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Trip Start Aug 19, 2011
Trip End Feb 23, 2012

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Friday, November 11, 2011

So after our unexpected then shorten trip to Ireland, we arrived back into Bangkok on the Thursday. So after about 3 hours fluffing around the airport, we made our mind up to forsake Laos, and head down to Malaysia next. We booked the tickets in the airport for the following morning and headed for a night in a hotel close to the airport. Up early the next morning, we were in the air again, Kuala Lumpar bound.

Outside the airport we were met with an oven, had to be in the mid 30's. We jumped into a taxi n off we went. The city is actually about an hour's drive (60km) from the airport, so at only $20 we did alright!! We got dropped off at Chinatown (Where else) to look for the cheapy spots. The guide book had loads of options, and we settled on "the Original Backpackers inn", perfectly fine, very basic rooms, but done the job.

Needless to say, since being home the interest in being anywhere outside of Bigwood was at an all-time low. So all the haggling etc... Was a lot more grating this time round. Luckily KL isn't too bad for that type of stuff. In fact, our immediate reaction, which stayed with us, was that the Malaysian people were by far the nicest and easiest to deal with in all our time over this next of the woods so far. Most people speak English here, which was an unbelievable help, instead of the answer to "How do we get to this place?" being "you go there" accompanied with some uncoordinated pointing, we got actual directions and answers to questions.

To be honest, we were finding it hard to get motivated to see anything. We easily slept for 25 out of the first 48 hours we were there. The rest of the time being spent in Starbucks next door on the internet, playing connect 4 all with xmas songs in the background. It wasn't until the 2nd or 3rd night in KL, we decided enough was enough and we threw the glad rags on and headed to the Golden Triangle area of the city, where the Petrona's towers are housed. These are amazing actually, especially at night time. Unfortunately they were closed when we got there so we couldn't go up to the bridge (which is actually closed full time at the minute for repairs). We walked around then to the KL tower, another massive tower which overlooks the entire city from the top. We ambled on then to the shopping district, scoffed some food (which had become our main pastime) and browsed the night stalls and shops.  KL is really easy to get around, the train system is very cheap easy and clean; taxi’s are very cheap in around the city and there’s a very regular bus service.

The next day we were off again to the Bird Park. Seemingly it's the largest open air aviary in the world, but we're still in Asia, so I'm sure there's a touch of a lie in there somewhere!! Anyway, it was really good spot. We were there in time to see them feeding the eagles, we saw a hornbill jumping round the place (hillarious looking dude) and lots of other winged activities happening. It started to pour rain then, so we decided the only option was a few pints.....

For the final day we headed off to the Aquarium to punch in a few hours, it was ok as Aquariums go, but nothin to write home about (Ironically), the evening was put in wandering around their snazzy shopping mall and losing 2 hours of my life to a movie called "Immortals" (Greatest pile of sh&*e ever, next to that Robert De Niro one "Stone"...Jesus!!).

Next morning we were up early and headed to the Cameron Highlands to get a bit of badly needed fresh air.

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