Paid Locations around Kuala Lumpur for Cityscape Photographers

High vantage points – photographers best friend when it comes to capturing the beauty of Cityscapes. Finding these locations all around Kuala Lumpur is quite a challenge, though since most of them are Paid Locations – i.e. you rent/stay at their hotel/apartment/condo which has the view.

These locations can either be booked thru Booking.com (or some other booking sites) or thru Airbnb.com (my favourite).

Here are some of the paid locations I have been at so far.

Paid Locations Around Kuala Lumpur for Cityscape Photographers.

  1. Regalia Suites Kuala Lumpur
  2. Binjai8
  3. Setia Sky Residence
  4. The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
  5. Etiquette
  6. Equipment
  7. FREE High Vantage Points?

Regalia Suites Kuala Lumpur

The infinity pool is located on the 51st Floor and the view is awesome for Sunrise when the weather is right. The only challenge is that the elevator only works and the door only will be unlocked at 7 am. But if you time your sunrise right, you will be able to capture some amazing moments.

UPDATE – you will need a passcard to access the swimming pool now!

The Time Lapse footage on the right was captured at this place. The footage can be licensed thru Getty Images by clicking here.

Another solution to the “7am-door” is to stay at one of the units with a balcony where you will have the balcony to yourself throughout your stay.

20mm, 50mm and even 70mm on a Full Frame should be able to assist you in capturing the sunrise behind the Kuala Lumpur skyline. One of the great high vantage points.

  1. Register with Airbnb here. If you are new to this service, please register using the link and you will get travel credits for free.
  2. Option 1 – Book yourself a unit with a balcony here.
  3. Option 2 – Book yourself  a unit with a balcony here.

Binjai8

UPDATE – This view is no more a top-notch-view since a new building has risen up and is blocking the Towers. So sad.

This is by far is my favourite paid location to photograph the sun setting behind the Petronas Towers. The very top floor is only accessible to the tenants but by renting out a unit through Airbnb, you should be able to access the top floor.

The Time Lapse footage on the right was captured on one of those days where the stars lined up. You can License the Footage from Getty Images.

14mm or less is the perfect lens to use at this location since you will be quite near to the Towers.

  1. Register with Airbnb here. If you are new to this service, please register using the link and you will get travel credits for free.
  2. Book yourself a unit here.

Setia Sky Residence

Good Mornigng Kuala Lumpur from Setia Sky Residence

Like Regalia, the view of Kuala Lumpur Skyline is superb where both sunset and sunrise can be captured here.  You can opt to rent a unit with a balcony or head to the pool (which I haven’t had the chance just yet).

The foreground of the view is Kampung Baru, a Malay enclave right in the middle of the city.

The time lapse footage on the left was captured during one of my stays at Setia Sky Residence. You can license the footage from Getty Images by clicking here.

  1. Register with Airbnb here. If you are new to this service, please register using the link and you will get travel credits for free.
  2. Book yourself a unit with a balcony here.

The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur

Swimming Pool Sunrise at The Face Kuala Lumpure

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The newest hotel suites in town. The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur is located in the Golden Triangle. Everything is quite new, the rooms and the facilities.

The infinity pool is located on the very top floor – 51st floor to be exact. Since it is a new place in town, the security is quite lax but nevertheless, please observe some etiquette when in any of this public locations.

UPDATE – There’s a construction and once finished, it will block the view. And Security has increased.

Both sunrise and sunset can be captured here but at different angles. You will get the Petronas Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower plus in a 360-degree view of Kuala Lumpur.

I would suggest that you get a clamp instead of using a tripod. Read about equipment here.

  1. Book a stay with The Face Suites thru Booking.com here.

Skybar – Traders Hotel

The only place where you don’t have to stay overnight to capture the sunset at Petronas Towers (but you can if you want to). The Skybar has a strict rule tho’ – no tripod. You will also need to book a window seat by calling them up beforehand since it will get very packed during the weekends. Plus, there’s a minimum spending if you decide to stay after 8pm. Other than that, you are good.

  1. Book a hotel stay with Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, or
  2. Just head to Sky Bar. Call them up – +603 2332 9888 – to book a window seat.

Etiquette

Please mind the privacy of these places.

Yes. You paid for your stay but be a decent human being.

Equipment

What I’ve learned that Big Tripods attract unwanted attention. I’ve switched to using Clamp like the one below. Easy to carry, easy to hide and easy to set up. You can either buy the Manfrotto 035C Super Universal Clamp or China-made-OEM clamp.

FREE High Vantage Points?

The are few other paid locations around Kuala Lumpur but I haven’t had the chance to pay a visit. But what I can share with you in the next post are the FREE high vantage points – car parks, condominiums, low-cost flats – where you can capture the Garden City of Lights.

‘Til then.

 

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Accredited Commercial Photographer with the Government of Malaysia.

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2 Comments

  1. Gorsky February 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi, Hafiz.

    Please exclude Binjai8 from the list. I’ve been there in Jan 2017, rented the very same room you recommended, made it to the rooftop deck, but the view is simply not there anymore. They’ve already built this ugly hi-rise monstrocity (we can see cranes on your photos, now it stands high), which totally blocked Twin Towers on direct sight line between them and Binjai8. Sadly, but one of the best KL views is now lost forever. Binjai8 in this list could be misleading for people like me, so exclude it, or make some remark like “this view is no more”. Thanks.

    • hafizismail February 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

      Hi Gorsky,

      Thank you for the heads up. Will update my post ASAP.

      I’m sorry about your misfortuned with this place. I haven’t been up Binjai8 for so long.

      Thank you again.