14.02.2012 - 16.02.2012 31 °C
It was only a short one hour flight from Penang to KL but had I researched a bit more thoroughly I would have driven as it takes about 4 hours by road and the scenery would have been more interesting than the construction sight that is Penang airport and the inside of an Air Asia plane !It also takes an hour from KL airport into the city centre.
I was staying in the Bukit Bintang area which is the shopping and commercial district near the Petronas Towers, I arrived early morning so it was a quick check in and dumping of bags and I was off exploring. It's a really easy district to walk around, all the malls, I think 6 in total are situated close together and some linked by air conditioned walkways so much easier to navigate around than Dubai. The malls rivalled Dubai too, full of top end designer shops and each looking swanky in their individual design. I'd been starved of Malls for about 2 months now so it was a welcome relief from nightmarkets !! I spent the day mooching, as you do, stocking up on essentials and paying a visit to the hairdressers which was well overdue and a very nice pamper session as it included a massage and glass of wine.
Pete was in town, so he had researched and found us a lovely restuarant for us to eat that night for our anti-valentines meal. The restuarant wasn't far from my hotel but did require a short taxi ride. Now Taxi's in KL are an experience best avoided if you can, there are mainly 3 types.
Red Taxi's - The one's you haggle with a stubborn driver for, generally in very poor repair but do usually have seats and 4 wheels
Blue Taxi's - Metered, modern and clean therefore impossible to find when you need one
Yellow Taxi's - A haggle job too but a bit easier as I think from my experience driven by learner drivers who have no idea where they are going
I of course ended up in a yellow taxi in the evening rush hour traffic, which is dire in the centre of KL from about 5 till 8pm, my 15 minute planned journey took nearly 90 and I got dropped off at the wrong restaurant. Mistakes are good though as I was able to have a wander around a really nice area full of busy bars. A very pleasant evening was had by all, great company, great food and way too much wine.
Next day was a later start, this might have been due to a slight hangover and I was off to find the Petronas Towers. Easy to spot on foot and easy to lose again as they well to me, didn't seem that tall and got lost amongst other sky scrapers. I'm used to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which you can always see from any point towering way above anything else in Dubai. The towers are an amazing sight to see though, I wasn't able to go in as I hadn't got there at 6.30am to queue for a ticket that I may or may not have been lucky enough to get, they operate on a first come , first served basis for an allocated number of tickets per day and you can't purchase beforehand online. Rubbish huh ?
I really liked KL as a city and was viewing it from a could I live here perspective and the answer was a definate YES, I hope next stop Singapore is the same. I'm using travelling as an excuse to suss out potential new places to live and work and therefore actually avoiding looking for a job !