Visiting The Petronas Towers

We’ve been in Malaysia for the past week and, so far, it has been amazing. We’ve spent the first few days in Kuala Lumpur taking in all the sights and eating way too much Beef Rendang and Laksa curry.

One such amazing sight are the Petronas twin towers.

I have to admit that, in the last, when I’ve seen photos of these towers they always look like they’ve been photoshopped a fair bit to make them look a lot more impressive than perhaps they are in reality. I was completely wrong though. They are a really spectacular sight and, whilst impressive in the day, they are even better at night when lit up. Boasting 86 floors, they are currently the tallest twin towers in the world.

The first few floors act as a shopping centre including high street, quirky stalls, designer stores and various food courts. We decided to pop to a couple of shops and ended up spending half a day there.

The middle floor and upper floors are offices and the entire places is a hive of workers rushing to and from the buildings.

To visit the top floors and observation deck you are best booking a ticket in advance at least the day before otherwise its up to a 4 hour wait in the queue; not too advisable with a toddler.

The tour is about an hour and the guides lead you to both the interconnecting sky bridge between the towers and the 84th floor which is the highest floor accessible by the public. The top 2 are used for mechanical purposes.

Both the bridge and the 84th provide brilliant panoramic views of all of Kuala Lumpur. There are numerous aids and advanced touch screens give you information about key landmarks around you. The guides are very knowledgable and toddler friendly. Pushchairs aren’t allowed upstairs to getting Little Z to stand still for long periods of time was understandably challenging for him. He opted to flout the rules and run around after a while instead.

If you ever visit Kuala Lumpur it is well worth the visit.

Little Z visibly enjoyed it, particular being free of his “car” pushchair. When asked the same, however, his response was one that filled us with particular joy after 24 hours of waiting for him to say the words….”I’m hungry. Can I have some spaghetti please?”

Other little facts about the Petronas towers

Each towers was constructed by a separate company. Tower 1 by Hazama Corporation and tower 2 Samsung engineering.

They are currently the tallest twin towers in the world.

They were designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and are named after the national oil company.

Just because you can see your hotel from the Petronas towers doesn’t mean you’ll be able to walk there within minutes. It’s highly likely you will be walking in circles for over half an hour whilst the hubby insists it has to be “just over there” and you huffily hobble along with with what feels like 5 fresh blisters.

Men don’t stop to ask for directions in any country. Ever. Ever.

Toddlers don’t take heed of the instruction that they shouldn’t run around. Be prepared to run after them in circles as they excitedly run around the miniature centre-piece replica of the towers in the observation deck whilst his pushchair has a well earned rest in the store room on the ground floor.

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  1. I thought this looked stunning on your photo yesterday. I’ve never heard of it before, so really interesting to read about it. I remember having the same difficulty with getting to the Eiffel Tower with my husband – it looked so close, but we couldn’t actually get to it!
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  2. Wow Tas they really do look spectacular, absolutely love the photo. Sounds like they definitely worth a visit and you’re having the most amazing time there. Enjoy the rest of your stay, thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory
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  3. The towers really are wonderful! As I said on your Silent Sunday, my husband and I went to Malaysia on honeymoon, and after 2 weeks on Penang (beautiful!) we spent a few days in KL. We could see the towers from our hotel (they really are stunning at night!) and we went up and did the tour too! Thank you for bringing back some lovely memories for me πŸ™‚ Great post! #MagicMoments #WhatstheStory
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  4. They are truly spectacular! I am ashamed to admit that while I’ve heard of them, I didn’t know anything about them. Sounds like your son did very well at making the most of his “free” time but deserved it after the trek to get there! Enjoy the rest of your time there! #WhatstheStory
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  5. Wow, that’s quite amazing! Well done for still blogging despite being on holiday and for managing to take a toddler to any sight seeing locations! Hope you’re having a great time x
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