Awesome Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia

Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
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Trip End Sep 15, 2011


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Duta Vista

Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Monday, April 4, 2011

We took the early morning bus to Kuala Lumpur. Usually the buses we have taken have rows of four seats like any other bus with two either side of the isles. However the bus to Kuala Lumpur had two seats on one side and just one on the other which made the bus a lot more comfortable than usual. The seats were massive, they could fold back nearly horizontally and there was loads of leg room. We arrived in humid KL Sentral at 2pm where we got a taxi to the hotel suite we were given thanks to my auntie Usha. Once we had checked in we headed to Chinatown for the afternoon.

At first Chinatown in KL seemed like any other Chinatown, but later on in the evening it came to life. There were hundreds of stalls selling all sorts of clothes, watches and hand bags. After having lunch at a food court near the small narrow streets we had durian for desert as my auntie and grandma told us we have to try it. Marie made me walk over to the other side of the road to eat it as the smell made her sick. The fruit itself tastes nice but smells like a rotting rubbish bin.

The next morning we got up extremely early and caught the morning rush hour train from KL Sentral so we could get to the Petronas Towers and queue up for tickets. There was a queue even at 8am so by the time we got our tickets we were given the 1:20pm slot to visit the Sky Bridge.

The Sky Bridge, at the 42nd floor of the Petronas Towers has some amazing views of Kuala Lumpur. It is 170m high and we could see both sides of the city, we were given a tour where we learnt how they built the two towers and attached the Sky Bridge.

After getting the Monorail from the Petronas Towers we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping at the several shopping centres along the Bukit Bintang district. After visiting the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Centre which is the 13th largest in the world and has 10 floors of shops we were done. We still managed to visit the Bukit Bintang Plaza, Low Yat Plaza, Starhill Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza, Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10 Shopping Centre and finally the newly opened Pavilion Shopping Centre.

We must have visited about 1000 shops that afternoon, all of them were superbly air-conditioned, so it felt like we were walking from a fridge to an oven every 20 minutes. The shopping centres were all pristine and had massive food courts with hundreds of stalls. You can tell that Malaysians must like shopping as we've never seen that many shops in such a small area anywhere. Walking around the streets of Kuala Lumpur it seems a lot cleaner than Bangkok. There is no litter around, people seem to not bother you, there is less traffic and the buildings are all glass covered and air conditioned. By the end of the day we had neck ache from looking at all the tall buildings.

The following day we visited KL Menara Tower where we had a 360 degree view of Kuala Lumpur. Afterwards we took the Monorail to Medeka Square and walked around the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Since then, Merdeka Square has been the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).

That afternoon, as the clouds came in, it started to heavily rain. Thunder and lightening had covered Kuala Lumpur so it was time to leave and head back to our hotel. That evening we were picked up by my auntie, who took us on a tour around the city and a meal at the Royal Selangor Club, which was founded in 1884 and overlooks Medeka Square. We visited the charity that my great-grandad set up to help Jaffnese students with their education to donate some money.

The next day we visited the Masjid Jamek Mosque near Little India and were asked to wear clothing to cover our shoulders and heads. It was extremely hot even without the clothing so we didn’t stay there that long. Even after five minutes we were both sweating.

Afterwards we took the local bus to the Batu Caves located 13km out of KL. The caves are massive and the steps leading up to the Hindu temple were tiring to climb. There were loads of monkeys around grabbing people’s food from their hands. One guy had his rice meal that he had just bought grabbed from him, all the monkeys fought over the rice. After visiting the caves we spent the rest of the afternoon walking and looking at the clouds float over the KL Lakes and Gardens Park. It wasn’t long before we left to avoid getting soaked.

On the Saturday and Sunday we had tickets to watch the Malaysian F1 in Sepang. The circuit was located 60km south of Kuala Lumpur so we took the bus. Seeing the F1 cars close up was amazing. The seats we had allowed us to walk around the grass banking and watch about 50% of the corners. The F1 cars were like jet engines flying around. With the crowds cheering the noise was electrifying. The race itself was amazing to see. After the first lap the race just flew by. We had an amazing time at the Grand Prix and would love to watch the F1 again. It was a perfect end to our time in Kuala Lumpur.


Cesty autobusem po cele jihovychodni Asii bylo vetsinou jedno velke utrpeni, ale cesta do Kuala Lumpur byl naprosty opak. Vetsina autobusu v Malajsii maji pouze tri sedacky v jedne rade misto ctyrech a proto vsechny sedacky jsou skoro dvakrat vetsi, daji se skoro vodorovne sklopit a je zde hodne mista na nohy. Pro nas to bylo velice mile prekvapeni a po peti hodinach v autobuse se nam  nechtelo vystupovat. Ubytovali jsme se v hotelu, ktery pro nas zamluvila Philippeho teta, ktera zde vlastni jeden  z apartmanu. Oba jsme za to byli hodne radi, jelikoz po skoro trech mesicich, kdy jsme spali v levnych a casto spinavych hostelech, jsme meli jenom pro sebe dvou pokojovy apartman.

