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Essential Malaysia

Duration
7 Days
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This locally hosted tour visits the highlights of Southern Malaysia and is the perfect way to experience the cultural, historical and natural aspects of this varied and interesting country.


Malaysia includes modern cities, first rate beach resorts, lush jungles, verdant rainforests and numerous National Parks. The influences of the ethnic mix also add to Malaysia’s attraction with its Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures.

Start your tour from Kuala Lumpur heading north to the CameronHighlands stopping en route to see the cottage industry of basket weaving followed by the Lata Iskandar Waterfalls. On arrival in the CameronHighlands, check into your hotel. The CameronHighlands is the largest hill station in Malaysia originally founded by the British. A series of rolling hills, it is made up of forests, tea plantations, strawberry farms and natural scenery such as waterfalls.  Because of its climate, it attracts over 700 different species of birds and has a wide variety of colourful flowers. Start off with visits today to a tea plantation and factory and a butterfly farm. Overnight in the CameronHighlands.

Depart with a day of sightseeing en route to Penang.  Visit the SamPohTongCaveTemple built into a hillside, the royal town of Kuala Kangsar with its massive marble structure, the IskandarianPalace, home of the Sultan of Perak and the town of Kuala Sepetang where you will visit the scenic mangrove swamps. Eventually cross over the causeway into Penang for overnight.

Two major attractions in Penang are Georgetown, the main city where its old historical centre is a UNESCO world heritage site with its British colonial architecture and the several beaches, mainly in the north of the island. The next day, begin your exploration of Penang. Start with Georgetown visiting the Reclining Buddha, gold plated and 33 metres/107 feet in length, the Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia, Fort Cornwallis, the largest standing fort in Malaysia and Khoo Kong Si, the largest Chinese Clan House. You will also have a ride in a Trishaw through the streets of Georgetown.

From Penang, head east across the Malaysian peninsula through mountain ranges with amazing views of dense tropical forest.  Stop en route at BandingIsland on the man-made TemenggorLake. Further on, stop at the highest mountain point overlooking the border with Thailand. Arrive in the state of Kelentan and arrive at the border town of Rantau Panjang. One can see from here the Thai villages across the river. Continue for overnight in Kota Bahru.

The following morning brings visits to the markets and the local cottage industries such as silver handicrafts and weaving. Drive then along the coastline to Kuala Terengganu for overnight.

 The next day, visit Pulau Duyong famous for its traditional way of boat making. See the Islamic Civilization Park showcasing twenty replicas of great Islamic monuments of the world such as the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Visit the Grand Crystal Mosque in the park. Head next to the coastal fishing village of Cherating. En route, stop for tea hosted by the local community. Continue to the city of Kuantan for overnight.

The following morning, return overland to Kuala Lumpur where your tour finishes.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,321

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Day 1

Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands

Depart early this morning from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur for Cameron Highlands, located 1542 meters above sea level and renowned for its tea plantations and cool temperatures. En-route, visit the Batu Caves (except during Thaipusam festival), the Lata Iskandar waterfalls and a native settlement. Arrive in the cool, crisp air of Cameron Highlands. Check into your hotel and enjoy afternoon tea (included). The remainder of the day is free for you to relax, explore and soak up the tranquillity of the area.

Duration1 Night
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Strawberry Park Resort

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    Strawberry Park Resort is perfectly situated in the midst of a 7-acre land slope between Tanah Rata and Brinchang. The cool temperature in Cameron Highlands makes it a perfect retreat for occasion creators and business explorers alike. This resort is an ideal spot for local ...

    Strawberry Park Resort is perfectly situated in the midst of a 7-acre land slope between Tanah Rata and Brinchang. The cool temperature in Cameron Highlands makes it a perfect retreat for occasion creators and business explorers alike. This resort is an ideal spot for local and international travellers.

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Day 2

Cameron Highlands to Penang

Early morning set off to Penang. En route visits along the way include the Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple in Ipoh, after have a break for lunch in Ipoh for local tastes (at
own expense). Next we will have a photo stop the Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar.

We will continue our journey to Penang, en route visiting is Bukit Merah Resort. It is one of Malaysia's premier eco-tourism destination in the northern region. The resort offers a wide variety of excitement and the main attraction is their conservational Orang Utan Island, the only one in Peninsular Malaysia. This is a unique Eco Park with its educational walk-in enclosures, where you can experience nature by interacting with some friendly animals. Here's an amazing orang utan fact: 97% of the orang utan's DNA is identical to that of a human. In fact, the name 'orang utan', when translated from Malay to English literally means 'person of the forest'. Not surprisingly, they are extremely intelligent creatures that have the ability to think, feel and express emotion the way we do.

After the visit, cross over to Penang, using the forth longest bridge in the Southeast Asia arriving in the evening.

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Duration2 Nights
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Holiday Inn Resort Penang

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    Holiday Inn Resort Penang



    Holiday Inn Resort Penang is located in the heart of Batu Ferringhi and only 18 km from the city centre of historical Georgetown. There are 358 spacious and well-appointed guest rooms in the Beach Wing and Ferringhi Tower connected by an overhead covered walkway. The ...

    Holiday Inn Resort Penang is located in the heart of Batu Ferringhi and only 18 km from the city centre of historical Georgetown. There are 358 spacious and well-appointed guest rooms in the Beach Wing and Ferringhi Tower connected by an overhead covered walkway.

