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Acting the flashpacker in KL

20-23 Jan '14

sunny 33 °C
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So having been recommended a party hostel in Kuala Lumpur, we were looking forward to a bit of fun. But man the hostel was fancy - proper flashpacker! Totally unexpected as the guys who recommended it seemed anything but. What we quickly realised about KL is it wasn't female friendly. Even pretty covered up we were still shouted at time after time - so much we were constantly tense, as it was pretty much every 5 mins or so that someone commented or made kissing noises at us. Unfortunately it sort of ruined KL for us. Not fun. I also had caught a cold so a little disappointing.

Wandering round KL was quite fun, but its definitely not a city for pedestrians - you'd suddenly come across a massive road but no obvious way to cross it. We of course visited the Petronas Towers, and saw the beautiful colonial architecture and enormous flagpole in Merdaka Square. We also went to the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia - Sri Mahamariamman - beautiful, but even the worker there couldn't be polite in asking Elin to cover up a bit more. A highlight for me was the afternoon spent in the Islamic Arts Museum - absolutely stunning and fascinating - and in a beautiful setting next to the Lake Gardens Park and a strikingly modern National Mosque.

Despite some fun in our hostels rooftop bar, KL was marred for us by being a) expensive, b) full of rude men. Not our kind of city.

Posted by GoonishPython 19:23 Archived in Malaysia

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