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Chill-axing in Malaysia

Our trip to Kuala Lumpur

semi-overcast 31 °C

Located between 1 and 8 degrees latitude, Malaysia is about as close to the equator as you can get. The weather is constantly a balmy 33 degrees, with 80% + humidity, except at night when the temperature drops to a comfortable 25, after a rain shower and thunderstorm – every evening like clockwork!

View from the city centre - KL at night

View from the city centre - KL at night

The country is also known as one of the most megadiverse places on the planet – home to 20% of the world’s animals species including Indochinese Tiger and the clouded leopard.

We spent 4 nights in the Country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL) – a city with a very diverse population totalling over 1.6 million. At the heart of the city centre are the famous Petronas Twin Towers. Once the world’s tallest building, at 451.9 m and 88 stories high, they still hold the record as the world’s tallest twin towers.

Jesse in front of the towers

Jesse in front of the towers

After spending a whirlwind week in Hong Kong visiting Jesse’s relatives and literally shopping till we dropped, we decided to kick back, relax and spend our 4 days in KL taking advantage of our amazing exchange rate and pampering ourselves at our 5-star hotel.

Living it up in KL!

Living it up in KL!

Perhaps one of the best decisions we made in KL was to join the “Traders’ club” at our hotel.

Jesse in the Trader's Club

Jesse in the Trader's Club

Basically for about $15 CDN a day, we got access to a special lounge on the 33rd floor that not only provided us with a spectacular view of the Petronas Towers but also included breakfast, refreshments, afternoon tea and coffee, an assortment of tasty snacks, cocktail hour between 5-7pm with an open bar and a “snack bar” which among many other things included sushi and dim sum (essentially dinner!)

Food at cocktail hour!

Food at cocktail hour!

Needless to say, we spent a lot of time up at that lounge!

We did however, manage to bring ourselves to leave the hotel and explore the City and surrounding area. Our first major excursion was to the Batu Cave.

Batu Cave

Located about a half an hour north of KL, the Batu Cave is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples. It is also one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India.

The Batu Caves

The Batu Caves

Jesse walking up the steps to the Batu Caves

Jesse walking up the steps to the Batu Caves

On the way up the 272 very steep steps to the top, we passed an enormous gold statue (the Murugan statue) and ran into a group of small monkeys.

Eating food

Eating food

Monkeys on the hike up to the caves

Monkeys on the hike up to the caves

Once at the top, we entered the vast caves, with high ceilings that opened up in the sky.

In the Batu Caves

In the Batu Caves

Sun peaking through Batu Caves

Sun peaking through Batu Caves

Inside the caves

Inside the caves

As we walked through, we saw locals worshipping and of course ran into more monkeys.

The monkeys

The monkeys

Yes – very cute, but get too close and these guys will show you their chompers!

Showing the choppers!

Showing the choppers!

China town and Central Market

No trip is ever complete without a visit to the local Market, and Malaysia was no different. On our second night, we headed out to explore the city.

Walking around the city at night

Walking around the city at night

We made the trip to central market - where there are hundreds of shopping stalls to browse through.

Shopping at Central Market

Shopping at Central Market

Then we headed to the famous night market in Chinatown (which has a fantastic selection of knock offs)

Heading to Chinatown

Heading to Chinatown

As one guy we talked to put it, these are genuine, imitations. One thing we’ve definitely learned about the markets in Asia, you have to go in mentally prepared for what you’re about to get yourself into.

Jesse in Chinatown

Jesse in Chinatown

The markets are busy, crowded and full of the most aggressive sales people you’ll ever come across. However, if you go in knowing what to expect and how to bargain it’s actually a pretty fun experience. Most importantly, any first offers you get should always be countered by an offer at least 75% off of the original offer!

Spa Day

For Valentine’s day, we decided we would pamper ourselves and book an appointment with the hotel spa. As Jesse had never been to a spa before, it was definitely an interesting experience. The package we selected was 2 hours and included a foot relaxation ritual, a herbal body scrub and our favourite part – a Hot Stone massage! By the end we were so relaxed, it was glorious!

Spa...ahhhh!

Spa...ahhhh!

The one thing we didn’t get to do was go up to the top of the Petronas towers. When we arrived at the towers on our second day, we were disappointed to learn that the tickets were all sold out for the entire week!

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No tickets for all of the days we were in KL :(

Disappointed that we can't go up the towers

Disappointed that we can't go up the towers

We did however visit the gift shop and exhibition centre downstairs where they had something called a Tesla Coil show!

Electricity show at the Towers

Electricity show at the Towers

During our stay we also made friends with two Aussies from Perth. On our last night we went up the hotel’s sky bar and shared a few drinks before packing our things and getting ready for our flight to Tokyo!

Ambiance at SkyBar

Ambiance at SkyBar

The view at SkyBar

The view at SkyBar

Malaysia was definitely a cool country to visit and we would definitely consider coming back. With so much more to explore, including some of the world’s best beaches, we have many reasons to come back!

Posted by jacqjesse 21:51 Archived in Malaysia

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Sounds like a cool experience!

by Andy Ostrowski

Is that seaweed salad? That is definitely worth $15 a day!

by Tinza

it sure is seaweed salad! it was delicious!

by jacqjesse

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