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Great backpackers in Chinatown

Got the 8.30 am flight on Air Asia out of Phnom Penh. It didn't manage to get one of those amazing really cheap flights but got one for $170 return. It was just under 2 hours the flight & I slept most of the way.

Air Asia arrives in at the LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) which is 1 1/4 hours away from KL & is separate from then Main airport. I had pre-booked my sky bus ticket with Air Asia for $4 and just made my way straight to where the buses leave from. The buses left regularly from near the Domestic Terminal & I only had to wait about 15 minutes. We arrived at KL Sentral bus & train terminal . I made my way to the monorail to catch it just 1 stop away to Pasar Seni Station. Just a quick 3 minute walk ( stopping a few times to ask directions) & I was there at the guesthouse, located in Jalan Tun HS Lee..... Perfect location!!! It is very new, opening just last year & has very cool decor in the community area downstairs. All shoes have to be left a the fromt door or carried up to your room ( hard to remember sometimes!!)

I am in a 6 bed women's dorm for $11 Aus a night & includes tea & toast for brekkie. Basic but nice & clean with comfy beds. The bathroom is very cool -all concrete, stone & wood.

By the time I had checked in it was 2pm & I had landed at 11am their time. The first day gets so wasted with travel time!!!

Went off to explore the local area of Chinatown & started off at Central Markets which is at the end of the block. Central Markets which has been a market since 1888 & is now housed in an art deco style from the 1930's. They had a lot of things I buy from Cambodia but way more expensive. I was starving & found a food court, full of very local foods. After checking out a few stalls I ordered rice with sliced duck, mushrooms & Bok Chouy. It looked amazing & you can imagine my disappointment on the first bite when I discovered it was stone cold!!! I took it back saying it was cold & she said that was OK. It was so not OK & tasted horrible cold!!!!! I left it & went & bought some fries. So much for eating the local food!!! Not a good start! It had only cost about $3 - food is cheap here.

Then on to Chinatown & wander down Petaling Street markets which were getting ready for the busy night markets with extra stall holders.

I ended up at the colonial heritage district with some beautiful buildings. There was the stunning Sultan Abdul Samad building built in 1897. It is now used as law courts.

Opposite is Merdeka Square which has the worlds tallest flagpole of 100 metres. In 1957 Malaysia became independent from colonial rule from England & raised their flag here. It is in a massive park & behind the park are traditional style mock tudor buildings which were set up as club for the elite British of the day. On another side was an old white church from the 1800'sn which I had look in & read the memorial plaques of the people who were part of it 100 years ago

I had some fried rice in a street cafe in Chinatown sitting out on the footpath watching the busy sellers trying to lure in the customers. Finished with a massage & then back to watch a movie in bed on my laptop. I am sharing a room with 3 chinese girls & a girl from Finland - all very nice

Flagpole Merdeka Sqaure

Flagpole Merdeka Sqaure


Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building


Petaling street

Petaling street


Explorers Guesthouse

Explorers Guesthouse


Chinatown

Chinatown


Fountain at Merdeka Square

Fountain at Merdeka Square


Petaling Street

Petaling Street


Guesthouse Common area

Guesthouse Common area


Dorm room

Dorm room

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Malaysia

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