Being Boring

Trip Start Jun 12, 2011
Trip End Oct 22, 2012

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Arriving in KL was a bit of a culture shock after spending time on chilled beaches and in remote jungle villages.  I think its probably the most modern city I have been to ever, never mind in just Asia.  Huge billboards, high rise buildings and neon lights. It was also heaving, it being Hari Raya (end of Ramadan) and so we took the excuse of hiding from the crowds to do absolutely nothing, a very welcome break after a few days of diving, travel and trekking.

We ventured out around the corner from our guest house far enough to find a street full of Chinese street vender's which was to be our nightly food spot.   We sampled the local specialty, won ton mee which is a plate of fried noodles with Chinese BBQ pork and a side bowl of a miso type soup with dumplings in and also some infamous malay chicken satay, yum.  We also took a stroll to see the Petronas Towers, once tallest building int he world.  Other than that we said goodbye to Chris and Kelly before they fly home to New Zealand, caught up on our blog, bought some essentials and window shopped.

Talking of shopping, if one is of the type who has a penchant for shopping, then KL is the place for you.  Within 5 min walking distance from our guesthouse, which was in the Bukit Bintang area of down town (also known as the Golden Triangle) there are 6 or 7 Malls maybe even more.  You can easily get lost in all of them.  Clothes, cheap electronics, food, phones, everything is on offer.  If clothes are your thing then there's a Top-Shop, Debenhams,and a Marks and Spencer amoung the local brands, or if you're feeling flush, Louis Vitton, Gucci, Chanel, Versache. One Mall, Times Square - decorated inside with the theme of New York, even has a bowling alley and a theme park including roller coasters inside it!  If you get peckish while shopping then stop in at one of the food courts in each Mall.  On offer?  Chinese, Japanese, Wendys, Starbucks, Macdonalds, Nandos, KFC, Subway.... forgotten you are in Asia yet? Ok so there are old parts to the city that we didnt explore yet and will do so when we return, but for this part of KL it is surely disguised as any other western city and at times you feel like you are in London or New York not Kuala Lumpur.  But then you spot the chinese street vendors, the muslim ladies wearing burkas, or notice the ever present whiff of Durian fruit and you'll soon remember where you are.

KL, we will be back.....
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