Ever wonder why Malaysia adopted the tagline “Malaysia, Truly Asia?” It’s simple really – this archipelagic nation boasts of thousands of islands, as well as peoples from different cultures in Asia. With citizens of Malay, Chinese and Indian descent, Malaysia is truly Asia.
It’s also not surprising to find out that tours in the country are as varied as its local cultures. Check out the top Malaysian tours that you should not miss, for that “Truly Asia(n)” experience.
Tours for the Young and Young At Heart
Chances are, you will likely be on vacation with the whole family, including kids, when you get to visit Malaysia. Here are some tours that are ideal for families with young children, but also for the young at heart.
The Legoland Malaysia Theme Park is found in the northern part of the country, in Johor Bahru. It is the first Legoland theme park in Southeast Asia, bringing fun for the whole family. It features more than 70 rides, attractions and shows that everyone will love. This includes a Water Park full of pools, slides and wet rides, which is touted to be the largest water park in Legoland history. If you are in the mood for swimming, you can still opt to do the rides and “dry” activities.
Tour packages available online via vendors like Klook and Viator offer day tours and 2-day tours for Legoland. If your family is coming from Kuala Lumpur, there is a day tour that includes admission tickets and transfers which costs around RM 1,022 per person. You can also opt to buy admission tickets only, which costs around RM 100 to 191 per ticket. Since Johor Bahru is close to the country’s border with Singapore, visitors can come from Singapore. Klook offers two way transfers from Singapore for as low as RM 71 to 83 per person.
Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh City
Lost World of Tambun is only two hours away from Kuala Lumpur. It is located in the history city of Ipoh, known for being the former center of tin mining in the country. Tambun is also a theme park that not only has exciting rides for kids and adults to enjoy. You can also learn about the history of mining in one of the park’s attractions. Adults can enjoy the hot springs and spa facilities while the kids play at the water park or enjoy the rides at the amusement park.
You can book tickets online via Klook for example which would cost around RM 52 to 70, not inclusive of pay per ride and spa services. Ipoh is reachable via train from Kuala Lumpur, but tranfer services are also available which can purchase together with your tickets.
Aquaria at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
At Aquaria, you can see all kinds of sea creatures up close without going out to the ocean. Aquaria is considered as one of the best indoor aquariums in Asia and it is only a stone’s throw away from the famous Petronas Twin Towers. Make sure to visit during feeding times so you can witness an underwater feeding frenzy. It features a 90-meter transparent underwater tunnel that you can walk through. Interactive exhibits also lets you and your kids touch and feel sea cucumber and observe starfish and bamboo sharks up close.
You can book your tickets via Klook. Malaysia nationals can get tickets for RM 38 per person, while foreigners can get it for RM48. Aside from walking, Aquaria is also easily accessible via Rapid KL and by bus.
Kuala Lumpur Nature Tour – Gardens and Parks
Who would have thought you could find pockets of green in a city like Kuala Lumpur? With this nature tour, you can get to know about Malaysia’s flora and fauna in all its beauty. It takes you on a 3.5 hour tour to the city’s gardens and nature parks. Marvel at the colorful flowers at the Orchid Garden. Chase different butterflies at the Butterfly Park. At the Bird Park, try your best to catch a glimpse of any of the 5,000 natural and exotic birds. Your kids will surely be thrilled at all these natural wonders.
Private tours are best and they can be booked through Viator, at RM 213 per person. This includes all transfers to and from your hotel. Kuala Lumpur Tours has a similar tour package that includes two other gardens, for only RM 120 for a group of up to 7 persons, and inclusive of entrance fees.
History and Culture, Up Close
Malaysia is a country with a rich history, having gone through several colonizers. Remnants of this history can be seen in its cities such as Malacca. Malacca, located southeast of Kuala Lumpur, is Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural and historical significance in the country’s history. Portuguese and Dutch influences are evident in the city’s old buildings and structures, and you will gain a better appreciation of this when you take the Historial Malacca Day Tour.
This tour package is available on Klook and Viator and usually includes a guide, return transfer and lunch (except drinks). Entry fees to attractions are also not included. You can book a slot for RM 140 for an adult ticket. Local tour agencies such as Kuala Lumpur Tours offers a day tour for RM 180 per person for a group of at least 7 persons, inclusive of lunch and private tour vehicle.
