The main reason we visited Kuala Lumpur was to see the Petronas Towers. We have an affinity for visiting the world’s tallest buildings and our list would not be complete without climbing the Petronas Twin Towers.
We flew here from Singapore, just a short, cheap flight away, and stayed in Kuala Lumpur for two days. This is just enough time to visit the Petronas Towers and to get a quick taste of the city. Kuala Lumpur is a great destination for budget travel, with cheap food and accommodations, and cheap airfare to many other cities in Asia. Our visit to Kuala Lumpur was the perfect, quick stop for our tour through Asia.
Our Visit to the Petronas Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest towers in the world from 1998 until 2004, when Taipei 101 in Taiwan was built. These towers remain the world’s tallest twin towers today. The Skybridge that connects the two towers is the highest two story bridge in the world. The Petronas Twin Towers are designed with a steel and glass façade resembling motifs from Islamic art, Malaysia’s primary religion.
These towers are a symbol of Kuala Lumpur, along with the nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower, another icon of the city.
The Petronas Twin Towers are a popular tourist attraction, receiving thousands of visitors almost everyday. Visiting the towers is a very organized event, as tourists are shown the Skybridge, the Observation Deck, and of course the infamous gift shop.Ticket sales open at 8:30 am. We purchased tickets for the first entry of the day, at 9 am, and were given blue lanyards to wear, a way of color coding visitors according to their sightseeing group. After a safety briefing from a hologram, we were herded into the hottest elevator ride ever for a trip up to the Skybridge.
At the Skybridge, we had ten minutes to enjoy the views and take our photos. The Skybridge sits 170 meters off of the ground on the 41st floor of the towers.
Next, we rode a second elevator up to the Observation Deck on the 86th floor. Here we had about fifteen minutes to enjoy these views. We had a 360 degree view over Kuala Lumpur on a very hazy day. My favorite view was across to tower #1.
After viewing Kuala Lumpur from the Observation Deck, our group was taken back to the ground floor with a final visit to the gift shop. The entire visit took forty-five minutes.
For us, this visit was an enjoyable way to get a bird’s eye view over Kuala Lumpur. We love visiting the world’s iconic towers, especially those that were the tallest in the world at some point in their existence.
How To Visit The Petronas Twin Towers
Cost: Adult RM85 Child RM35 (prices as of January 30, 2017)
Hours: 9 am – 9 pm (closed from 1 pm – 2:30 pm on Fridays)
Visiting Days: Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday)
Ticket sales open at 8:30 am. We were told that tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis and on busy days can sell out early. Tickets can also be purchased online. To purchase tickets online directly from the Petronas Twin Towers website click here.
The visit takes forty-five minutes. Check in fifteen minutes before your scheduled time. Ticket prices include the Skybridge, Observation Deck, and gift shop.
What To Do Before or After Visiting the Petronas Towers
Go shopping or watch a move at the Suria KLCC Shopping Centre. This shopping mall complex is located at the base of the Petronas Towers and offers upscale shopping, lots of restaurants, and a movie theater. It is a beautiful, modern mall with something to do or see for everyone.
If climbing towers is your thing, don’t miss the Kuala Lumpur Tower, also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1995, it does not share the popularity or stand as tall as the Petronas Twin Towers, but it does give a different perspective of the city. There are several options of visiting here: eat dinner at the revolving restaurant or pay to see the city from the Observation Deck.
The view of Kuala Lumpur from Menara Kuala Lumpur
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, located next to the Kuala Lumpur Tower. This place was brilliant. From here it was a fifteen minute walk to the Petronas Towers, a five minute walk to the Kuala Lumpur Tower, and less than ten minutes away from a street filled with restaurants offering food from around the world. The rooms were enormous, comfortable, and modern, and at night we could see the Petronas Towers from our window. We had two interconnecting rooms, each equipped with a kitchenette, modern bathroom, and work area. The hotel has a pool and a bar on the upper deck with views over the city. We would definitely stay here again.
Where We Ate
Because of Tyler’s peanut allergy, we steered away from eating the local food while in Kuala Lumpur. Plus, we also arrived here on the first day of Ramadan, and finding an open restaurant our first day wasn’t so easy.
One of our first meals was at Healy Mac’s, and Irish pub, and we liked it so much we kept coming back. This restaurant is less than a ten minute walk away from the Petronas Towers and serves delicious Irish food and ice cold beer. The wait staff were some of the friendliest people we have ever met. Healy Mac’s is a fun place, with great food, good music, and an upbeat atmosphere. Don’t miss this place on a visit to Kuala Lumpur!
Post updated January 2018.
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