2nd stop was the Petronas Towers. Apparently they were previously the tallest buildings in the world until the 'Bamboo Shoot' in Taiping (Taiwan) took, over. I kept looking at them though and could only think of that scene in the movie 'Entrapment' where Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones walked on top of the bridge that divides the two buildings.
and next the view from our hotel room:
We then spent the rest of the day doing some shopping in the many shopping complexes and of course phoned home and spoke to Harrison before he went to bed - this was my daily ritual, I would not have been able to sleep without having a chat to my little boy.
Day 3 - August 4th - Today we went to the Batu Caves, it is a short drive out of Kuala Lumpur, but Graham and I decided to attempt to catch the public transport for a locals view of travel. It wasn't too hard, we caught the KL Monorail to Titiwangsa station, then hoped on the number 6 bus out to the caves. The travel was fine, but our bus driver was a bit dodgey - he took a 15 minute smoke break half way through the journey - but we got to our destination in the end - even if it did take about 2 hours to get there!
The Batu Caves form part of a Hindu temple where the locals celebrate the Taipusam Festival. At the base of the caves are a whole heap of monkeys, they seemed quite tame, but there was no way in hell I was going to go near them, let alone touch them. To reach the caves you need to climb 272 steps - pretty much everyone stopped half way for a rest!
Here is the view of Kuala Lumpur city taken from the top highest accessible point of the caves:
After our trip to the caves we decided that it was too hard to bother with the buses again, and instead hoped in a taxi and headed back to the city.
Day 4 - August 5th - Today once again we put on the comfy shoes and walked and walked and walked. We headed out to the Central Markets and did some souvenir shopping, this had quite a lot of lovely shops and was definately much less stressful then Petaling Street.
After a quick trip back to China Town to get a few more bits and pieces (at my request) we headed back to the hotel to freshen up then to go out to dinner. We ended up going to dinner at Planet Hollywood - I guess going to a tourist trap like this is a bit disappointing, but I think we both just needed a bit of western food! On the plus side we were there during happy hour and I got 2 for 1 Long Island Iced teas and Graham of course got 2 for 1 Jim Beams.
We then made our way to the airport for our journey home, it was a red eye flight and arrived in at Adelaide Airport at 6am on 7th August. As you can imagine I couldn't get home quick enough to my boy - and of course it didn't take long for tantrums to start and life got back to normal!