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From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

1. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

Following pickup, begin your day at the Royal Selangor, which features the largest and most modern pewter factory in the world. It is also world-renowned for its high quality and craftsmanship. On your factory tour, learn about the different processes at this factory such as casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering and engraving. Next, stop at Batik Factory to see how batik is designed and printed. Next, head to the limestone hills of the Batu Caves, comprised of three caverns and several smaller caves. Pass a towering statue of Murugan as you climb 272 steps into a cave shrine, and follow vivid murals of Hindu scripture. Spot the macaques that live on the lush cliff face. End your day on the city outskirts by driving past local villages. The tour ends with a drop-off back at your Kuala Lumpur City Centre hotel.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Trip to Historical Malacca

2. From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Trip to Historical Malacca

Immerse yourself in the magic of Malacca on this day trip. Enjoy airconditioned van pickup and drop-off in selected districts in Kuala Lumpur and sit down to a delicious local lunch on your trip. Take in sights like Red Square and the ornate the 17th-century Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng temple.  Visit UNESCO-listed Malacca on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur. See where Malaysia began on the Straits of Malacca. Gaze upon the ruins of St. Paul’s Church and Red Square, the pink Dutch administrative buildings that now house the Malacca Museum and government offices. Enjoy authentic Peranakan food at lunch. Afterward, see the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, where 3 major doctrines of Chinese belief are worshiped under the same roof. Take a stroll along Malacca’s Jonker Street, which ends by the banks of the Malacca River. Learn about the Malay sultanate, Malacca’s rise as an important trading port and the Portuguese and Dutch influence from the early 16th century.

Kuala Lumpur: Petronas Twin Towers Entry Ticket

3. Kuala Lumpur: Petronas Twin Towers Entry Ticket

Standing at an incredible height of 451.9 meters, the Petronas Twin Towers have become the city’s top architectural landmark. Ascend 170 meters in a futuristic, high-speed elevator to Level 86, where the doors open on a breathtaking view of Malaysia’s capital city. Step onto the world’s highest 2-story bridge, linking the 2 towers on their 41st and 42nd floors. Learn about the history and construction of the Twin Towers and pick up a souvenir at the gift shop. With this service your tickets will be delivered to you via email, meaning you can get straight into the queue for your visit.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Taman Negara

4. From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Taman Negara

Depart Kuala Lumpur and journey to Taman Negara National Park following early morning pickup from your hotel. Enjoy the amazing views on the scenic drive past typical kampung (village) houses and stop for a local breakfast at Jerantut Town. Upon arrival at Kampung Kuala Tahan, cross the river by water taxi to the Taman Negara Resort, and take a quick trek to Teresek Hill. Discover amazing views from the fantastic viewpoint before braving the canopy walk over the treetops. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a floating restaurant, and get some time to relax before riding the river rapids on a longtail boat ride to Trenggan.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Tour to the Batu Caves

5. Kuala Lumpur: Private Tour to the Batu Caves

Take a half-day pilgrimage to the Batu Caves, a remarkable 113-year-old temple complex 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. Following a pick-up from your city center hotel, transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to the limestone hills where the caves and shrines are located. Discovered by the American naturalist William Hornaday in 1878, the area was already known to Chinese settlers and indigenous people (as well as the resident monkeys). Opt to climb the 272 footsteps to the cave entrance for a remarkable view of Kuala Lumpur sprawling down below. See the world’s 2nd tallest statue of a Hindu deity. Visit during the annual Thaipusam celebrations, and you will joining the millions of people from around the world who gather there to witness the colorful celebrations. Whatever time of year you visit, you will also get the chance to see some traditional batik painting, and visit the famous Royal Selangor Pewter factory.

Cameron Highlands: Shared Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

6. Cameron Highlands: Shared Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Experience the tranquil atmosphere and cool climate of the Cameron Highlands on a 12-hour trip from Kuala Lumpur. Known for its tea plantations, orchards, and nurseries, the hill station is a popular getaway for city residents. Stop at a butterfly farm before visiting the Boh Tea Plantation. Make the short climb to the tea center, learn about tea making and local history, and take in stunning views over the valley. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant around noon, and then cool off at a waterfall. Head to a strawberry farm to taste and pick your own fruit (additional fee). Visit a nearby rose garden before the drive back to Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur: Local Street Food Night Tour

