Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We opted to spend the majority of our Malaysian Airways stopover in Singapore, since we know we'll be back to Malaysia in the future (when we do the rest of Southeast Asia properly). A whirlwind visit to Kuala Lumpur is best made in a whirlwind hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. We love this ultra touristy option to see a whole lot when we only have a little bit of time. Here are some highlights from our fun-filled forty-eight hours.

Petronas Towers

Few famous landmarks are better in person than they are in the postcards. Petronas Towers was a pleasant surprise. I really didn't expect much from this conspicuous office building. But these second highest skyscrapers in the world proved to be pretty awe-inspiring. We even got a "look at me in front of this" photo that isn't terrible, which is always rare.

Planetarium Negara 

You may not know this, but Reece is a super nerd at heart. There are few things he gets excited about as much as a good planetarium. So when we stumbled upon one en-route to the butterfly park, we opted to bypass our winged friends for some galactic good times.

I challenge you to show me a "your face here" photo that is funnier than this series.

Menara Kuala Lumpur

Drop me in any new city, and I'll make a beehive for the highest look-out point. This massive sky tower offers a 360 degree bird's eye view a staggering 421 meters above the city. The golden sunset and heavy clouds made for some pretty cool shots.

KL Tower Wild Animal Zone

What climb up a sky tower is complete without a visit to a reptile sanctuary? That's why it makes perfect sense that your ticket to the towers also comes with free entry to the mini-zoo at the base of the structure. We got to see the ugliest animal I've ever seen, and Reece got to hold his first snake.

Batu Caves

On the morning of our flight, we rushed to the Batu Caves and consequently checked off another Amazing Race checkpoint. Hindu devotees visit these sacred limestone caves from far and wide, often dangling weights from body peircings for the 272-step ascent to the entrance. The golden statue of Lord Muruga (created from 1,550 cubic meters of concrete, 250 tons of steel bars and 300 liters of gold paint) is as impressive as you would imagine. 

For the rest of our Kuala Lumpur photos, click HERE.

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