Using a one-stop platform for access to attractions and activities, Hanna Hussein moves smoothly from KL Tower to a theme park in a mall
SHOPPING is usually the sole reason for my visits to the KL city centre. But the capital isn’t just a place for retail therapy. It’s more than that. Malaysians should see the city from the eyes of a tourist, and I am up for it. I am staying in the heart of the concrete jungle, not for the usual shopping trip but to explore some attractions that I have never visited.
But there’s a twist. instead of buying the admission tickets at the counter, I’ll be using Klook app.
It’s super easy to use. I just add the attractions that I like to go to my shopping list, and purchase tickets with just one click! Confirmation ticket vouchers will instantly appear in the app after my purchase.
No fuss of getting in the long queue and the best part is I don’t have to print anything. Just show my mobile vouchers upon arrival and I’m good to go.
Recently launched here, Klook offers extensive choices of attractions. They include dining at Plane in the City and Dinner in the Sky, guided tours, admission tickets to zoo and theme parks.
I have shortlisted a list of fun things to do in Kuala Lumpur. So let’s see just how many I can cover in 24 hours!
BOX IN THE SKY
Honestly, I have never set foot at KL Tower, the city’s iconic landmark.
Standing at 421m, it is the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world and Southeast Asia’s tallest.
There are two ticket options in Klook — basic access to the observation deck at RM40, or pay RM88 and you’ll get to enjoy the view from the Sky Deck and Sky Box. I opt for the latter.
As holders of the full package tickets, we are invited to go on the lift that will take us directly to the Sky Deck at level TH05, which is an open platform 300m above ground.
Here, visitors get an unobstructed view of the city — there is no glass window to block it.
Also on the same level is Sky Box, where one can experience the thrill of standing on a glass box that extends out from the Sky Deck ledge. The queue isn’t that bad as I am one of the early birds.
I patiently wait for my turn as the couple before me takes as many shots of themselves in the box as possible. Once it’s my turn, my heart starts to pound and I nervously step onto the glass step.
Slowly, I walk gently to go nearer to the edge where I get to see Petronas Twin Towers. Oh, it’s a stunning view, and standing up here feels like floating in the air. I even dare myself to look down — oh, it is high alright!
Don’t worry, if you go alone, there’s a designated photographer to take pictures for you. There are actually two Sky Box units that offer different views, so go for both!
Before I head down, the lift takes me to the observation deck 276m above ground.
Here, again, I get to see the view of the city in air-conditioned comfort.
The tower has hosted the longest-running urban BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, Earth) event since 1999 and it is now the largest event of its kind in the world. If you’re feeling adventurous and dare enough to sit on the edge of KL Tower, you can book the Sitting on the Edge experience to see base jumpers take off happening from Sept 28 to Oct 1 at RM128.
Also, check out Atmosphere 360 Restaurant, the highest revolving restaurant in Southeast Asia, KL Upside Down House, KL Tower Mini Zoo and more.
SEA IN THE CITY
Next on my Klook list is Aquaria at the concourse level of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. It is one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia.
It’s been awhile since my last visit here and I’m excited to see if there’s something new. There are over 5,000 exhibits of underwater and land creatures.
It’s a self-guided tour so you can just roam and leisurely stroll following the walkway flow. First you’ll walk through the Evolution zone. My favourite part here is the Gene Pool, where visitors are allowed to touch the sea creatures. I have the chance to touch starfish, sharks, sea cucumber and more.
Next is the The Stream zone. Visitors get to see the otter-feeding session at 11.15am.
It features two adorable Asian small clawed otter, the smallest species of otters in the world. They are very social animals, often playing on the riverbanks and in the water around their burrow. During the session, visitors will get to see the trainer feed and play with the otters.
The walk then continues to zones such as the Shipwreck, Deep Forest and the Coast exhibiting more colourful exotic fish and sea creatures from all over the world.
The star of the tour is the Living Ocean zone where one can go on a journey through the 90m transparent underwater tunnel where hundreds of fish, sharks, stingrays and more surround you from everywhere you look.
Don’t miss the feeding session by the pro-divers at the big Aquatheatre and learn about conservation and importance of the marine ecosystem.
If you like theme parks, you may enjoy The Rift. Located at Mid Valley KL, it is the latest in-mall entertainment, blending the latest in virtual reality with physical activity while showcasing the best digital entertainment software in the world.
Covering 3,715 sq m, it is the first and largest augmented reality and virtual reality adventure park in Southeast Asia. It boasts 25 virtual worlds along with augmented reality and physical activity attractions.
Klook offers three package options — Exit Reality, EXA and Terminator X — at RM50 each. Honestly, I don’t really know what to expect but from outside, it looks really cool!
I opt for the Exit Reality package which offers one entry to six of the 10 attractions. But if you feel like going for more, you can always top up by paying per ride.
Luckily, during my visit, there aren’t many visitors so the queue to enter the attractions is not long.
I kick it off by going for the Hurricane VR. It’s a VR roller coaster ride where you will be given a VR device and strapped safely on a moving chair which will be lifted, turned and twisted. The VR shows a scene of trishaw rides along the Great Wall of China. It becomes thrilling as the ride goes up and down a hill at high speed. Beware, this goes into 360-degree turns!
I try the exhilarating Holowall where I test my rookie wall climbing skills. You also have to avoid a sweeping laser. It’s a fun game as you get to choose the challenges from easy to hard.
Another of my favourite games is the Hado. You’ll need a team of at least three people to play. You will be given a hand strap where you can choose the power of your bullet and a VR goggle where you can see the life of your opponents. All you need is to shoot them and gain as many points as possible to win the battle. Think of it as fun, imaginary dodgeball!
If you like to play shoot, head to the Motion Blaster where you will be strapped into a moving chair and fight against enemies and race along a dirt road. Whatever the game, it’s guaranteed to shake you up!
There are many more games and with the VR goggle they look very realistic. Psst... my advice, don’t go alone as this will be a fun event for a group!
KLOOK is a one-stop platform for all your travel needs, helping you to plan and discover interesting activities. Klook also helps you to get around easily with transport options and stay connected with devices.
It takes only three easy clicks to search and book activities.
What’s more, there is no need to print emails as all you have to do is flash the Klook app to enter attractions.
Klook has competitive prices for more than 50,000 travel activities and attractions around the world. Plus, you can earn Klook credits every time you makeapurchase.
For details, visit www.klook.com or download the free Klook app at Apple App Store or Google Play Store.