Darin Hancock

Proud Canadians living in the true north, with a passion for travel.
Living in: Mackenzie, Canada
  • Day67

    Petronas Towers

    April 11, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    If you haven’t heard of it, you need to google it.
    The towers were completed construction in 2004 and at that time they were the tallest towers in the world. Now they rank around 8 or 9, but still the tallest “twin” towers in the world. They are right downtown, and you can see them anywhere in the city. The top floor is 375m from the ground, floor 88. And that’s where we went to look out upon the city, that is well beneath you at that point. Even the KL TV Tower, the 7th tallest in the world is below you. Not recommended if you are claustrophobic and definitely not if you are afraid of heights.
    Here is another post that will be in two parts due to its awesomeness.
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  • Day67

    Frog anyone?

    April 11, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    To get to the apartment where we were staying in KL we had to walk through the night market. Had to. The girls really wanted to try frog and chicken lollipops, so Robert and I obliged them and we sat down at a table and filled our faces with dim sum and more street food.
    Ribbet, ribbet.

  • Day67

    Cant get enough of the street meat

    April 11, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    We found ourselves back downtown in the Jalan Alor Food market yesterday afternoon, after our trip to the caves. Some coldish Tiger beer and it was time for Darin to get his first foot massage. Which I can report was decent, though I have nothing to compare it to. The rest of the crew thought the experience was mediocre at best; what do i know?Read more

  • Day67

    The Dark Caves

    April 11, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    After the hard work of climbing the steps at Batu, and carrying the sand, and then the empty buckets down, and fighting off the monkeys, Robert and Darin headed into the dark cave to look at the cave wildlife. Amber and Jackie decided it wasn’t for them, something about the venomous trap door spider and cave racer snakes turned them off. It was a 45 minute trip through the limestone caves that had been excavated of its guano by Chinese farmers in the early 1900’s. an absolutely stunning sight if you’re into that stuff, which, it turns out Robert and I are. The stalagmites and stalactites in these caves have been around since the dinosaurs, that’s pretty amazing. We saw the elusive millipede scurrying about, tons of other spiders, scorpions and several cockroaches. By several, I mean 100’s, or maybe thousands...they were everywhere in some places.Read more

  • Day66

    Batu Caves

    April 10, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    An absolute gem in the city of KL. Founded it the mid 1800’s by some Chinese farmers and then developed by the Malay government. An amazing limestone formation in a huge outcrop in the north of the city. Statues and temples and other worship type features, the largest in fact, outside of Thailand. And there’s monkeys, like every other place in Asia, but these ones are gutsy. If you want to see the caves and other stunning attractions you need to walk up 272 steps to the top, actually there is more after that. But on the “lower 272” the monkeys see you coming. And they will take your stuff. We saw them reaching into backpacks pulling out whatever they could get their grimy little “paws” on. Earbuds, pack of Kleenex, water bottle, anything, they don’t care. So be on your guard.Read more

  • Day66

    Night Market in KL

    April 10, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Once we finally arrived in KL Sentral, getting to where we were staying was easy, and close. We ditched our stuff, cleaned up and went down the street to the night market and had some Thai food, and Tiger beer and went for a walk to see some of the night life. This is a busy place with something for everyone. By midnight our four km walk earlier that morning was starting to take its toll and it was time to head to the apartment for the night.Read more

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    Extended stay in Gemas

    April 10, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    If you read the earlier post about the great experience we were having getting on the train in JB Sentral, the Malaysian countryside, etc, you may have got the impression that the trip was going really well. And it was, until ten minutes out of Gemas, two hours from KL. Apparently its hot here in Malaysia. And the diesel engine that was towing us along the rickety tracks to KL gets hot too. So hot in fact that it overheated and stopped dead “in its tracks” one stop before our destination. Literally, in the jungle, near the highway, 33 degrees.
    So we sat there, wondering what could possibly be going on, because they don’t tell you. Three and half hours later, two buses show up over on the road. We’re getting a bus to KL, direct. But we will miss the fast train, which was part of the mission on this trip. Stymied again with fast trains. Thanks to the nice people on the train and bus we were able to let the people know where we were staying about the delay.
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  • Day65

    Jungle Line to Kuala Lumpur

    April 9, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    From the big and bright departure lounge at JB Sentral we boarded train 40 for Kuala Lumpur. A little late, due to a small misunderstanding at the ticket taker but we made it. The cars are clean, cool, and comfortable. And there was almost no one on the train which allowed us to move around our car to get a excellent view of the surroundings as we whizzed past. The Malaysian countryside here is beautiful, so lush and green it’s difficult to comprehend. And there’s lots of palm plantations. Something that this part of Southeast Asia is famous for but for the wrong reasons. They have been clearing the jungle here and in places like Indonesia to plant palm trees to supply what must be an insatiable demand for palm oil.
    It’s a fairly quick four hour trip to Gemas, where we transfer to another train to KL. Sit back and enjoy the view, and don’t bother eating the meal prepared for you, for $6 Malaysian Ringgit... still not sure what that was.
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