It may have been Friday the 13th, but it was a very lucky day for us to get the chance of a visit to the top of the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin structures in the world.

At a dizzying height of nearly 457.2 meters (1500 feet), the Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of 88-storey buildings, were the world’s tallest buildings until 2004, when the Taipei 101 tower was completed. Apart from offices, the Petronas Towers also house a state-of-the-art concert hall—the Petronas Philharmonic Hall, home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra—as well as shopping arcades, restaurants, and a science museum. The designs on the towers are based on geometric patterns common in Islamic architecture.

We had an early start to join the queue for the limited number of tickets available each day, and by the time we arrived just after 7am there were already about thirty people ahead of us.  The operation is run with military precision by the security staff, who made sure we stood in orderly lines until the ticket office finally opened at 8.30am.  Each visit up the towers is timed and we manged to get a 9.15am slot, meaning there was just time for some breakfast before we went through security clearance.  We were then given a briefing before boarding the super-fast lifts to the 41st floor Skybridge connecting the two structures.  (This is the part that you can see Michael holding up in the photograph).

We were only allowed around 15 minutes here before it was back into the lift to be whisked up to the 86th floor for panoramic views over Kuala Lumpur.  The first time we visited KL, ten years ago, visits to the Skybridge were free but, of course, they soon realised how much money could be made from people wanting to visit, so the cost is now approximately ten pounds per person.  What a bargain!