We finally got to KL on our adventures around South East Asia! We flew in to Kuala Lumpur and spent a few days there on an extended visa run.
But first, we had to leave Thailand. Which is not always easy. Because we didn’t want to pay $$$ for airfare from the island of Koh Samui we had to leave a day early and take the ferry to Surat Thani and then get a hotel close to the airport. Which sometimes leaves me thinking… would it have been cheaper altogether to just pay the rate for a ticket from Samui??
Either way our stop in Surat Thani was pretty good. The hotel that we reserved (The O Valley Boutique Hotel) was really nice. It was a big enough room (always a bonus!) and the beds were comfy. But it was amazing how different a non-tourist destination felt. As we tried to negotiate cab rides, dinner and an extra pillow at the hotel, we realized NO ONE spoke English and there were NO food options for Wesley. I think we managed to buy him a pack of sandwich meat from the local “Kwik-E Mart” and that was his dinner.
The Surat Thani airport was crazy. Instead of leaving the tarmac and entering the terminal to find your bags, you actually end up walking along the tarmac for a long time. Damon had an AirAsia security guard tell him to go to the wrong area… I wonder how many people end up walking aimlessly on the tarmac??
But then we arrived in KL… and sat in traffic : )
The first (and main thing) I can say about KL is the traffic is horrendous. Worse than Houston, LA, or NYC. Damon said only Bangkok traffic was worse. But we still managed to have a great time. We stayed in the Chow Kit area of town. It was a LONG taxi ride from the airport, but our room was big enough and we didn’t spend a fortune… both good things : )
Because traffic is so bad, we mostly used the KL Monorail and the KL Light Rail. They were both fast and cheap.
We didn’t realize how busy the monorail gets until rush hour… we went from an empty train (and Wesley standing by himself), to 15-20 people rushing in at one stop. He was surrounded immediately. It was hilarious because it was mostly Muslim women who thought he was the cutest thing ever : ) They tried to pat his head, smile and talk to him… and he was NOT having it!
He gets so much attention in the cities we’ve been in… they call him “Harry Potter” and want to pat him. Thank goodness he’s not blond or a ginger… he would never be left alone!