Kuala Lumpur is another spralling metropolis. At least we did'nt get lost finding our room this time, even though we had no idea where we were when we arrived by bus. It is similar in some ways to Singapore in that it has spectacular buildings, but that is where the similarity ended as it was a bit chaotic and the people seemed a bit miserable. Anywhere that has proper zebra crossings but the green man does'nt work, but then in the same breath say that the Petronas towers are an emblem of muslim design are some what diluded in Matthew's mind. (basically money matters more than religion in this town).
The first day we visited the telecom tower, which is the forth highest in the world and the audio tour was very good. The views where also great and we got some good pictures. It certainly provided us with an idea of where we wanted to go later and how they have tried to preserve the green areas of the city.
On the way back Matthew lost his metro ticket and had to pay the same fair again after a debate with the ticket man. Obviousley being a visitor to this city gives you no privileges. He would'nt of minded but it was leaving the metro when he had lost the ticket. So had already used it to get through the first barriers. The ticket man was barking on about policy, when abit of common sense could of been applied. Matthew seemed to black mark Kuala Lumpur and the people from then on.
The next day we set off to get our free tickets to visit the skybridge at petronas towers. Matthew found the metro ticket he lost the previous day being used as a bookmark in the guidebook. How thick is he!
Petronas towers alocate 1500 tickets a day to goto the skybridge, so with a time slot of 230pm we had sometime to kill. We went to Medeka square another little piece of old England with Cricket pitch, pavillion and well kept gardens. Parliment is also held here and apparantly in August last year there was big celebrations to mark 50 years of independance. This seemed to make Matthew a little bit happier with Kuala Lumpur.
The skybridge links the twin towers and they are the tallest in the world. The fact it was free to visit was good to. A big oil company giving something back to the community and visitors great. Views were good again and the tour was started with abigatory promotional "Petronas is great" 3d video. At least it gave a brief outline to how they were built.
Eating did'nt go so well in KL. KFC, McD's and Pizza hut have taken over here. The only other food is hotdog processed sausages in crousants, hmmmmm lovely! but no thanks.
With that in mind we were ready to see the real Malaysia and meet the locals!Fresh air, Cameron Highlands here we come!