Yesterday we had a great coach tour of Kuala Lumpur. We left Admiral Marina at 0730 and returned at 2100. The guide was very knowledgeable. Sadly he had to cope with a number of fussy yachties who don't seem to understand that tours have itineraries, but he coped with better humour than I would have! The tour included stops at the Batu Caves, the Royal Selangor Pewter factory, the twin Petronas towers for lunch, the KL tower and at Chinatown for a quick dinner.
The Batu caves were first documented by an English naturalist in 1878. Local Hindus then decided it was an ideal site for a temple and it is now looked after by the Hindu community. It's a good climb from street level up to the cave entrance. The caves are very large with several chambers. Each chamber has openings to the hilltop above, so varying amounts of light are let in.
|Monkeys in the Batu Caves|
We had a good, cheap lunch in the mall at the foot of the Petronas towers. We had a look around the mall and bought two pewter tumblers and a pewter tea caddy at the Royal Selangor shop. Prices were the same at their online store, factory visitor centre and at the mall. We chose a Japanese themed style which of course compliments our Japanese yacht.
|Money growing on trees at the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory|
|What a tankard!|
|View from KL Tower|
Chinatown was interesting too. Full of stalls selling "certified original copies" of western brand name goods. Very stylish, but not particularly cheap.
All in all a fun day.