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Best of Malaysia

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Asia, Malaysia | 16 days
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Transport - Bus, Trishaw, Train, Longtail boat, Taxi, Speed boat, Boat, Minibus

Accommodation - Hotel (8 nts), Guesthouse (3 nts), Homestay (2 nts)

Meals - 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Rainforest canopy walk
Island homestay hideaway
Tropical island beaches
Traditional Malay cuisine
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Itinerary for Best of Malaysia

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1-2 - Kuala Lumpur
  • Day 3-5 - Melaka
  • Day 4-6 - Taman Negara National Park
  • Day 7 - Kuala Terengganu
  • Day 8-10 - Perhentian Islands
  • Day 11 - Kota Bharu
  • Day 12-13 - Island Hideaway
  • Day 14 - Kuala Lumpur.
  • Day 15-16 - Tour ends
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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Take an overnight flight - on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 2.

You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, is affectionately known as KL and you'll almost always hear locals refer to it by its acronym. Communities of Indian, Chinese and ethnic Malay people mingle peacefully, allowing travellers to get the best of all three worlds.

If you arrive early, grab a map and talk to the hotel staff about things to do in KL. Combine the markets of Chinatown, Indian food and traditional Malay arts and you have the heart of Kuala Lumpur. You might be tempted to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the Orang Asli Museum and the evening is best spent at the night market sampling the many different cuisines on offer and bargain hunting amongst the many stalls.

Optional Activities

  • Kuala Lumpur - Half-day sightseeing tour - MYR180
  • Menara Tower - MYR42
  • Orang Asli Museum - MYR10


Hotel (1 nt)




Transfer by local bus to the old port town of Melaka (approx 2.5 hrs).

Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, all seeking wealth or an opportunity to control the Straits of Malacca, a vital trading route between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Today, Melaka's wealth of historical sites remind visitors of times gone by and its multicultural past is revealed in its distinctive cuisine.

Take a quaint trishaw tour along the narrow winding streets to get a taste of old Melaka and learn about the ancient spice trade. Take in sites such as; Harmony street, a mosque visit, Chinese Buddhist Temples and a Muslim house museum.

Included Activities

  • Melaka - Trishaw tour

Optional Activities

  • Riverboat trip - MYR15
  • Baba Nonya Heritage Museum - MYR8


Hotel (1 nt)


Taman Negara National Park

A full day's travel (including approx 2 hrs by minibus, 4 hrs by train and 2.5 hrs by long boat) takes us to the ancient rainforest of Taman Negara National Park.

Taman Negara National Park is home to what's considered to be the oldest rainforest in the world.

Experience the jungle from a monkey's point of view on a canopy walk high up in the trees. Following the walk, those seeking additional challenges can take the time to explore Bukit Teresek.

Head upstream (approx 1 hr) in longtail boats to brave the low level rapids. There's time for a swim surrounded by rainforest jungles before returning to our accommodation.

Meet our local guide and head off into the jungle for a short trek - surely the best way to experience this pristine primary rainforest. You hope to see some of Malaysia's extraordinary wildlife including many exotic birds, and perhaps learn about some of the traditional uses of endemic plants and flowers. The trek is about 4 hours along purpose cleared paths through primary and secondary jungle, so be prepared to sweat! The walking isn't overly challenging, but a good level of fitness is required as the humidity can affect even the fittest trekker.

Having completed our trek, arrive at the crystal-clear waters of the Tahan River where there's time for a refreshing swim - very welcome after the hot and humid jungle. After lunch, the adventurous can continue to walk for 30 minutes to the cascades further upstream before you return back down the Tahan River in small dugout canoes.

Included Activities

  • Longtail boat trip

Optional Activities

  • Stay overnight in a "hide" - MYR40


Guesthouse (3 nts)


Kuala Terengganu

Say goodbye to the jungle and hello to the picturesque Malaysian east coast. This is a long travel day combining minivan and local bus to Kuala Terengganu (approx 8 hrs).

Kuala Terengganu used to be a port of call for traders from the neighbouring region and other parts of the world. Today, visitors come to wander through the colourful central market and to be charmed by its two mystical mosques - the Floating Mosque and the Crystal Mosque.

Optional Activities

  • Floating Mosque - Free
  • Crystal Mosque - Free


Hotel (1 nt)



Perhentian Islands

Travel by local bus to Kuala Besut (approx 2 hrs).

Take a boat over crystal-clear waters to the sun-kissed beaches of the Perhentian Islands (approx 45 mins).

Located off the east coast of Malaysia, the Perhentians are some of the most beautiful islands in the world, with unspoilt reefs and pure white sand.

Time can be spent snorkelling, swimming, trekking into the inland jungle, exploring the nearby islands or just lying in a hammock. And don't miss the seafood BBQ on offer!

Take a half day snorkelling trip in the turquoise waters, with beautiful coral and an array of fish. Keep an eye open for the majestic green turtles and, if we're lucky, maybe even a reef shark or two.

For those with experience, there's also the option to scuba dive in this pristine area.

Included Activities

  • Half-day snorkelling trip

Optional Activities

  • Sea kayaking - MYR15
  • Introduction to scuba diving - MYR40


Hotel (3 nts)


Kota Bharu

A short journey takes us to Kota Bharu.

Epitomising traditional Malay culture at its best, Kota Bharu is home to several cultural and historical museums. Take time to learn about the art of batik, shadow puppets, silversmithing and kite making.

This is a good chance to do some souvenir shopping. The night market of Kota Bharu is renowned around the country as an epicurean wonderland so don't miss this chance to sample various northern Malay delicacies not found elsewhere.

Optional Activities

  • Handicraft Museum - MYR2


Hotel (1 nt)



Island Hideaway

A long bus journey (approx 6 hrs) and a short boat trip takes us to the west coast and our home away from home - a small homestay run by our long-term friends Aziz and Asiah, located on a picturesque lake just outside of Kuala Kangsar.

Listen to the morning call of gibbons and take a walk through a traditional kampung (village) and rubber plantations while our local guide explains the intricacies of Malay village life. After returning to the lake you'll have opportunity to try out your kayaking skills or simply relax. The walk takes a few hours and is not difficult but you will get wet!

During the course of our stay, be prepared for a truly memorable cultural experience! Enjoy a traditional banquet of regional delicacies - eating with our hands, wearing sarongs - and also get plenty of opportunities to delve further into Malay culture.

Stay in basic bungalows with twin-share beds and cold showers. As the island uses a generator for electricity, there are no fans in the rooms which can sometimes be hot.

Please note that out of respect for our hosts, alcohol is not available during our stay.

Included Activities

  • Jungle waterfall walk and village tour


Homestay (2 nts)

Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur.

Catch a local bus to Kuala Lumpur (approx 3-4 hrs).


Hotel (1 nt)



Tour ends

Your adventure ends today and you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.