Wed 3 Feb 10 - Thu 4 Feb 10 33 °C
Our last night in Bangkok was a very mellow one. We did absolutely no sight seeing. We had a "fancy" hotel, Thong Ta Resort and Spa, near the airport. Keep in mind, this is all relative because everything in Thailand is cheap. Our usual rooms were bout 400-500 Baht a night, but this one was 800 Baht. Converted that's about $25 USD. And this is what we got for it:
It also included a decent breakfast in the morning, a shuttle to the airport, and cable TV (once again, we found ourselves watching the BBC, whether you believe it or not). It was by far the fanciest place we stayed in all of Thailand. Oh, and we got massages again there, but they were desperately needed. Our legs were cramped and our backs ached.
This morning we headed to the airport and hopped on a Malaysian Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Josh wants to post this screen cap from this ridiculous video as an introduction to KUALA LUMPUR, so I'm obliging him.
As the train from the airport approached the city we saw dark clouds starting to roll in. I've heard horror stories about the downpours in Malaysia and the weather forecast hasn't been very positive, but it actually wasn't as bad as I was expecting. The rain was relatively light, though it could get a lot worse in the coming days I guess, and the shower lasted only about an hour.
The thunder and lightening was somewhat troublesome, though. We were stuck between a lot of high rise buildings, so we could only see the flashes of light in the sky and not the actual bolts of lightening. The thunder was so incredibly loud and so quick after the flashes of light that it must have been extremely close to us. However, the locals didn't even bat an eye at it, so I guess there wasn't really too much to worry about. We must have looked quite silly reacting to the weather as we did. With every clap of thunder we'd look at each other and go "oooh" and "aaahh" and "wow." The locals just quickly continued on with business as though nothing was happening.
Our hostel is right on the edge of Little India and the main business district of KL. We had a quick dinner in Little India, but we probably won't do much else today. Here is a view from the stairwell of our hostel.
Tomorrow we'll probably start early so we can beat the crowds to the Petronas Towers, but we don't have much of a plan beyond that.
Post posting update: The east coast "jungle train" is apparently rained out right now, so it doesn't look like we'll get to do that. I really REALLY wanted to do it, but you can't control the weather (yet). Instead we'll be headed to Melaka, a historical town two hours to the south. I really don't know much about it, so this should be interesting.