Salamat Datang – Welcome in 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 in 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, leant that its easy for Indian’s to visit Malaysia on 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. 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.
Petronas Twin Tower
The first visit was of course to the iconic tower. Since I did not had any reservations to the visit, I could not make it into the tower.
So, please make sure you do here.
In case you want to enjoy the view from these bridge, make sure you are early in the queue. Because there are only a predetermined number of visitors allowed per day. Good luck.
Here are a few interesting history onn the Tower.
Petronas Twin Tower is a flagship building which 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.
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.
With such a record, this Twin Tower with 88 stories became the Worlds 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 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 got the chance to visit to the top?
Anyway, we are fortunate not to work on those top floors!!! Let us relax in the nice fountain nearby.
Menara KL Tower
Kuala Lumpur Tower 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 which 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 office building.
Yours truly utilizing the oppurtunity 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 even if you had few hours of transit.
You will not worry about the connection to the center.
There is an excellent connectivity from 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 few of the Airlines in KL Sentral which you can use to avoid the crowds in 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 customzied one day tours.
And yes, I myself took this same KLIA Express for my return to Airport. (No no, not the same one, its just a prototype. Lol… )
Hope you loved this short tour on the Malaysia Truley Asia.