What’s in Petaling Jaya?

From a thrilling water amusement park and live-action puzzle room, to a romantic ice skating rink and mellow, educational cooking class, Petaling Jaya certainly has what it takes to keep you entertained. It may be a 20-minute drive from KL, but with a lot of locals who work in the heart of the city coming in from satellite suburbs such as Petaling Jaya, the city has catered to commuters with plenty of public transportation options, such as Rapid KL buses & LRT stations. Check out our list of ten great things to see (and do) in Petaling Jaya and we are sure you will agree with us – PJ certainly has a way of presenting some pretty out-of-the-box entertainment choices!

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is located in Petaling Jaya – a thriving satellite town – about 15km southwest of the Kuala Lumpur city centre. With a variety of watery rides on offer and plenty of dry-land activities too, there are few more fun ways to spend a day than cooling down at Sunway. Water slides that whirl and twirl, a manmade ‘river’ ride, a surf beach, a wave pool, a 360° revolving pirate ship… the list of fun attractions at the 80-acre park is extensive. Built on the site of a former tin mine and quarry, when it first opened the highlights of this multi-zone theme park were its water slides and the world’s largest manmade surf beach. These days, it has expanded and encompasses a total of five different zones – the water park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park.

Waters of Africa


Sunway Lagoon’s water park, the Waters of Africa ‘playground’, is its most popular zone. Malaysia’s first surf simulator, the FlowRider, sees the most action; here, surfers can show off their skills and it is frequently used for competitions while surfing and body-boarding sessions are held at weekends at the wave pool. Other popular rides include the Congo Challenge – a six-lane water slide that achieves speeds of up to 40kmph – while thrill-seekers will love to spin around in the loops of the African Pythons before they’re spat out of the gigantic tubes. Another ride for daredevils is the Cameroon Climb. Here, two riders swoop down from a height of 15m in double tubes and shoot up and down till they come to a standstill. Kids are also well-catered for – especially noteworthy is Little Zimbabwe, an interactive water playground built to resemble an African village complete with huts and Masai warriors guarding the entrance.

Scream Park


Sunway Lagoon’s newest addition, Lynton V. Hariss’ Scream Park is home to everything that goes bump in the night. It’s extremely popular due to its ‘after-hours’ feel – lots of scare zones, a vampire-centric horror theatre (Pontianak Theatre of Fear) and a ghost house (Rumah Hantu in 3DX). The most iconic movie monsters are brought to life at Horrorwood Studios – an exhibit where you can traverse through the world’s biggest zombie apocalypse landscape and also meet Freddy, Billy, Jason and other unforgettable characters. Those looking for a little post-Judgment Day fun can arm up with high-tech weaponry and face off against the elite Cyberdyne Systems Corporation battle squads in an interactive game of laser tag within SkyNet’s booby-trapped battle arena at the TerminatorX: A Laser Battle for Salvation attraction. There’s also a ‘Night at the Museum’ attraction, an exhibit of Larry’s pals within a replica of the famous movie’s museum gallery.

Amusement Park


Comprising the Wild Wild West and World of Adventure zones, the Amusement Park is where all the heart-stopping adventure takes place. Populated by ‘cowboys’ and ‘red Indians’, the western frontier section has the standard thrill rides and an interactive wildlife zoo where you can stroke giant tortoises and cuddle hamsters. Perfect for kids, adults are kept occupied with the Grand Canyon Rapid Falls (where you sit on inner tubes and swirl down the 350m river). For those looking to get a kick, the Niagra Falls Flume Ride is the attraction to head to – you’re seated in a ‘log’ that’s dropped down a steep hill into a 260m-long river. Excitement is the name of the game at the World of Adventure. There’s an enclosure with majestic Bengal tigers but if you’re in the mood for an Indiana Jones adventure, then ride through tunnels and evade booby traps and lethal tarantulas at the Lost City of Gold. The highlight of this section of the park is the Pirate’s Revenge – a 360-degree rotating pirate ship that swivels 24m off the ground. The screams emanating from riders can be heard throughout the park. Other attractions include the Buffalo Bill Coaster, Butch Cassidy’s Trail, Colorado Splash, Tomahawk and a 428m suspension bridge that has views of Sunway Lagoon’s entire expanse.

Extreme Park


A good place for adrenaline junkies, the Extreme Park has an archery range and paintball arena as well as all-terrain vehicles, a rock-climbing wall and go-karting, golf and other activities. Besides that, water sports, including diving lessons and Asia’s highest slingshot ride – the G-Force X – call this park home. Extreme Park also has Malaysia’s longest flying fox ride (206m) and visitors can take the ultimate leap of faith with the country’s first bungee jump.

Wildlife Park


Those looking to get in touch with their inner Tarzan and Jane can check out the animals at the Wildlife Park. Home to more than 150 species of animals from across the globe, it’s Malaysia’s first fully interactive wildlife display with educational animal-themed attractions and live animal shows. With a wide array of water rides, kid-centric attractions, midway amusements, thrill rides, live shows, animal exhibits, themed souvenir shops, and above-average dining venues, it’s no wonder that Sunway Lagoon is a favourite local attraction.

