Finally we pulled our socks up and caught the bus bound for KL. After a good 15 hours we arrived. KL is majestic to drive into, the towering metropolis is epic when seen for the first time at night. We stayed in Chinatown which is also pretty cool to arrive into at night with bright red and yellow lanterns everywhere. Unfortunately our hostel was above a bar, but you get what you pay for and it was nice and cheap! Plus the AC leaked all over Josh hahaha.
With little time and money, but still a huge urge to go explore we set off around the city with a walking tour screen shot onto our phones. The city was incredible to walk around; the tour started off in Chinatown and then headed to the ex - colonial side of town. From here we headed through little India into the financial and embassy district, eventually reaching the Petronas towers and KLCC shopping centre. We literally walked around with our mouths open. The place is very clean too and probably the most developed we've visited in Asia so far. We both saw loads of new watches, clothes and aftershaves we really wanted - funny having urges to shop.for the first time in months. You can take the boy out of the West...
Northbound for Geroge town this morning as we headed for the island of Penang. The journey took a couple of hours but we enjoyed exploring the old part of the city through the afternoon. Very chilled and relaxed atmosphere here. Malaysian multi-culturalism is definitely a good thing for us - had a really good tandoori thali for lunch and an even better curry for dinner. Saying 'danyabad' (my spelling) and being able to talk to the waiters about where they're from got us a few smiles haha.
Unfortunately our little Malaysian break ended today. It would have been better to have spent more time here and really got a real taste for the place, but it's not going anywhere and I'm sure we'll be back at some point. We managed to get our passports stamped and get back into Thailand after a crackdown on immigrants making similar visa runs. We're starting to experience a bit more of martial law too as we drive through a few army check points and had our bus randomly pulled over and a few papers checked.