Malaysia Memories

Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
Trip End Aug 15, 2014

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Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Malacca River Melaka
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Friday, November 8, 2013

October 30th- 8th Nov.

Well our first 12 hours of Malaysia was spent in the airport as we couldn't check into our 8nights accommodation until the next day so being backpackers we found a quiet corner, wrapped up on clothing, made a pillow out of our tops and tried to get some sleep! In those 12 hours we got about 2-3 hours sleep in each and spent the rest of the time looking at our clock! Ha ha. To be honest it went quite quickly and soon it was time to get out of the airport!

When we arrived at our accommodation, it was bags down, quick shower then straight to sleep! We stayed in a condo apartment on the 30th floor which overlooked KL so that wasn't bad to wake up to every morning :-)
Robyn enjoyed her stay there as the host had a lovely little toy poodle, which she spent more time with than with me!

Being back in a city which was so Westernised to our surprise it even has a Tesco- we spent some of our stay visiting local food places (Malaysian food is delicious!) with our host, local markets, shops and even Fitness First Gym! Aaron was in his prime!

On the traveller/tourist side, we saw all the hotspots from the outstanding gigantic Petronas Twin Towers which had everything inside (including a cinema and Nandos that was visited), to Chow Kit market (which had Cows head for sale, and was a fairly horrible experience), Little India (buying really cheap DVDs), China Town, Bukit Bintang area, Batu Caves (again stopped by people giving me their baby and wanting a photo!) as well as KLCC area with all the shops, bars, park and fountains.
Lucky for us, we had arrived at the time of the Deepavali Festival and there we many celebrations all around, including fireworks and we had a perfect view from our accommodation.

Thanks to a suggestion from our host we booked a day trip to the Historical town of Malacca and we thoroughly enjoyed its mixture of Chinease, Dutch, Portuguese, Malaysian and English sites, food, monuments and history.

Robyn's Rant:
Toilets... Ok I do know we are in Asia and they won't always be pleasant which I accept however... There are Bidet's attached to nearly every toilet and hole in the ground toilets. I understand the purpose yes, but about 98% of toilets we have been to have no toilet paper or hand dryer paper at all to dry yourself after, which leaves the places swimming most of the time as people don't seem to be pointing the hose in the right direction and unfairly leaving toilet users finishing with 'wet bum juice ankles' for the rest of the day.

The reason for these Bidets-
'' Bidets once served as a practical way for couples to prepare themselves before sex, as well as to rinse themselves afterwards''
"...The sprayer-type bidets are sold to Muslims as "shataf," which permit the user to comply with Islamic laws about using the toilet and the cultural preference of using water instead of paper..."
 ( also for hygiene reasons) The use of just dry toilet paper to clean the perianal area is considered dirty and unhygienic- ''smearing urine and feces all over our delicate private area''
''many asian men and women carry a soap box with a small piece of soap with them and toilet paper''
''One of the industry trends that has been driving the bidet market is the slowly increasing adoption of bidets in the United States''

Fair enough, but for those without those beliefs there should at least be one toilet option without an attached Bidet or at least PAPER TO DRY yourself so the user isn't drying their regions with what I'm presuming most of the time are their clothes... This surely isn't clean and hygienic either which contradicts the purpose of the Bidet... Rant over.

Aaron's Rant: Well the tubes and trains have a section where it is a woman's only section..Well their section takes up more than half of the carriages on the train!!! I don't see why woman need their own section? Even in rush hour men can't go into the woman carriages and have to go into a fully packed carriage and some can't even make it onto the train! Also on our way to the airport for our flight to Bangkok we were waiting at the station with our heavy bags and the train stops at the platform and guess what..It stops and we are right in front of the woman's carriage! Well I wasn't going to walk half way down the train into the 'Normal Section' with my heavy bag and maybe miss my train so we went into the forbidden area for men! Robyn was enjoying her time in the woman's area but the other woman didn't enjoy me being in their area and the woman who I sat next to got up and moved seats and throughout the journey I was getting some funny looks! I just don't see why there needs to be separate areas...Rant over!

The reason for these separate carriages is because of sexual harassment which I understand but I don't see the need for more than half of the train to be woman only!

The weather was clammy with some rain but pleasant, people were friendly and helpful, Aaron found a few more cake shops and decided to grow a moustache (Movember Style) plus his traveller hair was finally long enough to be put up in a ponytail! We were also able to swim and use a gym within our condo accommodation- not bad for backpackers eh?

We also experienced our first monsoon on this trip when we went out for some food one evening..An hour or so later we finally arrived at the little food store after running for cover and waiting under shelter for the heavy rain to pass!

We enjoyed our visit to Malaysia and we believe we got a true feel for the country and how it's locals live as well as a sense if the culture and history!
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