Introduction to Kuala Lumpur

I’ll be honest, Kuala Lumpur was originally just a place from which to get a cheap flight to Sumatra and a train to Singapore. I didn’t do much reading up on it, even though I did plan on being there for three or four days.

Well, this city turned out to be a worthy destination in its own right. Never mind that my first impression upon arriving at the B&B was “what the heck have I gotten myself into?”. I was solo and arriving in a strange city at 1am, to a rather dodgy looking two-storey town house (to my sleep-deprived, Western eyes). But the housekeeper was there to greet me with a smile, and the room was clean and tidy. With fresh eyes, the block surrounding the B&B revealed ordinary town houses juxtaposed against newer apartment and hotel buildings.

Anita, the housekeeper, is from the Philippines originally. She came to represent a fair bit of what KL was all about. It’s a mix of cultures, religions, friendly, helpful and tolerant. Anita was eager to please, but not subservient, and generous with her time.

I spent a wonderful three and a half days exploring the central city, including a trip out to Batu Caves.

KL icons. The Petronas Towers

KL icons. The Petronas Towers

Kuala Lumpur jumble. The KL Tower is in the background

Kuala Lumpur jumble. KL Tower in the background

Jalan Sin Chew Kee, the B&B (Sarang Rooms) is the third or fourth house down

Jalan Sin Chew Kee, the B&B (Sarang Rooms) is the third or fourth house down

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