Place 31 – Day 4: Kuala Lumpur – Botanical Gardens, Heli Lounge & Nandos

We had breakfast with some people from the hostel and then they had to get ready to head to the F1, so we thought getting ready was also a good idea. Curtis showered, but then we got relaxed and forgot to leave! We did a little research into future endeavours and then eventually left the hostel. 

We went towards the botanical gardens which was about a 40 minute walk. Today was very warm so we made sure we stopped for a drink! 
Once we got to the park we didn’t want to do all of it, but we found a part of it which was meant to house deer. There were a few but they were quarantined for some reason, so they weren’t wandering freely. 

The park itself was absolutely beautiful and very tranquil. We spent a little bit of time just sitting in silence, until a family came in and ruined it, so that was our cue to leave! We looked around the botanical gardens a little bit too, but it was 90% just a river/lake.

We left here and went to the main train sratjon, KL Sentral, where Kim looked for (and got) some clothes she was looking for. 

It was too hot and we were too lazy to walk, so we took a metro back to the hostel. 

We had plans to go with some people to a skybar, but they weren’t back from the F1 so we went ourselves. This was called ‘Heli Lounge’ and it was purely a helipad with a bar. The staff were pretty frantic but it was good to see the incredible view! 

Yesterday, we saw Nando’s in a mall so thought that was perfect for dinner! We went there for a chicken burger each, but unfortunately the service wasn’t great. The food was alright! 

We now need to do some packing and may go out and watch some base jumping tonight, but this all depends. We are leaving nice and early in the morning to get to the airport (04:00) so we need some sleep! 

Selamat tinggal!
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

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Place 31 – Day 3: Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves, Malay Food & Rooftop Barย 

Today, we had breakfast with a lot of people we met in the hostel. We had all kinds of nationalities! We had Iranian/British, British, Dutch, Swedish & American!

We spent a couple of hours having breakfast and just chatting about stuff and things. Curtis got a free coffee for submitting a review and that was tasty!

We finally showered and got ready to leave and we went with Sepehr who we met at the hostel. We went to Batu Caves, which meant we had to take 2 trains on the metro totaling about 40 minutes and then we had a short walk to the temple and cave area.

There were a lot of monkeys around, along with a lot of religious statues and temples. We went to the start of the caves and there are a LOT of stairs! We were encouraged to take up a bucket of sand to help with renovations, as all tourists are asked, so we thought ‘why not?’…The answer to that is ‘it burns’…

Sand

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We got to the top of the stairs and looked around the cave there..whilst sweating profusely. There wasn’t much to see here, but it was fairly cool! Kim got some photos with monkeys too, which was awesome!

We went to the next caves down which were not free, but only about ยฃ6. We had to have a tour guide and they were completely pitch black. So much so that when the guide turned off her torch, we were actually unable to even see our hands in front of our faces! It was pretty difficult to get any good photos due to the darkness, but we got a few!

Millipede or Centipede…who knows!
There is a couple of spiders on here..๐Ÿ•ท

We left the caves and then went back to KL sentral, which is a big train station and mall. We went to look for some food and after looking for a bit, we found a place that served Malay food for ยฃ2.60 which included the meal, a curry pasty (not the Malay name!) And a drink! Crazy good price. The food was spicy chicken and rice with a few sides. There was the spicy chilli & shrimp paste sauce with some crackers (like poppadoms) as well as some dried battered fish & peanuts. It was a really good meal and the curry pasty was awesome!

We got some doughnuts for later for dessert because it was ยฃ0.80 for 2 per person so can’t complain!

We got an uber with Sepehr to a 4.5* hotel which has a rooftop pool and bar, but it was around ยฃ8 for entry so we quickly said no and waited for Sepehr to come back out. Whilst we waited, another person from our hotel, Leah, was waiting outside so we met with her and walked around the KLCC for a bit as well as in the mall.

We got some cool photos and then decided to go back to the hostel. We got back and then we relaxed before Sepehr had to go to the airport to head to Vietnam. We got an invite from Kris & Leo (a Brit and a swede) to come to a rooftop bar just opposite our hostel. The drinks weren’t a bad price so we went for a drink and played a couple of games of beer pong. Curtis and 2 different partners but won both games…So it must have been because of him! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Beer pong! ๐Ÿบ

We got to bed around 01:00 and we have no idea what the plan is for tomorrow, so we will have to see then!

