Monday, April 8, 2013

So, what's in Malaysia? {Part 2}

So..what else is in Malaysia?

KL has a great Chinatown, though the tourist shopping got a little overwhelming.
Malaysian episode of Hoarders?

We were on our trip during Chinese New Year! It is a huge deal in all of SE Asia, and they celebrate for two weeks! There were red lanterns everywhere, and we caught a couple of lions running around :)

Little India.

Though we didn't find very much shopping or food in Little India (our map absolutely sucked!), I loved the beauty of the area. So colorful!

We could do with some flowers in US streets, don't ya think?
Beautiful Money.

I am in love with Malaysian Ringgits. They are so pretty! I think the 10 MYR bill had toucans on the back. And I love how each bill is a different color, so its easy to find which one you need in your wallet. Beware though, 1 USD is equal to three MYR, so you think your getting a great deal. Turns out that instead, something in Malaysia that would be $100 in the US costs 300 ringgit. So.



Okay, KFC is seriously in every corner, crevice, nook, and cranny of Malaysia and SE Asia. Malaysia is predominately Muslim, so since they don't eat beef, they get their American fast food fix from the Colonel. We though it was hilarious how we literally saw it everywhere. They even sell breakfast!

Singapore coming soon..

Malaysia {Pt. 1}

Sunday, April 7, 2013

So, what's in Malyasia? {Part 1}

We spent two days in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. We knew very little about the country, and it was a pleasant surprise! There are three main groups of people in KL: Chinese, Malay, and Indian. Though they all have their separate cultures, the main language spoken is English, so that everyone is able to communicate effectively. You can imagine our excitement after 5 days of pointing and speaking broken English in Thailand (no one understood our American accents), that we could talk to locals!

So I know what you're thinking, what's in Malaysia?

Good Food.

The apartment we stayed in was a few streets down from one of the greatest street-food-streets in Kuala Lumpur. We scored awesome Cantonese food, Turkish ice cream (durian flavored!), and some super amazing Indian food. My favorite was the roti canai. Mouth currently watering.

Caves. Batu Caves to be specific.

A two dollar train ticket and 20 minutes of your time will take you to the Batu Caves. We didn't get enough limestone cliff action in Thailand so we got some more here! You've really got to work for it though with all of those steps.

We lost count after 272.

Inside the caves include more steps(!), s few Hindu shrines, and (whodathunk) more monkeys!

These guys have no fear. They sit at the top of the cliffs until they hear the coconut vendor at the bottom of the cave crack open a coconut. The moment they hear it the come racing down in hopes of someone giving them a piece. We saw one steal a water bottle from an angry tourist. I love that monkeys in Malaysia are like seagulls in California. The people consider them scavengers and a nuisance.

The monkey cliff.
A cute little nuisance.
Oh my poor burnt white husband. <3

Tip: The best food I had in KL was the roti canai at the Indian restaurant just outside of the Batu Caves.  It's a buttery, flaky flatbread that comes with spicy dipping sauces. amazing. If you find yourself in Malayasia, get it.

Awesome Architecture.

 The most famous of all buildings is the Petronas Towers, of which Torrey conveniently reserved an apartment with an amazing view of them.

The first six stories of the towers are a gigantic mall with a delicious food court. And the grounds surrounding are beautiful.

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a communication tower and the highest point in KL. We went up to grab some great views.
Like this one.
And there's like super cool fountains everywhere.

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