Malaysia is a land of contrasts from the bustling centre of Kuala Lumpur to the natural paradise of Borneo. Begin with a stay in Penang and Georgetown before moving into the cool breeze of the Cameron Highlands where old colonial mansions & spectacular views impress. Head to Kuala Lumpur and see the city's main attractions including the Petronas Towers and the Holy Batu Cave nearby, and then fly to Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Tour bustling markets, visit the Bako National Park, enjoy an up-close encounter with Orangutans at Semonggok, and enjoy walking tours in the rainforest before flying to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo. Drive around Kota Kinabalu's city landmarks, trek through the National Park, and relax at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
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Upon arrival in Penang, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure.
Enjoy a morning tour gaining insight into the rich heritage of Georgetown. Visit local temples, stop at the Peranakan Mansion, and admire the picturesque architecture of the local area. Have the afternoon at your leisure and then head out in the evening on a night tour taking in the local cuisine for dinner followed by a trishaw ride.
Begin your day with a pleasant drive to Ipoh – ‘the city of millionaires’ which made its fortune from the rich tin mines of Kinta Valley – the heart of tin dredging in Malaysia. En route, you will visit Kellies Castle, built by the Scottish rubber tycoon, and the famous Cave Temples in Ipoh, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to Kuala Kangsar and see the unique Ubudiah Mosque, a magnificent building with a golden dome, and the Palace of the Sultan of Perak. You will exit at Tapah and ascend the hilly slopes towards the Cameron Highlands located at 1542 meters above sea level and for which is noted for its tea plantation and cool temperatures. Stop for a visit at Lata Iskandar Waterfall and a native settlement. Be immersed in the cool, crisp air of the Cameron Highlands and its wonderful scenery, and then check-in for the evening at your leisure.
Today’s tour will take you on visits to local fruit and vegetable farms, a Butterfly garden, a Buddhist Temple, and more. A short trek through the forest will end with your visit to the tea plantation – Boh Tea, Malaysia’s biggest tea grower (closed Mondays). Experience the factory tour and watch the processing of black tea, and sample the different kinds of tea before an optional high-tea at the Ye Old Smoke House at the Scottish Inn (own account). Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel for the rest of the day at your leisure.
Enjoy the morning at your leisure and in the early afternoon depart by road for Kuala Lumpur. On arrival in the Garden City of Lights, check-in to your hotel and have the evening at your leisure.
Take the morning to explore the city on a guided tour. See the Petronas Towers, King’s Palace, the National Museum, and more. In the afternoon, head out of the city and through the countryside to the renowned Batu Caves, the location of a holy and sacred temple for Hindus. Return to the hotel for the evening free at your leisure.
Fly to Kuching and meet for transportation to the hotel. IN the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a city tour, including time to explore the Waterfrong Bazaar.
Visit the Bako National Park which covers an area of 16 square kilometers of primarily forest and wildlife. There are 25 types of vegetation ranging from lush cliff and lowland dipterocarp forests to almost desert-like scrubs on the upper plateau. Set among this vegetation are the carnivorous plant of the pitcher, sundews and the bladderwort family. The mangrove forest provides a home for the long-nosed or proboscis monkeys (endemic only to Borneo), long tailed macaques, silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, deer and wild boars. Your tour includes a leisurely jungle walk to enjoy Bako’s vegetation and scenery.
Depart for the Semonggok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. This centre offers a rare opportunity to be close with the “Wild Man of Borneo” and provides a natural habitat to observe the behavior of this primate. They are carefully cared for, nurtured and rehabilitated into their natural surroundings. Witness the feeding of the Orangutans, subject to the animals approaching the feeding platform. Along the way, you’ll pass by ethno-botanical gardens with their unique collection of rainforest plants.
Fly to Kota Kinabalu and meet for transportation to the hotel. This evening, visit the night market and enjoy dinner accompanied by a cultural show.
This tour brings you across mountainous Crocker Range with a panoramic view of countryside and soaring hills. En route to Kinabalu Park, catch the magnificent sight of Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an incredible bio-diversity of flora and fauna, a heaven for nature enthusiasts. On arrival, enjoy a guided nature trek along the trails in the park. Visit the Botanical Garden, stop for lunch (own account), and after that proceed to Poring Hot Spring which offers you the opportunity for an invigorating dip into its natural hot springs. For a closer look at nature, take the 41 metre high canopy walk which offers a spectacular view of Borneo rainforest.
After breakfast, meet your guide for a morning city tour. Visit the highest point for panoramic views of Kota Kinabalu, see the exclusive residential area, Likas Bay, the exterior of the Sabah Foundation building, a Buddhist Temple, the State Museum, the State Mosque and a water village. Return to the hotel for the afternoon free at your leisure for independent activities.
As the last leg of the tour, visit the well-known Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park consisting of 5 islands. Board the boat for your 20 minute boat ride from Jesselton wharf to Sapi Island. This island beckons with an idyllic setting of sun, sand and sea. You may snorkel, scuba dive or just relax and picnic on the sandy beach. Enjoy a fun filled day at leisure on the island with a sumptuous BBQ lunch.
You will be met at the hotel for transportation to the airport.
Day 4: Explore the rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands.
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