Kuala Lumpur, ktere se muze prelozit jako blativy soutok nebo blativa zatoka je hlavni a zaroven nejvetsi meston Malajsie, ktere lezi u soutoku rek Kelang a Gomba, kde v soucasnosti zije vice nez 1,8 milionu obyvatel, vetsinu obyvatel mestva tvori Cinane pote Malajsi a Indove.

My jsme se prvni den vydali do cisnke ctvrti, ktera je vyhlasena tim, ze si zde muzete koupit velice levne veci a take si dat levne a hlavne vyborne jidlo. Po prozkoumani mistniho trhu, jsme sli ochutnant ovoce durian, ktere nez jsme jeli cestovat nam Philippeho teta rikala, ze musime ochutnat. Pry to chutna hrozne dobre, ale ma to jeden hacek, strasne to smrdi. Ja ani nevim k cemu mam ten smrad prirovnat, mozna tak k nikdy nevynesenemu kosi. Ja jsem to neochutnala, jelikoz se me z toho smradu dalo spatne a ve finale Philippe musel jit na druhou stranu ulice a jist to tam, jelikoz ja jsem nemohla byt blizko nej. On to ochutnal, ale rikal, ze uz nikdy vice.

Druhy den jsme museli vstavat velice brzo rano, abychom ziskali listky na Petronas Towers. Kdyz jsme tam prisli v osm rano uz tam byla velka fronta a my jsme se na radu dostali az v deset hodin, ale na vez jsme meli listek az na pul druhou odpoledne. Petronas Twin Towers jsou 452 m vysoke budovy, ktere spojuje ve vysce 170 m dvoupatrovy most Skybridge a kdysy byly nejvyssi budovy na svete. Listky jsme meli pouze na Skybridge, ale i tak jsme meli nadherny vyhled na cely Kuala Lumpur.

Po navsteve Petronas Towers jsme se vydali trochu nakupovat do misnich nakupnich stredisek, ktere jsou vzdaleny zhruba 15 minut vlakem od Petronas Towers. Ja jsem se na to puvodne tesila, jelikoz v jedne oblasti je devet nakupnich stredisek, ale po navsteve prniho jsme to zvdali a zbytek jsme jenom rychle probehli a radsi sli na  kafe. Jenom tak pro predstavu, prvni obchodak mel deset pater a na kazdem patre bylo tak 30 kramu. Domu jsme prisli docela unaveni a taky lehce zmrzly, jelikoz vsechny obchodni domy meli klimatizaci a my jsme si obcas prisli jak v mrazaku.Teda spise to byl velky sok, kdyz jsme prisli z venku, kde bylo 35 stupnu a 97% vlhkost.

Druhy den rano jsme navstivili Menara Tower, coz je 421m vysoka televizni vez a ve vysce 276m je vyhlidkove podlazi, ze ktereho jsme meli vyhled pres cele Kuala Lumpur. Pote jsme se vydali na Merdeka namesti, kde se nachazi palac Sultan Abdul Samad, ktery zdobi medena kopule 40m vysoka vez s hodinamy. Tento palace je jednim ze symbolu mesta a dnes slouzi jako sidlo nejvyssiho soudy. Philippe mi ukazala v kteem okne mel jeho pra-pra dedecek kancelar. Na namesti Merdeka se kazdorocne konaji oslavy nezavislosti.

Bohuzel zacalo hrozne prset a my jsme se rychle bezeli schovat do nedaleke Indicke ctvrti. Doufali jsme, ze dest prestatne, ale naopak se zhorsil a ve finale z toho byla obrovska bourka, proto jsme se rozhodli, ze pojedem domu a pripravime se na veceri s Philippeho tetou, ktera nas vzala do restaurace s vyhledem na Merdeka namesti a pote nas provezla po nocnim Kuala Lumpur. Jeste nez jsme jeli na veceri, zastavili jsme se v sidle charity, kterou zalozil Philippuv pra-pra dedecek a meli jsme caj a zakusek se soucasnym reditelem ,ktery byl velice rad, kdyz videl potomka zakladatele teto charity.

Druhy den rano jsme si mohli vyzkouset jake to je byt muslimska zena na chvilku. Jelikoz Malajsie je muslimskou zemi nachazi se ve meste rada mesit. Nejstarsi je mesita Majid Jamek, kterou jsme navstivili a kde jsme si museli obleknout dlouhy kabat pres nase obleceni a ja jsem si musela satkem zakryt vlasy. Musim rict, ze po chvili jsme se zacali hrozne potit a nevim jak to vsechny ty zakryte zeny, ktery jsme videli mohou vydrzet. Bylo nam takove vedro, ze jsme to po chvili vzdali a na 73m vysoky minater jsme se divali z dalky. Pote jsme jeli do 13km vzdalenych Batu jeskyni, kde se nachazi slavna hinduisticka svatyne, zasvecena bohu Murugy a kazdorocne ji navstivi 1.5 milionu poutniku. Zbytek odpoledne jsme stravili v parku, ktery se nachazi blizko naseho hostelu a kde se take nachazi motyly a orchidejova farma.

Sobotu a nedeli jsme stravili na F1, coz pro oba byl nezapomenutelny zazitek.
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