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Kuala Lumpur: Half-Day City Tour

1. 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 Highlights Tour

2. 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.

Kuala Lumpur: Buffet Dinner at Atmosphere 360 and Night Tour

3. Kuala Lumpur: Buffet Dinner at Atmosphere 360 and Night Tour

Begin your experience with a convenient hotel pick up from the center of Kuala Lumpur. The first stop will be the famous KL Tower, one of the must-visit spots in Kuala Lumpur. Head straight to the iconic Atmosphere 360 restaurant. Enjoy a glorious buffet while enjoying spectacular views of the city from 282 meters above the ground. After dinner, the driver will bring you to the world-famous Petronas Twin Tower, where you can get the most Instagrammable pictures. Enjoy the KLCC Lake Symphony Water Fountain Show. Next, stop by Dataran Merdeka, also known as Independence Square, where Malaysia declared independence in 1957. Get the chance to discover a different view of this meaningful spot compared to the day time. Before heading back to the hotel, explore Little India, where you can discover the rich Indian culture in this diverse city.

Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

4. 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 KLIA or Port Klang: Kuala Lumpur Transit Tour

5. 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.

Night Tour of Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

6. Night Tour of Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

This fascinating journey begins with a convenient hotel pick-up, and continues with a visit to one of the most impressive and iconic landmarks of Kuala Lumpur – the Petronas Twin Towers. Feel time freeze as you gaze down from the height of 452 meters onto the city of Kuala Lumpur stretched beneath your feet. Take unforgettable photos of the city from the observing desk of the famous Sky Bridge, floating above the ground like a magnificent space ship. This experience will stay with you forever! It’s time, then, to step down from the breathtaking height of the Petronas Twin Towers and dive into the buzzing night life of Kuala Lumpur. Chinatown night bazaar shopping is an attraction you will not forget any time soon. Mixed with old Chinese shops in the narrow streets of Chinatown, you'll find a wide array of stalls selling goods of various kinds: shoes, clothing, gadgets, spices and traditional Chinese dishes, such as nasi lemak and the Hainanese chicken rice. And if that is not enough, Chinatown offers its visitors a possibility to visit the finest examples of Hindu temples that can be found in Kuala Lumpur – the magnificent Sri Mahamariamman temple and the Chan See Shu Yuen temple among others. Next you will be taken to the Merdeka Square to enjoy the breathtaking views of illuminated night city.  Being one of the biggest attractions in Kuala Lumpur, the Merdeka Square is an eclectic synergy of modern architectural designs and classic colonial masterpieces. The 200-meter padang (a green field) for years has retained its status as the largest stretch of greenery that can be found in Kuala Lumpur. Capture unforgettable moments on camera as you pass by the majestic buildings of the Royal Selangor Club and St. Mary’s Church. To round up this amazing trip, filled with breathtaking views and stunning moments, you will have a dinner at one of the most iconic restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Saloma Theatre Restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Malaysian dishes, followed by a stunning cultural dance performance. Enjoy the exquisite dance medley depicting different races, cultures and costumes, including Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and Minangkabau. A 1-hour show performed by 18 Saloma dancers will not leave anyone indifferent. Don’t forget to try the delicious Malay kampong-style dishes served tiffin style, and the mouth-watering nasi goreng kampung – fried rice with anchovies and loads of Malaysian spices. Finally, you will be taken back to the hotel, where you can relax after a day filled with joy and excitement.

Best of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Petronas Towers & Batu Caves

7. 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.

Kuala Lumpur by Night and Malaysian Food Tour

8. Kuala Lumpur by Night and Malaysian Food Tour

This 4-hour tour will start from your hotel lobby at your chosen time slot of 17:30 or 18:00. Meet and greet your professional English speaking driver or guide and start your tour in a clean air-conditioned vehicle.   Your first stop will be Merdeka Square, literally Independence Square, home to the old parliament house of Malaysia. Take a selfie by the tallest flag in South East Asia. See also how British colonial era architecture has been maintained by local government. After Independent Square, board the vehicle and prepare to buy lots of local handicrafts from Central Market for sweet memories of your memorable tour in Kuala Lumpur. The next stop is Petaling Street, also called China Town. Explore the narrow streets of China Town independently. Souvenirs, electronics, fashion accessories, local fruit, cheap beer, food, street hawkers and much more will make your tour unforgettable. The last, but most important part of your tour, will be a local cuisine dinner with many delicious dishes. After dinner you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

Kuala Lumpur: 4-Hour Tour & Petronas Twin Towers Visit

9. Kuala Lumpur: 4-Hour Tour & Petronas Twin Towers Visit

Perfect for first-time visitors, this 4-hour tour provides a comprehensive introduction to Kuala Lumpur's top sights, giving you a knowledge base for further exploration. Meet your local driver/guide when you’re picked up at your city hotel (in the morning or afternoon), and head out on the narrated tour in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll be taken to multiple Kuala Lumpur attractions, making photo stops at the King's Palace, a symbol of Malaysian sovereignty, and Merdeka (Independence) Square, which features a panorama of fascinating buildings in an array of architectural styles. Gaze up at the Islamic geometric patterns on the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers, whose multifaceted walls and twin spires contain thousands of steel and glass panels. Head up to the bridge and observation deck for magnificent city views. Your journey continues with a visit to the National Museum, where you’ll see a variety of Malaysian artifacts, from traditional weapons and costumes, to modern arts and crafts and musical instruments. Drive past the beautiful Lake Gardens on your way to see the National Monument, commemorating Malaysia's struggle for freedom during WWII. Nearby, you’ll see the modern National Mosque and the pleasant combination of Eastern and Western architecture embodied in the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Visit the 6-tiered Chinese Thean Hou Temple, a grand structure that combines modern architectural styles with authentic traditional design. The final stop and drop off point of your sightseeing tour is the Kuala Lumpur Tower, where you will be provided with an admission ticket for the observation deck.

Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour With Petronas Twin Towers

10. Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour With Petronas Twin Towers

Take souvenir photos of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day sightseeing tour, and see some of the city’s most photogenic monuments, such as the Istana Negra (King’s Palace) and Petronas Twin Towers. Following a pick-up from your hotel, get a stunning view of the Klang River from the King’s Palace, and marvel at Merdeka (Independence) Square. Next, go to the Petronas Twin Towers to ride to the observation deck of the world’s tallest twin towers. Step onto the 2-story bridge to experience the city and surroundings from a different perspective. Stop at the National Museum, where you can spend hours taking pictures of traditional weapons, costumes, ancient artifacts and musical instruments. Next, go to Lake Gardens for a bit of peace and quiet. Stroll to the National Monument to see Malaysia’s symbol of the struggles of World War II. Continue to the National Mosque to look at its 73-meter-high minaret and mix of eastern and western architecture. Admire the Anglo-Asian design of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, created by the talented English architect, Arthur Benison Hubback. Go to the 6-tiered Thean Hou Temple, dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou. Discover how Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism can exist in almost perfect harmony, with ornate carvings, elegant roofs, and intricate wall embellishments. Visit Kuala Lumpur Tower (the 7th tallest tower in the world), and go to the top for panoramic views across the city from its highest point. Admire stunning design features by the Iranian architects, Isfahan, who designed the domes in the form of Persian muqarnas.

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What people are saying about Merdeka Square

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 260 reviews

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!!!

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.

Our guide Avalee was brilliant. absolutely friendly guy.we had a good laugh. very knowledgeable. if you book ask for him

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

Absolutely amazing trip around kuala lumpur with our guide