Quick stop in Kuala Lumpur
If you read my last blog on Langkawi you will know that we had a significant delay from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur due to bad weather.
We were supposed to land around 11am but didn’t end up landing until 6:30pm, real shame!
We got a taxi to Kuala Lumpur city centre from the airport. There were no budget cabs available so in our fed up states we decided to pay the premium for a ‘limo‘ car. This was 130 ringgits or £23, well over the odds but we were fed up and starving.
The journey took around an hour and a half due significant traffic. Our driver told us the traffic was considerably worse than usual due to the formula 1 races that were taking place in KL that weekend.
Given that it was coming to the end of Dom’s time away we opted to stay in a nice hotel called The Federal in Bukit Bintang.
The area was very lively, with shops, restaurants and bars all very close by. Plus posh cars!
As I said before by the time we arrived at the hotel it was gone 8pm. We showered quickly and changed for the evening.
We were heading to a restaurant we had found online, but when we arrived we changed our minds. The atmosphere looked dead, and the restaurant was within a shopping mall. Maybe it’s just us, but the idea of eating in a mall when your in a hot country just sounds a bit naff.
We wondered back to the main road and found a resultant called Connoisseurs where we could sit outside. As a bonus it was also right next to the street speaker that was playing really good music.
I had pesto pasta and Dom had a baguette. The food was actually really delicious and so were the cocktails we ended up having quite a few.
Dom was desperate for the toilet but the restaurant didn’t have one so we found a KFC and went to use the toilets.
However, on walking into the toilets the smell of poo was very strong. When I looked down I saw that some one had actually shit themselves on the floor.
Needless to say we left at this point. I am really hoping that it was a baby or a small child not an adult.
We found a load of bars near our hotel and by this point we were feeling rather merry after the cocktails at dinner so thought it best to continue the theme.
They were Polish but lived in England and were in KL for the F1 and visiting their Lothian friend who now lived here. Let’s just say they loved to drink, specifically vodka shots.
We ended up getting pretty drunk and having a very late night, we even bagged ourselves some roses.
The next day
Going to bed at 4am, naturally I felt tired and hungover when we awoke at 10am. Eventually we managed to get the energy to get up and ready and we headed to a cafe that had avocado on toast.
Unfortunately, when we arrived they had run out! Sad times. So we wondered and grabbed a small bite at Starbucks.
We then caught the MRT to the Batu caves, it was a fairly easy trip with only one change. The caves were right next to the station, and it was easy to wonder down the road to the main caves.
Along the way there were stalls selling food and souvenirs, as well as a lot of monkeys.
To climb the steps (there is a lot) up to the caves you must have your legs covered. Fortunately there was a stool at the bottom where you could rent them for 5 ringgits (you got 2 back on the way down).
When we eventually made it to the top we wondered around looking at the caves and the waterfall.
Dinner at Bintang Revolving Restaurant
Our hotel had a revolving restaurant on the top floor with views over the city, so we booked a table for the evening.
The twin towers
After dinner we walked to the twin towers to get a close up view of the iconic building.
It really is an amazing building all lite up against the nights sky.
Traders hotel sky bar
After a bit of research on the best sky bar we made our way to Traders hotel.
To enter you have to pay 50 ringgits, this includes a drink. The view of the towers was amazing, unfortunately it was really busy and there weren’t any tables.
We ended up perching on the edge of some one else’s table. It was a shame because there were lots of tables that were reserved but not occupied. It would have made sense for them to be available until the time they were booked. But it was still really special to see the view.
Good bye Dom!
We had a very early start at 4:30am to make our way to the airport. It was time for Dom to go home and for me to head to Bangkok to meet Stephen for the next leg of my trip.
Bye Dom, thanks for organising everything and listening to my moaning about my leg!
Kuala Lumpur is an amazing city, it reminded me a lot of London.
Polish people drink ALOT of vodka!
The caves are interesting and the towers are spectacular to see.
The revolving restaurant was a great place to see the city, and the sky bar is cool but definitely reserve a table!