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Jun 8, 2013 - Day 21

This morning we went down to Little India & poked around it's temples & markets. )n our way to Central Market we decided to pop into a local Maccas for a coffee,nice & hot,very hot-this can be hard to get here. From here we went to the Botanical Gardens where there's a Butterfly Park,Bird Park, & an Orchid Park.It was a bit of a walk but worth it.By now our legs were a tad sore & we both felt we could do with a rest.So back to hotel for a short bit of R&R. Tonight we went to the night market in Chinatown,where it was jam packed with people...

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Jun 7, 2013 - Day 20

Chinatown today. One thing Michael's noticed is that the mono-train fares change depending on the time of day that you are travelling.I think this might coincide with their peak hour travel.And in these times, the doors just close when a guard signals that the train is full, even as people are getting on the train. Don't get caught in the closing doors,they stop for no-one. I think we were a little early in visiting Chinatown this morning,many businesses were either closed or in the process of opening.To start with,we followed a tour map...

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Jun 6, 2013 - Day 19 Kuala Lumpur

This morning we caught the mono-rail to KL Central, & then a train to Batu Caves.This is a limestone outcrop with 3 main caves,containing a series of temples & Hindu shrines.The caves are also home to groups of long-tailed macaque monkeys.We counted nearly 500 steps by the time we reached the final cave. Michael had a bit of an experience in the caves,he was attacked by one of the monkeys-he was carrying a bag with snacks in it & they are very good at sniffing out food! When we first arrived there were monkeys everywhere,very cheeky & they...

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Jun 5, 2013 - Day 18 Kuala Lumpur

Sumptuous breakfast , going to miss these when we get home. This morning we went to Petronas Twin Towers, the worlds tallest twin towers. We didn't realize it, but you have to book a time to go up the Towers.And being a senior is a bonus,we only had to pay 1/2 price entry fee! The earliest we could get was 2:15, so that gave us about 3 hours to fill in. Not hard to do when you're in a city for the first time. First stop we made was at a Gloria Jeans coffee shop,& they served the best coffee I've ever got from a G.J's shop. One of the big...

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Jun 4, 2013 - Day 17 Yangon-KualaLumpur

Very last day of the tour & sad farewells to new friends.Breakfast, then off to airport at 9:30 & fly out to Kuala Lumpur. Uneventful flight,but we did have 2 young sports teams on the plane. Oh yes,Michael got extremely upset/angry with with the guys at bag-check when departing Yangon. They confiscated his bottle of whiskey,saying it should've been in checked baggage. He was not amused,especially as they allowed a large kitchen paring knife to go through.After that,nobody could do the right thing as far as Michael was concerned,everybody...

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Apr 22, 2013 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our decision to visit Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, was based on very little information. It is between Thailand and Singapore so it made for an easy stop on our journey and it had the Petronas Towers made famous by the movie, Entrapment, starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Fortunately, it was a very good decision and pleasantly surprised us in many ways. Our first surprise was when we arrived at the airport and discovered that Malaysia is a muslin country. However, it is a very moderate and inclusive one that made us...

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Apr 12, 2013 - Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia

I don’t know exactly what we expected from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, but what I saw was not it! The city of Kuala Lumpur was about an hour drive from the port where the shipped docked. During the drive in we saw no trash, no poor housing areas, no folks living and begging on the streets that was common in Cambodia and such. We saw a very modern society much like any city USA. They have basically built this growing economic stronghold in the 40 years since they defeated the communists! Amazing! If not for the historic Mosques and temples...

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Mar 26, 2013 - Perth to Kuala Lumpur

Quite a wild night with wind & rain & a very cool day for this area. Spent the morning washing & packing up then Neil drove me to the airport. Went to the Malaysian Airways Business Class lounge & had a glass of champagne (also the first of many, I'm sure). Just ready to board our flight now. Arrived safely in KL, 2 minutes late. Just had a shower & change of clothes so I'm ready for another 13+ hours in the air & maybe another glass of champagne. It's a tough life.

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

Nov 20, 2012 - Kuala Lumpur

Spent a week in KL, catching up with Peter’s brother Kim and his neighbour Ferdie, for four days, who were on their way back from Sri Lanka. In the special way things play out in Asia every single outing Peter planned, every food stall we wanted Kim to try, every bloody excursion just stuffed up. Either the planned bus didn't arrive, we got on the wrong train or the many long-awaited food vendors were on holidays or had the day off. Peter was very disappointed as we do know KL very well and it was a beautiful opportunity to show off – HA!...

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We need a holiday!

Jul 17, 2012 - KL and not for the last time

From Taiwan we travelled yet again to Kuala Lumpur and as we had a couple of day’s layover we stayed in our friends Robert and Mona’s house. We had stayed there before way back now just before we set off for Thailand. We got into the airport at KL really early and so by the time we got a cab to their place it was still only 6 in the morning. Luckily Mona was up and let us in, she made us feel really welcome and gave us a key and told us to make ourselves at home which we did by going straight to bed. That night we went out for dinner to...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Malaysia

On July 6th I boarded a flight from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I intend to spend the next 10-14 days. Malaysia’s geography is unusual in that it can be divided into two distinct parts, Peninsular Malaysia and the East Island of Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia shares a border with Thailand to its north while the eastern half of the country consists of two states sharing the island of Borneo with the countries of Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysia differs considerably from Vietnam and Cambodia. The population is much more diverse, with...

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A Whole New World

Jul 7, 2012 - Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the first major city I’ve ever visited that’s Muslim. Mosques are, of course, quite common here, but I found it interesting how the city’s architecture reflects the country’s Islamic traditions. Not only do older Islamic-style buildings stand side by side with skyscrapers, but the modern buildings have also been designed to blend with these structures. Kuala Lumpur is a thoroughly modern city with a monorail and a subway system and, aside from its Islamic flair, with a downtown skyline resembling any large city in...

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A Whole New World

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