Top 18 Best Kuala Lumpur Tour – Food, Art, History And More

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Kuala Lumpur is one of our favourite places in Malaysia. We often stop here for a few nights on the way to other spots around the country.

There is a lot to see in Kuala Lumpur. With attractions spread across the city, like the awesome food in Chinatown, the shopping district of Bukit Bintang, Batu Caves and the world famous Petronas Towers, getting around can require a bit of planning.

Walking the Skybridge at Petronas Twin Towers
Walking the Skybridge at Petronas Twin Towers

The easiest way to see it all is by tour, and there are so many options that no matter what your interests are, there is definitely an option for you. This guide covers some of the best tours in Kuala Lumpur. Whether you want to explore the food, the shopping, the culture or all of the above, you’ll find it below!

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Why Book A Kuala Lumpur Tour?

Kuala Lumpur is a great place to visit but many of the attractions are spaced far apart, requiring many taxi rides or bus/train/monorail transfers. On the other hand, day tours in Kuala Lumpur are an organised and efficient way to explore the city with less hassle.

Tours are also a great option if you have a stopover and want to explore the city, and you can find Kuala Lumpur tours from the airport for this purpose.

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

You have the option of doing a private or group tour, and can look at the Kuala Lumpur tour itinerary to find itineraries that match your interest. Private guides may even let you adapt the tour to your liking. Kuala Lumpur tour operators have insiders knowledge and can take you to the best places around town.

Plus, they are rarely expensive, and there are many Kuala Lumpur budget tour options.

Compare All The Best Tours In Kuala Lumpur

Here’s a quick comparison of all your Kuala Lumpur tours packages options.

Tour NameBest For…DaysPriceBook Now
Kuala Lumpur City Full Day TourSeeing the top attractions in one day with many photo opportunities1$$Click
Religion Culture And Heritage Half Day TourConnecting with some of the most culturally significant sites in the city1$$Click
Putrajaya And River Cruise TourExploring Putrajaya in half a day with transfers and river cruise1$$Click
KL Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus PassExploring the city’s top sites at your own pace1$$Click
Kuala Lumpur City Tour With 21 AttractionsOne of the Kuala Lumpur holiday packages to see everything in one day1$$Click
Kuala Selangor Fireflies Night TourLeaving the city behind and enjoying a boat cruise at night1$$Click
Sunway Lagoon With TransfersEnjoying a full day of family fun at a theme park 1$$Click
Genting Highlands And Batu Caves Day TourSeeing two major attractions outside the city centre1$$Click
Genting Highlands Day TripEnjoying the attractions and hilltop climate at Genting Highlands1$$Click
Historical Melaka Tour With Lunch From Kuala LumpurExploring a UNESCO city in one day with return transfers1$$Click
Taman Negara National Park Join-In Day TourOne of the top Taman Negara Kuala Lumpur tourism packages that gets you to the jungle heart of Malaysia1$$Click
Kuala Lumpur Street FoodEnjoying a street food walking tour of Kuala Lumpur1$$$Click
Flavours Of Malaysia (Off The Beaten Track)Experiencing the true local flavours of the city1$$$Click
Batu Caves Private TourHassle free transfers to Batu Caves from your hotel1$Click
Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur Half Day Shopping, Leisure & SPA TourEnjoying the perfect mixture of exploration and rejuvenation1$$Click
Private Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Highlights in One DayExploring the best of both cities in one day1$$Click
Secrets of KL – Nightlife, Street Art & Cocktails!Discovering Kuala Lumpur’s undercover night scene with plenty of great food1$$$Click
Kuala Lumpur Evening Tour with KL Tower Entry and Water Fountain ShowExploring the city’s highlights at night and watching the light show1$Click

You can read more about each of these options below.

Best Day Tours Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City Full Day Tour – Best Kuala Lumpur Day Tour Package

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur’s has many attractions spread out across the city. This 7.5 hour one day tour package in Kuala Lumpur ensures you wont miss out on any of the top attractions!

This Malaysia Kuala Lumpur tour package includes hotel pick up in a comfortable and private air-conditioned van and takes you to some of the most visited spots around the city. Batu Caves is included – a must see in Kuala Lumpur, and one of the best places to snap a photo of the colourful steps (and the many monkeys!).

You’ll visit National Mosque, the King’s Palace, Merdeka Square, the National Museum, Chinatown and the vibrant Petaling Street and, of course, the Petronas Towers. Some stops are just brief photo visits, whilst others are longer and offer you time to explore. A visit to Royal Selangor Pewter – the largest of its kind – and Mariamman Temple – KL’s oldest Hindu temple – are also included.

