Thursday, January 19, 2012

Arriving Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur airport must be one of the most modern and efficient in the world. We landed, transferred terminals got through immigration, picked up baggage, changed money and were sitting in our prepaid taxi (no haggling) all within about 50 minutes. The airport is connected to downtown KL (the Golden Triangle) by a 70klm expressway so our 74Ring. (about $25) taxi ride to the Parkroyal on Jalan Sultan Ishmail seemed to take no time at all.

It just didn't feel like we were in Asia though. Where were all the people?

A quick walk around the corner from our hotel past the humongous shopping plazas, along Bintang Walk and then left down Jalan Alor revealed more familiar sights (and smells)...

Although by Australian time our bodies were feeling like it was around 3.00am we couldn't resist ordering our first Tiger beer and plate of Penang style Char Keow Teoh (very smoky, quite fiery chili with delicious morsels of tender prawns and bar-b-que oysters) at one of the little road side restaurants.

and a pack of 15 hand made Chinese cookies filled with beautifully flavoured fillings based on lotus root, bean paste and some other unfamiliar ingredients, for dessert.

and washed down with bottles of Seaweed Jelly Drink for later.

We're looking forward to our first full day in Kuala Lumpur. We've slept in after our late late night of exploring and feasting but that is compensated for by KL being 3 hours behind Australian time. So it's really only 8.00am here; time for breakfast.

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