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  • Day35

    Kuala Lumpur - City

    November 15, 2017 in Malaysia

    Drei Tage haben wir nun in Kuala Lumpur verbracht. Wir sind hier mit dem Bus durch die ganze Stadt gefahren, haben kleine Leckereien gekostet und hatten in einer Skybar eine traumhaften Aussicht auf die beiden Twin Towers. 😍
    Außerdem haben wir die ganze Weihnachtsdeko bestaunt, die uns schon seit Singapur verfolgt. 😄Read more

  • Day52

    Malaysia

    December 4, 2015 in Malaysia

    Nach Nepal haben wir nun unser zweites Land (Malaysia) erreicht. Das ist gleich mal ein kompletter Kulturumschwung ... Hochhäuser, alles modern, durchgehend Strom usw.
    Die ersten Tage haben wir in der Hauptstadt verbracht um uns an das Waschküchenwetter zu gewöhnen. Wir haben auch gleich paar nette Leute kennengelernt, mit denen wir hier was unternehmen. Ansonsten ist die Stadt für Shopping- und Essens-Freunde das Paradies. Eine Mall an der anderen und überall gibt es die verschiedensten (Fr-)essbuden.Read more

  • Day150

    Despite our late arrival in KL (around 1 am arrival at the hotel), we had a big day!

    We met another German couple at the hotel and took an Uber to visit the impressive Hindu temple in the Batu Caves. We had to walk >250 steps in the hot, humid air. But the climb was absolutely worth it as the caves hosted a couple of Hindu shrines with some construction/renovation still ongoing. The sheer height of the ceilings is also simply impressive - 100m in the tallest part of the rock domes.

    Afterwards we made our way to the central market and the Muslim center. We first visited the very interesting Museum of Islamic Art and liked especially the collection of old documents (religious - Quran - and non-religious such as maps, contracts, marriage certificates, astronomy, ...) We then visited the not-so-spectacular National Mosque - it’s very big but not very old or beautifully ornated. And I cold test my headscarf skills ;-)

    Afterwards we headed home for a rest at the pool, went to a very nice massage parlor and had a foot reflexology massage before eating dinner at the night market - when the rain came pouring down suddenly. Luckily we were under a large umbrella ☔️
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  • Day151

    The day started with a bit of yoga for Anna in the hotel. We then ventured out to a local cafe with a promising reputation. The coffee was great, but sadly no soy or coconut milk available, so it wasn’t all that great...

    To make up for it, we walked towards the Petronas Twin towers, which are within walking distance of our hotel. On the wat we grabbed a Starbucks coffee and also visited the KLCC Park - as the name suggests, it is a city park near the Petronas Towers. What makes it special is that it is one of the few green patches in Kuala Lumpur - which is much less green than Singapore was. 🌳

    The Petronas Towers were great! The visit takes about 45 minutes and we got to visit the sky bridge (170m above ground) that connects the two towers as well as the observation deck at the top (383m). We were lucky that there were no clouds today and so the views from the top were fantastic! 😎

    On the way back to the hotel we stopped by in another mall for some Chinese street food for a late lunch. Tired from the day, we then went home for a nap in the afternoon 😴

    Finally, in the evening we picked an Indian restaurant for dinner. The food was great, prepared right in front of us, but more spicy than we anticipated :-) But we were not deterred and continued our food experiments: after weeks of hearing about it, smelling it and seeing it being forbidden in public transport (due to its strong odor), we finally got ourselves some durian fruit!! It was nice, but didn’t really impress us too much. (And when you eat it, the smell really isn’t so nice :-)). But hey, at least now we know what all the fuss is about :-)
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  • Day30

    Kuala Lumpur

    October 22, 2014 in Malaysia

    One thing we forgot on the wrap-up: Maroon 5 are still pretty big here. "She will be loved" is being played all over Indonesia!

    We flew to Kuala Lumpur on the 20th, so already a couple of days ago but we were quite busy. Just imagine this announcement on the plane in a cheerful voice. "Be aware that the possession or smuggling of drugs is punishable by law and carries the maximum sentence: Death! Thank you."

    Arriving here after indonesia is quite the cultural shock. There are sidewalks (!), an excellent public transport system and this is a very modern, western city with the behavior coming with it. The second thing you notice is that the americanization is in full effect. There is a ton of shopping malls. Once you get out of a tram or monorail stop you often get ushered into a mall. Once we seeked shelter from the rain in an underground parking and were suddenly standing in an underground mall. In another one there is an amusement park with a rollercoaster!

    After arriving we went to check out the petronas towers, the park next to it and the malls and shopping streets in the areas called KLCC and Bukit Bintang. And god, is the beer expensive here. 2 euros for a small bottle in a shop, 12 euros for a pitcher in a bar.

    The next day we saw Lake gardens, the Merdaka (independence) square and China town. We also tried traditional malayan cuisine which is pretty close to Indonesian. But there are other parts of the national cuisine with stronger Chinese influence. We'll get to try this later.

    Today we went into Little India because it is Deepawali, basically the Hindu new year. Lot's of women in Saris and men with marks on their forehead. After that we went to the Batu Caves, a cave system which is a giant Hindu temple.

    Considering the price for beer and restaurants, public transport is really cheap. To get to these caves (30 minutes away from the city) and back we paid 2 euros. In trains there are also coaches reserved for women only. Not a bad idea.

    The afternoons and evenings we have mostly spent indoors cause of the severe rainfalls hitting the city every day (and all the malls suddenly do make a lot of sense when you have to wait for 2 hours that the crazy rain stops).

