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    Monday 13 September 2010

    Day Six - Kuala Lumpur

    Today we flew to Kuala Lumpur with local budget airline JetStar. Getting from our apartment to the airport was a breeze, taking less then 1 hour and only costing S$1.72. Flying direct from Singapore's Changi airport to Kuala Lumpur takes about 1 hour with the flight costing on average €20 each way (including taxes and package).
    We flew JetStar to Kuala Lumpur
    After a very bumpy but short flight we arrived some 300km north, in Malaysia. The airport was massive. We'd to even take a sky train to another terminal to collect our bag! I got a real sense of being in India splashed with Dubai. It's an Islamic country which was immediately apparent.
    It wasn't straight forward picking up a travel smart card. This is the Touch N' Go office, where we needed to apply for the card, giving over our passport number etc. Crazy!
    In contrast to the cheapness of the connection to Singapore's airport, it costs almost €9 one way to get from the airport the 70km into the city itself. The train is fast taking only 28 minutes. At Sentral station we had to apply for a rail card, the process of picking up a prepaid card is not made easy and neither was the instructions on how to connect to the monorail station. If it wasn't for the help of locals, we would have been lost.
    Outside the Crowne Plaza, our 5 Star hotel! It was luxury!

    The monorail stops right in front of our Crowne Plaza hotel. It's very beautiful. We were upgraded to an execute room on their club floor, which came with it free internet, free laundry, free food and drinks at the club lounge and free evening cocktails. Can't complain with that! The hotel is really in the heart of everything.
    Downtown KL, almost NYC, but has palm trees.
    We unpacked quickly and took a nice walk around town. The place is crowded, with alien noises, sights and sounds. This city certainly doesn't feel like the other Asian cities we've been to before. It very middle eastern. A total privilege to experience.
    A street seller was selling Durians, the King of the Fruit. The SMELLIEST fruit around.
    A view of the KL Tower from the base. It's over 400 metres tall and is the worlds 4 tallest broadcast tower.
    Vinnie at the top of the KL Tower, with the Petronas Twin Towers in the background.
    That evening we went up the KL Tower, a massive Broadcast tower overlooking the Patronus Twin Towers. The tower is some 400 metres tall, with an observation deck around 200 meters up. At the base there is a little zoo, with free admission as part of the ticket. You could buy a live chicken here to feed to a snake for €5, how horrid.
    One of the animals in the little zoo at the base of the KL tower, included in your admission.
    Later that night we had a quick drink our first Irish bar of the holiday before a 2am snack on fried tofu rice from a street restaurant.

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