Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Kuala Lumpur: Petronas Towers

This trip was always going to have big shoes to fill, as it would inevitably be compared with last year's Thailand holiday. Let's see how Malaysia fared in the competition...

I was going to do one big posting about KL, but what with work, social activities and jet lag I'm feeling a bit under the weather at the moment and have not been able to muster the energy. Instead let's break it up into smaller chunks so that you've got SOMETHING to read at least :-)

What's the first thing that comes into your head when you think of KL? I bet (assuming you've heard of KL before and seen pictures) that you just thought of the Petronas Towers didn't you?. These majestic spires are KL's most famous feature by far and they dominate pretty much every view of the city's skyline with their 452 metres. I'm not going to venture a ranking in the league of World's tallest buildings (there are too many opinions as to what does and doesn't qualify and how the measurement should be taken), but the Towers hold a healthy position in every top ten I've seen, so let's just say it's one of the World's tallest buildings and leave it at that.

The Petronas Towers as viewed from the Cocktail Bar in our hotel

So, while the Towers are a claim to fame for KL and undoubtedly bring in lots of welcome tourism revenue, they also kind of upstage anything else KL may have to offer and the city ends up only being famous for one thing, a bit like William Roach (Who? - Ed. Exactly! Perhaps if I said Ken Barlow instead you'd get my point.)

Even more impressive by night!

So, with the Petronas Towers dealt with we can look in the next couple of posts at some other cool things about KL.

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