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Week 8 - Kuala Lumpur/Melaka

Kuala Lumpur
We arrived at the coach station a few hours after leaving the Cameron Highlands and found our hostel just a few hundred yards away, which suited us in the heat with our huge backpacks on. The greeting at our guesthouse was brilliant. The lady sat us down with a big map and told us what there was to do in the area which was so helpful and instantly made us feel at home. Kuala Lumpur, although a big city is quite compact and most places are easilly reached by foot or monorail, traffic is a nightmare so we avoided it. We spent a total of 5 days here and covered everything on the map but ended up with very sore legs every day, still now we don't have gym memberships and dinner every night seems to be curry we didn't mind!

We went to various shopping malls, with a topshop, zara, mango to name a few so I had to be strong and resist them which please Paul, but I just looked around the cheap shops instead :)

On our first day we went to the Menara Tower which at 421 meters tall is the 4th highest communication tower in the world. We took a ride to the observation deck and saw 360 degree views of the city. Next stop was to see the Petronas Towers, standing at 88 storeys high they are the tallest twin towers in the world. We wanted to take a walk along the skybridge between the two towers on the 41st floor but it was closed for repairs. Instead we had heard many of the hotels had amazing views of the towers and the surrounding park. Trying our luck we went to the Traders Hotel, which has a Skybar set around a swimming pool located on its 33rd floor. The views were brilliant and we managed to get our photos without even being asked if we wanted a drink - we must look like true travellers!

We explored many restaurants all serving the local dishes and very cheap, took a walk along Bukit Bintang and admired all the bright city lights and bars. We decided to get cultured to so visited the National Museum, Planetarium and we went north of the city to visit Batu Caves which has a huge Buddha statue and a 200 step climb to the top to see the caves.

Chinatown and Little India of course were must sees, especially as it's the month of the Deepavali festival, all the streets were lit up with music blaring out of the shops. On our last day we headed out of town to Lake Titiwangsa we chilled in the sun with an ice cream and took a ride around the lake on a pedelo. In the evening we went back to the Skybar to have one last look at the city but by night. This time we had a drink, well shared a bottle of cider at least! It was the perfect way to end our stay in this amazing city.

Melaka
A couple of hours on a bus and we arrived in Melaka, the 20 minute sweaty walk to the hostel with our heavy bags wasn't ideal, but the locals helped us out with directions which was useful! Our hostel was just outside Chinatown, and the owner Howard was quite a character and very accommodating. We enjoyed the communal area along with the other guests and watched several films and chilled there each evening.

We spent two days exploring the historical town, a river runs through the centre of it and you could be mistaken for thinking you were in Italy with the quirky buildings and beautiful bridges. We took a boat trip along the river, visited a Maritime Museum set in a huge old ship. We wandered around the streets of Chinatown sampling their food, including the famous rice balls. Howard took all of the guests out for dinner to a local outside Indian restaurant and recommended some dishes. I had a tosai massala which is a big savoury pancake filled with potato and veg with several dips all for only 50p!

We hired bikes and rod around the town mostly the wrong way around the streets! Found a shopping complex where we both bought a book to keep us occupied for the next couple of weeks as we prepare for Singapore and Australia!!

Posted by pjr6 06:32 Archived in Malaysia

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