We arrived around 930 am relieved to land safely and exit the Air Asia flight.
Heading into Kuala lumper we decided to check out tickets for Friday to make our way to Singapore by train as we had to pass the central station anyway. Just our luck Friday is sold out - in fact all that weekend is and if we want to get there with minimum additional cost we'll have to leave a day early, as tomorrow they have seats available. We book them and luckily when we explain things to our hostel "Explorers Guesthouse" they are really understanding and only charge for that night.
The hostel is great - unlimited free coffee and tea and a basic brekkie thrown in, the room is ideal - clean and private but sadly we can't check in until 230pm and we arrive at 11am - trust us ;)
Not too bad as they have a communal area we can sit in and Matt uses the time to download our pictures on the desktop pc they have. The hostel really is a travellers Hub with people from all over (mostly younger than us *sad face*) sharing tales and tips. Knowing we only have today now we check in at 230pm and head straight out to explore the city - first stop Petronas towers!
It's amazing - underneath lies a luxury mall with brands such as Gucci, Burberry, Armani, Cerutti and Chanel. We walk through to get views from the other side and find the gorgeous fountains which at night will be lit up and perform to synchronised to music. We decide to head back later after some grub when it's dark and head for the aquarium first which looks pretty impressive. It's only £10 each and we see the most amazing marine life - sharks, piranhas, massive turtles, stingray - it's more than both of us have ever seen in an aquarium.
Starving we head for Mac Healys Irish bar which has great reviews on trip advisor. We follow the map on trip advisor for a good 2 miles, discovering again our direction are wrong, when we land upon a luxury hotel - trip advisors maps have let us down a couple of times now and we vow to switch to google maps. It seems people who write the reviews pin drop the location at their hotels NOT the actual venue which is a real pain!! Jacq finds it on google maps (we can't search as we are off line so have to search manually for the right street, time consuming but accurate) and we make tracks in the opposite direction back to where we started at Petronas towers - doh!!
Mac Healys is great. Service is fab and as a true Irish colleen would Jacq orders the Guinness steak pie and mash which is so good we both tuck into it, Matt has a nice lasagne and also Jacqs dinner. Heading back to Petronas towers we make it in time to see the fountains lit up like a rainbow dancing to classical music- the place is packed, we got some great videos.
We head back looking for china town to browse the night market and haggle for sunglasses for Jacq (4th pair broken between us) a wallet for Matt (to replace the ladies purse he bought in china which he insists is masculine-will post a pic later) and a USB lead for the iPhone - 20 mins haggling and we get them all for £9.50 (45 ringgit) pretty good since the staring price for the glasses alone was 45 rmb alone. It's definitely pricier than Thailand but we expected it - can't eat for £1 every time eh! Speaking of eating we paid about £20 for tonight's dinner - a one off but worth it! Probably best we only have one night given how accustomed we have become to the stretch of a baht!