After a seven-hour trip, our driver dropped us off at Kuala Lumpur's Puduraya bus station. It took us some time to decide whether we proceed to Shervin's cousin's place or to check-in a cheap hostel. His cousin Parham's condominium is a 45-minute ride from the city center. Our bus driver told us that the cab ride might cost around 50 MYR. It was already midnight then, there weren't any public buses available.
I suggested we go around ask for the cheapest room rate (Puduraya area has loads of backpacker hostels), then hail a cab and ask their cheapest offer for a drive to Juta Mines so we could compare.
It was a Saturday, and the budget rooms were all booked out. So no option left but to ride a cab. We were glad the ride was only 30 MYR, the kind driver even let us use his phone to contact Parham so that he can give us the exact directions to his place.
We didn't intend to stay in Kuala Lumpur for three days, but Shervin had diarrhea. Weeks of eating spicy Asian food was too much for his stomach to handle. He also had a fever, and we didn't want to be held up at Thailand's immigration because of suspected AH1N1 Flu. I was relieved he recovered overnight. If not I'd be worried that he really acquired the virus!
[This blog is part of the South East Asia in Six Weeks series which took place May-June 2009. Price of goods, transportation and so forth may already be different.]
This page was viewed times.