Phuket going to Malaysia
Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
22Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
By far the best thing I did was walk into the Sri Mahamariamman Temple which is Kuala Lumpur’s most important Hindu temple built in 1873. It’s on a little side street in Chinatown and not easy to find. The street itself is rundown and has boarded up shops and a few barely open stores. However, the temple itself is one of a kind, it is beyond colorful and I’ve never seen a building quite like it.
As I walked in, it was the perfect time of day; just as day was turning into night and a special haze was in the air
When leaving Kuala Lumpur I just assumed that I should retrace the same route that got me from the airport to the hotel. I walked from the hotel to the metro rail then to the express train to a quick bus ride to the airport. So I thought easy enough, metro to train to bus. I just retraced my steps and somehow ended up going one stop too far on the express train so I had to back track one stop. But something started to feel a little different because when I arrived in Kuala Lumpur the train was the last stop on the track. Once I got to the "correct stop" I got on a bus, which I assumed was taking me back to the terminal I arrived at. It should be a two-minute bus ride but about twenty-five minutes later, I'm still on the bus and I realized there were two airports in Kuala Lumper and I was going to the wrong one
There was a long check in line and as I got to the counter they announced that they would be closing the check in counter in 10 minutes and if you don't have your ticket by then you would not be able to board. So I figured no big deal should take two minutes to check in and then when I got to the counter I heard the dreaded words, "Where is your Australian entry visa?" I swear I looked this up and US citizens only need visas to enter five countries and Australia was not one of them. Well I guess I was wrong. It took three days to get my visa to Brazil and seven days to get my visa to India. So I figured I was not going to Australia anytime soon. She pointed to an Internet cafe and gave me a website and said, "hurry". I ran over to a computer and entered all my passport info into the website, paid twenty dollars to get the visa and five dollars to use the computer. I got the entry visa in five minutes and was the last person to check in and board. Somehow I had made it to the right airport, got a visa last minute and onto the Melbourne flight with an entire row to myself on a full flight.
"That which is real cannot cease to exist"-The Bhagavad-Gita