"Hotel Die-Nasty?" asked the taxi driver.
"The Dynasty, yes."
Certainly the most bizarre and frustrating hotel we've ever stayed in (despite being four stars) did not prevent us enjoying our time in Kuala Lumpur, or should I say our time in the Petronas Towers? A lot of people equate Kuala Lumpur with the towers, so we decided to take that approach one step further and not leave them for three whole days, other than to return to the Dynasty for protracted arguments with reception, housekeeping and room service and, if there was time after all that, a couple of hours sleep.
The Petronas Towers are a city in themselves, containing all that is necessary to support modern life. Tip for KL - the sky-bridge offers good views of the city, but is only open to ticket-holders. Tickets are not sold, but given away free on a "first-come, first served" basis. Unless you queue up at 8.30 AM your only chance of getting on the sky-bridge is if your girlfriend's tearful outbust appeals to the hearts of the attendants (it worked for us!) After a mad dash to buy smart shoes specially for the purpose, we listened to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra playing Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto. We then surfed the Internet, ate Sushi and shopped for a laptop all within the magical citadel of the Towers.
In Singapore we had even less time than we did in KL, but were still able to look at porcupines in the dark. It happens that Sonia and I visited London Zoo shortly before we set off on this trip. Comparing Singapore's night safari with London Zoo is like comparing, well, night and day. Whilst London's decaying pre-Victorian effort was utterly crap to the point of being both depressing and disturbing, the night safari was wonderful, even after having been on a proper safari in the summer.
A short flight from Singapore brought us to Sydney, and up to date. New Zealand tomorrow!