It's like the child of singapore and bangkok
Trip Start Sep 10, 2010
98Trip End Feb 19, 2011
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Our time in Kuala Lumpar is almost at an end, but we will definitely come back here. We love the city!!! We could deffo live here for a while.
Despite the heat, which is like being hit by a blast furnace at times, the city is great for just wandering around and taking it easy. Its very much smaller than we thought and also much cleaner - it contains of course a Chinatown and also an Indian neighbourhood, both of which feel authentic and offer the usual choice of food and shopping that you’d expect.
Transport systems are well organised, there are buses, trains, sky trains and taxis everywhere and its very easy and cheap to move around. Of course you find the odd taxi driver who wants to rip you off and charge double, but if you insist on the metre then travelling across the city by taxi wont cost you much more than £2.00, though for short journeys its normally no more than £1.00
Before coming here we had thought we would do a river cruise, rather like you would do in Bangkok, but when you arrive you realise that the river is no more than about 10m wide and is really just a muddy little canal flowing through the city. Lumpar (or is it Kuala?) actually means muddy in Malay. So we satisfied ourselves with a 30 second walk over the bridge with our breath held - its not the best aroma in KL rising up from the river.
Street food is all the rage here, it’s as good as you get in the restaurants and you can eat well for around £1 - £2 if you stick with some simple rice, noodle, meat and veggie dishes. Alcohol is not readily available in all eateries, but there is normally a shop nearby where you can pop into and do a B.Y.O. so long as you are discreet. The food can be incredibly spicy at times though full of flavour. Apart from the chicken heart kebabs, everything we have eaten has been great
The KL Tower is a must for first time visitors - it’s a great place to get your bearings and the climb to about 260m takes less than one minute in a super fast elevator. You can also visit the Petronas Towers but they limit access to the lower floors and the sky bridge which connects the two building, so we have not bothered to go up there this trip as its not really very exciting.
English is spoken to a good standard in most places - much higher standard than in India. All the people we have come across have been delightful with the exception of one miserable taxi driver who was pissed off when we insisted on the metre being used and so he couldn’t charge us double. There is always one I suppose.
There are a few things we have not been able to see this trip, such as the International Peace Pagoda and the National Mosque, but we will take those in on our next visit.
Tomorrow we head off to Bali for a few days
So, we have had a blast in KL, really great deal on nice hotel (Ancasa Hotel and Spa) and we will try and stay here again when we come through KL in January or February next year.
One other handy tip about KL - it’s tax free for most things. We bought a camera to replace the lost one, and the deal was about £200 cheaper than we would have paid in the UK, and service of course was fantastic in the shop. Just need to learn to use the pesky thing now……… Until Bali, take care and we hope you are all well.