Things to do in
Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's eclectic capital will keep you intrigued, from its modern Twin Towers to the colorful Hindu Batu Caves.

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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: KL Tower Admission Ticket

3. Kuala Lumpur: KL Tower Admission Ticket

The KL Tower, also known as the Menara Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most iconic sights in Kuala Lumpur. Visible from most parts of the city and measuring 1,381-feet-high (about 452 meters), it's one of the world's tallest telecommunications towers. With your admission ticket, visit whenever is convenient for you during operating hours. Take one of the high-speed elevators to the fully enclosed Observation Deck, located 905-feet (about 276 meters) above ground level, to enjoy a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy admission to the XD Theater for a 6D-movie experience, at your own expense. Watch the movie while seated in a specially-designed armchair that moves in-sync with the film. There are typically 8 movies you can watch, each running for about 5 minutes.

Private & Guided: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

4. 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

5. 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.

From Kuala Lumpur: Genting Highlands and Batu Caves Day Trip

6. From Kuala Lumpur: Genting Highlands and Batu Caves Day Trip

Escape the heat of Kuala Lumpur city center and head for the cool mountain air of Malaysia’s only casino resort. Following pick-up from your hotel, journey to the cable car station at Genting Highlands and take the skyway cable car over the tropical rainforest. Try your luck at blackjack, roulette or other casino games, or choose to enjoy recreational facilities at the indoor and outdoor theme park. Brave the rollercoasters or the only sky diving simulator in Asia. End the day with a shopping spree at over 80 boutique stores. Then, return to Kuala Lumpur via the Hindu shrines of Batu Caves, where steps up the mountain are guarded by a golden statue of Murugan.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Transfer to/from KUL Airport

7. Kuala Lumpur: Private Transfer to/from KUL Airport

Ensure your trip is hassle-free with a convenient private transfer between Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and your hotel or accommodation in Kuala Lumpur city centre. Choose from 2 suitable vehicle options that give you the comfort and space your transfer needs.  For groups of 3 passengers or fewer, choose from a Sedan vehicle that can fit 3 standard-sized pieces of luggage. Alternatively, for groups of up to 7 passengers, choose the minivan option that can fit 7 standard-sized pieces of luggage. On the day of travel, meet your friendly English-speaking professional driver at the airport's arrivals hall or get picked up at your accommodation. Have assistance with your luggage, then board the comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you are taken to your destination.

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.

Cameron Highlands 1 Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

9. Cameron Highlands 1 Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

The Cameron Highlands is Malaysia’s most extensive hill station, roughly 200 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur and was discovered in 1885. The Cameron Highlands were named after Sir William Cameron, a British surveyor who was commissioned by the then colonial government to map out the Pahang-Perak border area in 1885. You will be picked up from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur at 7 am. You will meet your professional driver/guide and start your joureny in the air conditioned vehicle. Cameron Highlands is the cooler hilltop region where tea plantations surround the mountains. You will visit the BOH tea plantation to learn about tea production. You will visit a strawberry farm to pick fresh strawberries, a typical vegetable market, and the gardens of Cactus Valley. Enjoy sweeping views of the emerald green scenery throughout this jewel of a region. You will explore and enjoy places like the bee farm, the butterfly and insect garden, Bharat Tea Plantation visit, Sam Poh Temple, and Tanah Rata & Brinchang Town. After the completion of tour you will be dropped off back safely to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur: Putrajaya Tour with Traditional Boat Cruise

10. 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. 

Frequently asked questions about Kuala Lumpur

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Planning Your Visit

  • Tickets and opening hours for Petronas Towers

    The observation deck and skybridge are open from 9:00AM-9:00PM Tuesday - Sunday; closed Mondays and between 1:00PM-2:30PM on Fridays.
    Tickets cost RM 84.80 and are limited every day. Therefore, it's recommendable to purchase tickets in advance online.

  • Tickets and opening hours for Aquaria and Bird Park

    The Aquaria is open daily from 10:30AM-8:00PM and costs RM 53.00.
    The Bird Park is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM and costs RM 50.00.

  • How do I get to Batu Caves?

    There is direct KTM Komuter train service, which runs every 30 minutes from KL Sentral Train Station to the Batu Cave Komuter Station. A one-way ticket costs RM 2.00.
    Opening hours are daily from 6:00AM-9:00PM, admission is free.

  • How do I get to Genting Highland?

    Buses from KL leave daily, and the trip takes approximately one hour. Some go directly to the resort area, while others stop at Genting Skyway; visitors can take a cable car from there. The theme park is open from 8:00AM-10:00PM, and admission for a day-pass is RM 38.00. Visitors can also purchase a two-day pass and express lane tickets.

Good to know

  • Language
    English, Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Currency
    MYR (RM)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
    +60
  • Best time to visit
    Warm temperatures and unexpected rainstorms occur throughout the year, making one season no better than another for a visit.

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What people are saying about Kuala Lumpur

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,661 reviews

Great tour and great tour guide for the batu caves and genting highlands! Easy and on-time pick up and drop off from your resort location- a lovely full day tour with free time to explore. Mr Tan is friendly and chatty and guided us around very smoothly and efficiently. 10/10 would recommend and 100% great value for money :)

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!!!

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!

Anuar knows a lot of interesting facts about Malaysia. I can only recommend this tour!