Thursday, March 13, 2008

Kuala Lumpur!

En route to Thailand, Clare and I decided to break the journey up and spend four days in and around Kuala Lumpur (KL).

Our first ever overseas trip, we got into KL at a time when even the sparrows don't bother getting out of bed. I think it was about 3:15am. 

The taxi driver taking us to our hotel was a good bloke, helping us with suggestions on what to do during our stay here, as well as running red lights at around 130km/hr. Helped make the trip nice and fast. 

The roads here are just brilliant...they've done some major upgrading, which has connected many of the mini cities (or 'jaya') surrounding KL (the airport is about a 45 minute drive from the city).

We got upgraded to a sweet suite in our hotel with the biggest bloody bed I have ever slept on...there weren't any non-smoking rooms left as we had requested...we also managed to negotiate a terrific view of the KL tower (more about that in a later post).

By the way, it's 5 star. Yep, doing it in's quite plush - it sounds a bit la di da, but it was great to be able to walk straight out of your cab and to have someone take care of your luggage from car to crib.  And there's nothing quite like checking into your hotel at 4am!!

After a bit of a snooze, we went to the Malaysian national museum...a little bit remedial, however I enjoyed the colonial section, learning quite a bit about the Portuguese, Dutch, English and Japanese eras of occupation. It came across that each were pricks in their own right, with the Portuguese seeming to be quite an imposing bunch.

Also managed to have a delicious traditional Malaysian curry for lunch for around $4 AUD...came with a whole heap of sides and had a flavour that would make many Malay curry houses back home seem pretty weak.

My first impressions of the capital?
  • Extremely friendly people
  • A good public transport and road system
  • Islam everywhere, from architecture, to the bellowing loudspeakers at prayer time
  • Malaysian youth dress like their about to audition for Popstars.
Stay tuned - there's more to come on our Kuala Lumpur adventures...


Mum said...

Ta for the call last night. Great post - keep it up.

Belly said...

Thanks Mum - you're my biggest fan.