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Display of traditional hand loomed fabric

More traditional woven fabrics

Floral Malaysian flag

Covered aerial walkway in CBD connecting shopping centres

Close up of tower from the Observation Deck on level 86

Sky bridge at the twin towers

KL skyline from the Vertigo Bar

Another view of KL by night from the Vertigo Bar

Dan on a magic carpet ride back to Sydney


Luckily we both had to good sense to select the room only option at the hotel as we were both sleepy heads and woke up well after it had finished. The weather is hot around 33 degrees so thank heaven's for airconditioned shopping malls and above ground connecting walkways.

We visited a nearby handicraft complex which exhibits various traditional crafts from across Malaysia. The complex is laid out with traditional wooden huts featuring Malay Terengganu architecture. There were various hand looms displaying many traditional patterns and fabrics. There was also some artisans demonstrating various batik methods. You also had an opportunity to create your own sample of batik. There was an enormous gift shop selling everything and anything including selangor pewter and various tusks and ornamental knives. No photography was allowed in the shop.

What I found particularly cute was a litter of kittens running around whose tails appeared to have been docked.

In order to get Grae's senior discount for our visit to the Petronas Twin Towers (for the following day) we had to personally go to the ticket office as the discount wasn't available online. We timed this to ensure we'd be at the KLCC fountain for the evening's Sound and Light Show. It was very nice to be amongst the crowd watching the syncronised show if a little hot and muggy. Normal adult tickets were 80 ringgits and senior discounts were half the price.

We ended up sleeping in again - wow this holiday must really have sapped us of energy. To ensure we were at the Petronas Tower for our midday timeslot visit we asked the hotel concierge to arrange a taxi for us. The ride across town only cost 8 ringgits!

Up until 2004 the Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world. Now it is the world’s tallest twin structures. After a security demonstration presented by a hologram our group was escorted up to level 41 where we walked along the 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge which connects the two towers at level 41 and 42. Then it was back in the lifts and up to level 83 before getting into another lift up to the observation deck on level 86 for a closeup view of the tower's spire as well as digital displays and exhibit of the tower's history. The views were dizzying......Being this high up in a building was a record for both Grae and I.

Back at the hotel I treated myself to a 90 minute massage at the day spa - wonderfully relaxing.

As if we hadn't had enough of heights that night we had our final drinks at the Vertigo Bar which is on level 59 of the Banyan Tree Hotel just down the road from our hotel. The views of Kuala Lumpur skyline by night were mesmerizing, lots of coloured lights... and the drinks expensive but worth it for the views.... hey there was also a DJ spinning some music.

Then it was off to bed as we have a 5.00am wake up call. The airport is a 50 minute drive out of KL and our flight home is at 9.00am. Wow we are going home after being away for three months.

Our taxi to the airport only cost 75 ringgits compared to the 160 ringgits we'd paid when we first arrived.



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