Destination in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Tower
Although the Petronas Towers are taller, the 421m Menara KL, rising from the crest of Bukit Nanas, offers the best city views. The bulb at the top contains a revolving restaurant, an interior jobservation deck at 276m and, most thrilling of all, an open deck at 300m, access to which is weather dependent. Risk vertigo to take your photo in the sky box, which puts nothing but glass between you and the ground below (no young children allowed).
Surrounded by a pocket of primary rainforest, this lofty spire is the world’s fourth-highest telecommunications tower. A free shuttle bus runs from the gate on Jln Punchak, or you can walk up through the KL Forest Eco Park and its canopy walkway.
Lake Gardens – Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park
This 173-hectare lush, landscaped park is most commonly known by its colonial-era moniker: the Lake Gardens (Tasik Perdana in Malay). This is KL’s largest green space, and you can spend the better part of a day exploring the rolling terrain.
Apart from the lake and the Perdana Botanical Gardens themselves, the main attraction within the park is KL Bird Park, but there are plenty of others worth checking out, including two of KL’s best museums – the National Museum and the Islamic Arts Museum – as well as the Deer Park, Hibiscus and Orchid Gardens and KL Butterfly Park. There’s also an excellent children’s adventure playground. Click here for get tips booking.
This excellent modern museum offers a good primer on Malaysia’s history, from prehistoric to present-day. The country’s geological features and prehistory are tackled in one gallery (which features a replica of the 11,000-year-old Perak Man, Malaysia’s most celebrated archaeological discovery). The gallery of modern history is even more interesting, with recreations of temple walls, royal beds and ceremonial garb from across the centuries.
Outside, look for a traditional raised house; ancient burial poles from Sarawak; a regularly changing exhibition (extra charge); and two excellent small side galleries, the Orang Asli Craft Museum and Museum of Malay World Ethnology. Try there out guys !