Well here I am again
It's 10.45pm and I am knackered. We are due to fly to Hanoi, Vietnam at 6.30am and have a taxi arranged to pick us up at 2.30am to take us to KL Sentral and then we get a bus to the low cost airport. The plan was to go to bed and get a few hours sleep before the taxi picks us up but we both can't sleep.
Something which I forgot to mention before. We had a drama with our locks on our bags! Jaan's lock to his main compartment jammed and so did one of mine. We had to take them to a locksmith and pay for him to break them and get new locks!
So this is the end of our time in KL. Things we did:
- Batu Caves
The first challenge was to find the bus stop at where we had to get bus number 11 to the caves. This was easy enough with Jaan taking lead in map reader. The bus took about 40 minutes so I concentrated on not getting travel sick! When we arrived the bus drops you off in the middle of a busy junction!! The buses over here just stop where ever they like! So me, Jaan and a few other tourists try and get to the path without being mowed down!
The caves were really good. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. There is a statue of Lord Murugan at the foot of 272 steps which lead to the cave. Apparantly it's the tallest in the world. When you walk up the steps there are loads of wild monkeys, grabbing what they can off tourists! At the top of the steps was a guy with 2 snakes, charging 5RM to hold them. I've always wanted to hold a snake and it was so cheap so I did :) It felt really weird as you could feel all the muscles etc moving on your skin - it felt like it was trying to strangle me! I had it on long enough for a photo and got it straight off! We finally worked our where we had to get the bus back to the city - again stood in the middle of the road! On the way back I thought I recognized a place so suggested we got off there - well how wrong I was! Turned out we got off in Little India which was not a nice place! I think we were the only Westerners here! We walked for about 30 minutes and finally recognised where we were.
We had been recommended to try the food out at a food hall inside the local shopping centre. We walked around for about 10 minutes looking like 2 lost puppies trying to decide what to eat! Jaan picks something out which we ask and it is actually Squid so I pass on that! I ended up with black bean pork noodles and Jaan dumplings. We have finally mastered how to use chop sticks!
Night Market in China Town -
This was awesome. I really enjoyed it and all the haggling. The locals always shouting across at you to come and buy whatever they are selling. I ended up with a Chanel watch - real honest!! - and a new purse which I saw on the first day which I loved. Hopefully lasts more than 1 week! The watch was 3 pound and the purse 2 pounds :) Jaan tried some cheesecake - forgot to give me some! Jaan was really good at haggling, I just had a laugh with them asking to sell it for 5RM when they wanted 45RM.
Patronus Twin Towers -
These were the worlds tallest buildings between 1998 - 2004. They are now the worlds tallest twin towers. We were supposed to get up really earlier to go and see them today but due to our jet lag we didn't wake up until 12 noon! We keep waking up for hours in the middle of the night! So we went and saw them and had a look around the shopping centre inside. You can go up onto an observation desk but all the tickets had been sold out for the day as we didn't get there until about 3pm. The shopping centre was MASSIVE and definitely for the rich! It was really random - there was a Marks and Spencers here! I wanted some new shorts as I only have 1 pair - I had to cut another pair of my fave jeans, but they were skinny jeans so not the most comfortable in this heat! - but unless you are a size 4 you cannot buy clothes out of the local shops! And we are not rich enough to shop in proper shops! So I left the shopping centre feeling very fat!
We decided to try out the Indian next door to our hostel tonight which had been highly recommended to us. Well this was a big mistake! The food was horrible. We didn't have a clue what we were eating - every bit of chicken was on the bone - and it was all really really spicy. So we settled for 2 naan breads for tea which were gorgeous!
That's about it for KL. My initial thoughts on the city were dirty, but I have grown to like it. It's really buzzing. The hostel we stayed in was awesome and would def recommend it and stay here again if we come back!
So next time you hear from us we will be in Hanoi, Vietnam!