Kuala Lumpur (2009.07.26)

We landed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport Low-Cost carrier Terminal (KLIA LCCT). First we found where we can leave our luggage, and where to exchange money (they also same as in China did not accept Kazahstan tenges here). It was raining outside, so most of us did not want walk around city center. Therefore we decided to eat some breakfast. After that (time was ~6 o’clock) rain was getting lighter and we took a “Skybus” to the city.

First sightseeing object on our plan was Petronas Twin Towers. They are the second largest buildings in the world. On our way we also saw the nice white Old railway station. When we got out of subway we found out that we were already inside Twin Towers. It was still raining a little outside. Though the view to the buildings was impressive.  After that we went to Masjid Jamek mosque. That is one of oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. Women were not allowed to go inside without a scarf on the head. Also short pants were not permitted. Though at the entrance you could get cloak to cover yourself. Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Merdeka Square was few blocks away and we went there by foot.  There were no other tourists around, because it has only just now stopped to rain, and it was still only 10 o’clock. After taking some photos and resting legs we went back to subway.

The last object in our plan was Kuala Lumpur Tower which is 5th tallest tower in the world. On streets in lot of places in the city were escalators for pedestrian crossing over street. Very nice feature. At first we though they are not working because the escalators were not moving. But as soon as you got onto one, it automatically started to move. The entrance of KL Tower was on a small hill, and there was a free minibus which took us from the bottom to the top of the hill. Ticket cost 38 RM, and also included a pass to 3 more attractions. A very fast elevator took us to sightseeing level of tower. We walked around it and could see the whole city from top. Lot of buildings had pools on their top. After that we went to use our free attraction tickets. First was F1 simulator. But it was nothing impressive – just some normal PC game with a steering wheel and pedals inside a formula case. The pony ride had a weight limit – only less than 55 kg allowed, so Everita was the only one of us who got to ride the pony. Third attraction was a small zoo. Majority of animals there were all kind of reptiles – lots of snakes, some tortoises.

Petronas towers Mosque Merdeka square View from Kuala Lumpur tower

After that our excursion in Kuala Lumpura has ended. We took monorail back to the bus, which took us to the airport.  Unfortunately the seats were not close to each other. Me and Emīls got places in middle of plane, rest of us together at the tail of plane. This Air-Asia plane was much bigger that previous one. It was scheduled to fly for 14 hours to London. Fortunately seats in this plane was much better. They had more space for legs, back of seats were also higher. Though no display at the back of the chair. I don’t remember much from the flight – I was asleep for most of the time. I even did not notice when they were giving out meal to eat. I woke up only when Emīls woke me up saying that we are landing.