On Thursday 8th March we left our treat hotel in Kuala Tahan and got two buses, taking us to Kuala Lumpur. The journey was really cheap and the buses comfy; bus transport in Malaysia so far has been great like that. On the bus we saw the French pair that were in our hide in the jungle 2 nights before so it was nice to see them again and they had been to Kuala Lumpur a few times so gave us some tips. As we found in Thailand, the bus doesn't take you into the centre of the town, but instead leaves you a few km out of town (I don't know why they all do this but it's really annoying!) so we got the train into the centre - which was super quick, clean and cheap. Great.
In Kuala Lumpur we managed to find the smallest room possible ha ha (which was also the cheapest) in a nice enough hotel called 'Casa villa'. No air con unfortunately so the box room doubled up as a sauna room at night which was an unwelcomed freebie! It was quite amusing actually; you could really only fit one person and their rucksack in there at a time so we had to play tag and take it in turns to be in the room when getting dressed, sorting bags, ha ha. We were expecting lots of cheap hotels here in KL but that seemed not to be the case.
We spent four nights in Kuala Lumpur and managed to see most of the sights etc that we wanted to. KL is a really big city known for its famous 'twin towers', the Petronas towers which really are amazing to see, especially lit up at night. The city has a complete mix of cultures, as we are finding everywhere in Malaysia really. It has a population of 2 million and has lots of modern buildings and shopping centres etc to give you a taste of back home as well as lots of culture with china town and little india, mosques and markets .
We ate mainly in street stalls which were really good value for money, around 1 pound sterling for a plate full of food, the tastiest of which we found in Chinatown. Breakfast is still proving the hardest meal of the day; Andrew and I will happily eat local food the rest of the day but for breakfast we struggle to eat noodles or rice or fried chicken and so each morning the hunt for toast or something western like that took place!
Again alcohol is really expensive here but after Kuala Tahan (our last place) being nearly totally dry we did fancy a drink and so on the Thursday night found a bar that did free ladies drinks, so I enjoyed free flowing sangria while Andrew had beer, was lovely! That night on the way back to the hotel Andrews beloved trainer sole broke, which I found absolutely hilarious as he literally had to flap his way back to the hotel, much to my amusement! Unfortunately he had to bin the trainers, they weren't fixable - but low and behold he has another pair in his rucksack, exactly the same but a different colour!! (They say girls are bad with shoes??!!)
Each day we enjoyed a wander along the main street in China town, Petaling Street. It is the sort of street you could slowly wander along all day; a real mix of cultures and a bargain hunters dream with stall after stall selling cheap t shirts, hand bags, watches etc. Its so hard to not snap up lots of bargains and presents for people back home but you just can't fit them in your ruck sack and so you have to just walk on past! I think Bangkok is still slightly cheaper and I am spending one final night there on my journey home so anything I want I will buy there as I will be nearly home by then. I think Andrew will be giving me a list of things to purchase too!
Friday 9th March was a strange day all in all; when we left the hotel first thing in the morning we were greeted by a full on flasher on the main road. We were merrily walking along and then noticed this shifty looking guy walking along beside all the cars, looking at us and lifting his t shirt up and down while glaring at us! I think my words were 'Oh my goodness And, is that?!', Andrew just laughed to begin with, I think we were expecting him to go away but he persisted to flash us and so Andrew started a verbal tennis game of '#### off' to which the crazy flasher man responded 'toilet' (as if that was a valid reason for his persistent flashing?!)…this went on for some time with Andrew getting louder and more Welsh sounding each time until eventually the flasher sloped off up the road away from us! What a strange morning. After that we did some touristy things; visited central market, saw the city gallery, the cathedral, Merdeka square and went up the KL Tower. Merdeka square was good to see; its in the colonial district and where Malaysia proclaimed their independence on 31 August 1957 and is a lovely big grass area in the centre of the city. We went up KL Tower, which is the 4th highest tower in the world at 421m, there were great views from up there across the city. Very oddly on our way back from our day of sightseeing we met Jessie J on the street! She is performing here in KL next week and was doing some promotion work with 'Tune', a mobile phone company here so she was on the street with a few people dancing and singing to her music. I got a photo with her, had to be done! She was very slim and prettier than we thought from pictures etc, seemed like a nice girl. What a strange day indeed!!
Saturday 10th March was rugby day! Wales V Italy and Ireland v Scotland, with the time difference the matches didn't start until 10.30pm so we had a full day before they started. We managed to find the post office here in KL and got a parcel posted full of bits Andrew has collected along the way but doesn't want to be carrying, Malaysian post is so so cheap which is why we waited until here to post it, over half the price of posting from Thailand randomly. In the afternoon we got the local bus to the 'Batu Caves' which are fascinating to see; caves in limestone hills which are over 400 million years old and are now Hindu shrines. The whole place is swarming with monkeys ready to steal any food or anything they can get their hands on really! We walked up the 272 steps to one of the shrines and had a good look around. On Saturday night we watched the rugby with a few over priced beers and met up with David, the Irish fella I did the sky dive with in New Zealand! He was in KL for the night and it was great to have a catch up and swap travel stories. Today it is 3 weeks until I will be back in my house in Cardiff, it feels so odd to think that I will be getting into bed in Cardiff this time 3 weeks, surrounded by all my things and my travelling adventure will have ended. I have mixed feelings about it; I am really looking forward to seeing my family and friends and having a choice of clothes (!!) and a washing machine (yay!!)and being able to cook and exercise again etc, but I know that it will be so hard going back to normal life, especially work! It will be a very strange experience…but thankfully I have two weeks back at home with my family for crazy lambing time before heading back to work.
After a late night up for the rugby on Saturday night we had a lazy day on the Sunday 11th March, had a look around Little India and spent some time planning the next part of our trip…we had no real plan but have three weeks until we need to be flying out of Singapore and we fancied Borneo so we sat on the internet and booked flights - so tomorrow we fly to Borneo! How exciting, I can't wait to see Borneo, a few girls I met in Cambodia visited Borneo and enjoyed it and we are really looking forward to hopefully meeting some Orang Utans!