Weekend in KL - Check Malaysia off the list

Trip Start Mar 29, 2007
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Sunday, August 2, 2009

So some friends asked me the week before they took off for a trip..."Hey Brandon, we're going to Kuala Lumpur for the weekend, wanna come?".  My first answer...no....it's too close to your departure date so it will be cost prohibitive.  But then I realized that this is India, we're in the middle of a swine flu scare and it's monsoon season...so maybe it wasn't so cost prohibitive after all.  $500 later I had a round trip ticket to KL from Hyderabad + 2 nights in a posh 5 star hotel (Traders Shangril La).  Because I had a little more extra time than the rest of the group coming, I went out a day early (overnight flight arriving Friday morning) and stayed until Sunday evening.

Arrival into KL was a lot like arriving into Singapore.  Efficient taxi service, clean roads, well behaved drivers...everything that India is not for the most part.  Not to bash India...because India also has a lot going for it that KL doesn't really have...but I digress.  Anyway...the taxi drive to the hotel took about 40 minutes and gave me some great views of the city and of course the Patronus Towers.  If you don't know what the Patronus Towers are, click here.  Arrived at the hotel front desk around 8AM and was able to score an early check in and take a shower.  The hotel was great, but sadly I didn't have a view of the Patronus Towers.  After freshening up, I took the free hotel shuttle to a bus stop where you can pick up a "hop on/hop off" tour bus that takes you on a complete drive around the city complete with an audio guide.  It was OK, but I'd never do it again as it took entirely too long.  By 1PM I was going crazy and I "hopped off" and caught a taxi to get some lunch.  I told the driver I was hungry and wanted "American food"...so he took me to the Hard Rock Cafe.  Wouldn't have been my first choice, but the burger and beer were damn good!  On the way home I walked past the Patronus Towers and into the incredible mall built into the tower complex.  Back at the hotel I took a swim on their rooftop pool which offered the best views of the Towers.  That evening I had an amazing sushi dinner and went to a local bar that had a great live band. 

The next morning I met my recently arrived friends for breakfast and then we were off to see the Patronus towers and check out the city.  We had a pretty lazy day which comprised of hanging around the shopping mall, eating more "good" American food at Chili's and having a few beers to cool us down.  That evening we managed to hit the same sushi restaurant I hit the night before (you can never have enough sushi after being away from it for so long).  Copious amounts of sake and sushi were ingested before we headed off to take some great night time photos of the Patronus Towers.  After wards we heard some really great music from a nearby bar so we headed over and found a really cool live music venue which played 80's and 90's music.  We loved the band so much we stayed there until they kicked us out (around 1AM).

Sunday is departure day, but our flights are not until 10PM.  Two of my friends from H'bad left early as they were continuing on to Bali...the rest of us were all on the same flight back to India that evening.  So we got up, checked out of the hotel and headed over to China town for some shopping and a bit of "pampering".  The pampering was something that friends have recommended I do in KL...but not what you're thinking.  We went to some place called a Fish Spa where you dip your legs into a tank full of these fish (called Doctor Fish) and they nibble away at your feed.  Allegedly they eat the dead skin off your feet...but I'm not sure they really made much of a dent on my feet.  It was fun and something to say you've done...once.

The trip to the airport was uneventful and our flight home was smooth and fast.  Great trip to Malaysia!
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