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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) Tours

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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)
A large grassy expanse in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) is where Malaysia declared independence in 1957: The word “merdeka” means “independent” or “free.” The city’s best-known historic landmark, the square is home to structures including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, museums, and a cathedral.

The Basics
There is no charge to visit Merdeka Square and no need for a guide: Many visitors arrive here naturally as part of exploring downtown. However, it’s a rare Kuala Lumpur city tour that doesn’t include a stop at Merdeka Square and an overview of some of the signature sights, and time-pressed travelers often prefer the convenience of a tour to piecing together the city on foot. Some travelers come here just to visit the Textile Museum or the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Merdeka Square is a must for history fans.
  • Thanks to its location in the heart of town, Merdeka Square hosts everything from rock concerts to exhibitions.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen if you’re planning to hang out on the grass.
  • Merdeka Square is flat and wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Merdeka Square is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur, roughly halfway between Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek LRT stations. It’s a short walk from Masjid Jamek and around 15 minutes’ stroll from Chinatown for those exploring on foot, while the riverfront lies just behind the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

When to Get There
Merdeka Square is always open and particularly attractive at night, when the arched frontage of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is lighted; the square gets especially lively on weekend nights. As the spot where Malaysia first declared its independence, it often hosts Independence Day parades and celebrations on August 31.

“Merdeka”: Malaysian Independence
In 1957, the nation now known as Malaysia was a British colony known as Malaya, and Merdeka Square was known as the Padang, or Parade Ground, and used for sports as well as parades. It took its current name after Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, declared independence here in the small hours of August 31, 1957.
Address: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Skip The Line Petronas Twin Towers Admission Ticket with Free City Tour

Skip The Line Petronas Twin Towers Admission Ticket with Free City Tour

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Visit Kuala Lumpur highlights on a half-day tour that includes access to the Petronas Twin Towers’ Skybridge and Viewing Deck. Starting at the Petronas Twin Towers is the chance to orient yourself; get panoramic views from high above the city streets before you continue to the Kuala Lumpur National Monument, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Masjid Jamek, and Independence Square, which are some of the city’s top attractions.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.80
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$64.80
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Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour

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Experience the unique blend of modern, historic, secular, and religious sights found in Kuala Lumpur during this half-day sightseeing tour. Explore iconic landmarks like the sky-high Petronas Towers, see the country’s National Mosque and explore the exquisite architecture of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, plus much more. Upgrade to explore the city on a private tour sith a private driver.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$13.00
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$13.00
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Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour

Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour

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See the best of Kuala Lumpur on this morning or afternoon city highlights tour that showcases top landmarks, attractions, and sites. See where Old World meets New World as you follow your guide to the King's Palace and Merdeka Square. Make stops at the National Museum, National Mosque, and other key destinations. This tour includes round-trip hotel transportation and guarantees a good time!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$13.34
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$13.34
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Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave

Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.83
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$112.83
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Cruise Excursion: Kuala Lumpur Full-day City Tour (17 Attractions)

Cruise Excursion: Kuala Lumpur Full-day City Tour (17 Attractions)

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Our English-speaking driver meet at the port arrival hall and proceed the tour. See all of the sites while in port on this Kuala Lumpur private shore excursion city sightseeing tour. This full-day experience offers travelers a unique look at the capital of Malaysia, including landmarks, history and culture. Marvel at the impressive statues that call the Batu Caves home, then visit and stop for photos at inner-city landmarks like the King’s Palace, the National Monument and the Petronas Twin Towers. Enjoy the convenience of private transport to place like the National Mosque, Petronas Twin Towers and King’s Palace. Learn about pewter artwork at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre and enjoy a traditional lunch all as part of this incredible tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.62
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$64.62
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Half-Day Private Kuala Lumpur City Tour

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.16
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$46.16
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Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour Experience

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.57
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$22.57
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Full-Day Kuala Lumpur (20 Attractions) Sightseeing Tour

Full-Day Kuala Lumpur (20 Attractions) Sightseeing Tour

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Discover Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the best of Kuala Lumpur in a comfortable and easy going way. Malaysia’s capital and largest city. This full-day itinerary covers all the highlights, starting with Independence Square. Travel with a small group by air-conditioned minivan to view the Petronas Twin Towers, Old Railway Station, and Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara). Explore Batu Caves and end with shopping opportunities at the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory and a batik center.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.42
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$56.42
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Full Day Kuala Lumpur Top Most 23 Attractions City Tour

