A reunion with old friends
Trip Start Jun 09, 2005
105Trip End Jun 08, 2006
Our journey to the capital of Malaysia is really smooth in comparison to all our other experiences. We sit comfortably onboard a huge air conditioned bus, which has fat seats that can recline to allow the passengers to sleep. To my dismay there are signs indicating no food, durian fruits (they have a distinctive odour), nor drinks, may be consumed. However we pretend not to see this (or the fine) and slurp down our beverages with no problems.
After 45 minutes we arrive at the border
We arrive in KL quite confused. The coach stops on the roadside near to Puduraya Bus Terminal and everyone gets off. It is hot and humid and we find ourselves lost on a busy street. With no information or maps of the city, or places to stay, John suggests with some urgency that he needs to go to the toilet.
A local guy invites us into his cafe and John waits here whilst I find an ATM and check out the accomodation situation. I am quite hopeful when I learn that the owner studied hotel management at my home University in Leeds and that he has some good rooms available. However it is disappointing to find that his rooms are all small, basic and utterly filthy. The other hostels along this road are pretty much the same, but eventually I find a semi-decent budget room with air conditioning for the night.
The main reason for being in KL is for me to catch up with some old University friends
The next day we walk a mere ten minutes to Anjung KL, one of the nicest hostels that we have visited. The hostel has only been open for around 2 months and everything has been carefully researched and selected by the owner's wife, Sharon. We leave our shoes by the entrance and enjoy our stay in this refreshingly clean and homey place where we have a comfortable bed, free breakfast and a peaceful communal area which comes complete with a calming water fountain, sophisticated wooden furniture and a good selection of free DVDs. We meet some friendly Swedish guys and have a nice suprise when we see our group photograph on their main webpage.
Click here to open a window for Anjung KL
In the evening we arrange to meet Darren at the Petronas twin towers
Next day we dodge heavy thunderstorms and take a taxi to the butterfly centre. The taxi drivers are all a little odd, either refusing to use their meters and only offering a hugely inflated price or claiming that they don't know where it is. After some time we find a taxi driver who agrees to use his meter although I am a little disturbed to see him finger in a 'special' rate for our journey. The driver talks non-stop during the journey and whilst driving he whips out leaflets and brochures on all the different tourist attractions of Malaysia.
The butterfly farm takes some effort to get to but we really enjoy seeing so many butterflies which flutter around in a large enclosed flower paradise
There is a whole variety of different sights to see around the butterfly farm such as the National mosque and bird aviary. However we run out of time and have to rush back into town to meet another university food scientist. We meet Eliza Chee and her husband Ian for a lazy Thai lunch in Time Square building. The shopping mall is pretty modern and we find Borders, Starbucks plus a whole upper floor designated for a roller coaster amusement park area.
One more night spent in Anjung KL and then we wake early for the morning bus to Taman Negara. We pack our rucksacks, walk to a Crown Plaza Hotel and leave KL on another luxurious bus.