The rewards of engaging in the simple and often sublime activity that we refer to somewhat blandly as “sightseeing” arguably reaches its zenith in the beautiful Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia. And there are few better ways to indulge in some breathtaking views than ascending elevated sites and structures (or in some cases, descending very rapidly from them). The following are a handful of ways in which travelers can take in some of the most arresting panoramas in the country.
- Climbing Mount Kinabalu - The summit of Mount Kinabalu is the highest point in the Malay Archipelago, and it is famously easy to ascend (provided you have the time and determination). The typical route takes two days. There are clearly marked paths, stairs, and fixed ropes that make the journey possible for anyone of moderate physical fitness. There is also perfectly adequate, dormitory-style lodging roughly two-thirds up the mountain.
- Petronas Towers - Easily the most iconic structures in Kuala Lumpur, the astonishing Petronas Towers (the tallest twin towers ever constructed) are a must-see for visitors to the city. The skybridge that links the two structures on the 41st and 42nd floor is a great way to achieve a commanding view of the city.
- Menara KL – Petronas may be the tallest building in the city, but the honors for the highest viewpoint goes to Menara KL. Constructed on top of the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the viewing deck on this bulbously shaped tower is more than 300 feet higher than the aforementioned skybridge.