Im flying to KL from BKK as part of my transit to Manilla where I intend to hit up one of the islands and meet a friend of mine for some more diving. Im excited about diving in the Philippines since I have heard it pretty good there but first off a quick over night in KL. The flight was with Air Asia my favourite budget air line and was again extremely cheap at about 20 GBP, I'm lucky to get a taxi home after a night out in the UK for that price much less an international flight!
I arrived into KL into the kind of tropical storm that can only be described as tropical and stormy, this is mother of a storm is intent on taking the paint off whatever it touches. Never having been to malaysia before I'm not sure what to expect but I've booked a cheap room in China Town which is near to KL Sentral train station and should be easy enough to get too. Now is another great time for the bank to cancel my cards right? After all i don't need any malaysian currency and can make my way to my room free of charge, not to mention there is no free wifi in the airport for me to Skype the bank. Luckily I had enough baht left over to exchange enough to get me both to my room and to pay the nights accommodation rate they wanted up front. A coach journey of about an hour took me to KL Sentral and from there I hopped on the MRT to China town. It was around 8pm by the time and china town had come alive with market stalls, street food vendors and bars spilling out over the pavement. This made it kinda hard to navigate through the crowds with my bags and I spent a good forty minutes trying to locate my room before I realised I had in fact walked past the turning I wanted about 20 minutes ago. Back tracking to my room I ditched my bags and took a quick shower before heading out into the chaos to explore a bit.
China town leads onto the Indian sector and KL can best be described as a real melting pot of cultures, china town is unsurprisingly chinese in its flavour with street food, market stalls and restaurants and bars catering primarily to chinese foods and tastes, while a little further on the Indian sector is similar but with an indian flavour. I got some food and generally nosed around the markets before tiring of the crowds and heading back to my room, it was already gone 10 PM and in truth I fancied a decent nights sleep. Turns out I really needed it and to my surprise I didn't really wake up the following day until well into the afternoon. Ruining any chance I had of visiting the Petronas towers (a limited number of tickets are given out each morning, get there early!). i wasn't too concerned I hadn't viewed this trip as anything other than transit really and I knew I would be returning to Malaysia for a much longer trip in the near future. I want to dive the coast of Malaysia and I want to dive the world famous sipidan in Borneo.
That evening I headed out to find food but I had made the first of my rookie mistakes with my flight to Manilla, I had to leave my hotel at 2 AM! my second mistake was in not adjusting my watch or phone to Malaysian time (1 hour ahead of thailand) before i realised my mistakes It was 11 pm and I had barely 2 hours sleep before my flight. Another last night in a city and another piss poor sleep before travelling on, much bigger mistakes had already been made but I had yet to realise it.