From the moment I opened the curtains at my hotel in Kuala Lumpur and saw the Petronas Towers for the first time, I fell in love. Living in London, I’m no stranger to skyscrapers, but these twin buildings are so surreal looking. Like something out of Metropolis, they shimmer in the sunlight by day and light up majestically at night.
In my five days in KL, I never tired of looking at them, but there were a few vantage points that I loved:
1) Traders Hotel Sky Lounge
I stayed at the hotel itself and it was beautiful, but the bar on the top floor is open to the public. Home to a gorgeous swimming pool and a very well stocked bar (albeit the drinks are pretty pricey, even for super cheap Kuala Lumpur), you can settle in on a lounger built into a cosy alcove see the tops of the Towers just across the park. They look especially spectacular over an evening cocktail.
2) KLCC Park
This sounds obvious because it’s where the Towers are based, and the views during the day are particularly good from the little bridge going over the lake, but I specifically mean the fountains at the base of the building, in front of Suria KLCC mall. At night they perform a wonderfully cheesy but extremely pretty light and music show. The Towers peer over the crowds and looking up at them is truly awesome. On my final night in KL it was this view that made me feel rather emotional.
3) From the top of the Towers themselves
It’s kind of a given that if you visit Kuala Lumpur you’ll go up to the top of the Petronas Towers, but if you’re thinking otherwise, I really do insist on it. From the 88th floor of one Tower you see the intricacies that make up the buildings and give them their unique shape. The views from the top are obviously stunning on a clear day and you can also walk across the bridge between the two Towers (although it was closed when I was there, sadly). The cost is only about £11 so it is a total bargain and really lives up to the hype.