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Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

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KL

Ridley Scott's vision of a future metropolis in 2019 will likely be realised in Kuala Lumpur: with it's enormous Petronas Towers, multi level hi-way overpasses and intermittent rains, and Bangkok (I will explain BKK later).

KL is a nice place to visit - especially if you like shopping.

Lodgings

I stayed at Back Home Hostel - which is fantastic!! Some hostels in KL unfortunately have a rule that doesn't allow Asian or Middle Eastern people to stay. I find this strange and discriminatory. Many Australian Hostels have the same rule.
Fortunately this one doesn't have such a rule, so i was able to meet people outside the western-backpacker sphere of folks.
On my first night I shared a dorm with a group of Indonesian students; the remainder I shared with a family from Cambodia who incidentally run a guest house in Siam Reap - so I will probably stay with them in Cambodia.

Malaysia Day

I was lucky to be in KL for Malaysia Day. This commemorates the union (48 years) with Sabah and Sarawak, and celebrates the rick and varied diversity of Malaysia - with enormous fanfare!
The dialog of the day was "we are a great and varied nation, but we have work to do in order to be completely integrated.

"If you feel Malaysia Day get your hands up!"
Malaysia_Day.jpg

In da... club

The hostel was generally pretty social, and a group of us ventured out to Sky Bar, which is within the Traders Hotel, at around the 36th floor, facing the Mighty Petronas Towers.
The club itself is the hotel's pool by day, and so in the evening, you could easily fall in after a few drinks. The view from the club is spectacular.
Nobody seemed to be dancing. It was a fairly stuffy place where people like to be seen.
We had our drinks and sat down at a table.
An american fellow, flanked by a swathe of ladies way above his punching weight told me that he was waiting for friends and that we should move.
"Contractors?" I asked with a smile. He just looked at me blankly hahaha.
We found a couch and had a nice night out.

Shopping

Most people come to KL for shopping. The centres are enormous. They make Chadstone (Melbourne's biggest) look minuscule. 8 levels of enormity. Each having at least 15 opticians, which is what I was after.
Specs are soooo cheap in KL, so I indulged in 2 pairs, and a couple of shirts.

Batu Caves

The Batu Caves are a huge natural shrine for Malaysian Hindus, roughly 13km outside of KL. Ceremonies still take place there, and it is a healthy climb up. It was a really nice visit, and I did a tours of the bat caves, which was very interesting indeed.
Batu Caves Wikipedia

Posted by SkinnyFists 05:29 Archived in Malaysia Tagged kuala_lumpur batu_caves shopping

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