Located just minutes away from Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves has the largest statue of the Hindu deity Lord Murugan standing at 42.7 meters (140 ft) which is found at the entrance of the caves. This series of limestone caves has several Hindu temples which is frequently visited by devotees. The main cave features 272 steps which you need to climb in order to reach it. The tour also includes visit to a local pewter craft factory and a batik workshop, where you can see how these local crafts are made.
For only RM 43 per person, you can get an English-speaking guide and round trip transfers. Both Klook and Viator offer this day tour. Local tour agency MAM Holidays bundles Batu Caves with a full day private tour of Kuala Lumpur for around RM 160 per person for a group of at least 4 persons with a private vehicle.
The island of Penang is located along the Malacca Strait and because of its location, it was an important hub for trade since the Kedah Sultanate up until British occupation. Its capital city, George Town, was named as a UNESCO World Heritage site together with Malacca. To appreciate the city’s history, take the half-day George Town Heritage tour which brings you to the city’s temples, mosques and old mansions. As you drive through the city streets, see the different architectural influences that shaped this city throughout its history.
Viator offers a unique walking tour of the city for RM 420 per person which includes lunch and roundtrip transfers within George Town. Klook has a half-day tour for only RM 118 per person, inclusive of entry fees and roundtrip transfers within George Town. MAM Holidays half-day tour is priced at RM 215 for a group of at least 2 persons.
For a taste of the sweet life, go up to the hill resort of Genting Highlands. Located 1,730 meters above sea level within the Titiwangsa Mountains, Genting Highlands has cooler weather than Kuala Lumpur. This hill resort however is jampacked with modern amenities like several hotels, a casino and lots of shopping. It also hosts the world’s fastest mono-cable car system run by Genting Skyway.
When you book through Klook, for only RM 95, you get a roundtrip transfer from your KL hotel to the Genting Skyway and a roundtrip ticket on the cable car. Once in Genting, you can do as you please – take a chance at the casino or shop til you drop. Kuala Lumpur Tours offers a Genting Highlands day trip with a side trip to Batu Caves for RM 140 per person for a group of at least 4 persons.
Cameron Highlands is a much bigger and more extensive hill station than Genting Highlands. Located 150 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, it’s a much longer drive. You can escape the heat of the city at Cameron Highland’s tea plantations and lavender fields and rose gardens.
Although day tours are available, it is highly recommended that you stay at least overnight. But if you are on a tight budget, you can join the Day Tour that Klook offers. The 12-hour tour takes you to the tea plantations, the bee farm and strawberry farm and the local fruit and vegetables market. Lunch and roundtrip transfers within KL is also included, for only RM 355 per person. Kuala Lumpur Tours offers a similar Day Tour package to Cameron Highlands for only RM 270 per person for a group of at least 5 persons.
One of a Kind Experiences: Food Tours
There is no better way to experience a local culture than to eating and getting to know the local food. For a one of a kind experience, try to get the unique food experience tours on offer. Klook has the Kuala Lumpur Food Experience for only RM 171 per person as well as the Heritage on a Plate Tour in Penang for RM 194 per person.
Both tours are walking tours that take you to different locations in the city where you can sample authentic Malaysian delicacies and street food. You also get to see how locals enjoy their mealtimes during lunch or dinner.
MAM Holidays also has a half-day Penang Hawker Trails tour where you can choose what famous street food you want to sample, for only RM 196 per person inclusive of guided tour and transfers within Georgetown.
Travel Smart: Important Things to Note
Tours offer so much convenience to any traveler who has the travel smarts to choose the best package for himself and his family. Here are some important pointers when choosing the best tours for your travel needs:
- Make use of online tour sites such as Klook and Viator. Compare prices and inclusions before you decide on which tour to buy.
- When comparing tours on different sites, make sure to read the reviews of those who have taken the tours already.
- Make sure to read the fine print – inclusions and exclusions
- If available, it is always best to choose tours that include roundtrip transfers. It is much more convenient especially if you are traveling as a family.
- Once you have bought tour tickets or packages, make sure you carry the necessary documents needed to avoid delays – electronic tickets or print outs.
- Do your research on each of the sights you will go to. Wear the recommended clothing depending on local weather. Comfortable walking shoes is always a plus. Bring lots of drinking water.
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