Kuala Lumpu, or KL, as it is better known among aficionados – is your gateway to Southeast Asia. The city made its debut on the world stage back in the late 19th century, when the British made it the capital of Peninsular Malaysia. Today its grand colonial buildings coexist perfectly with its dizzying skyscrapers. KL’s defining factors for locals and travelers alike, however, lie in its shopping and gastronomic delights! Rediscover the joys of retail therapy at its glitzy malls and its local markets near Chinatown. The best eating spots are also to be discovered with its many street food stalls and little neighborhood coffee shops. For a truly authentic feel of this complex city, the trick is to find your way to KL’s laidback alleyways and café corners. Despite modern advances, the pulsating heart of Malaysia still retains vestiges of its historical self, with a relaxed persona – and is awaiting you to explore it!
Wine & Food
Bukit Bintang & Petronas Towers
Chinatown, Merdeka Square
Selangor, Batu Caves
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Places: Kuala Lumpur (3 days) → Cameron Highlands (2) → Penang (3) → Langkawi (4) → Kuala Lumpur (1)
Tour Highlights: Bukit Bintang & Petronas Towers, Chinatown, Merdeka Square, Selangor, Batu Caves, Verdant hill country, Tea...
Mandarin Oriental offers luxurious hospitality in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Conveniently located between the lush City Centre Park and the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, enjoy proximity to many of the city’s famous landmarks and shopping malls.
Discover the old roots of Kuala Lumpur on this day tour, tracing the journey of this colonial capital to its modern avatar. Begin your day with a visit to the Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor’s Centre that charts the early growth of KL as a 19th-century Chinese mining town. You will also visit the River Confluence, the birthplace of this frenetic Asian metropolis. See the imposing Sultan Abdul Samad Building that was built as the secretariat of the colonial government in the late 19th century. Its Indo-Saracenic style was to influence the architecture of much of the city during the period. The national aspirations of modern Malaysia are visible in the Independence Square and the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery with its large-scale model of the city. Your half-day city tour will end with an exploration of the giant limestone Batu Caves, a holy Hindu shrine north of the city. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Duration: 4.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable shoes.)
Half Day Kuala Lumpur Countryside Tour
Stop by a typical Batik cloth-making factory to understand the intricacies of producing this traditional Malaysian weave. You will also be visiting the Batu Caves in the limestone hills in the north of the city that lead to a holy Hindu shrine. If you wish, you can climb up the steps which lead to the magnificent shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu deity. Afterwards, drive past the glamorous Ambassadors Row to drop by The Royal Selangor Pewter Factory & Visitors Center where you can learn about the process of manufacturing high quality pewter ware. (Half Day, Private Activity & Private Transfer;Duration ;4 hrs Travel time to activity: 0.5 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring trekking shoes).
Day Trip to Malacca
Dive into Malacca’s vibrant past on this day trip to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nearly 600 years of various European influences have led to Malacca’s unique heritage. Visit the Porta De Santiago, whose weather-worn stones have stood since the 15th century, and the ancient ruins of St. Paul’s Church. Walk down to the Cheng Hoong Teng Temple to witness the religious services of practitioners of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism—all under one roof! Shop at Malacca’s Jonker Street that offers unique handicrafts, antiques, colorful weaves and much more for you to take back home. Visit the ancient St. Peter’s Church and the colonial Dutch Administration office building that still stands there today. This enriching day trip is sure to leave you with fond memories. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 9 hrs; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring sun glasses, hat and comfortable walking shoes).