28.08.2009 - 30.08.2009 35 °C
Well we arrived in a very humid Kuala Lumpur, or “KL”as everyone here calls it. After taking a bus and monorail we arrived at our hotel, which is none other than the 5* Sheraton! It is very nice but we were a little underwhelmed by the honeymon surprise of one rose and a few petals, but I guess you can’t complain. We have spent our time here settling back into some of the comforts of modern western life, such as TV, high speed internet, bath, shopping malls and we have even been to Marks and Spencer!
As you can see we have a great view from our room on the 29th floor, the hotel is really nice although we do feel a bit out of place dressed in our travelling gear!
Kuala Lumpur is a really strange city, it is incredibly hot and humid, even walking is a bit of a struggle sometimes, it has mainly been overcast but still extremely warm. It is absolutely full of shopping malls, which are expensive and westernised (i.e. Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton etc) and street markets which sell the same stuff, only fake and a lot cheaper! It is quite a small city and we have mainly been exploring by foot, most of explorations have ended in failure as the promised attractions were either closed, too expensive or we got there too late to get a ticket (i.e. the Petronas towers)! The place is full of skyscrapers, it does have some nice gardens and forest within the city but you have to pay to get in all of these places so it is a bit of a pain from that point of view. There is very little here from a cultural point of view, and in some areas it is a bit like being in any westernised city in the world, although there are other areas such as Chinatown and Little India which do at least make you feel that you are somewhere a bit different.
On our first day we went down the famous Petaling Street, which sells fake designer goods, Lisa bought a fake Baby-G watch for 1 pound 60, which seems like quite a good deal, apart from that it broke on the first day and we subsequently discovered that it wasn’t actually waterproof. We did get some good bargains though – a quid each for a massive vegetarian and rice chinese feast which was good and 3 quid each for a lovely Indian meal last night. Being a Muslim country it is quite difficult to come across alcohol here, ashamadly we actually did an Internet search to find somewhere that sold wine; we had our first glass of wine since our wedding last night whilst watching the city below us. The wine is at least double the price of the UK so we won’t be making a habit of it!
Tomorrow we move on the Cameron Highliands which will mercifully be a bit cooler and will have more in the way of the kind of activities which we enjoy.
By the way, we have also uploaded a video we took of the Komodo Dragons in action, you can view it here: http://philnlisa.travellerspoint.com/6/