The people here are too nice...

Trip Start May 18, 2005
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Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Air Asia flight was certainly akin to a Ryan Air flight. Free seating, no food, walk out onto the runway to get on the plane, landing like a sack of spuds, you know yourself. But for the price we paid we can't complain.

Kuala Lumpur is a nice city, but the public transport is a mess. It takes ages to get anywhere in the city. There are 4 metro lines that zip all over it but they are all owned by different companies who don't want to be integrated which means that to get from one part of the city to the other you have to get 2 or 3 different lines, pay each time you change, and the worse part is you have to walk for ages, sometimes outside and across major roads to get to the next train. Its all very Irish. The changeover stations must have been designed by the same guy who designed the Luas.

But apart from that it is a great city. The people are SO friendly and all speak excellent English. The shopping is great, there's about 60 huge malls here with everythng you could possibly want for less than it costs at home. We went to one of the newer ones last night called Time Square which is a 14 story monster of a shopping mall. You could easily get lost here. And the best thing is that we are here right in the middle of the summer sales so everything is even cheaper again!!

I bought a casing for my camera which means I can use it underwater, so expect some nice photos of me and Nemo on the next entry, coz we're going to the the Perhentian Islands on Monday via Khota Bahru (which was our originally intended route before our detour in Thailand). There's meant to be great snorkelling there.

Anyway, back to KL. We're staying in Chinatown/Little India which is an area of cheap markets and fantastic food stalls. On our first night we stayed in a crappy hostel, which was recomended by our guide book. We left there and found a lovely hotel for pretty much the same price as the hostel. In this area you can eat a good meal for 2 for about 3 euros. The markets have all the same stuff that was in Bangkok (minus the brothels) but for even cheaper. You can even get real goods here, though undoubtedly its stolen from somewhere.

We're gonna do some sight seeing today before we head to the Islands tomorrow so there might be photos of some sights here at some stage.
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