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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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Small-Group Food Trail Walking Tour in Kuala LumpurHalf-day Tours

Small-Group Food Trail Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur

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Experience the tastes and flavors of Malaysia on this culinary walking tour through the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Eat like a local and sample delicious savory and sweet treats as you explore the back streets, alleys and suburbs of this city on foot. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will explain the Chinese influences on regional cuisine and insure that a wide range of foods is enjoyed. This tour is limited to 12 people, so personalized experience is guaranteed!
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Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour ExperienceHalf-day Tours

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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Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck and Batu CavesDay Trips

Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck and Batu Caves

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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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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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Half-Day Private Kuala Lumpur City TourHalf-day Tours

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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Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala LumpurHalf-day Tours

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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Private Transit City Tour from Airport : Best of Kuala LumpurHalf-day Tours

Private Transit City Tour from Airport : Best of Kuala Lumpur

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Tailor-made for people who only have the day to explore Kuala Lumpur, this day trip around Malaysia’s capital is a great way to see a wide range of landmarks and attractions in the time you have. Instead of taking a risk on public transport or driving yourself around, get picked up from Kuala Lumpur Airport by your driver and visit highlights like the Petronas Twin Towers, the Batu Caves and nearby Putrajaya.
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Kuala Lumpur Half Day City TourHalf-day Tours

Kuala Lumpur Half Day City Tour

Enjoy your half day Kuala Lumpur city tour with us, We cover more attractions than ever by the main city. Contrast the magnificent skyscrapers and upscale shopping malls with the colonial buildings and atmospheric street markets. • See Kuala Lumpur's top historical sites in just half a day • Stop at the Thean Hou temple,King’s Palace,Merdeka Square and many more! • Relax with round-trip transportation covered
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Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by NightHalf-day Tours

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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Amazing Local Food Tour in Kuala LumpurHalf-day Tours

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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Private Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Culture And Communities Exploration TourHalf-day Tours

Private Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Culture And Communities Exploration Tour

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Get to the root of multicultural Malaysia by exploring religious sites sacred to the city’s three main ethnicities. Traveling with a private driver/guide, see the Indian Hindu Batu Caves, the Chinese mixed-religion Thean Hou Temple, and the Malay Muslim National Mosque. Along the way, explore the rich colorful life of Chinatown and drive through Little India. This door-to-door tour excludes entrance fees: Upgrade to create a layover tour.
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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Evening Walking Tour with DinnerHalf-day Tours

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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Private Night Tour : Kuala Lumpur Heritage Under The LightsHalf-day Tours

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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Private Tour : Kuala Lumpur Cultural & HeritageHalf-day Tours

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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Private Tour: Half-Day Shopping and Market Exploration in Kuala LumpurHalf-day Tours

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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Private Kuala Lumpur Night Market And Food Tour Dining Experiences

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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Private Kickstart Tour: Intro to Kuala Lumpur

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After a long flight and the ride in from the airport, bustling downtown Kuala Lumpur can be a confronting experience. Take this short private tour for a Kuala Lumpur crash course. Learn about the main attractions in the central city, visit some local favorites and plan out the rest of your day. Your guide explains how to get around the city with ease and where to look for local food and unique gifts.
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Kuala Lumpur 3 Hours Food Experience TourHalf-day Tours

Kuala Lumpur 3 Hours Food Experience Tour

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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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Kuala Lumpur PRIVATE TourHalf-day Tours

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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Private Ultimate Multicultural Food Tour for FamiliesHalf-day Tours

Private Ultimate Multicultural Food Tour for Families

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Taste your way through Kuala Lumpur’s multicultural food scene with this guided excursion. After meeting up with an informative local guide, sample the different cuisines that make Kuala Lumpur’s food so special—Indian dosas and mini tiffins, Chinese noodles, and Malay classics like satay. Enjoy tasty complimentary meals three drinks along the way.
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Kuala Lumpur Half-Day City Highlights TourHalf-day Tours

Kuala Lumpur Half-Day City Highlights Tour

This 4 Hour Kuala Lumpur City Tour is a must for first time visitors to Kuala Lumpur. Hop on board as we show you the beauty & charm of the old and the new Kuala Lumpur. We will drive pass The National Museum, China Town, Parliament House and Perdana Botanical Garden. We will also make stops at The National Monument, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, King's Palace, Independence Square, Twin Towers and National Mosque so you can take those memorable insta-worthy pictures. As a bonus, we will visit a local handicraft center for souvenir shopping before drop off. We at Hibiscus Travel & Tours have been in business since 2002 and we love what we do (Rhymes eh?). Our company staffs, drivers and tour guides are dedicated, passionate and will ensure that you have an amazing time with us. We look forward to having you on board.
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Kuala Lumpur City Tour - PrivateHalf-day Tours

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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Private Kuala Lumpur Full Day City & Shopping Tour with Lunch

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.
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Kuala Lumpur City Orientation TourHalf-day Tours

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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