Kuala Lumpur

Trip Start Oct 16, 2008
Trip End Oct 15, 2009

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Friday, November 14, 2008

6am flight out of Bali meant we hit Kuala Lumpur round 9am. Another painless flight and immigration experience. Long may they last. Since we were only in KL for 3 nights we were flying blind without a guide book. Grabbed as much free tourist literature as we could and got a bus from the Airport to Chinatown where we knew most of the cheap accomodation was. Real shock being in a city again with subways, monorails and all that jazz. We were so used to to the Gili islands which had no motorised transport whatsoever.

Took a really cheap room in the centre of Chinatown (5 quid). Small cell like place with a fan, bed and a seat. It's mad we're a month into our travels and this was the first time we experienced shared bathrooms.

Chinatown is crazy as you'd expect. Spent the first day just wandering, overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds. Serious humidity was cut a little by some showers. 

Next morning we looked around at some  of our other accomodation options and decided to move round the corner to the Red Dragon hostel which was altogether a bit "cheerier" as Dad would say. Got a bite in Kenny Rogers "Roasters" , feckin' hilarious place. The plates have Kenny Rogers big ball of dough head looking up at you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Rogers_Roasters

Headed to the KL Bird Park for the afternoon. Largest free flight, covered aviary in the world. Astounding place. Torie nearly had a caniption when she got to hold wee chicks.

Trained it to the Petronas towers for 8am the next morning to queue for tickets to the viewing bridge. It's free but you do have to sit through a 15 minute infomercial for Petronas, the Petro-chemical company that built the place. Turns out they're best thing since sliced Jesus. Bout 30 seconds in the lift to the 41st floor. Quality.

Checked out the Petronas Gallery in the Jassive shopping centre at the base of the towers. Class exhibition of the art and blog entries of artist and Jazz musician Mazen Kerbaj  detailing the July 2006 Lebanon War between Hizbullah and the Israeli Defence Forces. http://www.petronas.com.my/galeri/gpcontent.nsf/frmset_programmes_lists?OpenFrameset

Ate that evening in one of the streetside restaurants in Chinatown. Halfway through our meal the heavens opened with a tremendous downpour which lasted over an hour. Was quality, chilling with a few beers watching the world get soaked.

Really enjoyed the short time we spent in Kuala Lumpur. Flight from KL to Krabi in south west Thailand next on the 15th of November. Hard to believe we're a month in already.

Mostly listening to Elliot Smith - Figure 8
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mamor on

Great new pics!
Love all the new pics. Are you getting some colour, Torie - just a smidgin? Awwwww, and the wee birdies :)
That video took FOREVER to load, Andy, but want to see more.

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