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Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Exploration Tour

1. Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Exploration Tour

This 4-hour tour is your opportunity to visit and take photos of the most iconic sites in Kuala Lumpur, such as the King’s Palace, Independence Square, the Petronas Twin Towers, the National Mosque, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, and more. See magnificent Merdeka Square, a symbol of Malaysian independence and one of the most picturesque squares in the world. Admire architectural masterpieces of modern and ancient times. You’ll see the King’s Palace, the famous Istana Negara, a residence of the King of Malaysia. While visitors can’t enter the building, you can take photos of the fascinating architecture along with the changing of the guards, which occurs hourly. The Petronas Twin Towers are an ideal place for a spectacular selfie. The Towers are justifiably considered a highlight of a trip to Kuala Lumpur, as they present an opportunity to marvel at the city’s skyline and capture unforgettable moments on camera. You’ll also visit the National Mosque. Built in 1965, Masjid Negara is located in the very heart of the city amid lush green gardens. Admire one of the most elegant buildings in Kuala Lumpur, featuring a spectacular main dome covered in green and blue tiles, and the 48 smaller green domes spread across the Mecca-inspired courtyard. The Chinese Thean Hou Temple is beautiful synergy of styles as Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism join to form an unforgettable architectural ensemble. See numerous statues of animals from astrology and impressive statues of the Goddess of Mercy and the Goddess of the Waterfront. See Lake Gardens, a beautiful and calming getaway from the bustle of the city. Visit the National Museum, home to collections of ancient and modern art pieces, weapons, and traditional costumes. Marvel at the exquisite façade of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, an ideal setting for a photo op, with its fairytale-like towers and mix of Eastern and Western architectural styles. Also known as Tugu Negara, the National Monument commemorates the lives that were lost in the fight for Malaysian independence. Designed by Felix de Weldon, an American architect, this monument is the highest sculpture grouping made of bronze ever created. At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half-Day City Tour

2. 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.

Best of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Petronas Towers & Batu Caves

3. Best of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Petronas Towers & Batu Caves

Join this full-day private tour to experience the best of Kuala Lumpur. Head up to the Petronas Twin Towers' observation deck on the 86th floor for amazing views of the city. Visit the King's Palace, a symbol of Malaysian sovereignty, Independence Square and the National Museum. Take a short break at the Central Market, classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society. Drive past the Botanical Gardens and Bird Park. See the National Monument, National Mosque and the Old Railway Station. Visit the Batu Caves, home to a Hindu shrine lined with statues of deities. Climb the 272 steps to reach the shrine, which is located deep inside the high caverns.

From KLIA or Port Klang: Kuala Lumpur Transit Tour

4. 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.

Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day City Tour

5. 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 on-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 Cocoa Boutique, where you can purchase exquisite chocolates. 

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half–Day City Tour

6. Kuala Lumpur: Private Half–Day City Tour

Kuala Lumpur is a busy city with ordered skyscrapers, six-lane highways, colonial architecture, and lots of greenery. Home to the Petronas Twin Towers, it is a shopping paradise with some of Southeast Asia's largest shopping malls, housing the world's top brands, and street markets selling one-of-a-kind items. Head to the world-famous Petronas Towers, for a glimpse at the structures, once claimed as the world's tallest buildings, and stop to take a photo in front of the towers. Continue on to the King's Palace, also known as the Istana Negara, and take pictures of the Malaysian monarch's intricate royal residence. Contrast your visit to the glass and steel architectural marvels by exploring the manicured grounds of Malaysia's National Mosque. Its spectacular main dome is covered in brilliant blue and green tile work. Cap off your trip by paying your respects to those who lost their lives in the Malaysian struggle for independence at the Tugu Negara, designed by American architect Felix de Weldon. Visit the Sultan the Abdul Samad Building and Cocoa Boutique, where you can purchase exquisite chocolates or other Malaysian specialties. 

