Kuala Lumpur – A Clash of Cultures in a Stunningly Beautiful Country

It’s time to get to some islands again for clear waters, snorkeling, swimming and beach chillaxing.  First, we must get to Kuala Lumpur to start our big adventure.  The intial thing I noticed was how clean and tidy the city is.  There is very little trash on the streets unlike China, Philippines or Thailand.   It kind of reminds me of Japan in a strange way as far as cleanliness.  After almost four years living over here in Asia, I’m still trying to understand why some Asians think it is okay to litter.   In China, I can sort of understand because they have a whole workforce that is dedicated to constantly cleaning up the streets.   I see positive changes slowly coming around.   It comes down to education and upbringing.   Okay, back to Malaysia…

The Petronas Towers, at 452 meters high, are the tallest twin structures in the world.  For several years, after their opening in 1998, they were the tallest man made structures in the world.  They were designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli and based on eight sides that echo arabesque patterns.

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The Malaysian flag so much looks, in general, like the American flag.  At times I got a little confused.

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The Malaysian flag

Kuala Lumppur was once the important trade stop between India and ports in China.  It is right half way in between the major ports in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.  This brings an important understanding of the diversity of the traders that settled here.  You have Chinese, Indians, native Malays, and of course the influx of Islam bringing many Muslims.  The country to the east, Indonesia, is the most populated Muslim nation in the world.   This obviously has an impact.  Malaysia’s official religion is Islam and Muslim citizens are subject to Sharia law.  Non-Muslims are not.   There are bars, nightclubs, alcohol is readily available from convenience stores, pretty much everywhere.  This surprised me, considering its Islamic status.

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Alcohol in a Muslim Country…. sure.  No problem.

I’m definitely down for this!

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I’m down for this.

We stayed at 1000 Miles which is a fantastic place to stay in my opinion.  Very cost effective and outstanding hotel staff.   It is the #1 rated Bed and Breakfast on TripAdvisor in KL.  Check out my review here if you are traveling to KL.  After check in, we ate the most spectacular Indian food at this place called Batel Leaf, right around the corner from our hotel.  There are so many options and we wanted to try to many things but stomachs can only hold so much food. Worth of note, the only drawback is they don’t serve beer or any other alcohol. I was hoping for a tasty Kingfisher.   Here is a link to my review and location if you are ever in KL.

Kula Lumpur is a fantastic city for walking.   There is easy public transportation and nothing is really too far.   Most of our time was spent around Petronas Park, Petronas Towers and the restaurants around our hotel as our time was limited to just one day as we want to hit the islands as soon as possible!

Beautiful artwork…

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Malaysian Artwork
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Malaysian Artwork

I have NO idea what is going on here.

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Weird

I mean what is going on here?

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Aimee and weirdness

This band was rocking!  I doubt you would see something like this in the USA or China.

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Akbuskers
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Akbuskers
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Akbuskers

These girls were rocking as well!

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Ross and Aimee

We enjoyed our time in Kuala Lumpar even though it was only a full day and evening.   Cannot wait to get back and explore much more of this beautiful city.   Okay….  now we are off to the islands!!!  🙂   More to follow….

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Islands here we come!

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