Kuala Lumpur and the elephants

I absolutely loved the twin towers. Not being in/on it but just the look of it. And the elephants? They are adorable. But please, don’t ever ride them!! They are actually not made for that.

‘Here we are,in the stormy Kuala Lumpur. Arrived by ferry 2 days ago. The trip was one of the worst bus trip. Supposedly it was a sleeping bus. Well,I couldn’t sleep for that 8 hours we travelled during the night. I was absolutely dead by the time we got here and we actually got off the wrong side of the city. The bus stopped right where we are staying but as we didn’t know that that time, we got off the last stop which was about an hour away from where we are now. We wanted to take a taxi but even the taxi drivers said it’s too far,so they took us to a train station and we paid 10ringgit and off we went. The train took about an hour and it was more like an overground than a train. We had to walk an other probably 10 minutes until we got to the hostel. The room itself is very small,literally only one bunk bed,nothing else in it. The hostel is ok,toilet and shower the same as everywhere else, not exactly clean but it does the job. ☺️ As we couldn’t check in yet -I almost pulled my hair out,I was so tired- we went for a little exploring. Found out that the Chinese market and China town itself is just 3mins away from us. We literally just walked the whole day yesterday. Kuala Lumpur is like a miniature Dubai, especially by the towers with the shopping mall and the coloured fountain,etc. We went to the Petronas twin towers and wanted to go up but tickets have been sold for the day so we bought tickets for today. As we were about to head out, I saw something. A cinema… I thought why wouldn’t we check? And guess what? Everything was in English. So we watched a movie, Baby Boss (Dreamwork animation). It was actually a funny movie. Tickets weren’t cheap, 21 ringgit/person but as there was not much else we could do,why not?

Today we wanted to go to an elephant sanctuary but we woke up too late so instead, spent the whole day discovering the other part of the city, walked in the Perdana Botanical Gardens where we saw a big mosque, there is a planetarium, the world’s biggest free-flight walk-in aviary. We were thinking of going into the bird world but ticket cost 67 Ringgit/person which is hilariously expensive for our budget, when our daily limit is 364 Ringgit (otherwise is actually cheap). As we bought the ticket, we went up to the tower and it was really nice. Today was a massive storm here, thunder and lighting, pouring rain. It got a bit cold as the wind and rain and all sort.. we had to take a taxi to the tower as the rain caught us on the way, got us absolutely soaking wet but it calmed down by the time we finished the tower so we walked back. We decided to stay one more night so we go to the elephant sanctuary tomorrow.We then fly to Sumatra, Indonesia the day after.☺️

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Yesterday we finally got to see the elephants. It was a hassle to get there but it was worth it. We could have done the tour for 220RM/person, instead, we figured out how to get there and payed for everything around 210RM/2 people.

Let me tell you how we got there.

From China town where we are we got to Hang Tuah station by foot,which took us about 20 minutes. From there we took the green MRL to Titiwangsa (5.80RM/person), about 40 mins long and then we walked to Perkeliling bus station which is about a 5 mins walk. Bus cost 10.50RM and it took about 2 hours to Lanchang, where we had to go. Ticket shows Mentakab but it stops in Lanchang. From there taxi took to the sanctuary. Well,it isn’t a taxi really, it is someone’s private car but they came out and took us to the sanctuary for 60RM/return! The reason for the exclamation mark is cos here in Asia, there is no return tickets. No matter if you buy bus or train or any other tickets, they are all one way tickets. But he asked for return…wow! 😁 There was no entry fee to the sanctuary,they basically ‘live’ on donations. We bought the bus ticket back to KL in a little building says HOTLINK from where the car took us.

As soon as we entered, we had a show which was the ‘feed the elephants’ show. They explained us about the elephants and then we could feed them. They are very kind and big. Their skin is very tough but there nose was very slimey, probably after chewing lots of fruits. We then watched the baby elephants, could take some nice photos, had a walk and we headed back to KL. The bus took forever as it was rush hour. The evening we basically spent with booking flight ticket to Indonesia. We had to try so many options but finally we got it via Lion Air. It cost £54/person to Jambi,which is in the middle of Sumatra. As we had to stay one more night,today we wanted to save money and we stayed in the hostel the whole day. I coloured my hair, read a newspaper, watched movies. Tomorrow we will be in a new country by about 2.30pm Indonesian time. Can’t wait.’

 

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