THE MALASYIAN CURRY LAKSA

In Malaysia the eating never seems to stop, so you've got the opportunity to get to know quite a few dishes. The noodle soup laksa is one of Malaysia's iconic dishes—but it takes many names and even more forms. The main ones are asam Laksa and curry laksa.

Asam means "tamarind," and asam laksa is a tart, sour fish soup made from that fruit as well as shrimp paste and various aromatics, producing a thin broth.

Curry laksa is a much richer one whose broth has a coconut milk base, and it's poured over noodles and garnished with tofu puffs, shrimp, and egg. If you hear someone describe a dish as just "laksa," this is usually (but not always) what they're talking about.

In Penang, in the north of the country, you'll find more version of asam laksa, and it's likely to be a little more tart and spicy, thanks to their proximity to Thailand and affinity for those flavors!

I tried the best one in Penang in the food court around the city! If you want to know more, read my article about penang!

This recipe version is traditionally made with rice noodles, prawns, clams, tofu puffs and fish balls. It is not a dish of subtlety. It is a perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy elements, normally accompaniments with Vietnamese mint and fried Asian shallots.

Food court in Penang

Food court in Penang

curry laksa preparation

Kuala Lumpur street - curry laksa preparation

Kuala Lumpur street - curry laksa preparation

Kuala Lumpur street

Ingredients

60 ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil

1.5 litre of broth made with the prawns heads

2½ tsp grated palm sugar

450 g clams

12 large raw king prawns, shelled, cleaned, tails left intact

500 ml (2 cups) coconut milk

12 fish balls (see Note)

150 g tofu puffs (see note)

200 g (2½ cups) beansprouts

500 g fresh thin rice noodles

fried Asian shallots, ietnamese mint leave if you like, chilli sambal (optional) and lime wedges, to serve

Laksa paste

8 small dried red chillies

2 tbsp dried shrimp

5 red Asian shallots, chopped

1 tbsp finely chopped galangal (see Note)

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 large lemongrass slices

6 candlenuts chopped

1 tbsp belachan (dried shrimp paste)

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp sweet paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground turmeric

How to prepare the recipe step by step

First prepare the laksa paste: put chillies and shrimp in two separate bowls and water enough to cover both with boiling water. You need to leave for 20 minutes or until softened. After that drain well, then process with remaining ingredients in a food processor to a smooth paste.

Second the dish: heat oil in a large saucepan. Add laksa paste and cook for at least 2 minutes or until fragrant.

The next step is to add stock and sugar. Leave the time to combine the ingredients, and then bring to a simmer. Add the clams, return to a simmer and cook for 4 minutes. After that add prawns and cook for 1 minute or until all the ingredients are well cooked.

At this point you can add coconut milk, fish balls, tofu puffs and beansprouts. Stir gently and  bring almost to a simmer. Cook for other 2 minutes.

In the meanwhile, place noodles in a large bowl with enough boiling water to cover, then stand for 2 minutes or until heated through. After that you need to drain well. Divide noodles, then laksa mixture among bowls. Scatter over fried shallots and mint leaves. Spoon over chilli sambal, if desired, and serve with lime wedges.

GOA: NOT CONVENTIONAL INDIA

Goa is not a city …. It is a  part of the incredible India!

India is recognized as the largest democracy in the world. The Constitution came into force on 26 January 1950. The principles of equality, liberty, justice and fraternity are the roots of India. The people from any caste, creed, sex, religion, and region can vote and choose their representatives. In India, there is a federal form of government that means there is a government at the center and at the state.Therefore, Goa is part of all of this and is the smallest state.

The “country” changes fast but the magic still is there. You can go to India just for a month but you need more time  to live India and the incredible culture it has.

Goa's attractiveness lies in the beautiful beaches , each with its own appeal. You can visit 30 beaches strung out along the coastline and each of them is different. You have to take care in the months of October and November when the seabed is still settling after the monsoon. While Goa's reputation as one of the most liberal Indian states means that sunbathing in a bikini is entirely accepted, but remember that topless is illegal and wearing flimsy shorts or a bikini anywhere other than the beach is extremely disrespectful. When you will be there , please respect the culture and what it means for Indian people.

The northern beaches are generally considered to be the most dynamic, developed and tourist populated. Calangute and Baga, for example, are quite touristic but you have to know that these beaches lacks much authentic Indian charm. It depends on which experience you want to live in India.