    The hotel features 2 restaurants, lobby lounge, pool bar and 24 hour room service.
    The resort's recreational facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium, swimming pool, games room, a host of water sports activities such as para-sailing, jet skiing, boat ride, catamaran and banana boat ride. Daily activities are organized for guests such as beach volleyball, water polo, aqua-aerobics, water basketball, cooking class, village walk, adventure walk, telematches, and many more. Traditional Malay Massage and Foot Reflexology are available. For children, the Dolphy Kids Club offers a host of fun and exciting and educational activities.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Volleyball
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities

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Day 3

Georgetown and Penang

Enjoy a tour of historic Georgetown this morning, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Visit the Temple of 1000 Buddhas (Kek Lok Si Temple), one of the largest and most beautiful Buddhist temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Continue to Fort Cornwallis, the landing site of Captain Francis Light when he arrived in 1786 to establish a British colony. Next, visit the water village at Weld Quay, nicknamed The Clan Jetties since each resident shares a similar surname. Continue along Pitt Street, where churches, Chinese temples, mosques and Hindu temples have harmoniously existed side by side for centuries. Visit the intricately-designed house of the Khoo Kong Si clan, then enjoy a breezy trishaw ride, a still popular mode of transport in Georgetown. Return to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. In the late evening, you may want to explore Penang's nightlife along Batu Ferringhi.

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Day 4

Penang to Kota Bharu

Today you will travel across peninsular Malaysia through the main mountain range, which offers breath-taking views of the dense tropical rainforest as well as small villages and plantations. En route, take a break on Banding Island and enjoy the views of famous Temenggor Lake. Further on, stop at the highest mountain point on this route, which overlooks the Thailand and Malaysian border and offers a breathtaking view of the Titiwangsa mountain range. Continue to Kota Bharu and check into your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Perdana Hotel Kota Bharu

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    Perdana Hotel Kota Bharu



    Hotel Perdana, the first premier hotel in Kota Bharu has undergone a major transformation into a luxury 5 star hotel. Stands in the heart of the city centre, within walking distance to Stadium Sultan Muhammad ke - IV , strategically located within a commercial district, ...

    Hotel Perdana, the first premier hotel in Kota Bharu has undergone a major transformation into a luxury 5 star hotel. Stands in the heart of the city centre, within walking distance to Stadium Sultan Muhammad ke - IV , strategically located within a commercial district, government offices, shopping areas, hospitals and local attractions. The hotel is only 15 minutes drive from the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport Kota Bharu.

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Day 5

Kota Bharu to Kuala Terengganu

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning have a short orientation tour through Kota Bharu. Visit the colorful wet market. You will notice that most of the traders are women, which is a very unique culture of Kelantan State. You can find a variety of local items like batik clothes, cloth of exotic patterns, fruits, vegetables etc. The city is also famous for its silverware and trinkets, kite making, top spinning and songket weaving. See how brown sugar is tap and process. This town also offers a wide variety of local sweet cakes and delicacies, unique in this part of the country. Continue journey to Terengganu. Visit Pulau Duyong 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.

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Duration1 Night
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Duyong Marina and Resort

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    Duyong Marina and Resort



    Duyong Marina and Resort is an exotic coveted getaway located in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. The resort is set in its own secluded surrounding which offers a tranquil ambiance and well appointed accommodation. It offers 52 beautiful well appointed Deluxe Rooms, 26 Executive Deluxe Rooms, ...

    Duyong Marina and Resort is an exotic coveted getaway located in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. The resort is set in its own secluded surrounding which offers a tranquil ambiance and well appointed accommodation.

    It offers 52 beautiful well appointed Deluxe Rooms, 26 Executive Deluxe Rooms, 4 Executive Suites, 2 Duplexes, along with our famous and talk of town 13 Royal Suites that feature lagoon river view with private Jacuzzi tubs. All of these rooms and suites are located in the comfort of 97 Chalets scattered around the Resort area. Each one offers Wi-Fi to for those of you who cannot stand being away from the office too long.

    Enjoy quiet time by the infinity pool or you can go fishing. For a more invigorating time, go for a work out in the gymnasium or take our bikes for a spin around the property.

    Facilities

    • Ballroom
    • Convention Center
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Gym
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Weddings

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Day 6

Terengganu to Kuantan

Breakfast at hotel. Today depart to Kuantan with en route visit to Cherating Village. Stop at local villages to observe the traditional way of living. See pandan leaves being weaved into bags, mats and crafts and see the antiques of trained monkey plucking coconuts. Free at own leisure upon check in.

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Duration1 Night
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Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan

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    Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan



    Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan is nestled on the pristine Balok beach fronting the azure waters of South China Sea in Peninsular Malaysia. Recently refurbished, the resort offers timeless contemporary elegance with a sophisticated blend of luxury. The resort's 304 rooms and suites are equipped ...

    Swiss-Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan is nestled on the pristine Balok beach fronting the azure waters of South China Sea in Peninsular Malaysia. Recently refurbished, the resort offers timeless contemporary elegance with a sophisticated blend of luxury. The resort's 304 rooms and suites are equipped with modern amenities and features traditional motifs, a reflection of the country's cultural heritage.

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Day 7

Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur

This morning, depart for Kuala Lumpur at 8:30am. On the way, stop at the quaint historic town of Sungai Lembing, as well as the excellent Sungai Lembing Museum, dedicated to the memories tin miners who perished or became ill in the largest, longest and deepest subterranean tin mine in the world. While at the museum, visit the underground tunnel which was once known as the El Dorado of the East. You will arrive Kuala Lumpur in the late-afternoon.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly accommodation as decribed in the itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to places visited (unless stated otherwise)
  • Private transfers and tours
  • English Speaking Services with driver/guide
  • Wi-fi on board transportation

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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