Published: May 20th 2012May 19th 2012
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur after a 4 hour bus ride from Penang in the middle of the afternoon and it was hectic! We were dropped off in the middle of the city and hadn't a clue where we were. As it turns out, we were walking distance from our hostel, which was great!
Our hostel was fairly bleak to be honest, just a cell with a bunk bed about 3 flights of stairs up but it would do! That night, we headed into the centre of town to Jalan Bukit Bintang, one of the big shopping streets! The city is busy, colourful, noisy and hot and just how you would expect it to be. On one hand, it’s extremely modern and futuristic, with a monorail going around above your head as you walk along streets lined with skyscrapers, while on the other, there are some streets full of market stalls selling all kinds of things which remind you that you are in Asia! We could also see the KL tower, a massive skyscraper that looks like the Seattle Space needle! We didnt catch a glimpse of the Petronas Towers but would see them the next day. There was some
sort of festival on in KL that day which was great because that night, up and down the main street there was music and street performers and people everywhere. After taking in the sights, we ate some really good street food from a little shack on the corner near our hostel, which we figured would be good as there were lots of locals eating there! The language barrier was a bit of a problem trying to order food but we managed! We then headed back to our hostel and sat up watching a couple of premier league matches on the communal telly until all hours of the morning with a few other backpackers, including a big Russian that Vinny was not a fan of!
The next day, first thing on the agenda was to see the famous Petronas Towers. I was particularly excited to actually see these as I had watched a documentary years ago about their construction as they were then the tallest buildings in the world. (The Burj Kalifa in Dubai has now taken that title). As we walked in their direction, they gradually came into view and they were as impressive as expected! It was a
really hot and sunny day, so the sunlight glinting off the glass made them look that bit more spectacular! There is a bridge that joins the two towers but it wasn’t open that day. Not sure I would’ve had the guts to go up there in any event. To make it even better, it turns out that there is also a huge shopping centre inside so we were able to go inside to get away from the intense heat! We walked around inside for a bit and seeing that there was a cinema, we decided to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie that had just come out. I know, weird going to the cinema twice in Malaysia but it was nearly too hot to be outside!
After the movie (which was average!), we walked back towards our hostel, stopping for some Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup that we loved, in a restaurant and using their internet to try and organise a hotel in Bali as we were flying there the next day. Eventually, once sorted we headed back to our hostel for the night.
The next morning, I went to the fairly gross communal bathroom only to find
a smelly hippy washing his jocks in the sink where I was planning on brushing my teeth! Eugh, it was so gross! It was just one of those days where I was feeling a little homesick so we changed our plans to go see the Batu Caves and as neither of us were really feeling up to it, we decided to just take it easy that day having being on the go non-stop for the past few days. We walked into the city and sat in an outdoot cafe all afternoon using their wifi to send emails and update our blog and just relax! It was a nice lazy afternoon and we weren’t too bothered that we missed the caves. Overall we enjoyed visiting Kuala Lumpur, it was as impressive as expected! As we didnt have much time there, we did miss out on seeing Chinatown and Little India but figured we would be back again, especially because there were shopping centres everywhere so it would be a great place to return if you had a bit of spare cash!! We made our way back to the hostel to check out and get our bags and had to run for
the bus to the airport, to catch a flight to Bali! I was very excited about seeing Bali for myself as it was somewhere I had heard a lot about and wanted to see for myself. It definitely didnt disappoint!
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