Kuala Lumpur Culture & history

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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: Day Trip to Historic Malacca with Lunch

2. From Kuala Lumpur: Day Trip to Historic Malacca with Lunch

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.

Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

3. Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

Enjoy a half-day tour that highlights the important religious and cultural sites in and around Kuala Lumpur. Your tour will begin at 9:00AM with a hotel pickup and then you drive to the Batu Caves in an air-conditioned vehicle with your driver/guide. The Batu Caves are a popular attraction located in Selangor. The site of a Hindu temple and shrine, the Caves attract thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. There are 3 main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. A steep climb up 272 steps rewards you with views of the stunning skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and representations of Hindu gods can be seen in the Ramayana Cave. Next, visit the National Mosque, or Masjid Negara. Built between 1963 and 1965, the idea was to commemorate Malaysia’s independence. The Mosque has a capacity of 15,000 people and is located on 13 acres of green space and beautiful gardens. Its design is bold and modern, and symbolic of the aspirations of the newly independent country. Next you’ll see Thean Hou Temple, one of the oldest and largest temples in South East Asia. Located to the southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction. The 6-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, who is said to protect fishermen. There is also a shrine to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, which is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city. Enjoy a short stop at a Sikh gurdwara before visiting the Brickfield Church and returning to your hotel. Note that the tour includes not only religious sites but also other attractions such as the National Monument, the Old Railway station, Independence Square, and the Petronas Twin towers.

Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

4. Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

Start your full-day Kuala Lumpur with pick-up from your city-center hotel or residence. Enjoy the modern metropolitan of Kuala Lumpur such as Petronas Twin Towers, the King’s Palace and Independence Square, National Monument, KL Gallery, Golden Triangle, Lake Garden and the Old Railway Station. Your tour also includes entrance to the Royal Selangor Visitor Center, for an inside experience of pewter making. Later, travel to Batu Caves to witness the 140 foot tall Lord Murugan. Here, climb 272 steps to the top of the hill for a breathtaking view of the cave and some monkeys who will welcome you with their everyday stunts. Finally, visit a Putrajaya, a futuristic, yet charmingly rustic structure which shares a space in an orderly fashion on 4,581 hectares of land. This combination evokes a resort feel, lending to a refreshing environment. The main highlights of Putrajaya include Putra Mosque, Prime Minister and Minister's Offices, Prime Minister's Residence, Putra Square, Palace of Justice and plenty of photo stops along the way.

Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

5. Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

Discover the home of Hindu shrines and various religious deities. Listen as your guide explains the Hindu roots of the nation and climb the 272 steps to the golden statue of Lord Murugan. Once at the top, go to Cathedral Cave to see the largest cave in the complex, and hear about the background to this most intricate of Hindu shrines. Visit Thean Hou Temple, a 6-tiered pagoda temple atop Robson Heights. Completed in 1987 and officially opened in 1989, it was built by the Hainanese community of Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou. Continue to Chinatown and enjoy dozens of food stalls tended by Chinese, Indian, Malay and Bangladeshi traders. Watch as they serve up local favorites, such as curry noodles, Hokkien mee (a Fujian noodle dish), ikan bakar (barbecued fish) and asam laksa (a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup). Next, see the stunning National Mosque of Malaysia on 13-acres of beautiful gardens and designed it in the late 1950s as a symbol of the newly independent nation.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half-Day City Tour

6. Kuala Lumpur: Private Half-Day City Tour

Learn the story of the federal capital of Malaysia on a private half-day sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur by air-conditioned vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the city center to discover how it has developed from a modest tin mining town to the huge metropolis it is today. Now the 6th most visited city in the world, the development of KL in the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been phenomenal. See some of the city’s futuristic structures, such as the towering Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin-tower structure). Explore the “Golden Triangle” of the commercial and business sector, with its upscale hotels and shopping malls. Go to Independence Square to admire colonial buildings and the English-style cricket ground. Drive past K.L Gallery, home to a spectacular model of the city and see the Moorish-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, notable for its mix of Eastern and Western architectural motifs. Stop to take photos of the National Mosque and King's Palace. Drive past Lake Garden and the National Monument. Marvel at the world’s 7th tallest telecom tower at KL Tower. Discover where Malaysia’s signature chocolates are sold at Beryl’s Chocolate Kingdom and enjoy an optional batik painting demonstration.

Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

7. Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

Discover the most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur on this photo tour of the city's highlights. Benefit from a private informative tour guide who will show you all the best photo opportunities in the city. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel at 10.30 AM. From there, make your way to your first stop at the famous street art of Bukit Bintang. Take photos in the colorful alley, then stop for lunch at a local Malaysian restaurant to fill your stomach and be ready for more shots. After lunch, head to the Batu Caves, another landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Next, have a coffee break to try out #pinklatte or cold-pressed juice at KettleBell cafe and get more likes from other #coffeelovers. Continue to other photo destinations and make sure your camera battery isn't running low because you will visit Thean Hou Chinese Temple and Kwai Chai Hong, "The Hidden Alley". Here comes the final highlight: a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, also known as#KLtwintowers, for some epic photos. You can't say you've really visited Kuala Lumpur without posting a photo of these giant twins. After a fun day out, you'll arrive back at your hotel around 6.30 PM.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Ipoh

