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Roaming around in Kuala Lumpur

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We spent the next 2 days in Kuala Lumpur, checking out the city by train and occasionally, monorail. Kuala Lumpur has an efficient urban train network and covers the city well.

We are ready to go..
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Petronas twin towers (one can go to the top of this private tower too, but they allow only a fixed number per day, so come early or buy it the previous day)...
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On the way to Aquaria (a nice aquarium just behind the twin towers)..
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At the aquarium...
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Back to prawn business..
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At Petaling street (Kuala Lumpur's China Town...avoid this tourist trap..we erred by going here..all cheap stuff sold as branded ones at exorbitant prices)...
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Masjid Jamek (just behind the train station with same name)...
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KL Bird Park (this one was a good one, close to the Merdeka square)..
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National Mosque at Merdeka...
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At Merdeka...
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Posted by arunbaliga 05:26 Archived in Malaysia Tagged kuala_lumpur malaysia Comments (0)

Being kids @ Genting Highlands

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Genting Highlands or Resorts World Genting is a resort cum theme park located on a hill (5000 ft +) within the Titiwangsa mountains, around 1 hour by bus from Kuala Lumpur.

We didn't plan to stay overnight at the themed hotels at Genting, so we started off early from Kuala Lumpur by the Go Genting Express service from KL Sentral (http://www.rwgenting.com/en/getting_there/express_bus.htm)

The bus drops you at the Genting bus station at the base of the hill, after which can take the cable car (Skyway) to the top. The express bus service offers a combo ticket for both the bus journey and the Skyway and it's quite economical compared to any other transport. At KL Sentral, the bus tickets can be purchased from their counter located at lower ground floor, the 1st bus departs at 8 am from Sentral and the last one from Genting departs at 9:30pm. Do start early to make the most of the time.

The bus journey took around an hour and then a short journey by the skyway.....but we did really enjoy the skyway ride...a steep climb to the misty hill top. At Genting, there are 2 parks - outdoor and indoor ones. When we visited back then, we took the combo tickets for both parks - however, the outdoor rides are what we enjoyed the most. The indoor one is mostly for kids.

Got to know the out door park is closed since September 2013 for a major change, so only the indoor rides are available these days.

Apart from the rides, there are plenty of theme parky stuff like many restaurants, souvenir/gift shops, casinos. Shopping at Genting is expensive, but we found the shops at Genting bus station to be far better for budget.

If you aren't much into theme parks or you have been to Disney world or similar one before, you might avoid Genting altogether from your Malaysian itinerary. We wanted to be kids again after the temple run in Siem Reap, so we included this one and enjoyed it, especially the outdoor park.

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Bus station at KL Sentral...
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The skyway...
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At theme park...
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Prawn rice and Chinese tea...
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A small temple at the Genting bus station...our 8:30pm return bus arrived an hour later, so we did have some time at the station too..
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Menara - Kuala Lumpur Tower

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Menara - Kuala Lumpur Tower

On day 2, returning from the Batu caves, we proceeded straight to the Kuala Lumpur tower, locally known as Menara. This is a radio/TV tower constructed in the mid nineties, rising 421 metres from the ground (including the antenna) and is the 7th tallest telecommunications tower in the world.The roof, which tourists can visit through an elevator, is at 335 metres. From the roof, you can get a bird's eye of Kuala Lumpur. There is also a revolving restaurant on the roof, but we couldn't visit it.

Entrance fee: Apart from the observation deck, there are other attractions here like F1 simulator, open deck etc, so pricing depends on the package. The observation deck, which we went for, costs 49 RM/adult and 29 RM/child for foreigners. There is also a small cultural village, with a mini zoo, at the base of the tower and it is free with any package that you buy.

The tower...
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On the observation deck...
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At the base...
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By the way, we found a Hop On Hop Off bus on return though we didn't hop on since Metro is faster..
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Batu Caves

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Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur

We arrived at KL late evening by flight from Siem Reap and stayed at Sunway Putra near PWTC. Nice hotel it was..plus one to it and we got a free upgrade too..another plus one. KL has an efficient rail public transport consisting of Metro, commuter trains (KTM Komuter) and Mono Rail and our location in Putra had an advantage that there were both Metro and KTM stations here.

We started off next morning towards Batu caves, by KTM train. Batu Caves is the terminal stop on Batu Caves - Port Klang route of KTM, train schedule is good and the station is just a few steps from the caves.

Batu Caves is a hill with caves and gets it's name from the Batu river that flows nearby. It is today a popular Hindu shrine dedicated to the deity Murugan , there are couple of temples at the base and the main temple is inside the cave, reached by a 272 step climb. I heard Batu caves is the focal point for devotees during the Thaipusam festival. This is understandable given that Malaysia has a sizable Tamil speaking populace, many of whose ancestors arrived from Tamil Nadu state of India to work here during the British days and later settled down.

The caves could be hundreds of millions of years old, but the temple itself is quite recent, built around late 19th century. In front of the shrine, there is an imposing golden colored Murugan statue, unveiled about 8 years back.

Entrance fee: None. No camera fee. However, do protect your camera and other stuff from the smart monkeys around here. And keep the footwear outside the temples.

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The main shrine inside the cave...
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View of KL from the top, with Petronas twins in the backdrop...
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The climb can be tiring...
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Batu Caves KTM station..
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Posted by arunbaliga 06:14 Archived in Malaysia Tagged kuala_lumpur batu_caves malaysia kl batu Comments (0)

Return from Siem Reap...back to KL

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On day 4, we had to catch the flight to Kuala Lumpur late morning...we hired a tuk tuk to drop us to the airport, they are really cheap (cost us 5 USD) compared to cars. We drove by the almost empty road to airport, did some flight seeing at the small but beautiful Siem Reap International Aiport and got on the flight to begin the KL part of our tour.

On the tuk tuk...
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The airport...
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A little flight seeing...the 1st one has the local Thonle Sap airline and MAI of Myanmar. And the 2nd one in lively colours is Bangkok Airways.
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Elephant poo paper!!!
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