Experience the Best of Kuala Lumpur on a Half-Day Tour

Written by Katherine

January 4, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

Even though our stay in Kuala Lumpur was short since my parents were with us, I wanted to make it a meaningful trip for them. As such, hubs and I decided to look up any Kuala Lumpur day tour that we could take up. And that was when I came upon a Kuala Lumpur half-day city tour offered by Klook.

I will briefly share about the places we visited. But if you want to know more about the various attractions, it would be better for you to join a tour to find out more. This post would mainly be talking about our experience of the day tour. Now that all is clear let’s see what the tour offers~! (・ω<)☆

Our Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Tour Package

The initial Kuala Lumpur half-day city tour listing I found on Klook was a group tour, and it is REALLY AFFORDABLE at just 10 SGD per pax. I considered this option until we found a listing for a private tour. While the private tour was more expensive, hubs and I wanted my parents to have a comfortable experience, so we decided to go with the private tour. (´• ω •`)ノ

At around 21.30 SGD per pax, our package includes an English-speaking professional driver/guide, round-trip transfers to and from our hotel, and admission to the KL Gallery. Based on the itinerary on Klook, we would have some photo stops and drive passes at the various attractions.

Choosing to Start Our Day Early…

We chose to have the half-day tour in the morning so that we could have some free time to ourselves in the afternoon. Our driver/guide, Andrew, arrived really early, about 30 minutes before the pick-up time. The night before the tour, he Whatsapp-ed hubs and me to let us know he would be the driver. The company also emailed me Andrew’s information. But since we don’t check our emails overseas, it was very nice of Andrew to text us. The fact that he came so early also left a really good impression. ( ´ ω ` )

Time to Start Our Kuala Lumpur Half-Day City Tour~!

Photo Stop: King’s Palace (Istana Negara)

Our first stop on the itinerary is the King’s Palace, also known as the Istana Negara. The whole area outside the palace was HUGE, and the grounds beyond looked lovely. Unlike in Singapore, where our Istana is open to the public on major public holidays, the Istana Negara is sadly not open to the public. (´-ω-`)

When we arrived, there were a few groups of tourists around. Luckily, we were on a private tour, so there was no rush to go off, and I managed to take some photos with almost no one around. We also had such fine weather that morning that the yellow gate of the palace stood out so beautifully against the sky. The guards on their horses were also an interesting sight. But oh boy, the weather is so bad for them, and thankfully, they had a fan there to keep them cool. ☆⌒(>。<)

As we took shelter in the shade, Andrew shared with us a lot of the palace’s history, about the kings and the palace compounds, and the possible guards on the hills surrounding the compound. Andrew was such a joy with his way of sharing. Since history can be boring, he always adds a few jokes to make it a fun experience for everyone. Even my parents enjoyed it. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Drive Pass: Perdana Botanical Gardens & KL Bird Park

After being under the sun for a while, it was time for us to move off to the next destination. These were drive passes, which means Andrew would just drive past the place while telling us the history of these attractions. I don’t remember much of the Perdana Botanical Gardens, but the KL Bird Park was memorable.

Photo by Yana Marudova and Ira on Unsplash

Even though we didn’t get out of the car, Andrew was really nice to stop his car outside the park while asking us to spot the monkeys and birds in the park. I think it is quite cool that there are zones where the birds could fly freely! But of course, it comes with the “danger” of getting pooped on. Haha! (*/ω\) Oh, the KL Bird Park is also said to be the largest free-flight walk-in aviary in the world! w(°o°)w

Drive Pass: National Mosque of Malaysia & Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

The National Mosque of Malaysia, also known as Masjid Negara, is near the Botanical Gardens/KL Bird Park. I have seen YouTubers visit the mosque, which looked so beautiful inside! It’s too bad we didn’t see it this time, but we will definitely be back to explore this grand building. (´• ω •`)

After this drive pass, we headed off to see the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. The building reminded us of Singapore’s historic buildings in our Civic District.

