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Best Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur

By Viator, June 2013

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While Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s major transportation hub, you’ll find most of the country’s best attractions outside of the city. Luckily, you can enjoy the conveniences of Kuala Lumpur as a home base for your travels while taking day trips to nearby areas. Here are a few of the best.

Batu Caves

Located 8 miles (13 kilometers) from Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves, a series of limestone caves and caverns containing a collection of Hindu shrines and temples — one of the most important Hindu sites outside of India. After climbing the 272 steps to the base of Cathedral Cave, the massive main cavern, you’ll find a giant golden statue of Muruga, the tallest statue in Malaysia. You’ll have troops of friendly monkeys keeping you company the entire way.

Book a private tour of the Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur.

Malacca

The historic trading port of Malacca is probably the most popular day trip from Kuala Lumpur. The town center is dotted with beautiful Portuguese colonial structures, like the Christ Church in Dutch Square, and the local cuisine is considered to be some of the best in Malaysia. Make sure to tour the ruins of St. Paul’s Church on St. Paul’s Hill and so some shopping on Jonker Street’s antique row.

Genting Highlands

The Genting Highlands serve as Malaysia’s primary hill station resort, billing itself as the “City of Entertainment.” The name doesn’t lie; Genting is home to a world-class casino, indoor and outdoor theme parks, a 4D movie theater, a skydiving simulator and the Genting Skyway, the fastest and longest cable car ride in Southeast Asia.

Taman Negara National Park

If the crowds and noise of Kuala Lumpur are getting you down, spend a day in Malaysia’s largest national park, Taman Negara. Within the park, visitors can swim beneath a cascading waterfall, hike through lush rainforests, spot hundreds of species of birds and insects or take a canopy tour on one of the region’s longest suspension bridges. If you feel like prolonging the experience, the park offers walking and four-wheel-drive night safaris.

Contributed by Lydia Schrandt

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 315 Reviews

Enjoy a private tour of the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary (also called the Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary), an elephant conservation center managed by the ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.66

Batu Caves and Temple Tour from Kuala Lumpur

4 star rating: Recommended 329 Reviews

Discover Malaysia's multi-racial and multi-religion influences on this half-day tour to the Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur. With your fun and knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.56

Historical Malacca Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 201 Reviews

Explore the historic town of Malacca, a key port for trade between the East and the West with influences of former Asian and European rulers evident throughout ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.76

Private Tour: Historical Malacca Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

A tour for the history enthusiast - this private sightseeing tour gives you the opportunity to see the historic Malaysian state of Malacca with ease. Malacca ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.66

Genting Highlands Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

There’s fun for everyone on a day trip to the Genting Highlands hill resort outside Kuala Lumpur. Visit the world-class gaming casino, or take the family to ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.53

Private Tour: Batu Caves and Temple Afternoon Tour from Kuala Lumpur

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

On this tour from Kuala Lumpur, visit Little India, explore spectacular Batu Caves -- one of the most sacred places for Hindu's in Malaysia -- and witness the ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00

Pulau Ketam Village Tour from Kuala Lumpur Including Thean Hou Temple

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

This tour from Kuala Lumpur takes you by coach and ferry to the quaint fishing village of Pulau Ketam (Crab Island). Discover the simple lifestyle of locals as ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.12

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