My trip to Kuala Lumpur has a very exciting story to it. So even before I begin talking about the trip, I have to tell you how I reached there in the first place. Kuala Lumpur is just an hours flight from Singapore. So one day at work, my colleague Ivana suggested we visit it to see the lovely Petronas Twin Towers over the weekend. Instantly tickets were booked, bags were packed, itinerary planned and excitement levels surged. We were to travel on Saturday morning but the same week we had too much work at our office. On Friday evening after leaving work at 11pm, we were in two minds. The next day, I got up at 4am and called my colleague and we were actually thinking of just cancelling the entire trip and going back to sleep. With 3 hours to the flight and both of us still in bed discussing whether we should even go, hmmm doesn’t sound like the perfect beginning, does it ?
After chatting for five minutes, I suggested we go to Kuala Lumpur, sleep at our hotel for two hours and then go sightseeing. With a lot of effort both of us got up, quickly freshened and left for the airport. Two tired souls reached the airport an hour before the flight, quickly checked in and off we were. As much as we hate early morning flights, this one was different. We were travelling by Oman Air and I have only positive feedback for the airline. Spacious, ample legroom and ‘perfect to the T’ service.
We boarded the taxi from Kuala Lumpur airport and reached our hotel Le Apple Boutique. We opened the curtains in our room and what a sight! You can see the view below. One of the twin towers was also visible from our room! I would recommend this hotel to everyone visiting Kuala Lumpur for the strategic location and lovely view. Rooms are decent and so is the breakfast.
Petronas Twin Towers
The twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until Taipei 101 was built in Taiwan in 2004. Built in 1998, the 88-floor towers rank as the 12th tallest building today. The buildings took seven years to build and were the brainchild of architect Cesar Pelli from Argentina. They were officially opened to the public in August 1999.
The lift takes you up to the sky bridge which connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors making it the highest 2-story bridge in the world! Residing on the 41st and 42nd floors, the sky bridge connects a conference room, an executive dining room and a prayer room. I walked down the sky bridge totally in awe of the structure. By this time, dark clouds had enveloped the sky making the view even more breathtaking. The lift then takes you all the way up to floor 86 from where you can view the entire city. Apparently, the viewing was free of charge till 2010.
The building is open to public from Tuesday to Sunday and tickets can be purchased online. If you are visiting, I recommend you to purchase the tickets online because the queue is usually very long and the tickets are limited to 1000 persons per day, on a first come first serve basis.
An interesting event occurred in September 2009, a French rock climber and urban climber called Alain Robert also called as ‘Spiderman’ climbed on top of one of the towers only with his bare hands and feet with no safety harness in less than two hours. He had attempted doing this twice before but was arrested by the police.
I was glad I could make it to Kuala Lumpur to see this beauty. It was a Halloween week when we went there. We had not carried any Halloween outfits but everywhere we went, people were dressed in Halloween attire, from streets to restaurants and even in malls. So we did our bit and this is how we ended up looking (haha).
Although there are lots of things to do in Kuala Lumpur, we had both done all of the other attractions at either Singapore or Langkawi, but if you are keen to know more about Kuala Lumpur, I shall soon be sharing my itinerary and must visit places on the blog.
Have you been to the Petronas Twin Towers? If yes, let me know your experience in the comments section below.