One of the place I was is Anjuna beach, the original hippy hangout, that has changed dramatically since its original days but retains a touch of the unconventional.

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In the northest part of Goa and you'll find peace again on the beaches of Mandrem, Asvem and Arambol – broad sweeps of fawn sand, backed by thickets of palm trees and casuarina pines.

In the south there is another nice place is Palolem. With postcard-perfect views, lazy beach life and a chilled-out nightlife this broad bay has little in common with the more commercialized northern beaches. For something even quieter, wander south to the next beach along, Patnem. Go to eat curry fish, it is an amazing typical dish!

How can  I know so much? I rent a moto and I was just flowing from a place to another in Goa territory.

Party like no where else

Goa is recognized as a party destination. It was began to be established when it was a Portuguese colony, providing a liberal bolt-hole in a conservative nation. Young Western backpackers began to mix all togheter in Goa and the state became a venue for all-night raves.

There are, the three-day "underground" trance parties. The best place to begin is at Vagator beach. After this you should ask for the jungle location where that evening's party will take place.

However, since the police have started to crack down on these unofficial all-night raves, mainstream club started to fill the gap.

In the middle of the day, the pace of life in Goa slows substantially.

Yoga in Goa

Yoga is a usual activity you will do in Goa, the smallest India state. Visiting several beaches I was looking always for a Yoga class and it is so easy there to find one. Just go around and find the best practice for you!

I used to do Yoga early in the morning, when the sun come up and gentle tell you that the day starts…

Do yoga in India is different than do it in Europe. All around you, remember that this is a philosophy, not just a practice. You need to focus with all your soul and your mind and feel as you are part of something bigger than you.. The nature and the world itself!

GEORGE TOWN: HERITAGE OF THE ASIAN STREET FOOD

Penang: its street food is legendary and the capital George Town is one of the hottest destinations in Asia, especially for the nightlife.

The island is an exotic tropical piece of earth, located off the north-west Malaysia. It is one of the world capitals of street food, with a melting pot of cuisines from the island’s Chinese, Malay and Indian communities: Hokkien black noodles, succulent giant prawns steamed in rice wine and spicy assam laksa, roti canai dunked in a rich lamb curry and much more.

The island can offer much more to do. The best thing is to hire a car or organize a day trip in the nature to discover the other side of this verdant island, with lush jungle, traditional fishing villages and rural Malay kampongs.

Where to eat in George Town

Street food is everywhere around the island: with stalls cooking 24 hours a day, from breakfast to after-midnight breaks. Seafood is a Penang specialty. There is no other place in the world where such a mix of cultures has contributed their culinary influences one into each other. Chinatown, Little India, hawker stalls and food courts - the multitude of choices for eating in Georgetown is delightfully overwhelming.

The best place to eat for me are the food courts where you can find lots of different food to taste in the same location.

You sit down, take a drink to guarantee you the table and after that, you can go all around and decide what you want to eat taking your time. It can be also convenient to have all the options under one roof.

Just to mentioned the main ones around the city, below a short description of them:

  • New World Park: This failed amusement park was given a new life as Georgetown's best food court. Each food counter is clearly labeled with what local dish can be purchased. It is located in the northwest of the city.
  • Red Garden: The Red Garden is a little grungier and more hectic but the location is perfect! Here you can find a perfect mix of carts and counters that serve up excellent fare for prices cheaper than those found in restaurants. The Red Garden is an excellent place to find classics food as well as Thai, sushi, and even Filipino food. The Red Garden opens only for dinner at 5:30 pm till 2 am.

  • Sri Weld Food Court: This concrete-floored food court is cheap and simple, but the food is excellent. Sri Weld is located on the eastern tip of Georgetown between Lebuh Pantai and Pengkalan Weld
  • Cebil Market Food Court: This classic food court is located in the southeast of the city center. The food court is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Street Art

I love going around and searching street art when I travel. I like this art because it is the expression of the city soul and young folk; it is something clandestine and wild that become an integral part of the urban landscape.

In Georgetown, the artists integrated elements of the urban environment and other objects in their works in a very playful and funny manner.

Telling something more, in 2010 the state of Penang launched an initiative: they asked to the island artists to create sculptures in wrought iron in the form of cartoons which illustrate the multiculturalism of the region and of the local scenes and life.

