New Year in Kuala Lumpur

So we took the 4 hour plane flight to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on the 30th december , a totally new city and country for me.

Driving on well paved roads in a taxi, into a city with tall buildings stretching over our heads, craning our necks to see the top and people speed walking over the pavements minding their own business..it was strange being here after the last month spent on beaches, driving on scooters and not one person with a suit on or even zebra crossings.

This was an extremely clean city, not one piece of litter blowing around on any main roads or side streets. There was a lot of building work going on and not one sound heard from the beeping of horns or any cows wandering around. It was a civilised city.

Our apartment was in the Hampshire Residence in the centre of KL. On the 23rd floor, looking over the city you really did feel part of it all. The apartment itself was great. 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms,hot shower, living area and even a small kitchen for basic cooking. In the living room you had full floor to ceiling windows giving you an open view of what lay below and also giving plenty of light. Neither did we hear any noise through the walls.

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On the second floor they had a huge swimming pool of which we made the most of each day and Jed improved his doggy paddle 😜
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We only stayed here for 5 nights making this only really a stop over. We spent these days wandering around the city, seeing the sights and making the most of the pool and hot shower.

We saw the KL towers of course which were prodigious and perfectly symmetrical even the palm trees at the bottom of the towers were symmetrical on each side.
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For New Years Eve we spent the day in the mall inside the towers and the gardens at the back where the outdoor pool for kids and the park was. The gardens in themselves were beautiful.
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Every night there would be a water show here where the water would light up and have a jazzy effect making your senses calm.

The city also had a lot of security guards who blew whistles for minor misdemeanors, it was a bit crazy.

New years Eve itself couldn’t have been spent in a better place than amongst the crowds of people living in the city, in the centre outside the towers. The crowds were huge all trying to get to a certain place to see the fireworks. People were blowing horns in your ears, pushing through you and into you, laughter, smells and the feel of the city came to life and spread all around you.
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After a lot of faffing about we found a quieter spot looking directly at the towers and waited patiently for the fireworks to begin at 00:00. πŸ•›I got free Minnie mouse ears that flashed red so I was quite happy.
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Soon the countdown began and fireworks of many colours, shapes and sizes shot up and carried on into a new year.πŸŽ†
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Happy 2016!

On New Years day we went to visit the largest free flight aviary in the world, KL bird park. πŸ•Š

I love taking pictures of birds and wildlife so this was a great opportunity and day out. There were lots of bird species and quite a few monkeys too. πŸ’I’ll let the pictures describe it..hopefully they will.
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The next day we went up the Petronas Towers. First we went to the double decker skybridge on the 41st and the 42nd floor. It is the highest 2-storey bridge in the world.Β It is not attached to the main structure, but designed to slide in and out of the towers to stop it from breaking, as the towers move several feet in towards and away from each other during high winds.
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The view is outstanding and makes you feel right at the peak of the world. We enjoyed our small amount of time there and left with the group to the 86th floor. The whole building has 88 floors in total.

Being impressed with the view from the skybridge is one thing but the view from this floor left us awed.
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After here we visited China town and ate our meal there which was good. I like seeing all the red lanterns above the streets, Chinese stalls lining the pavements and all the food smells lingering in the air.
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We saw the monorail although we didn’t go on it. We also saw the KL communications tower which rose very high and at night cast a vibrant glow around it.
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I think we would all agree if I said we are glad we visited this city and enjoyed what it has to offer. Although we didn’t stay long I still got a feel for the city and I’m glad we came here. See you in Cambodia.πŸ˜†

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