I only managed to spend one whole day in Kuala Lumpur, as we had a jam-packed 2 weeks exploring other cities and towns in Malaysia (read 2500km of East Malaysia in 2 Weeks). So this is more of a diary-entry style post of how we spent a day in Kuala Lumpur 😝 rather than a what-to-do. Although if you’re visiting, I definitely recommend visiting the places we did!
As I mentioned in my last post, we were staying in Subang Jaya, which is about a 40m journey into KL city centre on the LRT metro line. The metro was really easy to use and I must say, more exciting than the London tube as you actually have a view!
Petronas Twin Towers
We decided to be complete tourists and begin with the Petronas Towers 😄. We got off at KLCC stop which leads you right outside the towers! As soon as we stepped out of the station this is what we saw:
You just walk into the tower where there is a mall – of course! Walk through the mall to the other side, out again and ta da:
You are standing at the bottom of the tallest twin towers in the world! They were the tallest towers in the world from 1998-2004 at 451 metres! I honestly felt in awe standing under them looking up, I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of the towers, even through sprinklers… they’re quite majestic!
In order to get a decent photo that fits the towers in, you need a wide lens! I used a lens attachment on my phone, luckily I brought it with me! If you don’t have one though, there were many people selling phone lenses 😉. After taking a billion photos of the towers, we were ready for lunch so we headed back into the mall where we found a food court and some tasty Korean noodles!
Unfortunately we weren’t able to go up the towers to walk across the bridge because it’s closed on Mondays as we later found out. However we still got a beautiful view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline at our next stop…
With satisfied bellies, we made our way to KL Tower. It was a bit further than we thought so we decided to get a Grab (Grab is like Uber and very popular in Malaysia).
The KL Tower is the 7th tallest free standing tower at 421m high! You can buy tickets (about RM100 each/roughly £20) to go up to the observation deck and SkyBox. As soon as we stepped out onto the observation deck we were greeted with a stunning view of the city skyline.
We had this impressive view to enjoy while we queued for the SkyBox. If you hadn’t guessed, the SkyBox is just what it sounds like, a glass box suspended in the sky, this is not a place for someone with a fear of heights!
We were actually queueing for a while to take photos in the box, then we walked round to the other side of the observation deck where there was another box with no queue! Obviously you can’t see the Petronas towers on this side but when you’re so high up anywhere looks impressive 😜.
We explored KL Tower a bit, there are a few other things to do here like a mini zoo and and upside down village!
But after a fairly overpriced but refreshing mango juice at the Skycafe we set of for our next destination.
I had read online about the Helipad Lounge, that at 6pm they open up the doors of the lounge to an actual helipad, you can only go up if you have a drink, and enjoy your cocktail with a lovey view of the city. Unfortunately though it had started raining heavily by the time we got here and the Helipad was closed 😕. So we just had dinner at their restaurant and watched the rain fall over Kuala Lumpur.
That’s the KL Tower in the distance!
We had planned to head back to the Petronas Towers once it was dark to catch the light show. But we were both quite tired and decided to end our day there. However I kind of regret not going back at least to see the towers all lit up! Oh well it’s just an excuse to go back again! There is so much more to see in Kuala Lumpur so I definitely want to go back and explore it some more!