Malaysia

10-Day The Legendary Malaysia Roundtrip

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 10 Days

tour highlights

  • Enjoy delicious dishes like Curry Kapitan, filled with fresh seafood, vegetables, and spices
  • Stop in caves, sit under waterfalls, and drink in picturesque scenery
  • Visit tea plantations and factories
  • Relax on a tropical island

tour details

Leave the city far behind as you explore the Highlands and islands of Malaysia. Your journey begins in the Cameron Highlands, famed for tea production. There, you’ll visit caves, cottage industries, markets, museums, and more, getting a unique taste for local culture. Then on the next day, you’ll visit an indigenous settlement before making your way to Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar, and Pangkor Island. On the way, you’ll visit cave temples, a mosque, a palace, and more. Pangkor Island itself offers much in the way of adventure, with stunning nature, beautiful towns and temples, and friendly locals. You’ll enjoy home cooking for lunch and dinner. Later, a tour of Penang’s Georgetown introdcues you to a thriving cultural centre. By the end, you’ll have experienced a wide spectrum of Malaysian culture.

08:30 AM Depart Kuala Lumpur in the morning and drive to Cameron Highlands, which is situated about 1542 meters above sea level. En route stop at the Batu Caves, to view a huge limestone outcrop that houses a Hindu temple. Enjoy a short lunch stop at Tapah town, before proceeding north to the hill resort of Cameron Highlands. Along the way to Cameron Highlands, stops will be made at the Lata Iskandar Waterfall and a bamboo making cottage industry. Upon arrival at the Cameron Highlands, visit the tea plantation and vegetable markets, before checking in to the hotel of your choice (note tea plantation closed on Mondays).

In the evening visit the township of Tanah Rata with its colorful local fares. Explore Cameron Highlands at night and try some of the local cuisine. With the fresh vegetables available in abundance in Cameron Highlands, one should try the Chinese steamboat, a kind of a fondue that is very popular in Cameron Highlands.

Choice of Accommodation:
Strawberry Park Resort - Cameron Highlands, ****
The Lakehouse - Tudor-style country house, four-poster bed, antique furnishings, Cameron Highlands.

(Note: The tea plantation is closed on Mondays)

Meals included:Lunch
Breakfast at hotel.

08:30am Depart Cameron Highlands, and make en route stops to visit an Aborigines settlement. Following which you will continue your journey and drive towards Ipoh.

An en route stop will be made at the visits to Perak Cave Temple, a limestone caves temple located on the northern part just outside of the city. This cave complex is extensive, with its main chamber containing many Buddha images, a huge bell and many beutifully painted murals. Local lunch en route. Next stop will be at Kuala Kangsar, a most attractive royal town, around 60 km north of Ipoh. En route visits will also be made at the Ubudiah Mosque and the Iskandariah Palace (royal palace).
The Ubudiah Mosque is reputed to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. Its construction began in the reign of Sultan Idris Murshidul Adzam Shah 1, the 28th Sultan of Perak. Elephants damaged the Italian marble flooring twice during the 1st WW.
We end today by driving to Pangkor's jetty (arriving around 1500hr to 1530hr). Here you will be transferred by ferry and on land, to your accommodation.


Choice of accommodation:
Tiger Rock, an island and jungle hideaway - max capacity 14 pax
Pangkor Laut,***** deluxe

125 rooms Tiger Rock, set in 12 acres of jungle, backing onto 200 acres of forest reserve, is a special island jungle retreat, with hill houses cocooned on slopes overlooking the sea and mainland. The houses designed around the style of a wooden Malay house & a colonial hill station bungalow offers creature comforts with unexpected colors and inspiration. Enjoy the rainforest by the gorgeous pool overlooking bamboo and jungle with hornbills & eagles soaring & gliding across the skies - and a great ice tea! The personal touch of Mohan (the manager) & his wife Bavanni (a great chef) adds to the whole hideaway, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast.

For Middle Class Category:
08:30 AM Depart for a round the island trip with stops at various temples, Malay fishing villages, drying areas for "ikan bilis" (anchovies), salted fish, and other dried seafood, boat building yards. End of tour, return to the resort for some rest & relax and enjoy the hospitality of your gracious host. Enjoy some home cooking for lunch & dinner at the resort.

