Homeless People Hired As Tour Guides in KL To Show Tourists Hidden Gems in the City

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Our parents love going on holidays with tour groups but us younger ones? We prefer it free and easy.

After all, not everyone’s interested in the culture of the country they’re going to, or they think normal tour groups are overrated.

But what say you to a haunted tour where you’re brought to the haunted places in the country? Or a walk that brings you around the city just to see the street art left by local and international artists?

Interested? Read on.

Unseen Tours Kuala Lumpur

Unseen Tours Kuala Lumpur was set up by social enterprise Yellow House KL to help the homeless.

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By training them to become tour guides and give tourists an unconventional tour of the streets of KL.

After all, who better to give a tour of the streets than people who’ve lived on it for some time?

What Type of Tours Are Available?

This is where things get interesting.

There are a few types of tours available according to their website:

Street Art Tour

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How about a 4.5 km track through the city of KL where you can spot street artworks by well-known local and international artists about independence, love and unity.

The tour is expected to last around 2 hours 45 minutes and cost RM 55 ($18).

Haunted Tour

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If you’re a thrillseeker and loves the paranormal, this is the one for you. Lasting about 2 hours 15 minutes, you’ll be brought through the streets of KL and told about hair-raising incidents, alleged sightings and the urban legends of buildings that are still sitting in the streets today.

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The tour will cost you RM85 ($28) and the route is approximately 3.5km long.

MulticulTour: Temple & Heritage Tour

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Love immersing yourself in the culture of a country? Hear and see it from the perspective of a local who’ve been living in the country all his life.

Costing RM 55 ($18), the route is 6 km long and is expected to last 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Stringent Requirements To Become Tour Guides

So there you are, wondering, is it safe?

Yes, it is, as the requirements to be a tour guide is pretty stringent.

Candidates chosen to become tour guides have to be able to:

  • Speak English
  • Certain education level
  • Free from substances
  • Passionate
  • Committed
  • Disciplined

Tour guides have to go through a urine test every month to test for substance abuse too.

The tour guides will earn 60% of the fees while the remaining money goes towards Yellow House KL to help the other homeless individuals get back on their feet.

Sounds fun? Even without the social aspect, I’m pretty sure some of you are pretty attracted to the haunted tour, aren’t you?

Well, you can check out their website for more information.