In and out of the Airport:
I flew from the Denpasar Airport (DPS) in Bali to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). The airport in KLIA is a new and modern airport. But is about an hour from actual Kuala Lumpur.
From the airport on the ground floor you can take an express train or you can go downstairs and find legitimate ticket booths to purchase a bus ticket/or taxi. I took a taxi. I just had to let the booth attendant know the address I was going to, they calculate the distance and from there I pay for the taxi ride. My ride to an area called Bukit Bintang was about 70 ringgit, equal to about $20.00. The taxi is a little pricier than the other options, however, I arrived late at midnight and did not want to figure out how to get to my next location on foot.
Leaving Kuala Lumpur I took a train to one of the main stations and took a bus the rest of the way, it was cheap and an easy ride. The bus was 10 ringgit which comes out to be about $2.99.
Where I went and what I did:
I spent about a week in Kuala Lumpur. For me, it was like any other big city. I went to Petronas Towers (twin towers), now the largest twin towers in the world. I visited KLCC ( Kuala Lumpus City Centre), one of the biggest shopping malls in KL and hung out in the Bukit Bingtang area, which is another shopping area.
I stayed at a really cool place called Reggae Mansion, its not in the middle of everything, but the venue itself is very nice and accommodating, they have common areas, a restaurant, movie theater, rooftop bar and club where I watch most of the World Cup Games. The dorm rooms are capsule style so you do have some privacy cause you have a curtain, I do stay in female dorms so it was very comfortable, I loved it there. They do have private rooms which are a lot more pricier, but it is a really nice and fun place to stay.
I went to Penang because everyone I met at the Hostel suggested it was a great place to visit. People use the city Penang and Georgetown interchangeably. I stayed at Reggae Mansion hostel in Penang as well. It wasnt the same as the one in KL, but it was still fun.
Penang ended up being my favorite place to visit in Malaysia. Its a small town, but they have a small community that is fun to be around. When I first arrived to Penang I walked around and little old man driving a rickshaw asked me if I wanted a ride, so we went. He took me to see all of the street art that Penang is known for.
Penang has great food, there is a food court called Red Garden that has a variety of different foods. You can find sushi, Chinese, waffles, Indian, fruit, and Thai food. Little India also has great food. I believe the restaurant is called Woodlands- which is super inexpensive and has great quality Indian food. And the street food, it is everywhere and it is good.
One night at the Reggae Mansion a friend had come back from a day trip and told me that she and another guy from the hostel had met a guy named Ali who was a snake charmer. How they met him was a long story, but to make it short, they were walking up a hill and because the other guy was too tired, he flagged down a car to take them up. The woman who picked them up has a store up the hill and is married to Ali. When they were done touring, they went back to ask for a ride downhill, and the lady invited them to their house where they have many snakes, birds and rats (for the snakes). When they got back to the hostel they invited me to go with them to meet Ali for a drink. I didnt want to go, but I went. We sat down and we all had a good time talking. Come to find out, Ali was going snake hunting the next morning and he invited all of us. My friend Kristin was flying out so she couldnt go. I had to think about it… I actually like snakes, I didnt like that I had to wake up at 5am cause I wanted to stay up to watch the World Cup and in Asia the games came on at 12am and 3am. I also didnt like that we were walking the river to catch snakes… I didnt know if that river had leeches or other blood sucking parasites.
I came to the conclusion that it would probably be fun. So I got up at 4:30am and Ali came to get us.
Ali comes down a generations of snake charmers, the snakes are not harmed, but are trained for performances. That day we spotted 5 snakes but only successfully caught 4.
Here is our video from our day of snake hunting:
It ended up being pretty fun.