Nearly every day this week I’ve gone to bed thinking, “Tomorrow I’ll head up the Petronas Towers so I can finally start making my way South from Kuala Lumpur.”
Well, despite having been kept up until 4 by the bedbugs yet again, this time, I really was gonna do it! So with only 3 hours of sleep I crawled out of bed and dragged myself to the RapidKL across town.
Each day, the folks at the Petronas Corporation distribute a limited number of tickets – either to the skybridge that joins the two towers (for 10 ringgit) or to the very top (for 40). Ignore anything you might read which claims the trip is free; it used to be, but not anymore.
The process goes something like this:
1) You get in line
2) You wait anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours
3) If any tickets are left when you get to the front, you’re given the next available timeslot and go home happy. Otherwise, you try again tomorrow.
Fortunately I did get a ticket. Unfortunately it took 2 hours – and by that time there were none left to the top. Oh well, I guess the skybridge would have to do.
But as my “appointment” wasn’t until 1:40pm, with ticket-in-hand I hurried back home to sleep for an hour and a half longer.
…And to recharge my phone, because I pretty much killed the battery listening to Pandora and remoting into my PC while standing around for 120 minutes 😛
The trip to the skybridge began with a short video about the Petronas Corporation. OK, so honestly, this was such a blatant load of corporate propaganda-laden filth I could barely believe my eyes; it felt almost akin to a North Korean documentary about Kim Jong Il. The script might just as well have been rewritten as “Petronas is great, Petronas is powerful, all hail Petronas.” I really wish I’d filmed it to post a clip here…if only I’d known.
I found security to be just a little bit strange as well – everyone had to go through airport-style X-Ray machines, and an armed guard escorted us every step of the way. Even the shopping mall at the base of the towers was plastered with signs forbidding photography. In a shopping mall.
Honestly, what’s up with this company?
The view from the skybridge was admittedly quite nice, but in my opinion still not worth three hours of my life. Perhaps if it’d been sunny out, or had only required an hour of waiting.
Ah well, at least I can cross that one off my list 😉
By the time I left the towers it had started to rain, so although I’d planned to explore a nearby residential neighborhood I decided to call it off. Instead, I headed to a small gym that Michael told me he found just outside of town.
It turned out to be WAY outside of town – at the very end of the train line, and then another 15 minutes on foot. And of course it poured only during the exact 15 minutes I was walking 😐
Ah well again.
At least it was a nice opportunity to catch a glimpse beyond the city center – and although pretty mediocre, the gym was cheap as hell. 6 ringgit ($2), the least I’ve paid yet.
…Plus, at long last, after more than a week – I was finally ready to get out of Kuala Lumpur and start heading South! 🙂
Note: These posts are behind realtime; the above took place on Wednesday, January 26th.