Published: July 17th 2008July 17th 2008
We decided to use our hotel points to stay in a 5-star hotel in KL after the jungle. Our first night we went out to a club in the Hilton and when asked what we were doing in Kuala Lumpur they didn't believe my response of backpacking. The place was buzzing with excitement because Mel Gibson was in house for some environmental fundraiser and was supposed to show up at the bar. We saw him later in a special VIP bar tucked in the back with security all around him but at a distance so he could still chat with his friends and pretend they weren't there.
KL is one of my favorite cities. It has the Petrona Towers-designed by an Argentinian-which they call the Twin Towers. They look much better at night when they are all lit up and glittery. Not too far away from them is this Space Needle looking communication tower that is technically the highest structure in KL. There are also many beautiful mosques (KL is mostly Muslim) and government buildings with Islamic architecture. Lighting at night is not spared. The food is fabulous. It is set out buffet style so you can just take a
little from the rows and rows of different curries and salads. Today we walked around Chinatown, Little India and the Malay section of town. Funny that they have a designated Malaysian section when we are in Malaysia. People have been really friendly, too. Every time I ask for directions they try to walk me at least part way there and seem really concerned that I get to the right place. Except maybe for taxi drivers. We've been taking the monorail and train but after hours have to deal with taxis who tell us there's a night rate when it's dark and try to overcharge us by a lot. Some guys from Singapore who've been living here for a month told us there's no real rate for taxis-they'll just try to take you for whatever they can.
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