To quote Christina Aguilera, ‘underneath the city lights, there is a world few know about’.
By day Kuala Lumpur is a city full of action. Cars, scooters and pedestrians hurry through the streets, weaving in and out of each others way (not always the case on the road). But by night the city truly comes to life, millions of lights twinkle beneath the cover of night and draw your eye skywards.
It really is a sight to behold.
To make the most of Kuala Lumpur by night I suggest you start with a sky walk at the Petronas Towers. Commanding the city skyline, the Petronas Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world (and the tallest building in the world for 6 years from 1998 – 2004). Officially opened in 1999, the towers are a must-visit attraction for tourists.
Standing at 451.9m high, visitors can pay to visit the Skybridge, ascending to 170m. From here you get a beautiful view of the city below.
But things are about to get even better as you’re invited to travel to the 86th floor. Considering there are 88 floors in total you can appreciate you’re pretty high up. So much so you can feel the towers sway a little in the wind. Don’t worry they are designed to do this and if you keep walking around you won’t feel the movement as much.
We visited the Petronas Towers at sundown to catch the ‘golden hour’ which was a flawless idea at conception. When we ventured out of our hotel to walk to the towers we got caught out by a tropical storm. On arrival at the towers we were soaked through and looking a little worse for wear…ok, a lot worse for wear. Regardless, we had a great time at the towers.
Following your trip to the top of the towers, walk through the park towards Traders Hotel. Once inside take another lift to the 33rd floor where you’ll find the Sky Bar. Flanked by cabanas with the best view of the Petronas Towers, you can sit in total comfort with a beer or cocktail in hand and toast to a fantastic night in Kuala Lumpur.
Stay late into the night and make your way home happy and in awe of KL by night.
Petronas Towers – £15.
Traders Hotel Sky Bar – free!
When to visit
Petronas Towers – Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9.00 am – 9.00 pm.
Traders Hotel Sky Bar – Sunday to Thursday, 10am – 1am | Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holidays, 10am – 3am.
Both – Smart casual.
Do I need to book?
Petronas Towers – Yes. Buy tickets online or from the ground floor of the towers.
Traders Hotel Sky Bar – Depends. We didn’t but if you’re concerned you won’t get a cabana by all means book in advance.
*Wish I could take credit for these photos, but mine came out a blurry (still mastering photography at night). These photos are from Pixabay.