Saturday, November 07, 2009

Kualu Lumpur, Malaysia

Kualu Lumpur, Malaysia - 7th November 2009

Kualu Lumpur is much cleaner than I expected, I thought it would be more dirty like Bangkok, but at least the area we are in is more like Singapore in it's cleansliness. Today we explored the area around the the Petronas towers, there is a huge shopping mall under it called KLCC (Kualu Lumpur City Centre), To go up the Petronas towers to the skydeck is free but there are a very limited number of tickets available. 40 per 15 minutes from 9am - 8pm, so you need to queue early in the morning to get a time slot and the return at your allocated time, all sold out for today.

Me Outside The Petronas Towers

The Fountains At Front Of Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers

Bridge Between Petronas Towers

We then walked up to the tourist information centre which used to be the british army base in the second world war and the original site of the Malaysian Parliment. There does not seem to be much to do as a tourist if your not interested in shoping. Next to the tourist information is a chocolate factory which was free to visit and had the most fantastic displays made of chocolate.

Chocolate Dragons

Tourist Centre

Cart Outside Tourist Centre

Next we took the monorail a couple of stops to Bukit Bintang.

Kualu Lumpur Monorail

Had a walk around Bukit Bintang, not a lot except shops here, so stopped for a quiet beer and enjoying watching the lively streets.

Bukit Bintang

Started to walk back to the hotel and as we got to the Petronas Towers, the heavens opened and a massive downpour and thunderstorm started. The Petronas Towers were struck by lightning as we were standing next to them, it was so bright and loud. We too shelter and waiting before finally braving the last 200 metre dash to the hotel. Ventured out again in the evening and found an indonesian resturant fr some food.

The Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers At Night

Melbourne - Kualu Lumpur, Malaysia

Melbourne - Kualu Lumpur, Malaysia - 6th November 2009

So it's been a while but have been living in Australia for the last 30 months, was in Perth for 2 years and then moved to Melbourne.

Finally had a chance to leave Australia and continue exploring the world.

Took an afternoon flight from Melbourne to Kualu Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines, flight was fantastic, with good food and entertainment which made the 8 hour flight go quickly. Arrived in Kualu Lumpur at 8:40pm and got grabbed by the first Taxi tour trying to get us to go in his Taxi for only 5 times the cost of a normal Taxi, luckily we are now used to these scams and said no and found a normal taxi 74.20 ringgit to the city which is over an hour drive. We are staying at the Corus Hotel, which is sufficent but a bit dated, it's location is grea right opposite the Petronas Towers. Had a little walk up and down the street when we arrived, very hot and humid at 31 C.
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