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As the internet is free here in Singapur we have plenty of time for uploading pictures and updating our travel blogs. Please click 'blog posts' and read the blog about Merapoh (Hiking Gunung Tahan moutain 2187m, 62km jungle trek, 4 days, Gatschloch!!!) first. It's our biggest travel adventure so far.
As we told you at the end of our last blog we made our way to Gua Musang on the 28th to catch the Express Train to KL (Kuala Lumpur) there. When we arrived at the railway station there we felt quite worried as the ticketcounter was closed with only a sign in Malay, that said that the Train to KL was fully booked due to the School Holidays (as a passer by we asked told us). We felt really worried about that and feared, that we had to spend a night at the messy nest Gua Musang. A Taxi driver told us he would take us to the Bus station so we could try to catch the nightbus at 12:14am. So Anita and I (Hias) went there and luckily got 4 tickets to KL for only 20 Ringgit (5 Ringgit=1Euro). The same time Max and Mike managed to get a trainticket as KTM offered an extra train at 8pm because of the loads of ticket requests they had. As you can imagine we were not really happy when we found out that we had tickets for the bus as well as for train. We decided to take the train, as it is cosier and should arrive in KL at 7:30 in the morning (unbelieveable it's just 300km on the road but the train just goes in 'circles'. The 8pm train was more than one hour late but that was about the delay we had expected ('Delay, delay' the KTM official told us as we asked him).
The train was night full so our night was just ok as we all could sleep, enrolled like cats. When we arrived in KL Sentral Station we definetly got the feeling that the world around us had changed. It's kinda weired when you go directly from the real jungle to the city jungle. People rushing around and just going in lines... Our first impression: Modern, busy but not so sticky and loud as Bangkok. We went to China Town with the hypermodern and fully automatic LRT (Light Rail Transit) train and found quite a nice hostel their.
As we wanted to get a ticket for the Petronas Towers (highest twins towers worldwide) skybridge visit we had to hurry, as we knew they just issue tickets at morning. We arrived at KLCC (name of the LRT Station and Shopping Mall) about 8:30 and made our way to the visitors center. I (Hias) qued there for about one hour and got a ticket for 4pm. We spent the time until 4 in the huge KLCC shopping mall and also went to another one (basarish). The skybridge visit itself was high security, quite cool but could be much better as the skybridge is not even in the middle of the towers and a view from over 400m would be much, much better. After skybridge visit I bought a Nintendo DS, that I got quite cheap at another mall stuffed with electronic stores. Mike therewhile nearly ran crazy as he just couldn't get the 8GB Mini SD he wanted and had to buy at 2GB one in the end. We also went to Sentral station to get a ticket for the nighttrain on the 31st of may, as we feared the train could be fully booked due to school holidays. Oh how right we were. The only tickets availabe were 3rd class seats or first class sleeper cabin. We decided to spend a lot of money and paid 120 Ringgit (much money for Malaysia but really cheap compared to Europe). Our day ended with some beers and a Pizza at the Reggae Bar next to our hostel.
On the 30th of may we went to Subang (suburb of KL) to have some fun at Sunway Lagoon (water and theme park). We had a funny time with all the water rides. Riding some roller coasters and Kamikaze (or Tomahawk as they call it here)... and also surfed some artificial waves on the bodyboards we rented (that was really awesome). At night we wanted to go out but the Bars around the Petronas Towers were very expensive so we decided to go back to the hostel with the last LRT at 11:30PM (bad time to go home isn't it?). At least we took some great nightpictures from the twintowers...
On our last day in KL we we enjoyed the great view from the top of the KL Menara (KL TV and Radio tower) and spent our last hours with Max and Anita with, guess.... Mulatschak and UNO for suuuure. It was realy hard to say good bye to Max and Anita who with whome we had travelled together for quite a long time and who we really liked but we had to reach the 10 O'clock train to Sinapore and felt like little kings as we entered our first class sleeper cabin with private bathroom and shower sleeping in cosy beds as the train made it's way towards the border...