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The graduation treat, Malaysia (Part 1)

Tips for budget travelling
April 30, 2014

Over Arabian Sea

but this beautiful book was a nice companion for 10 hours flight and I finished it.

Zavia, by Ashfaq Ahmed

Zavia, by Ashfaq Ahmed

and so I reached Kuala Lumpur after a brief stay over at Colombo airport. As I moved towards passport control, I don’t know why, but my heart was beating really fast, may be just one week ago a friend had crossed into Malaysia from Thailand and soon after border crossing first message he sent me was , “Malaysian Immigration officers are the most ***** *** immigration officers I ever met”. I didn’t believe him and I was right.

KLIA

KLIA

Frankly speaking for me immigration was smooth as it can be at your home, she only asked me how long I plan to stay in Malaysia and I was in Malaysia, but my luggage did not arrive. Alitalia ground staff at Turin airport had not sent my luggage from Turin which actually was a blessing. I could move around freely. I had some shorts and shirts in my hand bag and so I was absolutely fine, infact I was happy ?

Plane spotting at KLIA

Plane spotting at KLIA

At a walking distance outside KL Sentral station, there are some Indian Shops (Little India) where I found “Gandhi’s Vegetarian Restaurant”. It was no doubt an amazing meal with hot drinking water. I had to agree that Indians can make many vegetarian dishes that we Pakistanis do not have any idea at all. The price was also reasonable for a budget traveler.

From Gandhi's vegetarian restaurant.

From Gandhi’s vegetarian restaurant.

and so begins the famous walk around the city.

Kuan Yin temple is a Chinese temple just outside Maharajalela monorail station in Chinatown. Built in 1880, this temple is dedicated to Goddess of mercy. Frankly speaking I had no idea that Chinese also worship something. I always thought they didn’t believe in religions. ?

Kuan Yin temple (if I did not forget the name) is a Chinese temple in KL

Kuan Yin temple is a Chinese temple in KL

Its just one day before famous Hindu festival of Diwali when I arrived Malaysia and because there is a considerable number of Indian immigrants in Malaysia, Diwali is officially celebrated here.  One could see preparations going on in malls and in streets and shops.

Diwali preparations in a mall just near KL sentral

Diwali preparations in a mall just near KL sentral

Jalan Petaling (Petaling street) is one of the most famous streets in Kuala Lumpur and the area around is called Chinatown. The street is full of Chinese products and cuisines. In my opinion its the best and cheapest place in KL for shopping. Street is always crowded with locals and tourists.

Petaling street in Chinatown KL

Petaling street in Chinatown KL

Well, once in KL if you didn’t see the famous Petronas twin towers, you didn’t visit Kuala Lumpur. This famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia was once the tallest building in the world during 1998-2004. The 88 story building was constructed in 4 years and opened in 1998. A walk towards the towers itself is an experience. You can see the towers from almost everywhere in the city and can walk there.

Petronas towers

Petronas towers

The day is over but its the beginning in Malaysia. Like always, I was also couchsurfing in Malaysia. It has been an amazing experience there as I happened to meet some really nice souls. Imran and his family were hosting me for the first night.

With my hosts in Kuala Lumpur

With my hosts in Kuala Lumpur

#Stories about my trip in Malaysia and Sri Lanka will continue in next few posts. Please keep following me. I will also give you the jaw opening budget details of my trip. ?

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