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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Written on: Wednesday March 12th, 2014

A journal entry from: Thailand and Malaysia 2014

After a week of yet again relaxing it was time to hit the road (or sea) again for a little last minute touring before heading home. Our first stop was the town of Kota Bahru which is located in the north eastern province of Kelantan, a centre of Malay culture and Islamic tradition. Here you still see women going about their daily business dressed in traditional costumes highly influenced by the local craft of batik printing. The town has a fairly walkable centre filled with a surprising number of museums which highlight Malay culture and history and what is reported to be one of the finest food markets in the country. It's a small place, however, so after a busy day we flew (via Firefly, a subsidiary of Malaysian Airlines, scary eh) to Kuala Lumpur. What a contrast from the quiet north! Kuala Lumpur is one big, noisy and smoggy city. It has a well developed transportation system with subways, monorails, and expressways but with a walkability of net 0. Quite honestly the only possible way to get to our hotel is by car. The city itself has few sights of any interest but it is a remarkable juxtaposition of shiny new glass and steel buildings nestled next to run down chinese shophouses. Our second day here we had planned to have tea at the top of the KL Tower's revolving restaurant. This was cancelled by a thick smog that made it impossible to see the next building. We did manage to find our way through the thick air to see the Islamic Museum of Art which was very beautiful and blessedly air conditioned.We are actually now looking forward to the wet but clean skies of Vancouver.


From Cathie & Denny on Mar 13th, 2014

Have enjoyed following your trip. Looking forward to catching up when you return. Safe travels home.

From Minie on Sep 11th, 2014

I envy you...I don't mind gaining wegiht as long as it taste good! I'm sure same for you. Glad you enjoyed your trip! I miss your posts...waiting patiently.