Woke up at 7:45am slothed in bed til 8:45 got ready and left at 10am for the day to head out to the tall buildings of Kuala Lumpur, the KL Tower and the Petronis Twin Towers featured in the Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones movie Entrapment.
We decided to walk to the KL Tower which happens to be located in a natural rainforest in the center of KL only a Kilometer from where we are staying.
The walking is nice as you get to see more and appreciate the surroundings and what it would be like to live in a big city in Malaysia. It also happens to be a great way to stay fit as there are a lot of hills and steps to where you are going, it’s definitely not flat in KL.
So into the rainforest we go and a lot of steps as its more of a mound in the city where they have left the natural vegetation be, we didn’t see any animals but there were a few birds and plenty of bugs. At the top we had the option to rough walk thought the forest but our thongs weren’t the best choice for a rough walking path and the tall towers were our goal.
And there it is standing at the top of the rainforest the KL Tower measuring 421m in height overlooking the city. It has a pretty look from the bottom almost like a flower with a pinkish colour.
We headed to the ticket booth and passed by an animal zone and the F1 simulators. We grabbed our tickets for 35 RM each which works out to be $10 AUD. We are finding the exchange rate really good at the moment with the strong Aussie dollar.
Everywhere we go there is always a photo op, where they offer to take your photo and give you the opportunity to purchase it later, so photo taking was done.
The lobby featured an amazing glass ceiling comprised of thousands of intricately cut glass tiles in a dome shape, I quite like fancy stuff and enjoy admiring the craftsmanship. There is a lot of that in KL which we were about to find out from up above the skyline.
The elevator ride was fast about 5m per second so we were at the lower viewing deck in less than a minute, the elevators number panel showed meters instead of floors in 50m increments. The tower is 456m and the viewing deck was at 350m.
Wow! What a view and a nice clear sunny day for us to take in the size of Kuala Lumpur, it’s a big big city stretching as far as the horizon in each direction. We were each given a portable headset to listen to as we walked around the deck telling us what’s what on our way around. It took Toni a few minutes to realize the sound was only coming out of one of the speakers which she happened to place over her bad ear… She finally swapped it and was good to go!
There’s something about being able to view a city from a tower up in the sky and you should always go up for a look even if heights aren’t your thing. One exception could be the CN tower in Toronto with the glass floor… possibly skip that one if you are ever there and afraid of heights.
We spent the better part of an hour up there and Toni picked up a souvenir tower to take away with us that our friend Stefan would be proud of as it has a bottle opener in the bottom! I can see us collecting a lot o souvenir towers on our travels, good thing they are light.
Some of the KL landmarks are pretty amazing like the stunning Petronis Twin Towers, Batu Caves, National Mosque to name a few. Be sure to view the gallery of photos below. We spent the better part of a hour up there admiring the skyline, taking photos and listening to the recorded tour guide and then made our way down.
Everywhere we go there is always something else to do and see and this place was no different, they had an Animal Zone, a mini zoo that came with the tower ticket package.
Inside we saw several birds, snakes, huge snakes and a few turtles. One turtle had two heads, yep two heads and that is apparently a good thing, not to me as that goes to show the water quality around here and our insatiable ability to not give a shit about our planet.
If you like or don’t like spiders, then holy crap they have an awesome collection of huge trulantula spiders here, I’m a fan of big hairy spiders (behind glass…) There were also a few odd hairless rodents too that I’m sure the spiders would love to get to.
Next we headed to the F1 simulator which looked pretty real from the brochure, but not so in reality. Took me a few seconds to realize the steering was set to auto so some of the fun was lost but at least I beat Toni!
We decided to grab a cab from the KL Tower to the Petronis Twin Towers as we didn’t really know how to get there… Could have been that walking every day has its advantages, but we aren’t really used to then KL humidity, and my legs are sore.