Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

[ 0 ] July 25, 2012 |

How do you stay in Thailand longer than your visa allows? You don’t- you go to Malaysia, and then go back! That’s exactly what we did by visiting Kuala Lumpur.  When we reentered Thailand we received a completely new visa for a fresh 30 days.

Even if it wasn’t at the top of our list, we were jazzed for our quick two-day visit to Malaysia. Our one and only stop was the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.

The Petronas Towers

Located in downtown Kuala Lumpur, The Petronas Towers are the cities most iconic sight. These Twin Towers were the world’s tallest buildings for six years between 1998 and 2004. (In 2004 Taipei 101 was completed and is now the tallest.) The Petronas Towers are still the tallest twin buildings ever built.

Each tower has 88 floors. The original design of the building was intended to reflect an eight-pointed star. To increase useable square footage semicircles were placed in the inner angles of the star points. The final shape is a combination of eight points and eight lobes. Connecting the two towers is the world’s highest double decker skybridge. 170 meters above ground level, the skybridge links the 41st and 42nd floors of the towers.

Petronas Towers

Our visit began with an ear popping elevator ride to the 86th floor, the Observation Deck. Outfitted with exhibits and binoculars, the height at this level provided 360 degree unsurpassed views of the city. Equally as breathtaking was the front row seat to the spires of the sister tower.

86th floor observation deck

sister tower at eye leven on the 86th floor

view from 86th floor

shadows of the Petronas Towers in the park below

On our way back down we stopped on the 41st floor and had time to linger on the skybridge between the towers.

Skybridge linking Petronas Towers

view from the skybridge

Only recently have the Petronas Towers been opened to the public as the KL must- see tourist attraction. Previously a limited number of free tickets were distributed daily for a ride to the skybridge and back down. Although a scheduled time slot and ticket fee are now involved, the ride to the 86th story was worth it. These towers rightly deserve their fame in notable skylines of the world.

Petronas Towers in the Kuala Lumpur Skyline

City Bus Tour

With not a lot of other priority sights to see in Kuala Lumpur, we jumped on the city bus tour to see and listen to information about the most celebrated sights. The tour drove past the convention center and the craft cultural complex. We saw parliament and the national museum. We heard about the expansion of the bus and rail station, and drove past the central market. We rode through Chinatown and Little India. Several notable temples and historical houses were pointed out along the way. We finally decided to get off the bus outside of town and walked through the KL Orchid Garden.

streets of Kuala Lumpur

National Museum

Kuala Lumpur Orchid Garden

Orchids

Shopping

We wrapped up our visit in KL with a stop by two of the famous Malaysian shopping malls. First we walked through portions of KL City Center, the 6-story shopping megamall located at the base of the Petronas Towers. This was both overwhelming and impressive.

we rode the Monorail to get around town

Secondly we made our way to Berjaya Time Square. This is a ridiculous 12-story shopping mall. In addition to 700 specialty retailers, 1,200 luxury service suites, 45 food outlets, numerous IMAX 2D & 3D theaters -there is an indoor theme park! 14 full sized rides including a 800m long “Supersonic Odyssey” rollercoaster roared above our heads as we tried to process a bit of this materialistic madness happening around us.

indoor seven storey roller coaster

Although Kuala Lumpur isn’t the most interesting place we’ve been, it’s always thought provoking to visit a place that you know relatively little about and have it totally blow your preconceived notions out of the water. In many ways Malaysia is far more developed than most of the cities and towns we are typically comfortable in. Accessibility, technology, business- they have it all and it’s growing.

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