They mostly come at night...mostly

Trip Start Oct 14, 2007
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Trip End Jul 25, 2008


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Haven Guest House

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Our journey was uneventful and we arrived at our hostel (The Haven) at around 9pm.  We headed out for some noodles from a street vendor before heading back for an early night.

We got up early the next day to take a look around the city.  We headed down for our all you can eat, all day breakfast.  We were pointed in the direction of the toaster and a jar of peanut butter, good thing we both like peanut butter!

Kuala Lumpur is a modern, bustling city.  It's a modern Asian city of gleaming skyscrapers, but it retains much of the local colour and cultures.  It has plenty of colonial buildings in its center, a vibrant Chinatown with street vendors and night markets, and a bustling little India.

We headed for KL tower, the 4th largest communications tower in the world. The view from the 276th floor is worth the RM 20 entrance fee.  At  421 m (1,381 ft), it currently makes it the fifth tallest tower in the world.  The views were spectacular as you could see across the whole city.  A skyscraper clad city with rain forest in middle back dropped by mountains is not a view you see everyday.

Once back at sea level we decided to head to yet another china town for something to eat where we sampled some of the local delicious foods!  After lunch we carried on on foot walking round the city exploring the many strange shops and markets that KL has to offer. 

On day 2 we headed to The Petronas Twin Towers which are the world's tallest twin buildings. They were the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004.  Again it was an early start as we had to be at the towers early to be able to get a ticket up to the bridge on the 41st floor that joins the two towers.  Tickets sell out by 9.30 most days and when we arrived at 9.37 we managed to get 2 of the remaining tickets for that day.  The bridge is on the 41st floor which is not even half way up the towers.  I have to say I felt very unsafe crossing the glass bridge 41 floors up.  The views again were spectacular but you almost feel like you are walking on air whilst crossing and could drop at any point, still it is a must!

After the towers we went to Little India for lunch where again we ate from the local stalls and just looked round the markets.

That night we get into bed after another great days sight seeing.  After being in bed for about 10 mins Bev quickly falls to sleep but I lay there (luckily) unable to sleep.  I here a loud fluttering and then a thud on the pillow next to me.  I dive out of bed and scramble for the light to see what had made the noise.  Laying on Bevs pillow about an inch from here head is a massive cockroach (about 3 inches long) crawling along.  I try to wake Bev gently but by the look on my face she dives out of bed onto the floor wandering what I am staring at.  We watch it for a few minutes deciding on the best way to kill the monster that nearly killed my beloved while she slept.  In the end our thought out plan was for me to smash it to death with my flip flop.  One hit was certainly not enough to kill the thing, it took about 5 before it stopped moving.  Cockroaches may be able to survive a nuclear war but they were no match for my flip flop.

Tomorrow we head for Singapore which is the final leg of our Asia trip.  Of all the places in Asia we have been, we wish we had more time in Malaysia as there is so much to see and we have spent so little time.  Borneo looks amazing as does much of Malaysia but that will have to be for another trip...
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