Kuala Lumpur & Penang
05.03.2013 - 10.03.2013
Hmmmm mixed feelings on Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur I did not like very much but Penang gave Malaysia some good points. I think my problem with KL was that I had come from Singapore which was very clean, not smelly and it felt safe to walk around. It was the opposite in KL, dirty, smelly and I did not feel safe as a girl to walk around alone and for the first time on my travels I felt the need to walk with my rucksack on my front! But don't get me wrong some places in KL were really nice as was my hostel just not the area outside my hostel.
Travel from Singapore to KL went without a hitch. I went by coach (Aeroline if anyone is looking for transport) and got food, drink and films to watch which made the 5 1/2hrs pass very quickly! The hostel was nice, Reggae Mansion (thank you Jenna!) we had a big dorm room with pods and the beds were just smaller then a small double so lots of space! Fancy dress party on the night I arrived so last minute me and the girls in the room grabbed the free magazines and tape et voila a dress! Needless to say it did not stay on! I also won 30ringit towards food and drink which meant a good meal at last!
My first proper day in KL was spent walking around (rucksack on front), trying to avoid all the spitting men and holes that were in the ground I did see the old railway station and their National Hindu mosque. We had to wear massive robes to cover up for respect. It was very clean inside the mosque, not as spectacular as I thought it might be but interesting. I got lunch for 1GBP which was great, so happy I did the expensive countries first! Spent my food and drink voucher in the evening with new lovely girls in my dorm.
I signed up for a day tour today with the hostel so I think seven of us went around to locations with a guide in an AIR CONDITIONED mini van, this was probably the hottest day in Malaysia! Really good day, it felt a lot better visiting places in a big group and I got to see lots of KL. We went to -
A Chinese Temple; amazing sculptures, lanterns everywhere and what seemed to be about 10 weddings all happening at the same time?
National Hindu Mosque; the same one as the day before so I got to wear the pretty robe twice!
Little India; for photo's, very colourful streets and good fruit!
The KL art gallery; this was ok, I wouldn't go out of my way to get there though
The palace; the king was home too! We also got there in time to see the changing of the guards, couldn't go into the palace though just up to the gate.
Le Monument Nationale; which was in memory of the world wars
Batu Caves; this was my favourite place. We had lunch before climbing 272 steps to get into the caves where worships happen. art work embedded into the rocks all around.
Chocolate shop; enough said!
After the long day we all met up again to go into China town for food, the best sweet and sour I have yet had in Asia!
The following day a few of us from the day tour went into KL to find a mall which had a theme park in, we failed and could not find it anywhere! So instead we headed to the central market to have a look around at all the stools then onto the Patronus Towers to take photo's. We didn't go up them as it was expensive for what you got view wise and we had decided the KL Tower was the better option, that way we could look down on the Patronus Towers. We got to the KL tower before sunset so had really nice views as it went down.
Travelled with the same coach company to Penang so had the same nice experience of just sitting on a comfy seat! The landscape was a good distraction too, nice to look out as the country went by! To get to Penang we crossed Asia's longest bridge, another nice hostel which is always a nice thing to arrive too! Already a lot cleaner and less smelly than KL thank goodness! Spent the first day at the beach which took about an hour to get to by bus, very windy roads too which did not make me feel to great! Beautiful beach and I think the beaches only get better! Day two was spent in Georgetown, where the hostel was and it is their biggest town, wondered around for the day and went to the museum and Fort Cornwallis, the first fort of the British. I have fallen in love with sweet cake, so yummy and only 0.50ringit! Really nice day and then the rain came and stayed until about 9pm, such a heavy downpour!
So all in all I have had a good time in Malaysia but I think it was the new friends I met that helped with that! I am in no hurry to go back to KL and I have done Penang now! I think I would like to see more of Malaysia but that will not be on this trip!