When I first landed in Kuala Lumpur I had no expectations. Whatsoever.
All I knew was that it’s an Asian metropolis with a name similar to koala and lemur, and that there is a sky bridge between Petronas Towers that I was determined to get on. In fact, I also knew that Petronas Towers were at one point the tallest twin towers in the world. But that was it.
Originally I got a ridiculously cheap ticket from Jakarta on a very short notice and there was literally not so much time for preparation. At that point I thought “I’ll just come there and improvise on the spot”.
So there I was, in the airport, getting a stamp in my passport and thinking “I wonder if they speak English, or at least something I am able to speak, here”. I already started warming up my gestures and mimics, remembering the experience from Indonesia where good English is scarce, when I learned it won’t be necessary. To my discovery most of the people spoke pretty fluent English and Malay is very similar to Indonesian that I picked up a bit. So it was not that difficult to communicate after all.
I’ve booked the ticket to Petronas Towers a bit in advance (actually, this I got even earlier than the airplane ticket), since there is a great demand for it and places fill up quickly. My entrance time was around 17, which, I figured, would allow me to be at the observation deck at around sunset to marvel the view. Since I still had all day in front of me, I went for a short walk to experience what Kuala Lumpur has to offer.
I didn’t have to go far for the next attraction. The lady from reception suggested me that next to twin towers there is an aquarium where there’s a cool underwater tunnel and over 5,000 land and aquatic animals to see. I figured, I’ve never been to aquarium before and here’s my chance.
I still had an hour or so after the aquarium, so I went to walk between city’s skyscrapers and were amazed at how clean it was there. Compared to other cities in the region, like Bangkok or Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur is extremely clean.
Finally, the time has come for my visit to the sky bridge. With an elevator we climbed to the 42 floor and there we had around 15 or so minutes to walk around and amaze at how it is possible to construct something like that.
Petronas Towers originally didn’t have a bridge between them until it was decided that in case of evacuation it would be wise to have a possibility to move to the other tower quickly from upper floors. Therefore, they constructed a bridge on the ground. Then with cables attached it to a helicopter (!!!), lifted it and put it between the towers. How crazy is that???
Next stop was the 86 floor of the tower and the observation deck. Even though the weather was rainy, the view from the top was simply amazing. Clouds, skyscrapers, mountains – basically everything was below the 86 floor. Awesome!
I enjoyed my first time in Malaysia and I was glad I didn’t have any expectations about it. Its creativity and craziness (come on, hold a bridge with a helicopter between two skyscrapers and attach it) impressed me a lot, so I decided to stay for a longer while and sue one more flag patch on my backpack.