Malaysia is one of my favourite countries in the world. Predominately due to it’s phenomenally diverse food culture, I find myself lost in the endless delicious choices and revelling in discovering something new every time I visit.
Aside from the food, of which I could talk about for hours, the country is also rich in famous landmarks and some pretty stunning views.
Kuala Lumpur has its symbol, it’s London Eye, it’s Chrysler Building, it’s Petronas Twin Towers. These architectural masterpieces were a true highlight to my partner and I, during our travel time in this fascinating city.
The Observation Tower
The Observation Tower is a ten minute walk away from the Twin Towers. Here you can watch the sun set over the bustling city. Pretty exhilarating for the sheer distance underneath your feet!
The Observation Tower is a centre attraction for the city not only for it’s views but also for it’s small zoo (yes, I said zoo!) situated in the grounds below. This nature reserve is just fabulous in such a busy city.
With the price of your ticket you can visit the Formula One memorabilia gallery (my partner loved this!) There is a 6D Simulation ride and a cultural village where you shopping nuts can pick up traditional gifts.
Once we made the very fast, belly wobbling lift journey to the top we were blown away by the panoramic views.
I found the audio guide to be very interesting and enjoyed trying to spot the famous buildings around the city. You could really see how the city had evolved over the years.
One thing we didn’t do, due to our backpacker budget, was book into the Atmosphere 360 restaurant. This revolving restaurant was extremely tempting but we felt we should leave this for when we inevitably came back on a Malaysia holiday with a far bigger budget!
Petronas Twin Towers
When our day arrived to visit the Twin Towers, we excitedly took the Sky Train to Central Station and giggled like teenagers as we watched the hologram introduce us to the experience. It all felt very space age and piling into the lift and feeling the sheer speed of travelling through goodness knows how many floors per second was just awesome.
The first stop is the Sky Bridge where you get a chance to acclimatise to being really rather high up.
We then made our way back into the bullet shot elevator and came out on the 86th floor – a vertigo suffer’s worst nightmare! You truly feel on top of the world here. What a view!
Even if you don’t suffer from vertigo, looking down definitely gives you a case of jelly legs.
The towers are stunning no matter when you look at them, but at night they come alive. I’d recommend hanging around, exploring the fancy malls, indulging in a few cold beers at any of the great bars in the area and waiting for darkness to fall.
Watching the lights slowly come on and grabbing the chance for some cool photos with an incredible backdrop was brilliant.
Booking a Tour of the Malaysia Icons
Travellers take note: you can’t show up and expect to go straight up the Twin Towers. Bookings are almost always done in advance and fully booked every day. We arrived expecting to be able to book on to a tour but found out that the next available day was two days away. Definitely something to bear in mind if you only have a short amount of time in the city.
The Observation Tower, though just as popular, can be booked on the spot as they have more regular slots throughout the day. I’d recommend going half an hour before sunset, that way you can watch the city come alive at night and experience a romantic view point sunset all at the same time.
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