Monday, August 18, 2014

Day Four and Five - Traveling to Kuala Lumpur and it was a million degrees

I am taking a while to get all my travel posts up - but it will happen. I kind of like taking my time writing them though. It's nice to look at all the photos again and remember fun times (and warm weather) in South East Asia.

Unfortunately on day four we had to leave Melaka which was really sad, we did have a wonderful time there.Our next stop was Kuala Lumpur and we decided to get a bus to KL as it was the cheapest and easiest option. So we found a bus service we liked (there were so many) and arrived in KL a few hours later. We navigated the metro system and made it to our hotel and decided we needed some down time so spend much of the afternoon relaxing. We did watch an awesome 1970s movie called Rollercoaster - usually I can't find ANYTHING on TV to watch when traveling, but this was rad.

In the evening we decided to head out and find some food. Near the hotel was a night market - we didn't actually know the market was there. We were just lucky enough to stumble across it.

Lanterns and delicious food - what more do you need for a great night out?

The following day we had one thing in mind and that was the KL Bird Park - one of my friends from work said it was really awesome and I hadn't visited there on my last trip to KL so it sounded like a fun thing to check on.

On our way there we came across the National Mosque, I did visit the National Mosque on my last visit and thought it was great. We stopped off so Rich could have a look as well.

Because this is a mosque I had to cover up, they have gowns and headscarfs to wear. Unfortunately they are all made of polyester - which is a BAD choice on an extremely hot day. Also they aren't flattering at all. Scratch that, they aren't flattering on me! I saw a couple of ladies wearing these and they looked so glamorous, I just looked so ridiculous (oh and HOT).
After we visited the mosque, we continued to the bird park - we decided to walk, as it wasn't far on a map. But the heat made the walk seem so much longer. But it was a chance to see things you never see at home - like this sign.
Here are a few photos of the bird park - I have to admit it wasn't as good as I was hoping for. It was very expensive by local standards and it was a little run down. The park is basically a big aviary, but some of the bigger birds like the eagles were kept in smaller cages and I felt pretty bad for them.

By this time we were insanely hot - I think this was actually the hottest day of our trip. Fortunately I knew where we could find some air conditioning.

We visited the Petronas Towers to cool down, have some lunch and shop at our favourite bookshop Kinokuniya! I did buy a couple of sewing books which I will share with you guys at some point.
Then it was back to the hotel for a well deserved break - we did meet up with this guy whilst we were walking back.
After resting for a few hours we decided to head out again and visit Chinatown and the Jalan Petaling Market.

I'm not going to lie to you guys, whilst I do enjoy the Chinatown market in general - Jalan Petaling is pretty much the stuff of nightmares for me. It's full of people selling knock offs of whatever is cool right now (I have no idea of what is cool at any point) and its stressful! Everyone trying to sell me a handbag or a watch and calling me miss or mrs or lady. I don't know who buys this crap, but it must be a lot of people as there are loads of people selling crap.

However, there are some more establish shops lining the street where the market is located and I did find a fabric store which made me happy. Otherwise the shopping here is horrible. I realised soon as I got there how much I didn't want to be there LAST time I was there! If I ever say I want to go to Jalan Petaling in Kuala Lumpur again stop me from doing it - ok?

Our first day and a bit in KL was pretty fun - despite the heat and Jalan Petaling. The third day was even better though. It involves monkeys!


Vix said...

I loved Kuala Lumpur, I remember it being mentally hot and humid and the shop assistants falling about laughing when the saw the size of my feet.
Love the mix of old and new, very Blade Runner. xxx

Curtise said...

A night market with great food and lanterns sounds perfect! A market selling fake shite - not so much...
The mosque looks beautiful. Looking forward to seeing those monkeys! xxx

Helga said...

Street food is the BEST! Such great atmosphere too.
I'm loving your travel pix, they are making me very keen to experience Malaysia for myself! XXX

Louise said...

Kuala Lumper looks so beautiful. The lanterns, mosque and skyscrapers look so pretty. Love your photos of the birds, especially the first one. xx

alicia said...

sweet mosque style! <3