Today it was time to say goodbye to Cambodia. I’m sad to leave, I have had a great time and wish I had more time to explore. An early 6am tuk tuk whisked me through the (even this early!) chaotic city, away to the airport and by 11am I was coming into land into Kuala Lumpur.
The bus into the city takes almost an hour. What I immediately noticed is that we were driving in a very orderly fashion, across very organised roads (with no motorbikes!) and with fairly normal road rules applying. Makes a change! A short tube/train ride later and I was back at my usual hangout in Chinatown!
I love Kuala Lumpur. I went around all my favourite places again; the Petronas Towers (standing at 452m high with 88 floor were once the tallest buildings in the world), Merdeka Square (where 31 August, Independence Day is celebrated annually), Chinatown and the KLCC shopping centre for some much needed retail therapy!! Such a huge choice of food and shops, its hard to know where to start first!
Being Ramadan right now, eating becomes a huge evening event. Some of the streets are lined with food stalls selling every kind of rice, curries, meat on sticks and drinks you could ask for! The break of the fasting is at 7.30pm, once the sun has set. So during the early evening, the stalls are selling take-away meals only!
At night, the city is a jewel of brightly lit-up buildings. The Petronas Towers no exception. They shine brightly, lighting up the surrounding sky and look amazing.
I enjoyed my day of city life!
Thursday 9 August 2012
Despite visiting KL numerous times, I have never made it up to Batu Caves. Today would finally be that day! I have wanted to visit these caves ever since I saw the photos of the seemingly-never-ending staircase leading up the rock face past a huge golden statue.
An easy 1RM (20p!), 30 minute train ride out of the city brings you straight to the cave entrance. Many macaques hang around the entrance and the steps, hoping the steal food from the visitors – I am scared of them!
The Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves within a large rock. They are an important religious site – being one of the most popular Hindu temples outside of India (which also made for some great little Indian eateries around the outside!).
The caves are thought to be over 400 million years old. The steps were first placed in 1920, later replaced by 272 concrete steps leading up to the huge entrance of the largest cave – Cathedral Cave. Passing the imposing golden Lord Muruga statue, heading up the (exhausting!) steps up to the top, the views across KL city were magnificent. Inside the huge cave expanse, many small shrines have been erected, all lit up in various colours. Of course there was a shop up there, what tourist sight is not complete without a shop.
Although huge and rather impressive, the cave is not a spot on Mulu caves in Sarawak, Borneo.
Back on the train towards the city, I had a bit of shopping time to kill (and time for some Nandos! ….how very Malaysian) before heading back to the airport and heading back on my flight to Tawau.
I enjoyed my day of city life!