Thursday, 21 February 2008

Singapore & Kuala Lumpur

After a couple of lazy days spent at our apartment in Darwin’s CBD following our Kakadu trip we took an early afternoon flight to Singapore.

As we were only stopping for one night in Singapore this time we treated ourselves to a bit of luxury by staying at the lovely Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel and we even got upgraded to a superior room, so it was a shame to have to check out the next morning. It was our second visit to Singapore and the number of tourist attractions is limited so this time we were able to take things at a leisurely pace and spent most of the day in Chinatown and the Little India.

our hotel

In the evening we boarded an overnight train to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The journey was actually quite comfortable in a 2 person sleeper cabin with a shower and we arrived at Kuala Lumpur ready for sightseeing. The most iconic landmark is the 451m twin Pertonas Tower. It’s currently the second highest building in the world and the highest twin tower in the world. The viewing platform is from 170 meter high bridge connecting the towers and provides a spectacular view over the city.

An even better view of the city is from the KL Tower, which is a 421 meter tall communication tower. We visited the 276 meter high viewing platform in the evening, which added to the experience.

KL Tower

Amongst other landmarks is the Istana Negora – the location of the Malaysian monarchy,

… and the Merdeka Square, where Malaysia proclaimed it’s independence from the British in 1957. Accidentaly J the time of our visit to Merdeka Square coincided with the cycling criteruim which marked the end of the Tour of Langkawi, so we spent a couple of hour watching some good street cycling.

A trip to Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Chinatown and a visit to one of the endless shopping malls.

Next stop – the paradise island of Bali.

1 comment:

Daphne said...

Hello there - I can't believe that you have already left from Australia and you are in Bali. Fantastic photos and the view from the tower in Singapore is fabulous. Can't wait to see the full album. I am waiting to taste Alex new international cousine after all those visits to different places.