Day 211 in Beijing: The Sultan’s Palace.

A guard and Jill and me.

A guard protecting the Sultan from Jill and me.

Jill and I decided to do the Hop On Hop Off tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Overall, it was a great trip and we saw a lot of different monuments and important places in Kuala Lumpur.  I would recommend it for anyone that is new to the city and wants to get a good lay of the land and have an basic understanding of the culture in KL.

One of the stops was at The Sultan’s Palace.

We were lucky enough to see the changing of the guards when we arrived.  They only change every 1.5 hours so it is hard to schedule your tour to arrive at the right time since it only takes about 5 minutes for the guards to change and it is basically the luck of the draw if you get there on time.

We just took a chance and got very lucky.  The guards were also nice enough to let us take pictures with them and were very gracious.

Again, that is something we’ve found to be fairly common with the people in Malaysia.  They go out of their way to take us to places, show us sites and make sure we don’t get lost or confused.  We’ve been warned where to go and where not to go and what is a safe place and what is not.

Coming from America, the “unsafe” places actually feel very safe and the crime is much less than what I’m used to living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Maybe, because Malaysia is such a gentle and kind nation, their idea of crime is much worse than America’s idea of crime.  I also find this with China where people think an area is very unsafe but when we go there, we are amazed at how safe it is because we come from America where there are a lot of places that are not as safe for many different reasons that I won’t go into here.

Suffice to say, we have yet to feel unsafe either in Malaysia or China and it is a wonderful feeling to know that the chances of being mugged or attacked are almost nothing compared to back home in the USA.

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