Some good - some bad

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 22, 2014

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Saturday, April 13, 2013


After 1.5 hour bus trip from Malacca arrived in Kuala Lumpur (KL). Dropped right in the middle of the tourist area bustling with hotels, bars, restaurants and hostels. Most of the cheap places were full and eventually found a very basic place. Not the cleanest place I've stayed but not much choice. Lots of dodgy looking people around but that might just be they way Malaysians look. Unlike India and Sri Lanka nobody greets you. They was a huge afternoon thunderstorm and once it held up went for a walk to the now ubiquitous Chinatown. The streets were awash with water but once again great food stalls and the same cheap t shirts, watches, cameras and souvenirs. Walkways are jammed with shops and people and all rather hectic and a bit chaotic.

 The problem with a lot of the cheap places tourists stay in, is that they are very basic. Usually a small room, very lucky if you have a window, a small table, sometimes a chair and a fan and mosquito net. Most of them have shared bathroom facilities that consist of cold shower and toilet in a little cubicle. Some do have hot showers but with the heat and humidity here, cold is good. As this room had no window it was almost 10 am by the time I woke up.

Caught a bus to Batu Caves which is about 10 km outside KL. These are huge caves over a 100 meters high and are accessed by 277 steps. It is now a Hindu Temple and shrine and once a year there is a big festival and over one million devotees turn up. This is where they do their penance by sticking needles through their skin and hooks in their backs and drag things around. Lots of monkeys around which hassle anybody who looks as if they have got food and drinks. The caves were not as impressive as I expected but still interesting. Just a huge big cavern and some brightly painted Hindi statures and gods. 

On the way back hopped off the bus and wandered around Medaka Square area of KL. Lots of different architecture as well as the worlds tallest flagpole (100 meters). The things I have seen!!!! Walked about 2 km to see the Petronas Towers. This landmark building of KL used to be the tallest building but now it is the tallest twin towers in the world. It is a stunning building. All 452 m and 88 floors. It is linked on the 44th floor with a walkway and you have to arrive early as there are only 800 allocated each day. Once again the cost is way too high for my budget and after Singapore I decided to give it a miss. There are some great gardens at the rear with fountains and ponds so it is relaxing place to have a picnic and watch people as the sun sets and the lights come on. In side the building is a huge mall selling every designer label you can think of and also some great food courts where I bought all my picnic things. However you may not lie down in the park as the security think you are sleeping and then walk over to you and blast on their whistles and tell you to sit up. I thought it was a pleasant way to relax and look up at the towers! It is an awesome building.

I have spent a while walking through KL and am not that impressed. Just another big modern city with too many cars and people. I also don't like where I am staying so I think it is time to move on. The place smells, there is cat shit in the corridors and some very strange people staying there.


Woke up and was just not in the mood to find buses and not sure even where I want to go. Checked out of flea pit and am almost sure there were bed bugs as woke up itching. Found a really brilliant Hostel near by and for the same price it is super clean, friendly staff, free breakfast, WIFI and lounge where I can chat to other travelers. Spent the day having walkabout and some good food and booked ticket to Penang for tomorrow. Not sad about leaving KL at all
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simon storey on


head towards the beach boet.

thanx for news.

keep travelling.


Cherry (Storey) on

Enjoying reading your blog Gus ..... So forgotten how hard it is to backpack ....
but when you hit a good spot so worth it all !!!!
Keep safe x

anngreen on

just loving reading all your escapades, life is full of the most amazing
places and people, sounds as though you are managing to dodge the dodgey!!!
keep well and enjoy

vagabondtour on

Hi Ann,
still having fun and adventures. Glad to hear you following my journey.

vagabondtour on

hi Cherry,
Thanks for comments. some people don't realise that it can be hard work being a bum. But it is so worth it even for a ballie like me.

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