Spending the weekend in KL!!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Raizzy's Guest House

Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Friday, August 31, 2012

Highlights.

China town.
We found a great brand new hostel in China Town and stopped in the cheap 4 bed dorm. Right next door was an impressive Hindu Temple and opposite we enjoyed some delicious Indian food (probably better than anything we had in India!) One of the reasons we enjoyed Malaysia is that there is such a strong mix of Indian, Chinese and Malaysian people all bringing their own food/cultures/architecture and China town was a great place to see and experience this. Down the main street was a great market. Stalls were spilling out selling everything from fake bags, pirate dvds, kids toys to replica Barca shirts! (which Mark purchased for a bargain 6.50 and not even he can tell its a fake!) We ate where the market stalls stopped and food stalls began and chose a nice spot where we could people watch and enjoyed some great food with a nice cold beer. We also realised we had sat opposite the local 'massage parlour'. Here 3 women pretty much attacked any white man that walked by, even if he was with his wife and kids. Surprisingly they got no business.

KL Tower and Petronas Towers.
After stumbling out of a ridiculously expensive shopping mall we stood around for ages trying to spot the Petronas towers. This proved to be strangely difficult until we looked directly above us and found them on top of the shops! They were impressive but cost too much for us to go up in so we chose the KL Tower. This was taller and offered panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur including the Petronas Towers.

Batu caves.
After a short bus ride we reached the caves and stood in front of us was a giant gold statue (the highest murga statue in the world - whatever that is?) followed by lots of steps. We love steps. Every place we visit there's always something to see at the top of a lot of steps. Once we reached the top we arched over and sweated for a long time. We then noticed the huge cave followed by more steps. We reached a small Hindu shrine and some monkeys who were fighting each other for food. Quite entertaining! On the way down we watched a monkey eat an ice cream and scare people. The Batu Caves are not something we expected in Kuala Lumpur.

Merdaka Square.
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur on National day (55 years since independence) and literally every building in the whole city was covered in the national flags. We noticed how patriotic Malaysia was in other places we've been but this was at its best in Merdaka square. The square surrounded a once used cricket field and was surround by wonderful colonial architecture made even more impressive by the flags.
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