First stop - KL!

Trip Start May 18, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Anuja Backpackers Inn

Flag of Malaysia  ,
Monday, May 19, 2003

Just arrived in KL this morning to a spectacular sunrise as the plane landed. Having negotiated my way from the airport to central KL via a coach and mini-bus (RM20 in total) I have checked back into the Anuja Backpackers Inn (RM10 per night) opposite the infamous Puduraya Bus Terminal. This place has a great central location, only a few minutes walk from most places I want to visit. And the staff are very helpful.

Other than feeling a little tired I am fine. Having not had much sleep during the last couple of days I seem to have backtracked my body clock so much that I am not suffering from jet lag at all, even though the time here is GMT plus eight hours.

The 12-hour flight over was very smooth. If it wasn't for the fact that the interactive features of my in-flight entertainment console were not working it would have been close to a perfect flight. Filling out the Malaysian Arrival Card was amusing; possible options for "Purpose of Visit" included:

1. Holiday
2. Business
3. Visit Friends/Family
4. In Transit
5. Conference
6. Official Mission

There is also the friendly reminder printed in red at the bottom:
"Be Forewarned Death for Drug Traffickers under Malaysian Law"

KL's reputation for stunning architecture asserted itself right away with a view of the airport terminal backed by the glowing sunrise. The vista you get as the dual Aerotrains (monorails) ferry people from the boarding gates to the main airport building is a reminder of KL's rapid economic boom in the nineties, as you descend beneath the building at high speed.

Just before baggage collection we all had to undertake a 'temperature scan' as the airport staff (clad in face masks) gave out SARS questionaires. London was on the list of risk areas but not the rest of the UK. The best example of Malaysian innovation I have seen today are the luggage trolleys at the airport. The have been designed so that they can be used on normal escallators!
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