Malaysia 1

The first stop in our two stop journey, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Or KL as the locals say. We were spent 4 nights in KL, before continuing on to the Maldives. We decided to spend a few days here to acclimatize to the time-zone change, and the heat. It’s a balmy 30℃ all day, and maybe a few degrees cooler at night but the concrete jungle intensifies the heat and humidity. Pants and socks were useless as soon as we touched down in Malaysia.

Day 1 — Travel

The air traffic controller towers of Hong Kong mountains.

Hong Kong, represent.

4 hours of flight later, the ocean turns a much more distinct blue/green.

Alleyway in Bukit Bintang.

Bukit Bintang with the KL Tower in the background.

“Sidewalk parking available!”

These cars are fantastic.

Local neighbourhood in Bukit Bintang.

Lots and lots of construction downtown.

Watch store in a shopping mall.

Golden Palace Hotel, Bukit Bintang neighbourhood.

Golden Suites Hotel, Bukit Bintang. Looks the same to the Golden Palace Hotel.

Alleyways, Bukit Bintang.

Condos, Kuala Lumpur.

Alleyway, Bukit Kewangan.

Entrance to the Tung Shin Hospital, Kuala Lumpur.

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur. Petaling Street is the Chinese district in Kuala Lumpur.

Shoe seller in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur.

Chestnut roaster, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur.

Something on fire that closed the street to vehicles, the smoke was pretty intense.

Petaling Street, aka “Chinatown” district, Kuala Lumpur.

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur.

Alleyway in Bukit Kewangan, Kuala Lumpur.

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Day 2

After checking that the weather forecast was going to be good, we decided to visit the KL Tower. The KL Tower was the primary tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur until the Petronas Towers were completed in 1996. KL Tower does still offer the highest attitude observation deck in Malaysia.

The sprawl of KL goes deep. The smog grows thicker.
The highest viewing platform in KL.
Downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Haze in the distance #blazeit
Large scale construction for business towers, retail space and infrastructure projects.

Hotel towers and pools.

To keep the Tower relevant, they’ve added on other amenities to the grounds to attract visitors. We visited the mini zoo.

Cockatoo at the KL Tower mini zoo

Iguana at the KL Tower mini zoo

A variation of a love birds at the KL Tower mini zoo.

white Monkey at the KL Tower mini zoo.

Squirrel monkey at the KL Tower mini zoo.

Upsidedown House. “Only one available in all of Malaysia.” Ya don’t say.

Night Market in Bukit Bintang.

You literally can smell this neighbourhood a mile away — Durian.

Night market had a special street dinner, 18 roasted hogs ready to go for dinner.

Hungry patrons.

Maybe he wasn’t happy with the menu choices.

Food night market in Bukit Bintang.

Night market in Bukit Bintang.
Night market in Bukit Bintang.
Colorful dumplings at the night market in Bukit Bintang.
Fresh steamed corn, at the night market in Bukit Bintang.
Love it, hate it, or leave it. Just don’t take it on the bus or in any public indoor space.

Day 3

Pudu Markets

We ventured to the Pudu market to see the wet (fish & meat) and dry (veggies, fruits, and preservatives) markets. We’ve heard that lives animals go in one end, and butchered meats come out the other. The wet market required footwear other than flip flops.

Apartments and condos near the Pudu market.

On the way to Pudu wet & dry market.
Alleyway to the dry Pudu market. Man standing with large pile of bananas (human scale).
Fruit seller, Pudu market.

Fruit seller, Pudu market.

More “dry” market stalls in the Pudu market.

Banana leaf stall in Pudu market.

Salted and preserved stall in the dry market of Pudu.

Flavor stall in the Pudu dry market.

Fish seller in the Pudu wet market.

The sea food section of the wet market.

Wet market. All the chicken, beef, pork, and other meats were available. Watch your step and don’t mind the scooters.

“Real Fresh”. Cat fish in the wet market in Pudu.

Swine stall in the wet market.

Chicken seller in the Pudu wet market.

Live chickens hanging out in the Pudu wet market.

Fish seller in the Pudu market.

Backout side to the fresh air. A fruit seller in the wet/dry market in Pudu.

A contrast of neighbourhoods and wealth in KL.

Newspaper and pie stall in the dry market of Pudu.

Thread store Pudu district Kuala Lumpur.

This was just the first four days of our trip and I’ll have the other portions of the trips up soon; Maldives, and Malaysia 2.

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