Kuala Lumpur

I originally wanted to go to Kuala Lumpur to see the Petronas towers. They’re mostly known for keeping away dementors so it’s a generally happy place. Then I read my neighbor Erin’s post on Kuala Lumpur and saw her in front of a giant golden statue. That became the thing I wanted to see most, and was one of the things last year that made me start looking into the viability of this adventure beyond just the idea.

So I started out by going to the Batu caves. There was a giant golden statue outside, and 272 steps. They were very difficult in the jungle heat. I passed many monkeys in the way up. One of them was thirsty. Me too monkey, me too.  At the top were a couple of temples, and the views were excellent. Slightly lower down there was a second cave which was giving tours, so I hopped on one of those. It took us inside a cave and talked about the creepy wildlife that lived in there. There were also some excellent examples of stalactites and stalagmites and whatever they’re called when they connect. It had started raining while we were in the cave so I had a very wet decent of those steps followed by a walk back to the bank train station. Dinner was Malaysian spicy kam heong chicken rice.

Next I went to the aquarium. They had a huge tunnel that you could walk through that showed you sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and other giant fish.

Finally I made it to the Petronas towers. It’s true that you can’t see the Petronas towers from inside the Petronas tower, but you caaan see the much less pretty KL tower 😀


I had some time so I watched the new Thor movie. I had never seen a Thor movie but it turns out you don’t need to. Once the sun set they had a brief musical fountain water light show.


On my way home I passed some street musicians who were preforming songs I couldn’t understand, but I stopped and listened for a while.

Anyway, other backpackers had given me low expectations of Kuala Lumpur. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Singapore, there wasn’t as much to do, but I’m happy I came. I’m spending the next three weeks in Thailand.

Here are some more pictures from Kuala Lumpur.

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