BATU CAVES AND EXCLUSIVE SKYBRIDGE
Nature, Culture, Shopping, 2
In a nutshell An interesting tour to discover Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs with a visit to the impressive Batu caves, home to a magnificent Hindu shrine, and the opportunity of admiring the capital of Malaysia from the Skybridge, the spectacular walkway that connects the Petronas Towers, an engineering masterpiece famous all over the world. And there is more: the excursion ends with an exquisite lunch in the elegant Malaysian Petroleum Club, a privileged vantage point to admire Kuala Lumpur in all its glory. An experience not to be missed!
Good to know
- National Monument in the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens
- Batu caves: karst caves and Hindu sanctuary, macaques
- Petronas towers: twin skyscrapers
- Skybridge connecting the two towers at 170 metres, amazing views
- Lunch at the exclusive Malaysian Petroleum Club (MPC)
- Independence Square: Sultan Abdul Samad Building and St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral
- Stop for photos at the River of Life
- Stop for photos at the old railway station and National Mosque
- We start our tour of the Malaysian capital with the National Monument, located in the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens erected in memory of those who lost their lives defending their homeland. This imposing monument is the largest bronze statue in the world and was sculpted in 1966 by Felix de Weldon, who also created the Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington cemetery.
- We move on to the second stop on our tour: the Batu caves, a natural wonder that is always popular with visitors and a main religious site in the region.
- We venture the underground karst system made up of three main caves and various smaller ones: the tallest one houses a Hindu sanctuary, which can be accessed using a stairway with 272 steps, allowing you to climb the steep and jagged walls of this limestone surface. Along the way and inside the cave itself, we may spot various *macaques that have become an integral part of the scenery.
- After visiting the caves, we get back to our coach and to the centre of the capital headed to the Petronas towers, the twin skyscrapers that symbolize an open door to the future and offer spectacular panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur. The towers stand at 452 metres tall with 88 floors and are named after the Malaysian state oil company Petronas. Built between 1995 and 1998, they were designed by the Argentinian architect César Pelli and have become the symbol of Malaysian economic progress.
- We take the lift to the Skybridge between the 41st and 42nd floor connecting the two towers at 170 metres from the ground. It is the second tallest suspension bridge in the world and a true masterpiece of engineering which Malaysia is truly proud of. It is 58 metres long and was designed in such a way as to support the two towers in case of strong winds. It actually consists of a closed gallery that makes it possible to pass between the towers. Looking out through the huge windows we can admire endless views of the city.
- Inside the towers, we enjoy a delicious lunch at the Malaysian Petroleum Club (MPC), an exclusive and prestigious club on the 41st, 42nd and 43rd floors of tower 2 and a favourite with the international elite, including prominent people from the oil industry.
- After lunch, we return to the coach and travel to Independence Square, a large open space where many local events are held such as New Year celebrations.
- In the square, we have the chance to admire the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the most imposing and most photographed in the entire city, and St Mary's Cathedral, one of the oldest Christian churches in Malaysia.
- We then briefly stop for photos at the River of Life surrounding the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
- There are still two stops before returning to the port: the old Kuala Lumpur railway station built in 1910 in the Moorish style and replaced in 2001 by “KL Sentral” and the National Mosque (*Masjid Negara in Malaysian) with its blue umbrella-shaped dome and imposing minaret.
- We stop to take a few photos of these amazing buildings and make our way back to the port and the ship.
Good to know
- The coach transfer from Port Kelang to the Batu Caves takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
- The tour to the Batu Caves is very tiring and involves climbing a flight of 272 steps. It is therefore necessary to be physically fit for this excursion.
- We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes
- Women may not wear shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops while visiting the caves.
- We therefore recommend not feeding the monkeys.
- The dress code required for lunch at the Malaysian Petroleum Club is semi-formal (shirts of t-shirts with a collar, long trousers and closed shoes). It is strictly prohibited to wear round-neck t-shirts, jeans, shorts, sports shoes and sandals.
- Minimum age: 13 years