A Quick Stop in KL

Trip Start Jul 09, 2013
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Trip End Feb 15, 2014


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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

We feel rich again! From Singapore we took a 4 hour bus north to Malaysia. Unlike every other Asian bus we have got in the past this was a luxury reclining bus with huge seats; we had automatically presumed from our past bus experiences that we were going to be squashed for the journey. The first thing we have noticed about Malaysia is that food has got a lot cheaper; the fast-food restaurants have meals for 1!

We had only planned for a relatively quick stop in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, as our previous research had highlighted there isn't a great deal to do. The city is connected by a monorail and it feels a little strange to travel over the traffic instead of under the ground. Whilst visiting this city the temperature has passed 34 degrees and it really is too hot to go outside; luckily there are many air-conditioned shopping centres (just like Singapore) to escape the heat.

The Petronas Towers is perhaps the main highlight of KL and it is one of the tallest structures in the world. One evening we visited another bar to get a good view of the city; this bar was on the 33rd floor and has a great unobstructed view of the twin towers.

Another highlight in Kuala Lumpur is Bikit Bintang, this is the shopping street where the majority of shopping malls are located. Some of these shopping malls are very big, and there is one which has ten floors and an indoor theme park. As we used the glass elevator a rollercoaster train zoomed past us before doing a loop in the middle of the shopping centre.

This is our first time visiting a Muslim country, and from our hotel we can hear the evening call to prayer which is played over a loud speaker. Our hotel is also very cheap but we have a luxurious big bed each and a view of the KL tower from our window. As we are only in Malaysia for a short time we decided to try some of the local Malay cuisine. We ate Nasi Goreng - these are fried rice dishes with eggs, meat and vegetables; quite spicy!

Perhaps one of the more confusing things about Malaysia is that the currency (ringitt) has different coins and different coloured notes which are the same value; this makes paying for things a little slow. There is a huge amount of construction work taking place in the city and it seems like Malaysia is an upcoming destination. We have found that the majority of people are friendly and we have certainly enjoyed our quick stop in Malaysia.

We had planned to get an overnight train from Kuala Lumpur to our next destination in Thailand however we discovered the train is fully booked for a good few more days. Instead we used Skyscanner.com and booked a short 16 flight to Bangkok on Thai Lion Air. Mike got frustrated with the online booking process and ended up booking Rachel as a Mr; they will probably think she is a lady-boy!
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