This morning as I wrote a blog entry Carolyn was busily getting herself and the girls ready to go out. Once we were all ready we took a cab over to the KL Tower. The first time we came to KL we stayed in a hotel that also houses the Hark Rock Cafe, and it was just across the street from the KL Tower, but we had never been up inside it and decided now was the time.
The place was a little chaotic when we got there; some of the escalators were down for some type of construction, several young kids were standing around on what I guess was a field trip of sorts, and there were too many staff workers for the KL Tower standing around. One guy who worked there was really helpful, carrying the stroller up the stopped escalator while I took Zoe and Jean climbed with Logan.
We found the ticket counter and decided to purchase the combination ticket that takes you up to the observation deck of the tower and then allows you entrance into the Zoo next door. The kids were free, and it was RM57 per adult for the combo ticket.
We stood in a short line for the elevator up to the observation deck for less than 5 minutes, and the ride up took less than a minute to cover the 276 meters (905ft). We spent the next 30 minutes making our way around the entire floor to check out the views from 360 degrees. I wish the view of the Petronas Towers had been from a different angle so you could see the twin towers better instead of the side profile of one and a tiny bit of the other peeking out from behind the first one. The most impressive part for me was being able to see the Batu Caves way off in the distance and also seeing the King’s Palace for the first time. The King of Malaysia rotates every 4-5 years from one Sultan to another, and each state in Malaysia has a Sultan — it would be like the King of America rotating between each state’s governor every 5 years, except the governors would need to be from ruling families who ran their respective states for centuries.
Carol and I agreed that the views would be more spectacular at night, and surprisingly we were told that less people visit at night (“it is almost empty”). After we’d seen enough we took the elevator back down and then made our way to the zoo (“Animal Zone”) next door.
It would definitely be a mistake to call the Animal Zone a zoo; it’s more like an exotic pet shop. You can cover the entire thing in under 15 minutes, and that includes reading the little bit of info on each cage. The majority of the inhabitants were reptiles (snakes, lizards, geckos, caimans, etc) or birds, but they had some surprising creatures like a coatimundi (I saw some in the wild in Guatemala), a raccoon, some albino hairless mice, and a two headed red-eared slider (turtle).
After our quick walk through the Animal Zone we caught a cab back to the hotel and went to the a nearby mall for a late lunch. We ate at Jean’s favorite place in KL, Tarbush. After lunch we went to our room and Jean fed Logan, then all the girls went to a mall for about 3-4 hours of shopping while I fell asleep and caught up on some much needed rest.
When the girls got back I went across the street with Zoe to take some night photos of a cool fountain and a Deepavali exhibit with Flat Sasha. When we got back to the room Carol had ordered pizza (Papa John’s is in KL), we ate dinner, bathed the girls and we’re now about to hit the sack because we are getting up at 4am to prepare for our morning flight to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Here are some of the photos from today: