Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The second week of my work trip was in Malaysia. We spent the weekend and the first 3 weekdays in Kuala Lumpur and the last 2 days in Penang. KL surprised me with its modern vibes. Getting around was a breeze with Uber, which was way cheaper and more convenient than taxis. On the first day we managed to see a lot. We started with Batu caves, which is a holy Hindu place.

There's an impressive statue at the entrance to  the caves. The stairs look intimidating, but it wasn't that bad. Only 272 steps.

There’s an impressive statue at the entrance to the caves. The stairs look intimidating, but it wasn’t that bad. Only 272 steps.

These little beggars were everywhere.

These little beggars were everywhere.

The caves are infested with monkeys ready to steal any food they see.

The caves are infested with monkeys ready to steal any food they see.

They encourage all visitors to carry a brick or a bucket of sand to the top of the stairs to help with the construction of the temple inside the caves

They encourage all visitors to carry a brick or a bucket of sand to the top of the stairs to help with the construction of the temple inside the caves

Next we uber-ed to KL Tower and the neighboring Eco Park.

KL Tower

KL Tower

There are two glass rooms protruding from the tower

There are two glass rooms protruding from the tower

The ceiling  by the elevator going  up the tower is really pretty!

The ceiling by the elevator going up the tower is really pretty!

Not crowded at all!

Not crowded at all!

KL tower from Eco park. Very random, but I saw this guy with a man bun and a yellow shirt the next day again!

KL tower from Eco park. Very random, but I saw this guy with a man bun and a yellow shirt the next day again!

Looks like a jungle in the city

Looks like a jungle in the city

On our way to Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple we were caught in a torrential rain. We waited under cover for about half an hour for the rain to stop, but then we gave up and walked the last 5 minutes to the temple.

It was pouring hard.

It was pouring hard.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple in the middle of the city

Sri Mahamariamman Temple in the middle of the city

We ended the day at the night market at Jalan Alor, which according to one of our Uber drivers, is for tourists only. That may be true, but the wings were pretty good.

Jalan Alor night market

Jalan Alor night market

Spicy Wings

Spicy Wings

The next day included more drinking and happy hours than sight seeing, which was fine with me because I was pretty tired and sore from the day before :) Before spending a significant amount of time in the various bars at St. Regis hotel, we managed to see Petronas Towers and the Central Market. We bought tickets ahead of time for a tour of the Petronas Towers.

From the bridge connecting the two towers

From the bridge connecting the two towers

Thanks to my boss for these pictures

Thanks to my boss for these pictures

Petronas Towers are pretty impressive in person

Petronas Towers are pretty impressive in person

KL Tower looks so small

KL Tower looks so small

We stopped at the Central Market for some photo ops and a skin-eating fish “massage” :)

Mmm, durian :)

Mmm, durian :)

Nice floor tile and hungry fish chomping on my dead skin

Nice floor tile and hungry fish chomping on my dead skin

Very moody and sophisticated bar in St. Regis and at $30 for 6 drinks, that made for very happy campers :)

Very moody and sophisticated bar in St. Regis and at $30 for 6 drinks, that made for very happy campers :)

E came back to US on Monday while I had another week ahead and another flight to Penang before wrapping up this trip. Penang is next!

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