Selamat tinggal!
– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 31 – Day 2: Kuala Lumpur – Canopy Walk, Merdeka Square, Cooking, Little India, Jalan Alor & Chinatown

We again didn’t really have plans for today, so we got up for breakfast because that is a good start! We just had toast for breakfast and some coffee.

We left the hostel and had a few hours before we had a cooking class, so we went to a forest which is oddly located within the centre of the city. This included a canopy walk, which was really the only reason we went there. It was beautiful and very relaxing…though warm!

We finished this was and then came back to the hostel to find our way to a square. This square was nice but very touristy. There was big old buildings and a lovely mosque!

We went back to the hostel as we had paid for a cooking class. The cooking class was great! We didn’t do much of it ourselves, but it was great fun!

We had a noodle dish similar to a Pad Thai, a homemade chilli sauce which was HOT and then some Malaysian fried chicken, which was delicious!

We met some people doing this course and we went out for a walk with two of them! We went to little India to start with and it wasn’t great, so we found some other places to go! We went to Jalan Alor which is a street food street which was interesting. Most of it was Thai or Chinese food, but we stopped for a drink and then some of us got some food.

Dumplings

Chinatown was close so we thought that we may as well go! Chinatown was basically a big market stall, but with very few Chinese people! We had some fun bartering for things we didn’t even want, just for the fun of it!

We had great fun just walking around, having conversations with the new people we met and eating some very tasty food!

We got back and just chilled with our new friends just having conversations. All good fun!

Selamat tinggal!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 31 – Day 1: Kuala Lumpur ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ – Hamilton & Bottas?!

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We woke up at a chilled 03:30 this morning to get in the taxi and go to the airport. 

We were able to check our bags, so we went to where we needed to and there was no queue at all! Result! We checked our bags but whilst doing so, they removed the luggage tag, for some reason…Kim managed to mention it a few times and eventually they realised, though the bag had already gone so we weren’t sure if the bag would make it onto the plane…

We wanted some food but there wasn’t anything before security and usually there isn’t after, so we went to 7-Eleven and got a toastie (or 2!) From there. 

We got through and low and behold, there was a subway…so that is annoying! But hey. 

We sat down and relaxed but got bored of waiting so we went for a walk around the terminal. We went back to our seats as we should have been boarding, but it was late to board, of course! Whilst we waited, we were given a survey by a student from Hong Kong to complete about our stay in Phuket…So that was a thing to do! 

We eventually went to board and got on the plane. The plane was clearly very new! It smelled of new leather when we got on the plane, though there was very little leg room. 

We landed in Kuala Lumpur and the first think we noticed was that it was incredibly hot! 33ยฐC! 

We got through immigration and got our bags (yes, Curtis’ was there!) Then we headed to the train. We got some money out first (free of charge…win!) And then paid for a train ticket and boarded. This took about 25 minutes then we had to take a metro two stops and then walk for a couple of minutes. All in all it was pretty easy to get here. 

Our hostel is very nice! Double bed bunk bed, which is awesome! Plenty of space in the room itself and good amenities. We signed up for something to do tomorrow aswell, which will be fun! 

We relaxed as we were so tired and then we went to get some lunch and do some sightseeing! We went to the ‘twin towers’ and took photos of it, but today was not the day we were going in it. 

We walked around the towers and the area in general and there was a small park there. Near the park was a large tent which was ran by Petronas. We then found out that the F1 was in Malaysia this weekend and Bottas & Hamilton were making an appearance for signings! We thought that we might as well stick around, even though we didn’t queue to get an autograph. We stood NEXT to the line right at the front, so it was a good view! 

After a long time, they both arrived and everyone went crazy! We took a video or two and a couple of photos and then left. We didn’t really want to listen to them too much, but it was a cool experience, especially to stumble apon! 

Bottas ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Lewis Hamilton?! Yes…We were that close! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
Hamilton’s ACTUAL helmet
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So, we actually did way more than we thought today! We got some admin things done and then went for some dinner. 

Kim has a confusing dish of spicy pasta, though it looked like Carbonara! Very odd, though it was bland. Curtis had a lot of things, but it wasn’t great. Curtis had egg, fried rice with ginger, an onion bhaji and chicken Satay. Again, nothing was great, but it was edible! 

Now, we plan to not do very much for the evening but we have a couple of plans already for tomorrow! 

selamat tinggal!
– Mr & Mrs Hale