For Deluxe Class Category:
Breakfast at the resort, rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included:Breakfast
Breakfast.

Morning at leisure until ferry departure to Lumut Jetty to continue overland trip to Penang, with lunch enroute, arriving in the evening.

A special evening: Since the 16th Century, Chinese traders arrived in Penang and married the local Malay women. Their male offspring came to be known as Baba (male Sino Malays) while the females were known as Nyonyas. Babas and Nyonyas are also known as Straits Chinese (Peranakan) because of their unique culture, which gives way to the famous Baba Nyonya cuisine. Enjoy an evening at a typical Nyonya restaurant, converted from a quaint double-storey pre war building, oozes traditional Straits Chinese (Peranakan) ambience with its furniture and decorations. Try dishes like Curry Kapitan- A Peranakan styled Chicken Curry dish, Spicy Prawn, Cuttlefish and Spinach Salad, Pai Tee- Vegetables in Top Hats', Chendol- A delightful coconut based dessert.
Choice of Accommodation:
Hotel Penaga, Penang
The Eastern & Oriental (E&O)*****Victory Annexe Studio Suite

The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is the embodiment of both a special time and a special place. For well over a century, this remarkable hotel - known simply as `The E&O' to generations of travellers - has stood as a testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era. In many ways, it has also come to represent Penang itself

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast, venture onto Little India in Market Street (note: some places closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)

Highlights include:
Joss Maker (open from 08:00 - 11:00am, on weekdays only and subject to weather condition) Mr. Lee Beng Chuan has been making small joss sticks for decades now. This sprightly 60-something years man and his wife continue to churn out joss sticks for a select group of loyal customers. Mr. Lee started out not as a joss stick maker but he was commissioned to handcraft dragon and phoenix effigies onto large joss sticks that were used for special occasions such as important Chinese festivals and birthdays. He will show anyone interested, the process of making joss sticks (the process cannot be shown if it rains).
The Sri Mahamariamman Temple: This Hindu temple was built in 1833 by the association of 'Chettiars' (moneylenders) of early Penang. The temple features the Hindu goddess Mariamman in her many incarnations. The complexity of Hindu mythology is reflected in the sculpture (gopuram) which is over 23 feet high and features 38 statues of gods and goddesses over the entrance.
Spice Market: Experience the hustle and bustle of George Town's spice trade by visiting the many wholesale and retail traders dealing in age old spices such as Cinammon, Cloves Nutmeg, Pepper, Cumin and much more. This spice market has been in existence since the 18th Century and is located still next to the wharves from whence trading ships berthed.

Proceed for lunch at a traditional banana leaf restaurant. Experiment eating rice with curry on a banana leaf, with your hands, like the early Indian settlers used to. After lunch, venture into the historical 'inner' enclave of Georgetown.

Highlights of tour include:
The Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) Temple: The first temple built by Chinese settlers in the early 19th Century. The Kuan Yin is a Boddhisattva- a being who has actually attained Nirvana but stays behind to save those souls who have not escaped the world of suffering.
The Kapitan Kling Mosque: As soon as the East India Company stationed itself in Penang, the Muslim section of its troops comprising the Havildars, Jemadars and Sepoys founded this first mosque in 1801. The mosque is named after Caude Mydin Merican alias Kapitan Kling who was headman at the time.
He brought in builders, Masons and stones from India for the building of this magnificent moorish styled mosque.
Cannon Square and the Khoo Kongsi Clan House: A cannon shot fired by the British during the secret society fights of the Penang Riots of 1867, lends its name to the square. The famous Khoo Kongsi located at the square is the grandest clan house in the country. The clan house has retained its authentic historic setting, which includes an association building, a traditional theatre and late 19th century row houses for clan members, all clustered around granite paved square. The clan temple itself is the monument of Zhang Zhou architecture of typical late Chng dynasty baroqueness.
Sun Yat Sen Museum (Tel: 04-2620123): Located in Armenian Street, nearby Khoo Kongsi within walking distance (02 min walk). A centre to preserve and commemorate the activities that happened in Penang that was so significant to the history of China in the beginning of the 20th century.
(Opening hours: 0900hrs-1700hrs - Daily).
Savor nightfall on a trishaw through old George Town.
Ride through the streets of old George Town on a trishaw. Take in all the sights, smells and sounds of the inner city, as your trishaw brings you through the historical Faquhar Road, passing the St. Xaviers Institution and Convent Light Street, both established in the 19th century by early Christian missionaries. Cutting into narrow streets, Love Lane or the locals called it "Ai Cheng Hang", so named because it was said that the rich men who lived there kept their mistresses here. Next, turn into Muntri Street, the infamous "red light" districts of bygone days. Trishaw will continue to ride through Penang Road and into Campbell Street - Carnarvon Street and Chulia Street. End the night with outdoor hawker dining experience as the locals do.

