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Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) Tours and Activities

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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, Wilayah Persekutuan, 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
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$66.42
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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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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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
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$13.00
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$13.00
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Private Guided Kuala Lumpur Day Trip With Skip-the-Line Petronas Twin Towers

Private Guided Kuala Lumpur Day Trip With Skip-the-Line Petronas Twin Towers

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Discover Kuala Lumpur with a personal guide on a full-day tour of the city’s top sites, from Petronas Twin Towers to the shrines at Batu Caves. Climb into cave temples with great views, soar to the Petronas Twin Towers’ observation deck, tour the National Museum and downtown sites, and more. Traveling through the city with a private driver makes this a convenient way to explore, with skip-the-line admission to the towers and round-trip transport from hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.54
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$101.54
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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
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$76.93
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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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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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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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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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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Kuala Lumpur Private Tour

Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Kuala Lumpur Private Tour

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Discover the multicultural hub of Kuala Lumpur on a private half-day tour. Discover hidden gems in Chinatown and visit iconic landmarks like the Railway Station and Petronas Twin Towers. Hear local stories from your personal guide and taste delicious food along the way. Then enjoy lunch (own expense) and a Canopy Walk at KL Forest Eco Park.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.43
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$51.43
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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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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
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$20.52
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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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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
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$20.77
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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 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.57
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$22.57
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Private Tour : Kuala Lumpur 2 Days of Wonders

Private Tour : Kuala Lumpur 2 Days of Wonders

2 Days in Kuala Lumpur? If your stopover in Malaysia consists of 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur, you'll have ample time to see most of the must-visit attractions in the city centre as well as plan a day trip to the outskirts of the city, where you can enjoy some of Malaysia’s mountainous view & nature. If you’re unsure of what to do and see in KL in 2 days, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the city’s landmarks and iconic architecture, as well as tranquil temples, high-altitude attraction and fireflies park situated on the outskirts of the city. All private & exclusive.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$385.90
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$385.90
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Kuala Lumpur Private City Tour

Kuala Lumpur Private City Tour

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Enjoy all the highlights of Malaysia’s capital city on this private tour of Kuala Lumpur. Check out the National Museum, National Mosque, the Kuala Lumpur Railways Station, the King’s Palace and other important landmarks around the city. Your informative guide will offer insight and history as you take in the wonder of this unique destination where old meets new. Your tour concludes with a stop at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, where you’ll learn about the art of pewter smithing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.00
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$40.00
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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

Kuala Lumpur Sunset and Night tour

Kuala Lumpur Sunset and Night tour

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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 another starting time you book the tour as a private one; you can request this by 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 1 guide up to 6 guests and 2 guides from 7 - 12 participants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.26
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$50.26

Private Tour : Kuala lumpur city tour

Private Tour : Kuala lumpur city tour

*See eight top Kuala Lumpur attractions, * including Petronas Twin Towers *Learn about Malaysian history, culture—and chocolate!—from your local guide *Relax with pickup and drop-off from city hotels *Choose between morning and afternoon departures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
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$35.90

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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Day Trip from Port Klang Terminal to Kuala Lumpur City with Lunch (JOIN TOUR)

Day Trip from Port Klang Terminal to Kuala Lumpur City with Lunch (JOIN TOUR)

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This day tour is designed especially for cruise ship passengers, and is ideal for travelers staying in Kuala Lumpur for a short time. Be picked up directly from the Port Klang Cruise Terminal so you don’t waste a sightseeing minute. Visit the must-see highlights of the city, including the Petronas Twin Towers, the Batu Caves temple, a batik factory and much more, to learn about Malaysia’s traditional and contemporary culture. - Convenient pick-up location and itinerary for cruise ship passengers - Make the most of a day in the city with a tour covering the main attractions - Enjoy a special lunch in Little India, served on a banana leaf (included) - Benefit from an English-speaking chauffeur and full commentary
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.30
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$77.30
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Private Full-Day Tour in Kuala Lumpur with Lunch

Private Full-Day Tour in Kuala Lumpur with Lunch

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This full-day Kuala Lumpur sightseeing tour showcases the best of the city. Experience the energy of Independence Square, revel at the height of the Petronas Twin Towers, wander the halls of the National Museum and sample traditional fare during lunch at a local restaurant. Explore the streets of Little India and the stalls of the local craft center before enjoying a guided tour of Batu Caves Hindu temple—one of the city’s architectural masterpieces!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.67
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$86.67
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Kuala Lumpur Shore Excursion: Private Kuala Lumpur City Sightseeing Tour

Kuala Lumpur Shore Excursion: Private Kuala Lumpur City Sightseeing Tour

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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, culture and food. Enjoy the convenience of private transport to place like the National Mosque, Petronas Twin Towers and King’s Palace. Explore the halls of the National Museum with your private guide who will offer insight and information about all of the artifacts on display. 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 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$174.00
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$174.00
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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 176 Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) costs USD 66.42. Guided Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) tours start around USD 66.42 per person. See all 176 Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) tickets and tours on Viator.
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