A Capital City

Trip Start Nov 07, 2004
Trip End May 20, 2005

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Monday, January 31, 2005

Malaysia's capital bristles with high rise buildings and sky scrapers, testament to KL and Malaysia's boom in the 1990's. One of the major landmarks is the Menara Kuala Lumpur, a massive 421M tower in the center of KL. And where better to be for our first rain fall in 3 months. At first our visibility was disappointing, to the point that we wondered why they had fitted frosted glass in the observation platform windows, but once the thick clouds dispersed a little we had an amazing bird's eye of the city being lashed by a lightening storm. The other major landmark is the Malaysian Petronas twin towers, (until recently the tallest building in the world) and the views from the Sky-bridge joining the two towers at the 41st floor are again incredible, but not for the vertiginous.

Tall buildings aside, KL is a really fun place. The nightlife is something else with a lot of bars and clubs (ok, its not exactly London, but we've been deprived). It doesn't really get going until about 10, when a lot of the shops are still open. One thing we had to try was a nocturnal foot massage, or reflexology (available until about 3 am). Just about every 3rd shop seems to offer this, and for a couple of quid you can have a trained reflexologist pull, pummel and pinch your feet in what can actually be a slightly eye watering experience, but great after a night out.

Morning time here is quite amusing, as the whole city seems to be suffering a collective hangover, but there are always a few restaurants and coffee shops open to get you back into the swing of things.

The only down side (other than our rampant overspending) is the heat and humidity, so in typical fashion were off to the hills to cool down alittle.

Caroline and Mark
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