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From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Cultural Temple Tour

1. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Cultural Temple Tour

Depart Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya at your chosen time (09:00 or 14:00) and journey towards Batu Caves, passing through Little India and the Brickfields neighborhood, known for its colorful streets and unique shops. After a 30-minute scenic drive, arrive at the Batu Caves to discover the home of Hindu shrines and various religious deities. Listen as your guide explains the Hindu roots of the nation and climb the 272 steps to the golden statue of Lord Murugan. Once at the top, go to Cathedral Cave to see the largest cave in the complex, and hear about the background to this most intricate of Hindu shrines.  Then, drive to Thean Hou Temple, a 6-tiered pagoda temple atop Robson Heights. Completed in 1987 and officially opened in 1989, it was built by the Hainanese community of Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou (The Heavenly Mother). Continue to China Town to enter the site of dozens of restaurants and food stalls tended by Chinese, Indian, Malay and Bangladeshi traders. Watch as they serve up local favorites, such as curry noodles, Hokkien mee (a Fujian noodle dish), ikan bakar (barbecued fish) and asam laksa (a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup). Next, see the stunning National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara), set in 13 acres of beautiful gardens. Admire the bold approach taken by its architects who designed it in the late 1950s as a symbol of the aspirations of the newly independent nation. Benefit from a hotel drop off at the end of the tour services.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

2. Kuala Lumpur: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Kuala Lumpur's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics Nasi Lemak and Paper Dosa and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by your local guide passionate about food.  Visit Petaling Street, Guan Di Temple, and Sri Mahamariamman Temple, plus other remarkable spots in between food stops, and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide. 

Kuala Lumpur: Chef-Designed Small-Group Food Tour

3. Kuala Lumpur: Chef-Designed Small-Group Food Tour

Malaysian cuisine is a complex beast. Thankfully, you can hit the street food tour scene with confidence, by joining this daily 4-hour chef-led food feast. Limited to 8 guests, you’ll be led away from the tourist crowds to some of Kuala Lumpur’s best joints, known only to locals. Along the way, you’ll dive into one of the city’s best wet markets to discover the produce and ingredients which go into Malaysian dishes, before tasting between 13 and 14 different dishes and snacks. As well as fine examples of classics such as rendang, nasi lemak and flame-grilled chicken skewers with rich peanut satay, your chef/guide will steer you towards some of KL’s lesser known delights like cooling cendol durian, banana-leaf grilled mackerel with sambal and nasi kerabu, a blue rice dish spiked with blue pea flowers. If you’re looking to truly get to the heart of the city’s cuisine, there’s no better way than on this chef-led culinary adventure. Escape the tourist traps and get your taste buds ready for the ride. You won’t regret it.

From Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour with Dinner

4. From Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour with Dinner

This tour will take you to Kuala Selangor in the quiet hamlet of Kampung Kuantan, where one of the largest firefly colonies in the world exists. When you arrive, you'll visit Kota Melawati, formerly known as Fort Altingsburg, with its old execution block, royal mausoleum and colonial buildings. You'll experience the highlight of the tour at Kampung Kuantan. At first, this sparkly display looks like an endless row of Christmas trees, but the synchronized, rhythmic flashing is actually produced by thousands of fireflies. Your skilled local oarsmen will make this experience a memorable and unforgettable one.

Kuala Lumpur: Local Street Food Night Tour

5. Kuala Lumpur: Local Street Food Night Tour

Meet your host at a pre-arranged meeting point and chat about your favorite foods and dishes before heading to the Jalan Bukit Bintang area to sample some fantastic street food options at Hutong Food Court. Sample some crispy barbecue roast chicken buns known as Siew Bao, and try a curry puff pastry filled with chicken that will bring baked goods close to your heart. Then, take a short stroll to Jalan Alor to discover where all the food magic really happens at your second tasting stop. Stroll among the rows of hawker stalls and watch the locals fill their tables with food. Try typical Chinese dim sum tasting bites, and get your lips around some Satay Lok Lok (grilled satay sticks) with a peanut sauce guaranteed to have you licking your fingers! Take the locals advice and eat at a Mamak food stall at Mamak SK Corner. Here, you can try some paper dosas and experience the very thin pancakes usually eaten with Indian sauces such as curry sauce or coconut chutney. Wash it all down with a typical teh tarik, a milk tea drink commonly found in South East Asia.

