8 Must-Do Tours In Kuala Lumpur

23 May 2015
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As a melting pot of cultures, Kuala Lumpur is a fascinating city with so much to explore. You can see it on your own or you can opt for the expert guidance that comes with a tour.

From cultural performances and fun theme parks, to authentic food experiences and historical sites, don’t miss these eight fantastic tours in Kuala Lumpur.

1. Evening Colours Of Kuala Lumpur Tour

This private evening tour will have you wandering the lively, sprawling open-air bazaar of Chinatown. Nestled beneath skyscrapers, stall after stall beckons with a vast array of tempting, inexpensive wares (you might want to try your hand at bargaining the price down even further).

On the edge of Chinatown is another face of Kuala Lumpur: the ornate and colourful Sri Mahamariamman Temple, built by immigrant Tamil labourers from 1873 and enhanced over the years. Having worked up an appetite, enjoy delicious authentic Malaysian cuisine at a local restaurant, while being entertained by a show featuring traditional dancing.

 The colourful Sri Mahamariamman Temple (image: Getty)

2. Historical Malacca

Explore historic Malacca, Malaysia’s oldest trading port, on this full-day guided tour. You’ll see this Heritage-listed city’s influences of past Malacca Sultanate, Portuguese, Dutch and English rulers over a range of significant sites, starting with the grand red Stadthuys in Dutch Square, the oldest Dutch building in the East.

Walk up St Paul’s Hill to the ruins of A’Famosa, a fort that was critical to the Portuguese rule in the 16th and 17th centuries, and on to St Paul’s Church, taking in the panoramic views of Malacca, the Strait of Malacca and Bandar Hilir (the old town centre). You’ll have an opportunity to sample a typical Nonya lunch and stroll the bustling street market of Jonker Street.

3. Batu Caves, Royal Pewter & Suburbs Tour

Travelling to the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, your guide will take you along Ambassador Row on Jalan Ampang, the site of many embassies, then on to the Royal Selangor pewter factory, one of the world’s largest and most modern pewter manufacturers.

As you pass by Malay villages you learn how batik is done by hand, before arriving at the spectacular Batu Caves, set in a massive limestone outcrop and said to be around 400 million years old. The walls of the cavernous interior feature murals and images of deities, and atop 272 steps is a sacred Hindu shrine.

 The dramatic entrance to the Batu Caves (image: Getty)

4. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Day Trip

Sunway Lagoon theme park is a must for fun-seekers. Featuring five parks in one venue, Sunway Lagoon lets you take your pick of experiences – or sample them all.

At Waters of Africa, you can ride the water slides or catch perfect waves every time at one of the world’s largest man-made surf beaches. Plenty of adventure awaits you at the Amusement Park including a giant pirate ship, a terrifying roller coaster, a suspension bridge and themed playgrounds for kids.

Get up close and personal with exotic animals at the Wildlife Park, pump your adrenaline with the sporty challenges of Extreme Park and get scared over three floors of fear at Scream Park.


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5. Elephant Sanctuary Tour

After a drive through the scenic Malaysian countryside, past scattered villages and streetside stalls, you’ll arrive at the Krau Wildlife Reserve and Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary. Learn of the plight of elephants in Malaysia, whose habitat is shrinking by the day and how the sanctuary protects, rehabilitates and relocates elephants back into the wild.

You’ll be able to watch the elephants bathing, join the handlers in feeding them and, if you’re lucky, interact with the baby elephants too. Your day includes a delicious Malaysian lunch, either packed or at a popular local restaurant.

6. Kuala Lumpur Orientation Tour

This guided three-hour tour is a great way to discover Kuala Lumpur’s key sightseeing attractions, old and new. Learn about the city’s early days as a small tin miner’s settlement and its growth, seen in the fascinating array of architecture.

You’ll have photo opportunities at the King’s Palace, Independence Square and Petronas Twin Towers – the tallest twin towers in the world. Your guide will take you through the National Museum to see historical artefacts as well as modern art and craft, and you’ll come to understand more about Malaysia with your visit to the National Monument, National Mosque and the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, a unique mix of Islamic and Western-style architecture.

7. Genting Highlands

Enjoy a scenic drive on this variety-filled day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands in the Titiwangsa Mountains. Catch the Genting Skyway, one of the longest and fastest cable cars in Southeast Asia, taking in the breathtaking views of mountains and rainforest.

From there, head to the casino, explore hotels, take your pick of shops and restaurants, or find fun and games at the indoor and outdoor theme parks. The parks boast more than 50 rides and plenty of other entertainment options including a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum, a winter area with real snow and simulated skydiving.

 Ride the Genting Skyway to reach the city above the clouds (image: Getty)

8. Kuala Lumpur Food Experience

Eat your way across Kuala Lumpur on this colourful guided tour of authentic cuisine that will have you feeling like a local. Catching the monorail from place to place, you’ll find yourself in backstreets and alleys you’d have little chance of finding otherwise.

You’ll taste delicious savoury and sweet Indian meals served by street vendors, wander Chinatown for the best noodles and learn about the city’s history and cultural diversity through your taste buds. As you wind down at a traditional coffee house, your guide will share some inside secrets about where you can eat next.

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