This your Malay Massage
Trip Start Mar 08, 2011
84Trip End Jun 11, 2011
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On the way back to the hotel, we decide to have one last meal at an Indian Restaurant. The local specialty is roti canai (pronounced "chanai") for breakfast. This consists of the Indian bread roti covered with a curry sauce. I decided to get mine with chicken. We enjoyed it immensely and each ordered another roti for the rest of the sauce we had on our plates. This was our first experience eating in a halal Indian restaurant as Malaysia is a Muslim country. Amy was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and was getting some not-nice looks from the locals and in an effort to not offend them we ate in a corner and kept to ourselves. One more coffee and tea finished our meal. It was getting close to 11 at this point so we quickly went back to our hotel to pack up and check out. Around 11:30 the minibus comes to get us, and this is the most beaten up bus yet. Not another day of this.
Once at the bus terminal we board a large bus with huge leather seats, tons of leg room, and a foot rest that came up to almost a full horizontal position. It felt like we were in a la-z-boy recliner. This is the way to travel. We took the bus from Penang (which is an island) to Butterworth, the first city on the mainland and had to switch to another bus (I knew it was too good to be true). We are separated onto different buses and were taken to the KL bus. We get on board and the seats are just as nice. I also notice a control panel next to the seat, so I push a button and the chairs have massages built in. Up until now we had a massage in almost every country, so I turned to Amy and told her that “This is your Malay Massage.” There’s also a flat screen TV showing Bangkok Blow in Malay and then the Punisher in English. Just when we have a bad day of travel, it is immediately followed by a good day.
We get back on the road and continue another hour. Here I am sitting in my massage recliner on a bus to KL with great scenery and I am thinking that it is too bad that the ride is only 4 hours. Right as I am thinking this, the bus exits the highway, drives around a local town for a few minutes, and pulls into a mechanic. Turns out we have a flat tire. We have made it through 2 months of travel in places where the word road is an exaggeration and buses that were built 30 years ago and never had a problem. Now we make it to a city with brand new buses and perfect roads and we get a flat. But I guess better here than another country.
We have heard stories about how clean Singapore is, I think KL is learning from their neighbor to the south (or maybe my perspective has been skewed lately). The city is gorgeous especially since it is quite diverse with a large Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist population which is reflected in the architecture. Our hotel is near Little India, which is just north of Chinatown. Being such a nice city, the prices for hotels are a bit higher. The hostels we found contain shared bathrooms and didn’t get the best ratings. So we decided to pay a little more for a proper hotel. We spent $45 on a hotel (which to us has been a lot of money) and are very impressed. I would compare it to a Hyatt in the states.
Once stuffed, we walked to the LRT station to head to the Petronas Towers. Outside the LRT station were loads of high-end shops and we felt like we weren't in Asia anymore! When planning this trip, we contemplated going first thing in the morning, waiting in line for 2 hours for tickets, then going halfway up to get a view of the city from the sky bridge, but I thought it would be good to get it out of the way at night when it was all lit up. We were very happy with this decision as the towers are amazing at night. We took some pictures, then had other people take pictures of us, then moved across the street for a better angle, rinsed, repeated, rinsed, and repeated. Finally my camera’s battery died, so we had no choice but to stop taking pictures. We then went inside in hopes of pimping the system and sneaking up to a high floor to get a view. No luck as the elevators were roped off. Finally, we tried to see if there was a bar at the top to get a drink, but no luck there either.