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Day 12 - KL and Petronas Towers

sunny 29 °C

We opened the curtains of our hotel room to a spectacular view of both the KL and Petronas towers,
Given we were on the 2nd highest floor (14th), it made a nice change to a view of a brick wall or even no view, as some rooms had no windows !
After breakfast we went on a city tour of KL visiting the National Monument with a very impressive replica statue of the "two-Jima" which the US have for the Korean War.
We then went to visit the main and largest Mosque in KL and as we we're non Muslim, we each had to wear robes and Irene a head scarf too !
(The phot's look a little dodgy).
Afterwards we left the city and headed west to Kings Royal Palace, very similar to Buckingham Palace, Guards on horses, large railings, etc.,
But a lot hotter :-)
Before returning to the city we visited a Hindu shrine at Batu Caves, a large Cave with numerous bats and tourist attacking long tailed monkeys waiting to grab anything you have, with a gold painted 45m high statue of shiva at the entrance.
So dodging the monkeys we climbed the 250 steps to the entrance and entered the massive chamber, worth the climb but full of tourists.
In the afternoon, we had luckily managed to book some tickets to visit the Petronas Towers (452m, 1,470ft) and its famous Skybridge,
plus the bonus was, Irene showed her passport and we got 50% discount as a senior citizen !
We ascended up to the skybridge on the 41st floor, at 170m and crossed it to get great views of the city, not to mention the twin towers,
then we went up to the 86th floor to the observation deck at 370m (1,200ft !) and WOW this was even more spectacular,
You could actually feel it moving, although only very slightly.
We then returned to the hotel before going out to the KL Tower for dinner !
This is the second largest building in Malaysia, just a bit shorter at 421m and it had a revolving 360 degree restaurant at 288m (940ft) in which entry was by pre-booking only, again our local guy fixed us a reservation with strict dress code - Irene had to buy some shoes !
So we arrived early evening to get a sunset view at our "revolving table"
The food was amazing - oysters, scallops and Sushi for starter, plus the rest etc.
It was expensive for Malaysia - Beer was £7 a pint & water £6 a bottle !
Suffice it say it was a very expensive night be well worth it.

Posted by Andy-Irene 05:37 Archived in Malaysia

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