Stop gap in Kuala Lumpur
Our next country of destination was Cambodia however Sue had discovered that it cost more than three times as much to fly directly from Laos as it did to return 2.5 hours to the Kuala Lumpur hub of AirAsia (the Easyjet of these parts) turn around and then fly almost on a backbearing to Cambodia. As this had the extra benefit of putting us in KL on Chinese New Year if we stayed an extra day a new schedule was hatched. We walked to Vientiane airport, took the plane, got a bus, cracked the metro system, and arrived late afternoon at our small £20 per night hotel room complete with a view of the KL tower and the Petronas twin towers. Result!
The scene at night.
We enjoyed several performances of Dragon dancing over the weekend cumulating in one outside the iconic Petronis towers performed by a world champion troupe.
These acrobats not only had our hearts in our mouths as they balanced on the top of a series of steel columns to dance but also brought the character of their dragon to life as it raced back and forth with faux falls every so often to make the crowd gasp.
The mall under the towers was equally impressive with every designer shop you could think of including several shoe shops.
The central atrium had a colourful display of a horse surrounded by spring blossom to celebrate the year of the horse.
We watched a clever face changing performance where the girls removed mask after mask to reveal different expressions, it wasn’t until the end that we worked out how they were doing it.
We will return later in the year to climb the Petronis towers as, by the time we got there the day’s tours were full but instead decided to go to the top of the nearby KL Tower which has a stunning view of the stainless steel twins and the rest of the city too.
This picture taken from the tower shows our hotel just behind the church.
The time raced by and soon we departed from the ML Inn, a clean and friendly no frills hotel, to the by now rather familiar airport for the next chapter of our shore adventure.