KL, The City of Dreams

Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
Trip End Nov 2008

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D'Oriental Inn

Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Monday, June 30, 2008

Kuala Lumpur, known to the locals as KL is such as cosmopolitan city, so much to see and do.

We got a Hop on & Hop off bus city tour, really enjoyed the sites and it gave us a great overview of the city. We stopped at the National Palace where we saw the changing of the guard and got a lovely smile from the soldier on duty before a sobering visit to the War memorial.

Stopped at the Eye of Malaysia(there to celebrate 50 years of Independence), very similar to the London eye. Medaka square was impressive and was the site where the Malaysians gained independence from the British).  We stopped at the incredible Petronas twin towers and had a lovely walk around the lake.

Bukit Bintang is the upmarket end of the city where you can find all non fake designer labels. Gucci, Versace, you name it it was here;  the restaurant area was eye popping both in terms of the decor and the prices being charged.

We met our dive Master Laura in Planet Hollywood as she was also visiting KL. Luckily for us it was ladies night which meant we got free pina coladas all night long...they really hit the spot and whet our appetite for dinner at the local market.

We took a local bus to Batu Caves where we climbed the 272 stepped to the top and I got an Hindu  blessing with a flower. The area was surrounded by monkeys chasing kids for food and icecream!

One morning we got up at 7am to get to the Petronas towers but but it was closed on Mondays!!! Arrrgghh.. we went on to the shopping centre to check out laptops but it was also closed and ended up having chicken with rice for breakfast.!! Yumm yumm.  We did finally manage to get tickets and enjoyed the view from the tallest twin towers in the world including an ear popping ride in their ultra fast elevator.

We are staying in Petaling Street, slap bang in the middle of chinatown. So much atmosphere with rows and rows and rows of markets selling evertyhing imaginable. The area is so handy for transportation as you have the monorail, train and bus stations all within walking distance.

We took a trip to Kuala Selangor where we were brought on a slow boat along the river banks to see the millions of fireflies who flash in unison like Christmas tree lights every night all year around.

As a treat on our last night Ruairi arranged for VIP tickets to the top of the KL tower for dinner in their fabulous 360 degree revolving restaurant. We were treated to magnificenst views of KL with the petronas towers being especially enchanting at night.  

We finished the night by going to a Salsa Club in the Federal Hotel and enjoyed a few dances with the locals.
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