Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. I visited this Metropolis in the middle of 2007 on my Malaysia travel tour. I fly from Bangkok with AirAsia Airline to the biggest city in Peninsular. Nearly everyone know the Petronas Twin Towers which are the landmark of Kuala Lumpur. The towers of KL are with about 500 m the highest twin towers in world. When I arrived on the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur i took a taxi to Chinatown. I choose the Le Village Guesthouse from my Lonely Planet southeast Asia travel guide. This easy going establishment is in the hart of Chinatown and close to a KL Metro station. Yust 100 meters away is the Reggae Bar witch is a nice meeting point for backpackers and travelers from around the world. At this time I paid 10 Malaysian Ringit for a single room with fan. The Le Village have as well a small kitchen and a TV room to share. Another good address for staying in Chinatown is the Red Dragon Backpacker´s Hostel. Read your travel guide for more possibilities to stay in KL.
Petronas Twin Towers
Near my guesthouse was the Central Market where you can find souvenirs, food and wooden sculptures. If you looking for aa shopping mall you will find the KLCC Shopping Complex of the foot of the KL Twin Towers. Here you can find boutiques, gold and jewels, western restaurants and of course souvenirs. In the capital of Malaysia is everything easy to reach by Metro, Bus or Taxi. The cheapest are the bus but the Metro in the capital woks good. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple was another point of interest for me. This Hindu temple is build in Chinatown. Like at every temple in southeast Asia you have to take out your shoes to visit KL´s principal´s Hinduism temple. The entry to this colorful house of god is free.
In Kuala Lumpur are many more sights like the National Museum, Islamic Arts Museum, the Bird Park or the National Art Gallery. If you want to see everything you need at least one week. The best Indian curry’s are to find in Little India. I paid about 2 Ringit for a delicious meal. The traveling from KL is easy. You have many travel options to many destinations. I was leaving Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Cameron Highlands in the middle of Peninsular.
When i was middle 2007 for traveling in Malaysia i go for a short trip to Singapore. I took the train from Kota Baru to Singapore city. The trip was around 25 hours and i don´t had a seat because it´s was fully booked. But still it was nice because i was sitting on the open train door and looked all the time to the jungle in Malaysia. When i arrived at the rail station in Singapore i was down and i just want to sleep. The taxi brag me to a guest house witch i found in the lonely planet for southeast Asia. This guesthouse was full so i was going to the “fragerance hotel” in a dormitory. I slept with 7 other backpackers in the small room with stage beds. One night was about 20 US, expansive for southeast Asia but cheap for Singapore . Actual everything is same or more expensive than in Europe.
Skyscraper in Singapore
For public transport Singapore have the “Mass Rapid Transit” underground witch works really good. The stations are widespread and i never wait longer than 5 minutes for a train. In this Asian metropole many things remember on Europe. First at all everything is clean what is unusual for a city in south east Asia and of course the bank skyscraper. The lifestyle of the people is as well close to the life of the Germans. Wake up in the morning, going to the office and enjoy yourself with material things. The people need stupid things and status symbols like big cars and other materials to forget the boring job and the daily grind. The fines for take waste away are high and there are civil controls! For example: a cigarette or a chewingum on street cost 250 US, go out of Singapore with car and your tank is lower than half cost 500US, they find one close box of cigarettes when you come in cost 150US per box… The government do everything to keep the city clean. The cigarettes cost 15US per box and You can´t buy chewing gum in Singapore’s shops. One evening i was in Chinatown for shopping and drink a beer for 10 US per pint.
Chinatown by night
My favorite part of Singapore is little India. Little India have many Indian restaurants with yummies curry’s. I can die for it! The Indian markets invite for shopping and the traffic is lower than in other districts. The Irish pub “Prince of Wales” serve cold beer in a nice and more or less quiet beergarden. There is a lot to see in Singapore: museums, temples, church’s, mosques, a zoo and much more. In the “Fort canning park” You can find the “battle box” witch shows Singapore in the WW2 and document the fall in 1942 by the Japanese.
Bloom in Singapore
At the fort canning park there are some walking ways to forget the fumes and the noice of the metropol.
My result for Singapore: Nice to see but not more! Not just because of the prices i will not come back to the city. Many countries in southeast Asia offer more for me than Singapore. Still its a nice city and a rich state in Asia but to be there once is enough for me because actually i don´t like big cities. That was i saw in the 5 days is that Singapore is just a big metropole with a European touch.