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From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

1. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

Following pickup, begin your day 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. Next, 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. End your day on the city outskirts by driving past local villages. The tour ends with a drop-off back at your Kuala Lumpur City Centre hotel.

From Kuala Lumpur: Day Trip to Historic Malacca with Lunch

2. From Kuala Lumpur: Day Trip to Historic Malacca with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the magic of Malacca on this day trip. Enjoy airconditioned van pickup and drop-off in selected districts in Kuala Lumpur and sit down to a delicious local lunch on your trip. Take in sights like Red Square and the ornate the 17th-century Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng temple.  Visit UNESCO-listed Malacca on a day trip 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 3 major doctrines of Chinese belief are worshiped 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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur: Putrajaya Tour with Traditional Boat Cruise

4. 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. 

Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

5. Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

Start your full-day Kuala Lumpur with pick-up from your city-center hotel or residence. Enjoy the modern metropolitan of Kuala Lumpur such as Petronas Twin Towers, the King’s Palace and Independence Square, National Monument, KL Gallery, Golden Triangle, Lake Garden and the Old Railway Station. Your tour also includes entrance to the Royal Selangor Visitor Center, for an inside experience of pewter making. Later, travel to Batu Caves to witness the 140 foot tall Lord Murugan. Here, climb 272 steps to the top of the hill for a breathtaking view of the cave and some monkeys who will welcome you with their everyday stunts. Finally, visit a Putrajaya, a futuristic, yet charmingly rustic structure which shares a space in an orderly fashion on 4,581 hectares of land. This combination evokes a resort feel, lending to a refreshing environment. The main highlights of Putrajaya include Putra Mosque, Prime Minister and Minister's Offices, Prime Minister's Residence, Putra Square, Palace of Justice and plenty of photo stops along the way.

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Exploration Tour

6. Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Exploration Tour

This 4-hour tour is your opportunity to visit and take photos of the most iconic sites in Kuala Lumpur, such as the King’s Palace, Independence Square, the Petronas Twin Towers, the National Mosque, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, and more. See magnificent Merdeka Square, a symbol of Malaysian independence and one of the most picturesque squares in the world. Admire architectural masterpieces of modern and ancient times. You’ll see the King’s Palace, the famous Istana Negara, a residence of the King of Malaysia. While visitors can’t enter the building, you can take photos of the fascinating architecture along with the changing of the guards, which occurs hourly. The Petronas Twin Towers are an ideal place for a spectacular selfie. The Towers are justifiably considered a highlight of a trip to Kuala Lumpur, as they present an opportunity to marvel at the city’s skyline and capture unforgettable moments on camera. You’ll also visit the National Mosque. Built in 1965, Masjid Negara is located in the very heart of the city amid lush green gardens. Admire one of the most elegant buildings in Kuala Lumpur, featuring a spectacular main dome covered in green and blue tiles, and the 48 smaller green domes spread across the Mecca-inspired courtyard. The Chinese Thean Hou Temple is beautiful synergy of styles as Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism join to form an unforgettable architectural ensemble. See numerous statues of animals from astrology and impressive statues of the Goddess of Mercy and the Goddess of the Waterfront. See Lake Gardens, a beautiful and calming getaway from the bustle of the city. Visit the National Museum, home to collections of ancient and modern art pieces, weapons, and traditional costumes. Marvel at the exquisite façade of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, an ideal setting for a photo op, with its fairytale-like towers and mix of Eastern and Western architectural styles. Also known as Tugu Negara, the National Monument commemorates the lives that were lost in the fight for Malaysian independence. Designed by Felix de Weldon, an American architect, this monument is the highest sculpture grouping made of bronze ever created. At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van.

Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour With Petronas Twin Towers

7. 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.

Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

8. Group Tour: 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 Tour: Historical Malacca Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

9. Private Tour: Historical Malacca Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Following a hotel pick-up at 9:00 AM from you hotel in the Kuala Lumpur City, your first stop will be St. Francis Xavier Church. This church was built by Father Farve, in 1856, in honor of St. Francis Xavier. It was at one time the largest church built by the MEP (Paris Foreign Missionary) in the Malay Peninsula. Afterwards, proceed to Stadthuys, which is the most visited Malacca attraction. It is an old Dutch building, that is a big city hall once used for public gatherings. Representing the Dutch architecture, it is a red building in the center of city that was built in 1650 by the Dutch people on the land. For the same reason, Stadthuys Melaka is also known as the famous Dutch Square. After having lunch continue to Christ Church. Built in 1753 in honor of the centenary of the capture of Malacca, it is one of the most recognized and photographed places in the city. Head over to Mosque Kampung Kling, located within the vicinity of the famous Harmony Street, where houses of worship from various religions harmoniously coexist. Built in 1748, like many Malaccan mosques built around that period, it displays strong Javanese and Oriental influences in its architecture. The mosque was reconstructed and renovated in 1872 and 1908 to replace the original wooden structure with one made of concrete. In 1999, after a restoration exercise by the Department of Museum and Antiquity, it was declared a historical monument. Along the way, snack on various street foods that is influenced by the many cultures that have both passed through Malacca and planted roots here. After some more exploring, hop back in the comfortable vehicle for the ride back to Kuala Lumpur.  At approximately 5:00 PM, you'll arrive back at your hotel in Kuala Lumpur City area where the tour will end.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Historical Tour of Malacca

10. From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Historical Tour of Malacca

After a Kuala Lumpur hotel pick-up, you can relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach that will transfer you for a full day of sightseeing in Malacca City, on the Malay Peninsula's southwest coast. The tour begins with a visit to the Stadthuys, a historic landmark structure located in the heart of Malacca City, on the Red Square. Then take in a panoramic view of the city and surrounding region from the top of St. Paul’s Hill, which features the historic St. Paul’s Church, the oldest church building in South-East Asia, and part of the Malacca Museum Complex. After a break for lunch (at your own expense), follow the guide to Jonker Street, the center of Chinatown. Once renowned for its antique shops, Jonker Street now features clothing and craft outlets as well as restaurants. Finally, visit the A Famosa fortress, which is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in South-East Asia, and stop at Cheng Hoon Teng, a Chinese temple practicing the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. The tour ends with a return trip to Kuala Lumpur.

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4.6 / 5

based on 757 reviews

The guide was very knowledgeable and witty, made the tour entertaining. The batik factory wasn't the engaging but we enjoyed the temple tour and visit to the Royal Selangor factory. The only downside was that the organisers didn't keep time in the morning, as we waited about 45 minutes to 1 hour for others to get to the bus.

We were lucky to get a really good tour guide who went out of his way to make sure we were happy and the trip was very enjoyable

Great tour guide, Nadia was amazing and enthusiastic and made the tour interesting with great insight on the history of places.

Nadia was fantastic and gave us an overwhelming tour. She is awesome

The guide was great and he set a great tone for the trip