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Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town April 17th 2018

Nine years ago we wrote ‘Kuala Lumpur is Knockout Lovely’. Well, it still is! KL is a vibrant, bustling, noisy, cosmopolitan city and we love it. Getting here was somewhat taxing but that is all part of travelling. We left Hampshire at 17.20 on Sunday and twenty two hours later we arrived at our little hotel in Chinatown in KL, at 22.20 on Monday, which would be 15.20 GMT (seven hour time difference) and 16.20 CET at home in Spain (six hour time difference). Why such a long journey? Well, true to form, we arrived in a major tempest which is how we usually manage to arrive in foreign parts! Last time we flew in to Singapore, for example, lightning struck and moved our bus on route from the airport! This wasn’t quite so dramatic, however ... read more
Jalan Petaling
Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad
Masjid Jamek

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town March 29th 2014

After a 5 hour scenic bus ride through date palm tree plantations, along a very well maintained and modern highway, we arrived at our second destination, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Although we were here for a visit last year, we had a mission to discover different areas of the city. There is so much diversity with the various religions and cultures that make up this country, that it is easy to experience something new around every corner. Upon leaving the hotel yesterday afternoon, our concierge recommended that we take an umbrella that was provided by the hotel. We regretfully declined and found ourselves in a monsoon rainstorm very far from our hotel. We continued to explore late into the evening. We also discovered that the taxi drivers were reluctant to pick up to drenched tourists. Lucky for ... read more
Masjid Jamik
Historic Restaurant
Petronas Towers

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town March 14th 2014

As I wrote this as I was on the plane on the way to Oz. Rewind a week and I’ll recap. I finished my last blog by saying Emma, Katie and I had arrived in Phuket, we were waiting for our room to be ready and the girls were chilling in the pool. I left the girls to chill out and went for a walk down the beach to get my baring’s. Patong was exactly how I remembered it from when me and Kyle went in 2010. It was busy, full of hustle and bustle of shops and locals trying to sell you the earth “DVD Mate”….. But on the other side of the road was the beautiful beach and relatively clear sea. It was so hot, 36 degrees and not any breeze. After I was ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town March 14th 2014

It's been a while since my last post, so lets see if I still remember how to do this. After 5 months of being in Thailand we finally got all the stamps, visa extensions and nods we needed to actually leave the country without nullifying our work permits. After going through this whole process, I have a whole newfound respect for immigrants living in America...this is hard! The week began with my first visitors from back home. First to come visit was a coworker Jimmy who came to Thailand to visit his sister up north and decided to swing by the islands before heading back. Next came one of my oldest friends, Jessie and her (recent, congrats by the way) fiancé Brian! They were a welcome reminder of home and a much needed reality check of ... read more
Malaysian Crest
Batu Caves
Batu Caves

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town March 6th 2014

Up at 6 for a buffet breakfast. Quite excited at the prospect of choice, and gamely embarked on dhal and noodles. Yuk! Couldn't even look at the porridge with its enticing garnishes of what to Sam looked like toenails (fried onions) and crunchy little fish. Then walked past the brothels (still open but business looked a little slow at 7am) and up to the main concourse of Sentral Station. That is not a spelling mistake! We found the queue for the LRT line ticket machines and they were easypeasy. Touch screen in English and nearly completely idiot-proof. Someone stepped forward to help with one bit, and there was no impatience from people behind. Once on the platform there were lots of lines, not an almighty crush, very orderly - see photo. Inside it was Baltic from ... read more
Orderly queues on the underground
Petronas Towers preshow, with walk-through hologram!
41st floor

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town March 5th 2014

We diddled around for a while before our lift to the airport (negotiated with a driver at the entrance to the hotel, as the hotel didn't seem to have a record of our booking, and saved over £1 - happy days!), had our nails done and bought our standard travel snacks (cheesy ritz crackers) with the last of our rupiah. Then went back to the air-conditioned splendour of our room. The staff obviously wanted to clean but we stuck it out! We were very pleased to have got down to our last 50,000 rupiah. Oh dear - big mistake! TRAVEL INFORMATION - there is a departure tax of 150,000 - in my far-reaching travel research I missed this vital fact. We found out once we'd been through security and spotted a pay desk. Sam wondered if ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town February 21st 2014

18th February – two weeks since I left the UK. The past 2 weeks have really flown, and what a great start to my adventure, now on to the next one! Arrived safely in KL, slept on both planes but still felt tired. Had to try and stay awake… lost 6 hours and am now 8 hours ahead of the UK so timing whatapps and skypes is going to be more of a headache. When I walked out of the airport – around 8am I had to take my jumper off as it was hot, the taxi driver was very helpful telling me places to go and even teaching me some Malay, numbers and phrases. The hotel is basic and above the 33 restaurant, am I am staying in the 33 star hotel. The room is ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town February 19th 2014

When you are full of free time, you stretch your time to decide minor things like should you take a day or night train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (KL)? How does it matter? Anyhow, after much deliberation and a long list of pros and cons, I finally decided that the morning train suited me so that I can feed breakfast to my fishes and look at the scenery. Next morning, I took Singapore MRT (Mass Rapid Transmit), to reach Marsiling station. Then bus 856 to Woodlands train station. After formalities, I sat in second class chair cart. The train left the city and I saw greenery and more greenery. There was hardly a soul around, no villages, ponds - nothing.I went off to sleep. It just happened that the cost of the day ticket was ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town January 12th 2014

We arrived back in KL on Sunday and made our way to the Swiss Inn Hotel in China Town with the blistering midday sun upon our backs. It’s about a five-minute walk from Pasar Seni LRT Station, but I’ll admit it feels a little longer when you’re pulling suitcases along the uneven roads and walkways. I thought Matt may actually shove a vendor or two once we reached Petaling Street – they were in our face straight away. While it was frustrating on the way to the hotel, once we settled into our hotel (directly on Petaling Street with a view out over the whole street) it was great having the shops, stalls and food vendors so close. I really wanted to do some clothes shopping so we took the monorail to the Bukit Bintang area. ... read more
Inside the Cathedral Cave
'Hangry' (Hungry-Angry) Monkeys
Indian Sweets outside Batu Caves

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » China Town January 3rd 2014

In the space of just under 24 hours it seems like we've been transported to another world. As we left home on the first day of the new year a cold wind howled, the rain poured almost vertical and the sky was a dark slate grey colour. At 3.30pm on the second day we were sat on a bus backing out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport bus station. Instantly we felt the warmth from the sunshine through the bus window. Instead of watching bare forlorn looking trees as we passed by, as we had done in England, rows of palm trees made a beautiful backdrop against a deep blue sky. At last we've escaped the British winter!! January 3rd We grabbed some breakfast on a rooftop cafe before making our way on the monorail to the ... read more
Selamat Datang!
Our cute hotel in China Town
basic but cheap and clean!

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