Day 62

Trip Start Oct 01, 2013
Trip End Dec 05, 2013

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Flag of Malaysia  , Federal Territory of Kuala Lum,
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Today we had planned on getting up a bit earlier but it seems in KL we sleep in and it was 10am before we were at breakfast (more toast an jam!)

We decided to get a ticket for the sightseeing bus (like proper tourists should) and see the city that way. We figured you'd see more than getting the regular buses. We got on the bus at central market, just around the corner from our guesthouse and they had the normal commentary on board.

Our first stop was KL sentral, which is the main transport hub of KL. Our main reason for getting off here was that we needed to collect our train tickets that we had booked online. This was extremely straight forward and they even had queue ticket machine! It also gave us a chance to figure out where we needed to get the train from which is always handy. While waiting to get back on the bus we bought discounted tickets to go up KL tower later in the day which is always handy.

The bus then went though the lake gardens past the national museum, national monument, parliament buildings, the Royal Palace, Merdeka square (which we saw yesterday) and then northern parts of KL as well. It was really good to see these parts of town, even though we didn't plan on getting off, as you get a good overview of the city as a whole. It's a bit strange that it has such an expanse of green space but it's really good to see as opposed to concrete jungles of some cities.

We got off the bus at the Petronas towers. We didn't plan on climbing them as we had read that tickets we hard to get hold of as you had to queue up before 8am to have a chance of getting a ticket. This was never going to happen really and the fact that tickets are £16 and it is a strict 45 min tour also put us off. Although we had also read some amazing things about it but we decided to go up the KL tower for the view instead. The Petronas towers (aka twin towers) were pretty amazing and the shape of them them is stunning. They were also at one point the worlds tallest building until other things got built but they remain the worlds tallest twin buildings. There is also a shopping mall at the bottom with lots of shops (mostly expensive ones) but it was our first taste of Christmas as the mall had lots of Christmas displays up! We also treated ourselves to a Nandos for lunch and it was half the price you would pay back home so pretty reasonable for food prices out here. Outside the back of the mall there is a huge park where we went to get better pictures of the towers (further away so you can actually fit them all in!). Once we were finished taking photos and looking in shops we couldn't afford we headed back to the bus.

Our next stop was the KL tower or the Merena Tower which is the 7th tallest telecommunication tower in the world and because it's on a hill actually looks taller than the Petronas towers but it isn't. We had bought tickets to climb to the observation tower earlier in the day so we skipped all the other stuff going on and headed for the lifts. They did insist on taking our photo against some background which they later tried to sell to us but we didn't buy. The ride in the lift was very quick up to the observation deck and from there we could walk round the whole 360 degree view. Even though it wasn't the best day weather wise we still got an amazing view over the city and the boards helped show us what each building was. We could see the Petronas towers, all the green area and Palace we had passed through earlier and even work out where our guesthouse was. It didn't bother us that there were loads of shops up there but other reviews had said it spoilt the view at night time because of the light reflection so we had made sure we got there in late afternoon. It was also fairly busy but apparently the kids are on school holidays!!

We then walked the short distance back towards the shopping mall and Patronas towers as we intended to be there in the evening so we could see them lit up. We had to wait about an hour before they came on as it actually gets dark really late here - about 7pm! (the short days will be a shock when we return). The towers looked really pretty at night and the fountains in the park come on in the evening doing small displays (nothing compared to Dubai) so we had sat and watched them as we waited for the lights to come on.

We then quickly made our way back to the bus (and only just caught one), luckily we had managed to get the last bus passing through that stop. It was only going on stop before here we were headed but it was only a short walk. It was good being on the bus in the evening as we saw all the city lights and more Christmas displays as we passed through the city. We were dropped in Bukit Bintang which is a shopping area and nearby is Jalan Alor?? which is known for being a street full of street food, and that is where we were headed for dinner. We had some satay sticks and some egg fried rice which were really tasty and also had some juice which looked like water however you could tell they had literally just squeezed the fruit!

After we had eaten we walked back to our guesthouse which was about 15 mins away. Because it hadn't been too hot today (just a bit humid) we had been able to walk around a bit and do stuff without sweating, which is always handy! By the time we got back to our guesthouse it was gone 9pm and we were surprised just how long we had been out around the city for. Then we just chilled after a long but good day sight seeing and it was to be our final night in Kuala Lumpur.
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