Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's eclectic capital will keep you intrigued, from its modern Twin Towers to the colorful Hindu Batu Caves.

Our most recommended things to do in Kuala Lumpur

From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

1. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

Following pickup, begin your day at the Royal Selangor, which features the largest and most modern pewter factory in the world. It is also world-renowned for its high quality and craftsmanship. On your factory tour, learn about the different processes at this factory such as casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering and engraving. Next, stop at Batik Factory to see how batik is designed and printed. Next, head to the limestone hills of the Batu Caves, comprised of three caverns and several smaller caves. Pass a towering statue of Murugan as you climb 272 steps into a cave shrine, and follow vivid murals of Hindu scripture. Spot the macaques that live on the lush cliff face. End your day on the city outskirts by driving past local villages. The tour ends with a drop-off back at your Kuala Lumpur City Centre hotel.

KUL Kuala Lumpur International Airport: Premium Lounge Entry

2. KUL Kuala Lumpur International Airport: Premium Lounge Entry

Relax and refresh before your departure, in-between flights or arrival in the comfort of the Plaza Premium Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Satellite Terminal and Terminal KLIA2.  Enjoy comfortable seating, complimentary WiFi, local and international newspapers and magazines while waiting for your flight. Choose from a wide selection of food, as well as an open bar with a range of beverages. Choose from 3-hour, 6-hour or 12-hour lounge access at a variety of locations within the airport to suit your schedule. Enjoy an even more premier service by using the Plaza Premium First Lounge.

From Kuala Lumpur: Day Trip to Historic Malacca with Lunch

3. From Kuala Lumpur: Day Trip to Historic Malacca with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the magic of Malacca on this day trip. Enjoy airconditioned van pickup and drop-off in selected districts in Kuala Lumpur and sit down to a delicious local lunch on your trip. Take in sights like Red Square and the ornate the 17th-century Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng temple.  Visit UNESCO-listed Malacca on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur. See where Malaysia began on the Straits of Malacca. Gaze upon the ruins of St. Paul’s Church and Red Square, the pink Dutch administrative buildings that now house the Malacca Museum and government offices. Enjoy authentic Peranakan food at lunch. Afterward, see the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, where 3 major doctrines of Chinese belief are worshiped under the same roof. Take a stroll along Malacca’s Jonker Street, which ends by the banks of the Malacca River. Learn about the Malay sultanate, Malacca’s rise as an important trading port and the Portuguese and Dutch influence from the early 16th century.

Kuala Lumpur: Petronas Twin Towers Entry Ticket

4. Kuala Lumpur: Petronas Twin Towers Entry Ticket

Standing at an incredible height of 451.9 meters, the Petronas Twin Towers have become the city’s top architectural landmark. Ascend 170 meters in a futuristic, high-speed elevator to Level 86, where the doors open on a breathtaking view of Malaysia’s capital city. Step onto the world’s highest 2-story bridge, linking the 2 towers on their 41st and 42nd floors. Learn about the history and construction of the Twin Towers and pick up a souvenir at the gift shop. With this service your tickets will be delivered to you via email, meaning you can get straight into the queue for your visit.

Kuala Lumpur: KL Tower Admission Ticket

5. Kuala Lumpur: KL Tower Admission Ticket

The KL Tower, also known as the Menara Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most iconic sights in Kuala Lumpur. Visible from most parts of the city and measuring 1,381-feet-high (about 452 meters), it's one of the world's tallest telecommunications towers. With your admission ticket, visit whenever is convenient for you during operating hours. Take one of the high-speed elevators to the fully enclosed Observation Deck, located 905-feet (about 276 meters) above ground level, to enjoy a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy admission to the XD Theater for a 6D-movie experience, at your own expense. Watch the movie while seated in a specially-designed armchair that moves in-sync with the film. There are typically 8 movies you can watch, each running for about 5 minutes.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Taman Negara

6. From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Tour to Taman Negara

Depart Kuala Lumpur and journey to Taman Negara National Park following early morning pickup from your hotel. Enjoy the amazing views on the scenic drive past typical kampung (village) houses and stop for a local breakfast at Jerantut Town. Upon arrival at Kampung Kuala Tahan, cross the river by water taxi to the Taman Negara Resort, and take a quick trek to Teresek Hill. Discover amazing views from the fantastic viewpoint before braving the canopy walk over the treetops. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a floating restaurant, and get some time to relax before riding the river rapids on a longtail boat ride to Trenggan.

