K L- We came. We saw. We did some shopping

Trip Start Feb 11, 2008
Trip End Jun 30, 2008

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Today we left Georgetown and Penang in order to make our way to Kuala Lumpur, a journey of 5 hours at a cost of 27 RM each (4.24) so that we could see the petronas Towersand take a look at the Batu Caves. We'd really enjoyed Penang and we'd felt very relaxed in Georgetown, but we'd not explored all of the island as we hoped to return here before our flight home in June.

I don't know much about the journey south by bus as I was asleep most of the way, but I do know that the countryside I saw from the bus window as we drove along the well maintained dual carriageway was beautiful. Dense greenery broken up by imposing limestone rocks riddled with caves and covered with creeping  liana vines flashed past my window, and this was right next to the road! Malaysia sure is a lovely place! 

Kuala Lumpur, however,  is a shitehole!! There are only three things of worth to see in this town and they are the Petronas Towers, which frankly are not so impressive seeing as they "claim" to be the tallest buildings in the world; the Batu caves, more of those later; and finally the best thing aboutKL, the highway outa there!! I have visited KL and found it rather wanting...wanting a bloody big bomb dropped on it! I thought it couldn't get any worse after growing up in Woking, boy how wrong I was!

Maybe I do KL a disservice, but I really don't like the place. The people are rude, the street hawkers and taxi drivers are in your face and the place isboring! If we'd not come from the delightful Georgetown onto KL we'd maybe have a different opinion; after all, it's a big city, the capital of Malaysia and all cities have a bad side to them. There is one place I would recommend visiting if you ever have the misfortune to spend any time here, and that is the Central Market,where, for a shiteload of money, you can buy gorgeous holiday souvineirs such as handcrafted batik scarves, rugs, pewter ornaments and antiques.
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