Kuala lumpar here we come.
A big city and we were both looking forward to arriving. We had to catch an over night bus which would take us 8 hours. As usual no sleep. What made things worse was the fact we arrived at 5 am in the morning and couldn't check in to a guest house until 12 pm. From the bus station we caught the monorail known to them as the LTR so from now on i'll address it as that. The LTR took us to a area called China town in Malaysia. Here was out preferred choice to stay, being on the fact it's full of backpackers. We stayed at a hostel called the Red Dragon inn. A really cool place actually, but the rooms had no windows. Only 38 r a night so i can't complain. Communal showers and toilets but they were remarkable clean surprisingly. We killed the hours until check in on the internet. After checking in we headed out to discover what the city has to offer. Our first stop was the Petronas towers. Quite an impressive building with a huge shopping mall underneath it. I suppose you could compare it to the old no longer existing Twin towers of NYC. I would of thought the malaysian's had similar thoughts to it when they built it. Look wise it's nothing of the same. The Petronas towers are a huge building which looks like it's made out of aluminium. Everything is really shiny with ledges sticking out all over the place. It hosts 1600 visitors a day. To get a ticket to go up to the bridge which links the two towers on the 42nd floor you had to be there at 8 30 am. Realistically that will not happen. Up until 2004 it was the tallest joining twin tower building in the world, now i think India brags the rights to that. Just from being in Kuala Lumpar a few hours you soon realise it's very much of a cosmopolitan city. A lot of business goes on here and very quickly too by the looks of things. Being all towered out and very hungary we grabbed a quite snack and i wasted the remaining few hours of the afternoon sleeping. We headed out about 10 pm to find a bar to drink. We went to the recommended Reggea bar ( I swear every city, town, island in asia has a reggea bar) and ordered a beer each. Drinks here in Kuala Lumpar are really expensive due to the fact the majority of the country are muslims so not many people drink and that's how the government want it to stay. So in doing so you pay a huge tax on alachol. It was working out about 2 pounds for half a beer. We only stayed for one and then headed to a little cafe on the side of market place which sold beer a bit cheaper. Here we got chatting to a couple of girls from Ringmer so not to far from home. After a few drinks there we all headed back to the Reggea bar. After a few more and luckily being quite drunk at this point i new it was time to call it a night. You know what it's like when you start slurring and basically making no sense at all??? thats when you need to go home.
Waking today and feeling like a bear with a sore head we decided to head out about 2 pm. Petronas towers again, as we had discovered there was a huge park there so it will be great for taking some pictures. The park was quite tranquil with a large pond with water fountains, swimming pool and lots of play parks for families with children. Lots of cafe's adjoining to the towers too. You could quite easily waste your day away here. After spending an hour there we decided to move on. Being all towered out and mesmerised we set off by foot to find the KL tower, oh another tower. However, it was easy to see being the tallest in the city, a staggering 421 meters high but finding the entrance or the bass was a different matter. It's the 4th highest building in the world and there very proud of it. We took the lift up to the viewing area. At 280 meters high we had great views of the city. Kuala Lumpar is a city surrounded by jungle from up here, but but back down there you wouldn't know any difference unless you went to the outskirts of course. Unfortunately you are enclosed in a glass cage so taking pictures wasn't that easy. So we spent about 40 minutes admiring the fabulous views. We even managed to spot our guest house from up there. Enough of heights and views, lets find MacDonald's. If you ever loose Mark in a city or town you will always find him in your nearest MacDonald's restaurant or internet cafe. We walked around for about an hour looking for one, and failed. We gave up and headed back to the Petronas towers and settled for disappointing pizza hut. Coming back here was a good oppertunity to see the towers all lite up at night. They look even more impressive all lite up. It's the spectucaal of Kuala Lumpar. (Kuala Lumpar is now going to be referred to as KL, as i'm getting fed up of writting it). We headed back that night and just chilled out watching football and once again ended up in the reggae bar. Tonight i didn't drink as it's to expensive.
Our third and suppose to be final day here we wasted away on the internet looking up flights to borneo. I really wanted to go here but it was going to cost over 300 hundred pounds for a week there, i will regret this but i followed my head and decided not to go. Some times you should just follow your heart but other times being a backpacker you have to be sensible with lack of funds. Whilst on the internet we bumped in to our dutch friends, Gustaaf and Florence. We hadn't seen them since our Koh Phangan days so we decided to have a night out together. We met at 9 pm and sat in a cheapish bar drinking. I say cheap but it's not really compared to the rest of asia, just to Reggea bar. After a few we ended the night off again Reggea bar. We bumped in to the girls we met on our first night who also new Gustaaf and Florence. They had met them before us in another place in Malaysia. The girls actually stood them up to spend a night out with me and Mark on our first night which i thought was rather amusing.
We woke feeling not that great. I got up and packed all my bits away so we could head to our final stop in Malaysia called Melaka. After rushing around we decided to stay here. Well, it was more of marks decision than mine. He wanted another internet day to catch up with his blogs. I wasted the day away shopping, reading and watching movies. Suppose it's a relaxing day but i always feel guilty for wasting them as there's so much to see and so little time. Come night time we sat in that cheapish bar again and met a chick and a lad from oz. We spent the night with them and then went to the Reggea bar again. We often find our selves going to the same bars. It gets a bit repetitive but there's lack of options especially in KL. Before we headed there we watched an indian parade. I think it was the Hindu new year so thousands of them come out of no where and took to the streets. They walk for about 10 hours just to reach some huge temple in a cave. Contemplating about joining them and then hearing about the 10 hour walk certainly put us off. So in the Reggae bar i got chatting to some Swedish chicks, one who was a cross between pink and posh spice. Not a bad combination to look like. With the bar closeing we all headed to 7 eleven and bought some beers to take back to ours. We decided on our place as it has a huge seating area down stairs and you could watch films. After about an hour or so i did my usual trick and passed out. It's a bad habit but i don't mind it. Mark tried to wake me but couldn't. I eventually woke up with know one around me but i did have my beer balancing nicely on my stomach. I hit the sack after that.
Today we left. About time really as we did know where near as much as we should of in KL. We boarded the bus to Melaka.