We have worked out that in almost all cities in Asia, when travelling with two people, an Airbnb is the way forward. Often cheaper than either a private room or 2 dorm beds(!) in a hostel, If you select carefully you can be close enough to the action without any of the issues related to noisy and dirty hostels. Combine the former with Uber or Grab to get from place to place (although we haven't used Grab yet)- then you're an unstoppable force of tourism fury!
After quickly dropping off our bags at the apartment, we went out in search of food. Lorna had found a basic Indian canteen-style restaurant. The food was some of the best I've had, of course true to form we had the masala dosa. Three main dishes...yes three (we were hungry) and two cokes cost us £2.80, unfortunately we only had one chance to eat there. If we lived in KL (we're cool so will be calling it that from now on) it would be a twice weekly occurrence, I'm sure!
The first night in KL was a bit of a surprise; though a stroke of social media luck we managed to meet up with two friends (Dee and Elliot) we made on our China trip. We headed to Hard Rock Cafe and indulged in some oversized food, questionable music and odd-tasting beer. I managed to get to the bottom of the beer issue: Malaysians love weißbier, so what was innocently described on the menu as a pint of 'Kronenbourg' was actually Kronenbourg Blanc. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, it means that it tastes like someone has dunked a bouquet of flowers in your drink. I still put a few of them away at about £9 per pint...oops.
After a night of overindulgence and a very cheap Uber home, we took some much needed rest in preparation for some touristy activities the following day!
In the morning we headed to the KL Bird Park and Butterfly Park, they were both simply incredible and neither were overcrowded which, along with the beautiful weather and absence of tropical rain showers, really added to the enjoyment.
The Bird Park was a mix of 'open flight' exhibitions and relatively roomy closed aviaries, with birds from all over the world on show. We also saw in the region of 50 pea-fowl roaming freely; whilst some had spectacular feathers, they were not on display when we visited.
There isn't much more to add here apart from lots of pictures!
A short walk from the Bird Park is the KL Butterfly Park. There isn't much to say that pictures can't do better here! Other than - there were many people posing in lets say...interesting ways around the ponds, having their friends take pictures of them amongst the butterflies. We don't have any pictures because that would be equally weird!
KL is also home to a bar on the top of a disused helipad. It offers great views of the cityscape, and of course the Petronas Towers, which are beautiful when lit up at night! We had a few cocktails and watched the sunset. Please notice the frequency of pictures of Lorna with Lychee Martinis throughout our trip :).
We then headed off to another Indian restaurant which was perhaps on the other end of the scale to the canteen we visited previously, so in order to make myself fit in....lassi with a pinky finger...right?
(The food was displayed nicely and then we ruined it and took a picture)
On our final day in KL we headed to the Petronas Towers. The towers are something they are clearly proud of, and are a remarkable feat of engineering. The tickets also enable you to access some augmented reality information displays which was a nice touch to the experience.
We very much enjoyed KL and would definitely come back again!