Blast Off! Welcome to Malaysia! Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Blast Off! Welcome to Malaysia! Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Blast Off! Welcome to Malaysia! Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur


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A simple electronic thumbprint and a visa stamp good for 90 days was all it took for the immigration officer to welcome me into the beautiful country of Malaysia. All said and done in under 5 minutes! What a great start to exploring a new country.

I departed out of Singapore’s lovely Changi Airport by way of the ultra cool and on-time AirAsia airline, which I would use through out my Southeast Asia journey (rule of thumb: if a bus ride would take more than ten hours I booked an AirAsia flight). This would be a one hour flight from Singapore into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A simple up and down ride.

So with the no paperwork to fill out or visa fees to pay, I grabbed a taxi to take me to my downtown hotel. I checked into my room and the first place I headed to was Kuala Lumpur’s iconic landmark and crown jewel, the Petronas Twin Towers.

After a short monorail ride (yes, they have a cool monorail system in Kuala Lumpur) and walk, I arrived at the 88-story twin tower structure, that upon its completion in 1998, was the tallest building in the world until it was surpassed in 2004 by Taipei 101 in Taiwan. It is still the tallest twin building in the world and it easily recognized by its famous skybridge.

From this point of view it looked like two rockets taking off!

Check back for more of my Malaysian adventures!

Happy Travels!

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Kuala Lumpur is the modern, bustling and lush-green capital of Malaysia, a testament to the Southeast Asian nation clawing its way in recent decades out of the developing world and into the WiFi-enabled modern one.

At the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, and lying just over 30 kilometres from the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, KL, as it is commonly known, is not as old as some other Southeast Asian capitals. But it still lays claim to some historical sites of interest, such as mosques, temples, and British colonial-era architecture.

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