Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers Review

Twin Towers Malaysia - Sky Bridge

If you are on a holiday in Kuala Lumpur; Malaysia, visiting Menara Petronas or Petronas Twin Towers at KLCC will no doubt be in your "To Visit" list. However, you should note that visiting the Menara Petronas or Petronas Twin Towers is not the same like visiting all other elevated observation point in other countries where you can just pop by any time and buy the tickets and go straight up the elevator. Rather, tickets are issued on a first come first served basis for time allocated visits daily (except for Mondays when they are closed). 

Twin Towers Malaysia - View of KLCC Park from the Sky Bridge

Twin Towers Malaysia - View from level 41

Tickets to Menara Petronas or Petronas Twin Towers can be purchased from the ticket counter at Concourse Level Petronas Twin Towers which opens at 8.30am. Do note that some people will arrive early and therefor even if you come down at 9.30am, you might only get your hands on the tickets at 11.30am and that is only for say the 4.00pm visit. You can't buy tickets in advance too. Tickets sold are limited and are only for the day. Online tickets are also not available at the moment (staff say that this facility will only be available FROM June 2012 onwards - read earliest is June 2012 but we can't promise anything- ) The last allocated visit for the day is at 6.15pm. So, if you think you can go up the Menara Petronas / Petronas Twin Towers to enjoy the beautiful night view of Kuala Lumpur skyline, you will be disappointed. 

Tickets to Menara Petronas or Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers are at :
RM50 (adults) / RM25 (child; above 3 years)
RM 25 (adult - local) / RM25 (child, local)

Read the fine print at the Petronas Twin Towers official web page; no food or drink is allowed at Petronas Sky Bridge (level 41) and the observation deck at level 86. And all bags / luggages are to be stowed away at their locker space.There are no f&b outlet at the top, so, squash that idea of enjoying the beautiful view with a cuppa and chilling out at the top.  The souvenir shop is also located at the Concourse Level which you can browse through while waiting for your allocated time visit. So, basically, when you are up there, you can just admire the view and snap a few pictures and that's it. Frankly speaking, I don't know what is Petronas intention in promoting the Twin Towers as a tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur when the facilities provided are like half-hearted efforts. 

KL Kids Attraction : Menara Petronas

My 4 year old at the Sky Bridge of Petronas Twin Towers, nothing much for kids here.

Be sure to be at the Concourse level of Petronas Twin Towers 10 minutes before your allocated time, you will then go through a scanner and be lead into a waiting area. A staff will then announce "Please proceed to the lift" and you just follow a quiet guide who will appear mysteriously from an unmarked door behind a pillar, while wondering "err.. is this correct? Am I suppose to follow her? Why is there no sign for the lift?" 

When reaching level 41 of Menara Petronas / Petronas Twin Towers, a guide will give a brief introduction of the purpose of the sky bridge (to facilitate movement of office workers in the two towers in the event of emergencies) and you are free to roam to admire the view from the sky bridge of Kuala Lumpur's Twin Towers. There is nothing fantastic about the view from this level (10 minutes max) , I would say but maybe some like to differ. 

Menara Petronas : the much better view from level 81

Menara Petronas : View from level 81

Next, we took a small elevator up to level 81 and the view there is much better. My kids were quite happy looking out of the glass windows of the Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers  and running around the area. 15-20 minutes are quite enough for this level I would say. 

Malaysia Twin Towers; yes! we were that high up.. shudder..

All in all, the visit to Malaysia's Twin Towers is ok but not worth the effort of queuing up for the tickets for someone who dislike hassle like me. Maybe, when the online tickets facilities are up and running and if you can get the 6.15pm time slot, it will be much nicer. Sigh, if only they can throw in a romantic cafe at the top, instrumental music and open up for evening visits too..

If you are thinking of taking the LRT to Petronas Twin Towers, take the RapidKL Kelana Jaya line to KLCC Station. If you are staying in Bukit Bintang area, I would suggest that you walk to Pavillion, cross over to KL Convention Centre and take the tunnel connector to Suria KLCC instead of taking a cab during peak hours. 

My no 2 chilling out by the window at Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers @ Level 81

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