Couchsurfing in Kuala Lumpur

After a couple of relaxing Balinese days, we leave the island and get back to the mainland… Our destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
We arrive during the Hari Raya (end of Ramadan) festivities in town, so probably lots will be closed. However, we don’t feel much about it during our two day stay…

Instead of that, we enjoy for two days the hospitality of Holla Ola and his two Nigerian friends. So after another perfect Air Asia flight (Ryanair still has lots to learn about low budget flights) we head from the terminal with an Air Asia bus into town… and from there a spicy – unfair – taxi fare to Holla’s apartment.
Luckily Holla is a night raven, since we arrive around 3am at his home in the outskirts of KL. After the transfer, we only want a good night rest. And he offers us one!

The meeting with everyone waits till the next morning…
First we head to the swimming pool of the complex (like in a 3*hotel) before Holla takes us to a small, delicious Indian restaurant downstairs. After a good meal, he leads us into the city… Our discovery starts at the Central Market, with a fish spa. Normally the fishes in these spa’s are only some 5 centimetres tall, but these are around 20 centimetres… Once your feet enter the water, hundreds of these huge fishes start gnawing at your feet. Not my favourite experience, but after some fifteen slowly minutes, our feet feel refreshed. (and many others find the experience as hard to endure as we do)
From there we cross Chinatown, peek into the big mosque and stroll to the governmental area. All within walking distance. With our local guide, things go as smooth as possible.

In the afternoon we pass along a couple of shopping malls, in search for a computer bag and a pair of sandals, since Oz ruined our old ones.
After the shopping we pass another time along the Indian restaurant, enjoy a delicious meal and then we go straight to bed.

The next day start with another visit at our favourite Indian… When we see the people next to us eat a pyramidal shapen bread we try it also. Tastes like a pancake, but it looks entirely different.
From there we head to the Batu Caves, a Hindu temple in the city. We start with viewing some lakes and fishes, before a huge stairway greets us. None of us taught about bringing a cover for our legs or shoulders to enter the temple, but all tourists ‘forget’ about this rule… So for once we do the same. After a long climb, we enter the central heart and are greeted by numerous monkeys at the offerings. They live their like gods, picking what they desire (from tourists or offerings alike).
After the Caves we head back into town to the Menara Kuala Lumpur… One of the highest towers in the world and a famous sight in the skyline of the city. As easy as he can be seen from everywhere, so hard is it to find the entrance! A long, long, long walk brings us finally at the entrance and we can ascend to the viewing platform. The entire skyline from the city reveals itself from that height… When we leave, we enjoy the changing LED colour lights that enlighten the tower in the dark.

From the one high rise building to another… The Petronas Towers, alias Twin Towers.
We enter through the shopping mall before the towers and all the great ones greet us… Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Omega,…
After that we search for dinner in one of the biggest dinner streets of the town. All kinds of barbecues, noodles, rice dishes, soups,… With a choice from beef, mutton, pork, chicken, squid, fish, … Name it and it can be found there.
After a nice meal we head back to Holla’s flat and it is time to say goodbye. Tonight we leave to the airport at 3:30am.

Up to our Chinese adventure… First destination : Hong Kong.