18.01.2010 - 20.01.2010 36 °C
We left Singapore on Monday 18th January and headed by train to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. It was a 5 hour train ride and we had to get off the train at the border control to get stamped out of Singapore.
When we arrived at KL Sentral we went to the ATM to get some local money out. It’s getting confusing changing money all the time and trying to work out the exchange rate each time. In Malaysia they use Ringgit and its 5.4RM to the pound at the moment.
I also had to go to the toilet while we were there. I got a bit of a shock when I walked in and found a squat toilet and a hose! Needless to say I didn’t use the hose...I would probably have ended up soaking myself from head to toe if I had even tried to use it!
First impressions of Kuala Lumpur were that it was quiet run down, I was expecting high rised, flash buildings like the ones in Singapore. We found them later, we had arrived on the outskirts of the city. We soon found all the big buildings and shopping malls.
That night we went to Times Square a huge 10 floor mall/hotel/cinema/bowling/theme park. This place was huge, big enough to hold a theme park with a rollercoaster! It had every shop imaginable.
It was Kevs birthday on the Tuesday and we were going to go to the Petronas Twin Towers but we had slept in. We were exhausted and just couldn’t move when the alarm went off. We were supposed to get to the towers before 10am to wait in a queue to get tickets to go up them as they only let so many people up each day.
Instead we had a look around another mall and had birthday cake and coffee in a really nice restaurant in the Pavilion Mall. It was called The Chocolate Lounge...need I say anymore We were in heaven. We got two big mugs of hot chocolate that came on ceramic stands with a tea light in to keep it warm, Kev got a carrot cake and I got the chocolate brownie with ice cream...I felt a little bit sick and shakey after all that sugar!
I had bought tickets to see Avatar in the cinema for Kev because he really wanted to see it. I hadn’t been that keen but it was actually really good. The two tickets only cost £6 and that was a 3D film, back home 3D films cost a fortune. Normal film prices were RM6 which is just over £1.
We got up early on Wednesday and went by train (not as flash as Singapore’s) to the Petronas Twin Tower. We got our tickets and were told to come back at 12.45 so we had a look around the mall. The Petronas is 88 floors high and home to hundreds of offices for people dealing in the petrol business. We could only get up to the sky bridge which was on the 41st floor. The lift goes up 1 second for every floor. It was pretty high up and again we could see for miles.
After the twin towers we walked towards KL Tower, a telecom tower, to get some photos. It was pretty hot and sticky and we were starting to wilt so we headed to Times Square to cool down. We ended up getting a Thai shoulder massage and reflexology. It only cost £6 for 1 hour. It was good but they were rough! Some bits were pretty painful. Kev couldn’t stop laughing when the woman was using some sort of metal stick thing to rub his feet, he was in stitches. When they did our back and shoulders they had us in all sorts of positions and pulling us this way and that. We felt really good after it, not as stiff.
After that we had to get packed up again to move on in the morning. No rest for the wicked