Sunway Pyramid

Sunway Pyramid is an impressively-themed shopping centre in the Klang Valley. Located in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, it is the only mall in Malaysia with an ice skating rink. Opened in 1997, the distinctive retail landmark is one of the largest shopping centres in the country. Whether you think it is tacky or sophisticated, it is one of Malaysia’s most elaborate malls, with an Egyptian-inspired giant sphinx standing guard at the entrance, a monumental pyramid-shaped main complex, pseudo-hieroglyphics decorating its exterior façade and numerous faux-Pharaoh statues. Filled with character, the mall’s anchor tenants are Giant, Jusco Supermarket and Parkson Grand but its real draw is its array of independent stores.

The Statue

Sunway Pyramid is an impressively-themed shopping centre in the Klang Valley. Located in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, it is the only mall in Malaysia with an ice skating rink. Opened in 1997, the distinctive retail landmark is one of the largest shopping centres in the country. Whether you think it is tacky or sophisticated, it is one of Malaysia’s most elaborate malls, with an Egyptian-inspired giant sphinx standing guard at the entrance, a monumental pyramid-shaped main complex, pseudo-hieroglyphics decorating its exterior façade and numerous faux-Pharaoh statues. Filled with character, the mall’s anchor tenants are Giant, Jusco Supermarket and Parkson Grand but its real draw is its array of independent stores.

Design & Layout

Spread across 1.7 million sq ft, Sunway Pyramid’s layout is quite complex, given its recent expansion and renovation: just keep in mind that from the mall’s main entrance, it extends all the way towards the front entrance of Sunway Lagoon Theme Park to the north. As long as you keep in mind that the mall is somewhat similar in design to 1Utama you will find it somewhat easy to navigate. It is divided into two sections: the original wing and the new wing (also known as Pyramid 2 or P-2). It is only the main entrance and the stores in the old wing that boast Egyptian-design: beyond that the mall reverts back to neon lights, whitewashed walls and stores that feature their own brand of style.

The Old Wing

The main entrance leads into the ground floor of Sunway Pyramid’s old wing. This floor sees many of the mall’s high-end clothing boutiques: flanking the main entrance is Starbucks and Coach with Ms. Selfridge and Guess just opposite. These stores occupy prime real estate with plenty of foot traffic going past them everyday. To the left of the main entrance is Elle, Dorothy Perkins, Arnold Palmer, Calvin Klien Jeans, Mango, Timberland and more, with Parkson Grand department store at the end. M.A.C, Charles & Keith, JASPAL, Springfield, Ripcurl, Crabtree & Evelyn, Crocs, Marks & Spencer and more are set up to the right of the main entrance. Meanwhile the lower ground floor has a concourse area that hosts temporary exhibitions, with boutiques scattered around it.

Entertainment

The first floor of Sunway Pyramid is pretty much aimed at teenagers. Directly above the main entrance is a sprawling Burger King outlet plus there is a variety of cool clothing stores such as DC Comics Apparel, Tropicana Life and other local boutiques. Additionally, there is Stars Archery, an archery range, a bowling alley, and a TGIF restaurant on this level. Above this floor is the 12-screen TGV Sunway Pyramid movie theatre. Euphoria, Ministry Of Sound, one of KL’s most popular nightclubs is a 10-minute walk away from Sunway Pyramid, accessible via the ground floor.

Pyramid 2 (P-2)

A newer wing called Pyramid 2 (or P-2) was added in 2007: within this area are major department stores such as Jusco, Giant Supermarket, Harvey Norman, Popular bookstore, plus a host of smaller retailers. On the lower ground floor 2 of P-2 is Marrakesh, a Moroccan-inspired indoor ‘bazaar’. But it does not feature exclusively middle eastern-themed stores; rather there is a mixture of shops like Tarbush Express and the very Chinese Chicken Rice Shop restaurant. On the first floor of this wing is an area called the Asian Avenue: featuring retro and Goth style, it has the latest in Asian high street trends, plus some restaurants specialising in Asian food.

Restaurant & Ice Skating Rink

Pyramid Ice Rink, is on the lower ground floor of the old wing in Sunway Pyramid. Most restaurants (both high end and fast food joints) are ringed around it on the ground and first floors; you can find Wendy’s, MacDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Popeyes and more on the ground floor, while the first floor has Sushi King, Tony Romas and other restaurants. Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and Sunway Pyramid Tower East is accessible from Sunway Pyramid via a link bridge on the ground floor. It is easy to get to Sunway Pyramid via RapidKL buses: take U62 from Jalan Batu Tiga Lama Klang, U63 and U67 from Pasaramakota USJ 8, U76 from KL Sentral and U623 from Kelana Jaya LRT station.