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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.

Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

2. Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

Enjoy a half-day tour that highlights the important religious and cultural sites in and around Kuala Lumpur. Your tour will begin at 9:00AM with a hotel pickup and then you drive to the Batu Caves in an air-conditioned vehicle with your driver/guide. The Batu Caves are a popular attraction located in Selangor. The site of a Hindu temple and shrine, the Caves attract thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. There are 3 main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. A steep climb up 272 steps rewards you with views of the stunning skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and representations of Hindu gods can be seen in the Ramayana Cave. Next, visit the National Mosque, or Masjid Negara. Built between 1963 and 1965, the idea was to commemorate Malaysia’s independence. The Mosque has a capacity of 15,000 people and is located on 13 acres of green space and beautiful gardens. Its design is bold and modern, and symbolic of the aspirations of the newly independent country. Next you’ll see Thean Hou Temple, one of the oldest and largest temples in South East Asia. Located to the southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction. The 6-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, who is said to protect fishermen. There is also a shrine to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, which is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city. Enjoy a short stop at a Sikh gurdwara before visiting the Brickfield Church and returning to your hotel. Note that the tour includes not only religious sites but also other attractions such as the National Monument, the Old Railway station, Independence Square, and the Petronas Twin towers.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Half Day City Highlights Tour

3. Kuala Lumpur: Private Half Day City Highlights Tour

Explore Kuala Lumpur and admire the variety of amazing sights in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Visit Petronas Twin Towers, one of the world's tallest structures, Thean Hou, Independence Square, National Mosque, National Monument, King's Palace, and Perdana Botanic Garden. Head to Merdeka Square and the King's Palace (Istana Negara) to find Malaysia's glorious side. Get an understanding of the city's unique variety, as you visit the Chinese Thean Hou Temple. Pay regards to the individuals who lost their lives in Malaysia's fight for freedom at the National Monument (Tugu Negara) and finish off, by visiting Perdana Botanical Garden.

Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

4. Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

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. Visit 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. Continue to Chinatown and enjoy dozens of 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 on 13-acres of beautiful gardens and designed it in the late 1950s as a symbol of the newly independent nation.

Best of Kuala Lumpur Tour with KL Tower & Batu Caves

5. Best of Kuala Lumpur Tour with KL Tower & Batu Caves

Join this full-day private tour to experience the best of Kuala Lumpur. Head up to the KL Towers' Skydeck & Skybox on the 103th floor for amazing views of the city. Visit the King's Palace, a symbol of Malaysian sovereignty, Independence Square and the National Museum. Take a short break at the Central Market, classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society. Drive past the Botanical Gardens and Bird Park. See the National Monument, National Mosque and the Old Railway Station. Visit the Batu Caves, home to a Hindu shrine lined with statues of deities. Climb the 272 steps to reach the shrine, which is located deep inside the high caverns.

Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

6. 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.

Kuala Lumpur Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Batu Caves

7. Kuala Lumpur Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Batu Caves

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur that explores the old and new, mix of cultures, and an astonishing range of architectural styles. Following a pick-up from your hotel, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the city’s most iconic sights. See the Petronas Twin Towers with the world’s highest sky bridge, and marvel at the staggering 88-story structure with steel walls in a multifaceted style. Go to picturesque Lake Gardens to take photos of the green valleys. Admire the National Monument that commemorates Malaysia’s struggle during World War II. Look at the magnificent façade of the National Mosque, and discover a unique marriage of modern Islamic art and traditional elements. See Kuala Lumpur’s main railway station, built in a Moorish style that is reminiscent of a fairytale castle with colonnades, arches and spacious verandas. Then, go to the Chinese temple of Thean Hou, built in the classic mainland China style, and one of the oldest temples in South East Asia. If you are more interested in shopping than sightseeing, you can omit any of these sights and journey into the depths of Central Market. Discover local art, unique souvenirs, and masterpieces in batik. Rummage in Chinese shops for cheap spices and gadgets. Go to Little India to find colorful saris and try some fantastic Indian food. Next, drive to the Hindu shrine at the Batu Caves, dedicated to Lord Murugan via a magnificent 47-meter statue erected in his honor. Walk up the 272 stairs to the Temple Cave, filled with statues of Hindu gods and intricate paintings illuminated by holes in the ceiling. Take an optional tour of the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory and Visitor Centre, and explore the process of pewter manufacturing in the fascinating pewter museum on the factory premises. Transfer back to the city center for your hotel drop off.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Full-Day 10 Wonders Tour

8. Kuala Lumpur: Private Full-Day 10 Wonders Tour

Enjoy stunning views of the Klang River from the King’s Palace, and marvel at Merdeka (Independence) Square before heading to the Petronas Twin Towers to ride to the observation deck of the world’s tallest twin towers. Step onto the 2-story bridge to experience the city from a different perspective. Stop at the National Museum and then head to Lake Gardens for a bit of peace and quiet. Stroll to the National Monument before continuing to the National Mosque to look at its 73-meter-high minaret and mix of eastern and western architecture. Admire the Anglo-Asian design of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, created by the talented English architect, Arthur Benison Hubback. Go to the 6-tiered Thean Hou Temple, dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou. Discover how Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism can exist in almost perfect harmony, with ornate carvings, elegant roofs, and intricate wall embellishments. Visit the world’s seventh-tallest tower and go to the top for panoramic views across the city. Admire stunning design features by the Iranian architects, Isfahan, who designed the domes in the form of Persian muqarnas. Enjoy a delicious authentic lunch and shop unique and authentic handicrafts.

Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour With Petronas Twin Towers

9. Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Photo Tour With Petronas Twin Towers

Take souvenir photos of Kuala Lumpur on a half-day sightseeing tour, and see some of the city’s most photogenic monuments, such as the Istana Negra (King’s Palace) and Petronas Twin Towers. Following a pick-up from your hotel, get a stunning view of the Klang River from the King’s Palace, and marvel at Merdeka (Independence) Square. Next, go to the Petronas Twin Towers to ride to the observation deck of the world’s tallest twin towers. Step onto the 2-story bridge to experience the city and surroundings from a different perspective. Stop at the National Museum, where you can spend hours taking pictures of traditional weapons, costumes, ancient artifacts and musical instruments. Next, go to Lake Gardens for a bit of peace and quiet. Stroll to the National Monument to see Malaysia’s symbol of the struggles of World War II. Continue to the National Mosque to look at its 73-meter-high minaret and mix of eastern and western architecture. Admire the Anglo-Asian design of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, created by the talented English architect, Arthur Benison Hubback. Go to the 6-tiered Thean Hou Temple, dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou. Discover how Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism can exist in almost perfect harmony, with ornate carvings, elegant roofs, and intricate wall embellishments. Visit Kuala Lumpur Tower (the 7th tallest tower in the world), and go to the top for panoramic views across the city from its highest point. Admire stunning design features by the Iranian architects, Isfahan, who designed the domes in the form of Persian muqarnas.

Kuala Lumpur Full-Day Tour with 2-Way Airport Transfers

10. Kuala Lumpur Full-Day Tour with 2-Way Airport Transfers

Your tour starts with a warm welcome at the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur and then continues onto the beautiful and picturesque city. Any of the tour locations and visiting spots can be customized according to your wishes and time schedule. You will stop at the one of the most iconic sights Malaysia has to offer – the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers. Take unforgettable photos of Kuala Lumpur skylines while standing on top of the famous Sky Bridge, which floats at the height of 452 meters above the ground.  The second most desired attraction in Kuala Lumpur is the Batu Caves. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this Hindu shrine holds a magnificent 47-meter statue erected in his honor. 272 stairs lead to the massive Temple Cave with a spectacular 100-meter high ceiling. The cave is filled with statues of Hindu gods and intricate paintings illuminated by the holes in the rock of the ceiling. It is also possible to visit the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory and Visitor Center where one can delve into the process of pewter manufacturing and learn about its properties, while enjoying the fascinating pewter museum located on the premises of the factory. The picturesque Lake Gardens present a splendid opportunity to take photos in the depth of its green valleys and in front of prominent sightseeing spots, such as the National Monument. It is one of the biggest symbols of Malaysian struggle during the WWII, which commemorates all the lives lost in the battle.  The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, built in a pleasant Moorish style, is reminiscent of a fairytale castle with all its colonnades, arches, and beautiful spacious verandas. This building is a favorite sightseeing spot, as it creates countless opportunities to take wonderful photos. Another not-to-miss sightseeing spot is the Chinese Thean Hou Temple, built in the classic style of Mainland China. Being one of the oldest and greatest temples in Southeast Asia, this landmark attracts millions of tourists from across the globe each year.  If you are more into shopping than sightseeing, you can easily omit any of these places and go for a fascinating journey into the depths of Central Market, Chinatown or Little India. Finally, you will be safely taken back to the airport to catch your next flight. 

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What people are saying about Thean Hou Temple

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This was a fantastic experience. Batu Caves was stunning, and the monkeys are an absolute delight. Be careful if you have food but, for the most part, they'll come and beg rather than snatching. (Although there are exceptions, especially as you climb the steps). The steps are challenging, so unfortunately it isn't particularly mobility-friendly. We took the tour on a Friday, meaning that the National Mosque was closed except to worshippers, but our friendly and helpful guide made sure that we still got great value for money. We also had the joy of seeing a wedding at the Thean Hou temple. All in all, it was a lovely way to spend 4 hours having a whistle-stop tour of the various religions and how they co-exist in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour was absolutely amazing from start to finish. Pick up arrived at our hotel right on time and our guide was lovely and helpful throughout. Beautiful places to be visited to experience Kuala Lumpur and plenty of photo opportunities! Would highly recommend!

Ruves was our tour guide and private car driver for 2. He was very punctual and friendly, and was very flexible. I would recommend this tour to others. Final stop is for shopping.

Great tour with great guide. Very attentive and flexible

Really good your, we wanted to do everything in one day.