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Day 11 - K L

rain 29 °C

Today we left Penang for a long drive on a local bus to the cosmopolitan capital of Kuala Lumpur.
After another night out in Penang, dodging the first real rain of the holiday and the numerous Rats ! we spotted darting across the street and paths,
We found a small family run vegetarian restaurant, so we decided to give it a try and had some nice veg for a change,
plus we were guaranteed that rat wouldn't be on the menu :-)
The rain had stopped as we left so we checked out the 3 bars next door - all very seedy, all with Karaoke and all with girls ready to "serve" you,
Irene didn't seem too keen, (I could see why), so we gave it a miss and had another dry night.
The bus journey from Penang to KL would take about 5hrs, however when we arrived at the bus station expecting some sort of Malaysian cattle waggon, we we're pleasantly surprised to get a luxury "5 Star Line" coach that had "business class" reclining airline seats, foot rests, arm rests and free wifi too ! - but as like all hotels and public areas in Malaysia, Wifi is free everywhere, but it's probably slowest in Asia,
So effectively we had no wifi.
We left Penang island and crossed over the new 23km long bridge, onto the mainland and headed south towards KL.
The 5 hrs soon passed and we arrived in this skyscraper metropolis just before 2pm,
we then had to get a tube as our hotel was situated downtown in the city centre.
Their underground was certainly smart and efficient and as always put london's to shame.
No sooner had we checked in to the hotel, we went straight out for a late lunch and an orientation walk around the city.
Dominating the skyline was the KL Tower, but then you see the Petronas Towers with the sky bridge, even more impressive.
We got another tube to the KLCC, the convention centre below the towers and stood gazing up at these two magnificent feats of civil engineering.
We then sat in a bar (drinking beer at £6 a pint !) to watch the towers light up and
the water fountain light show which happens each night at the base of the towers.

Posted by Andy-Irene 05:33 Archived in Malaysia

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