Salamat Datang – Welcome to Malay!
Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL is the capital of Malaysia, Truly Asia. The worlds Kuala Lumpur sounds great, right? But it actually means “Muddy Confluence“. It got the name because of the fact that the land was found near the junction of two rivers.
But the confluence can also rightly highlight the diversity in here.
You have Chinese, Hindus, Muslims, traditional, modern and all people living harmoniously here. Is this not a good confluence?
It was the year of 2007. While I was planning my return from Japan to India, I noticed a long weekend holiday. Since this was a knee-jerk action, I did not take any visa from India.
But, I learned that it’s easy for Indian’s to visit Malaysia in transit. All you need is a confirmed return ticket out of Malaysia. So, you can safely enter Malaysia without any visa. Once you enter the Immigration, you can go to the special counter where they issue transit visas for Indians.
The maximum number of days you can stay with this type of transit visa is 120 hrs or 5 days. If you produce the Immigration officers with the confirmed flight return ticket, you will be issued with this visa. And more interesting news is, they do not charge any fees for this.
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Visa Updates: Jan 2020
Another good news for people from India and China who are looking to visit Malaysia, Truly Asia. Yes, the Malaysian government, in an attempt to encourage tourist, have extended their Visa exemption program (eNTRI Visa) for these citizens.
The Electronic Travel Registration & Information (eNTRI) is a visa exemption program for Indian & Chinese nationals implemented by Malaysia to facilitate tourism.
This electronic application should be applied no later than 48 hours of your departure. The visa costs 21.50USD, with an additional processing fee varying from 35USD to 85USD depending on the urgency you opt for.
Petronas Twin Tower
The first visit was of course to the iconic tower. Since I did not have any reservations for the visit, I could not make it into the tower.
So, please make sure you make a proper reservation beforehand from here.
In case you want to enjoy the view from this bridge, make sure you are early in the queue. Because there is only a predetermined number of visitors allowed per day. Good luck.
Here are a few interesting histories of the Tower.
Petronas Twin Tower is a flagship building that eventually became the identity of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Note that this building was completed in a record time of six years from 1992 to 1998.
A six-year deadline for such a massive construction is not an easy target. Due to such a tight schedule of six years, the tower contract was awarded to two different contractors, one per tower from two different countries. One to the Japanese firm, and other to the South Korean firm.
Do you know that the Twin Tower (One of them) was about to meet the fate of the Pisa tower?
Yes, a small inclination was found during the construction. Thanks to the inspection team which found it promptly and got it immediately fixed by compensating the incline while constructing the upper portion of the tower.
World’s Tallest Architecture
With such a record, this Twin Tower with 88 stories became the world’s tallest architecture in 1998. But it could retain this record only for 6 years until the award was moved to Taipei. Six years of construction yielded the fame of the tallest building for six years! Fair enough?
There is a double-decker sky bridge connecting the two towers at the 41st & 42nd floors. I believe this is the highest double-decker bridge in the world. You will be surprised to know that the tower sways a few feet during high winds. Wonder what would be the feeling of the peoples inside during such swing!
Should I feel happy I did not get the chance to visit the top?
Anyway, we are fortunate not to work on those top floors!!! Let us relax in the nice fountain nearby.
Menara KL Tower
Another marvel in Malaysia, Truly Asia, is the Kuala Lumpur Tower. Basically, it is a communication tower. Want to propose your loved one, what a better way than doing so in the top of this Sky deck at 420 meters above the ground?
Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for the outcome. 🙂
The KL Tower is said to be the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world. I am sure you would have heard about Marathon, Half-Marathon, Triathlon etc. Have you heard of Towerthon?
Yes, you heard me right. Towerthon is a special kind of race conducted every year in Kuala Lumpur. It is nothing but an 800m race to climb the 2058 steps in the KL tower and reach the height of 283 meters.
Interested? Plan ahead, target it and enjoy the climb!
Next, I just took the time to pass through the streets of Putrajaya.
Putrajaya is the administrative place of Malaysia. It consists of ultra-modern architectures like the Mosque, Hotels, Prime Ministers office and other administrative buildings including the Palace of Justice.
As you know Malaysia was/is famous for the Palm trees. The whole of Putrajaya is built on a place that was originally a big palm tree plantations. The place is a little less than 5000 hectares. The whole place is reborn as today’s Putrajaya.
The place is full of high-end buildings, unfortunately, the real estate only filled. Unfortunately, the space in the offices is still vacant which actually shows in the sparse traffic on those 8-lane highways.
Perdana Putra is the Prime Minister’s office building.
Yours truly utilizing the opportunity of a photo moment in front of the Perdana Putra building!
Pink tinted granites decorate the beautiful Mosque giving this unique structure a fantastic glow in the Sun. You will find this Mosque right next to the Perdana Putra or the Prime Minister’s office.
Here are few tips to save your pocket which will convince you to enter Malaysia, Truly Asia, even if you had a few hours of transit.
You will not worry about the connection to the center.
There is excellent connectivity from the airport to the center – KL Sentral. This place has a good connection through Metro and other public transport.
You know what? You can even have a check-in counter for a few of the Airlines in KL Sentral which you can use to avoid the crowds in the Airport.
If you are looking for some guided tour to save your time and effort of planning, its easy once you are in the KL Sentral., There are many operators providing customized one day tours.
And yes, I myself took this same KLIA Express for my return to Airport. (No no, not the same one, it’s just a prototype. Lol… )
I hope you loved this short tour of the Malaysia, Truly Asia.