|May 14, 2006 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Visit Three and a New Perspective|
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|Cleaning muddy shoes from the Cameron Highlands in our luxury bathroom|| ||Ahhh...luxury at the Sheraton Imperial|| ||Just like home - Starbucks and WiFi internet access|| |
|Kuala Lumpur - Visit Three and a New Prospective|
Similar to our multiple trips to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur has served as a bit of a hub for us in our travels in South-East Asia. It is interesting to see how perspectives can change over time and depending on previous travel experiences. Our first time in KL was right after our travels in Africa. As I wrote, neither of us was too impressed or excited with the city. There were not a lot of sights to see and it did appear to be overly interesting. However, after spending over three months travelling throughout South-East Asia, arriving back in KL for our final two days before moving on to a new continent I see the city in a bit of a different light.
It is true KL does not have a lot of tourist sights, however, compared to so many Asian cities it is cleaner, more modern with a lot of great restaurants and shops. It is like a cross between Singapore and Bangkok. Not as clean and modern as Singapore, but more contemporary and cosmopolitan than Bangkok. After so many months of basic restaurants and accommodations coming back to stay in KL was an absolute thrill. To enjoy treats such as a good café, ample shopping for anything we wanted or needed and the biggest plus, was our luxury accommodations at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. We were able to get a great rate at the Sheraton and decided to splash out for our last two nights in Asia - what a great decision! The hotel is gorgeous with great service and an excellent location. I would highly recommend it to anyone coming to Kuala Lumpur.
So we leave KL and the eight countries in Asia we visited with fond memories of gorgeous beaches, interesting cultures, wiser to new travel scams and many ideas for future trips - more of Laos, more of Thailand, more of Malaysia and visits to Indonesia, Myanmar and China that we missed altogether. That closes what we call Segment 4 (full itinerary on our homepage) of our trip and we move on now on to our final chapter - Sydney and the South Pacific.