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THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2016:

I had a three hour layover at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport.
I then flew to Kuala Lumpur on a Thai 787.


Watch the video below to see my flight from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur.
There is a nice twilight view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline in the video below as we are landing.

27 minute video of my flight to Kuala Lumpur.

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur on time at 7:50PM.
It was an hour long drive to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown from the Airport.



Click on the images below for the original full-size image.

My room at the Grand Hyatt was one of the nicest I have ever had.
The view from my window wasn't bad either.
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

5 minute video of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON JANUARY 7, 2016
Hello Folks,

I had breakfast at my Singapore hotel and then headed to the airport. My transfer got me to the airport in plenty of time. So I spent some time in the Thai Airways lounge playing cards on the computer before my flight. I boarded my Thai Airways 747 at about noon.



I had a business class ticket. But for some reason when I went online to select my seat, it let me select a seat in the first class section. So I ended up flying first class. I got a nice view of Singapore's Changi Airport just after we took off.



It was a two hour flight to Bangkok. Going to Kuala Lumpur via Bangkok is the equivalent of flying to Chicago and changing planes in Denver. Good thing I like flying. I had a three hour layover in Bangkok, so I played more cards on the computer in the Thai lounge. At 4:15 we were bused out to our airplane which was parked way out at the end of the runway. Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport is enormous and there seemed to be plenty of empty gates. Not sure why we boarded this way. It's been a long time since I've boarded a plane the old fashion way. Below is a picture of us walking up the stairs to our brand new 787.



It was just under a two hour flight to Kuala Lumpur. We landed just after the sun set. My driver was waiting for me as I exited customs. I had no idea the airport was located so far away from the city. We drove for so long I was beginning to think I was being abducted. We finally got to my hotel, the Grand Hyatt, at about 10:00pm. This is a very nice hotel. One of the nicer rooms I have ever had.



The view out my window isn't bad either.



Those are the Petronis Towers across the street from my hotel. I am going to be here for three nights. It's after midnight so I'm going to sign off now.

Tim



FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016:

Friday morning it was a short walk over to the Petronas Towers.
Suria KLCC is an upmarket retail center at the feet of the Petronas Towers.
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

There is a fantastic view from the top of the 88 story buildings.
View from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

The towers rise to a height of 1483 feet above the ground below.
View from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

These towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004
and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.
View from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

The towers feature a double decker skybridge connecting the two towers on the
41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world.
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

Watch the video below to see all my activities at the Petronas Towers.

15 minute video of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Friday afternoon I explored the city and stopped at the KL Tower.
The KL Tower reaches a height of 1381 feet and is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world.
The KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

The KL Tower is the highest viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur that is open to the public.
View from the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

The tower was completed in 1994.
View from the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Watch the video below to see my afternoon in Malaysia's Capital city
including my accent to the top of the KL Tower.

23 minute video of Kuala Lumpur and the KL Tower.


Friday evening I enjoyed a few of the fountain shows at Lake Symphony.
Lake Symphony Fountains in Kuala Lumpur

Watch the video below to see the fountain shows.

15 minute video of Lake Symphony Fountains in Kuala Lumpur.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON JANUARY 8, 2016
Hello folks,

It was a very hot day in Kuala Lumpur today. And of all things I seem to have caught a cold. The first thing I did was walk over to the Petronis Towers from my hotel. Below is a picture of my hotel, the Grand Hyatt. It is the square building in the middle of the picture. Also in the picture are the dancing fountains which are in front of the Petronis Towers.



It was nice and clear this morning as you can see in the picture below of the iconic Petronis Towers.



I went and got my ticket to go up the tower. My departure time wasn't until noon, so I had time to have lunch at the mall which is built around the base of the towers. The first place we stopped on the tour of the building was the skybridge between the buildings. I believe it was on the 41st floor.



The picture below was taken from the Skybridge. I like the picture because you can see the shadow of both towers and the skybridge on the ground.



The next stop was the 86th floor. The towers are 88 floors high but the observation deck is on the 86th. There is a nice view from the top. The tower behind the Petronis building in the picture below is the KL tower. I'll go up that tower later in the day.



Below is another picture from the top of the towers. You can see the rolling hills of Malaysia behind the city.



After I got back down to ground level I walked out the other side of the building, which is actually the front side. I looked up at these impressive buildings.



Next I took a ride around the city on another open top bus. This was not a whole lot of fun. We spent most of the time stuck in traffic. I got off at the KL tower seen in one of the pictures above. It was now late afternoon and the skies had clouded over. The Petronis Towers were packed with visitors, but there were very few people at the KL Tower. Below is a picture from the top of the tower.



As I was walking away from the KL Tower there were monkeys everywhere. Below are three monkeys, one of them a little baby. The baby is bright orange.



Went back to the hotel next and ventured back out after dark to watch the dancing fountains in front of the Petronis Towers.



That's it for today.

Tim



SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016:

I didn't do much on Saturday.
I stayed at the hotel and nursed my cold.


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