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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Tours

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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
One of the city’s most historic and colorful districts, Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is home not only to Chinese but also to Indians and Malays. Besides bustling Petaling Street Market and grand Central Market, the area offers temples, clan houses, and shophouses, plus a wealth of hawker stalls, cafés, and eateries.

The Basics
There’s no charge to enter Kuala Lumpur Chinatown and you don’t need to join a tour to soak up the atmosphere at the Chinese and Hindu temples, sample the goods at the many delicious hawker joints, or hunt for bargains at the markets. With that said, Chinatown is an essential stop on any Kuala Lumpur food tour, not to mention walking tours, city tours, heritage tours, shopping tours, and night tours. 

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown tours typically check off some of the area’s temples, particularly Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, the city’s oldest Hindu temple, and Chinese temples such as Guan Di Temple and Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, as well as historic Central Market. Tours often visit Petaling Street Market, while the hawker stalls on Madras Lane are a food-tour must.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is a must for fans of food, history, and culture, and a major photographic draw.
  • Bargaining is essential both at Petaling Street Market and Pasar Karat.
  • Visit on an empty stomach to make the most of the snacking opportunities.
  • Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is challenging to manage in a wheelchair, but not impossible.

How to Get There
Kuala Lumpur Chinatown sits in the heart of the city, just across the Klang River from Merdeka Square. Pasar Seni MRT is the best station for most Chinatown destinations, but you can also reach it from Masjid Jamek LRT and Maharajalela Monorail. Parking is thin on the ground so driving is not advised.

When to Get There
Kuala Lumpur Chinatown has something to offer from morning to night, but afternoon is the best time to visit to make the most of the markets and eateries. The Lunar New Year period, generally in January and February, is a particularly colorful time to visit the area, with temples and streets dressed in lanterns. 

Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese History
Kuala Lumpur owes its existence to Chinese prospectors, who set up camp here while searching for tin and gave it its unromantic name, which means “Muddy River Junction.” Chinese finance and energy played a major part in the city’s growth, and many credit Yap Ah Loy, an early leader of the Chinese community, with developing it from a disease-ridden settlement to a thriving town.
Address: Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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88 Tours and Activities to Experience Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

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Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave

Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave

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Get a bird’s-eye view over Kuala Lumpur from the Observation Deck of the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers. Private transport with a professional driver lets you sightsee around the city as well as to Batu Caves. Visit sites of historical value such as Merdeka Square (Independence Square) and the National Mosque, and shop at Central Market or the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Then head to Batu Caves and climb the 272 steps to its Hindu shrine.
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  • 8 hours
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$112.83
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$112.83
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Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur

Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur

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Visit a trio of religious landmarks on a private, 4-hour tour from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves, Thean Hou Temple, and Masjid Negara, Malaysia’s National Mosque. Walk through a shadowy network of Hindu Shrines, light an incense stick for a Chinese sea goddess, then explore an enormous mosque surrounded by manicured gardens. With door-to-door transport, this tour offers the convenience of a private driver with independent time to see each destination. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 4 hours
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$35.90
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Private Full Day Tour : Kuala Lumpur City & Shopping with Lunch

Private Full Day Tour : Kuala Lumpur City & Shopping with Lunch

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If you’ve only got limited time in Malaysia’s capital, see the city’s highlights on a private sightseeing tour that focuses on the best shopping opportunities in Kuala Lumpur. While you receive the undivided attention of your guide, you’ll travel between the Petronas Twin Towers, the National Mosque (Masjid Negara), the Batu Caves, plus much more. Plus, letting someone else drive means you can spend less time navigating and more time focusing on the sights.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.93
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$76.93
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Kuala Lumpur Heritage Walk

Kuala Lumpur Heritage Walk

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Take a walk through the historic heart of Kuala Lumpur and discover its cultural heritage on this half-day tour, including food tastings. Join a knowledgeable guide who shares insight about the former tin mining settlement and its diverse inhabitants. Stroll through the oldest neighborhood in the capital and stop to sample authentic foods. You’ll also see where different communities worship at several temples.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.49
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$59.49

Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour Experience

Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour Experience

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The objective of the walking tour experience is for guests to understand, enjoy and absorb the sights, food and culture Kuala Lumpur has to offer. This walking tour is different in the sense that facts and knowledge from a local’s perspective will provide a more insightful understanding about Malaysia in general, and the city of Kuala Lumpur, specifically. Be it about demography, politics, culture, history or anything under the sun, guests are able to observe and understand what makes Kuala Lumpur unique, with all its beauty and flaws. Note: Morning session's route differ from afternoon session. Route 1-6 (morning session); Route 1-3 & 7-10 (afternoon session).
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$22.57
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Kuala Lumpur Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Kuala Lumpur Private Tour

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Discover the multicultural hub of Kuala Lumpur on a private half-day tour. Discover hidden gems in Chinatown and visit iconic landmarks like the Railway Station and Petronas Twin Towers. Hear local stories from your personal guide and taste delicious food along the way. Then enjoy lunch (own expense) and a Canopy Walk at KL Forest Eco Park.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.59
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Private Tour: Half-Day Shopping and Market Exploration in Kuala Lumpur

