Kuala Lumpur

View of Kuala Lumpur from the KL Tower

Visas for Vietnam and Cambodia required us to travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capitol, most populous city and home of the world's tallest twin towers. The seven days we spent there was only enough time to see the highlights and not even all of those.

China Town in KL

The bustling central street in China Town is closed to automobile traffic and covered, making it like a large open mall.

Chinese Temple interiorWalt & Jane outside a Chinese Temple

A visit to Chinatown is not complete without a visit to the Chinese Temple.

National Mosque

The National Mosque is one of the largest in SE Asia. The minaret rises out of a pool of water to a height of 240 feet.

Jane being suited up to visit the National Mosque

Jane had to be suited up by friendly attendants to cover all skin and hair before allowed to visit the mosque. Even then we were not allowed to enter the interior, but could look in.

Mosque interiorMosque interior

The interior of a mosque is a large open space. No pews are required since the faithful are either standing, kneeling or prostrate during service.

View arcoss independance Square

A view across Independence Square at the colonial era Supreme Court building in the foreground and the Menara Kuala Lumpur tower background. The tower is the worlds fourth tallest telecommunications tower in the world.

View of the KL Tower and a colonial era residence

This once grand residence squeezed between the modern high rise architecture illustrates the rapid economic growth of the city in the last 50 years.

Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers, while no longer the worlds tallest building are still the world's tallest twin towers and marvels of modern architecture.

Rhinoceros Hornbill

The 252 acre Lake Gardens district has within it the worlds largest covered bird park where many species of bird, like this rhinoceros hornbill, are allowed to live uncaged.

Mokey coming through the bird park neting

The birds may not have figured out how to get out of the park, but the local monkeys have figured out how to get in.

Monkey eating the bird food

Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?


A covered butterfly park next to the bird park make this an interesting and pleasant place to spend the afternoon.

Owls in the bird park

When it comes to pleasant ways to spend the afternoon, these guys seem to have it figured out.