Kuala Lumpur: 4-Hour Authentic Local Markets & Event Tour

6. Kuala Lumpur: 4-Hour Authentic Local Markets & Event Tour

This 4-hour guided tour will start from your hotel at 18:00. Please stand by at hotel lobby, accept greetings from the guide at the venue and get ready for this wonderful tour.  You will have your first visit at Masjed Jamek buildt in 1909 and one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. Observe the rituals of the Muslims making offerings during the blessed month to seek forgiveness from the Lord. After the mosques, you will enter the night bazars full of shoppers, street hawkers and stalls offering various kind of local products. Learn the history and traditions of Malaysia from your guide. Bargain and mingle around the local community, take selfies and enjoy the food.  Your next visit will be Chinatown, full of crowds, where you can bargain as much as you want and buy some cheaper souvenirs. Enjoy a second round of Chinese food and stroll around the narrow streets of Chinatown. The last stop of your tour will be Central Market, one of the most visited markets in Kuala Lumpur, a heaven for local traditional handicrafts which will make you understand Malaysian culture more. Central Market is also a bargain market but with less discounts compared to Chinatown. 

Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

7. Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

Discover the most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur on this photo tour of the city's highlights. Benefit from a private informative tour guide who will show you all the best photo opportunities in the city. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel at 10.30 AM. From there, make your way to your first stop at the famous street art of Bukit Bintang. Take photos in the colorful alley, then stop for lunch at a local Malaysian restaurant to fill your stomach and be ready for more shots. After lunch, head to the Batu Caves, another landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Next, have a coffee break to try out #pinklatte or cold-pressed juice at KettleBell cafe and get more likes from other #coffeelovers. Continue to other photo destinations and make sure your camera battery isn't running low because you will visit Thean Hou Chinese Temple and Kwai Chai Hong, "The Hidden Alley". Here comes the final highlight: a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, also known as#KLtwintowers, for some epic photos. You can't say you've really visited Kuala Lumpur without posting a photo of these giant twins. After a fun day out, you'll arrive back at your hotel around 6.30 PM.

From Kuala Lumpur: Private Ipoh History & Food Day Trip

8. From Kuala Lumpur: Private Ipoh History & Food Day Trip

Start your day trip with hotel pickup in Kuala Lumpur city center at 7:30 AM. Board an air-conditioned vehicle with your knowledgeable guide to begin the 2-hour journey to the charming town of Ipoh. When you arrive, admire the Ipoh Railway Station with its neoclassical and Edwardian Baroque architecture. Marvel at this impressive building which is referred to as the Taj Mahal of Malaysia. Then, drive past the city center where many British colonial buildings remain intact before stopping at the original Old Town White Coffee for lunch. Next, visit Kellie's Castle and the magnificent limestone cave temples of Perak Tong, home to more than 40 Buddha statues. Finally, walk through Ipoh's city markets to try a range of local treats. Sample bean sprouts, chicken, snowflake beer, and Heong Peng. Finish this off with a traditional dessert like sugary rice balls called muah chee. At the end of the tour, head back to Kuala Lumpur where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Ipoh

