7-Day Heritage Unesco Trail

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 7 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit the historic heart of Kuala Lumpur, dotted with colonial-era buildings
  • Enjoy the vibrant history and rich religious traditions of Malacca
  • Get many chances to drink in the unique architecture of Malaysia's cities
  • Stay at an eco resort

tour details

Explore Malaysia’s metropolitan side on this rich cultural journey. You’ll start by walking through Malacca, home to great religious traditions, vibrant history, and beautiful architecture. You’ll learn about the city’s unique story while touring incredible museums, crossing the river, visiting important tombs, and more. you’ll also enjoy delicious local fare in town. Then, in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll tour the historic heart of the city, enjoying the famous colonial architecture. Some of the most popular sites you’ll see include the Sessions Court Building, the Loke Yew Building, and the Cathedral of St. Mary. The next day, you’ll visit the ‘Town Built on Tin,’ which features a great cave temple. Once in the old town, you’ll experience the amazing variety of architectural styles.

Arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and transfer to the city of Malacca.
After arrival check in at the hotel.

4.30pm, Walking tour of Malacca with Serge.
You will stand on the bridge over the Malacca river, once the centre of trade between East and West. With Serge, you will walk on the left and on the right banks of the river. You will listen to the voices of the ruins on the Hill where the Malay Sultans, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British and the Japanese, one after another ruled over the Straits of Malacca. You will rest under the shade of a Malacca tree where it all started. From churches to tombs, you will sit with men of God and famed warriors! You will listen to the call of the muezzin over the tiled roofs of Malacca, where the Buddhists, the Christians, the Hindus, the Muslims and the Taoists, all pray in the same religious fervor. You will listen to the voices of the streets, where from dawn to dusk work the disappearing artisans and newly arrived artists. More than the thirty-five museums of today's Malacca, the streets are the foremost museum, the art and folk traditions museum.
With Independence, Malacca became again Melaka, three syllables you can read in the landscapes, the stones and the times of a city, waiting to fulfil the dreams of the curious traveller.
The tour will cover: a River and a Bridge, a Square and a Fountain, a Clock Tower and a Town Hall, a Chinese Admiral, a Hill and a Spanish Saint, the King's House, a ruined Church and some tombstones, an Old Gate and a New Palace, a Story below a Tree, some swift lets, some Babas and some artists, some craftsmen and some associations, a Pagoda, a Mosque and a Temple, some more craftsmen, some Chettiars, some bird- nests, some spices and some saris, a leaning Church'85

End tour, back to hotel & overnight.

Accommodation at The Snail House. An immersion in the memory of Malacca, a townhouse, almost two century old, in the heart of town. Most probably one of the first efforts of private restoration using traditional material and techniques. It is also most probably the first house of character to open its doors to a limited public. It is recommended for guest with some interest in authenticity and with some keen interest in architecture and history.

Meals included:None
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning at leisure - spend the morning exploring this historical city of Malacca at your own pace.

11.30am, check out and we will continue our heritage journey to Kuala Lumpur. Check in the Hotel and rest of the evening is free at leisure.
Accommodation at Anggun Boutique Hotel, where history and culture are combined to create an atmosphere of sustainable living. A distinctive traditional Chinese open wooden door welcomes you and inspired by traditional Malay kampong houses windows will tease you to stay in.

Meals included:Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour of the historic heart of KL, covering many famous colonial-era landmark buildings clustered in a compact area surrounding Merdeka Square.

This walking tour starts and ends at the Masjid Jamek LRT Station - Masjid Jamek (the place where the history of Kuala Lumpur began, build in 1907) - Sessions Court Building - Panggung Bandaraya Building (the city theatre that was formerly the old City Hall) - Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) - Old High Court Building (now the Criminal High Court & Civil Sessions Court) - Sultan Abdul Samad Building (completed in 1897 using a Mahometan style also known as 'Neo-Saracenic' which originated from India. The architect for this lovely building was AC Norman and the State Engineer CE Spooner. It was originally known as the new government Offices and housed the Public Works Department, the Survey Office, the Treasury, the Post and Telegraph Offices) - Industrial Court Building (previously housed the Loh Chow Kit Emporium which opened in 1905) - Loke Yew building (architecture is of Art Deco design) - Old Post Office Building - Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur (Independence Square) - Textile Museum - The Fountain of Independence Square (It was said to be dismantled in England and assembled locally at Independence Square by Harpers as Kuala Lumpur's first outdoor entertainment in 1897) - Merdeka Square Flagpole - Royal Selangor Club (1884, a meeting place for recreation and relaxation especially for expatriates, but from the start always had a mixture of Chinese, Indian and Malay members as well) - Cathedral of St Mary (one of the oldest Anglican churches in Kuala Lumpur) - Masjid India - return to the station to end your Kuala Lumpur Heritage Trails.

Accommodation at Anggun Boutique Hotel.

Meals included:Breakfast
After breakfast, we depart to the 'Town Built on Tin' also known as Ipoh. Close to Ipoh we stop at the 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. Making our way to Ipoh after that where the town is home to wealthy miners during the tin heydays, driving through the streets of Ipoh is like being caught in a time warp. Ipoh town itself is sectioned into two parts. The Kinta River divides the historic center of Ipoh into Old Town and New Town. The Old Town is home to old Chinese and colonial styled buildings while the New Town of Ipoh sees stretches of shop housed, which cover the livelier business hub. Ipoh is simply a charming heritage site. Check in the hotel and enjoy a stroll along Ipoh Heritage trail and re-discover the historical wonders.

