We were lucky to get two New Year’s trips this year! After coming home from our trip to the Rocky mountains, we had a long weekend vacation in Malaysia for the Chinese New Year celebrations. It was lovely – turns out we really like Malaysia. What a beautiful place! The people are friendly, the food is great, it’s easy to get around. Jakarta, please take note.
We only had a few days there, so we had to pack it all in.
Day 1: arrive on in the afternoon, tour the aquarium, buy groceries, check into apartment, go swimming, listen to fireworks, watch weird Chinese movies all night. Check!
Day 2: Tour to the Batu caves, colonial ruins & monkey park, century-old fishing village, evening boat trip to see mangroves and fireflies. Check!
Day 3: Water park, science center, ice cream lunch, wandering around. Check!
Day 4: Pack up and visit the Chinese flea market before hopping the train and plane home. Check!
Here’s a whirlwind photo tour:
Heading into town on the airport train
She likes the train!
Bonding with a hungry friend
The poor animals in the touch pool… at least the kids had fun!
Popping up inside the fish tank
The lion fish – the aquarium staff filled all the tanks with New Year’s decorations
These crazy eels poked out of the sand like creatures from Ursula’s underwater garden of souls. Creepys.
Fishnado. Need I say more?
Not sure who would win here
Shark in the viewing tubes
Manta ray in the viewing tubes
Some other fish in the viewing tube. Fun fact: the walkway was a travelator so you could just stand in one place and move along.
I know, it’s not a hammerhead. But still.
And now for a peek at the elusive underwater janitor
She loves the aquarium!
I do too!!
Sneaky Moray Eel
Funny cow fish
Moon jellies – they had their own breeding program for them.
Out of the aquarium, headed towards the mall and towers
That’s a lot of lanterns!
Gong xi fa cai!
The view from our apartment roof
We could only see one tower
The Kuala Lumpur Tower
Getting ready to climb 300 steps to the top!
Lord Murugan statue – 140 ft tall!
And we’re off!
It’s not so bad.
But the monkeys are freaking out the kids. Bad, scratchy monkeys.
It’s almost the top!
Into the caves at last
These caves are 400 million years old
And we’re back.
Wandering the temple site a bit
Hop on the tractor train to get up the hill to see an old colonial fort
Heading up the hill
These little guys are Silver Leaf Monkeys. Very friendly. Love sweet potatoes.
It was a busy day, and the monkeys were getting full
Baby monkey saying hello
Well, this is where the Japanese used to kill people
Fire at will!
Insignia of the dutch on an original cannon
Time for dinner at the chinese fishing village. Yum!
Not a bad place to have dinner
View from our table
Waiting for our fireflies tour
It was a long wait, but worth it! Of course, it was dark, so we have no pictures
Braving the mars wind tunnel
We ran into someone familiar while we were there!
Docking her space craft
Probably his favorite part. Digging.
Kid-powered rock factory
Going for a ride to the oil platform!
Apparently these are musical, but we were never there at the right time
We did take the kids to that water park in the background. They complained until we left.