Fortunately, another hotel that was mentioned in the guidebook as being for "business travelers" was right next door, the Katari Hotel. Ian went to check it out – it was American motel style, and exactly what we were looking for. For twice the price, we were able to get a private bathroom with oodles of hot water, great sound insulation from the road, and clean clean clean. We would recommend this hotel very highly. Great location, too. The 80 ringgit ($20) price was a promotion, but we would have been happy to spend twice that amount for the difference in comfort level.
Unfortunately, we spent most of our day in the room, still recovering from our little visit to the Perhentian Islands. The private bathroom turned out to be our most visited (and memorable) sight in KL. We did make it out to check out a few temples, and some shopping. We would highly recommend the Peter Hoe boutique just a few minutes away from the central market – very good prices, high quality crafts, and nice environment. It might not be as cheap as elsewhere, but it’s much more relaxed and no haggling. They also have a larger location just a few minutes away.We also checked out the Central Market, saw a Batik demonstration and bought some other nice souvenirs (If you buy a traditional kite, good luck getting it home, there don’t seem to be any boxes in Malaysia big enough for it!! Fortunately we found a post office in the airport on our way out of Kuala Lumpur where the guy bent over backwards to create a box solution which worked perfectly). Anyways, the Central Market is definitely worth a stroll. Also, the covered street market along Petaling St. is full of knockoff t-shirts and fake designer watches and is an interesting walk.
The next sight we saw, unfortunately, was the private hospital next to our hotel, where they seemed just a little too keen to admit Wendy for the night. After determining that it wasn’t anything more exotic then just pretty bad food poisoning, we just waited it out at the hotel.Before our flight out of Kuala Lumpur, we checked out the Must See sight – the Petronas Towers. We got there early (8:30am), as the free tickets up to the skybridge are given out quickly for the whole day. Our allocated time slot was at 10am. We got to spend about 20 minutes up on the bridge between the two towers. The view isn’t that spectacular, and is only about half way up. I guess it’s a must-do just because everyone now associates the Petronas towers with KL, but it really isn’t that special. Apparently, the telecom tower offers a more impressive view.