Then in 2012 another step was done, in the framework of the Georgetown festival, the Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic asked to create very imaginative murals combining the painting and common objects such as bicycle or telephone booths. This style of street art, light and fun, become the artistic signature of Penang and different artists joined the movement. I passed the day around the city discovering the places where the murals were taking pictures with a guy I met there.

Walking around

If you want to visit the city from an historical point of you, you can start from the Fort of Cornwallis, which was built in 1800 by Captain Sir Francis Light. He came on the island during a navigation, falling in love with the place. Not far away there is the clock tower built in honor of 60 years of reign of Queen Victoria. Advancing toward the south you can arrive to the characteristic district of Little India. You really feel to be in India, the food, the music, the color, the perfumes; the shops are like the traditional ones and let you to immerse yourself in the Indian atmosphere. In the afternoon, you can visit the Hindu temple of Mahamariamman, the Teochew temple and the mosque of Kapitan Keling, built in 1801. After that, a visit to the old part of the city is necessary. A metal arc is the door to this area that was founded by the first Chinese emigrants: Chinatown.

If you go closer to the sea there are also the old clans headquarters There are different ones for each clan that populated the city. The shops are now abandoned, the houses one after another are of faded pastel color but you can lose hours and hours to run up and down, to discover new untouched corner all around.

The only critical point is the sun that burn so keep with you water and sun-cream for your skin!

After Penang I turn to Kuala Lumpur again, my time in Malysia was finished!

KOH LIPE: EARTH TREASURE OF WHITE BEACH

When you arrive on the island, the first impression you have is “Am I dead or alive?” You see a row of small boats in the water that has an intensive blue color compared to the white of the sand, a long beach tongue in front of you . The effect is a sharp light that come to your eyes, and you say “Wow!!” If the paradise really exist, hoping it will be similar to this.

Fisherman

If you arrive from Langkawi, in Malaysia (as I did), you need to clear immigration first. The staff on the speedboat or ferry will guide you through the immigration process. After the registration at the immigration office on the Southern end of Pattaya Beach, next to Bundhaya Resort, you are free to go.

The island is  very small, so you can go by foot everywhere, but if you are too lazy, Motorbike taxi drivers are around to take you where you need to go.

History

The first community to settle in Koh Lipe were a group of nomads of the sea called Urak Lawoy belonging to Chao Ley Group. They travelled from one island to another in search of areas rich of fish. Still today, many Urak Lawoy earn to live from fishing. The advent of tourism brought changes, still things are changing, and some have opened their restaurant where they cook fresh fish, while others have become taxisti or organize excursions on the islands.

The Chao Ley Koh Lipe are Animists, with a strong bond with the spirits of the sea and their ancestral spirits. Sometimes positioning of the totem on beaches as a point of contact between the spirits and the shaman. The Chao Ley also boast a rich musical heritage and the Urak Lawoy in particular are very good at playing the violin and percussion.

During cultural events as the Full Moon of Koh Lanta, the Urak Lawoy celebrate traditional dance and music with the hope of achieving economic prosperity and happiness in the family.

Koh lipe treasuries

The three main beaches in Koh Lipe are: The Sunset Beach (Hat Pramong), the Pattaya Beach and the Sunrise Beach (Hat Chao Ley) and a handful of small beaches for the most private and islets to explore.

Pattaya Beach: it is the most popular beach and the most beautiful of Koh Lipe with soft white sand and crystal blue sea. Here in addition to the hotels, you will also find dozens of bars and restaurants located directly on the beach or around the corner of the Walking Street.

Sunrise Beach (Hat Chao Ley): this beach extends along the entire eastern section of Koh Lipe. On clear days you can see in the distance the island of Koh Taruta and Langkawi Island in Malaysia. On the northern tip of the Sunrise Beach, in front of Koh Adang, there is a beautiful portion of white sand that change the shape according to the season and to the winds.

Sunset Beach (Hat Pramong): it is a small bay overlooking the west Coast, and as its name suggests is the best spot to watch the sunsets. It is a beach with the atmosphere very calm and relaxed where you can still find the characteristic bars and restaurants built with pieces of wood carried by sea.

If your skin is burn, this beach is also good in the morning because the sun will arrive in the afternoon, so you can enjoy the sea without pain!

However, you need to do a boat tour to enjoy at all the beauty of the island: the tour of the islands by boat also will give you the possibility of snorkeling in the most beautiful spots of the marine park. Koh Lipe is probably one of the last Thailand pieces remained uncontaminated. With 30 islets nearby and a hundred reef well preserved and easily accessible, is an ideal destination for diving lovers.

