Tuesday, passing the time with few hours sleep we had arrived at the Kuala Lumphur bus station at 5am. Despite the time we were hungry so found an ATM outside the nearest 7-11 & sat in McDonalds for a while, eating sausage & egg McMuffins for 5 ringgits (about 4 ringgits - RM - to 1 pound). As daylight approached we caught a taxi with Elodie to the Golden Triangle district, backpacker central. An hour walking round to find a cheap guesthouse proved pointless as most were either closed or cost way too much. In the end we settled on Pondok Lodge, small dorm hostel hidden upstairs to a bar in a 3 storey building. The six bed dorm room cost 25 ringgits each but it was still too early to check in so we crashed on the comfy leather sofas from 7am till 9.30am. By this time the occupants had checked out so we paid the 25 ringgits each & moved into our room with Elodie & 2 Austrian girls - Peta & Tamara, where we slept timm 12.30pm.
When we awoke Elodie had gone exploring so we walked downhill till we reached BB Plaza (a big shopping plaza) & exchanged 2200BT for 230 Ringgits. At the food court I ate tofu/chicken ball (stuffed vegetables) with rice & Vicky had spicy chicken & rice for 11.30RM. A cappacino & banana muffin cost neaqrly as much at 10.85RM. We realised that the next few days were going to be more expensive than any place so far!
The humidity brought rain so we opted for the Sky Train (not unlike that in Bangkok) from Bukit Bintang to K.L Sentral.
From Sentral we walked through the Lake Park area to Deer Park. An hour walking around the deer sanctuary cooing at the cute creatures was enough time. We caught a taxi to Chinatown & spent the evening round the tightly packed stalls examining trinkets & clothes in the small night market, stopping for sweet & spicy noodles (7RM) & noodle soup (6RM). We walked back to the guesthouse & finding Elodie there all went out for drinks in one of the only parts of K.L where alcohol was allowed (the Muslim country banned alcohol in many areas - only allowing a few for tourists), on our street. Unsurprisingly all the sleep we'd had that day had left us with plenty of energy to party the night away on cocktails at Social & Suutra. We had a fun night, blew off some steam & saw firsthand why alcohol wasn't popular by locals unable to handle their drinks, becoming aggressive & two British tarts making the guys worse!
Wednesday were were up at 9.15am & said goodbye to Elodie who was travelling onwards. Going to bed at 3am hadn't been a smart idea as we were all tired & sluggish - not good in a city with such high humidity - so after our free toast, cake & hot drinks (included in the price of the room) we caught the Sky Train again to K.L. Sentral. Crossing to the other side we then caught an LRT Train to Pasar Seni. We planned to visit the mosque but after working out how to get to it from our side of the river using the maze of highways & minor roads it had closed so we walked round the Malaysia Islamic Cultural Arts Museum, a neo-modern glass & stone building housing histories, mosque models & various artifacts pertaining to Islam. It was an interesting & informative place & we found we had a slightly better understanding of the religion & culture when we left at 3.30pm.
With time to kill till the mosque re-opened we walked round the beautiful orchid gardens, a free display of the exotic flowers growing in a large garden, many available to buy.
We got back to the mosque at 5.30pm & spent an hour walking round the outer chambers (only Muslim could enter the heart of the building) & listening to a guy explaining more about Islam to us.
Across the road at the old railway station turned hotel & restaurant we enjoyed a lavish Indian dinner of 4/5 traditional dishes with rice & chapatis (33RM for the four of us) & a pineapple smoothie.
We walked back to the LRT, caught it to Dang Wangi & walked round the Malaysian Tourist Centre till 9ish, having missed a traditional Malay performance. We decided one late night was enough so got a 10RM taxi back to the guesthouse & after booking our hotel for Singapore settled down to enjoy a couple of beers.
Thursday we were up at 9ish had our free breakfast again & said goodbye to Peta & Tamara who were going into north Malaysia. We wished we could join them but didn't have the luxury of time!
We got a taxi to Petronas Towers (7RM) & were gutted to find all the tickets had gone to see the world famous Sky Bridge. Using a similar technique to Elodie two days ago we pretended we were on honeymoon & had come especially to Malaysia to see the Bridge. Our little ruse worked as a kind security guard arranged our access, leaving us to look round the museum at the history & statistics of the towers.
At the time of being completed in 1998 it was the worlds' tallest building, 88 floors of reinforced concrete, steel & glass but was overtaken by Taipei 101 in 2004. Still, it was the highest twin tower building with the highest skybridge.
The guard arrived thirty minutes later & led us up in a lift (at about mach 2 speed) for a twenty minute gawk at the bridge. It wasn't quite as amazing as when Sean Connery had climbed across it in Entrapment but we were dizzyingly high & had a great view of a lot of the city, set out like a minature model.
Once at ground level we went beneath the towers & entered the Suri Centre, part shopping mall, part office block, part entertainment centre. At 12.30pm we had lunch at Cafe Milano,sharing lasagne & giant waffle & Sprite for 17RM then settled down to enjoy Harry Potter in the cinema till 4.20pm.
We walked through the perfectly manicured garden/park area that most of K.L seemed to be lazing in that day & got a taxi back to BB Plaza for 8RM. Another fruitless search for sandals & we picked up our rucksacks 6ish, then got another taxi to Purduryia bus station (not the same as the bus station we'd arrived at) for 10RM & caught the bus to Singapore for 39RM each.
A quick dash round to buy food & we were off at 7.15pm, sleeping through till the next day.