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Day 35-36 Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur (+8 GMT)

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It's time for me (Rob) to start doing the blog as I haven't done any since South Africa.
After a 5 hour flight, and a 1 hour bus journey we arrived at the Equatorial Hotel in the centre of the city on a hot and humid evening. We went for a walk around the local area ending up near the Petronas Twin Towers 270_KL-tower-at-night.jpg270_KL-towers.jpg before eating at TGI Fridays near the hotel (Jen wanted a change from rice or noodles).

The next day went went for a 3-4 hour walk through the shopping area of Bukit Bintang, and round to the Golden Triangle. As we neared the Maybank Museum building the sun turned to rain. As the rain got heavier we sheltered for 15 mins before giving up and continuing to walk. The rain was so heavy the roads become flooded KL-wet.jpg so we returned to the hotel to dry off. The flooding soon drained away and we walked around the KLCC Park area KL-fountain.jpg before stopping at a bar for beer. That evening we ate at a Malaysian street bar in Bukit Bintang.

The next day was hot, and very humid. We walked via the KL Tower across the river to see the Sultan Abdul Samad building.
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On the way back via the KL Tower again, we decided to walk the main trail through the Bukit Nanas Rain Forest. KL-rainforest.jpg270_KL-towers.jpgKL-monkey.jpg I can recommend this, some of the stairs are very steep and it's very hot work. There are a number of trails off the main path that we didn't do as we had to be at the airport at 3pm.

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Day 37 Singapore - Katong (+8 GMT)

sunny 32 °C

Most of this day was spent in KL detailed above. Arriving at the Amber Hotel in Katong about 15 mins taxi from the hotel we spend this evening in a local shopping mall and catch up on laundry. We are up at 7am the next day for a 5 hrs flight to Perth.

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Day 38-39 Australia - Perth (+8 GMT)

sunny 30 °C

It took over 2 hours to get from the airport to the hotel using the shuttle bus, we should have got a taxi. The hotel is the Riverview on Mount Street. The street is very steep but luckily we are at the bottom :). The first evening was spent walking up this hill to Kings Park for a view of the city AUS-perth.jpg AUS-Perthsky2.jpg. The park was full of folks with picnics and joggers and we walk through some of the Botanical Gardens but stop as it gets too dark. We go out about 7pm for dinner as we were warned everything closes about 9pm.

The next day is warm and sunny so we get on the train to Fremantle were we spend the morning on Bathers beach AUS_Fremantle1.jpg and afternoon on South beach AUS_Fremantle2.jpg. That evening we walk around the pedestrianised area in central Perth and eat at a Kebab shop. Food and beer seems very expensive here. (A bottle of Strongbow is about $8AUS = £6, Fish and Chips is about $12AUS = £8).

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Day 40 Australia - Ayers Rock/Uluru (+9.5 GMT)

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We got a taxi to Perth domestic airport (~$30 AUS / 25 mins) at 8.15am and arrived in Ayers Rock at 1.45pm. Our hotel was the Lost Camel a place surrounded by red sand, trees, grass, crickets and lots of flies. That afternoon we entered the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ($25AUS each for a 3 day pass) and did the 10.4km base walk (~2h 15m). This was hot and we could see why so many people wore head nets, as the flies were a real pain. We watched the sunset over the rock and returned to the resort for pizza and laundry.
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Day 41-42 Australia - Kings Canyon (+9.5 GMT)

sunny 36 °C

Before we left Yulara (the Ayers Rock resort) we send postcards back to work and get some supplies, including some Rosemary and Cedarwood cream to repel the pesky flies.
The drive took 3hrs (304km) to the Watarrka National Park, the road is straight and the red sand and trees got a bit samey after a while. We stayed at at the Voyages Kings Canyon Resort and spent the rest of the day by the pool, and it was very hot. We chose to do the Kings Canyon Rim Walk (6km loop with ~1.5km of diversions) in the morning due to the temperature. It took about 3 hours at a leisurely pace with a steep walk up to the rim to start with, but for the most part it is a reasonably easy walk. we're not sure if the fly repellent cream is working but the flies don't seem quite as bad today. Returning to the resort about 2pm we spend the rest of the day relaxing.
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