Why I love Kuala Lumpur
“In KL, it's all about the food – this city offers a mouth-watering mix of Asian culinary traditions. Start with a breakfast of fresh popiah and congee at Imbi Market, seguing into a snack of freshly made roti and spicy chicken curry at Jln Belfield's SS Spicy Food stalls. Move onto Chinatown for a must-have bowl of asam laksa on Madras Lane. Save room for afternoon tea somewhere nice (Majestic Hotel fits the bill)...” Read More
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Batu Caves and Temple Tour from Kuala Lumpur
Discover Malaysia's multicultural influences on this 3-hour afternoon tour to the Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur. With your fun and knowledgeable guide, explore the Batu Cave Hindu temple — a massive limestone outcrop — and its cavernous interior lined with different deities. Enjoy a drive along Malaysia's own Little India (Brickfields), and witness the art of batik design and pewter arts that this region is famous for. Hotel pickup and drop-off from city hotels is included.After pickup from your Kuala Lumpur hotel, embark on your cultural exploration of Malaysia beginning with a short drive through this region's official Little India in Brickfields. What used to be a simple residential neighborhood just outside of Kuala Lumpur has now been transformed into a colorful community with streets lined with quaint shops and mom-and-pop restaurants.A short 30-minute drive later, arrive at Batu Caves, a massive limestone outcrop with interiors housing a Hindu shrine lined with different deities. Before climbing the 272 steps up into the high caverns, marvel at the impressive golden structure of Lord Murugan, standing tall at 140 feet (43 meters). On the way up, be greeted by mischievous little monkeys.Upon arrival at the top of the steps, enter the Cathedral Cave, the biggest cave of the complex featuring a high ceiling and ornate Hindu shrines. Explore the cave complex with your guide and learn about the history and cultural significance of its various features.Then make a stop at a local batik center and discover how this popular Malaysian fabric is designed and printed. Before returning to your hotel, visit the Royal Selangor Visitor Center to gain insight on pewter smithing and innovative pewter-ware design.
Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour
Explore the charm of Kuala Lumpur on a morning or afternoon sightseeing tour that blends old-world character with a modern metropolis. An informative guide points out the contrast between Indo-Moorish architecture and ultra-modern edifices like the old and new King’s Palace and Merdeka (Independence) Square against a growing city skyline dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers. Other highlights include the National Museum, National Mosque and the Royal Selangor Visitor Center, where you'll gain insight on pewter smithing and innovative pewter-ware design. Round-trip hotel transport is included.Perfect for first-time visitors, this three-hour tour provides a comprehensive introduction to Kuala Lumpur's famous sights, leaving you with a knowledgeable base for exploring the city at your leisure. Meet your local guide upon pickup from your city hotel in the morning or afternoon, and embark on your narrated tour by comfortable coach.Head to multiple Kuala Lumpur attractions, making photo stops at the King's Palace — a symbol of Malaysian sovereignty — as well as Merdeka Square (aka Independence Square), which features a panorama of fascinating buildings in an array of architectural styles. Your guide offers informative commentary on the city’s growing skyline, whose ultra-modern structures tower above edifices with Indo-Moorish influence. 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.Your journey continues with a visit to the National Museum to see historic Malaysian artifacts, from traditional weapons and costumes to modern arts and crafts and musical instruments.Then, drive past the beautiful Lake Gardens on your way to view the National Monument, commemorating Malaysia's struggle for freedom during World War II. Nearby, admire the modern construction of the National Mosque and the pleasant combination of Eastern and Western architecture of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.Visit the six-tiered Chinese landmark of Thean Hou Temple, a grand structure that combines modern architectural styles with authentic traditional design. At the Central Market, browse a variety of local crafts and perhaps have your portrait sketched if time permits.The final stop on your sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur is the Royal Selangor Visitor Center, where you will gain insight into pewter-smithing and see innovative pewter-ware design. Afterward, re-board your coach and end with drop-off at your hotel.
Eat Like a Local: Kuala Lumpur Hawker Center and Street Food Tour by Night
Get to know Malaysia in one of the most satisfying ways – on a food-tasting tour! With an enthusiastic guide, drop in to three or more hole-in-the-wall restaurants and food stalls at a Kuala Lumpur hawker center or off-the-beaten-track neighborhood that features the best of Malaysian cuisine. As you enjoy the delicious food and meet friendly locals, your guide will ensure you have an epicurean adventure that can’t be beat. All food tastings – no matter how much food you eat – are included, so come hungry!After meeting your guide at a central Kuala Lumpur location, easily accessible by the city’s Light Rail Transit, your small-group food tour begins as you board an air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to the KL neighborhood of your guide’s choice (the neighborhood(s) you visit are up to your expert guide and will vary based on the day of the week).One such neighborhood you may visit is the Bangsar area, which boasts a wide array of food spots like mamak stalls serving traditional Tamil-Muslim cuisine, South Indian banana-leaf restaurants serving delectable treats on a banana leaf, and Malay warungs (small family-owned establishments serving both local and Western snacks). Or, you might head to Petaling Jaya, where you’ll visit a ‘round-the-clock hawker center (open-air food court) to try food from select stalls frequented by locals. Another possible destination is Brickfields, a popular hawker center famous for its South Indian restaurants and Chinese coffee shops serving traditional Chinese fare like dim sum.No matter where you end up, rest assured that you’ll have a vibrant KL experience. As you follow your guide’s lead, you’ll weave through alleys and around food stalls with ease, knowing your guide will order your food and make sure you taste the most delicious dishes of the day (or night). Try nasi lemak, a fragrant coconut rice with chili paste, anchovies, peanuts and vegetables. Or maybe you’ll have stir-fried Chinese noodles; an assortment of Indian breads with chicken, fish and mutton curry; or Malaysian desserts such as ondeh ondeh, rice balls with palm sugar and coconut shavings. As you are introduced you to local favorites, you’ll experience interesting Malaysian customs with the comfort of a guide who knows all the ins and outs of KL’s food culture. At the end of the tour, you’ll be driven back to the original meeting point.
Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok Adventure
Colourful capitals, traditional culture, and tropical natural wonders – this 12-day taste of some of Malaysia and Thailand's spicy highlights takes you off the typical tourist trail. Begin in bustling Kuala Lumpur, cool off at the tea fields of the Cameron Highlands, or hike through a peaceful rainforest. With accommodation like a unique Malay homestay, transport, and a number of included activities arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.
3-Day Taman Negara Adventure from Kuala Lumpur
While you’re in Kuala Lumpur, take a three-day trip to explore Taman Negara, one of Malaysia’s most pristine rainforests. On this exciting journey, canoe up the Tahan River to explore jungle vegetation, get a bird’s-eye view of the forest on the canopy walkway and take a jungle survival class. This exhilarating adventure is the perfect way to experience the wild beauty of Taman Negara.
3-Day Pangkor Island Trip from Kuala Lumpur
Relax on Malaysia’s picture-perfect tropical island of Pangkor on this three-day trip. Leave Kuala Lumpur and relax on a scenic drive to Lumut. Pass by traditional Malaysian houses and enjoy the rural scenery before catching the ferry from Lumut to Pangkor Island. On the island, stroll along the white sandy beaches, lie on the beach and work up a tan. Or have fun engaging in various water sports, like jet skiing and snorkeling. This is the perfect trip to enjoy the tropical island of Pangkor!