travelling the seven parts of the world
Jan 27th, 2008

After waking up at 5:30 AM, we were in Malaysia by noon. Somehow this country strikes me as a tourist hell, something to the likes of Turkey, expect without all the really magnificent sights. When you arrive at the airport, you are almost immediately, in the arrival hall, greeted by people who try to sell you their services, like an airport transfer for double the price. If you arrive from a developed country, like Hong Kong, you'll feel a bit stunned, as something like this just wouldn't happen, and you end up wondering what the hell is going on. This isn't just an airport feature, as taxis will honk on the street when you're walking by to attract attention in case you want their services. Our hotel was just 250m from the Petronas Twin Towers, so we felt this a lot, as we're white and we don't really need a taxi to walk 1 block. Taxi drivers go as far as standing in metro entrances in a blocking way to offer their services.

The main attraction in Kuala Lumpur is definately the twin towers, so we spent what was left of our first day in the city around them and in the shopping mall under them.

A magnificent sight, the Petronas Twin Towers used to be the highest buildings in the world. Now they are placed second after the Taipei 101, but once the Shanghai World Finance Center is finished, they'll be #3 and #4. They are probably going to be the highest twin towers in the world for some time to come, and twin towers are always just much more of a better sight than a lone building.

The tower looks best in night time:

To be honest, we tried to find what else we could see around the place if we were to stay here longer, and we didn't really find anything noteworthy. So this country is probably a nice place to go if you want to park yourself on the beach, but tourism wise trails behind neighbors like Thailand.

On the second day we went to the Kuala Lumpur tower, which is near the Twin Towers. Pictures coming.