Private Tour: Half-Day Shopping and Market Exploration in Kuala Lumpur

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Browse for souvenirs, foodstuffs and high-quality Malaysian goods on a morning or afternoon shopping tour of Kuala Lumpur. Visit the bustling markets and bazaars of Chinatown and Little India (Jalan Masjid India) and stroll past street vendors at Central Market. Your driver will fill you in on the market's history, types of products available and tips for negotiating prices, and then you'll have time to browse independently and sample Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cuisine (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Amazing Local Food Tour in Kuala Lumpur

Amazing Local Food Tour in Kuala Lumpur

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Experience the true Malaysian culture, a melding of Malay, Indian, and Chinese. Discover the best street food Kuala Lumpur has to offer. See a new part of the city, from the eyes of a local. Eat your way through the history of the city. Enjoy the company of other food fans and end your day with a rich coffee drink. - Discover Kuala Lumpur’s lively food culture - Learn about its culinary heritage - Option to stroll on foot and take the Light Rail Transit - Range of foods is enjoyable. - Friendly and knowledgeable guide .
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.49
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$29.49
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Malaysian Cultural Night in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Cultural Night in Kuala Lumpur

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See the illuminated sights of Kuala Lumpur at night on this 3-hour sightseeing tour that showcases Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage. Experience the cosmopolitan city with a knowledgable guide, including a walk past fruit vendors and hawker stalls at the Chinatown (Petaling Street) night market. See ancient Hindu traditions on a visit to Sri Mahamariamman Temple and finish with a cultural show while you feast on a dinner buffet at a Malay restaurant.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$61.54
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$61.54
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Private Kuala Lumpur Night Market And Food Tour

Private Kuala Lumpur Night Market And Food Tour

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Visit the bustling heart of Kuala Lumpur on a private sightseeing and shopping tour that explores Independence (Merdeka) Square, Central Market, and Petaling Street, with a buffet dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip hotel transfers and the personal experience of a private guide, with plenty of time to shop and explore the things that interest you. With cooler temperatures and a laid-back atmosphere, evening is the perfect time to experience Kuala Lumpur like a local.
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  • 4 hours
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$87.18
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$87.18
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Private Night Tour : Kuala Lumpur Heritage Under The Lights

Private Night Tour : Kuala Lumpur Heritage Under The Lights

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Take a trip on Kuala Lumpur’s heritage tour and visit pre-war establishments still standing today under the night lights. A Hindu temple and Chinese ancestral temple provide much-needed spiritual nourishment for the soul before traveling to the lively street markets and hawker stalls to bargain for goods. - Chance to see an opulent Hindu temple, oldest in Malaysia - Opportunity to see the ornate ancestral Chinese temple - Experiencing the diverse range of hawker stalls & cuisines - Bargaining with the friendly shop keepers in busy Chinatown - Energy of the bustling nightlife of central Kuala Lumpur
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  • 3 hours
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$56.39
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$56.39
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Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by Night

Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by Night

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See the illuminated sights of Kuala Lumpur at night on this 3-hour sightseeing tour that showcases Malaysia’s top attraction after the sun sets. - Visit the famous Petaling Street night market in Chinatown. - See the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. - Visit one of the world´s top 10 waterfront districts - Admire the unforgettable moment at KLCC fountain show - Experiencing the diverse range of hawker stalls & cuisines - Energy of the bustling nightlife of central Kuala Lumpur - Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.52
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$20.52
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Private Tour : Kuala Lumpur Cultural & Heritage

Private Tour : Kuala Lumpur Cultural & Heritage

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Discover the traditional cultures behind Kuala Lumpur skyscrapers on a half-day heritage tour exploring Malaysia’s multicultural roots. You’ll visit a clan house in Jalan Petaling, Chinatown’s pre-war landmarks, the historic Central Market, Jamek Mosque, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Independence Square, and more, for a varied taste of the diverse traditions that make modern-day Malaysia so vibrant.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.90
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$35.90
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Kuala Lumpur City Orientation Tour

Kuala Lumpur City Orientation Tour

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Get the perfect introduction to Kuala Lumpur’s most important sights, neighborhoods and landmarks on a half-day tour that explores Malaysia’s diverse heritage. Explore the cutting edge of KL architecture at the city’s stunning Petronas Towers, see royal heritage and history at the King’s formal palace, and take in the oldest neighborhood in Kuala Lumpur. Learn the story of Malaysian independence and the colonial past, then get local advice on the best places to eat, drink, and discover.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.11
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$14.11
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Kuala Lumpur City Tour - Private

Kuala Lumpur City Tour - Private

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This 3.5-hour tour of Kuala Lumpur gives you the opportunity to see the major landmarks and monuments of the Malaysian capital. Visit the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park, King’s Palace, Merdeka (Independence) Square, the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, and more. Round-trip hotel transport is included, but admission fees are your own expense. After pickup from the Malaysia Tourism Center (MATIC) or your centrally located hotel in Kuala Lumpur, travel by air-conditioned vehicle. Highlights: • Rich with Heritage Building, Architectural icon, Ancient Landmarks & Colonial Structure. • A Lot of Unique Places to See and Visit. • Choose Between Morning and Afternoon Departures
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$21.00
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$21.00
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Private Kuala Lumpur Customizable Orientation Full Day Tour

