with a quick stop in Singapore...
01.11.2010 - 11.11.2010 35 °C
I arrived in Kuala Lumpur and got a bus into Chinatown to the Travellers Inn hostel – at last the accommodation was getting cheaper only 2 pounds for a dorm room. It was a really sociable hostel and I met some really cool people in there. The plan was to get a Thai visa from the embassy as they were giving away free 60 days visas and do a bit of sightseeing. Kuala Lumpur is a pretty cool city - cheap food and accommodation and definitely enough to keep you occupied for a few days.
The first stop was the Batu caves – a huge cave just outside of the city full of monkeys with a huge Hindu statue outside. They were pretty impressive. Also one of the things I wanted to see the most was the Petronas Towers – they look awesome so got the standard photos from the front of them. One of the best parts is the food – you can get anything and really cheap. We had a few nights out at the Reggie bar in Chinatown which ended up in a few big hangovers. Most of the days were spent just catching up on some rest on the rooftop garden in the hostel. Theres not a massive amount of things to do in KL but for some reason its really easy to stay here. So after a few days when I had my visa me and Kerri a guy from England decided to get the overnight train to Singapore for a few days. The border crossing was probably one of the quickest and efficient I have been through so far. The plan was to spend two nights and get the train back on the Monday. The first thing you notice is that the city is so clean – they have fines for everything and it is obvious – no litter, Graffiti, anything!
Our first day we went for a stroll down Orchard Road which is the shopping area – not that I could shop with no room in my bag – but it was good for a walk. On the way back we stopped at the Stanza the presidents palace. It was based in huge grounds – he even has his own golf course – hard job hey!
We had an early night as we planned to walk to Mt Faber – now Im not sure it warrants the mountain status as its only 116 metres high but it was a nice walk – the Henderson Wave Bridge which is a really cool design and has views over the Harbor. It’s a really easy city to get around the subway is the cleanest I have ever seen and it is huge! We also went to the famous Raffles Hotel – not that we could go in – for some reason wearing shorts, flip flops and a vest – not that I would have had the famous Singapore sling as it was $35. Now we met up with a few Swedish girls that we met in KL and decided to go out for the night. Big mistake! The price of Alcohol is twice that of England – we tried to find a cheap bar but apparently they don’t exist in Singapore – I knew it would be expensive but just not THAT expensive! There was a religious festival on that evening called Deepavali so we took a wonder down to little India to check it out. It was crazy! My god there were people everywhere.
The following day we were starting to feel the pinch in our wallets so we said goodbye to Singapore and headed on the bus back to KL. Now Singapore was worth a visit but to be honest its just a big city – fine if your earning good money living there but definitely not a backpacker destination.
Whilst on my way back to KL I decided to change my route slightly – I met a few guys that bought a motorbike in Vietnam and rode the length of the country, now I was thinking about the idea before after watching Top Gear – so I said to hell with it and booked a flight to Vietnam. It meant a couple more days in KL whilst I waited for the visa but hey – there are worse places to be. So the next few days involved planning my trip and studying maps of Vietnam.
On my last day I thought I would do a bit more sightseeing so we got up ridiculously early to queue up for the skybridge in the Patronas towers. Luckily we got up there pretty quick – to be fair it was just a corridor but its one to tick off the list – it’s the 5th tallest building in the world I think….
That afternoon we went to the market for some lunch – they make chicken and rice in these clay pots – it tasted amazing, to be fair most of the food you get here is pretty good. We also went up the KL communications tower which is higher then the twin towers and gives you a panoramic view over KL. Its surprising how much rain forest is still in the city.
So that’s the end of my Malaysia and Singapore adventure – next stop Vietnam!