Kuala Lumpur, or KL as everyone calls it, is the capital of Malaysia and one of the biggest economic centers of southeast Asia. We got off our bus from Malacca at the TBS Station, one of the biggest transit stations we’ve scene, and navigated our way to the metro train which took us downtown to our hostel. We stayed at the Reggae Mansion, a giant party hostel near Chinatown that seemed to be the most popular place to crash. It was a little pricey but the bed price included free drinks at their rooftop bar and it was a good opportunity to meet other travelers.
We didn’t accomplish a whole lot in KL because of how much it rained while we where there. Mostly I just wanted to look at the towers. The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world when I was a child and were an inspiration for a lot of my engineering and architecture dreams.
Although not close to the tallest anything anymore, they were still very impressive especially at nighttime. There was also another huge tower which lit up with bright color-changing LEDs. They really know how to put on a light show in Asia (Singapore Supertrees and Malacca trishaws)! You could view them from the top of the Mansion so it was nice to play a game of pool and imagine the towers being built, the future looking down on the crumbling buildings beneath. The duality of the rich and poor, old and new is really quite striking especially in the big cities. People seem so excited to lurch ahead but don’t really stop to think about if they actually even should. But we’ll get more into this later.
Stay tuned for tales from Central and Northern Malaysia!