Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

Central Market, Kuala Lumpur: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 Chinatown 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 KL City Tour with Petronas Twin Towers & Batu Caves

2. Private KL City Tour with Petronas Twin Towers & Batu Caves

Start your sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur with hotel pickup in a private vehicle, then gain entry to the Observation Deck and Skybridge of the Petronas Twin Towers. Take in the magnificent city skyline from one of the most iconic buildings in Malaysia. Next, make a photo stop at Merdeka Square (Independence Square) for a look at its diverse architecture, followed by the Istana Negara (King’s Palace), which offers a view of gardens, pools, and courtyards. Visit the Lake Gardens and enjoy a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the Central Market, you'll find local foods and a variety of souvenirs, batik masterpieces, jewellery, and paintings. Pass by the Old Railway Station to marvel at its intricate Moorish styling with columns, arcs, and verandas. Then move on to the National Monument and the National Mosque, each a staggering symbol of Malaysian independence. Leaving Kuala Lumpur's modern buildings and monuments behind, your driver takes you to the limestone caverns of Batu Caves. Peer into one of Malaysia's largest Hindu sites and marvel at the impressive shrines while you soak up the tranquil atmosphere. See the remarkable statue of Lord Muruga at the entrance and visit two more caves with carvings to explore before a hotel drop-off.

Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

3. 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.

Kuala Lumpur: Grand Day Tour with KL Tower

4. Kuala Lumpur: Grand Day Tour with KL Tower

• Explore Kuala Lumpur's top sights during sightseeing tour • Discover a unique blend of Muslim, Chinese, Indian, and European culture • Explore interesting Malaysia architecture, landmarks and unique handicrafts • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors • Pickup is included from Hotels/Residences/Suite in Kuala Lumpur City's Golden Triangle area (except Pudu area) • Visit Batu Cave Temple (45mins) *Short Pant & Short Skirt are NOT ALLOWED* • Local Batik and handicraft center (30mins) • Royal Selangor Pewter (30mins) • Petronas Twin Tower Photostop (20mins) • Visit KL Tower with Sky Deck and Sky Box ticket (60mins) • Lunch @local restaurant guest own expenses • Chinatown attraction stopover & photostop Central Market with TehTarik experience (own expenses) (90mins) • River of Life (15mins) • King’s Palace, Drive pass Lake Garden, Independence Square, Sultan Abdul • Samad Building, Old Railway Station, pass by Saloma Bridge • Drop off Hotels/Residences/Suite in Kuala Lumpur City's Golden Triangle area (except Pudu area) The itinerary is subject to change based on weather or traffic conditions of the day

Kuala Lumpur: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

5. 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. 

Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Exploration Tour

6. Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Exploration Tour

This 4-hour tour is your opportunity to visit and take photos of the most iconic sites in Kuala Lumpur, such as the King’s Palace, Independence Square, the Petronas Twin Towers, the National Mosque, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, and more. See magnificent Merdeka Square, a symbol of Malaysian independence and one of the most picturesque squares in the world. Admire architectural masterpieces of modern and ancient times. You’ll see the King’s Palace, the famous Istana Negara, a residence of the King of Malaysia. While visitors can’t enter the building, you can take photos of the fascinating architecture along with the changing of the guards, which occurs hourly. The Petronas Twin Towers are an ideal place for a spectacular selfie. The Towers are justifiably considered a highlight of a trip to Kuala Lumpur, as they present an opportunity to marvel at the city’s skyline and capture unforgettable moments on camera. You’ll also visit the National Mosque. Built in 1965, Masjid Negara is located in the very heart of the city amid lush green gardens. Admire one of the most elegant buildings in Kuala Lumpur, featuring a spectacular main dome covered in green and blue tiles, and the 48 smaller green domes spread across the Mecca-inspired courtyard. The Chinese Thean Hou Temple is beautiful synergy of styles as Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism join to form an unforgettable architectural ensemble. See numerous statues of animals from astrology and impressive statues of the Goddess of Mercy and the Goddess of the Waterfront. See Lake Gardens, a beautiful and calming getaway from the bustle of the city. Visit the National Museum, home to collections of ancient and modern art pieces, weapons, and traditional costumes. Marvel at the exquisite façade of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, an ideal setting for a photo op, with its fairytale-like towers and mix of Eastern and Western architectural styles. Also known as Tugu Negara, the National Monument commemorates the lives that were lost in the fight for Malaysian independence. Designed by Felix de Weldon, an American architect, this monument is the highest sculpture grouping made of bronze ever created. At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van.

Kuala Lumpur: Sightseeing by Private Vehicle with Driver

7. Kuala Lumpur: Sightseeing by Private Vehicle with Driver

Rent a private vehicle with driver for a half-day or full-day and discover Kuala Lumpur's must-see sights according to your own interests. Avoid the confusing public transportation system and save precious time as you explore the city more efficiently. Minivans are available for groups of up to 7 passengers and the service includes pickup and drop-off at your accommodation. Choose the 4-hour option and stay within the city limits to take cool photos of the Petronas Twin Towers and Central Market. Upgrade to the 8-hour option and visit the sacred site of Batu Caves and the beautiful Genting Highlands. Your driver will take you anywhere in the city you want to go and wait for you at every stop. If you love freedom of choice and having fun at your own pace, then this is the best way to discover the city.

