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Kuala Lumpur tours and excursions

Kuala Lumpur tours

Cultural tours

Led by passionate and knowledgeable guides, Malaysia Heritage’s informative tours bring KL alive with anecdotes and insights as they visit the city’s best temples, markets, street stalls and historic enclaves. For a chauffeur-driven view of the sights, try Kuala Lumpur Tours who also offer evening tours to the city’s night markets and lit-up landmarks and finishing with a cultural show and buffet dinner.

Malaysia Heritage

Telephone

+60 3 203 21031.

Website

www.malaysiaheritage.net

Kuala Lumpur Tours

Telephone

+60 1 3208 4862.

Website

www.kualalumpurtours.com.my

Food Tours

For anyone wanting a real taste of city life, Food Tour Malaysia runs a popular culinary expedition for groups to taste-test a whole range of eclectic cuisines, from hidden-gem restaurants and speciality shops to backstreet cafes. Another option is Simply Enak, who organises heritage food trails through Chinatown's Petaling Street as well as a trip to the city's famous wet market, Chow Kit.

Food Tour Malaysia

Telephone

+60 1 3227 1505

Website

www.foodtourmalaysia.com

Simply Enak Food Experiences

Telephone

+60 1 7287 8929

Website

www.simplyenak.com

Kuala Lumpur excursions

Melaka

Less than two hours south of Kuala Lumpur lies the coastal city of Melaka (or Malacca) recognised by UNESCO for its historic riches. The city's unique architecture bears the mark of Dutch, Portuguese and British empires while the characterful Chinatown district, on north bank of Melaka River, is a good starting point to explore the atmospheric backstreets.

Tel: +60 3 8891 8000
Website: http://www.tourism.gov.my

Batu Caves

Take the train 13km north of the centre to the Batu Caves, a vast labyrinth of limestone chambers that are home to a spattering of Hindu shrines. A 43m-high statue of Lord Murugan guards the entrance to the main Temple Cave and 272 steps lead to the top. Time a visit during the annual Thaipusam Festival, when thousands of worshippers gather at the holy site.

Tel: +60 3 618 962 84
Website: http://www.batucaves.org

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Metro 360

Located in a bustling part of the Golden Triangle, Metro 360 offers tasteful, air-conditioned rooms across 22 floors of a tower block. Guests can make use of all-day dining options, free Wi-Fi, a pool and a gym, as well as shuttle buses to KLCC and Sentral Station. Visitors hoping to explore KL's shopping scene will appreciate the hotel's location nearby the Pavilion, Starhill and Lot 10 shopping malls.

Villa Samadhi

Set behind bamboo-clad gates in the leafy embassy district, this intimate hideaway is one of the city's finest boutique offerings. The 21 rooms and suites are wonderfully spacious and decorated in exotic artefacts collected from across Asia. Guests can enjoy private hot tubs and romantic balconies that overlook a tear-shaped pool surrounded by cabanas and tropical foliage. The restaurant serves all-day dishes and an indulgent breakfast come daybreak.

MiCasa All Suite Hotels

For a home-from-home experience, this design hotel has accommodation in the form of elegant, well priced one to three bedroom suites with kitchens. There's also a palm-shaded pool, a restaurant and a bar. The hotel is situated in the central business district, opposite the Petronas Towers and near the shopping centres of KLCC.

The Majestic

This lovely heritage hotel retains the refined air of its pre-war days, but recent restorations have added a modern 15-storey Tower Wing. The contrast between old and new plays out in the bedrooms, with those in the colonial quarter boasting wood panelling and claw tubs, while the new wing entices with four-poster beds and sleek glass fittings. The hotel's parlours, smoking lounge and orchid-filled conservatory add further allure.

Mandarin Oriental

Located in the cosy Back Bay, the Mandarin Oriental combines comfort and style to produce one of Boston's most luxurious and trendy hotels. Rooms resonate with classic oriental styles with a modern flare and boast beautiful views of the Back Bay cityscape. After a long day of touring and shopping, enjoy a soak in the oversized Jacuzzi baths or indulge in a massage at the Mandarin Oriental's five-star spa. Perfect for a business retreat or a relaxing holiday, the Mandarin Oriental will not disappoint.

Tune Hotel

Taking the budget airline concept and applying it to hotel rooms, the brightly-coloured Tune Hotel offers limited service at low cost. Its tidy and compact singles, doubles and twins are good value but add a surcharge for air-con, Internet access and other extras. The flagship hotel is located downtown, a short stroll from Medan Tuanku Monorail station, but a new sister establishment has opened in Jalan Putra.