Kapoors Year 5: Right Round The World travel blog

On Our Way From Our Hotel To The Petronas Towers, We Could...

We Were Pretty Hot From Walking In The Sun, So We Retreated...

We Were Headed To The Aquarium, Housed In A Shopping Mall Beside...

While We Were Waiting For The Feeding Show To Begin, This Show-Off...

It Was As Much Fun Watching The Young Children Watching The Fish...

At Last The Two Divers Arrived With The Food And Everyone, Especially...

After The Feeding Show, We Wandered Through The Huge Aquarium, I Loved...

David Enjoyed Some Of The Huge Fish, Especially The Unusual Ones, He...

Anil And David Got A Kick Out Of This Curious Fellow

Anil And I Visited The Aquarium On Our First Visit To Kuala...

It's Hard To Take Photos In The Dim Light At The Aquarium,...

We Enjoyed The Tour Of The 'Petting Pools', Here Two Horseshoe Crabs...

This Looks Really Unappetizing But I Had To Show You How They...

This Was David's First Time To Kuala Lumpur So We Took Him...

I Remember Being Surprised At The Size Of These Pelicans Last Time,...

I Knew That Flamingoes Rest By Standing On One Leg, But Who...

Or Bend Their Legs Backward, Sit On The Ground And Tuck Their...

There Were Plenty Of Peafowl Around, But We Were Disappointed To See...

Just In Case We Were Unimpressed With The Peacock, He Decided To...

A Little Further On, We Spotted This Peahen And Her Two Young...

These Birds Were Such A Bright Orange/Red Colour, It Was Hard To...

Many Of The Birds Live Under High Netting, But The Parrots Are...

On Our Third Day In Kuala Lumpur, We Rode The Skytrain, It's...

Even The Graffiti Was Different, If You Can Call This 'Graffiti', It's...

We Followed The Walking Tour Through Chinatown And Stopped For Refreshments At...

An Item Called 'Top-Hats' Caught Our Eye, So We Ordered Them Just...

They Were As Delicious As They Look Here, And We Washed Them...

Anil And David Had To Top Off The Top-Hats With A Cone...

Kuala Lumpur Is Such A Multi-Ethnic City, Here Is A Huge Indian...

We Had Been Looking For Limes Everywhere For Our G&Ts, But These...

I Loved The Chinese Temple, One Of The Most Striking I've Ever...

The Temple Was Very Busy The Afternoon We Visited, It Was Great...

Most Of The Gods Are Behind Glass Panels And Hard To Photograph,...

There Were Paper Scrolls By The Dozens, Piled On A Table For...

I Was Surprised To Learn That The Paper Scrolls Were Burnt In...

As You Can See From This Photo Of The Roof, The Temple...

I Ducked Back Inside To Enjoy the Beautiful Decorations Hanging From The...

And The Large Brass Urns Filled With Sand, Placed To Hold The...

These Massive Incense Coils Burn For A Full Week, Devotees Tie Papers...

I Spotted A Crate Filled With The Incense Coils, They Take Up...

Along Another Wall, I Noticed That The Prayers Are Already Printed On...

Back Out At The Front, I Had To Elbow My Way Through...

However, This One Is A Favourite As Well, You Can See Why...

On Our Last Day, We Headed Back To The KLCC Mall To...

Our Son Raj Couldn't Believe That We Weren't Sticking Around To See...

When We Walked Through The Food Court, David Spotted A Car That...

We Left The Mall And Started Walking To Our Hotel When I...

The World Cup Of Cricket Was On While We Were In KL,...

Needless To Say, We Were The Only Ones Cheering For India When...

On Our Final Day, We Visited The National Mosque And The Museum...

The National Mosque Was An Oasis Of Calm, With Large Pools And...

Anil And I Both Had To Wear These Purple Cloaks Because We...

We Could See The Museum Of Islamic Arts Nearby, The Building Is...

We Had To Venture Out Into The Mid-Day Sun To Reach The...

We Enjoyed The Museum To The Fullest, And Especially The Air-Conditioned Interior...


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BACKGROUND

Kuala Lumpur is the fascinating capital of Malaysia, housing a surprisingly small population for South East Asia, only 1.5 million people. It’s a city where Malay, Chinese, and Indian, blend seamlessly with modern glass towers of commerce. However, it’s not really the buildings that enthrall visitors to KL as the city is nicknamed. It’s the wide variety of cuisines on offer, whether it’s street food along Jalan Alor or high style fusion at the Petronas Towers.

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

We chose to visit Malaysia at the end of our first year of retirement travels and arrived in early May 2007. We loved KL immediately despite the high humidity and short daily afternoon showers. The contrast with the crowded streets of Mumbai and Delhi, and the infrastructure built to western standards was a refreshing change after spending six months touring India.

Back then our first stop was the KL tower to get a bird’s eye view of the city, then on to the Petronas Towers and the world-class aquarium in its subterranean levels. Next stop was the KL Bird Park where we admired a wide variety of tropical birds housed in a relatively natural outdoor setting. We walked the streets of Little India and Chinatown, admiring the preserved shophouses along the way and finished up with a long afternoon at the unforgettable Islamic Arts Museum.

We had loved our stay at the Number 8 guesthouse in the heart of the Golden Triangle, but when we looked at the reviews on TripAdvisor, we found the guesthouse had slipped badly in the hearts and minds of travellers and we had to look elsewhere for a place to stay.

After winding up our terrific stay in Vietnam, topped off by a 10-day road trip through the northwestern part of the country, we flew to Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia. We had booked rooms at a brand-new guesthouse called The Anggun Boutique Hotel. To our surprise, the taxi pulled up in front of the Anggun, and we found ourselves directly opposite our former guesthouse, the Number 8.

We had allowed ourselves four full days in KL to show David the sights that we had enjoyed the most during our previous visit. We had a great time at the aquarium but were more than a little disappointed that the number of birds at the KL Bird Park had been greatly reduced. We did manage to walk through parts of Little India and Chinatown despite the fact that David is recovering from gout that tends to limit his ability to walk long distances.

On our final day we visited the National Mosque with its distinctive blue roof and towering minaret, and, as on our previous visit, toured the Museum of Islamic Arts. We were thrilled to see that there had been an extensive reworking of the displays so that we were able to see some more of their exquisite collection.

It was a quick visit to a beautiful city, but we had plans to travel along the east coast of Malaysia, visit the national park Taman Negara in the centre of the peninsula and then fly to the island of Borneo to see Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak. We had taken advantage of a seat sale offered by Air Asia and had booked seven consecutive flights in a very short span of time. We had places to go, and people to meet.

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