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Kuala Lumpur

By marksams, 08/05/2010 - 04:49

We arrived into Kuala Lumpur LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) one evening on an uneventful Air Asia flight. Transit through the modern airport was slick, and thanks to our guide book we had an address and knew to purchase a taxi voucher at the stand near the exit. Immediately people were genuinely helpful, and it became apparent that English was widely spoken. The taxi driver made polite conversation, and there was not a bump in the road. Nearing the city centre, we saw the impressive Petronas Twin Towers lit up at night.

The next morning it was obvious how well planned, developed and maintained the city was, reminding me of Monaco at times, and how well it catered for tourism. We decided to take the hop-on/hop-off bus around the city for a day to familiarise ourselves. Some of the sights included the changing of the guard at the National Palace, Titiwangsa Lake, and the observatory up the KL tower. If you ever go to the KL Tower, give Animal Zone and the F1 experience a miss, even if it's free.

We headed to the Bird Park on day two, with lunch at the Hornbill restaurant for a taste of how good Malaysian food can be. The Bird Park was very well kept and we spent most of the day there, enjoying the experience. Later that evening, after a quick walk around China Town (market stalls down Petaling Street), we headed to Independence Square for the big screening of the Argentina vs. Germany world cup match, accidently catching the end of a music concert on the way! The crowds of people were notably well-behaved and orderly...check out the video...

After visiting the gigantic and obviously prosperous shopping mall called 'Times Square' and other stores along 'Bintang Walk', we decided that it was time to move on again. Day trips around KL seemed second best to the possibility of hiking around Cameron Highlands which was very tempting after a long run of city breaks...