Private Kuala Lumpur Customizable Orientation Full Day Tour

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See the highlights of Kuala Lumpur with your own personal driver-guide on this full-day private tour. Visit the Petronas Twin Towers, Lake Gardens and Kuala Lumpur Railway Station; stroll through Chinatown and Little India; and explore the impressive Batu Caves. You’ll hear insider tips about the city and discover its diverse history and cultural heritage. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included from Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67
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Half-Day Private Kuala Lumpur City Tour

Half-Day Private Kuala Lumpur City Tour

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Let a personal guide lead the way around Kuala Lumpur on this private, 4-hour tour. See the main attractions of Malaysia’s capital city, such as Chinatown, the Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara), National Monument, Perdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens), and National Mosque (Masjid Negara). Hear commentary from your guide, with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.16
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$46.16
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Cultural & Heritage Tour From Kuala Lumpur

Cultural & Heritage Tour From Kuala Lumpur

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Visit the iconic heritage structures rooted in Kuala Lumpur city's history on this half-day tour. Discover ancient Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist religious sites, learn the unique mix of culture in Malaysia, and explore the lively Chinatown district.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 18 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.07
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$22.07
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Kuala Lumpur Cultural Night Show with Buffet Dinner & Traditional Dance

Kuala Lumpur Cultural Night Show with Buffet Dinner & Traditional Dance

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See Kuala Lumpur at its most atmospheric during an evening tour that includes a traditional Malay dance performance. Without the hassle of advance planning, you’ll get an intimate glimpse into Central Market during a walking tour and sample local Malay specialities at a recommended restaurants. Plus, round-trip hotel transport mean you won’t have to worry about finding a meeting point.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.98
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$73.98
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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Evening Walking Tour with Dinner

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Evening Walking Tour with Dinner

Discover Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant night markets on an evening walking tour through Chinatown that includes dinner at a local hawker stall. You’ll see the historic Jamek Mosque, get a glimpse of local life in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese communities, and browse the stalls of Central Market, with time to practice your bargaining skills with a bit of help from the local guide. With pickup and drop-off from the Masjid Jamek LRT station, this evening walking tour is the perfect introduction to the city’s colorful Chinatown neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.93
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$76.93
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Walking Buddy in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown and more

Walking Buddy in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown and more

Smiles, laughter, and wonderful moments are your greatest gifts to bring home. We giving you the real "Truly Asia" experience in the most fun way.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$91.95
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$91.95
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Kuala Lumpur Historical Chinatown & Batik Painting Cultural Tour (Half Day)

Kuala Lumpur Historical Chinatown & Batik Painting Cultural Tour (Half Day)

Our Kuala Lumpur Historical Chinatown Tour will take you to experience the rich history and culture of KL’s world-famous Chinatown. And that’s not all! After roaming the streets of Chinatown, you’ll venture to the KL Forest Eco Park where you’ll get to experience the park and even walk on the hanging bridge! This all-inclusive half day tour will begin in the afternoon, when you’ll be picked up from your hotel by your own personal driver and tour guide for the day - a member of our lovely team who will make it their mission for you to have a great day. ==== Schedule 1:00 PM – Pick up at your the hotel 1:30 PM – Visit the Batik Factory and learn how to make your own Batik painting product 3:30 PM – Visit Chinatown and explore the local culture 5:30 PM – Return back to your hotel 6:00 PM – Arrive back at your hotel
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.35
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$101.35
Price varies by group size
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Kuala Lumpur Historical Chinatown Tour (Private Half Day)

Kuala Lumpur Historical Chinatown Tour (Private Half Day)

Our Kuala Lumpur Historical Chinatown Tour will take you to experience the rich history and culture of KL’s world-famous Chinatown. And that’s not all! After roaming the streets of Chinatown, you’ll venture to the KL Forest Eco Park where you’ll get to experience the park and even walk on the hanging bridge! This all-inclusive half day tour will begin in the afternoon, when you’ll be picked up from your hotel by your own personal driver and tour guide for the day - a member of our lovely team who will make it their mission for you to have a great day. ==== Schedule 1:00 PM – Pick up at your the hotel 1:30 PM – Visit the KL Forest Eco Park and take a walk on the hanging bridge 3:30 PM – Visit Chinatown and explore the local culture 5:30 PM – Return back to your hotel 6:00 PM – Arrive back at your hotel
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.47
Price varies by group size
From
$78.47
Price varies by group size
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Malaysia Cultural Night Tour

Malaysia Cultural Night Tour

Kuala Lumpur truly comes to life after the sun goes town. Capture the city’s culture and cuisine by night on a 3- to 4-hour tour. Courtesy transportation takes you from your lodgings to the colorful Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Next, stroll through the open air bazaar in Chinatown. Round out your nighttime adventure with a dinner buffet of traditional Malay dishes, while you enjoy a live cultural performance.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.07
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$53.07
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