Published: November 17th 2008November 16th 2008
K.L. like the locals call their city is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. There would be so many things to tell about our weekend visit there, that I could almost write a book, but now I will try to stick to the relevant.
Since the public transport and the condition of the roads is so good, we decided to take a train to Kuala Lumpur, which was a nice decision. All those landscapes, local people and pineapple trees ( they seemed pineapple trees, but I'm not exactly sure if they were..) almost took my breath away. It was evening when arriving at K.L. so we planned to catch a taxi to our hotel. We just didn't know we need to book the tickets for taxi beforehand from a different stand before we could go to the taxi queue! Quite a unique system I would say, not bad, hence we have been loosing our nerves when negotiating with taxi drivers. This system guaranteed the "normal" prize for locals as well as for us. I wouldn't mind to pay a bit extra, but when this "bit" comes a big bit then it's really irritating, after all, we are supposed
Jalan Petaling Market Street
famous for it's fake designer goods. Watches, clothes, wallets, handbags, CDs AND DVDs were sold openly
to be living here, not just visiting,poor taxi drivers just can't know it. During our K.L visit we didn't use a cab at all, except when we arrived. Rest of the days we walked (yes, the you can do it as long as you have a lot of water with you and comfortable shoes, and took a metros every now and then) By foot going is also a better way to get to know the real city than just taking a cab.
The very greatest part of our trip was the hotel. The location, prize and facilities, can't complain about anything, they even had a pool,really big one. And we almost gave up booking that hotel because it hasn't clear photo on the Internet. Luckily we didn't, since from there we had really easy to start to explore city centre.
Once we finally were there, the must to see destination for us was the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, world's tallest twin structures. We thought we got ourselves up pretty early at Saturday morning, the clock was something like 10.15 am, but we were kindly told by receptionist that " I'm so sorry ladies, this tower opened at 8.30am
and we only have 800 tickets reserved for each day so you guys better come back earlier next morning. Which, in fact we never did, because after all, it would have been just a fancy view, and we had so much other things to do and see.
If we have learned something in here so far, it's the fact that you never know when you can trust people
and when you cannot (sad, but so true). You think you have managed to do some thing pretty well with the local people, but there's always something behind. In Malaysia this feeling was almost hand touching and I started more and more to appreciate the safety atmosphere of Singapore.
We got also invitations to Bali when having breakfast with Indonesian couple from there. Looking like bums without any effort to look as an human we were nothing but a nice sight in that breakfast buffet. To tell you the truth I'm sure that the hotel's staff was also wondering the same, what the hell they are doing there.. Despite of that, we had a nice chit chat with that couple and who knows when we will found ourselves from Bali?!
End of the breakfast we wished all the best for their holiday in Kuala Lumpur and continued our own.
Back to Singapore we came by bus. The driver of our buss was driving like a maniac, it took only 4 hours to come back from K.L. ( when going there by train took more than 6 hours!) and after all these custom controls we were happily back in S'pore. Home sweet home after all.
There are more photos below