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

8. 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.

Kuala Lumpur: Evening Tour with Kuala Lumpur Tower Tickets

9. Kuala Lumpur: Evening Tour with Kuala Lumpur Tower Tickets

Kuala Lumpur comes alive at night, with bustling night markets and illuminated structures that create a mesmerizing atmosphere. Our evening tour begins at 4:30 pm, with our driver guide picking you up from your hotel and bringing you to the first stop. We begin at Central Market, a traditional hub that sells a wide range of souvenirs, arts, and crafts at fixed and affordable pricing. You will be able to look for unique Malaysian handicrafts and artifacts to take home as memories of your trip. Next, the driver will take you to Chinatown, where you may take in the vibrant atmosphere and vibrant colors as you do some quick shopping at Chinatown's vibrant markets, which provide a wide range of products at affordable costs. You'll then arrive at the Guan Di Temple, one of Malaysia's oldest temples, established in 1888. Dragons, lions, and other figures adorn the temple, serving the aim of deterring evil energies from entering and disrupting prayer. Next, walk your way to the Maha Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, dating back to 1873 and is adorned with sculptures of Hindu gods created by artists from south India. After visiting the temple, our driver guide brings you to visit the KL Tower. On the way there you would drive-past the “Golden Triangle", the commercial and business hub of Kuala Lumpur that holds futuristic structures, world-class malls, and luxury hotels. After a short drive passing the Golden Triangle, you arrive at the KL Tower, where you can experience amazing panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur at night. Enjoy 360 degree views of the cityscape spread out before you as night falls, providing a unique viewpoint. After admiring the breathtaking views from the KL Tower, you move on to the Lake Symphony at Suria KLCC to witness the Symphony Water Fountain Show which starts exactly at 8pm. Witness a stunning show of lights, music, and water as the fountains dance to the beat of the music against the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a stop at the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. You will be brought to famous photo-stop locations to capture pictures of the Twin-Towers against the backdrop of the night sky. Continuing the tour, you’ll visit Independence Square, where Malaysia's independence was announced. Our driver guide paints a vivid picture of the historical event as you explore colonial-era buildings and the English-style cricket ground illuminated by surrounding lights. The driver guide will then head to the River of Life, where the illuminated Klang and Gombak rivers meet right in-front of Masjid Jamek, offering picturesque views. As the tour draws to an end, you'll leisurely stroll around Kuala Lumpur's Old Quarters, surrounded by colonial-era architecture and vibrant marketplaces, immersing yourself in Kuala Lumpur’s rich history. Finally, our driver guide returns you to your hotel, concluding an unforgettable evening spent visiting the dynamic city of Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Audio Guide

10. Kuala Lumpur: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Audio Guide

Explore Kuala Lumpur on your own terms with this hop-on hop-off bus ticket that covers areas like the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Chinatown, and the Central Market. Choose when to get off the bus or complete a 2-hour city and garden route while enjoying the on board audio guide. Get access to unlimited stops from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and never wait to long for the next bus with a 30-40 minute interval between busses at each stop. Make your way around Kuala Lumpur and discover some of its key attractions. Start at the Sg Wang Plaza shopping center and begin your adventure that covers the following stops: Swiss Garden Chinatown Central Market Little India KL Sentral National Museum National Palace Lake Garden Bird Park National Mosque Merdeka Square Medan Mara Kuala Lumpur City Center Matic Kuala Lumpur Tower P. Ramlee, Aquaria Have the freedom to plan your itinerary to focus on your interests, ensuring that your trip is unique to you.

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(70 reviews)

We booked this tour today, on the first day of our arrival. Our guide was Nanta, he was at the hotel 10 minutes before the start and picked us up. We felt very well looked after from the start. He was super nice and friendly. In a short time, between the stops, we always learned something from him about the history and culture of Malaysia. He conveyed this really well. We also really liked the individual points of the tour, especially the local food, which we probably wouldn't have ordered otherwise. We can absolutely recommend this tour and Nanta. Thank you very much Nanta

I really enjoyed this trip. The driver Ishvar was really friendly and helpful, he ensured I had plenty of time to visit each location and made me feel at ease throughout the whole trip. I'd highly recommend it especially for first time visitors to KL like me. thank you!

Convenient way to see KL main attractions. My driver Raj was punctual, knowledgeable and interesting to talk too. Recommend this tour to anyone who doesn't have much time to do it by themselves or if you just want to move between main sights in comfort.

Punctuality and precision, clarity in the explanations of the driver Gunalan

Janar the ideal guide for enthusiasts in Kuala Lumpur