Kuala Lumpur is so cool. Like someone’s crazy design for a futuristic city, except it’s actually all here and real! We arrived yesterday evening and walked to the Petronas Twin Towers to see them by night; their immensity is unfathomable. They’re so incredibly detailed that from a distance it looks like you could rub your finger over them and it would feel bumpy. Really really cool. We got the metro down to China Town for dinner and wandered around that area; it’s so hectic and buzzing with life.
This morning we walked back into China Town for breakfast, and then had a little religious tour of the city. We visited a Hindu temple and a Taosist temple, and we were planning to visit a mosque as well but it was closed for lunch so hopefully we’ll do that tomorrow. We then went to the Botanical Gardens, but were bitterly disappointed to discover that it costs our entire daily budget to get into each of the interesting parts (the butterfly and bird houses). So we just wandered around the gardens, where we saw a really cool brightly coloured caterpillar. We headed back to China Town and hopped on the monorail back to Chow Kit, where our hotel is. The monorail was actually really great in itself, as we had really cool views of the city from it.
We’ve just picked up our clothes from the laundrette to find that my trousers, although having been washed many times before, have exploded colour all over my white tops. The poor lady was terrified to the break the news to us, bless her. It’s not at all her fault, but I’m upset that “the shirt” (which has been travelling to many countries with many people) now has pink splodges on it.
Kuala Lumpur had been absolutely incredible; I didn’t think I’d like it as much as this. For a capital, it’s not really that huge; we’ve been mostly getting around on foot, with a few monorail rides, which are actually a really good way of seeing the bits of city in between.
Yesterday morning we got the train to Batu Caves; home of a Hindu temple. The caves themselves were probably the least impressive caves we’ve seen, however they were absolutely crawling with monkeys, which were so entertaining to watch. I’d read that these monkeys were relentless in their pursuit of food, so we were very wary, but it was funny to watch people have plastic bags ripped from their hands and ransacked. These monkeys have obviously evolved alongside human habits; they open bins to get leftovers, they open bottles and cans which they’ve stolen from people, and we even saw one drinking a bottle of fanta! Although cute, they are pretty terrifying as they appear from nowhere and grab things with such stealth.
After the caves, we got the train and monorail to Batik Bintang; a rather cosmopolitan area in the east of the city, with many skyscrapers and shopping centres. It was really nice there, we had lunch at an Indian/Malaysian restaurant which was delicious. We then visited the Urban Jungle; a protected jungle situated right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur! A place of tranquility in the middle of the busy capital.
Later in the evening, we were sitting in a bar when Hannah (friend from school) messaged me saying she’d arrived in KL as well! So we met up for dinner and then went to their hostel afterwards for a drink which was absolutely lovely. It was so nice to see a familiar face and meet her boyfriend, and she kindly delivered a bra to me that mum had given her to bring (we expected we’d cross paths at some point). So we had a really fun last evening in KL.
We’re now on the plane from Kuala Lumpur to Bali. We got free food, which is always appreciated (a chickpea and veg curry with rice that was probably the nicest plane food I’ve ever had), and we got the emergency exit seats without paying for them!