The beginning of our trip – Kuala Lumpur

I haven’t posted anything last week because I was travelling in Southeast Asia. Finally, after two long months in Macau, we set up for our first trip. We took advantage of cheap flights of AirAsia and booked our flights Macau – Kuala Lumpur, Singapore -Bangkok and Bangkok – Macao. Between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, we used local buses and visited also a cosy city Malacca. Now, I am back at home. Another typhoon is nearby so weather sucks in Macao so I have some time to write about our experiences. Today, I will start about Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

As I mentioned, we took an AirAsia flight to Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia showed up to be a very good company. It is often compared to be an Asian Ryanair offering low cost flights but it is much much better than its European collegue!  You can bring two pieces of luggage on board and the staff don’t care about its weight at all so you can bring everything you need on board and don’t need any checked-in baggage. Moreover, stewardesses are really nice and helpful and planes are half-empty so you can lie and sleep the whole flight. Image

Our flight took four hours and we landed in Kuala Lumpur at 1:30 a.m. The problem was that it was so late that there were no bus connections to the city centre and the airport is around forty km far away so a taxi would be expensive. So, we decided to take a nap and wait for the first morning bus at 5:30 p.m.

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We reached our hostel at 8:00 p.m., left our luggage there and went for breakfast before our room was ready for check-in. Food is amazing there. We entered an Indian restaurant and paid around 10 Ringgit (=2,3 EUR=60 CZK) and got two courses each, very delicious.

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After the breakfast, we took a walk to the main Merdeka square where Malaysia’s independence was proclaimed in 1957. Besides an impressive palace (Sultan Abdul Samad building)…

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…there is a cricket field and there was held a football tournament for small children that morning…

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…and also a gathering of Muslim pupils.

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Then, we wanted to head to a local marketplace but signs were not so helpful so we rather asked the pupils and it was surprising how good English they had.

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The marketplace is awesome. There are so many delicious things to eat and drink and everything costs peanuts.

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However, some stands at the market scared me, especially those ones selling meat. Neither fridges nor freezers are there, meat just stands on tables (I don’t want to know how much time). However, I ate meat the whole week and didn’t have any stomach problems. They probably know how to keep it healthy.

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After taking a coconut and some local fruits, we noticed a stand with a fish massage. As we were pretty tired, we thought it could be a good way how to relax. It was really funny. Fish quickly started to lick/bite our feet and it was incredible how much it tickled. If you have a possibility to try, I really recommend, we had so much fun.

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After the fish massage, we took a lunch and went back to our hostel to take a nap. By the way the hostel (Back at home) was rated as the second best one in Asia. It was really cosy. We set alarm to see Petronas towers (the tallest twin skyscrapers in the world) at sunset. The buildings are spectacular.

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On the way back home we bumped into a festival celebrating Diwali (Hindu- festival). There were shown Malaysian dances and also offered another tasty local food. It was really interesting. Personally, I would spend there the whole evening but we had to leave because there was El Clásico at midnight and I was on the trip with two Spanish. Haha. So in the end, we watched the match at a roof terrace close to our hostel while smoking shisha. Not a bad evening.

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Next morning, we went to see the most important local mosque (Masjid Negara).

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Actually, it is one of the largest Mosques in the Southeast Asia. It disappointed me how modern it was. There were even projectors inside of the praying halls. However, wearing Muslim clothes was comical.

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Afterwards, we headed to Kuala Lumpur tower (Menara KL).

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We occurred at the height 436 m but the view was not the best due to a coming storm.

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When we returned from the top, one guy put a snake around my neck. Thank you sir.

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Then, we went to China town for lunch and while we were eating it started to rain cats and dogs.

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Due to the heavy storm, we had to change our plans and went to rest to our hostel instead of visiting Batu caves. At least, we have a reason to come back. After the rain finished, we headed to a bus station and took a bus to Melaka. Kuala Lumpur was a very interesting, multicultural city.

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About jarinek

I am a graduate Master student in Business development and internationalisation at Umea University, Sweden. In the fall 2013 I went for an exchange programme to Macau, University of Science and Technology. My blog approaches my experience there in China. View all posts by jarinek

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