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Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Tanah Rata & Melaka

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After realising that we’d left it too late to get an Indian visa before we left Australia, we did some research and discovered that KL (which we were only planning to pass through en-route to somewhere else) was a good place to get one. To be honest, we’d been to KL a few years before and really didn’t like it so we weren’t relishing the idea of being ‘stuck’ there for an unknown amount of time but we didn’t have much choice... HOWEVER, we take it all back because we completely fell in love with the city this time, there’s loads of stuff to do, tonnes of fabulous restaurants and the people are lovely!

These are the gorgeous Petronas Towers, it’s hard to get a decent photo as they’re so tall...

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We saw the Petronas last time we were here but never managed to get up to the Skybridge (the little bridge that connects the two towers) so we were really pleased to get the chance this time...

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This pretty park and lake is all part of the Petronas complex...

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There are some lovely buildings in the city...

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This Mosque looked especially beautiful at night and we liked hearing the ‘call to prayer’ echoing out of it...

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We were staying in Chinatown which is a great location because we could walk to most places in the city. Little India was about 5 minutes away and Steve made me go there for a curry every day, despite the fact that we were planning to go to the real India in the very near future!

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Merdeka (which means Independence) Square...

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There are a lot more shops in KL than we realised; this extravagant fountain is outside one of the poshest shopping centres we’ve ever seen. It’s full of really expensive designer shops...oh, and a Dorothy Perkins!

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The people at the visa place told us we’d have at least a 5 working day wait until we heard about our application, so we decided to see a bit of Malaysia in the meantime. We caught a bus up to the Cameron Highlands, to a place called Tanah Rata. The journey was just over 200km’s and was supposed to take 4 hours but our driver went so slowly it took 7 hours!! It was infuriating and at one stage he was going so slowly that we were overtaken by JOGGERS, I’m not even joking! It was very hilly and the road was winding but not enough to warrant that speed. We wondered afterwards if there may have been a problem with the bus but the owner of our guesthouse said she thought he’d nearly gone over the edge of the mountain recently and was being over-cautious – either way I suppose we should just be grateful that we got there in one piece, and the views were pretty good towards the end at least!

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We couldn’t face getting on any more buses after that so we decided to walk the 4kms to the tea plantation the next day, even though we had to struggle the 4kms back up the hill afterwards! It was worth it though...

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Tea, tea everywhere!

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The town itself was pretty small but had a good selection of restaurants, this banana leaf thali (a mixture of curries, rice & a poppadom/small bread) cost about £1 and was lovely...

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We walked 5kms to a strawberry farm the following day, and then undid all the good we’d done by stuffing ourselves with strawberries & cream, a strawberry muffin and a strawberry lassi! It was lovely but not really worth the walk, plus it poured down on the way back and we got COMPLETELY drenched – that slow bus wasn’t looking so bad all of a sudden!

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After a few days there, we got the bus to Melaka, 2 hours south of KL. It’s a gorgeous little city with a boardwalk running either side along the river. It is said far too often I know, but it really was quite like Venice (except much, much cheaper!)...

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The rickshaws are decorated beautifully and we couldn’t resist the offer of a city tour...

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This is the main square...

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The owners of our guesthouse were amazing. When we got there we got an ice-cold juice, a piece of freshly baked cake, and a half-an-hour chat about what to do and where to eat! It was right on the river...

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....and had a lovely terrace where we could sit and watch the world (well, a few boats) go by...

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We were hanging around for a while whilst waiting for our visa so one day we decided to go to the zoo. We watched a funny orang-utan show and then had our picture taken with the star!!....

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After what seemed like ages, but was in fact only 7 working days, we got our visa clearance so we jumped on a bus back to KL where we had to hand in our passports. We got them back with the visa stamp a few days later and went straight to the AirAsia office to book the very next flight - we were on a plane and winging our way to India less than 12 hours later wooooohoooooooo!!!

Posted by Steve-Kay 09:04 Archived in Malaysia Tagged backpacking

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