Side trip: The Petronas Towers

What a lethargic afternoon, after I had a delayed flight with AirAsia Airlines. I decided then to do a side trip to the famous Petronas Twin Towers to lighten up the situation and since I’ve got nothing to do in a 13-hour layover. I supposed to meet a local friend too and go to Batu Cave but he canceled it in the last minute. Which I think is fine, I now have another reason to visit Malaysia again in the future. 😊

I remember when I first quit my corporate job last 2017 and decided to travel, Malaysia was my first stop before heading to Vietnam from Muscat, Oman. (Read the article: Flight WY0821 bound for Saigon ) And I haven’t tried to look around the city.

Now, it’s actually my first time to step outside the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. And I’m excited to see up close the identical towers and feel the identical wonders. To give you a short overview of The Petronas Twin Towers, it’s an 88-story twin structure located in the heart of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. The officials started planning it on January 1992, completed in 1996 but officially opened by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mohamad on August 1999. It symbolizes the courage, ingenuity, initiative, and determination, optimism and zest of a nation. It is once the highest building in the world from 1998-2004 and remains the tallest twin towers.

Kuala Lumpur Internation Airport 2

Moving forward, I’ll guide you on how to get to The Petronas Towers in a budget-traveler-way. Well, you’ve got 3 ways (by train, taxi or by bus) to get there but I’ll just tell you the one I did, which is way cheaper than the other 2 options. So from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), go to the Ground Floor of the airport and find this Bus Ticketing Counter. It’s right off the exit doors. I bought a single-journey ticket to KL Sentral for only 12.00 RM (Malaysian Ringgit) or $3.00. Don’t buy a round-trip ticket if you don’t know exactly what time you’re going to finish your agendas around. They are really strict with the time, they follow what’s written on your ticket. Be extra careful! 😊

Bus Ticketing Counter

KL Sentral Bus Station

It was a 45-minute-travel from KLIA2 to KL Sentral but sometimes will take you an hour. This is the KL Sentral station where you will be dropped and the place, where you will buy the ticket going back to the airport. The operation starts at 3 am in the morning and ends at 12:30 am. Buses leave every 20 minutes. And here’s the bus schedules for your reference.

To get to the train station going to KLCC from KL Sentral. Just go upstairs and turn left. You will see a lot of ticketing machines lined up, and from there you can choose to which destination you want to go. It will only cost you around 2.40 RM (Malaysian Ringgit) or $0.50 to KLCC.

Train Ticketing Machine to KLCC

                Tap the LRT Line 5

Choose KLCC or KL Sentral if you’re going back.

And please double check the platform in which you’re going to take the train. In my case, I went to the wrong platform so instead of going towards KLCC the train went the other way. Fortunately, I noticed that I’m on the wrong train after the 2nd station. Imagine if I didn’t see it, I will be on the last stop of the train route. Hahaha. 😊 Now, I headed to the other side of the train station to catch the train to KLCC. It will only take you 15 minutes from KL Sentral to KLCC but in my case, it’s 20-25 minutes I guess. Lesson learned. 😊 Once you arrive at the KLCC, it’s just a 5-8 minute walk to see the intricate structure of The Petronas Twin Towers.

The Petronas Twin Towers

KLCC Fountains at the back of the Petronas Twin Towers

After 2 hours of roaming, eating and taking pictures. I decided to head back to the airport, prepare my things for my early flight tomorrow and get some rest. You heard it right, I’ll be staying at the airport but not in the arrival or departure area. It’s an Airport Transit Hotel.

So I arrived back to KLIA 2 after my short trip to the Petronas Towers and headed directly to the reception of The Aerotel Kuala Lumpur. It is located at Level 2M right in gateway@klia2 – The Shopping Mall, just above Garrett’s Popcorn to make it easier. 😊

Aerotel’s reception area

The reception area was quite busy when I arrived, that means they’re having a good business. 😊As I approach the reception, the staffs warmly greeted and welcomed me with a smile in their faces. I gave my passport, filled-out the registration form then snap! I just realized I’m already walking towards my room. The check-in process was really fast. I think in less than 5 minutes I’ve got my key card.

Hallway to my room

Look at this! My room for tonight. Perfectly lit, clean and very spacious. The room is highlighted with woolly pillows and comfortable queen-size bed. It also comes with essential amenities like cable-TV, toilet and bathroom with hot and cold shower, clothes hanging area and of course a free high-speed Wi-Fi internet connection.

If you get hungry, they’ve got Plaza Premium Lounge which is right next to Aerotel and open 24/7. You can grab your favorite drink too from The Bar while watching a football match.

The Bar

I may not have a good flight experience and encountered some misfortunes during this trip. It’s the other way around with The Aerotel Kuala Lumpur where I’ve stayed in for a night before going back to Vietnam. It was short but the overall experience was great and the staffs will surely guarantee every guest with incredible service and memorable stay. I will highly recommend it for your business and leisure travels. (Read article Hotel Review: Aerotel Kuala Lumpur to know more about their services.)


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