Visiting Kuala Lumpur and Genting highlands
16.09.2008 32 °C
We had a buffet breakfast at the hotel in Bangkok, packed our bags and waited for our coach to be taken to the airport for our onward flight to Kuala Lumpur. We had booked an Air Asia flight that departed on time at 15:30. We reached KL in the evening and our coach was waiting for us at the airport. Surprised we were, but it was for real, we boarded the Mercedes Benz for the drop to the hotel. We checked in Hotel Grand Continental, which was just a stone throw’s distance away from the twin towers. When we reached our room on 16th floor, we were in for a grand visual treat. The magnificent and beautifully lit Petronas Tower was just outside our room window. It was a wonderful view and we kept on watching the twin towers for quite some time. We had dinner at a South Indian restaurant nearby and hit the bed immediately.
We had a buffet breakfast where Runa was surprised and happy to find Dosa and Idli also on the menu. We waited in the hotel lobby for our travel guide for the half day city sightseeing tour. The tour started on time in a comfortable bus. Our first stop was the mighty structure of steel, the Petronas tower.
This was a photo stop and we continued to a Batik factory where we got first hand information on how the traditional Batik garments are hand made. Our next stop was the Chocolate Factory, where we didn’t buy anything but got to taste a wide variety of chocolates. Next we went to the National Museum, which had a wonderful collection of cultural and historical items. Next we proceeded to the Kings Palace that was closed and we could only see the royal guards positioned outside. We next went to the National war Memorial of Malaysia after which we went to the Independence Square (Merdeka Sqaure what the locals call it), a beautiful place where the Independence Day celebrations are held every year. Our tour ended here and we decided to spend rest of the day on our own. We roamed around for a while then had lunch in the Little India area and moved towards the KL tower, which we reached after walking for a while. KL Tower was also offering a free nature walk with a guide, so we decided to go for it. We were joined by a group of girls from Ireland. The guided tour took us through the jungle sighting animals on our way and finally returning to the KL tower. We took the tickets (20RM) and boarded the lift that took us to the top of the KL tower, which provided an amazing view of KL city.
Returning from the KL tower we decided to explore the town more and went to the nearest Sky rail station. There we had a glance at the maps and got an idea of how things operate and which route they follow. To begin with we took a Sky train ticket to Bukit Bintang, centre of all shopping activities in KL. The joyous ride took us to the centre of all malls, we strolled past many of them and had dinner at the mall. We decided to return back to the hotel on the Sky rail and after searching the map we found that the nearest station was Medan Tuanku, from where we could see our hotel rising high amongst other buildings. We hit the bed immediately after a hectic day.
After the usual heavy breakfast we decided to go to Genting Highlands and took the Go Genting package from KL Sentral station priced at 29RM apiece, which included return transfer to Genting and lunch at the Resort World Hotel. We reached Genting at around noon and after roaming for a while we went straight for food at the Resort Café. We were truly amazed at seeing the variety of options available there, a range of veg n non veg food, collection of ice-creams and cakes. We enjoyed a bit of all and on top of it we had a nice refreshing tea, after a long time. We proceeded to the indoor theme park where we did some rides and Runa also took the Gondola ride and I was behind the camcorder capturing her moments of joy.
There was a new attraction at Genting, the Snow world priced at 30RM, we decided to go for it, with jackets and gloves provided by them, we went inside and encountered freezing temperature and snowfall. The ticket also included a free ice-cream coupon to be redeemed at the parlour, which was made entirely of snow. We had our ice cream in sub-zero conditions, something that we had never done before. Then there was a thrill ride to be undertaken form the top of the snow world while being seated on a tube, we both did it, the initial feeling of fear was transformed to fun and adventure as we came smashing down. We also got our pictures clicked inside the snow world, which we collected later at the reception at a price of 20RM. Now it was time to bid farewell to Genting and we boarded the bus back to KL as tonight we were boarding the train for our next destination, Singapore.