Day tours under the hot blazing sun of Kuala Lumpur? Draw the curtains on that idea, and experience Kuala Lumpur in a different light with the amazingly unique Hop-On Night Excursion on an open decked bus. Kuala Lumpur transforms when the sun sets, and as the city day nears its end, glistening skyscrapers decorate the skyline, making it one of the world’s must-see cities.
The tour starts at MaTiC (the Malaysian Tourism Centre at Jalan Ampang) at 17:00 every day. The vibrantly coloured double-decker Hop-On Hop-Off bus will be waiting for you and an English-speaking tour guide will explain each attraction. The first stop of the tour is the KL City Gallery and as we move out from the meeting point, we pass by one of the most notorious traffic jams in the city – Jalan Ampang at 17:00 is never a good idea to begin with, and we’re glad to leave the area.
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After a journey of 15 minutes, we reach KL City Gallery, which is set in a 114-year old, colonial-style building just outside Dataran Merdeka. The gallery showcases the history of the city through interesting paintings, photographs and miniature mock-ups of significant landmarks. Visitors will also be delighted to know that ARCH, a company specializing on premium gifts made from wood veneer, has an outlet on the premise if you’re looking for something ‘Malaysian-inspired’ to bring back home. We quickly board the bus after making our purchases, ready for our next stop: the Federal Territory Mosque. With various elements of both Ottoman and Malay architecture blended together, the mosque is a beautiful three-storey house of worship that can easily accommodate over 15,000 worshippers at one time.
The next item on the itinerary is Batu Caves, and miles before reaching them, we can see the gleaming yellow Lord Murugan statue. Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising three major caves, and to reach to the top of the cave, one has to climb all 272 steps so be prepared with a bottle of water and climb up for an unmatched experience. It’s around 18:30 when we get to the famous landmark, just as the sun begins to set.
As we’re famished after all the exercise, it’s good to know that our next stop is Satay Station, a famous Malay restaurant serving one of the best Malaysian dishes of all time: satay. Satay is a simple, grilled meat-on-skewers dish, and coupled with its spicy peanut sauce as a condiment, one can easily gobble down a whole tray of them. Our satay is served fresh, with big portions of beef and chicken on each skewer. Alongside satay, we’re also served a small bowl of mee rebus, which is boiled noodles with spicy curry-like gravy. We’re extremely satisfied with our dinner, and are already looking forward to our next stop, the Ampang Lookout Point.
The Ampang Lookout Point was once a popular spot to view the Kuala Lumpur skyline in its entirety, but was closed indefinitely after a landslide. The tour still takes us on a breezy ride up the hill, but stops halfway up at a spot slightly below the original Lookout Point. We can still view the mesmerizing city lights from where we are, but reckon it would be much better if viewed at the Point.
We then make our way down and pass by Bukit Bintang to observe the lively night crowds and it’s around 21:00 when we arrive and people are still busy shopping. Our last stop is bustling Chinatown, and we test our bargaining power and score a watch with over a 70% discount! The tour ends after Chinatown, and we make our way back, feeling satisfied at having seen many sides of Kuala Lumpur in just one evening.
KL Hop-On Hop-Off Night Excursion
- Location: MaTiC (Malaysian Tourism Centre), Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
- Remarks: Start time 17:00
- Price Range: RM150 for adults, RM110 for children