Full Day Kuala Lumpur Top Most 23 Attractions City Tour

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See The Highlights Of Kuala Lumpur With Your Own Personal Driver 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. 8-Hour Private Tour Of Kuala Lumpur Attractions, Led By A Personal Driver See The Petronas Twin Towers, National Monument And National Mosque Of Malaysia Stroll Through The Lake Gardens (Perdana Botanical Garden) And Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Explore The Central Market And Petaling Street See Statues Of Hindu Gods At The Batu Caves. Port Pick-Up & Drop-Off Included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67
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Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge, KL Tower, and Kuala Lumpur City Tour

Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge, KL Tower, and Kuala Lumpur City Tour

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See Kuala Lumpur's biggest attractions on this half-day city tour that includes trips up the Petronas Twin Towers and Menara Kuala Lumpur (aka KL Tower) for sky-high views. Other sights you'll see include the National Museum and historical buildings like the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Includes admission fees, transportation and hotel pickup and drop-off, and a choice between a morning or afternoon departure.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.08
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$123.08
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Half-Day City Tour Include Kuala Lumpur Tower Observation Deck Entrance

Half-Day City Tour Include Kuala Lumpur Tower Observation Deck Entrance

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Experience and in-depth introduction to Kuala Lumpur on this half-day tour. Depart from your hotel with your driver and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle into the city. See the main attractions of Malaysia’s capital city, such as Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara), National Monument, Perdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens), and National Mosque (Masjid Negara). Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
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$35.90
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Kuala Lumpur Half Day City Tour

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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$10.39
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$10.39
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Batu Caves & Kuala Lumpur Full-Day 20 Attractions City Tour (8Hrs)

Batu Caves & Kuala Lumpur Full-Day 20 Attractions City Tour (8Hrs)

Depart from your hotel with your English-speaking driver and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle into the city. Pass between the older and newer sections of the city and learn about its history. Visit King Palace, the National Monument, the National Mosque, the Old Railway Station, Independence Square, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Petronas Twin Towers and more.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.29
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$51.29
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Kuala Lumpur 20 Attractions City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Tickets & Lunch

Kuala Lumpur 20 Attractions City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Tickets & Lunch

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Discover the best that Kuala Lumpur has to offer during this full-day private tour. Get a bird’s-eye view over Kuala Lumpur from the Observation Deck of the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers. Visit the city’s key landmarks such as the famous Kuala Lumpur Tower, King’s Palace, the National Mosque as well as Batu Caves. Learn about Malaysia’s rich history from its years of colonial occupation by the Portuguese, Dutch, and English to its present-day independence. Make the most of your travel time by visiting Kuala Lumpur top destinations Included a lunch is a taste of Malaysian/Chinese/Indian food.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.18
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$87.18
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KL Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass

KL Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass

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See Kuala Lumpur's best sights and attractions with one pass that lets you visit each one at your own pace. This KL Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass allows you to get on the hop on, hop off bus for 24 or 48 hours, and ride it as it stops at some of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, such as Aquaria, Karyaneka, Chinatown, the dazzling Central Market, Little India, The National Museum, Bird Park and so much more. You get to choose where you want to stop and explore by simply hopping off the bus when you've reached your desired area. And then, after you're done exploring, just hop back onto the next bus that arrives and continue on your sightseeing journey. You can get a pass for one or two days of exploration, so you can make sure you choose a schedule that fits your needs best. It's one of the best ways to get around Kuala Lumpur to see the sights!
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$16.03
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$16.03
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Full Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour (23 Attractions)

Full Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour (23 Attractions)

Discover Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the best of Kuala Lumpur in a comfortable and easy going way. Malaysia’s capital and largest city. This full-day itinerary covers all the highlights, starting with Independence Square. Travel with a small group by air-conditioned vehicle to view the Petronas Twin Towers, Old Railway Station, and Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara). Explore Batu Caves and end with shopping opportunities at the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.54
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$61.54
Price varies by group size

Private Tour: 2 in 1 Kuala Lumpur & Malacca Historical Day Tour

Private Tour: 2 in 1 Kuala Lumpur & Malacca Historical Day Tour

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Enjoy the features recorded city of Kuala Lumpur and Malacca during this entire day private visit. Kuala Lumpur offers you the opportunity to see the huge places of interest and tourist spots of the Malaysian capital, visit the Petronas Twin Towers, Thean Hou , King's Palace, Merdeka Square, National Monument and the National Mosque. Not just that, You'll get the opportunity to visit the milestones in Malacca including Porta De Santiago, St. Paul's Church, Christ Church, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and the Red Dutch Square. Once the tour ends, you will be dropped off back to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.88
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$119.88
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The Best of Kuala Lumpur Classic

