8/13/11 - 8/14/11
Packing our bags, Bailey, Kourtney and I met the group in Utown before we left for Kuala Lumpur at 11pm Friday night. We took a bus through the night and arrived in the city at about 5:30am, dropped off our bags at the hotel and then went straight to the Petronas Towers. These are the tallest twin towers in the world, and tickets to go to the sky bridge sell out quickly each morning. We went to get tickets, find a breakfast place and plan the rest of our day. Tickets each have a specific time you can go up to the sky bridge, that way there are never more than about 20 people on the bridge at once. Our tickets were for 2:20 so we had all morning to do as we pleased.
We decided to first go to the Batu Caves, the largest Hindu shrine outside of India. There is a huge statue of Lord Murugan at the entrance, and it is over 43m high. It is entirely gold in color and is really impressive in person. Behind that there are 272 steps up to the biggest of the three caves. These steps are very steep and they are surrounded by wild monkeys. These are macaque monkeys, and they are likely to steal things right from your hands. We watched a monkey steal an entire Pringles can out of someone's hand, and then open it and eat them one at a time. Despite the stealing, these were the cutest monkeys I have ever seen, and there were a whole bunch of baby monkeys that were adorable!
After the caves we took a cab to China town, which had one of the biggest outdoor markets I've ever been in. They had every type of black market and/or fake replica of designer watches, purses, shoes, clothes, jewelry or anything else you can think of. I ended up getting a new 'Coach' wallet. It's starting price was $89RM, and I eventually got it for $15RM (~$5 USD). A friend of mine got a matching 'Tiffany Co.' bracelet and necklace, and someone else got a new North Face backpack.
From China town we went back to the Petronas towers for our sky bridge visit.