It's like the child of singapore and bangkok

Trip Start Sep 10, 2010
Trip End Feb 19, 2011

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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. If you can cope with the heat, the best thing is to get yourself a map from your hotel and walk as much as you can - its clean, safe and you see much more. There are always a few places to pop into for some shade or a free blast of aircon, and it’s a great chance to see and smell some of the fantastic street food, and of course sample a wee bit here and there J

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. In fairness to the chicken hearts, Cheu did in fact like them and gobbled them all up in no time.

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. The original plan had been to stay on the beach and rest up as we had thought we would be tired out at this stage, but our Varkala trip was enough rest and we have taken it easy in KL. So instead we are hoping to stay in the centre of the island and avoid the riff raff in the beach resorts. Our current thoughts are to do just three nights in Bali and then try to get to Komodo island but its looking a tad expensive and complex - we think it will be easier to find options once we get to Bali. Guess we shall see when we get there.

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.
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Mark on

Toshi and I went through KL on the way back to the UK from Japan once. I liked it a lot. In Bali you should go to Ubud, it's not a beachy spot but is very arty, lots of dance performances, wood carving etc

Maria on

Your travels kind of puts my 2 wks in Lanzarote in the shade somewhat!!!. So glad you are still having fun!!. Keep it coming.


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