...not to eat, just to look at!
12.06.2011 - 12.06.2011 34 °C
Donning our best David Attenborough safari suits, yesterday we headed off to Aquaria (why the plural?) at KLCC plus KL Bird Park across the city. We never miss an aquarium when travelling, and this one was good - better than Osaka, though nothing beats Siam Ocean World in Bangkok. Lots of different animals besides the fish: snakes, giant geckos, huge insects, extremely cute mammals from South America (can't recall the name right now), BIG water rats, hideous tarantulas - and everybody's favourite, otters.
The fish were impressive too, especially the enormous specimens from the Amazon flood forests - some of which grow to several metres in length and can apparently jump out of the water to catch birds - or monkeys. The battery in Nerdia's new camera doesn't last too long so not many photos, but lots of video for you lucky people back home.
Saw a bit of the KLCC park afterwards, which is very nice and reminds us a bit of Nara Deer Park (without the deer). Big kiddies playground and giant wading pool, full of kids, parents and very assertive uniformed women with whistles.
Then it was off to KL Bird Park, a very impressive place despite the humidity. Hornbills are HUGE birds! It's a mix of large cages like the old part of Perth Zoo, part vast netted canopy where all sorts of birds can fly around you. Very nice faux forest, waterfall etc as well - thoroughly recommended. The eagles inside their cages were keenly aware of the delicious-looking monkeys scurrying all over the outside of their cages... and one particularly threatening black eagle was eyeing off the visitors too. Nom nom nom.
Capped off the visit with a very welcome fresh coconut - mmm, refreshing. Skipped the nearby Butterfly House due to the heat, but the whole area looks quite interesting as it includes beautiful parkland as well as the National Monument and Parliament. Maybe another day.
Plane Boy braved the cold swimming pool in the rain back at the hotel, then that was it for the day as we were pooped. Didn't even go out for dinner, had yummy room service (burger for Plane Boy, vegetable platter for Nerdia).
Today we're off to Mid Valley megamall, plus a swanky evening of cocktails at the Traders Hotel Skybar.