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It always amazes me every time I visit Kuala Lumpur, which is at least once a year, how much the skyline has changed yet again. Skyscrapers spring up like mushrooms in the Malaysian capital. With such an impressive, ever-changing skyline, it’s a jostle to get a great view. There are many rooftop bars and restaurants to enjoy a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, and like the constantly changing skyline itself, there’s always a new place with yet a better view. On a recent trip, my sister took me to Vertigo bar on the rooftop of the Banyan Tree Hotel.

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The panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur from Vertigo rooftop bar.

We got there before sunset and as soon as I stepped out onto the terrace, I was in awe of the view! The iconic Petronas twin towers (at 452 meters, still the world’s tallest twin towers) stood proudly before us. I looked around and quickly spotted all the other familiar landmarks. We found a comfortable corner to sit and ordered our drinks – I must say, the staff were friendly but service was a tad slow, and the drinks were pricey, even for KL standards. We also ordered some snacks which sounded good on the menu but were, in fact, pretty mediocre. I told myself that we were there for the view and THAT certainly didn’t disappoint! Vertigo doesn’t have a full 360-degree view unlike other popular spots such as the KL Tower and the Grand Hyatt Hotel but it does offer an alfresco terrace to enjoy the views and the breeze.

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The Petronas twin towers. The tower in the far right is the new Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
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The view towards KL Tower.
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The 106-storey Exchange 106 tower under construction. This tower is already the tallest in Southeast Asia. When completed, it will be 492 meters tall.

Sunset seen from Vertigo

It was a very cloudy day so I wasn’t expecting much in terms of the sunset but as the sun retreated below the horizon, the colours changed gradually, and then dramatically. The result was a surreal urban landscape, with a plethora of towers framed by a blazing red sky! The lights from the surrounding buildings, streets and traffic below looked like a sea of shimmering gems. It was perhaps the most incredible view of Kuala Lumpur I’d ever seen!

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The Petronas twin towers as the lights came on and the sky turned orange.
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KL Tower view at sunset.

The Kuala Lumpur skyline at sunset

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Panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline at sunset.

If you’re looking for a great spot or rooftop bar to see the sunset and enjoy a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, do check out Vertigo. The views from there are simply incredible. Check out my video of my sunset experience at Vertigo:

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