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Join us for our heritage walks. Put on your comfy shoes. Take in the city’s charming sights with our local guides. Engage with the city’s living heritage. See many instagrammable spots!

MEET YOUR FRIENDLY GUIDES

Selamat datang! Welcome to historic Kuala Lumpur

Join us on our tip-supported walking tours of the city under the banner of ‘Keeping Kuala Lumpur’s Heritage Alive’, a privately sponsored initiative that will run until December 2024.

Every Saturday and Sunday morning, we guide visitors and locals through the quaint streets, lanes, and back alleys of Kuala Lumpur. We bring the memory of these places to life with stories of how and why people migrated to the city and tales about past heroes and villains, forgotten pioneers, historic architecture, and much more.

We look forward to you joining us on these tours and helping us to keep the heritage of Kuala Lumpur alive.

Share our passion for KL’s heritage

We are a dedicated team of tourist guides, led by the award-winning Jane Rai, who has been conducting walking tours of Kuala Lumpur since 1993. Each of us has more than 15 years’ experience. We are passionate about preserving the memory of our city’s heritage and have conducted heritage walks for Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Tourism Selangor.

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 Stevie Chan  l  Marie  l  Shah  l  Jane Rai

FREE WALK KUALA LUMPUR UNSCRIPTED (tip-based)

We currently offer two walks. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we created a virtual version of our physical walk. You can choose to book the physical walk or the Virtual 360º Tour.

Please read the FAQ section below before making your bookings. >>Read Now.

OLD KUALA LUMPUR: East-West Connection

Tales of Sultans | Chinese Kapitans | Colonial times
every Sunday | 930am

OLD KUALA LUMPUR: Chinatown Cultural Walk

Tales of Chinese migrants | Diverse society | Traditional trade
every Saturday | 10am

OUR WALKS

Are interactive, educational, and family-friendly fun.

Aim to capture the charm of an area by exploring more than just visible features or landmarks.

Take you through notable old areas of Kuala Lumpur that offer an intimate experience of a multicultural and diverse city.

Allow you to discover the authentic face of old Kuala Lumpur and unlock the many tales the city has to tell about Kuala Lumpur’s past and present, its people, and their legacies.

Are presented in a unique fashion and are tailored to each story and setting.

Give our guides the opportunity to provide accurate information and the chance to share practical advice such as where to find affordable cafes, restaurants, and bars and how to use Kuala Lumpur’s public transport.

WHY WALK WITH US?

This is an ideal activity if you want to really experience the soul of Kuala Lumpur and understand what makes the city so unique and special. You’ll be hearing stories told by guides who live and work in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

The city at its most authentic
See the unvarnished face of Kuala Lumpur, feel the passion that went into the architecture of the heritage buildings, and experience the human emotions and experiences that are the city’s foundations.

Our walks are unscripted
We don’t walk you through a presentation. We invite you to have a conversation about our city. Indulge your curiosity and ask questions about anything that sparks your interest during the walk.

Connecting people
We encourage you to mix and mingle with other curious souls during the walks. You’ll be surprised by your encounters. Savour the unique diversity of language, culture, and background of the people in your group.

Listen to the city’s heartbeat
You’ll be exploring such historic sites as houses of worship and tenements, and other places of interest, and you’ll be getting to know the people who live and work in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Support local communities
You’ll hear about the daily lives of members of the local communities. Please help us support independent small traders, artisans, and local hotel owners whom you meet along your walk.

A healthy, family-friendly activity
We created a walking tour so that we would be a tourism activity that leaves no carbon footprint. All activities during the walk are eco-friendly too.

Strolling to Keep Kuala Lumpur’s
Heritage Alive

“We want visitors to Kuala Lumpur to experience our passion for preserving the heritage of this city. We want to show them what a fascinating city this is, and our way of doing that is to stroll around with them, tell them our stories and support small traditional traders.”
Jane Rai

Founder of Free Walk Kuala Lumpur Unscripted
Award-winning Tourist Guide
Certified Muslim Friendly Tourist Guide
Speaker | Content Writer | Trainer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We strongly suggest making a reservation via Messenger (Facebook) or WhatsApp.
It is easy to book a spot. Registration is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Please advise us that you have an accompanying child.
You will receive a Booking Confirmation via WhatsApp once we receive your full name and mobile contact (for update purposes).
We limit 15 people on the walk for one Tourist Guide.

