The iconic Petronas Twin Towers in KLCC and Pavillion at Bukit Bintang are just a mere 2 kms apart. However, knowing the traffic conditions in Kuala Lumpur, a drive there will be a hassle plus the exorbitant parking fees. Another option is to take the LRT. But bear in mind that Pavillion in Bukit Bintang is served by the monorail line, thus a need to change train from KLCC.
So, is there any other option left?
Introducing, the KLCC – Bukit Bintang Walkway!
I have heard of this walkway before, as it caused controversy earlier on due to the high cost of building it. Later, I read Dr. Singa’s adventure in her blog, walking through this walkway. However, I never knew where this walkway really is. Until one fine day, thanks to Jessie from Travel This, the mystery is finally resolved.
As we were coming from the Suria KLCC Shopping Mall, the walkway can be accessed by walking through the tunnel heading towards Aquaria KLCC. Otherwise, the official starting point of the walkway is near Aquaria KLCC.
I thought the walkway will be under-utilized knowing for a fact that Malaysians are lazy to walk. But I was wrong, partly. I was wrong because there were a lot of people using the walkway and I am right for the second part of my statement. This is because, from the people I encountered throughout the walk, Malaysians numbered the least.
It was fun walking on the walkway. Apart from seeing the view of Kuala Lumpur from an unfamiliar spot, the walkway is also fully covered with air-conditioning systems. So, to all those people who can’t stand Malaysia’s heat but forget the fact that they are in a tropical country so they are supposed to expect the heat, well there you go, an alternative route without letting you sweat like hell. (But because I am of a bigger build – read: fat – I did sweat).
This walkway also has security guards at every corner of it. So, safety is guaranteed. Apart from that, it is not opened for 24 hours. Note that the walkway is only open from 6.00 am to 11.00 pm and last entry is at 10.55 am.
At the end of the walkway, choose your exit. Turning left will lead to Pavillion and from Pavillion, it is just a boulder’s throw away to get to Jalan Bukit Bintang with all the infamous massage parlours. No, I did not go to the massage parlours. I prefer to go to Thailand for that. LOL. Just kidding.
Massage parlours aside, I think it is a great idea walking at this walkway. Now I am thinking of jogging on this walkway because besides not having to dodge the crazy KL traffic, there is air-conditioning.
Or maybe, after having a briyani at one of the Pakistani’s restaurant in Bukit Bintang, I could walk back to the walkway and burn the fat I acquired from eating those rice. Yes, Bukit Bintang also has a lot of eateries and shopping spots.
The walkway is accessible from KLCC to Bukit Bintang and the other way around, everyday from 6.00 am to 11.00 pm. It is fully covered and fully air-conditioned. You can also check out the KL City Walk along the way. Have fun walking!