The breathtaking night view of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, as seen from KLCC Park. Photo: Tourism Malaysia

When the sun sets and darkness falls, the cityscapes are all lit up. And here are some of best night views you can check out.

1 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

At nightfall, the capital of Malaysia is transformed into a dazzling cityscape of lights.

Particularly spectacular are the views of the majestic Petronas Twin Towers.

You can also get a good view of the city from the KL Tower and several hotels in the city which have bars or restaurants on the rooftops or higher floors.

Some places to get an overview of the night skyline include Marini’s on 57, SkyBar (Traders Hotel), and the no-frills Ampang Lookout Point (Bukit Ampang).

2 Bangkok, Thailand


Sky Bar at The Dome, Lebua Hotel, Bangkok, is one of the highest roof top bars in the world. Photo: Lebua Hotel Bangkok

Bangkok, often referred to as “City of Angels” because of its meaning in Thai (krung thep maha nakhon), is a city where you can enjoy the night view from one of its many rooftop bars.

Besides its many skyscrapers, there are also several temples which are illuminated at night and beautiful to see.

Two temples worth checking out are Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) along the Chao Phraya River, and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha) in the grounds of the Grand Palace.

3 Singapore, Singapore


The spectacular night view at Marina Bay, Singapore.

The Singapore metropolis, with its endless skyscrapers, is an amazing sight by night. Some night scenes worth checking out include the Marina Bay where you will observe a double delight of illuminated architecture reflected in the waters of the bay, and the Gardens by the Bay, which will make you think you’re in the movie Avatar when the place is all lit up.

4 Hong Kong, China


The breathtaking Hong Kong city skyline by night, as seen from the harbour.

Take the Hong Kong Star Ferry which crosses Victoria Harbour, between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, when night falls. You won’t be able to stop staring at the spectacular illumination of the cityscapes. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city’s nightscapes. You can also view it from Victoria Peak. Get there by taking The Peak Tram which operates until midnight.

5 Shanghai, China


Shanghai with its futuristic skyscrapers like the Shanghai Tower and Oriental Pearl TV Tower, offers a spectacular night view.

As darkness falls, enjoy a relaxing stroll at the waterfront area of The Bund, with its famous historical buildings. You’ll be mesmerised by the dazzling display of lights reflected in the waters of Huangpu River.

Alternatively, you can enjoy the night view from across the river at Lujiazui, the glitzy financial district of Shanghai. This area is known for its futuristic skyscrapers like the Shanghai Tower and Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

It is also known for its nightlife, fine dining, stylish bars, and posh dance clubs, which have great views of the skyline.

6 Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Dubai, with its skyscraper Burj Khalifa, has amazing night views.

Where else but from the mega tall skyscraper Burj Khalifa can you enjoy one of the city’s most enchanting night views? Ride in what is said to be the fastest elevator in the world up to the 124th floor to witness this. The tower is open until 11pm, but you would need to book your tickets early to get a spot.

Another must-see is the Dubai Fountains at Burj Khalifa Lake, with their symphony of classic to contemporary Arabic and world music, and laserlight show, accompanying the “dancing waters”. Best of all, it’s free! Besides this, you can also enjoy a lovely night view at Dubai Creek. As you cruise down the creek in a dhow (a sailing vessel), you will experience an amalgamation of lit-up modern skyscrapers and traditional architecture from a bygone era.