East-West Connection Walk
Every Sunday
Walk starts at: 09:30am (Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur)
Walk ends at: 11:30am (Kuala Lumpur City Gallery @ Independence Square)
Address:
Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur
No 13-15, Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: +60 3 2030 1888)

Chinatown Cultural Walk
Every Saturday
Walk starts at: 10:00am (Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur)
Walk ends at: 12:00pm (Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur)

Address:
Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
No 2, Jalan Balai Polis, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: +60 3 2035 7333)

We encourage you to use public transport. If you prefer to drive please then check with the hotel for the nearest parking spaces and cost.

Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

  • Get to hotel by Taxi, Grab (e-hailing) or train (Monorail or MRT)
  • Get off at Maharajalela monorail station & walk to hotel (07-mins)
  • Get off at Pasar Seni MRT station & walk to hotel (07-mins)

 

Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur

  • Get to hotel by Taxi, Grab (e-hailing) or train (LRT or MRT)
  • Get off at Masjid Jamek LRT station & walk to hotel (5-mins)
  • Get off at Pasar Seni MRT station & walk to hotel (10-mins)

 

Meet your guide at the hotel 30 minutes before walk start time.

Our guide can easily be spotted in khaki long pants, white top and khaki vest. He or she will be wearing a name tag.

YES, you may tip the guide. Our walking tours operate on tip-basis.

If you enjoyed the guide’s stories, time and effort you can show your appreciation with a good tip at the end of your walk.

On average people have tipped between RM30 to RM50 per person. The guides will certainly be motivated to do their best, always.

The maximum group size is 15 people for one guide.
We welcome kids (must be accompanied by an adult).

* The walk is NOT FRIENDLY for wheelchair and pram.

No, unfortunately not.
We allow 4 people for one reservation via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or email.

If you have a larger number or if you wish for a private walk for yourself or a group, we will quote a separate guide fee via email.

Email us here.

  • Wear facemask & covered walking shoes.
  • Bring drinking water, sunglasses, a hat, sun-block cream, umbrella, and a disposable poncho.
  • Don’t forget your camera!
  • Please be prepared for any kind of weather as conditions can change very quickly in Kuala Lumpur.

Every confirmed participant is required to sign a Disclaimer Form. This is our SOP requirement.
A printed DF form will be handed to you on your walk day by the tourist guide on duty that day.

Yes, we will continue the walk as long as it is not a downpour or stormy. Our tourist guide will be at the starting point. We may delay the walk to 15 minutes or more to allow rain to slow down.

If you see that it is raining 2 hours before your walk and you don’t want to get wet, please inform the Admin via WhatsApp (+6 019 699 2668).

Our Admin or tourist guide on duty will decide whether the walk should continue, and advise you via WhatsApp. If it does start to rain during the walk, we will seek shelter until the rain stops and only continue with the walk after seeking mutual consensus from the participants.

Yes, we allow photography. This must not be in excess that can disrupt the walk. No, recording (video and audio) and note taking are NOT allowed on the walk.

This is to protect the intellectual copyright that goes into the walk. The guide appreciates your attentive listening.

The organizers have the right to cancel the scheduled walk due to any unforeseen circumstance.

Prior to cancellation, all confirmed participants would be notified individually via WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Alternatively, we would rebook for another date.

SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICE

We are taking precautionary measures to ensure a safe walking tour and hotel environment. Therefore, we seek your help in the collection of your health and travel declaration.

  1. Bring your own facemask for the walk
  2. Body temperature check is done at hotel entrance
  3. Record your details at the hotel main entrance (scan MySejahtera QR code)
  4. Hand sanitiser is available at hotel entrance and during the walk
  5. Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from other participants

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What Others have Said About Our Walks

Bharat Avalani

8 August 2022

For a long time, I knew of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur for its knockoffs of luxury goods and haggling being the norm. The epicentre being a long undercover Petaling Street full of tourist stuff for sale such as fake designer watches, fake designer bags, jewellery, shoes, belts, hats, toys, mobile phone cases and anything else the locals think a visitor to Malaysia might want to buy.

However, Kooshal and I discovered that there is a proper authentic working class Chinatown. It has all the required features that make these towns tick. Colourful, vibrant, lively, busy, noisy, crowded, exotic smells, herbs and medicine shops, temples, dragons, sculptures, restaurants, bars, street food stalls and budget hotels.

On Saturday morning, Chetna being away in Ipoh with her friends for the weekend, Kooshal and I decided to join Jane Rai on a Chinatown Cultural Walk. Jane has always been drawn to the human aspect of heritage — how a space makes people feel and affects interaction.