Your guide is there to drive you between destinations and offer some brief history behind each site. This tour also includes a delicious Malaysian or Indian lunch at a local restaurant.

This tour packs a lot in, but it is comfortable and a great way to explore the best of KL!

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Religion Culture And Heritage Half Day Tour – Best Half Day Tour In Kuala Lumpur

Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur
Masjid Jamek

There’s few better ways to get acquainted with this city than local tour operators in Kuala Lumpur. This 4 hour Kuala Lumpur walking tour includes hotel pick up and drop off. It’s your cultural pass to this diverse city.

Islam is the dominant religion of Malaysia, but its diverse ethnic groups mean that Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist temples are also found here. This tour package Kuala Lumpur visits some of the oldest religious sites, such as the Taoist Sze Yeh Temple and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, as well as Masjid Jamek and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. You’ll have a wise tour guide in Kuala Lumpur who can provide information on the many different cultural traditions in this city.

As part of this tour you’ll also visit the exquisite Central Market for awesome local souvenirs, as well as Chinatown for the buzzing atmosphere. This tour is one of the best ways to understand and connect to the local culture in all its diversity.

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Putrajaya And River Cruise Tour – Top Putrajaya Tour Kuala Lumpur

Perdana Putra
Perdana Putra

Putrajaya is Kuala Lumpur’s administrative capital, and it’s fascinating for reasons other than you might expect. There’s some very striking buildings and very few people around!

This is the best tour in Kuala Lumpur to visit Putrajaya in half a day. This half day Kuala Lumpur Putrajaya tour is perfect for getting acquainted with this city and learning about its development and history from your guide. The tour begins at around 9:30am with hotel pickup, and you’ll head straight there. Putrajaya is close to Kuala Lumpur at just a 30 – 45 minute drive away.

Your tour starts with a cruise on the man made lake – a must do when here! You’ll see important sites like the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office, the Putrajaya Government Centre, and the stunning pink and arabesque Putra Mosque.

Your Kuala Lumpur tour guide will drop you back at your hotel at 1pm, giving you the rest of the day to enjoy the attractions in Kuala Lumpur. I very much enjoyed exploring Putrajaya on this tour.

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KL Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass – Best Big Bus Tour Kuala Lumpur

KL Hop On Hop Off Bus
KL Hop On Hop Off Bus

One of the most flexible and affordable Kuala Lumpur tour packages is the KL Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. Your pass on the bus is valid for either 24 hour or 48 hours with the bus operating between 9am to 6pm. There are 27 dedicated stops on both the green and red line, with an interchange at Bukit Bintang (KL’s best shopping district). You can start of stop anywhere!

The bus stops at some of the most famous tourist sites around the city like Central Market, KL Tower, Lake Garden, the Petronas Towers, Masjid Jamek, the Bird Park, National Museum and so much more! Bus wait times are around 30 to 40 minutes, and the bus trips also include audio commentary.

This is a super affordable and easy way to get around! Just note that it can be very busy after 4pm, and you may want to finish up before this. It can also be a little frustrating waiting for the next bus at times.

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Kuala Lumpur City Tour With 21 Attractions

National Museum Kuala Lumpur
National Museum Kuala Lumpur

This 8 hour, one day package tour to Kuala Lumpur offers both an 8:30am or 1pm departure. This is the tour to see the top attractions dotted around the city, and it offers both private and group tour options. The more guests you have, the cheaper it is per person.

This one day package tour in Kuala Lumpur packs a lot in – there are 21 attractions all up. It includes a guided tour of Batu Caves and tickets to KL Tower, KL Gallery and the National Museum. This alone makes it great value!

You’ll see the beautiful architecture of the King’s Palace, go shopping at Central Market and Chinatown, visit Masjid Jamek and Bukit Bintang, visit the chocolate factory, see the Petronas Towers and much more!

You’ll also have an English speaking guide with you to answer questions. Roundtrip transfers are included, so you’ll be dropped back at your hotel when the tour concludes. With tickets to several attractions and all transport included, you get more than what you paid for with this tour. It’s a great value one day tour in Kuala Lumpur!

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Kuala Selangor Fireflies Night Tour

Firefly watching in a mangrove forest in Cherating

If you’re looking for a firefly tour Kuala Lumpur option, we recommend this one! This 6.5 hour tour includes transfers to and from your hotel and takes you to Kuala Selangor for your firefly boat tour Kuala Lumpur. If you take a look at the Kuala Lumpur tour map, you’ll see that Kuala Selangor is north of the city, and approximately a one hour drive away.

