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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

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Free admission
Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

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.

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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
$110.00 per adult
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Good layover tour
Ganesh was a good guide with a command of local history and landmarks. Our layover tour was short (my decision) and I was grateful he accommodated our brief window of time. I'll acknowledge the tour is relatively expensive, likely because there aren't many companies offering similar tours. You can buy Petronas Tower tickets yourself and take a cab or high speed rail to the city for MUCH less money. We paid more to see a lot in a very short period of time and have a trustworthy person with our bags. 
Steven_N, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Kuala Lumpur

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Daniel_R, Mar 2020
Private Night Tour : Kuala Lumpur Heritage Under The Lights
Rajan. Fantastic tourist guide very friendly It wats very interesting what we saw. Wowwwweewwwwwwwww
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A very enjoyable walking trip around central KL
Jamie, Mar 2020
Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour Experience
A very interesting walking tour around Chinatown, the “colonial” area and Little India. Alvin was a great tour guide and was able to provide insights that would not have been possible if we’d visited these places on our own. Recommended.
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Wonderful food related tour of KL.
Carolyn, Feb 2020
Amazing Local Food Tour in Kuala Lumpur
Had a brilliant time with driver Nesam who spoke really good English I was the only one on the trip so as well as various eating areas, traditional markets where we tried all sorts of unusual fruits we visited the main sights of KL and I learnt masses about the history of the city. Cannot recommend too highly.
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Pierre_L, Feb 2020
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Batu caves are very impressive Very good afternoon with our guide Ayyanar This is definitely a good Wayne to discover KL main sites
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highlights of KL
gillianterrell, Feb 2020
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
a full day of seeing the sights of KL including Batu caves very interesting and petronas towers. AC car. Louis my guide and driver was excellent, took photos for me explained history. picked me up on time after going up the towers and took me back to hotel
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Fantastic Tour!!!
samkjohns8, Jan 2020
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
Fantastic tour! Louis was very informative and pleasant to be around! Was able to see a lot around the city in a short period of time while we were in Kuala Lumpur! Thank you!!!
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KL Night Tour
indaymlr8, Jan 2020
Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by Night
Our guide/driver Azman made it fun & educational for the 3 hours tour in spite of the on & off rain that night❣️A must for first time tourist to do in KL & a big bonus if you get Azman as your tourist guide.
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Perfect way to spend your transit.
amarmohanan, Jan 2020
Private Layover Tour from Airport : Best of Kuala Lumpur
Perfect way to explore Kl if you have 6-8 hours to spare. Driver was in contact with us through whatsapp as we landed. He knew the approximate passport control timing and picked us up on time. English speaking driver and took us around as we wanted plus as per the itenery. Everything covered and guided as we were driven thru kl. Thanks a lot. Rather do this than staying in airport hotel.
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Good experience
marianneuesson, Jan 2020
Amazing Local Food Tour in Kuala Lumpur
The guide was very good and it was really local food at small restaurants. We also had time enough to go to some other places of interest.
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Make sure you ask guide to come in exhibits with you.
cojaw13, Jan 2020
Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur
Awesome guide- very nice and knowledgeable. Only complaint is that he sat in the car while I toured the cave and the temple so I didn’t have anyone to take photos for me or any explanation of the places.
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Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour Experience
joncor770, Jan 2020
Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour Experience
Alvin was great, very friendly and knowledgeable. Walked around 12 km, as he told us, but it was slow paced so wasn't hard at all, for a couch potato. Saw a lot, learnt a lot. Only downside was that the canopy walk was closed, but not a deal breaker. Possibly because of new year dates. Also they have started charging entry for this as it was previously free, so something that could be done separately if you wanted. Recommend this tour and Alvin.
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Kuala Lumpur with limited time
SianPenclawdd, Oct 2019
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
Only in KL for two days so arranged to take this tour to see as much of the city as I could. Vikram was a great guide and gave me a really good feel for the city; the mix of old and new and Malay, Chinese, Indian and British influences. My favourite was the Batu caves and Vikram made this our first destination to beat the hordes that arrived as we left! Good job!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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