My flight from Almaty has just touched down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flight was just over 12 hours long, but I had to make a connection in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, which lasted 5 hours and 40 minutes. It cost about $800.00, and covered a distance of 5092.60 kilometres. As was the case in Almaty, the length of the flight leaves me only with enough time for dinner and a trip to my hotel, the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, where I will be staying for the duration of my time here in Malaysia's capital.
Today is my first day of sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur. The first attractions I will be visiting are the Petronas Towers. The towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004 and stand just over 450 metres tall. I look forward to visiting the towers' observation deck, as well as the double-decker bridge that connects them on the 41st and 42nd storeys.
The view from the top of the Petronas Towers was truly breathtaking. I was able to see the entire city. However, it is now time for lunch and after that, I will be off to the Batu caves, a series of caves buried underneath a limestone hill just north of Kuala Lumpur. The caves also feature Hindu shrines, temples and statues and so, by visiting, I know I will learn a lot about one of South Asia's most prominent religions.
The caves and temples were spectacular and should not be missed by anyone who visits Kuala Lumpur. While in the cave, I was even able to try out rock climbing for the first time. This was a huge surprise to me, as I had no idea prior to entering the caves that rock climbing was available as an activity. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the caves and my visit to the Petronas Towers earlier in the day. Currently, I am about to sit down to dinner at Enak Restaurant KL, one of the city's most high-end restaurants, specializing in spicy Malay food. After dinner, I will return to my hotel for the night.
Today, I will be visiting the Sepang International Circuit, a car and motorcycle racetrack located just south of the city, adjacent to its international airport. Following my visit to the circuit, I will return to the city to visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, a bird sanctuary located in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur. Visiting both of these attractions will take until about mid-evening, when I will eat dinner, then return to my hotel.
I am now back in my hotel room after a long day in Kuala Lumpur. The visit to the racetrack was spectacular! I was actually able to be driven around the track - by a slow moving van of course, rather than a Formula 1 race car. This experience was interesting, as it allowed me have the same perspective of the track that MotoGp and Formula 1 riders and drivers have when they navigate it at break-neck speeds during a race. In addition, what I really liked about the Bird Park, aside from all the exotic birds that I had never seen prior to my visit, was the fact that the birds were allowed to fly out in the open, rather than being kept in cages. This gave me the feeling that I was in one of Malaysia's dense jungles, rather than in a controlled environment in the middle of its capital and largest city. Unfortunately, my time in Kuala Lumpur has come to an end. Tomorrow I will be leaving Malaysia for Hong Kong, China, the final stop in my dream trip around the world.