The Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers have to be one of my all-time favourite high-rise buildings, they never cease to amaze me when I come to Kuala Lumpur. They soar up to a height of 452 metres with 88 storeys and they are particularly magical at night and you can see them from miles around. You can go up to the top for a close up look at the top of the Towers, and you can also just go up as far as the Sky Bridge across the middle for breath-taking views across the whole of KL.
The Towers are the main heart of KL and there’s a massive shopping mall underneath, the KLCC, one of the largest in Malaysia. There’s also a beautiful park in the grounds with dancing fountains. It really comes alive in the evenings where families come out with their children and the bars and restaurants come alive.
The KL Revolving Tower
The KL Tower is another well-known landmark in KL, very similar to the CN Tower, which appears higher than the Petronas Towers as it’s on top of a hill. It also has amazing views of KL, as it has a revolving deck and an observation deck. It’s about £10 to get onto the observation deck which has 360 views across KL, but there’s a restaurant on the revolving deck called Atmosphere 360, and for £18 you can get to indulge in the glorious buffet spread with dishes including Malaysian and International cuisine, which includes starters, mains and gorgeous dessert confections, and you can see the sights at the same time. The restaurant does get booked up quite quickly especially at the weekends as the food is amazing, but when I went, which was mid-week, I got in quite easily.
Old Colonial KL and Merdeka Square
Beyond the modern KL, lies the old Colonial heart, Merdeka Square, just north of Chinatown, where you will find the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, opposite the cricket ground. This beautiful building is an extravaganza of Gothic arches, bronze domes and colonnades, and a clock tower in white and pink brick. Then to the south, there’s an old post office and the former HQ of the Federated Malay States Railway.
Just a short stroll from Merdeka Square you will find Petaling Street, KL’s China Town.