Yikes, even though life is seemingly so much slower these days, it’s still been a month since my last post – and it’s a very belated post at that! I’ve been traveling a lot for work/other reasons, and with the holidays passing (Thanksgiving) and coming up (winter holidays) it’s easy to get swept up in the stress of it all. No matter how stressful it is on the road/with other stuff (that won’t be mentioned on this blog), it’s always wonderful coming home to my own apartment. We decorated our first real Christmas tree a few days ago, and can’t wait for our other wonderful traditions we’ve picked up through the years. At least no matter what’s happening with the rest of my crazy life, our domestic life is always joyful to make up for it 🙂
This will be a short post, because we only spent a few days in Kuala Lumpur. It’s mostly an easy transportation hub for the rest of Southeast Asia: AirAsia’s headquarters are located there, so it was very cheap flying into and out of the city. Next time, we’ll spend more time in the rest of Malaysia, as we didn’t get to take advantage of the famous beaches and diving.
After staying in Bali with its congested roads, it was such a strange experience flying into KL. The highways were large, roads easy, and normal taxis everywhere. I knew that the city is one of the fastest growing “Asian Tigers”, but it was a stark wake-up call especially compared to Bali. Even though the city seemed very advanced, especially in the business districts, there are many areas that still haven’t been developed (usually those places have the best food!). Additionally, everything was also pretty cheap: an hour-ride from the airport to the city via Uber was only $12. We were able to eat meals for $5, and less when visiting Chinatown. There were some great night markets near the Chinatown area (there’s a huge Chinese population in Malaysia); I didn’t buy anything, but it’s a night market heaven!
One cool thing about the city is the public transportation. There are free buses if you know what the routes are, and the subways, like in most places in Asia, are well-run and efficient. KL subways use tokens though, just like in Philly, which we thought was funny.
We mostly wanted to chill and hang out during our few days here. We used some hotel points for a 5-star hotel with a massive breakfast buffet, a rooftop, and an awesome lounge/snacks/drinks. Normal price for the hotel was only $50 a night!
We spent one of our days at Sunway Lagoon using discounted tickets from the Klook App. While it was pretty fun, we mostly went for the water park, and the main slide was closed. The theme park was clean and well-run, though! Also, it was cool seeing so many Muslims – I’d been traveling around East Asia (and…America…) for so long, it was great seeing so much diversity.
We also walked around the city and visited most of the “must-see” tourist spots, including the Petronas Towers, but skipped out on Batu Caves as we’d seen a lot of religious sites up to that point. We felt ready and refreshed after a few days enjoying the city, and were ready for our trip to less-developed Vietnam.