7. Kuala Lumpur: Local Street Food Night Tour

Meet your host at a pre-arranged meeting point and chat about your favorite foods and dishes before heading to the Jalan Bukit Bintang area to sample some fantastic street food options at Hutong Food Court. Sample some crispy barbecue roast chicken buns known as Siew Bao, and try a curry puff pastry filled with chicken that will bring baked goods close to your heart. Then, take a short stroll to Jalan Alor to discover where all the food magic really happens at your second tasting stop. Stroll among the rows of hawker stalls and watch the locals fill their tables with food. Try typical Chinese dim sum tasting bites, and get your lips around some Satay Lok Lok (grilled satay sticks) with a peanut sauce guaranteed to have you licking your fingers! Take the locals advice and eat at a Mamak food stall at Mamak SK Corner. Here, you can try some paper dosas and experience the very thin pancakes usually eaten with Indian sauces such as curry sauce or coconut chutney. Wash it all down with a typical teh tarik, a milk tea drink commonly found in South East Asia.

Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day City Tour

8. Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day City Tour

Discover the modern and colonial architecture of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day tour, and marvel at attractions from the upscale shopping mall of the Petronas Twin Towers to the one-of-a-kind street markets. Continue to the King's Palace (Istana Negara) and take pictures of the intricate royal residence. Contrast the glass and steel marvels of the city center with the manicured grounds of the National Mosque and its dome of blue and green tiles. Pay your respects to those who lost their lives in the struggle for independence at Tugu Negara. Visit the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Chocolate Shop, where you can purchase exquisite chocolates. 

From Kuala Lumpur: Private Full Day Tour to Malacca

9. From Kuala Lumpur: Private Full Day Tour to Malacca

A fascinating blend of Portuguese, Dutch and British influences have made Malacca one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. Your tour starts at St. Peter's Church and Dutch Square, from where you will head off to A Famosa. This site, a tiny gate is what is left of a once mighty Portuguese fortress, is the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia. This site's rich historical background earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in July 2008. Then, enjoy an authentic Malaccan local lunch at the Perenakan Restaurant. Keep your spirits high as you continue on to see other fascinating spots around Malacca, including Portuguese Square: affectionately referred to as Mini Lisbon, this is an attraction not to be missed. Lastly, enjoy shopping at the famous Jonker Walk bazaar, a market selling a variety of interesting handicrafts and souvenirs - you'll be sure to come across a treasure or two!

From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and Firefly Watching Tour

10. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and Firefly Watching Tour

Enjoy an afternoon and evening tour to the dramatic 400-million-year-old Batu Caves and see hundreds of thousands of twinkling fireflies on a boat tour of the Selangor River. Continue to Batu Caves to roam in the prehistoric caves, after a climb of 272 steps. See some of the Hindu temples that have been established here since the early 1900s, such as the temples to Lord Murugan, Siva, and Ganesh. Next, you will go to Kuala Selangor, one of the most historic and conflicted areas during the early stages of the Malay Sultanate Selangor. It is also famous for its Seafood Restaurant, where you will enjoy dinner. But before dinner, stop at Bukit Malawati at the highest point in Kuala Selangor, and admire the fort that monitored ships along the Strait of Malacca and Selangor River. The area is home to some cheeky Silver Leaf Monkeys, which are more friendly and tame compared to the monkeys at Batu Caves. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant to allow where you can try local food. Choose from a aariety of favorite Malaysian food such as Bariani Rice, Roti Canai, Kaya Toast Bread, and Fried Noodle. Finally, drive to Kampung Belimbing Fireflies Park. Quietly float out to see the incredible twinkles of the largest fireflies colony in the world. Marvel at the ability of these amazing lightning bugs to synchronize their light patterns, before your return to Kuala Lumpur at approximately 21:30.

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What people are saying about Kuala Lumpur

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4.6 / 5

based on 757 reviews

Chandran was our Driver and was very informative. We enjoyed the opportunity to visit three locations-Batu Caves, Batik Factory and Selangor Pewter. 3.5 hours was sufficient time and tour represented great value for money. Highly recommend.

Great fun, loved the batu Caves. 1- 1.5 hours is plenty there. We really enjoyed the tours following the caves. Plenty to see and really interesting

Our guide was fantastic and the tour was super enjoyable. I have nothing negative to say, everything was perfect!

Wry good tour guide - giving detailed information of the histogram Maleca - very good stops and lunch

All went very fine. David has been excellent guide.