The tour includes pickup at around 3:30pm, where you’ll drive to Kota Melawati for either a 20 minute walking tour to Bukit Melawati or a tram service on the weekends. Here, you can explore the historical Fort Altingsburg, and possibly meet with the rare silvered leaf monkeys, before boarding the boat for your Kuala Lumpur fireflies tour. This is an excellent spot to see fireflies having one of the largest colonies in the world.

You’ll also enjoy dinner at a seafood restaurant in Kuala Selangor before heading back to your hotel. There is a lot of time spent driving on this tour but there is good commentary there and along the way, and it’s a great Kuala Lumpur tour itinerary for something different!

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Sunway Lagoon With Transfers

Sunway Lagoon surf beach
Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach

If you’re looking for day tours of Kuala Lumpur with kids, a visit to Sunway Lagoon is a fabulous choice. Sunway Lagoon is a huge water and theme park, with heaps of waterslides and other attractions. There’s an artificial beach, a zoo, go karts, rides and more. This is spread over 7 parks, each with a different theme.

This is one of the best Kuala Lumpur one day tour package options for visiting Sunway Lagoon. This is because it includes shared round trip transfer from your hotel to Sunway Lagoon and discounted entry into the park. This Sunway Lagoon tour Kuala Lumpur is great value!

If you finish up early at the theme park, you can easily head over to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall just next door – a huge and modern shopping centre – before taking your transfer back to your hotel.

I highly recommend this Kuala Lumpur package tour if you want to save money on entry by pre-purchasing tickets.

Click here to see the latest prices and tour options. You can also read more about Sunway Lagoon here.

Genting Highlands And Batu Caves Day Tour

Genting SkyWorlds review Ice Age
Hanging out in Genting SkyWorlds

This Genting Highlands and Batu Caves day tour is the perfect day tour from Kuala Lumpur if you want to visit attractions outside the centre with minimum stress. With hotel pick up and drop off, and Awana Skyway tickets sorted, this is the best tour Kuala Lumpur package to Genting Highlands.

From your hotel at around 9am, this tour goes directly to Batu Caves. Here, you can walk the famously steep and colourful steps to the cave. Inside is huge and spacious, and there are numerous temples both outside and inside the cave. Morning is the best time to visit this site, which makes this tour all the more attractive.

After this, you’ll head to Genting Highlands which is just another 30 – 45 minute drive away. Here, you can enjoy the cool mountain air and numerous attractions. This the perfect place to relax, unwind and have fun. Enjoy the shopping, visit the temple at Chin Swee Caves and see the blessed lamps, and enjoy all the other attractions this hill station has to offer.

The tour concludes at 5pm with hotel drop. This is a great option for combing Genting Highlands with a Batu Cave Tour in Kuala Lumpur. Plus, you’ll have a guide that points out attractions along the way, making this one of the sightseeing tours in Kuala Lumpur.

Click here to see the latest prices and tour options. You can also read more about the Batu Caves here and Genting Highlands here.

Genting Highlands Day Trip

Riding up the mountain in Awana SkyWay
Riding up the mountain in Awana SkyWay

This tour is one of the bus tours from Kuala Lumpur that allows you to spend a full day visiting Genting Highlands and enjoying the numerous attractions. It includes pick up from your hotel between 8:30am and 9:30am, tickets on the Awana Skyway, and return transfer.

Again, the benefit of a tour like this is that you don’t have to fuss around with making your own way to Genting Highlands and organising the SkyWay tickets. It’s all done for you, making the tour and travel from Kuala Lumpur all the more relaxed and enjoyable.

Genting Highlands is less than an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, and your ticket on the Awana Skyway will let you enjoy the ancient rainforest from above. There’s so much to do at Genting Highlands, from the Skytropolis indoor theme park, Genting Premium Outlets, Chin Swee Caves temple and the casino.

This affordable Kuala Lumpur local tour departs at 5:30pm where you can request to be taken back at your hotel or dropped off in the city centre.

Click here to see the latest prices and tour options. You can also read more about Genting Highlands here.

Historical Melaka Tour With Lunch From Kuala Lumpur


For one of the completely different Kuala Lumpur day tours, head to Melaka. This town is a culturally significant UNESCO World Heritage Site and has Dutch, Portuguese and British history which makes it both fascinating and architecturally beautiful.

Melaka is only a two hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur, and this one day tour Kuala Lumpur includes round transfers from the city centre with an early start at 8am, arriving in Melaka around 10am.

This Kuala Lumpur 1 day tour package is perfect for exploring Melaka as the city is very enjoyable to explore by foot. Included are guided tours of several important sites, such as Chen Hong Teng Chinese Temple, St. Peter’s Church, A’Famosa fortress, Christ Church and the famous Jonker Street. Lunch is also included in this tour.

