We woke up really late and missed breakfast completely on Thursday – I'm guessing due to the time difference, not just because we are lazy.
When we finally managed to get out, we headed over to the Petronas Towers and Suria KLCC shopping centre. The original plan had been to get up early to get tickets to go up to the Skybridge, but then we found out that they had stopped giving out free tickets for this and instead you could pay for a ticket to go up to the Skybridge and the (apparently new) Observation Deck – as you can tell we are really organised and prepared for this trip and definitely did some research before leaving. We are trying to stick to some sort of budget, and not wanting to blow all our cash in the first week, we opted not to pay for tickets and we had been up the KL Tower the day before.
Once Darryl had taken as many photos as you can of two metal towers, we headed over to China Town for dinner (Claypot Chicken) and wondered around the markets not buying things (except Darryl bought some sunglasses. Again.).
The activity for Friday was heading up to the Batu Caves on the train. Luckily figuring out the trains/monorail in Kuala Lumpur has been relatively easy, straightforward and very easy on the budget.
Waking up for breakfast seems to be turning into a bit of a mission, on the plus side, one less thing to pay for. Also, once we meet up with the Parents on Sunday, goodbye waking up late.
Fortunately we just missed the busiest time for the Batu Caves – the Hindu festival of Thaipusam. Having been there around that time previously, it really wasn't all that much fun! It was still quite busy though, with a much larger market than my last visit in 2007 – but this may be just the aftermath of Thaipusam.
Walking up that many steps in the heat is never going to be fun though. It was a clear day though, so the views of the city from the top were pretty good. There are still plenty of monkeys in the caves (lots of babies!), and even a few chickens.
We ended the day having drinks in the rain (first rain of the trip).