Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After a relaxing 11 days on the island of Lankawi, we flew to Kuala Lumpur.  Locals refer to the federal capital of Malaysia as KL, which incidentally, is one of the fastest growing populations in Malaysia, with an estimated 1.7 million souls.

We stayed at the Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, which was a fantastic suite with a kitchenette, living room, bedroom and marble bathroom.  I estimate our suite was approximately 1000 square feet.

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Our bedroom

The views from our corner suite were pretty spectacular.  As were the views from the rooftop pool.

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Rooftop pool
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Rooftop with a view

The food in KL was excellent and we enjoyed a variety of outstanding meals.

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Mushroom chicken steak with mashed potatoes and veggies
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Waffles from Gravy Baby
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Gravy Baby Restaurant

The first day here we paid about $16 CAN to take the hop-on, hop-off bus.

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Double decker hop-on, hop-off bus

The skies look dark, but don’t let that deceive you.  Temperatures hovered around 30 degrees C (86 F) and felt like 34 degrees C (93 F).  When the sun came out, it was almost unbearable.  I love cloudy days!

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KL tower (just outside our hotel)

My favorite stop on the hop-on, hop-off bus was Chinatown.

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Chinatown

Purses, shoes, clothing, shirts and knickknacks were for sale at each kiosk.  Haggling over prices was both encouraged and expected.   I bought a pair of navy Converse knock offs for $16 CAN.

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Fans for sale

Food was also a big sale item.

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Roasting chestnuts

Vegetables and fruit were also available.

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Lychee berries (I think)

I am sure this youth hostel is the epitome of comfort, but I was definitely glad we were booked into our suite.

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Backpackers Inn

Here is one of KL’s most famous sites, the Petronas twin towers, once the tallest buildings in the world at 88 floors high.

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Petronas towers

I still have trouble crossing the street here.  I find myself constantly looking the wrong way, and am not quite use to getting halfway across and then having to stand in the middle of the road while traffic zooms past me on either side.  Pedestrians definitely have to look both ways!  Here is a small video of some of the traffic from my taxi.

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