Petronas Towers

Trip Start Aug 23, 2010
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Trip End Jul 15, 2011


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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Thursday, September 30, 2010

We get a week off for the Chinese National Holiday, or Golden Week. Again, we have to work the weekend when we get back, so instead of 10 days off, we only get seven. This is what caused me to change my original plan on going to the Philippines. There just wasn't enough time, and it was too expensive. Hopefully I can find a different time to get there someday. Perhaps at the end of the school year. 
On the bright side, I have always wanted to visit KL, ever since I saw pictures of the Petronas Towers. I love skyscrapers, so it will be awesome to get to experience the sight of a couple more amazing buildings. I have also never traveled to a primarily muslim country, so I think that will be interesting too. This will be a tight schedule for this trip, as I plan on checking out Singapore and the Malaysian Island of Pulau Tioman. In seven days it will be a whirlwind, but worth it I think. Luckily, I spent a lot of time searching airfares around the region and found some very cheap, time saving flights. For example, I got a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore for 70 Malaysian Ringits with all taxes included. That equates to about 20 bucks Canadian! So instead of a 6 hour bus ride, I have a 1 hour flight. 

After the trip: What an eclectic place KL is. You could just as easily assume you were in Sri Lanka, India, or Pakistan considering how large those populations are there. Most of the Malay's are Muslim, so you see many women walking around with full veils covering their faces. There are several languages on every sign, and many different religious beliefs all crammed into one city. 
We stayed at a guesthouse called Wheelers, that is located more or less between Chinatown and Little India: a very diverse, and colorful, and vibrant area. Surrounded by colonial architecture, mosques, temples, bazaars, you name it.The place is constantly buzzing. We spent most of the day walking around Little India and Chinatown, and at night we would head downtown. We went up the KL tower to get a view of the city, most notably the Petronas Towers, then walked down to the base of the towers for a closer look. After walking around downtown a LOT, we ended up getting a stellar massage at some place recommended in the lonely planet. It was fabulous. 
If there was one thing I could complain about in KL, it would be all the initialized things. You have the MRT, the LRT ('s), the KLIA, the LCCT, the KLCC, etc etc..! Far too many acronyms, it got very confusing. Three different airports didn't help either! Here are some pictures.
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