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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

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
Traveler Favorite
Great KL day tour
Good general overview of Kuala Lumpur plus visits to the main attractions. Flexible with sufficient time at each stop. Friendly guide and comfortable vehicle.
Jacinta_B, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Kuala Lumpur

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That was an amazing tour....
ritik_S, May 2022
Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur
That was an amazing tour. kalai mam brings a huge car for us and was polite and friendly in nature that makes our tour much easy to explore batu caves, central market, China Town and all other places. kalai mam tells us all the history about batu caves and all other places. The car was super cleaned and she drives so nicely. So i want to thank kalai mam because without her we are not able to make a tour of batu caves and of all other places. THANK YOU.
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Amazing
Alexandra_S, Aug 2022
Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur
Amazing tour with a super friendly and knowledgeable guide named Ramessh. He brings me safely to all the places on that tour and even with the bad traffic I was back to the airport on time. He foes above and beyond, stopping to help me buy some water and food.
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We had a great day! Very...
Laura_R, Jul 2022
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
We had a great day! Very nice guide and comfortable way to get to know the interesting city of Kuala Lumpur!
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Best day out in KL
Ariane_M, Jul 2022
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
A sensational way to see the key city sights of Kuala Lumpur in one day. Our guide Kalai was so knowledgeable and friendly and made sure that we got to spend time at every site on the trip. This was amazing given we asked for a special detour extension to our itinerary. Highly recommend both the tour and lovely female tour guide Kalai. A+++
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Great tour!
Enrico_B, Jul 2022
Private Tour : Kuala Lumpur Cultural & Heritage
Great insights of the history of KL, and Malaysia in general. Pick-up and drop-off were perfectly on time. Guide was very friendly. Just perfect
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The tour guide was kind...
Shanjitha, Jul 2022
Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur
The tour guide was kind and flexible to my needs. I spent more time at batu caves and we skipped the mosque which I didn't mind at all. Felt safe traveling alone. Picked up and dropped off on time. Would definitely book again.
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Thank you Kalai
daniel_m, Jun 2022
Private Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Culture And Communities Exploration Tour
Kalai, out guide, did an excellent job showing us some of the highlights of KL. Recommended for those who don't have a lot of time.
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My guide was so helpful
Huda_J, Jun 2022
Private : The Best of Kuala Lumpur Cultural & Heritage Tour
Batu Caves was stunning. My tour guide was so helpful and was happy to change the programme to fit my needs.
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Great Intro to Kuala Lumpur
Bennet_G, Jul 2022
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
We had a very nice trip with Louis, who told us a lot about KL, Malaysia in general, and made sure that we reached each of our stops safely. He also took nice pictures of us and provided useful information about each stop. We would definitely recommend the tour and Louis as guide.
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City tour kaulalumper
Jackson_M, May 2022
Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by Night
Good trip. Nice service Excellent trip. We were able to see many things. Driver Raman picked us up on time and he was very flexible.
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Great
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_W, 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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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