Choice of Accommodation:
Hotel Penaga, Penang
The Eastern & Oriental (E&O)*****Victory Annexe Studio Suite

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast, prepare yourself for a long and scenic drive through the East West highway. The highway cuts through the Mountain Range of Malaysia and offers breathtaking views of the tropical rainforest, rubber and oil palm plantations and a vast lake. Stop for photographs along the way. En route lunch at a local restaurant. Finishing the day by driving to Kota Bahru, checking into Renaissance Kota Bahru****, 142 rooms.

Note: Some places in the East Coast are closed on Fridays and during Ramadan fasting month.

Choice of Accommodation:
Hotel Perdana, Kota Bahru
Renaissance Hotel, Kota Bahru

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
After breakfast, join for a visit to the Central market. This colorful market bustles with activity. Women sitting on mats offer farm-fresh vegetables, fish, preserved food, dried seafood and sweetmeats. Kota Bahru is also the center for Malay crafts. Visit to typical Malay village to see the local folks showing off their skills in top spinning and kite flying. After which, continue along the coastal roads to head towards Kuala Terengganu, making a stop at the Sekitar Wat Bodhiyan, where you can take a traditional sauna in the temple's ground (available from 3pm to 10pm). Those on duty in the temple will check the fire and insert 10 types of herbs into the hot water. En route, stop for local lunch.
Continue journey to Kuala Terengganu. See the local folks make brown sugar (subject to availability). Visit Pulau Duyung Besar, the largest island in the estuary. Fishing boats are built here using age old techniques and tools. Drive along Chinatown and view the Maziah Palace and State Mosque.

For Deluxe Class Category: Kuala Terengganu sightseeing will be conducted the next day due to location logistic reasons.

Note: Some places in the East Coast are closed on Fridays and during Ramadhan fasting month.

Choice of accommodation:
Primula Beach Hotel
The Terrapuri Heritage Village ****, 20 rooms

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast at hotel. Today spend some leisurely time at the lake resort. Enjoy the tranquil and panaromic view of the lake, rainforest and hills surrounding the resort before departing to Kuantan. En route, visit to fishing villages, brassware making and 'mengkuang' weaving cottage industries and the turtle museum. Stop at local villages to observe the traditional way of living. See the antiques of trained monkey plucking coconuts. Free at own leisure in Cherating.

Note: Some places in the East Coast are closed on Fridays and during Ramadhan fasting month.

Choice of accommodation:
Swiss Garden Kuantan Resort & Spa ****
Swiss Garden Kuantan Resort & Spa (Premiere Deluxe Room)****

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
After breakfast, depart for Pekan, view some exclusive residence of the Royal family and Summer Palace of the Sultan (view from outside only). Visit the water-craft gallery which houses traditional riverine crafts including dug-outs and bamboo house boat. Trace the heritage line of the Sultan of Pahang at the State Museum. See how ancient motifs of the silk weaving at Pulau Keladi.

Choice of accommodation:
Swiss Garden Kuantan Resort & Spa ****
Swiss Garden Kuantan Resort & Spa (Premiere Deluxe Room)****

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch
After breakfast, drive from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur, with an en route stop for local lunch. Arrive in Kuala Lumpur.

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch

includes

SERVICES INCLUDED:
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • All overland transfer from Kuala Lumpur City
  • Sightseeing as specified in the program with an English speaking driver cum guide
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

excludes

SERVICES EXCLUDED:
  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals




notes

NOTE:
  • Hotels can be changed without prior notice, but substitute will be within the offered category.
  • Tours will be offered as stated in the program, but some may be done on different days than stated in the program. For example, if our program states a city tour on Day 1,
    it may be postponed to Day 3 instead, without any prior notice given.
Tour code: KULDMLMR

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