Leaving Singapore, Queen Elizabeth set a north westerly course through the Malacca Straits, main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Over 50,00 vessels pass through the strait per year carrying about 1/4 of the world's traded goods.
Early morning, after embarking a local pilot, QE made her approach to the berth through the 10 nautical mile long channel to Port Kelang.
We were fascinated watching from our starboard balcony as the huge ship was gently maneuvered alongside.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's largest city and known as the 'Garden City', was a hour's drive inland and the high temp. for the day was 93°F and humid, as in most of the places we visited on this voyage.
Kuala Lumpur skyline...................
...............interesting architecture from the coach windows. I wished we'd had time to visit the National Textile Museum, I know I would have loved it!
The old railway station, a flamboyant Moorish-style 1910 building features stately minarets, domes, spires, arches and cupolas.
Hundreds of lamp posts were designed with the national flower, the Hibiscus, shooting from the tops, very impressive and colorful.
A peek through the beautiful gates of the former royal palace, Instana Negara, with hibiscus design in the metal work, and note the tigers on the royal seal.
The beautiful pool at the National Monument.
As we zipped along I was able to catch glimpses from the coach windows of the colorful dress of the people. The girls were adorable.......
.....this woman caught my eye as she rested in a park.
The KL tower, one of the tallest in the world. Behind on left, the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world
The Petronas Towers......definitely not for those who fear heights. Connected by a 750 ton two level skybridge at the 41st and 42nd floors, it is not attached but slides in and out when the buildings sway in high winds to prevent it from breaking!
My question for today. How would you like to go to your office up there Monday through Friday?
More later from our next Malaysian port, Georgetown on the island of Penang.