The strong points of the dives are the soft corals and the macro; there are several pinnacles of granite covered with coral frequented by neutral colorful tropical fish. The best sites for coral are Stonehenge and Koh Taru where you will be amazed to see the expanses of soft corals purple and white and the variety of marine species.

LANGWAKI ISLAND: THE BORDERS OF MALYSIA

As in Italy is winter and I wanted to have rest on a white beach in front of a blue sea I decided to go to Langkawi Island after Pangkor island on Malysia west coast.

I just looked some pictures of the place and after that I tell myself: “ok, you have to go there!”

So I took a bus from Lumut to Kuala Perlis (6 hours) for 38RM (around 7,5 Euros). After the bus, I have to catch a ferry (1, 5 hours) for 18 RM.

At the end I arrived on the island. Off the coast of Kedah, Langwaki is not a single island. It is a cluster of 99 small islands offering different worlds: beautiful beaches, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.

 

  • ISLAND LEGENDS

If you go around asking to local people the history of the name they will tell you the tragic story of a beautiful young lady named Mahsuri. It is a tale of love, jealousy and a curse that was placed upon the island by her for seven generations.

Today, people still believe that the prosperity and blessings is not a simple coincidence. The mysticism of this legend can be felt in many parts of this island, especially at Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri's Mausoleum), where Mahsuri is said to be buried.

Her parents, Pandak Mayah and Mak Andak, originally migrated from a small Muslim village called Prabang, near Phuket, Thailand. Mahsuri was born and raised in Langkawi, in the early 1800s, and later married a local warrior named Wan Darus. Her husband soon left to join the fight against the invading Siamese.

While he was away, Mahsuri innocently befriended a young man who just happened to be traveling through the area (and obviously not a warrior). The village chief’s wife, who was jealous of Mahsuri’s beauty, then spread rumors of Mahsuri being unfaithful to her husband and the rest is history (or legend if you will). She was falsely accused of adultery and sentenced to death. Mahsuri was executed by knife in 1819.

The Legend recorded in the island history tell that the Siamese invaded Langkawi not long after Mahsuri’s death and razed the island to the ground with a scorched earth policy. And coincidentally, Langkawi did not become a major tourist hotspot until the birth of Wan Aishah bt Wan Nawawi, the seventh generation descendant of Mahsuri.

  • ISLAND TREASURIES

Tourism is one of the most important activities but many of the islanders are still farmers and fishermen. For this the food you will eat is really good and fresh!

 

One of the beauty of this island is the countryside and peaceful landscape of paddy fields you will enjoy by renting a moto bike and taking a leisurely drive around the island. Some of Langkawi's most rustic and memorable views are along the road that circles the island far from the most touristic places.

You'll experience small villages with wooden houses framed by palm trees, and children pedaling their old bicycles on errands.

But if you like to hike you can also do that in the island small mountains. They are for free, so you need only the willing to start and go to the top!

If you are too lazy there is another possibility: there is a new cable car that can bring you to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest mountain - for an unrivalled view of the entire main island and beyond.

Other popular destinations are the Field of Burnt Rice, Hot Springs, Telaga Tujuh (The Seven Wells) and the Beach of Black Sand.

You can also enjoy a Boat tour to Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories) and Gua Langsir (Curtain Cave) if you will have the time!

What I wrote is not exhaustive; it is possible to do much more in this beatiful island.

So going back to my trip, I passed 2 lovely days in the island before going to Koh Lipe in Thailand.

I stayed in a hostel in Cenang, a good location to start your day and decided where to go!

The first day I was walking all around the main beaches enjoying the sun and the music. There was a blues festival on the island in those days so in the afternoon I passed my time listen good live music and drinking some beers.

The second day in change I took a moto bike and I was all around the island pausing to visit the waterfalls and the 7 wells. From there you can start to hike to the top of the Mount Mat Cincang. It takes around 2 hours to arrive to the top. Before leaving th island the 3rd day I decided to go before the time of departure to Kuah to walk a bit around the village and enjoy the Legend Park and the view from the eagle square.

See you in Koh Lipe!!

 

LITTLE LOCAL FISHERMEN PARADISE!