9. From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Ipoh

Your full-day Ipoh tour starts with pick-up at your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. A professional tour guide/driver will accompany you throughout the whole tour, so you can relax and enjoy yourself. Once in Ipoh, start your adventure with a delicious breakfast. Ipoh has an extremely vibrant food scene that can satisfy even the pickiest gourmets, so prepare your taste buds! Your guide will show you the best spots to have a morning cup of tea, savor the mouthwatering kaya puffs (flaky pastry with a jam filling), and the amazing hor hee (light fish cakes served with white rice noodles). Afterwards, it’s time to discover the landmarks of British colonialism. The impressive Ipoh Town Hall stands out against the bright blue skies as a symbol of local government and one of the most prominent historical spots in the city. The exquisite Ipoh Railway Station was erected in 1894 and later modified by Arthur Benison Hubback, who brought elements of neo-Moorish and neo-Saracenic styles to the station’s exterior, adding domes and open air loggias to the original design. The majestic Birch Memorial Clock Tower also boasts graceful architecture. Ipoh’s famous white coffee is a must-try for every foodie. Your guide will show you the best spot to take a break and enjoy this delicious beverage. Next stop - the lush and green recreational park Gunung Lang, located 5 km north of the city. Covering an area of more than 30 hectares, the park offers a marvelous lake with a cascading waterfall, a mini zoo, and a long spectacular boardwalk across the swamp. The magnificent Perak Tong is also a place that can’t be missed. Filled with hidden grottoes and recesses, this cave-temple boasts more than 40 Buddha statues scattered around its premises. A stunning 12-meter golden Buddha will make you want to sit and enjoy the calmness of this place for hours. On your way back you will stop at Kellie’s Castle to enjoy the views of the ruined mansion built by a Scottish planter. Your food tour will continue while you walk through the array of local markets. Here you can feast on a wide variety of local Malay treats: curry noodles, fried turnips known as sa kok, caramel custard, chicken rice, and hakka mee – meatballs with cuttlefish and noodles. Next you can try the yummy traditional dessert named muah chee or stop by a local cafe to try the amazing ice balls. Ipoh people are also big on snacks, so don’t miss the unusual tapioca chips, fried beans, and murukku (crunchy rice twists) that are favored by millions of people across the country. But don’t worry, because your guide will show you everything! Finally, you’ll get back to your comfortable car and set off to Kuala Lumpur, where you’ll be safely taken to your hotel.

Kuala Lumpur: Street Market Exploration & Shopping Tour

10. Kuala Lumpur: Street Market Exploration & Shopping Tour

Tour, shopping, food tasting, streets exploration and much more just in this 4 to 6 hours tour in Kuala Lumpur. After pick up from the hotel at your chosen time slot you will be taken to all major street markets in Kuala Lumpur.  Your first stop could be Brickfields. Brickfields is a small to medium-sized town and residential neighborhood located just outside central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is known as Kuala Lumpur's Little India due to the high percentage of Indian residents and businesses. Enjoy shopping specially Indian sarees and dresses and taste local Indian spices.  After Brickfields your next stop will be the Central market. It was founded in 1888 and originally used as a wet market, while the current Art Deco style building was completed in 1937. It has been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and it is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage. The Central Market Kuala Lumpur is arranged in a stall concept, representing the traditional market that has existed in Kuala Lumpur since the 1800s. The second floor hosts a food court, offering an array of food. Notable are two-storey and single-storey buildings resembling the Kampong-style houses representing the many ethnic groups living harmoniously in Kuala Lumpur. Your next stop will be China Town. Haggling is a common sight here and the place is usually crowded with locals as well as tourists. The area has dozens of restaurants and food stalls, serving local favorites such as Hokkien mee, ikan bakar (barbecued fish), asam laksa and curry noodles. Masjid India will be last destination of you tour where you can shop all kind of local stuff, like Malaysia, Indian and Chines dress, souvenirs and food tasting. After finishing your tour you will be dropped off back at your hotel. 

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It was so much fun and you learned a lot about the cuisine and the culture of Malaysia! It was taken into account for allergies etc. We were allowed to make our own roti (although it didn't go so well as it's very difficult) and were able to ask the respective chefs any questions we had! Our guide was just great! He explained exactly what we are eating now, planned the time well and we always had enough time to eat and rest! In any case, it is IMPORTANT not to eat anything beforehand. We only had a light breakfast and were more than full after the tour. We shared the last three dishes with the other two tour participants!

our guide Mr Tan was very helpful and informative. the tour was well ran and well communicated. we were collected and dropped back to our hotels. the seafood dinner was really good food and plentiful. we were bit u lucky with the weather, it rained as we boarded the boat which ment we didn't get a great view of the fireflys but still saw plenty of them.

We had such a fantastic time on this tour with our guide Privin Raj. Everything was timed to perfection and ran so smoothly. Raj was so knowledgeable and kind, and answered all our questions with ease. Would 100% recommend this tour!

We had a great time talking about the local food and culture. The dishes we tried were varied and tailored to our preferences- even though we were encouraged to try new things too. Would definitely recommend!

great night out, awsome tour guide very knowledgeable and took me to great markets and finished with yummy food