It took having our first visitor to arrive to explore a little further outside of Kuala Lumpur. Amanda arrived at midnight last Thursday, and we’ve had so many wonderful adventures together. It warms my heart to know that our best friends daughter, who is like a daughter to us, chose to start her first time travelling abroad with us.
We didn’t wait to get started. Friday morning we were off on our first adventure – Batu Caves. I didn’t tell her too much, Amanda had read about Batu Caves, although whatever she read – didn’t prepare her for the monkeys! To see her face and her reaction at the first one she saw as we were climbing the 272 steps up to the caves was priceless, to say the least. And then our disbelief as we watched people try to pat or feed these wild animals. Witnessing her first time at being asked if she would be in a photo with someone was humorous. Seeing the caves through her young adventurous eyes, a blessing.
Our next adventure took us to the Petronas Twin Towers. At 452 meters tall, they are the tallest twin towers in the world. The interior motifs are a reflection of local handicrafts and weaving patterns, while the 33,000 pieces of stainless steel and 55,000 pieces of glass panels on the exterior combine beautifully as Islamic patterns.
We had a couple of hours before our tour started, so we went for lunch, walked around KLCC and ventured five floors up to the book store in Suria KLCC.
The tour took us to the Skybridge, the world’s highest double-decked bridge at 170 meters above the ground.
The next stop was the observation deck on the 86th floor, 360 meters high! Although haze from the fires in Indonesia were obstructing much of what the view may have been, it was quite impressive to be this high up.
Next on the adventure was a trip via the train system to China Town. Amanda was quite surprised when Neil told her to guide us to where we were going. Given she’ll be backpacking around Thailand soon, this was a little practice run. Much to her surprise, she managed pretty well, and off we went. On the train we giggled, especially at the station Dang Wangi.
We ventured into Central market, a place filled with so many great little shops and even an opportunity to have all the dead skin eaten off your feet!
There isn’t a whole lot that can prepare you walking along the streets in China Town. The sights, sounds and smells are something that can’t fully be explained in print. It’s an interesting experience to say the least.
On Monday, Amanda and I ventured to Genting Highlands. With the Skyway Cable Car entered into the handy Waze App, we were on our way. We were in awe as we drove up the winding road, the thick lush forest surrounding us at every angle. We giggled as we came to a roundabout that had only one exit point – how that’s a roundabout not sure. Somehow we missed the Cable Car and ended up at the Chin Swee Caves Temple, which was a welcome change of plans. This place is magical in an eerie and peaceful kind of way. The clouds, and light rainfall made seeing all of this beautiful spot difficult, although it did make for beautiful images.
And of course the day would not be complete without Amanda being asked to be in a picture or take a picture!
After an unexpected tour around one of the large resort parking lots – thirteen floors of tight turns and corners, we decided to skip lunch and head back to Kuala Lumpur.
Tuesday’s adventure was Port Dickson. I really didn’t know what to expect, I did not do my due diligence with research. After a little investigating I found the Cape Rachado Lighthouse hike, and thought that would be a wonderful way to spend our day.
Driving into Port Dickson was surprising, I now know that it is known as an Army town. There are many training facilities, and a great deal of barbed wire. My message to Tina (Amanda’s Mom) was this:
“From military camps, barbed wire everywhere, a gunshot where we were destined to go, to a surreal oppulent and over the top resort.”
We arrived at Cape Rachado and were deciding what to do when we heard a very loud gunshot nearby. Needless to say, we decided to get back in the car. As we were driving out we saw an over the top resort on the beachfront. We decided to head there, check it out and maybe have some lunch. As we drove into the Lexis Hibiscus we felt like we were entering Far Far Away from Shrek. It didn’t seem real. After a quick walk around, we decided this wasn’t the place and kept going.
We found our way to the Thistle Resort & Spa. After an incredible 15 minute Head, Neck & Shoulder massage we enjoyed a lovely lunch before heading back to Kuala Lumpur.
What a whirlwind adventure this has been this past five days. We are so grateful to have Amanda here with us. We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful first guest! Next adventure – Cambodia in three sleeps!