It seemed pointless to head all the way to Kuala Lumpur for the Formula 1 and not check out a city we had never explored before, so we chose to stay a few extra days but making sure we were back in Bangkok soon enough to enjoy the last two days on Songkran.
Our planning skills suck, actually Kirsty has this job thing now so I won’t bring her into this, my planning skills suck! I hate doing it, and I’m very good at putting it off until the last minute. The problem with this lazy technique is it means you end up with the worst deals in the worst places.
Kuala Lumpur is a popular place to visit, believe it or not. Whilst trying to book somewhere to stay there really wasn’t many budget options left two days before we were meant to arrive. I kept ending back up at the same place, a cheap place with a pretty poor review but unless I wanted to pay out loads more for an up range hotel there didn’t seem like any other option. I decided to book in for just two nights while the race was on – after all we would only be sleeping there and spending all day at the track.
We arrived in KL late and made our way to the hostel in China Town, the street was empty and despite, to my joy there actually being rubbish bins on the streets, it seemed as though they hadn’t been used in quite sometime – the whole place just looked a mess to me.
From the rare glimpses I got of the area between sleeping and going to the Formula 1 I didn’t see a lot to improve my opinion of KL. Our hotel room didn’t help either, cramped, damp and without a window it wasn’t the nicest place to come home to, my fault I know for not booking sooner.
After the race was over we moved to the classic inn in another part of town, a really nice hostel in a much better location and things were looking up.
We spent the remaining days wandering the streets, checking out the towers (of course) and doing a loooot of shopping.
Despite the last days being perfect my perception of the place had been ruined by the first impression, I know every city has it’s bad area’s and it won’t stop me going back or recommending it to people but something ruined it slightly for me.
It just goes to show that first impressions really do count…