After all these drive passes, we finally reached the next photo stop, Merdeka Square. This was the place where Malaysia’s flag was raised for the first time on 31 August 1957. Since then, Malaysia’s National Day Parade has been held at this square annually. Besides being such a memorable place, the flagpole there is also the world’s tallest flagpole at a height of 100 meters. According to Andrew, Malaysia seems to always like competing for the highest or the tallest of things in the world. (⁀ᗢ⁀)

Anyway, beside Merdeka Square is the iconic clock tower of the Sultan Abdul Samad building. When we got to the square, two other tour buses arrived simultaneously. Grabbing a good photo spot of the clock tower was so tough! It was so crowded I had to photoshop two humans out of our group photo to make it look good. (-_-)

We were also given some free time to visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. The gallery has a small exhibition space showing Kuala Lumpur’s history. A famous “I ♥ KL” sign is found outside the gallery, so don’t miss out on this photo spot! There are also washrooms inside the gallery, plus a food court, so it is good to have a quick break before continuing our tour.

Photo Stop: River of Life

The River of Life is just a short 1-2 minute drive from Merdeka Square. I don’t recall much about this place except that it is a project to clean the river, with the goal of turning it into a tourist attraction. This resembles how Singapore cleaned up its river and developed the surrounding areas into a popular tourist destination. The Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad can be seen in the middle, where the rivers Gombak and Klang intersect. If you are coming here, I would recommend coming at night when the lights come up, and I saw that they have light shows at scheduled hours, too! (´• ω •`)ノ

Image Credit (Right): River of Life KL Facebook Page

Bonus Drive Pass: Brickfields Little India & Petaling Street Chinatown

Andrew also drove us past places not included in the itinerary, such as Little India in Brickfields and Chinatown in Petaling Street. He also shared with us the history of these places while driving by. We have heard and seen a lot of Chinatown through YouTubers and would definitely be back in future to explore more. ( ´ ω ` )

Final Photo Stop: Petronas Twin Towers

You cannot go to Kuala Lumpur and not visit the Petronas Twin Towers! It used to be the tallest building in the world before being overtaken by Taipei 101 in Taiwan and eventually the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Now, they remain the tallest twin towers in the world.

There are a lot of things you could do around the area when visiting the Petronas Twin Towers. They have a huge mall and a park nearby to roam around. But we were only there to take some photos before calling it a day. While there, there were also A LOT of tourists trying to take a photo at the most optimal spot in front of the water feature. There were also a handful of peddlers trying to sell tourists selfie sticks. It is not easy to take a selfie without a selfie stick or wide-angle lens, so these sellers are brilliant. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The crowd situation at the Petronas Twin Towers!

Anyway, luckily, I had my iPhone 11 Pro, so the wide-angle lens worked really well. But the bad thing is that it gave people in the photos long limbs, which was what happened with my parents’ photos. Haha! But they don’t mind as long as they have photos of the Twin Towers. (´• ω •`)

Overall Experience on our Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Tour

Hubs and I absolutely enjoyed our Kuala Lumpur half-day tour with Andrew, and so did my parents. Andrew was a joy to have for this day tour. His knowledge of Kuala Lumpur and his jokes brought about so much fun for us. He was also very willing to answer our questions regarding anything under the sun. Besides the above, Andrew also went above and beyond to show us some interesting things in Kuala Lumpur that were not included in the itinerary.

Andrew was great, but since my dad does not understand much English, I wished I could request a Mandarin-speaking guide. My mum had to be my dad’s translator throughout the whole trip. (*/ω\) Andrew knows my dad didn’t understand English and tried his best to connect with him. For that, we were very appreciative of his service and highly recommend him as the guide. (´ ω `♡)

Anyway, the guide is randomly assigned, so you might not get Andrew as your guide. But through the online reviews on Klook, it seems like all the guides are generally wonderful. You could try your luck to reach out to the company once you have the confirmation to see if you could request Andrew. After this amazing half-day tour, I am even more excited to return to Kuala Lumpur to explore the nooks and crannies with hubs! (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡

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  1. Marcia

    Hi there, awesome post!
    Do you have the contact of the company you used?
    Would love to come to some other places like bati waterfall etc.
    Le tmrw know please.

    • Katherine

      Hi Marcia,

      Thank you for reaching out!

      Based on the details on the Klook invoice, the company is called Kuala Lumpur Tours (https://www.kualalumpurtours.com.my/). You can try reaching out to them from the contact details given on the website. I have actually not heard of Bati Waterfalls but you can check with them if they can customise something for you.

      Hope this helps in planning you trip! 🙂


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