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Kuala Lumpur

Written on: Tuesday February 26th, 2008

A week in Malaysia's capital city to relax and see the sights and also say goodbye to the Staines boys I'd been travelling with since Phi Phi island in Thailand.

As far as capital cities go, they aren't normally my favourite places in the countries I have visited so far. However Kuala Lumpur although relatively expensive is one of the best.

I should perhaps mention my thoughts on this country as I've been pretty brief in my descriptions so far. For the past couple of months I have been used to entering poorer countries and noticing the step down in wealth (except for Thailand). However it is evident that Malaysia is relatively rich, and it has been a nice change to visit somewhere clean and developed, with all the facilities you are used to having back home.

Kuala Lumpur is a very modern city packed with tall buildings and skyscrapers, including one of the largest office buildings in the world at 452 meters: The Petronas Towers and the 421 meter tall Menara KL telecoms tower. There is no shortage of shopping malls complete with designer shops, including the massive "Times Square" shopping mall with its indoor theme park.

The Malaysian people are also very friendly, but the minority ethnic groups do like to constantly moan about the majority Islamic ruling party, who seem to be pretty much guaranteed to stay in power. The only downside of this for visitors such as myself is that the booze is heavily taxed and it can be as expensive, if not more expensive to drink here than the UK.

Anyway, I like this place and would recommend a stop by if you are ever in the area.