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The Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur.

The night market in Chinatown in KL.


Kuala Lumpur, a short stay in a really cool Asian city. We arrived in KL at 9am then hopped a bus to the central train terminal then onto light rail to Chinatown. It was early afternoon by the time we got settled in a crap box of a place. But since we would only be sleeping for a few hours we toughed it out for one night. After securing our rooms and dropping our gear we jumped back on light rail and headed to Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) to check out the Petronas towers. This use to be the tallest towers in the world bus have since been eclipsed by others. They were still very impressive though. We arrived too late in order to secure free tickets to the sky bridge at the 41 story level. The building has a total of 88 stories and is over 450m tall or about 1,300 feet in height. There is a shopping mall between the base of the twin towers that is 6 stories tall and very impressive. It was very busy with shoppers. Since I have been traveling for the last 3 weeks I have not seen any sign of recession. Not really any sale signs people are everywhere shopping, construction everywhere, and throngs of tourists everywhere. We wandered around the towers for about an hour then it began to rain so we decided to taken in a movie. It cost a total of $3.45. I am loving the cheap prices for movies overseas. After the movie, we hoped the light rail and headed back to our hostel and then went to the night shopping market in Chinatown. It was bustling with foreign travelers looking for great deals on knockoffs of high end merchandise. Mt. Blanc pens, D&C bags, Rolex watches and lots of other items. Chad and I wandered around for several hours taking photos and people watching. After dinner and a beer at a local street restaurant, I headed back to type on my trip journal. We had to be up again at 0530 for our flight to Kota Kinabalu which is the gateway city to the northern part of Borneo. We plan to base there for a day or so until we work out our trip itinerary for the next 4 weeks. There is a tremendous amount of activities, sites and adventures to do in the province of Sabah. The next part of our adventure is about to begin.

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