The Best of Kuala Lumpur Classic

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You will have an unforgettable experience and impression during 4 hours of cycling in 8 different areas of the inner city. It's an easy pace. All routes are made in collaboration with cycling KL. Your local guide will show you the City of Contrasts and Diversity in a safe way. High visibility by wearing orange safety vests is provided. There are stops after each 10 - 12 minutes and the excellent speaking English guide tells interesting stories about the culture and history of the capital. In case you want to have the tour in another language and/or different starting time you have to book the tour as a private one. You can request this by sending a mail to info@mikebikes.my On our Dutch orange bikes with a basket you are flexible and will easily go through the back alleys. You will visit a temple and taste fruit at an old market. A delicious local brunch with drinks will also be provided. We provide 2 guides for every 7 people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.75
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$49.75

Full-Day Kuala Lumpur 20 Attractions City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Tickets

Full-Day Kuala Lumpur 20 Attractions City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Tickets

Discover the best that Kuala Lumpur has to offer during this full-day private tour. Get a bird’s-eye view over Kuala Lumpur from the Observation Deck of the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers. Visit the city’s key landmarks such as the famous Kuala Lumpur Tower, King’s Palace, the National Mosque as well as Batu Caves. Learn about Malaysia’s rich history from its years of colonial occupation by the Portuguese, Dutch, and English to its present-day independence.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.93
Price varies by group size
From
$76.93
Price varies by group size

Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by Night

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.52
Price varies by group size
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$20.52
Price varies by group size
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Kuala Lumpur Cruise Excursion: 20 Attractions Full-Day City Tour

Kuala Lumpur Cruise Excursion: 20 Attractions Full-Day City Tour

Our English-speaking driver meet at the port arrival hall and proceed the tour. Visit the top attractions of Kuala Lumpur in comfort during a private day tour. Visit Batu Caves, Petronas Twin Towers, National Museum, National Mosque, Istana Negara, Maha Mariamman Temple, Thien Hau Temple, and more. Pass a myriad of monuments and stop at major points of interest for photos. You’re free to embrace the experience, as your driver monitors traffic to ensure you’re back in time for departure.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.11
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$64.11
Price varies by group size

Full Day Kuala Lumpur Experience with 20 Attractions

Full Day Kuala Lumpur Experience with 20 Attractions

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See the best of Kuala Lumpur in a comfortable and easy going way. Malaysia’s capital and largest city. This full-day itinerary covers all the highlights, starting with Independence Square. Travel with a small group by air-conditioned vehicle to view the Petronas Twin Towers, Old Railway Station, and Royal King’s Palace (Istana Negara). Explore Batu Caves and end with shopping opportunities at the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory and a batik center. Discover Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions on a full-day sightseeing tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.29
Price varies by group size
From
$51.29
Price varies by group size

Special Kuala Lumpur Night Tour (Private)

Special Kuala Lumpur Night Tour (Private)

• 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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.77
Price varies by group size
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$20.77
Price varies by group size
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Cruise Ship Excursion from Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur City Tour

Cruise Ship Excursion from Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur City Tour

A Journey in a private tour with your hired driver to the heart of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) to view and experience the growing and developing city by your own trip and skip the tour agency. You will be visiting to most of the famous places and top attractions in Kuala Lumpur especially the Batu Caves, Twin tower and few other more with a private 6 seater vehicle, Van, Premium and luxury Car based on your choice without any hassle and control your own time and plan plus the driver will make sure you will be back at the port before the ship depart.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.06
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$86.06
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23 Attractions: Full Day Kuala Lumpur Customizable Orientation Tour

23 Attractions: Full Day Kuala Lumpur Customizable Orientation Tour

GET AN INTRODUCTION TO KUALA LUMPUR'S MANY FAMOUS LANDMARKS ON A TOUR OF THE CITY COVERING THE MAJOR SITE’S. VISIT THE ROYAL PALACE, IS THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF THE KING OF MALAYSIA. THEN, TAKE AN EXTENDED TRIP UP THE PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS, MERDEKA SQUARE, AND EVEN VISIT THE KUALA LUMPUR CITY GALLERY ON THIS COMPREHENSIVE DAY. AFTER YOUR LUNCH BREAK, CONTINUE TO THE NATIONAL MOSQUE, VISITORS ARE ADVISED TO DRESS UP APPROPRIATELY WHEN VISITING THE MOSQUE. NEXT, HEAD TO THE BATU CAVES, A UNIQUE AND FASCINATING CAVE TEMPLE. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF A VISIT HERE IS CLIMBING THE 272 STEPS LEADING UP TO THE TEMPLE. THE TOUR FINISHES AT CENTRAL MARKET, A GREAT PLACE TO FIND CRAFTS AND ORNAMENTS. HOTEL PICK-UP & DROP-OFF INCLUDED
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.08
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$48.08
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 322 Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) costs USD 64.80. Guided Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) tours start around USD 64.80 per person. See all 322 Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) tickets and tours on Viator.
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