Caves and Kuala Lumpur

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April 12th 2017
Published: April 15th 2017
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So, travelling on from Siem Reap, we took a trip down to Kuala Lumpur to see what it had to offer. My husband had visited there before and stated there 'was not much there', but still I wanted to see for myself, and also to visit the famous Batu caves! We literally had 36 hours in which to see all of this city and it's surrounding but seeing as I did New York highlights in a day, I was confident that we could crack this one out in no time.We arrived later afternoon into Kuala Lumpur airport and after a speedy trip on the KLIA, we arrived at our hotel, that had an incredible view of the Petronas towers! Fantastic! Of course, the best time to enjoy the sites of this city are at night as all of the towers are lit up, so off we went to explore.

Luckily our hotel was a short walk to Menara tower and of course it would have been rude of us not to go up there- the views from the top were magnificent- the sights extend from the Petronas towers right across the city like a sea of twinkling lights. The tower itself is magnificent to see, changing colour periodically and stands like a colossal beacon looking our over the city. From here, we visited the Petronas towers, and what a spectacle they were. Two shining, glowing flares gleaming up into the sky, the Petronas towers dominate the sky line in Kuala Lumpur. We took a seat at the base and say and marvelled at this astonishing feat of engineering. Incredible!

From here, we decided dinner was the next port of call- now we had heard that KL was a gastronomic delight and famed for it's number of restaurants- well, could we find one- there seemed to be every cuisine on the planet available except Malaysian, and of course we wanted to sample the local food. In the end we were too hungry and settled on getting some food in Healy Macs Irish bar near the towers. The food was great and we had good craic chatting to a barman from Cork. Not the most authentic Malaysian experience I was hoping for, but still good fun.

The following day we rose early to make it out to the Batu caves before it got too hot. This was a short metro trip out, and then the caves are a short walk from here. We got the the caves and prepared ourselves- for the hassling of a lifetime from the Monkeys that live here- nothing and no one is safe! The caves themselves are, to be honest, not all that- there is a long trek up a load of steps in the heat to get to the innermost point, but all there was in there was a few worn out looking shrines and that was it. However, the monkeys and also the colossal gold effigy of Murugan at the entrance really did make up for it, as did the lovely view our over the city.

From here, it was back to a sweltering hot city centre- 42 degrees- to check out the petronas towers in the day, and again, these were just as magnificent! We decided against going up them as they were jam packed, and we had plenty more we wanted to see and do. We took a lovely stroll around lake garden park which was pristine and beautiful, tried to see the Masjid Negara Mosque, however, it was undergoing some structural work, so could only get a peek through some scaffolding, and visited china town and the Sri Mahamariaman temple, which was most unusual. By now, time was not on our side so for the second time, we had a very un-malaysian Mc Donalds and made our way to the airport, having seen a few of the main highlights of this lovely city! To be honest, I don't think there was much more to see, and 36 hours gave plenty of time to get in all of the necessary pieces, however, as always, I would love to have the opportunity to explore this gorgeous place in more detail. Again, until next time.....

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