Self-Guided Walking Tours to Explore Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. Each walk comes with a detailed tour map as well as photos and background information for the featured attractions. The app's navigation functions guide you from one attraction to the next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
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Saving Money with City Passes
To save yourself time and money visiting Kuala Lumpur's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the KL PASS or Kuala Lumpur Backpackers Pass.
A city pass combines all or multiple Kuala Lumpur's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.
Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels
Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Kuala Lumpur hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Impiana KLCC Hotel.
Taking Care of Your Feet
To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kuala Lumpur, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.
Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device
Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.
For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.
Exploring City on Guided Tours
We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Kuala Lumpur typically costs between around US$10 and US$100 or more per person:
- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Kuala Lumpur in the comfort of a bus listening in the headsets to the commentary in English, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one (24 hrs) or two days (48 hrs).
- No visit to Malaysia is complete without savoring local cuisine – the alloy of spicy Indian, complex Chinese, and zesty Malay flavors. Embark on a culinary walking tour of Kuala Lumpur for a generous dollop of delectable Malay delicacies at some truly unique locations: hidden streets, alleyways and suburbs only the locals know about.
- Pedal your way around Kuala Lumpur on a 4-hour bike tour to appreciate the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the Malay capital from an informative group leader.
- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise сould have done by walking.
- Come to appreciate Kuala Lumpur in its nighttime ambiance as the city gets ablaze with multi-colored illumination after dusk. Explore Chinatown in the cool of the night, stroll through the popular night markets, and experience KL's nightlife in its richness.
- Give yourself in to the unique charm of Kuala Lumpur on a 3-hour morning tour to explore the city's diverse architectural setting, learn about its history and more.
If you have a day to spare whilst in Kuala Lumpur, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Malacca, Kuala Selangor, or Batu Caves. For as little as US$60+ to US$170+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of great historical and cultural importance (iconic caves, royal burial ground, ancient fort, etc.), get closer to the Malaysian nature by riding a boat in the evening through mangrove forests to encounter thousands of twinkling fireflies or by going for a relaxed drive through countryside to visit elephant conservation center and take some photos with amiable silvered leaf monkeys, plus to enjoy a typical Malaysian seafood meal, and so much more. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (or boat, wherever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.
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