NOTICE: Now that the MCO is lifted, we are offering our physical heritage walks again. >>BOOK NOW . The virtual 360° tour is also available

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 for our free 2-hour walking tours of the city under the ‘Keep Kuala Lumpur’s Heritage Alive’, a privately-sponsored initiative that will run until December 2022.

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

We look forward to having you on these tours and keeping the heritage of the city alive by sharing its memories through our stories.

Hear the stories, share our passion

Led by Jane Rai, an award-winning tourist guide who has been conducting walking tours of Kuala Lumpur since 1993, we are a team of experienced tourist guides with over 10 years’ experience each. We are passionate about preserving the memory of our city’s heritage. We have even 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 offer two walks currently. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we transformed our physical walk to virtual version. You can choose to book the physical walk or the Virtual 360º Tour

Note: Read the FAQ section below, before making your bookings. >>Read Now.

OLD KUALA LUMPUR: East-West Connection

Tales of Sultans | Chinese Kapitans | Colonial times

OLD KUALA LUMPUR: Chinatown Cultural Walk

Tales of Chinese migrants | Diverse society | Traditional trade

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.

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

Allows you to discover the authentic face of the old Kuala Lumpur and unlocking the many tales they hold.

Are presented in a unique fashion, tailored to each story and setting. Listen to our interesting tales of the city’s past and present, about people and their legacies.

Gives the guides, other than delivering reliable and accurate information, the occasion to share practical advise like where to find affordable food, cafes, restaurants and bars or how to use public transport.

WHY WALK WITH US?

This is an ideal activity to really experience the soul of the city, and understand what makes it so unique and special. Listen to the stories from guides who live and work in the heart of the city.

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, savour the human emotions and experiences that built the city in its early days.

Our walks are unscripted
We don’t walk you through a presentation. We invite you to have a conversation about our city. So 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 with whom you meet. Enjoy the unique diversity of language, culture and background of each group!

Listen to the city’s heartbeat
Explore historic sites such as houses of worship, tenements, and other places of interest and get up close and personal with the communities who live and work there.

Support local communities
Meet the locals on the street and experience their daily lives. Please help us support independent small traders, artisans and local hotels that 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
Content Writer & Trainer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We strongly suggest making a reservation via Facebook. It is easy to reserve. Just click the ‘Reserve A Space’. We limit 15 people on the walk for one Guide. If you are not able to make a reservation that means the walk is fully booked. Choose other dates or Messenger us if you wish to be put on a waitlist.

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 20 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. Tipping is totally up to you. If you enjoyed the guide’s stories, time and effort you can show your appreciation with a good tip.
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 Reserve A Space. If you wish for a private walk for yourself or a group, email us. We will quote a separate fee.

Email us.

  • 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.

All confirmed guests would receive the DF via Messenger ahead of the walk date. You MUST sign in the DF during Registration at the hotel. Your guide will hand to you a printed copy.

We will continue the walk as long as it is not a downpour or stormy. 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 just FB Messenger us.

Our guide on duty will decide whether the walk should continue, and advise you accordingly via Messenger. If it does start to rain during the walk, we will seek shelter until the rain stops.

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 organisers have the right to cancel the walk due to any unforeseen circumstances.

All confirmed participants would be notified individually via Messenger or Facebook post prior to the cancellation. Alternatively, we would help 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

"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!".
"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
"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".

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