Sunday, May 22, 2011

Malaysia Day Tour 1st part (Petronas Twin Towers)

quick journey of a budget DIY 1st-timer / solo backpacker
january 19-22, 2011 thursday to saturday

objective: to visit the best tourist spots that fits my taste and budget accordingly.
additional tasks: to conquer the G-MAX reverse bungee jump and witness thaipusam festival

timezone -  +0800H UTC
capital - kuala lumpur city
currency - ringgit (MYR) 1MYR = 14.5PHP, 1USD = 3MYR
basic phrases - Terima Kasih (thank you), Selamat Datang (welcome)
visa (for filipino) - tourist visa-free at 30-days

Malaysia has its origins in the Malay Kingdoms present in the area which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. The first British territories were known as the Straits Settlements, with the other states forming protectorates. The states on Peninsular Malaysia, then known as Malaya, was first unified as the Malayan Union in 1946. Malaya was restructured as the Federation of Malaya in 1948, and achieved independence on 31 August 1957. Malaya united with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore on 16 September 1963, with 'si' being added to give the new country the name Malaysia. However, less than two years later in 1965, Singapore was expelled from the federation.

petronas twin towers at 0700H

petronas twin towers at 0700H

Road trip to Malaysia:
alight bus around 0020H for cross-boarder checkpoint, it like you've been arriving from an ordinary airport. check disembarkation card, passport and immigration officer. processing was so fast, same as i were in singapore. so after 10 minutes, rode again to my bus. this is the only stop-over in a night bus travel.

i arrived at kuala lumpur city specifically in mrt imbi station around 0430H, which was the last destination of the bus. alight then took a deep breath for a moment because after just 1 day i am in another new country. i asked a guard from a nearby closed mall what is the name of the place. upon replying i verified it on my printed map and what possibilities where will i head next. its just 1 station away to bukit bintang so thats where i will b and i just walked. the streets are not  sensitive in jaywalking and they are strict on traffic rules.upon arrival to bukit bintang, looked for cheapest and spent my at least 2 hours there to refresh and relax for a moment. 0700H i left with my backpack.

petronas twin towers

petronas twin towers


(1) petronas twin towers
The Petronas Twin Towers, also known as Menara Petronas or Menara Berkembar Petronas in Malay are skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101, but remain the tallest twin buildings in the world. The building is the landmark of Kuala Lumpur with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.

The height of the towers is measured to the top of their structural components such as spires, but do not include antennas. Spires are considered actual integral parts of the architectural design of buildings, to which changes would substantially change the appearance and design of the building, whereas antennas may be added or removed without such consequences. The Petronas Towers still remain the tallest twin buildings in the world. The Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower dominate the skyline of Kuala Lumpur's Central Business District.The Petronas's height compared to some other well-known tall structures.

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the World Trade Center towers were each constructed with 110 occupied floors – 22 more than the 88 floors of the Petronas Towers. Willis Tower’s tallest antenna is 75.41 m (247.4 ft) taller than those of the Petronas Towers, however, the antennas of Willis Tower were not counted as part of its architectural features. The spires on the Petronas Towers are included in the height since they are not antenna masts. Therefore, the Petronas Towers exceed the official height of Willis Tower by 10 m (33 ft) even though the roof of Petronas Towers (378.6 m) is 63.4 m (208 ft) lower than the roof of Willis Tower (442 m).

0900H at the basement of petronas towers, only 900 tourist are allowed everyday

petronas twin towers skybridge viewing deck

my 1st task is to conquer petronas twin tower with a distance from bukit bintang of almost 2km. 0700H is not typical daylight as ours, sunrise is much delayed to them which is also a good idea for night photo-ops of the tower. 0745H entered the lobby, then to the basement for the tower's receiving area. what a long line to wait for 0900H opening of skybridge visit. i am #130 among 900 tourist allowed to visit during the day. if ever it exceeds 900, you are sorry but togo back and fall in line for tomorrow. 900th tourist arrived past 0900H, that's how fast visitors come.
0800H counter booth opened, 10myr(145php) entrance fee for skybridge visit (41st floor probably). they schedule visits on 20 persons per batch so i was on the 1020H set that requires me to wait over 2 hours. by the way, if you want to be on the viewing deck which is almost on top of the building (i think its on the 88th floor) , you have to pay 40myr(580php) and wait until 1100H for your batch. for me its not practical to spend that much, skybridge visit is enough to experience the fame of petronas twin tower.

upon entering the lobby, they gave us 5 minutes orientation then went to elevator for about 1 floor per second. skybridge is on the 41st floor so that would take 41 seconds queuing on pressurized elevator. upon reaching the skybridge viewing deck, you can see klcc park above and its infront of twin tower ... while kuala lumpur tower is on the left side of the left tower of petronas.

KLCC park viewed from petronas twin towers skybridge viewing deck

showroom after the skybridge beneath petronas twin towers

malaysia day tour last part (kl tower & batu cave)


  1. hi! we're going to kuala lumpur and singapore in october. magtatanong lang po. saan nakukuha yung disembarkation card? and if we spend one whole day in kuala lumpur, kaya ba namin puntahan ang petronas towers, lake titiwangsa garden park, merdeka square at maisingit pa ang batu caves? bale 4D 3N kami. our base is kuala lumpur. one day sa singapore, one day sa malaysia den the rest of our time, travel time na. hehe. any tips will be highly appreciated. thank you! :)

  2. 1. disembarkation card is issued in the crossborder checkpoint
    2. yup kaya yan basta unahin nyo ang petronas, since 3 na yung nagawa ko sa 1/2 day, dagdag nyo n lng ang titiwangsa at square.. medyo malayo ang batu cave, outside kl yun, parang laguna sa atin..
    3. tips ??? basta chill lng kayo.. behave sa crossborder chkpoint, bait naman sila ... enjoy time while you're there, tsaka na kayo mag-laidback pag-uwi, sayang ang miles ... hangga't may oras, gumala lang, di naman nakakaligaw !!! :)

  3. Thanks for that informative post. Excited na rin kaming pmunta dun :D

  4. Dumaan din ako ng KL from SG and stayed for less than 24 hours. Will go back this September and hope to explore more of it. Batu Cave is on top of the itinerary this time. Bookmarking this as reference, thanks for sharing!:-D

  5. Hi. ask ko lng san hostel k nagbook? my sriling toilet hostel na tinuluyan mo? please reply thanks

  6. ang saya pa naman sana sa batu cave, malayo lang.

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