Day 013: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Port Kelang)
Position: N 3º 03′ 47″ E 101º 41′ 10″
Weather: 35ºC Light wind, very humid
Status: In port, Port Kelang, Malaysia (for Kuala Lumpur)
Last Port: Singapore
Next Port: Langkawi, Malaysia
From the Navigator
Throughout the early hours of the morning we continued to navigate our way up the busy Malacca Straits traffic lane. Just before 0500 we will leave the traffic lane and make our approach to Port Kelang. At approximately 0515 we will board our local pilot and proceed up Selat Klang Selatan towards our berth. We anticipate being alongside our berth at 0700. Once everyone is aboard this afternoon, the ship will thrust off her berth and move ahead transiting the Selat Klang around the island of Klang and back out into the Malacca Straits. We will set northerly course through the night enroute to Langkawi.
There’s so much to see in Malaysia’s capital and this excursion allows you to take in Kuala Lumpur at your own pace. Your 90-minute motorcoach ride from the port travels past the industrials and commercial developments, small townships and the impressive expressway developments on to the Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur’s central shopping and business district, and disembark near the Petronas Towers. The tallest twin towers in the world and built on the world’s deepest foundation, these architectural wonders stand over 1,400 feet high. A connecting sky bridge rises 557 feet above street level and unites the towers at the 41st and 42nd levels – making it the tallest sky bridge in the world. Although businesses occupy the towers, the ground floor features upscale retail stores, an art gallery, a theater, an aquarium and a science center.
Shopping, restaurants, skyscrapers, landmarks and other points of interest can be found along Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest shopping and entertainment district. For lunch, stroll over to Bintang Walk, a wide pedestrian walkway that is filled with restaurants and open-air caf�s, as well as specialty shops.
Most shops require local currency (Malaysian ringgits) for entrance fees and credit cards are accepted in most department stores. Within ten minutes walking distance sits the Karyaneka Handicraft Center. This one-stop shopping center offers pewter, crystal, glass, textiles, handicrafts and souvenir items made by Malay craftsmen. In addition to watching exhibits of pottery making, batik painting, weaving and more, the Center’s offers do-it-yourself lessons that will have you creating your own batik prints.
Easily accessible by monorail, light rail transit and taxi, you might want to visit Chinatown or Merdeka Square.
At the end of the day, you’ll board your motorcoach at the predetermined time for a scenic ride back to your ship.