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Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Not the Tallest Building in the World

Petronis Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I’ve never seen the tallest building in the world, but I’ve seen the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which used to be the tallest building in the world from 1998 – 2004. I was in Malaysia back in 2001 and had my chance but missed it. Still, it was astounding to see them in 2011 when they’d been exceeded by the Taipei 101 (I was in Taipei in 2001 too, damn, I got it backwards.) They are 451.9 meters tall and have 88 floors.

Nora the Naughty Malaysian Monkey – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One of the great things about world travel is meeting people…and monkeys. In Kuala Lumpur, I got to do both. In addtion to meeting the Swedish girl who put the curse on me (presumably) and made me sick for my entire trip, I was also priveliged to meet a fellow Lonely Planet blogger (who I’ll write about in a later post), and then there was Nora, the naughty Malaysian Monkey.

KL naughty monkeyEven though, I’d already begun to feel ill, I headed out to do a little tropical hiking in Bukit Nanas. You can imagine that as a former rainforest hiking guide in Hawaii, it was like coming home to wander among the banyons, apa, mangoes, plumeria, and halikonia for me. I miss that verdant emerald shade that simply pulses life. I began to feel a bit better.

Bukit Nanas is a landmark of KL. In fact, it sits sort of smack dab in the center of the city and is the only virgin tropical rain forest left inside the city. It’s not a botanical garden, it’s a true jungle though these days you don’t see so many of the Malayan tigers, elephants, pythons, or monitor lizards. Some of them are still there, and the monkeys? Yeah, they are there for sure.

This is one thing that makes the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve outstrip Malaysia, Bukit NanasHawaii jungle. There are a well maintained series of trails, not technically difficult, but sometimes a little slick with mud. There is also a very nice forestry museum, an orchid house, and an herb garden though the latter could do with some signage to explain what the herbs are, what they are for, etc.

Since the 90’s the KL Tower has risen above Bukit Nanas. It’s the fifth largest communications tower in the world. I’ll write about it and other communication towers later. Nearby are also a couple of the old colonial schools, St John’s Institution and Convent Bukit Nanas. There Bukit Nanas Monkey Kuala Lumpuris also a St. Johns Cathedral nearby which might be interesting for those who like churches and colonial religious architecture.

As for me, I preferred wandering around the jungle, trying to spot both monkeys and squirrels, and then having a stop at the visitor center where the park rangers answered all my questions and I got to meet a frequent visitor, Nora, the naughty monkey.

Naughty Malaysian MonkeyWhen I got there, Nora swung down into the arms of one of the rangers. The ranger held her towards me, but Nora was a bit stand offish. I could understand that. The ranger told me she was a naughty monkey. She dropped down to the ground and swaggered over to me. I thought perhaps she had changed her mind about me, since she came right to my leg and reached up.

But no, indeed she was naughty. She grabbed the cuff of my shorts and much to the delight of the female rangers, she pulled the cuff outward and peered upwards with a big grin at my genitalia!

Having peeped my penis, she scampered back to the rangers and gave a big monkey scream of delight. Frankly, I think she sounded excited and impressed, but then again, maybe it was laughter.

Vagobond Travel Museum – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I have to admit – the week I spent in Kuala Lumpur was fairly miserable. I’m not sure if it was Dengue Fever, Bird Flu, or something else but within 24 hours of getting there, I was knocked on my ass. Still, I tried my best to see the city, visit some interesting places, and find hidden wonders to share with readers.  I think I did pretty good – from finding great hotels to discovering a few hidden gems to flirting with a naugthy monkey and avoiding a leopard print wearing African prostitute that wanted to party.  I hope you enjoyed my adventures – as usual there are still about 20 adventures I need to write about – and eventually, I’ll hopefully add them here.


Forever Young Guest House

Whore Watching in Kuala Lumpur

7 Weird Adventures in Kuala Lumpur

KL Budget Hostels and Hotels

Nora the Naughty Malaysian Monkey