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, you will be met by your local guide in the arrivals area holding a name-board. After a brief introduction, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Explore the streets of George Town and its rich heritage. Admire the intricate carving, woodwork and porcelain décor of Khoo Kongsi, established in 1835. Visit Yap Kongsi and Ciji Temple, a clan association built in 1924, a Taoist Temple dedicated to the Nan`an patron deity, and the Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, which is the Tua Pek Kong temple and Hokkien secret society headquarters from the mid-19th century. Later, you will get to see another Hokkien Clan temple, Cheah Kongsi, founded in 1820 and built in 1858. Last but not least, continue to visit the world renowned Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Baba & Nyonyas were a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, which houses over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectible items of the era. Afterwards, return to the hotel for the afternoon at your leisure. In the evening you will be picked up for a night tour. The city comes alive at night with blazes of lights and street peddlers, and as Penang is famous for its local cuisine, your evening will begin with local cuisine. After dinner, you will be taken on a short trishaw ride to see the nightlife from an authentic mode of transport. Today’s tour also includes a scenic drive across Penang Bridge, a total of 13.5km from the island to the mainland, and return back to Penang by ferry, the oldest ferry service in Malaysia since 1920.
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. Experience the factory tour and watch the processing of black tea, and sample the different kinds of tea before high-tea at an old Scottish Inn. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore independently.
Enjoy the morning at your leisure and in the early afternoon depart for Kuala Lumpur. On arrival in the Garden City of Lights, check-in to your hotel and have the evening at your leisure.
Depart for a morning tour of the city that will unveil the beauty and charm of the old and new Kuala Lumpur. Admire the distinct skyline of fine Moorish architecture and the modern edifices such as the Petronas Twin Towers. Kuala Lumpur or otherwise known as the “Garden City of Lights”, notwithstanding the brisk progress has kept her historical foundations and luscious greenery. Today’s tour highlights include a photo-stop at the Petronas Twin Towers, Handicraft Centre, Cocoa Boutique, King’s Palace (Photo-stop), National Monument, National Museum, National Mosque (Photo-stop) and Sultan Abdul Samad Building. In the afternoon, we will proceed for a visit to the countryside. Also stop for an insightful visit to a pewter factory, and a batik factory, and visit the Batu Caves – the holy, sacred cave temple for Hindus (except during Thaipusam Day in January/February).
Enjoy an early breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuching, Borneo. On arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, depart for a half day tour of the city. Highlights of your tour include the South Municipal Hall (drive past), the Cat Monument & Statue, the Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the Old Kuching state mosque, a visit to the famous Sarawak Museum, the Sarakraf Pavilion and textile and handicraft centre. Later, visit Sarawak’s latest and newest recreational spot – the Malaysia & China friendship Garden, a garden designed to reflect the cultural styles of both Malaysia & China. Your tour continues with stops at the Kuching Waterfront (photo-stop), the Sarawak Tourism complex, the Square Tower, the Sarawak Steamship Building – now known as the Kuching Waterfront Bazaar selling a wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs. Take some time to stroll the bazaar before returning to the hotel for the evening at your leisure.
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. Next, proceed to the fauna garden and get a view of some pitcher plants and wild orchids. The garden which was constructed in the middle of 2001 covers an area of more than an acre. The concept of this particular garden is to explore and exhibit the various species of pitcher plants and wild orchids which can only be found on the island of Borneo, especially along the Kalimantan. Have an insightful visit to see a traditional pottery demonstration where you will have an opportunity to learn how Sarawak’s well-known pottery is made before returning to your hotel.
Meet at the hotel at the appointed time for your transportation to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, meet at the hotel lobby and depart for a visit to the night market where you can see various types of goods and local produce being sold at bargain prices. A number of food stalls sell satay, where you can see the traditional Malaysian cuisine being cooked in the open air. Drive up to Signal Hill for a night view of Kota Kinabalu during sunset and then proceed for dinner at a local restaurant accompanied by a cultural show.
Depart for a full day excursion to Kinabalu National Park, the base of the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Kinabalu Park is a botanist’s paradise with over a thousand species of orchids, numerous Rhododendrons and pitcher plants as well as many species of birds. A park guide will take you on a nature walk introducing you to the key sights within the park.
After breakfast, proceed 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.
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.
Meet at the hotel for your transportation to the airport.
Day 4: Explore the rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands.
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