Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands

92After we arrived at our hotel in KUL, I was not to have much rest. Wenny had us go out and I had my first impression of Kuala Lumpur. It’s warm, it’s humid, and it’s full of people. And cars.

We went to the monorail and from there went to meet Wenny’s brother at the KL Convention Center (KLCC), which is right next to the famous Petronas Towers. We had some food there and did some essential shopping.

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A word on prices. One Ringgit (or as I call them, “Ringdings”) is about 0.23 Euros. For the dinner for 4 persons we paid about RM60. A coke of about 0.4L (and way too much ice) was about RM2.50. People were a little amazed on how much more expensive restaurants in Europe are. I guess that the time you spend on earning your living gets you roughly the same purchasing power locally as it does in Europe.

The next day – Sunday – we departed the hotel and went to Genting Highlands, which is a kind of gambling town built on some mountain 50km from Kuala Lumpur. First with the bus, then the ascend to the facility itself in a very cool cable car, rising through the clouds over what I guess could be described as tropical rainforest (a first for me). Very much to my relief, the temperatures here are much more acceptable than in the city itself. It’s a huge hotel complex with a couple of rides, a lot of shops and food stands, and a small theme park attached. Unfortunately, as we were to discover today, most of the interesting rides in the later were closed. Too bad. Wenny didn’t get to scare me.

Finally, we did some gambling. I guess that isn’t a hobby for me. I am too careful, and I have a hard time understanding the rules. We still got out 10% ahead, and we didn’t even try too hard. I’ll let Wenny bet some more of my money before we leave. 😉

Further updates as I have a chance to post them.

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