If you want to live a unique experience Pangkor is the perfect place. The island has a long history of conquests and community. Indians, Chinese, Dutch, Thailand and Malaysian came here and mix their culture in a particular way.

It is a little island, quiet and chilling more than tourist hotspots like Langkawi. It is located off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Perak. It has everything you want for an island escape, with sleepy fishing villages, relaxed atmosphere and amazing views.

You can reach the island from Lumut where you take a ferry that takes 30 minutes to arrive. I left the ferry at the first stop, because my hostel was much closer but there is another one, after this stop. Pangkor is 18 square kilometers, but the good surprise is how much you can do, and what you can see.

  • First Day: snorkeling and bike

The first day I did snorkeling in the morning, a small boat bring me and other people all around the island explaining what  you see, and after, it stops closed to a small island let you the time to relax and watching fishes. I was the only European; the others were all Malaysian and Thailand people. They all together tried to explain me in English the information the driver was telling us. I paid 30 RM (eight Euros) for 3 hours.

After I came back, I had lunch in a small Chinese restaurant (5RM) and I stayed for a while in the hostel. In the afternoon, I rent a bike and I was to visit the Dutch fort that is in the south part of the island. The bike cost 15 RM for one day.

I took the bike and I started my personal tour of the island! First, I was to the Dutch fort, nothing special but it was good to go and close to the sea take some pictures of the small anglers’ boats and their homes. In front of it there is also a mosque, good to see but I wanted to stay on the beach and take the sun so I turn right in Pankgor city for another direction and after 5 km I arrived to the first beach. The name is Pasir Bogar beach, I stopped half an hour just taking pictures and watching the sea... I missed it!! In front of me Pangkor Laut island, famous for a resort, out of my pocket money….. One night costs almost 2.000€.

After that I took again the bicycle and I continued on the road. Here there was the first difficult road piece. There are 2 climbs of 10%, so I tried but I had to go on foot with the bike in my hands. No problem I made it!

Good point: after the climb, there is always a downhill. Flowing with the wind on my bike I reached the Monkey bay and the nipah beach where I stopped to stay for 2 hours. This beach is known as the best one of the island and in front of it, there are two small island, Mentagor and Giam islands that during the morning I visit with the snorkeling tour.

The fisherman driver told us that 3 days before and 3 after the Chinese New Year night, the water go down and you can go by foot from Nipah beach to both the islands. Around five, I restart my ride to go back to the hostel in SG. Pinang Kechil Jetty. Here I arrived to Teluk Dalam easily. This is a local small village, as I love these type of places I stopped also here in front of the bay and I took same photos with the sun that was going down...

From here to the hostel, the road was hard, but I did it! At seven, I arrived to my hostel and I finally chilled a bit, drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette. At height o’ clock, I was to eat something. Chinese food, good and with the beer I spent 20 RM (4 Euros).

So my first day finished and I was waiting for the next one!

  • Second Day: chilling in the hostel

Day 2: The rain was falling down when I woke up at 7 am. Therefore, I took my time having a coffee and breakfast. At 9am, I take again the bike and I was to Teluk Gedund, another village at the end of the island, closed to a mosque build on the water.  I continued to reach again Pasir Bogar beach and I chilling there one hour after coming back because my rent time finished!

As did the day before, I had lunch with noodles and tea (6RM) and I rest in the hostel for the afternoon.

A curiosity is that in past times this area was a center for piracy. The pirates had their home ports in the Pulau Gedung Hills, Gua Lanun (Pirates' Cave) and Batu Perompak (Pirates' Rock) on the island of Pangkor. After the Dutch period, during the British rule, the name was temporarily been Monkey Island.

In conclusion, Pangkok was a good experience as you can see fishermen villages covered by a Chinese atmosphere as Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar. Next stop was Langkawi Island, at the extreme north boarder where Malaysia touches Thailand. It is known for the white beaches and to be a free port island.

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR: THE INNOVATIVE MALAYSIAN CAPITAL CITY!

As my parents were travelling after Christmas, I decided to go on holidays during Christmas time!

Two objective: warm place and sea as mandatory because I was frozen in Turin due to the winter started.

I was thinking to go in Thailand but some friends told me it would be so full of tourists during this period and if I would like a place without too many tourist to change my idea.

After searching for a good and economic destination, I felt in a cheap ticket to Malaysia and so I bought it. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur where I spent 2 days to let me the time for recovering the energies and be used to the time change.