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half Day City Highlights Tour

7. Kuala Lumpur: Private Half Day City Highlights Tour

Explore Kuala Lumpur and admire the variety of amazing sights in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Visit Petronas Twin Towers, one of the world's tallest structures, Thean Hou, Independence Square, National Mosque, National Monument, King's Palace, and Perdana Botanic Garden. Head to Merdeka Square and the King's Palace (Istana Negara) to find Malaysia's glorious side. Get an understanding of the city's unique variety, as you visit the Chinese Thean Hou Temple. Pay regards to the individuals who lost their lives in Malaysia's fight for freedom at the National Monument (Tugu Negara) and finish off, by visiting Perdana Botanical Garden.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Twin Cities Cultural Tour

8. From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Twin Cities Cultural Tour

This tour will start at 09:00 from your hotel lobby in Kuala Lumpur. You will be picked up by a professional English-speaking driver/ guide in a clean air-conditioned vehicle. Upon pick-up, you will be provided a list of the top attractions of both cities to choose and to cover within this full-day tour. You will be given a choice to plan your itinerary according to your wish before boarding. You will have a tour at the Taman Warisan Agricultural Heritage Park, which is a living museum of fruit, rubber, cocoa, palm oil, herbs and more. Afterwards, you’ll continue on to see some of Putrajaya’s most famous landmarks, including the pink domed Putra Mosque. Fashioned from a beautiful rose granite, the monument rises 250 feet into the air and is one of the tallest landmarks in the region. Next, you’ll visit Perdana Putra, the prime minister’s office. Known as the White House of Malaysia, this imposing building is home to several key government agencies. Enjoy a short cruise across Putrajaya Lake and admire the beautiful scenery. During your tour in Kuala Lumpur, you will visit Batu Caves, which is one of the most visited attractions in Kuala Lumpur. A limestone hill with a series of caves has a one of the most popular Hindu Shirins outside of India. Thousands of pilgrimages visit here every year. If you have enough energy and you are an adventure lover, then get ready to climb 272 steps to reach the biggest cave. Petrons Twin Towers are still the tallest towers in the word and the top visited landmark in Kuala Lumpur. Walk on Sky Bridge and reach at observation deck to get amazed by panoramic views of this stunning city. After Petronas Twin Towers, you will visit Galeri Petronas (Petronas Gallery), which has displayed many beautiful paintings designed by local and foreign artists. Explore the National Museum, which provides an overview about Malaysian cultural and history. The displays range from free-standing tableaux showing cultural events like weddings, festivals and costumes, to traditional weapons, musical instruments, arts and crafts, ceramics and flora and fauna. You will then visit Thean Hou Temple and National Mosque. Both are gorgeous structures and have a wide range of capacity for the prayers. Observe the harmony and listen to the adorable stories from your driver/ guide about this nation. You will pass by the Old Railway Station and reach Independent Square. Take selfies around Sultan Abdul Samad Building, a significant building built during the British colonial era. The Malaysian government then used this building for government administrative offices as well. The well-planned and managed Independent Square will give you a clear expression about Malaysian care for old heritage and buildings. Batik Factory and Pewter Art Factory will also be a part of this tour if time allows. You will be dropped off back to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur after the tour.

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What people are saying about Istana Negara

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 215 reviews

Our guide was always in a hurry, but only because he wanted to show us a lot. He also responded to our requests, for example when we wanted to see the old train station from the inside. A highlight was visiting the old Royal Palace, now a museum containing the furniture of previous kings. It was our 3rd visit to KL, but this time we were allowed to see every sight in detail, not just from a bus.

unfortunately the tour was totally rainy, so we couldn't get off at the hotspots. The driver made the trip very amusing and interesting because of his great stories.

It was a very nice trip, saw everything we wanted. Our guide, Ganesh, was totally friendly and very accomplished. Lovely again.

Punctual collection, clean, air-conditioned car, very nice guide! Great short first impression of the impressive city.

It was great experience. Chandra was giving details about the city as well as places