Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The shadow of the Petronas Towers hang over Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. And this shadow certainly does help with the high temperature and humidity which overwhelm you day and night.

As it is often the case, those magnificent towers belong to banks or oil companies, guess who has the power?

But let’s be true, this tower are really nice and don’t feel as big as they are (450 meters!). The base of the towers is a huge commercial centre (the usual super-luxury shops).

Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

But the surroundings of the tower (the “Golden Triangle”) is not really Malaysia, at least not everybody Malaysia, with its air conned malls and fashion restaurants.
No, real Malaysia, it’s a chaotic mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian. Less chaotic that it was, as some decades ago the inter-racial situation was very tense, but still less harmonious than in Singapore .

Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Like in Singapore, there is a Chinatown, but very touristy and backpackers-oriented (definitively not a compliment), and there is a Little India, crowded and busy
(TIP : cheapest room in Chinatown : Backpackers Travellers, 158 Jalan Lodge Tun H.S.Lee, at the beginnign of the most touristy street, 25RM/night for a double (ISIC card holder))

Hindu temples, Chinese temples, Mosques ( Islam is the state religion) as Malaysia is a Muslim country, and very influenced by the Arab architecture like for the metro station.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The most impressive Hindu temple are the Batu Caves, huge natural caves turned into a gigantic pilgrimage ground once a year (over one million of pilgrims).

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a great number of steps and the natural scale of the caves force upon you calm. Plus, caves are in fact spread over kilometres, harvesting an unique ecosystem.

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KL streets are always humming of sounds and odour, sometimes a bit stifling but never frightening. And truth is that it is tremendously good to be able to get out at night without extra-alertness.

2 comments for “Kuala Lumpur”

  1. Au premier plan, j’ai reconnu deux de mes pigeons King que j’avais relâchés à Roissy. En pleine forme. Enfin j’dis ça, j’dis rien.

  2. @babo : oui ils n’avaient pas l’air trop fatigues du voyage !

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