The last few days have been a whirlwind of travels and new adventures as we said goodbye to our Thai island oasis and set out to explore the busy metropolis of Kuala Lumpur (or KL), Malaysia.
Although exhausted from our travels, we ventured out our first night to get a glimpse of the city from the observation deck of the Menara Kuala Lumpur aka KL Tower. As a combined ticket we also got to check out the Tower’s XD Theatre which was a fun simulation of a roller coaster 🙂 Afterwards we headed to Jalan Alor which is the street in KL well known for its delicious local and Asian-fusion street food.
Our first full day in KL was spent exploring the city by foot. We spent most of the day at the Bird Park – the largest walk-in free-flight aviary in the world! We made a short pit stop at the Orchid Gardens before heading over to the famous Petronas Towers for sun-down. Our busy day ended, once again, on Jalan Alor to enjoy some tasty Asian dishes.
Our final day in KL, we decided to do a Malaysian Heritage group tour (called “Eat, Pray, Love”) so we could go off the beaten track and learn a bit more about Malaysia’s history. We learned just how multicultural Kuala Lumpur is as it was first founded by a Chinese man and colonized for its vast tin-mining. Along with the Chinese, several other nationalities contributed to the city’s development including British, Indian, and Middle Eastern settlers. The 4 hour tour consisted of an Indian breakfast stop, visit to the Central Market, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple (ancient Chinese temple), a fruit stall to taste native Malaysian fruits, Sri Mahamariamman (ancient Indian Hindu temple), a Chinese ‘fresh’ market for some traditional Chinese cuisine, a walk through China Town and past Masjid Jamek (KL’s first Muslim mosque), and the tour finished off at a true ‘hole-in-the-wall’ Indian restaurant where we were taught how to eat a saucy rice dish using only our hands (no utensils allowed!). After the tour we headed to Berjaya Times Square Mall which houses its very own theme park – equipped with a roller coaster! We tuckered ourselves out with a few hours of roller coasters, rides, and bumper cars so we could get a solid sleep before our 3:30 am wake up call this morning!
Alas, we have arrived safely to our lovely accommodations in Siem Reap, Cambodia! We’ve spent the day resting up and planning our exciting trip to visit the ancient world wonder, Angkor Wat!
Amanda & Adam