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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown
Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

Free admission
Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

The Basics

There’s no charge to enter Kuala Lumpur Chinatown and you don’t need to join a tour to soak up the atmosphere at the Chinese and Hindu temples, sample the goods at the many delicious hawker joints, or hunt for bargains at the markets. With that said, Chinatown is an essential stop on any Kuala Lumpur food tour, not to mention walking tours, city tours, heritage tours, shopping tours, and night tours.

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown tours typically check off some of the area’s temples, particularly Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, the city’s oldest Hindu temple, and Chinese temples such as Guan Di Temple and Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, as well as historic Central Market. Tours often visit Petaling Street Market, while the hawker stalls on Madras Lane are a food-tour must.

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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
$110.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect day at Kuala Lumpur
Had the most amazing time! jivan ( tour guide) was nice and courteous, explained everything and even came shopping with me! Just go for it, you'll have an amazing time!
Hitaishi_T, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Kuala Lumpur

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That was an amazing tour....
ritik_S, May 2022
Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur
That was an amazing tour. kalai mam brings a huge car for us and was polite and friendly in nature that makes our tour much easy to explore batu caves, central market, China Town and all other places. kalai mam tells us all the history about batu caves and all other places. The car was super cleaned and she drives so nicely. So i want to thank kalai mam because without her we are not able to make a tour of batu caves and of all other places. THANK YOU.
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Great Experience
NAYHTOO_A, Jul 2022
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
The private tour was worthy & efficient for single traveller with tight schedule. Been to most famous KL landmarks within a day. Guide/Driver Kalai is friendly & knowledgeable. She recommended me to try delicious Indian banana leaf rice & mango yogurt. Recommended. Thank u.
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Effective and pleasant
Baichao_H, Jun 2022
Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur
Kalai is a wonderful driver and guide! Upbeat and cheerful. I would have appreciated some more information about the history and culture and meaning of the destinations in the tour, but we are overall happy with the experience! Effective use of time to see the hot spots.
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Great highlights of KL
Theasha_P, Jun 2022
Private Tour Kuala Lumpur with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave
It was a truly memorable trip. Kalay was an excellent tour guide who gave me the freedom to explore sited at my own pace. Would recommend if you like to see the highlights of KL in a day
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Thank you Kalai
daniel_m, Jun 2022
Private Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Culture And Communities Exploration Tour
Kalai, out guide, did an excellent job showing us some of the highlights of KL. Recommended for those who don't have a lot of time.
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My guide was so helpful
Huda_J, Jun 2022
Private : The Best of Kuala Lumpur Cultural & Heritage Tour
Batu Caves was stunning. My tour guide was so helpful and was happy to change the programme to fit my needs.
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City tour kaulalumper
Jackson_M, May 2022
Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by Night
Good trip. Nice service Excellent trip. We were able to see many things. Driver Raman picked us up on time and he was very flexible.
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Great
Daniel_R, Mar 2020
Private Night Tour : Kuala Lumpur Heritage Under The Lights
Rajan. Fantastic tourist guide very friendly It wats very interesting what we saw. Wowwwweewwwwwwwww
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A very enjoyable walking trip around central KL
Jamie_W, Mar 2020
Kuala Lumpur InfoFun Walking Tour Experience
A very interesting walking tour around Chinatown, the “colonial” area and Little India. Alvin was a great tour guide and was able to provide insights that would not have been possible if we’d visited these places on our own. Recommended.
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KL Night Tour
indaymlr8, Jan 2020
Discover The Best of Kuala Lumpur by Night
Our guide/driver Azman made it fun & educational for the 3 hours tour in spite of the on & off rain that night❣️A must for first time tourist to do in KL & a big bonus if you get Azman as your tourist guide.
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Lovely morning
Hannah_B, Jun 2022
Private Half-Day Batu Caves and Cutural Tour in Kuala Lumpur
Good way to see sights of KL in a short time. Driver/guide was really helpful and sweet. Didn’t rush us at all and made sure we had water with us all the time!!
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Perfect way to spend your transit.
amarmohanan, Jan 2020
Private Layover Tour from Airport : Best of Kuala Lumpur
Perfect way to explore Kl if you have 6-8 hours to spare. Driver was in contact with us through whatsapp as we landed. He knew the approximate passport control timing and picked us up on time. English speaking driver and took us around as we wanted plus as per the itenery. Everything covered and guided as we were driven thru kl. Thanks a lot. Rather do this than staying in airport hotel.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is a must for fans of food, history, and culture, and a major photographic draw.

  • Bargaining is essential both at Petaling Street Market and Pasar Karat.

  • Visit on an empty stomach to make the most of the snacking opportunities.

  • Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is challenging to manage in a wheelchair, but not impossible.

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How to Get There

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown sits in the heart of the city, just across the Klang River from Merdeka Square. Pasar Seni MRT is the best station for most Chinatown destinations, but you can also reach it from Masjid Jamek LRT and Maharajalela Monorail. Parking is thin on the ground so driving is not advised.

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When to Get There

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown has something to offer from morning to night, but afternoon is the best time to visit to make the most of the markets and eateries. The Lunar New Year period, generally in January and February, is a particularly colorful time to visit the area, with temples and streets dressed in lanterns.

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Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese History

Kuala Lumpur owes its existence to Chinese prospectors, who set up camp here while searching for tin and gave it its unromantic name, which means “Muddy River Junction.” Chinese finance and energy played a major part in the city’s growth, and many credit Yap Ah Loy, an early leader of the Chinese community, with developing it from a disease-ridden settlement to a thriving town.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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