Welcome to the second part of my SouthEastAsia trip report series. The first part lead me to London Heathrow on three legs from Strasbourg via Lyon and Madrid. Now for the first main event of the journey, the long-haul leg from London down all the way to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, with British Airways, operated by the Boeing 787-9.
Leg 4 - London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur
|Route||LHR - KUL|
|Flight No||BA 033|
I didn't have a lot of time here in London, so after arriving from Madrid I went directly to the B pier, where my flight would depart. It was still pretty deserted there at the moment:
At least the plane was already there, a shiny and almost brand new Dreamliner, registered as G-ZBKF, first flight only about 6 weeks earlier:
Departure already in the dark, so no pictures from the first half of the flight. After about 1 hour into the flight service started, I took the Malay Chicken option with rice and veggies:
The food was quite ok, nothing special though. After the trash was cleared I played around with the inflight Entertainment and watched a movie, though I don't even remember which movie it was, so it probably wasn't that good. I even caught an hour or two of sleep during the flight.
The sun rose about halfway into the flight, but with the automatically dimmed windows on the 787 I couldn't really enjoy the view outside. Normally you can set the dim grade on the window individually for yourself, but the crew can override this and keep the windows in the whole cabin as dark as possible. So all I got was this dark blue view:
Visiting Kuala LumpurI had booked two nights here in this city, so one complete day to explore. And it was totally worth it, KL certainly is an interesting place, a mix of old and new, modern and traditional, east Asian and western influences, and still not yet too touristy. But before a day full of sightseeing let's start with a East-West-Fusion breakfast:
But now enough of the old part of town, let's head out with the monorail and the Metro towards the Golden Triangle to visit the probably most famous building of the city, the Petronas Twin Towers:
With a total height of 452 meters (including the masts on top) these towers once used to be the highest building in the world. Still today the highest twin towers and still very impressive. Necessary paper work to visit the towers (tickets are often sold out early for the day, so best thing to do is go there early in the morning and buy tickets for the afternoon):
The television tower of Kuala Lumpur, with 421 m height almost as high as the Petronas Towers:
Back down, the plaza behind the towers was pretty busy at this hour in the late afternoon:
On the way back towards the quarter Bukit Bintang where my hotel was located:
Then I got caught in a rain shower, and when it rains here in the tropics, it definitely is a true rain:
And so my day of exploring the Malaysian capital ended. It was a great day full of interesting sights, full of contrasts, and also full of delicious food. I had a wonderful time :-)
Hope you enjoyed reading my report so far, the next part will take us on an AirAsia flight to Bali, a day of exploring the island and a tigerair flight to Singapore. Stay tuned!