After Hong Kong, we flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for two nights. I have to admit, although we had better accommodations, KL (as they call it) was not for me. The city has a sort of Vegas-like quality to it with endless shopping malls, bad American chain restaurants, a Bellagio-style water fountain show…
Every time we asked for a dinner recommendation, someone would suggest a food court. Luckily we were able to avoid another trip to Bubba Gumps and stumbled upon an outdoor restaurant serving delicious curry laksa on our first night. As we ate, we encountered children pandering, a transvestite working the corner, and a torso-less man asking for money, but the curry laksa was excellent.
We also visited the beautiful Petronas Towers, which were once the tallest buildings in the world, until they were surpassed by Taipei 101 in 2004 (as of 2010, Burj Khalifa in Dubai holds the title). The buildings are home to the national petroleum company and you guessed it, another mall. A six floor mall no less.
I’m glad we experienced Kuala Lumpur, but I’m pretty certain no tenor cried because of its beauty, which has become my new requirement for places we visit. On to Pangkor Laut….