Accommodation at The Indulgence & Living Boutique Hotel. Oozing with casual Colonial charm, cradled in lush greens and old trees, Indulgence Living offers a stylish stay like no other. Every little detail evokes a personal touch and everything is placed in its designated position. Indulgence Living - a tasteful, cozy and beautiful hotel.
All suites and rooms come with coffee and tea making facilities, hair dryer, laundry and dry cleaning services, large screen LCD television, safe deposit box and complimentary broadband wireless internet connection.
All suites and rooms are double or twin bedded and are limited to 2 guest per room (children below of 3 years are allowed to sleep with their parents). It is a non-smoking hotel.

Meals included:Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel. Check out from the hotel and we will continue our discovery today to 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.

Next stop will be at Taiping. The town of Taiping in Malaysia means "Eternal Peace" and is Perak State's foremost historic town. Formerly, known as Larut, the town was in the midst of a bloody feud between Chinese secret societies who worked the lucrative tin mines in the 1870's. After peace was declared between the feuding parties in 1874, the town changed to its present name. Before the founding of Kuala Lumpur in the south, Taiping prospered for several decades, scoring a number of firsts: first museum in the country, first English newspaper; first swimming pool. Today, it is chock-a block with heritage buildings.

Exploring the town is easy as its main roads -- Jalan Stesyen, Jalan Taming Sari, Jalan Pasar, Jalan Kota - run parallel, and are criss-crossed with small ones. Highlights include: Post & Telegraph Office (1884), Town Rest House (1894), King Edward VII School (1905), Ceylon Association (1899), St. George's Institution (1928), Hokkien Association (1931) Old Mosque (Masjid Lama) (1897), Peking Hotel (1929), Tseng Lung Hakka Association (1887), Taiping Market (it consists of two buildings: Old Market and New Market. The former was built in 1884; the latter, 1885), Police Station (1881, the present structure was completed in 1936), Cantonese Association and Temple for the Immortal Girl within a common compound (1887), Public Library (1882, former premises of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China), All Saints Church (1886, it is the first Anglican Church in the Federated Malay States), Perak Museum (First opened in 1883, it exhibits ceramics, weapons, and stuffed animals, including the skull of an elephant that charged at a train in the 1950's), The statue of Colonel Walker (considered the "Father of the Malay States Guide"), Fort Carnavon (1885, named after the Earl of Carnarvon, Secretary of State for the colonies (1894-1878).

Finally we are crossing the 4th longest bridge in South East Asia to Penang. Check in the Hotel and relax for the rest of your evening.

Accommodation at Hotel Penaga, Penang.

Meals included:Breakfast
After breakfast, experience the historical and vibrant city of "Georgetown". Start at the hotel and head to Chowrasta Market ("Four Cross Road in Urdu") to experience the lively roadside trading of livestocks, vegetables and fruits. This followed by enjoying the scrumptious toast bread at Toh Soon Caf'e9 where charcoal is conventionally used to toast and boil water.
A must-visit shopping spree haven, Campbell Street or formerly named "Sin Kay" by the Chinese in the 19th century is one of Penang's notable precincts where you will enjoy great bargains and varieties of retail shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Treat yourself with "yu char kuih" (Doug-fritters) at Campbell Street Wet Market, probably the oldest existing market in Georgetown built around 1900, a reminiscent of
late Victorian with ornate cast iron columns and brackets.

Additionally, feast your taste-buds with those appetizing dim sum varies from succulent steamed pork spareribs and "char siu bao" (steamed buns with roast pork) to mouth-watering shrimp dumplings with the translucent skin or better known as "har gao".
Next visit is to the Khoo Kongsi the Clan House building features a magnificent hall embellished with intricate carvings and wood work.
Visit to the well-known Kapitan Kling Mosque, a dome-shaped minaret named after the Indian Muslim merchant, shortly before enjoying our Indian Muslim traditional pancake known as roti canai (made of dough with egg).
Roti canai for brunch. One requires a skillful hand-flipped dough technique to produce a very thin and flat roti canai.
Take a stroll to Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, a Dravidian-style temple, which sports a sculptured tower or Gopuram, covered in brightly painted statues of gods and goddesses.
Your walking tour continues with a visit the Goddess of Mercy Temple, a temple honoring Kuan Yin built in the 1800s by early Chinese settlers of the Hokkien and Cantonese communities. The temple was originally named Kong Hock Keong temple (Cantonese-Hokkien Temple).

After those visits, your appetite should have been stirred up by then. Indulge yourself with banana leaf rice at nearby Banana Leaf Restaurant and experience eating rice with curry on a banana leaf, with your hands, like the early Indian settlers used to and quenched your thirst with a glass of "pulled" tea (teh tarik).

The afternoon is free at leisure to explore further the city or relax at the hotel.

Meals included:Breakfast
After your breakfast we will transfer you to Penang Airport.

Meals included:Breakfast


  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • On day 3, 4, 5 and 6, tour by English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)


  • 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
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme


  • 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: KULDMHE7

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