No visit to Malaysia's capital & most populated city, would be complete without a visit to its most famous landmark The Petronas Twin Towers. We visited the world's tallest twin tower building, at 452m high, & the world’s highest double decked bridge (linking the towers) on one of the daily tours. The tour took us to the Skybridge on Level 41, 170m above street level & to the observation deck on level 86 of the 88 story building, some 360m up for a close up view of the other tower. As well as magnificent views across KL via floor to ceiling windows, they have plenty of facts & figures available. There are a limited number of tickets available each day, so you can either book 3 days in advance or on the day. Concessions of 50% are available for 55 years & over, so do ask & check at other attractions too.
We used a local guide for a morning to give us an overview of KL, which meant we could cover a lot of ground quite quickly. Starting at the National Museum, where we learnt plenty of historical background about Malaysia. From the discovery of Homo-Sapien remains, to the invasion of the Portuguese, the role of the British & The White Raja. We looked at Tin Mining which gave prosperity, it was an interesting overview of the region we were about to visit. They also have the original Sultan's palace, not much more than a room on stilts, which sets you up nicely to journey to the previous residence of the sultan & his current one the impressive King's Palace. From here we took in the National Mosque, the Sultan Abdul Samad building, Independence Square & the City Gallery, with an impressive model of they city.
Lake Gardens is in the South-West corner of the city, where there is a number of attractions including an orchid garden, planetarium, & much more but we decided to visit the KL Bird Park. Claiming to be the world's largest free-flight Walk-in Aviary with 3,000 birds (I didn't count them), many are free to roam or fly in the vast (21 acres) net covered park. We followed a suggested walking route about the park where we saw a large variety of species, a show & feeding times. The highlights for us were the peacocks displaying their magnificent plumage for the hens & the parrot area. Here, for a couple of Ringetts you can get a cup of coconut milk & some seeds & be covered in the parrots that swoop in to feed. Fingers, arms, head, shoulders....they'll perch anywhere for a bit of the food, great fun.
As well as walking in KL we used the monorail that runs through the city, easy to use & inexpensive. KL is also a very clean city & we hardly saw any litter on the streets the whole time we were there. As with many cities there is a bewildering variety of places to eat & something for everyone. The 4th floor of the KLCC, adjacent to the Petronas Towers, offers a variety of restaurants & also a food court style experience & we had a pleasant couple of meals there. We didn’t get to see the world’s largest capsule vending machine at over 32 feet tall & I’m sure there were many other things we could have seen if we were staying longer.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to KL & it's well worth spending a couple of days here if you're in the region.
Next stop Kuching.
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Part One of a series that describes our travels through the Malaysian Peninsular & East Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur
The Malaysian Tourist Board say that “To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia” & little did we know, as we were boarding Malaysia Airline’s giant A380 at Heathrow, that this was the start of a wonderful love affair with the region. Thanks to the webcam in the tail of the plane, I can sit in my seat & watch us glide into the sky whilst flicking through the itinerary we’ve worked out with Selective Asia & dream of the adventure ahead.
We stayed at the very luxurious & comfortable Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur (aka KL) & had booked a club room, which provides a more intimate area for check-in, breakfast & complimentary evening cocktails 5-7pm. Our suite (never refuse a free upgrade) had an outstanding feature. No bidet but a toilet with on-board personal hygiene. Comprehensive instructions begged me to try it, just the pull of a lever. The resultant dousing of ice cold water on my bottom had me leaping about 3 feet in the air. I won’t try that again. Despite this, the hotel is a great base for exploring KL.
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