Thursday, 17 July 2014

Visa hunting in Kuala Lumpur

I do indeed 

Our next country was only a brief one; we headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in search of visas for Myanmar. In the end we spent 5 days in the city due to an expiring Philippines visa and an annoyingly placed weekend, but KL was actually a lovely place to explore and hang out, with the added bonus of getting to catch up with the wonderful Becky and Rich (who were also passing through)!! 

Petronas tower group selfie


Our first day was mostly spent asleep due to our super early morning arrival in Malaysia (we finally got to our hostel at 4am, it almost wasn't worth booking a room). We did managed to explore the nearby china town and fit in lots of tasty food (which was a real highlight of malaysia). 


People at the entrance to the Batu Caves

Inside the Batu Caves

The next day we ventured further afield, visiting the Batu caves, which I have memories of visiting as a child ( the most prominent of which is having my bag of bananas stolen by a group of scary monkeys). Unfortunately these childhood memories did not live up to expectation. The caves are no longer nestled amongst trees and green but in the suburbs of the city. They are massive and impressive, the temples are beautiful, but this is ruined ruined by tat shops, concrete floors, metal railings and lots of mess. Still as you can easily get the metro there they are worth a visit (and the monkeys are as cheeky as ever). We also decided to venture to the super shiney part of KL to see the petronas towers, the shopping malls and the nearby park. These were all pretty impressive and we ended up revisiting the area a couple more times during our stay.

Families on the resting on the steps up to the caves
Posing in front of the Petronas Towers
A nice chliche picture of the caves

As Monday arrived we could finally fulfil our main task of sorting out or visas via a little tourist agency near china town. This felt a bit stressful at the time, but in reality was very easy. After booking flights in and out of Myanmar, filling in some forms and taking some passport photos we submitted our applications and had our passports back by the end of the day. 

Street art in China Town

Umbrellas in China Town

That evening we waited up patiently for the arrival of Becky and Rich (who were just starting their adventure). It was wonderful to see them (I have been missing them a lot), it felt just like home!! We stayed up super late catching up and it was brilliant!!

Mix of old and new in China Town
The next day after a long lie in, the photographer and I set about doing all our pre-Myanmar shopping. This included essentials like some emergency antibiotics (which are apparently harder to get hold of sometimes). In the evening we enjoyed another wander in the city with Becky and Rich followed by a lovely dinner. A great way to end our time
In KL (and malaysia). 

At night, China Town

Yum yum yum, street food noodles in China town

Getting arty at the fountains by the Petronas towers

Summary

Location: Kuala Lumpur 

Highlights: The personas towers, food and of course besties from home.

Top tips: Eat as much as possible, street food in KL is fantastic. Also try the crepe cakes they have everywhere (basically lots of crepes layered with cream I make a cake).

Shopping: In China Town barter hard!!

Profile pictures: Yes, the personas towers make a very pretty picture - though the angles are hard to work!! 

Epiphany's: 0 

View from the park


Vanders and I strike a pose

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