After a short Air Asia flight from Bali, we arrive in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The airport is about an hour outside the city center and as I look out the bus window I notice that the cars are actually following the traffic laws, there is only one person per motorcycle, and the roads are actually properly paved. We have officially re-entered civilization again as we pass sky scrapers and the KL monorail system in the city core. Our immediate destination is China town to search out cheap accommodations and something to eat.
We meet a fellow traveler on our bus journey, who recommends a place called Transit Point. If we hadn’t been escorted right to the door we never would have found this place, not to mention the building exterior is appalling, but after we climbed the cement flight of stairs we were happily relieved. The hostel is run by a charming Hindu couple who keep the place spic n’ span. The rooms are bare bones, but it’s not as if we plan on spending much time there other than to sleep, and the the free wi-fi sealed the deal.
Our first morning we head to the famous Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest building until 2004, and still currently the tallest twin buildings in the world. We aren’t early enough to get a ticket for the observation deck today, so we enjoy the buildings from ground level.
From there we weave our way through mall after mall, finally arriving at Low Yat, a 7 story mall of just electronic stores – aka Andrew’s version of heaven. All of the latest gadgets and gizmos are here, and luckily a pretty good food court in the basement as well.
After lunch we catch the monorail to the bus station to head north of town to the Batu Caves. A sacred place for Hindu’s in Malaysia, they consist of three main caves that are over 100 meters high. It’s a bit of a workout to get there with 272 steps to the main entrance.
The dozens of monkeys around provide entertainment along the way and the view of the city is fantastic from the top. With no entrance fee, and only a few dollars for the bus ride it’s a must see attraction. Tomorrow it’s up early to get a ticket to the top of the towers and then off to explore more of Kuala Lumpur’s main attractions.