8. From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Ipoh

Your full-day Ipoh tour starts with pick-up at your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. A professional tour guide/driver will accompany you throughout the whole tour, so you can relax and enjoy yourself. Once in Ipoh, start your adventure with a delicious breakfast. Ipoh has an extremely vibrant food scene that can satisfy even the pickiest gourmets, so prepare your taste buds! Your guide will show you the best spots to have a morning cup of tea, savor the mouthwatering kaya puffs (flaky pastry with a jam filling), and the amazing hor hee (light fish cakes served with white rice noodles). Afterwards, it’s time to discover the landmarks of British colonialism. The impressive Ipoh Town Hall stands out against the bright blue skies as a symbol of local government and one of the most prominent historical spots in the city. The exquisite Ipoh Railway Station was erected in 1894 and later modified by Arthur Benison Hubback, who brought elements of neo-Moorish and neo-Saracenic styles to the station’s exterior, adding domes and open air loggias to the original design. The majestic Birch Memorial Clock Tower also boasts graceful architecture. Ipoh’s famous white coffee is a must-try for every foodie. Your guide will show you the best spot to take a break and enjoy this delicious beverage. Next stop - the lush and green recreational park Gunung Lang, located 5 km north of the city. Covering an area of more than 30 hectares, the park offers a marvelous lake with a cascading waterfall, a mini zoo, and a long spectacular boardwalk across the swamp. The magnificent Perak Tong is also a place that can’t be missed. Filled with hidden grottoes and recesses, this cave-temple boasts more than 40 Buddha statues scattered around its premises. A stunning 12-meter golden Buddha will make you want to sit and enjoy the calmness of this place for hours. On your way back you will stop at Kellie’s Castle to enjoy the views of the ruined mansion built by a Scottish planter. Your food tour will continue while you walk through the array of local markets. Here you can feast on a wide variety of local Malay treats: curry noodles, fried turnips known as sa kok, caramel custard, chicken rice, and hakka mee – meatballs with cuttlefish and noodles. Next you can try the yummy traditional dessert named muah chee or stop by a local cafe to try the amazing ice balls. Ipoh people are also big on snacks, so don’t miss the unusual tapioca chips, fried beans, and murukku (crunchy rice twists) that are favored by millions of people across the country. But don’t worry, because your guide will show you everything! Finally, you’ll get back to your comfortable car and set off to Kuala Lumpur, where you’ll be safely taken to your hotel.

From Kuala Lumpur: Private Ipoh History & Food Day Trip

9. From Kuala Lumpur: Private Ipoh History & Food Day Trip

Start your day trip with hotel pickup in Kuala Lumpur city center at 7:30 AM. Board an air-conditioned vehicle with your knowledgeable guide to begin the 2-hour journey to the charming town of Ipoh. When you arrive, admire the Ipoh Railway Station with its neoclassical and Edwardian Baroque architecture. Marvel at this impressive building which is referred to as the Taj Mahal of Malaysia. Then, drive past the city center where many British colonial buildings remain intact before stopping at the original Old Town White Coffee for lunch. Next, visit Kellie's Castle and the magnificent limestone cave temples of Perak Tong, home to more than 40 Buddha statues. Finally, walk through Ipoh's city markets to try a range of local treats. Sample bean sprouts, chicken, snowflake beer, and Heong Peng. Finish this off with a traditional dessert like sugary rice balls called muah chee. At the end of the tour, head back to Kuala Lumpur where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

From KLIA or Port Klang: Kuala Lumpur Transit Tour

10. From KLIA or Port Klang: Kuala Lumpur Transit Tour

Discover the highlights of Kuala Lumpur on a tour ideal for those on transit from the airport or seaport and with less than a day to explore the city. Benefit from a pick-up at Kuala Lumpur International Airport or the cruise terminal at Port Klang and delve into the culture, cuisine, arts, people and architecture of Kuala Lumpur and its surroundings. Start with an excursion to the Batu Caves, a 400-million-year-old cave that is sacred to the Hindu religion. Climb the 272 steps to the entrance, and marvel at the golden statue of Lord Murugan.  Proceed to the city center of Kuala Lumpur and experience its cosmopolitan life up-close. Admire awe-inspiring structures, such as the Petronas Twin Towers, go to the entertainment hub of the Golden Triangle and see Merdeka ("Independence") Square. Discover remnants of the colonial era at the Mock Tudor buildings of the Royal Selangor Cricket Club. Admire the blend of influences from the east and west at the impressive Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Look at the National Mosque of Malaysia and the Istana Negara (King's Palace) before the drive back to the airport or seaport in time to make you onward travel connections.

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4.6 / 5

based on 757 reviews

Our tour to Malacca City was awesome, it is such a beautiful city. Our tour guide Mcpall Singh was excellent, very knowledgeable, funny and friendly. He explained the itinerary very well, gave us plenty of time to explore and take pics and made the drive fun.

A brilliant well organised day Mr. Tan was a friendly, knowledgeable guide. Nothing was too much trouble and all 3 visits were very interesting and entertaining . There was zero pressure to buy or do anything other than enjoy the day. A big thankyou

Highly professional and enjoyable trip. The bus that picked us up was on time. Driver Isaac was brilliant. Tour guide Lucas was also brilliant. He was very knowledgeable, funny and helpful. 100% recommend.

Great tour thanks to our guide Jacob and driver Isaac. The guide knowledge about the land history is excellent

All was good and on time organised, thank you so much