Time is flying and my wife and I are now towards the home stretch of our Asia tour. We intended to finish our Asia travel in Indonesia, but just to mix things up we took a three-day detour to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for an extended layover.
I did not expect Kuala Lumpur (or “KL” as everyone here calls it) to be so modern and developed. It reminded me a lot of Seoul. What’s more, the residents here are really interesting: it’s a predominantly Islamic society, but given the fact that the city is one of the major economic centers of Southeast Asia, many Westerners also live here. Everyone speaks English, and really well too.
The food is great (fantastic melting pot of Malay, Indian, and Western) and the city is nice, but there was something missing for me about this place. To me, KL just felt like another big city and I started to feel bored quickly.
I’ll keep this update brief. Here are some quick highlights from our KL trip.
When in KL, you gotta visit the Petronas Towers. It’s a really beautiful building that had the title of being the tallest in the world during the nineties. Now I think that honor rests on some mantle in Dubai or Shanghai…
We didn’t go to the top because the thought of paying money for a view makes me sick. The area around the towers is kind of nice though. You can see a water fountain that is similar to the famous Bellagio fountain in Vegas, and I think there were some parks close by.
These towers did inspire us to re-watch Entrapment later that night. Nothing ends the day better than seeing Catherine Zeta-Jones dip beneath lasers.
The timing of our KL visit was quite lucky because it overlapped with Wesak Day. Wesak is an important Buddhist festival that celebrates three events in Gautama Buddha’s life: his birthday, his enlightenment, and his passing.
For dinner one night we strolled over to Jalan Petaling street, the Chinatown of KL, and stumbled across a massive parade of Buddha floats and followers marching down the city streets. Lots of music and fun times. The lights on the floats were seriously bright, my wife and I felt a big wave of heat every time one of those suckers drove by.
It was nice to spend a few days back in the developed world in Kuala Lumpur, but it’s time to finish up our trip in style.
Next and final stop in Asia: Indonesia.