    Today we tasted some fruits including dragon fruit (this one was strangely red instead of the expected white), yellow mango (yep, there was 4 different sorts of mango to choose from at this market). We also had a glimpse of durian taste ("stinky fruit" when literally translated from German), we bought an ice cream with durian taste and... we found out that it taste as bad as it smells ;)

    Also remarkable is the difference between rush hour and rest of the day. While cars don't move and it is hard to get into a monorail car, the rest of the day is easy ridin'.

    Tomorrow we are heading towards the Cameron Highlands. Turned out to be harder than we thought to find accommodation there because today is a public holiday and a lot of people took the rest of the week off.
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  • Day94

    Moving South to KL

    December 15, 2016 in Malaysia

    Travel day today. Not a long one by our standards, but a travel day nonetheless.

    After a middling to mediocre breakfast at the hotel, we jumped into a cab at 9:00am before the school holiday traffic choked the road down to Tanah Rata, and the local bus station.

    Given that our bus has at 11:00, we were pretty early, but given the awful traffic that we had seen, the last thing we wanted was to get caught in it, and miss our bus.

    We wasted away the time at the local starbucks, the only place in town with wifi available to the public. This was principally spent researching the latest developments in Brexit, and NZ politics., as well as the odd things about KL, especially how to get to the hotel.

    The bus ride itself was fairly uneventful. The initial section was pretty rough, as we descended the Cameroon Highlands, back onto the western coastal plain fo the Malay peninsula. As much as the number of people living and visiting the Cameron Highlands has increased substantially since the road was built many decades ago, there was been no further development of the road itself, and it is not wide enough for a bus. This made life interesting when another bus, or truck was met coming the other way on blind corners. More than once the driver slammed on the brakes and we came to an abrupt stop.

    Back on the plain though, we were on a motorway and the remainder of the trip was silky smooth, all the way into KL Sentral, the central travel hub. From there we transferred to the monorail to get to our hotel. This took a bit longer than expected, owing to a lack of signage, which meant we went the long way round. Actually it was the loooong way round.

    Arriving at the hotel, a bit hot and bothered after our trek through KL, laden with bags, we discovered that the hotel had managed to lose our booking. This wouldn't have been that much of an issue if it didn't take the reception 25 minutes to workout what had happened and give us a room. In the interim, we were just stuck in the lobby, waiting for the hotel to get themselves sorted. This was a rather large black mark against the service of the hotel, and we still don't know what happened.

    After checking into our room, it was time to go for a wander. We set out for one of the local malls to see about getting my phone fixed. Having dropped it many months ago in China, the wifi and bluetooth hasn't functioned, and I hoped that KL's premier technology mall would be able to fix it.

    As it turns out no, they can't. Because my was bought in the UK, it has to be fixed with UK parts which are slightly different from Malaysian parts, and can't be sold to Malaysian operaters so they can fix my phone. Market segmentation at its best, and to my cost sadly.

    We then found ourselves in another mall - KL is a city of malls. This one was identical to any other mall you have seen, with the same stores, and the same food court, so don't feel like you missed out. However, we did spot a cinema, and had a look to see what a movie might cost. At its cheapest, the answer is 12MYR - peanuts.

    Growing tired of the mall within 20 mins, but still enjoying the coolness of the AC, we decided to risk the heat, and head back towards the hotel to find some dinner. On the way we passed a street food street, mainly populated by Chinese and Thai restaurant, specialising in seafood. This wasn't going to work for Courtney so we kept looking, and eventually arrived at a street full of westernised bars, clubs and restauarants. Being hungry at this point we settled on a restaurant that did Indian, Mexican and Western food. We had the Indian, along with a few cocktails, and it was all pretty damn good.

    On the way back, we passed even more restaurants, many of which were Arabic. As it happens our hotel is next to Arab Town - the slightly less catchy, and ethnically different version of Chinatown. This means that there are a lot of restaurants to go to, with food that looks authentic, and staff that look like they have actually lived in the Middle East at some point in their lives. If we can try one, I will be mightily happy.

    Arriving back at the hotel, a bit drunk from the cocktails, and a bit sweaty from the heat, it was time for a quick shower, and a good night's sleep.
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  • Day321

    Kuala Lumpur

    September 20, 2015 in Malaysia

    Unsere Weiterreise führte uns in eine weitere Großstadt...Kuala Lumpur.

    Da auch hier das Wetter sehr durchwachsen war, sind wir von Mall zu Mall gerannt und haben uns in den Regenpausen die Petronas Twin Towers angeschaut. Das war's eigentlich auch schon...

    Foto 1: Sepp mit schlechter Laune, nachdem sein voller Frühstücksteller auf den Boden gefallen ist...

    Foto 2: Da konnte ihn nur der Kauf von neuer Elektronik wieder zum Lachen bringen😎

    Der Rest: Die Twin Towers!
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  • Day12

    Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves

    July 12 in Malaysia

    Am Morgen besichtigten wir die Batu Caves. Die Höhle selbst empfand ich nicht sehr speziell aber der Aufstieg über die steile Treppe mit den vielen Affen war durchaus amüsant. Selbstverständlich tricksten wir die kleinen Affen mit der Täuschung, dass wir Futter in der Faust halten. Danach gingen wir weiter zum Sultan Abdul Samad Gebäude bei dem wir noch in ein professionelles Filmset platzten. Über den Central Market und das Chinatown machten wir uns auf den Rückweg. Unser Nachtessen genossen wir auf der „Fressmeile“ Jalan Alor.Read more

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