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Kuala Lumpur
By Mark - Malaysia - 07 Dec/03 - Viewed 2251 times.

We met up with our friend Caroline in Kuala Lumpur and spent a few days there. We didn't like the city much - there is so much traffic that it takes ages to get anywhere and it is very noisy and dirty. The first night we stayed in a hotel near the bus station but it was very hot and noisy so we moved to the YWCA which is in one of the only quiet streets in Chinatown.

The nicest part of KL is the park surrounding the worlds tallest building - the Petronas Towers. Especially at night the park is popular with locals and there are dancing fountains - unlike the rest of the city it is kept immaculately clean. There are some other impressive buildings all with an Islamic theme. We went to the top of the telecommunications tower which offers amazing views - it is the 4th highest tower in the world.

We also visited Batu Caves but were more impressed with the Long Tailed Macaques playing on the steps than the caves themselves. We hired a device that allowed you to listen to information and Hindu stories as you walked around which made it more interesting. Afterwards we went to the Islamic Arts Museum which was good but did not hold our interest very long.

We were exausted from walking everywhere so took a bus to Kuala Perlis on the border with Thailand so we could head for a beach. We got to Kuala Perlis at 4pm and were not sure if we would be able to get a boat to Satun in Thailand that late in the day. Boats leave when full and luckily there was one waiting for two more people when we turned up. The trip only takes 30 minutes and then we were in Thailand.

Related Links

Skyscrapers.com - Petronas Towers

More technical information about the towers (and all skyscrapers) than you possible need.

YWCA

One page on the work of the YWCA in Kuala Lumpur

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Malaysia

Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei

Good, detailed information for travellers

Tourism Malaysia

Official Malaysia

Geographia.com

Geographia.com guide to Malaysia

Star Online

Malay newspaper

Sabah Tourism

Official homepage of the Sabah Tourism Board

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines online booking
Long Tailed Macaque breastfeeding baby

Trip: Brunei to Bangkok
Entry: Kuala Lumpur
Date Taken: 06 Dec/03
Country: Malaysia
Taken By: Mark
Viewed: 1335 times
Rated: 8.0/10 by 3 people
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Trip: Brunei to Bangkok
Entry: Kuala Lumpur
Date Taken: 07 Dec/03
Country: Malaysia
Taken By: Mark
Viewed: 1547 times
Rated: 9.5/10 by 47 people
Islamic Skyscraper, Kuala Lumpur

Trip: Brunei to Bangkok
Entry: Kuala Lumpur
Date Taken: 07 Dec/03
Country: Malaysia
Taken By: Mark
Viewed: 1051 times
Long Tailed Macaque

Trip: Brunei to Bangkok
Entry: Kuala Lumpur
Date Taken: 06 Dec/03
Country: Malaysia
Taken By: Mark
Viewed: 1248 times
Rated: 9.0/10 by 3 people
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Trip: Brunei to Bangkok
Entry: Kuala Lumpur
Date Taken: 05 Dec/03
Country: Malaysia
Taken By: Mark
Viewed: 1005 times
Rated: 6.0/10 by 2 people
Hindu statues. Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Trip: Brunei to Bangkok
Entry: Kuala Lumpur
Date Taken: 06 Dec/03
Country: Malaysia
Taken By: Mark
Viewed: 1039 times
Rated: 7.0/10 by 5 people
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Trip: Brunei to Bangkok
Entry: Kuala Lumpur
Date Taken: 06 Dec/03
Country: Malaysia
Taken By: Mark
Viewed: 869 times
Rated: 7.0/10 by 1 person