Kuala Lumpur tours and excursions

Kuala Lumpur tours

Bus tours

The brightly-coloured buses of the KL Hop-on Hop-off City Tour shuttle between the main tourist sights, and tickets last all day so you can start and stop wherever you like. Due to the local climate, the glass-roofed vehicles are fully enclosed and air-conditioned, and there's a multilingual commentary. Stops on the circular route include the Petronas Tours, Menara KL, Chinatown, Merdeka Square and the Lake Gardens.

Telephone: 1 800 885 546.
Cultural tours

Terengganu-based Ping Anchorage Travel and Tours offers some interesting tours in and around Kuala Lumpur, many with a nature and culture theme. The popular ‘Cultural Night Tour' visits the rainbow-coloured Sri Mahamariamman Temple and the joss-houses and markets of China Town before finishing with a Malay buffet dinner and cultural show.

Telephone: (09) 626 2020.
Walking tours

Although it's easy to explore individual areas of Kuala Lumpur on foot, the bewildering road network makes it difficult to embark on a comprehensive walking tour. However, there are numerous tour operators offering themed walking and coach tours around the city, from cultural walks around Chinatown to evening shopping and dining tours. Operators change regularly, so contact the Malaysia Tourism Centre on Jalan Ampang for recommendations. Pick-up and drop-off at city hotels is standard.

Telephone: (03) 9235 4848 or 4800 (tourist office).

Excursions from Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves

About 13km (8 miles) north of the centre, the Batu Caves are a riot of dramatic limestone formations, but locals are drawn here by the rainbow-coloured Hindu temples that spill out of the caverns, and by the 43m (140 ft) high statue of Lord Murugan that guards the entrance to the caves. This is the one of the most important Hindu shrines outside the subcontinent – millions of pilgrims congregate here for the Thaipusam festival in January or February. KTM Komuter trains stop right outside the complex.

Telephone: (03) 9235 4848 or 4800 (tourist office).

Less than two hours south of Kuala Lumpur on the coast, historic Melaka (or Malacca) offers a vivid journey back into Malaysian history. The British, Dutch and Portuguese, and the Indian and Chinese workers who migrated here during the colonial period, have all left their indelible mark on this city of colonial churches, historic mosques, Chinese joss-houses and ruined colonial fortifications. The city has been UNESCO listed since 2008. Start your explorations in the city's atmospheric Chinatown, on the north bank of the Melaka River, and set off into the backstreets to explore.

Telephone: (06) 232 8402.
Resorts World Genting

For a break from the tropical heat, take the express coach from KL Sentral to Resorts World Genting, tucked away in the Titiwangsa Mountains north of Kuala Lumpur. A surreal blend of calm nature and Las Vegas-style glamour, the complex offers theme park rides, lavish stage shows, hotels, restaurants and nightspots, artificial snow, a cable ride over the jungle, and Malaysia's only licensed casino. The climate at 1,750m (5,770ft) above sea level is a breath of fresh air after the heat of the lowlands and the journey time from central Kuala Lumpur is just 45 minutes.

Telephone: (03) 2718 1118.
Templer's Park

If exploring the pockets of rainforest in central Kuala Lumpur has piqued your interest in jungle adventures, look no further than Templer's Park Forest Reserve, 21km (13 miles) north of the city. Established by the British during the colonial period, this 1,200 hectare (3,000 acres) area of jungle boasts walking trails, jungle pools and multi-tiered waterfalls, shaded by a forest canopy teeming with birds and animals. You can even camp here overnight to encounter nocturnal wildlife.

Telephone: (03) 9235 4848 or 4800 (tourist office).