1. The Petronas Twin Towers
It would be hard to say you have been to Malaysia without seeing the iconic Petronas Twin Towers located right at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The first glimpse is usually astonishing to say the least. Soaring 88 storeys into the sky, each Tower consists of 1765 flights of stairs. Needless to say, you will find it much easier to reach the top by utilizing one of the ten elevators located in either one of the towers rather than walking up. Before you can get a chance to capture a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur and the residing area you will have to secure your tickets early in the morning. Tickets are issued daily starting at 8:30 am based on a first come – first serve basis. If you’re scared of heights and would prefer not to walk across the skybridge or go up to the observation tower, then there is still plenty to do. Inside the Suria KLCC shopping complex there is a wide selection of restaurants and shopping outlets to sample. If music is your thing consider checking out the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra which offers excellent shows for reasonable prices.
As of the time of writing the cost to go up the Petronas Towers: Adult: RM 80 Adult (MyKad): RM 25 Child: RM 30 Child (MyKid): RM 12
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2. The Federal Administrative Capital of Putrajaya
If you enjoy modern architecture then Putrajaya is undoubtedly the place for you to visit in peninsular Malaysia. Located approximately 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur, this picturesque city is the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. Spacious roads, tree-lined streets, and elegant bridge designs are meticulously integrated into the city’s urban feel. The Putra Mosque and the Prime Minister’s Office are adjacent to one another and line man-made Putrajaya Lake. An excellent way to capture the feel for Putrajaya is to take a boat cruise. Most cruises take roughly 1 hour and they offer excellent views of the Putra Mosque, Ministry of Finance, Ser Wawasan Bridge, Millennium Monument, Darul Ehsan Palace, Palace of Justice, Putrajaya International Convention Centre, and Putra Bridge among other things. If you prefer to be on land consider going for an early morning run or a bicycle ride. The large sidewalks and reasonable road traffic make it a great urban city for outdoor activities.
As of the time of writing the cost to go on a boat cruise: Air Conditioned Boat Non-Air Conditioned Boat Adult: RM 50 Adult: RM 40 Adult (MyKad): RM 30 Adult (MyKad): RM 20 Child: RM 35 Child: RM 26 Child (MyKid): RM 20 Child (MyKid): RM 12
3. The Chiling Waterfalls
The Chiling Waterfalls are often referred to as Selangor’s most refreshing set of falls. Roughly 1.5 hrs by car from Kuala Lumpur, the Chiling Waterfalls make a great day trip to soak up some fresh air. Unlike many touristy falls, Chiling is not directly beside an access road. Therefore, you will have to complete a short trek across a river four or five times as part of a one hour hike to the first set of falls. The trek into the falls can be a great but chilling experience, especially if the water level is high and the current is strong. The water can be well over waist level on a good day. More enthusiastic trekkers have the option to hike around the first set of falls to enjoy other falls with fewer tourists. At the first set of falls there are some rocks to jump off into the pool below. Since the waterfalls are considered to be a fish sanctuary, this tourist venue is only open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every week so be sure to check out your calendar before you drive to the Chiling Waterfalls. When you arrive at the falls you will be asked to register for safety purposes and a small fee of RM 1 will be collected.
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4. Batu Caves
Located conveniently only 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur is the famous Hindu Temple complex also known as Batu Caves. The limestone caves are located at the top of a grueling 276 step staircase, but you will be rewarded for your effort. Although the caves are impressive in their own right, the site may be more famous because it is the venue for the annual Thaipusam Festival. Ranking as one of the most significant Hindu celebrations outside of India, Thaipusam attracts visitors from all over the world. If walking the 276 steps is not enough exercise for the day, consider rock climbing. With over 160 different climbing routes, there is something for everyone ranging from beginner to seasoned pro. It’s the type of tourist attraction that you want to have ample time to explore because there are plenty of temples, statues and of course massive limestone cave formations to check out.