In Malaysia, we went high up! Our Kuala Lumpur apartment was facing the Petronas Twin Towers, formerly the world’s tallest buildings, and currently the world’s tallest pair of towers. Arriving mid-morning, we were able to get tickets without much wait time to take the lift up to the bridge linking the two towers half way up. From there, we boarded another lift up to the 86th floor observation deck. With the clouds below us, we could see the edges of the city, as well as the afternoon monsoon rains rolling in.
When the rains stopped, we visited the public park and water playground in front of the towers. Families picnicked under the trees while the children ran through the waterfall and splashed in the wading pools. It was a popular spot to cool down from the heat.
The next day, we caught a taxi out to the Islamic Art Museum. It had been a few weeks since we took Boy to a museum, and it was time for some art studies. Home to the world’s largest collection of Islamic Art, we recognized items similar to those we had seen in India, China, and Thailand. The museum has a lovely children’s room with crafts and activities. We weren’t there at the right time for any art workshops, but we checked out a bookbinding craft project and found some themed scavenger hunts that led children to examine items in the museum collections.
Wrapping up our Malaysia stop, we took in the Batu caves. These limestone caves are found in the hills surrounding the city. A Hindu temple with 274 steps guards the cave entrance. Inside, Hindu sculptures compete with the limestone stalagtites, jungle plants, and wild monkeys who inhabit the caves. We hiked up all 274, slippery steps in the thick, humid air and we were ready for another swim to cool off by the time we hiked back down.
Islamic Art Museum