You get free time to explore after lunch where you can easily fill your time walking around soaking up the atmosphere or taking an optional river cruise. The tour departs Melaka at 4pm for a 6pm arrival in Kuala Lumpur. This is among the best value Malaysia tours from Kuala Lumpur.

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Taman Negara National Park Join-In Day Tour

first section of the Taman Negara Canopy Walk
The first section of the Canopy Walk

Taman Negara is an awesome national park, but it can be difficult to get to. That’s why this Kuala Lumpur day tour itinerary is so attractive – it takes you there and back in one day, straight from your hotel. If you want to visit Taman Negara and fit as much into one day as possible, this is one of the best tour packages in Kuala Lumpur.

This Kuala Lumpur jungle tour has a super early start, departing around 5:30am for the 3.5 hour drive to Taman Negara. Bring breakfast with you and have it on the way.

The first stop at Taman Negara is the Canopy Walkway – the world’s longest suspension bridge! You’ll then hike to Teresek Hill. Whilst this is a 3 hour guided hike, it isn’t arduous and there’s plenty of interesting things to see along the way. It’s possible to spot tigers, elephants and monkeys in this stunning national park, although you’ll mostly just see birds.

Lunch is included in this Kuala Lumpur travel package at an iconic floating restaurant, followed by a visit to a tribal Orang Asli village, where you’ll receive a demonstration of hunting. You’ll arrive there by what’s known as rapid shooting – a thrilling boat ride down the river rapids!

This long Kuala Lumpur bus tour departs Taman Negara at 4:30pm for the drive back to your hotel for a well deserved rest!

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Best Food Tours In Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Street Food – Best Kuala Lumpur Food Tour

Kuala Lumpur food tour Preparing delicious street food delights in Chinatown
Preparing delicious street food delights in Chinatown

Street food is part of the culture of Malaysia. This Kuala Lumpur street food tour is one of the best ways to get connected with the food and culture of Kuala Lumpur and is a particularly good option when you first arrive in the city.

Starting near Chinatown, this 3.5 hour walking morning food tour in Kuala Lumpur begins at 9:15am, and whisks you through the bustling streets. All of your sense will ignite on this tour. There are plenty of highlights including seeing experts handmaking char siew pao steam buns, sampling the famous local teh tarik (which is among the most popular drinks in Malaysia), as well as tasting laksa, roti and the infamous durian if you wish!

This is one of the Kuala Lumpur food tours that offers tourists an insight into everyday Kuala Lumpur culture. It is also kid friendly, so it’s one of the best food tours Kuala Lumpur offers for families.

Whilst food is the highlight, you’ll also hear stories of the past, and see sites that offer insight into this interesting city.

We did this tour with our three kids, so it’s highly recommended for families as well.

Click here to see the latest prices and tour options. You can also see our full review of this tour including a video of what you’ll see and eay here.

Flavours Of Malaysia (Off The Beaten Track) – Best Street Food Tour Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur food tour Dosai, roti and so many sauces to taste!
Dosai, roti and so many sauces to taste!

For one of the best local Kuala Lumpur walking tours when it comes to food, we recommend this tour. Starting at 9:30am, this is a four hour tour that takes you to one of the less touristy spots around Kuala Lumpur to sample the most authentic local flavours.

This food walking tour in Kuala Lumpur meets in Chow Kit – well known by locals for its huge wet market. This is an authentic experience filled with unique sights and smells. This tour offers an insight into the the local flavours, where you can learn about the ingredients used, where they’re sourced, and the type of food that is being prepared in this multi-cultural area.

Of course, there’s plenty of tastings along the way with Malay, Chinese, Indonesian and Indian cuisine all on display. The street of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman also offers some interesting pre-war buildings, and there’s a great value clothing marketing in Chow Kit. This is one of the unique walking tours Kuala Lumpur offers for a truly authentic local experience.

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Best Private Tour Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves Private Tour – Best Kuala Lumpur Private Tour

Batu Caves
Batu Caves

Batu Caves is easy to get to from Sentral Station on the KTM Komuter Train. However, if you’re someone who prefers private tours, this is the one to go for!

There are two tour times offered – 9am to 12pm, and 1:30pm to 4:30pm. This Batu Cave Tour Kuala Lumpur takes you from your hotel directly to Batu Caves. The Hindu temple of Batu Caves is a striking sight with its 272 steep and colourful steps, its statue of Murugan and the numerous temples outside. This private Kuala Lumpur guided tour allows you to get better acquainted with both the natural and human history of this cave temple.

