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From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Trip to Historical Malacca

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

Visit UNESCO-listed Malacca on a full-day tour 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 three major doctrines of Chinese belief worship 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.

From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

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

Following pickup, begin your day on the city outskirts along the Ambassador Row, Istana Sharif Ali and Malay villages. Stop 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. For your last stop, 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, and join a crowd of Hindu pilgrims on their way to a series of gilded altars. This tour ends with a drop-off back at your Kuala Lumpur hotel.

Kuala Lumpur: Putrajaya Tour with Traditional Boat Cruise

3. Kuala Lumpur: Putrajaya Tour with Traditional Boat Cruise

Discover the beautiful mix of traditional and futuristic architecture in Putrajaya which gives the city its unique charm. Travel with a driver in a private vehicle as you stop at 7 locations which cover all the major attractions in the area. First, visit Putra Mosque and go inside the prayer hall and function rooms known for their elegant features. See the elegant courtyard with a border of impressive colonnades.  Stop at Perdana Putra, the prime minister’s office which boasts views of central Putrajaya. Marvel at the architecture which has been influenced by Malay, Islam, and Western cultures.  Continue on to the main city square and the Palace of Justice, a majestic building known locally as Istana Kehakiman which is the center of judiciary work of Malaysia. See the Millennium Monument, also called Monumen Alaf Baru, a towering gold/bronze structure that is a major landmark in Putrajaya. 

Cameron Highlands: Shared Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

4. 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.

Petronas Towers: Skip-the-Line Ticket with Hotel Delivery

5. Petronas Towers: Skip-the-Line Ticket with Hotel Delivery

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 your Kuala Lumpur hotel, meaning you can get straight into the queue for your visit. Just be sure to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit.

Private & Guided: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

6. Private & Guided: 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: 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.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Taman Negara

8. 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.

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

9. 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 Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

10. 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.

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Absolutely loved the experience! Spent a day with Hafiz, who is super outgoing and helpful! We ticked all boxes of what we wanted to go to, very professional and on time! I would definitely repeat this trip! 5 stars!!!

The best tour guide we have ever received. Great tour, great team, very friendly, very competent, highly recommended. Any time! We will never forget. Thank you so much. We hope to see you again. Stay healthy

Great way to see Putrajaya from the comfort of a nice air-conditioned car and the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, answered all our questions and requests. Great service, highly recommended.

Great experience very good tour guide! Was so impressive with is knowledge and experience. Very friendly and great service!

it was very nice, specially the tea plantation. Very informative and amazing view.