The view from above

> There is now a new, high-fly­ing way for tourists and Malaysians to get an uplift­ing look at the beauty of Kuala Lumpur

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE - BY JEREMY CHEONG

WHEN it comes to Kuala Lumpur’s city sky­line, it is eas­ily one of the most breath­tak­ing in South­east Asia. The mix of modern sky­scrapers and her­itage land­marks just makes it an as­ton­ish­ing sight even at ground level.

How­ever, vis­it­ing each land­mark can be quite a time­con­sum­ing process as traf­fic in the city cen­tre can be a night­mare.

So, for ex­plor­ers who want an easy bird’s-eye view of Kuala Lumpur city, Cem­paka Heli­copter Cor­po­ra­tion Sdn Bhd is now of­fer­ing a ser­vice known as the KL Sky Tour.

Guests can hop into a Robin­son R44 or Robin­son R66 Tur­bine heli­copter, and en­joy a pa­naromic view of Kuala Lumpur they have never seen be­fore, from up high.

This ex­cit­ing new tour is an ini­tia­tive by Cem­paka He­li­copters in col­lab­o­ra­tion with De­wan Ban­daraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau (KLTB).

The Sky Tour con­sists of four dif­fer­ent pack­ages and flight routes.

The cheap­est and short­est is the KL Ex­press, which is a sixminute ride that takes guests for a breath­tak­ing view of the main at­trac­tions in down­town, in­clud­ing the KL Tower, Dataran Merdeka, Sta­dium Ne­gara, and the Petronas Twin Tow­ers.

A longer ride is the 15-minute City Ex­plorer,which will take guests to the same sights as the KL Ex­press but adds in ar­eas like Batu Caves and Jalan Duta for an over­view of the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory Mosque and the new Is­tana Ne­gara.

For those who would like a lit­tle more green­ery along the way, they can opt for the Jun­gle Es­cape flight.

This 30-minute ride cov­ers all the sites un­der the City Ex­plorer, and also takes vis­i­tors out to Kuala Lumpur’s un­touched, pris­tine rain­forests along the The Klang Gates Quarts Ridge (Bukit Tabur) to Batu Dam.

But the most in­dul­gent ride is the Moun­tain View tour, a 45minute jour­ney at 6,000 feet over val­leys and moun­tains cov­ered in lush rain­forests in­clud­ing an un­for­get­table bird’s-eye view of Re­sorts World Gent­ing on top of the Gent­ing High­lands.

Af­ter that, the heli­copter will fly back to­wards the city for an over­all view of Kuala Lumpur.

All flights for the KL Sky Tour de­part from the City Heli­pad at Ta­man Tasik Ti­ti­wangsa, and each flight re­quires a min­i­mum book­ing of three pas­sen­gers.

Prices for the dif­fer­ent pack­ages are RM198 per per­son for the KL Ex­press, RM488 per per­son for the City Ex­plorer, RM960 per per­son for the Jun­gle Es­cape and RM1,388 per per­son for the Moun­tain View.

For more, visit the KL Sky Tour web­site.

Book a flight on­board a Robin­son R44 or R66 Tur­bine heli­copter (above) for a KL Sky Tour to get a dif­fer­ent view­point of some of the sights of Kuala Lumpur (top) and its vicini­ties.

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