I’ve always wanted to capture an aerial view of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for my Plane Views series. Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and with a population of approximately 1.6 million, the country’s largest city. Each time I flew into or out of Kuala Lumpur, I would have my camera ready but the city was covered by thick clouds every time, offering only glimpses of its gleaming skyscrapers. A few years ago, I took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a cloudless day and the pilot flew directly over the city centre. The view of the shimmering Petronas Twin Towers was breathtaking. I almost screamed out loud from frustration though as my camera battery was dead! I recently had another golden opportunity, and this time, I didn’t have my camera with me!!! I did have my iPhone so I snapped these pictures. They didn’t turn out too bad I guess. The Kuala Lumpur urban sprawl is clear to see. In the second photo, the iconic Petronas Twin Towers (at 450 meters, the tallest twin towers in the world) are in the centre of the photo.
The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is located southwest of Kuala Lumpur. On a cloudless day, passengers with window seats on flights heading to or from the north/northwest/northeast will be treated to fantastic views of the city and Malaysia’s administrative capital, Putrajaya.
Read about things to do and see, and where to stay in Kuala Lumpur on Velvet Escape.
Read more about Malaysia on Velvet Escape.