Skip-the-Line: Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers E - Tickets

7. Skip-the-Line: Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers E - Tickets

A visit to Kuala Lumpur is not complete until you’ve seen the city from the observation deck of the Petronas Twin Towers. It’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance, particularly in peak season. Choose your preferred date and time slot for the visit and your tickets will be delivered to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur or sent to you by whats app and email. When you arrive at the Twin Towers you’ll be able to enter without delay. Spend a delightful hour taking in views of the Kuala Lumpur area from the observation tower and take a walk along the sky bridge that connects the 2 towers.

Cameron Highlands: Shared Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

8. Cameron Highlands: Shared Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Experience the tranquil atmosphere and cool climate of the Cameron Highlands on a 12-hour trip from Kuala Lumpur. Known for its tea plantations, orchards, and nurseries, the hill station is a popular getaway for city residents. Stop at a butterfly farm before visiting the Boh Tea Plantation. Make the short climb to the tea center, learn about tea making and local history, and take in stunning views over the valley. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant around noon, and then cool off at a waterfall. Head to a strawberry farm to taste and pick your own fruit (additional fee). Visit a nearby rose garden before the drive back to Kuala Lumpur.

From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Taman Negara National Park

9. From Kuala Lumpur: Full-Day Taman Negara National Park

Your amazing full-day tour to Taman Negara will start after a pick-up from your hotel at 07:00. After a meet and greet with a professional English-speaking driver/ guide, your journey will begin with beautiful sceneries along the highways. Relax in an air-conditioned vehicle on this 3–hour journey and learn about Malaysian culture and history from your driver/ guide. In Taman Negara, you will walk across the world’s longest and tallest suspension bridge canopy walk and enjoy stunning views below while feeling closer to nature. Visit the gateway town to Taman Negara National Park, Kampung Kuala Tahan to have a lunch by the riverside. Have a typical Malaysian fruit tasting and Malaysian tea. While visiting the national park, you will get to enjoy many amazing activities  such as rapid shooting, playing the blowpipe and learning hunting skills from native tribe members.   Afterwards, have local tea in a floating restaurant and learn more about the local native tribes from your guide. In the late afternoon, drive back to Kuala Lumpur with scenic views and see kampongs (Malaysian wooden houses), local fishermen, monkeys and jungle vegetation.

Kuala Lumpur: Genting Highlands & Batu Caves Shared Day Tour

10. Kuala Lumpur: Genting Highlands & Batu Caves Shared Day Tour

Escape the heat of Kuala Lumpur city center and head for the cool mountain air of Malaysia’s only casino resort. Following pick-up from your hotel, journey to the cable car station at Genting Highlands and take the skyway cable car over the tropical rainforest. Try your luck at blackjack, roulette or other casino games, or choose to enjoy recreational facilities at the indoor and outdoor theme park. Brave the rollercoasters or the only sky diving simulator in Asia. End the day with a shopping spree at over 80 boutique stores. Then, return to Kuala Lumpur via the Hindu shrines of Batu Caves, where steps up the mountain are guarded by a golden statue of Murugan. This tour ends with a drop-off back at your Kuala Lumpur City Centre hotel.

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What people are saying about Kuala Lumpur

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Our Private instagram tour was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in KL. Loved each spot we visited and had a very colorful instagram page after our visit. Janice was such a kind person to connect with. She took really good care of us in terms of food, special requests around stops, best coffee and the conversation was just amazing. We will definitely drop Janice a message when we are back in KL. Looking forward to exploring other places in south east Asia with GetYourGuide. Kudos to the entire team for creating an experience of a lifetime.

We had a lovely morning visiting the Batu Caves, the Batik showroom and Selangor Pewter. Steven was our tour guide and he was very informative, funny and certainly had plenty of stories along with helpful information. Highly recommend this tour if staying in KL. Fun day out and we are off to Malacca tomorrow with the same company.

The caves are a must see in KL. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and easy going. He did a nice job of explaining the culture and customs of Malaysia. Great experience!

Great tour! The bus is nice, the schedule is perfect, and the tour guide is the best!

The tour was amazing and I would highly recommend.