Hi everyone we're still alive! So Dave we know you're dying for photos and there should be some there now!
After an exceedingly uncomfortable 12.5hour flight with no leg room and dodgy T.V. we arrived into the humid Malaysian climate. This was followed by a hair raising 45mins taxi drive of over and undertaking and phone usage! We're not sure what's more dangerous the cars or the mopeds. Highway Code in Malaysia we think not!
As we are staying near Chinatown we thought it was a good place for dinner. It's busy, noisey and cluttered. The streets are lined with market stalls the majority of which sell fake designer gear, no we do not want to buy a handbag!
Our first full day in Kuala Lumpur we walked through Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. On entering the main section of the forest there are signs warning of dangerous snakes, scorpions, mosquitos and something we've forgotten. Thankfully we only saw mosquitos and monkeys. The monkeys jumped from tree to tree and gradually made their way towards us. Unsure as to whether they were friendly or not we took photos and then made a swift exit only to be followed. This did allow for a second photo opportunity though! It was amazing to find a place like this in the middle of the city.
In the afternoon we walked (no, not a taxi much to the locals confusion) to Karyaneka Handicraft Centre. There is a large boutique selling locally made crafts, duh! The boutique is surrounded by artists workshops. We only got as far as the batik as the rain came down, the thunder crashed and the lightning struck. So, what better way to spend a rainy afternoon than creating our very own batik masterpieces (check the photos).
Our evenings entertainment was found in a walk around Little India, also very close to where we are staying. It was hard to believe but it was bigger, noisier and more densely populated than Chinatown! There were numerous stalls selling Kurta and Saris. A whole outfit can be bought for as little as £6! Not buying any clothes we ate at a restaurant for £1 each, including drinks and desert and then made our way through the streets for Ruth to get decorated with inai (henna).
Yesterday what we were told was 1.5hrs in a taxi turned out to be 4hrs to the Kuala Ghanda Elephant Sancturay. To be fair we did stop to take in the Batu Caves, all 272 steps and then some Hindu Gods and Godesses with a few monkeys thrown in for good measure.
At the elephant sanctuary we watched the elephants being ridden into the river and then having a good bath. We were allowed to feed the elephants once they were back on dry land and then ride them! We were the lucky pair selected to ride the elephant into the river for its second bath. This was great until the elephant began to walk down the slope, let's just say it wasn't all that stable! We made it into the water and as the elephant sank to its knees we toppled down with a splash! To round off the trip we washed two baby elephants.
Today we've been to the Lake gardens to see the Deer and also to the Butterfly park. The Lake Gardens do not really come alive until the weekend so we shall return then to go to the bird park.
Hope you've enjoyed this! Go look at our pictures and video/s!