A multitude of cultures infused in one place, mix into one melting. You will enjoy your time savoring the amazingly diverse culinary options and exploring what the city has to offer. KL's unique diversity - the Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnicity - have all injected their own unique influences to the city's art, language, architecture and night scenes. The city is full of flavors, colors and experiences to explore.

To go from airport to the city center is easy, there is a train that takes 30 minutes and you paid it 55RM, so don’t take a taxi and I searched for the KL express.

As I arrived in the afternoon, I left the bag in the hostel in China Town and I decided to go for a walk to start visiting the city.

My hostel was on China town, so I thought better to leave this area for the late afternoon/ evening. Therefore, I started from the Eco Park and without any fix direction I arrived to the KL tower. I was inside the building, not for a specific reason. A person at a small souvenir shop told me I could go up to see the view from the top. I was thinking to see the panorama from the Petronas towers but from there it would not be possible to take picture from above of them, so I decided to go up here and left the Petronas tower. The cost was 55RM or 105RM if you want to go also to the open floor (that is the best one).

This is called Sky Deck and it is at 421 meters above ground level. Here there is also the KL Tower Sky Box. At 300 meters up, the Sky Box extends out from the Sky Deck ledge. It is a unique experience for visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur.

After the KL tower, I was walking to the Petronas twin towers. This is recognized as symbol of the Malaysia future and globalization. The Towers symbolizes also the Malaysian culture: the interior motifs are a reflection of local handicrafts and weaving patterns, while stainless steel and glass combine beautifully as Islamic patterns. The design of each Tower's floor plate is based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares, creating a shape of eight-pointed stars. Architecturally, these forms describe important Islamic principles of "unity within unity, harmony, stability and rationality".

In front of the towers, there are fountains that during the evening and night are the basement of a light show. The dancing fountains perform daily from 12noon to 2pm, and then again from 6pm to 11pm. You have to be in the park down the twin to see them.

After I looked the first show in the night, I left to go back to the hostel, as I was tired by the trip.

Day 2 in Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and KL city

The day after I woke up and I took the metro to Batu Caves. I am amazed about KL public transportation. It is far away from Indian average, the Asia country I visited most. Batu Caves have a direct train ride from KL Sentral. Therefore, it was easy to go and it takes half an hours. I spent the morning at the temples that remember me India at all.

One of Kuala Lumpur most distinctive geographical features, the place is a labyrinth of spooky caves found within the country's limestone abutments. When you arrive, you see the first Indian temple and at the right side a cave where you can enter for 5RM. I liked it very much because inside there is a whole story told through statues and written descriptions on the walls.

When you will finish the cave visit, the direction is the gold statue. There you can reach the biggest pull of natural caves thanks to 272 steps. From the top, you can view Kuala Lumpur in front of you and starts the visit to the main temple.

If you wear shorts, no problem. At the entrance, there are women that for 5RM rent you a sarong. When you will give back to them, the refund is 2RM.

For this temple no fee at the entrance. If you like to stay more when you go down on the right side there is the “Dark cave” when you can go inside to observe some cave’s animals and the tour tales 45 minutes. I don’ remember the price, but I think is around 35 RM.

When I finished I went to take the train back to the city and after a coffee, I started to walk again. The first site was the central market. Revamped and revived as a huge gifts emporium, the Art Deco wet market, www.centralmarket.com.my, nonetheless provides a focal point for piecing together K.L.'s past, taking in its current artsy-crafty pulse and exploring nearby Chinatown. On the ground floor, portraitists and street artists can be found — giving a dose of old-time character along the long-obscured riverfront. After that I left the city bring me where it wants without any plan. I reached the sultan palace, nice and the textile museum in front of the Merdeka Square.

After this, I was inside the mosque close to there and I walked till the mural of Ernest Zacharevic and going around the city with no destination. The streets of KL are already well marked with road signs and all you need is a map. There are also dedicated sidewalks for pedestrians that are shaded by the trees. And do feel free to ask a tourist police or a friendly local for help whenever you need to!

I closed my afternoon back to the hostel visiting Chinatown during the evening. I was there the night before but I desire to see it also in daytime.

It was the 24th so I had a dinner for Christmas night with the other hostel guests at the rooftop of it, we drink beers and we went out to celebrate with locals the night. It was great. Malaysian were all around the city drinking and celebrating with fake snow spread on all the people they met!