How better to spend a long layover than enjoying 360 panoramic views of the modern Malaysian capital?

Expecto Patronum!

Since we had a bit of time to spend upon landing into Kuala Lumpur from Siem Reap, we grabbed a quick bite of delicious roti at the huge shopping mall connected to the international airport, checked our backpacks into storage lockers, and booked an Uber into the city to see the famed Petronas Twin Towers. Luckily, a 24 hour tourist visa is issued to US citizens with a valid passport and six months left before its expiration.

A view of the neighboring park and lake next to the towers.

I was completely awe-struck approaching the towers and one can’t help but crane their heads ever upwards. The steeled marvel is esthetically quite unlike the usual skyscrapers we see back home. It’s a visually complex building and the trip to the skybridge about 30 or so stories up was just a taste of the views we’d see once we reached the top.

Storm clouds looking very ominous and what not.

And boy did those views not disappoint. Kuala Lumpur is a sprawling metropolis with skyscrapers sprouting up from downtown and stretching out into the distance. Dark clouds began creeping into the overcast sky and I had a fleeting worry about being 86 stories up in what is essentially one huge lightning rod. Think happy thoughts!

This cityscape is proudly brought to you by Nikon.

The separate viewing areas are arranged quite nicely with padded ottomans to sit and take panoramic photos of the city or contemplate your many life decisions. There are also high-powered binoculars to get a better glimpse of the surroundings (or act like a total peeping tom). The requisite scale models, informative videos, and graphic murals espousing progress are all present as well. Its easy to see why locals are very proud of this towering landmark.

“Two Become One” by the Spice Girls begins playing in the background.

It was nearing our departure time and so we made our way back to the airport. Unfortunately, a combination of rush hour traffic, confusion as to which terminal we stored our bags at, and a mistaken bus ride to a nearby shopping outlet snowballed into one big frustrating, sweaty experience that almost ended in missing our international flight. Thankfully, our flight was delayed enough for us to catch our plane out to Manila.

More to come about my motherland!