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From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Cultural Temple Tour

1. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Cultural Temple Tour

Depart Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya at your chosen time (09:00 or 14:00) and journey towards Batu Caves, passing through Little India and the Brickfields neighborhood, known for its colorful streets and unique shops. After a 30-minute scenic drive, arrive at the Batu Caves to 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.  Then, drive to 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 (The Heavenly Mother). Continue to China Town to enter the site of dozens of restaurants and 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 (Masjid Negara), set in 13 acres of beautiful gardens. Admire the bold approach taken by its architects who designed it in the late 1950s as a symbol of the aspirations of the newly independent nation. Benefit from a hotel drop off at the end of the tour services.

Private & Guided: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

2. 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.

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.

Private Full Day Tour: 10 Wonders of Kuala Lumpur

4. Private Full Day Tour: 10 Wonders of Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy stunning views of the Klang River from the King’s Palace, and marvel at Merdeka (Independence) Square before heading 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 from a different perspective. Stop at the National Museum and then head to Lake Gardens for a bit of peace and quiet. Stroll to the National Monument before continuing 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 the world’s seventh-tallest tower and go to the top for panoramic views across the city. Admire stunning design features by the Iranian architects, Isfahan, who designed the domes in the form of Persian muqarnas. Enjoy a delicious authentic lunch and shop unique and authentic handicrafts.

Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

5. 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.

Best of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Petronas Towers & Batu Caves

6. 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.

Crab Island Tour with Seafood Lunch from Kuala Lumpur

7. Crab Island Tour with Seafood Lunch from Kuala Lumpur

The tour will start after immediately your pick up from the hotel lobby in Kuala Lumpur at 9 am. The ideal fun journey begin with relaxing drive to Port Klang previously known as Port Swettenham. Upon arrival at Port Klang Jetty, be ready to board into ferry before that a selfie with seaview will be amazing. The ferry journey will be 30 minutes approx, throughout you can feel the rhythm of seawater splash. Upon arrival at Crab Island feel free to explore the tiny island by yourself. One of the special thing of this village is that there's no cars, there are only bicycles instead and some of them are motorized. But take a walk in the tiny Island and you can cover the island with no doubt. Is it too adorable to see locals paint their houses, you can shot it for your desktop wallpaper for sure. During the walk, give a try to omelette and deep fried prawn balls, you will never regret with the taste. So are you ready for the fresh catch crab lunch, our driver will assist you the restaurant and will serve the most awaiting mouth-watering seafood lunch set with healthy herbal Chinese tea. The day is yours’, sit and enjoy the meal. Onwards journey to Kuala Lumpur, get a free photo-shot at Selangor King Palace, Blue Mosque and Thean Hou Temple to enrich your album collection.

Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour

8. Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour

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.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half Day City Highlights Tour

9. 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 Full-Day Tour with 2-Way Airport Transfers

10. Kuala Lumpur Full-Day Tour with 2-Way Airport Transfers

Your tour starts with a warm welcome at the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur and then continues onto the beautiful and picturesque city. Any of the tour locations and visiting spots can be customized according to your wishes and time schedule. You will stop at the one of the most iconic sights Malaysia has to offer – the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers. Take unforgettable photos of Kuala Lumpur skylines while standing on top of the famous Sky Bridge, which floats at the height of 452 meters above the ground.  The second most desired attraction in Kuala Lumpur is the Batu Caves. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this Hindu shrine holds a magnificent 47-meter statue erected in his honor. 272 stairs lead to the massive Temple Cave with a spectacular 100-meter high ceiling. The cave is filled with statues of Hindu gods and intricate paintings illuminated by the holes in the rock of the ceiling. It is also possible to visit the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory and Visitor Center where one can delve into the process of pewter manufacturing and learn about its properties, while enjoying the fascinating pewter museum located on the premises of the factory. The picturesque Lake Gardens present a splendid opportunity to take photos in the depth of its green valleys and in front of prominent sightseeing spots, such as the National Monument. It is one of the biggest symbols of Malaysian struggle during the WWII, which commemorates all the lives lost in the battle.  The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, built in a pleasant Moorish style, is reminiscent of a fairytale castle with all its colonnades, arches, and beautiful spacious verandas. This building is a favorite sightseeing spot, as it creates countless opportunities to take wonderful photos. Another not-to-miss sightseeing spot is the Chinese Thean Hou Temple, built in the classic style of Mainland China. Being one of the oldest and greatest temples in Southeast Asia, this landmark attracts millions of tourists from across the globe each year.  If you are more into shopping than sightseeing, you can easily omit any of these places and go for a fascinating journey into the depths of Central Market, Chinatown or Little India. Finally, you will be safely taken back to the airport to catch your next flight. 

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What people are saying about Thean Hou Temple

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 422 reviews

The overall tour was amazing, we really enjoyed the sights and the authentic food! Our guide, Eswaran was super helpful and flexible, instead of rushing us, he's spent an additional hour with us to make sure we could properly check everything out.

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

The tour was excellent and we had a good time. All thanks to our guide KALAI . She was very helpful and explained everything. The service was the best. Thanks !!!!

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