It was my 50th birthday this year – so a whole pile of trips, shows and meals out got booked with the excuse of celebrating my birthday! One of the first, coinciding with a National Holiday, was a long weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Although one of the nearest cities to Singapore, it is a place we have not been to – and so we booked a couple of daytrips, and had a nice time!
The first of the day trips was to the Batu caves, but called in at the Royal Selangor Pewter factory on the way! The caves are one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, and are dedicated to Lord Murugan. The main cave rises almost 100m above the ground and is reached by a flight of 272 steps, avoiding all the monkeys! Besides the staircase is a 42.7m (140ft) statue of Lord Murugan. Having taken three years to complete, it is the tallest statue of Lord Murugan in the world.
As is always the case for any trip we do, it soon became all about food – whether street food or in restaurants!! I couldn’t resist a Banana Prata at the caves… and then in the evening, as our hotel was opposite a popular shopping mall, there was plenty of choice and we ended up in a Thai restaurant; the food really was very good 😊.
The second day, we travelled to Malacca, one of the oldest cities of Malaysia. Originally a fishing port in the 1400s it became part of a trading empire for ships passing through the Straits, with a daughter of the Chinese Ming Dynasty coming to marry the Malaysian Sultanate. The Portuguese took control in 1511, followed by the Dutch in 1641 and the British in 1824, so Malacca has a rich and interesting history. The town square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For the final day, we stayed in KL itself, and went to the most famous tourist landmarks, the Petronas Twin Towers for the obligatory view across the city. Amazing how small big buildings look from the top! The towers were designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, and each tower was built by a different company, one Korean, and one Japanese! Excavation began in 1993, with the towers completed in 1997. They were the tallest in the world from 1998 to 2004.
That ended our weekend in Kuala Lumpur – hope you enjoyed the pics! Next report is also from Malaysia, another weekend away – this time to the island of Penang…
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Trevor, Shanhong & Teddy xx