On our way from Vietnam to Borneo, we had a wonderfully short time in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (KL), population 1.6 million, where we meandered, using combinations of monorail, GO KL free bus and our feet. Our walking challenge here was different than in Vietnam: driving is on the left so crossing streets required a different perspective, since there were more cars here and hardly any motor bikes, representative of a higher standard of living than in Vietnam. We did learn that the same car in Malaysia cost about double what we would pay in the U.S.
We spent a few hours at the Perdana Botanical Gardens, focusing on the hibiscus and orchid gardens. We did watch a group of monkeys and their babies, scurrying across the rooftop of a park building, then moved on when they started throwing nuts and fruit at us! The old part of KL had the contrast between old decaying colonial edifices and modern high rises, capped off by the Twin Towers. In the old town's Central Market, we played tourist at a spa tub operation filled with fish which nibbled at and ate the dry skin on our legs and feet...we were hysterical with laughter from the tickling sensation! Finally, other tourists joined in for a rollicking good time. We also rode to the observation level of the KL Tower to view the whole of KL from 286 meters elevation. Night dining was at one of the 50 or so food hawker stalls near our hotel...great, cheap Malaysian food under the sky in this closed off street.