Suffice to say transportation in Malaysia is very well structured, even for tourists like Sumeet and myself. All you have to do is simply follow the map and you are guaranteed of reaching your destination. The cable car was our first stop and wow was it ever exhilarating and a bit scary too.
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As part of our package from Make My Trip, we had a half city tour of Malaysia planned. Sumeet and I were really looking forward to it as we would get to explore the Petronas Towers, and I would have been lying if I said this was not one of the main reasons for me visiting Malaysia. As you can see from the pictures below, the first place of visit was the King’s Palace, and just like Buckingham Palace they even had those security guards – the ones who don’t flinch even if you punch them in the face (of course that’s not what you’re supposed to do, but we should bend the rules, right?).
The next stop was the national monument of Malaysia, a truly magnificent sight to behold. We then went ahead to a museum and saw a miniature model of the entire city of Kuala Lumpur. It was really breathtaking to see the film, intricate designs, and lighting effects on this constructed model. There were many others on the tour as well, including a couple of French guys, and I took the opportunity to converse with them in French (at least whatever basic conversational French I knew). Finally it was time for us to visit the Petronas Towers, something we were all looking forward to. So you can imagine our disappointment when our tour operator told us they would not be paying the MR80 entry price. Sumeet and I simply could not believe it, after all this is what we really wanted to do and now we would have to shell out for it ourselves. However, we decided to make the best use of where we were and visited KLCC-Kuala Lumpur City Centre. KLCC was so huge, so vast that I think it would even dwarf Times Square (and I thought that was huge!). We kept walking and walking and I think after around 45 minutes we reached Aquaria – one of the largest aquariums in the world. Sumeet and I paid the 50 Malaysian Ringgits as entry fee and ventured in. Words simply cannot describe what we felt when inside. You can see from the pictures below the humongous stingrays and sharks, and I simply felt glad that we were safe on the other side! It was so amazing to find so many different species of fishes that normally we wouldn’t really have cared much for – it really gave us new respect for nature.
We came back out after around an hour and a half completely satisfied for having gotten value for money from KLCC and aquaria. Now looking at our map, we decided to head over to Central Market to do a little shopping. Quite a nice place for a one time visit – they even had some rather cheap clothes.
KLCC was so huge, so vast that I think it would even dwarf Times Square (and I thought that was huge!). We kept walking and walking and I think after around 45 minutes we reached Aquaria – one of the largest aquariums in the world.
We had our sights set on going to Genting for the next day and although we targeted reaching there by at around 9 o’clock in the morning, we only woke up at 10 o’clock (sheepish smile). After having breakfast at the hotel we set off like scavenger hunters trying to find the easiest way to reach Genting. Suffice to say transportation in Malaysia is very well structured, even for tourists like Sumeet and myself. All you have to do is simply follow the map and you are guaranteed of reaching your destination. The cable car was our first stop and wow was it ever exhilarating and a bit scary too. Check out the pictures below!!
I can’t believe it! I lost out on the opportunity of becoming a millionaire all because my pants were not long enough!! Mental note to self – wear longer pants when you want to rob a casino.
The cable car ride took around 15 minutes leading us to The First World Theme Resort which had many casinos. The comprehensive indoor and outdoor theme-park was promoted as the destination for “Fun at The Peak”. The entire resort was subsequently billed; “The City of Entertainment”. Genting Highlands is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group. I was completely prepped to start card counting and become a millionaire overnight (I had watched so many movies about it already), unfortunately none of these movies mentioned that people in 3/4 pants were not allowed inside! I can’t believe it! I lost out on the opportunity of becoming a millionaire all because my pants were not long enough!! Although we did manage to make up for it with sky venture – a simulation wind tunnel. The wind tunnel is an amazing experience for everyone from first time flyers looking to experience the thrill of flight too skydivers trying to work on improving their skills in the air. For First timers I would HIGHLY recommend doing this… There is no other place you will get it cheaper and the joy ride they take you for at…
Since the night was still young, we decided to head over to the Plaza, an area so named because of the high end fashion shopping malls present. I honestly think that each mall we went to was bigger than the previous, because we were unable to complete walking through any of them. I must say that the Plaza is really super-luxe, when we looked at the number of tourists around everyone had the latest iPhone model with them-in fact looking at the types of shops from these pictures I think only the superrich can actually afford to shop here.