The Chinatown walk is split into three parts, making it easy to navigate. First is the features section, which talks about places such as REXKL, as well as some cafes like Mingle Cafe.

The second part is the food highlights, all those old-timer food stalls and hawkers.
The third are the historical landmarks — from Victoria Institution, a school that dates back over 100 years to the many places of worship such as the Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, which was built by the famous Kapitan Cina, Yap Ah Loy. The famed Gurdwara Sahib Polis, built in 1898 to cater for Sikh police officers, while the bungalow-like space housing Kafei Dian on Jalan Panggong was once a post office, built in 1911 and the oldest Hindu temples in the city, the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Founded in 1873, it was built as a private family shrine by K Thamboosamy Pillai, who is a major name in KL’s history. These landmarks are crucial in KL’s history.
Thanks to Jane Rai, amongst other things we discovered;
1. How Chinatown is referred to as ’Chee Cheong Kai’ (Starch Factory Street).
2. The difference between a shophouse and a townhouse.
3. How a younger generation of businesses began populating the shoplots again with hipster cafés and more approachable wares.
4. That Yap Ah Loy was instrumental in the growth of KL because he helped rebuild it after the fire to the point that it has become what it is today.
5. How Kampung Pandan got its name.
6. Which Chinese Tea suits Malaysian palette best.
7.The system the British used to police the people.
8.The system the British and the Dutch used to tax.
9. The story of the Madras Theatre and Muttiah Chetty Lane.
10. The chocolate story.

We ended our tour at the iconic Kean Guan Tea Merchant Shop with Kian Chuan aka KC who is the third-generation business owner looking after his family’s tea shop established in 1945. And we had lunch at the Hungry Tapir, a vegan restaurant with a full serviced bar! While Chinatown is still the go-to place for knock-off designer goods, it is also where one will find the best food stalls that have been run by generations of restaurateurs and cooks.
But the history behind the people and places and how they started is all very interesting — like how they moved from one place to another and how long ago they began.
We experienced the human element and saw Chinatown as a place of new beginnings. Nostalgic charm with all the modern amenities- that is what Chinatown has come to be. The charm will never fade.

Debra Nita

18 August 2020

"I had the pleasure of going on a walking tour recently around what used to be called the Old Market Square in KL. We went back to the 19th century when KL was going through significant commercial developments. We explored the history behind some of the main characters - Yap Ah Loy, Sutan Puasa, Frank Swettenham, etc - names I vaguely remembered from school textbooks... But the best part was connecting my own history to those streets . When Jane Rai, our cool, energetic, knowledgeable tour guide showed us a photo of an old white building, a photo my grandma showed me recently came to my mind. It couldn't be, could it?? It turns out this white building, where a glass building now stands in 2020, was where my great-grandfather used to work. He's sat here in this photo with Paterson & Simons, a British trading company founded in 1821. Guess which one he is. We know this, but sometimes we forget that we came from history. That our ancestors helped contribute to what society is today. And we contribute to what society will be tomorrow - when we're no longer alive. If you've never explored the history of our streets, Free Walk Kuala Lumpur Unscripted run tours regularly. Besides the learning experience, it's just so much fun, and it fills you with gratitude to realise the work that was done so we could reap the rewards of development and innovation today".

Jeffrey Tan

14 July 2020

"Nostalgic moments came sweeping over me as I stepped into Medan Pasar, standing next to the clock tower that was erected in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George IV. 30 years ago, a little after midnight... while waiting for the floor polish on the floors of Lee Wah Bank to dry, my cleaning crew and I enjoyed some light banter, the cool night air, hot coffee and roti canai at the foot of the clock tower. Remembering our roots, where we came from and how we got to where we are today, provides some perspective into how we have grown as a person. As leaders we all started somewhere. Have empathy then for your up and coming leaders, for they too have their rites of passage. Mentor, coach and empower them. "Every positive change - every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness - involves a rite of passage."- Dan Millman

Rubi Ain

11 July 2020

"A walk down streets of history where east meets west. Imagining the cacophony of sound of traders, silversmiths and livestock at the confluence of Sg Kelang & Sg Gombak in the late 1800s. All this reimagining is made possible by Jane Rai and her group of friends, all experienced tour guides, through their Free Walk Kuala Lumpur Unscripted project. Knowledgeable and entertaining. Do reserve your spot with them if you have time. And hey! It's great exercise too!".

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