
And that about wraps it up for KL, in hindsight I wish I'd just organised my flights to KK from Bangkok, it'll have saved me a few days and a few Baht. For those that don't know where KK is, then you'll just need to wait until my next installment. I don't know when that'll be since I'll be off to climb a mountain which is 4095.2 meters high. The starting point is about 1800 meters so it's a fair walk, not a walk in the park, just a walk in the National Park.