After having a few longer-term rentals we thought we would try to do Malaysia in parts – the beginning and ending in Kuala Lumpur and the middle in the Cameron Highlands so we could see the city and the outskirts. We’ve envied some other travelers we’ve encountered that seem to wing it and thought we would try winging it on accommodations for the Cameron Highlands. That didn’t work!! When we arrived we learned that Chinese is the second largest population in Kuala Lumpur and Chinese New Year is a HUGE celebration. Companies and Federal offices all close for at least a week. We could not find any place to rent in Cameron Highlands, as it is a popular destination for those to get out of town. Ultimately we stayed in Kuala Lumpur and did a bit of hotel/hostel jumping.
Kuala Lumpur was in full festive swing. Everywhere you looked was covered in red. We were able to see some lion dances that were so pretty. 2012 is the year of the dragon so there were huge beautiful displays of dragons all around. One thing Kuala Lumpur does right is their shopping malls – there are a lot of them and wow are they beautiful. Chinese New Year is considered a time of new beginnings so the theme is also cherry blossom trees. A time for cleaning out the old and starting the New Year fresh, with new beginnings. Kuala Lumpur was a great start to our time in Asia.