After your visit, you’ll stop at Chong Batik and watch a Batik making demonstration where you can opt to purchase a scarf, as well as the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory to see some of the interesting handiwork displayed here.

Click here to see the latest prices and tour options. You can also read more about the Batu Caves here.

Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur Half Day Shopping, Leisure & SPA Tour

tourist places in malaysia Kuala Lumpur KL Tower
KL Tower

Many tours are mostly about seeing the sites and taking photographs. This tour is a more active way to explore Kuala Lumpur through both shopping and rejuvenation!

In this tour, your private tour guide in Kuala Lumpur takes you to Central Market, one of the top places for handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs, as well as the best spots for shopping and eating around vibrant Chinatown. This tour also includes tickets to the KL Tower Sky Box. This is the best spot to get a panoramic view of the city, and you’ll be able to skip the lines.

Finish up (or start with) a one hour massage, complimented by a ginger cup of tea. Lunch/dinner is also included.

There are two tour times offered 9am and 2pm. The main difference is that the 2pm tour offers dinner, whereas the 9am tour offers lunch. This 6 hour tour is the perfect combination or action and relaxation.

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Private Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Highlights in One Day

Putra Mosque
Putra Mosque

Both Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have some awesome attractions, and it’s possible to explore both cities in one day. This one day tour of Kuala Lumpur is one of the private Kuala Lumpur tour packages that also takes you to both!

This 8 hour tour gives you plenty of options – you can decide where to go, follow the recommended 8 hour tour, or do a combination of both!

A typical one day tour package in Kuala Lumpur could include a visit to Batu Caves, the Petronas Towers, Petaling Street and Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, whereas The Putra Mosque, Prime Minister’s Office and a river cruise on the Putrajaya Lake are popular attractions in Putrajaya.

Your private tour guide in Kuala Lumpur can also offer their tour recommendations based on your interests.

Plus, you’ll be chauffeured in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. This is the most convenient, comfortable and flexible way to see the best of both cities.

Click here to see the latest prices and tour options. You can also read more about Putrajaya here.

Best Kuala Lumpur Night Tour

Secrets of KL – Nightlife, Street Art & Cocktails! – Best Night Tour Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Exploring Chinatown

Secrets of KL is a 4 hour long afternoon/night tour, and lets you experience the best food of Kuala Lumpur while also learning about its nightlife.

Beginning at 4pm, this Kuala Lumpur sightseeing tour conveniently meets at Pasar Seni MRT Station which is close to bustling Chinatown. It is an adults-only tour which explores the more hidden aspects of life in Kuala Lumpur.

The focus of these Kuala Lumpur night tours are both Petaling Street and street food. You’ll be introduced to the past heritage of Petaling Street which was a centre for brothels, its recently thriving speakeasies and underground establishments. This is the hidden world of Kuala Lumpur! You’ll also see street art as part of these tours.

These local tours in Kuala Lumpur also include plenty of street food. Rendang and chicken rice are both on the menu, as well as a secret local favourite which is only revealed on the tour. The tour also includes one alcoholic beverage, such as a local cocktail with a Malaysian flare.

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Kuala Lumpur Evening Tour with KL Tower Entry and Water Fountain Show – Best Kuala Lumpur By Night Tour

Traders Hotel KL Views from my Tower View Room at night
View at night – which do you prefer?

This 4 hour private tour is one of the top Kuala Lumpur guided tours at night. It starts at 5pm with hotel transfers, where you’ll head to several sites including Central Market for shopping, Merdeka Square, Guan Di Temple, Chinatown and the Maha Mariamman Temple.

The highlight of this tour is the light show at Suria KLCC. It can be difficult to know when the light show is on, so doing one of the tours around Petronas Kuala Lumpur is the best way to see it.

This tour visits other important sites too like the river confluence, the Old Quarters and KL Tower (with tickets to the Sky Box included!).

Malaysian cities can be even more exciting at night, and this private 4 hour tour lets you enjoy Kuala Lumpur from a different perspective!

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Final Words

We hope this list has helped you get inspired to plan your Kuala Lumpur tour! Whilst there is a lot to see in this diverse city, there are also a lot of tours available. We recommend you do at least one, as a sightseeing tour Kuala Lumpur is an affordable and convenient option for exploring the city.

Kuala Lumpur local tour operators have the best insight into this interesting city, and with so much to see, they are one of the best ways to get around. Enjoy!

Looking for more day trip options from KL? Find our full list here. Read more about everything you can do in Kuala Lumpur here. You can also read our guide of where to stay in Kuala Lumpur here and find our full travel guide to Kuala Lumpur here.

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By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.