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Overview

  • from $2,683 PP
  • 8 Nights
  • Private
  • Nov - Apr
  • Easy
  • 12.5 hrs from London / 21 hrs from NYC

Highlights

Capture the best of Malaysia in this compact, exciting 9-day itinerary. Travel up the western seaboard of the Malay peninsula, capturing all that this tropical, multicultural, historical part of the world has to offer. Begin in shimmering modern capital Kuala Lumpur, with its soaring skyscrapers and gleaming malls sitting alongside ancient markets and heritage architecture. A short hop south takes you to the eclectic port of Malacca, then later fly up to Penang, a port city of even greater historical significance, now famed as arguably the best foodie destination in Asia. Round out your tour with three nights to relax in magical Langkawi, which boasts some of the best beaches in Malaysia. 

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What's Included

Langkawi Malaysia
  • 8 nights in 4 or 5-star accommodation
  • Daily breakfast throughout plus other meals as per itinerary
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Transport and guiding with private English-speaking driver-guide from KL to Penang
  • Domestic flights as described in economy class
  • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
  • Flexible, personalized itinerary based on your preferences

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur: Arrival into Malaysia

Kuala Lumbour

You’ll be met in the arrivals hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport by a private driver, who will then lead you to a private vehicle and transfer you to your downtown hotel. 

KL is defined by its colorful culture and friendly locals. It’s home to colonial architecture, towering skyscrapers, minarets, Mughal domes, and a wealth of cultural attractions. While there is a reverence for ancient culture, it’s balanced with a plugged-in modern world and a contemporary art scene.

Day 2 Kuala Lumpur: Private city tour of KL

Kuala Lumpur

Embark on a fabulous half-day walking tour of Kuala Lumpur to experience the city’s history and ethnic heritage. Led by your private guide, you’ll begin with a visit to Masjid Jamek, also known as Friday Mosque, one of the oldest buildings in the city, set gracefully on the banks of two rivers. Wander around the mosque grounds, learning about Islam in Malaysia and the Arabesque influences in its design. Around the mosque, you’ll find a network of vibrant streets, home to garland makers, chai cafes, and textile stalls. Stop for a cup of traditional tea and Indian snacks, savoring the sweet flavors while discovering more about the Indian-Malay community and their beliefs. 

Continue to the colonial heart of old Kuala Lumpur, where your guide will point out a variety of architectural treasures, each of which tells a story of the city from the late 1800s to the mid-1930s. Nearby there is a great viewpoint looking back at the Masjid Jamek, where you’ll get a great photo shot capturing the blend of the old and new architecture of Kuala Lumpur. Wander into the Central Market, a vital hub of commerce for the city’s artisan community. Browse the stalls of local designers and craftsmen while enjoying the buzz of the marketplace. Learn about the history of this market and how it has transitioned over the years from a wet market into its modern-day commerce center. 

Your final destination will be KL’s Chinatown, where you’ll explore the vibrant market, ancestral shrines, and heritage shophouses of the city’s Chinese-Malay residents. This area is also the birthplace of many of Malaysia’s signature culinary dishes, thus making it the perfect place to refuel. Pull up a chair at a popular restaurant and savor a plate of Hokkien mee noodles alongside the locals. After this snack, return to the hotel for a chance to freshen up or continue exploring the capital independently.

Day 3 Malacca: Private transfer to Malacca; Evening food discovery tour

Christ Church, Malacca

After breakfast, you will check out of your KL hotel, meet your private guide, and set off south by road to Malacca. In steady traffic this will be a journey of under two hours, using mostly major highways which are flanked by palm plantations on both sides.

 

Situated roughly equidistant between KL and Singapore, Malacca is a historic port has a broad mix of British, Chinese, Portuguese, and Dutch influences, featuring an intriguing mix of architecture, religion, and food.

After checking in to your hotel your guide will take you on a walking tour of this eclectic, multicultural port city. Pass by the iconic maroon structures of Christ Church, the Clock Tower, and Sadthuys, learning about the history of this town which has passed through Malay, Portuguese, Dutch, and British rule. Continue up to St Pauls, which commands fabulous views across the city, before descending and crossing the Melaka River to the lively heritage quarter of the city.

You’ll get a sense of Malacca’s diversity passing by the Taoist San Duo Temple, Sri Poyatha Vinayagara Moorthy Hindu Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque, and Buddhist Cheng Hoon Teng Temple all in a row along Jalan Tokong. Finish with a walk along Jonker Street, which should be now gearing up for the night market, with an optional call into the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum.

Day 4 Penang: Short domestic flight to Penang; Evening street food tour

Beach and skyline of Penang, Malaysia

This morning your driver will transfer you from your hotel to Malacca Airport, from where you’ll take a short domestic flight up the western seaboard to Penang. On arrival in Penang you’ll be met again and transferred privately to your hotel in the island’s capital, Georgetown. 

The ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Penang is a tropical city that offers it all: home to gastronomic delights, a mix of historic and modern architecture, soft white sandy beaches, and numerous excellent hotels. It has a diverse mix of cultures, with modern developments juxtaposed with mosques, temples, and historic buildings, while the coast is lined with sleepy fishing villages and luxury resorts. The colonial city of George Town is its multicultural capital with historic British buildings, magnificent mosques, and crumbling shophouses in its oldest section. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also one of the top spots in all of Southeast Asia for mouth-watering street food.

This evening you’ll join a walking tour of Georgetown, sampling the best of Penang’s street food. This expert-led tour takes you through the historic alleys and lanes of the city, searching out the best hawkers and dishes. Learn about the stories of these street hawkers while also hearing stories about how Penang has been shaped by its rich cultural heritage, and how this feeds into its unique and delicious food. In between the food stops you will stroll by and listen to stories of Penang’s famous street murals, important clan houses, and boardwalks of the Clan Jetties. The tour ends with a specialty cocktail, designed exclusively to cleanse your palate using local ingredients and spices, tailored and shaken by one of Penang’s famous mixologists.

Day 5 Penang: Guided tour of Penang

George Town, Malaysia

Today you’ll join a local guide for a full-day walking tour to discover everything that diverse Penang has to offer: Chinese clan houses, Bollywood soundtracks, Malay fishing villages, and more. Start in Georgetown, an area rich in history, culture, and food. The guide will give a short introduction to the town’s past, learning how merchants from around the world used Penang as a refuge between two regional monsoon weather systems and thus absorbing a variety of international influences into the local culture. Stop for a cup of local coffee at a bakehouse and sample Bengali bread, while the guide explains the origins of this popular Penang breakfast.

Continue the Penang walking tour through the old town, stopping to admire some of the architectural wonders that earned the town UNESCO World Heritage status. Admire the streets’ mix of old and new, hearing the fascinating tales behind some of the historic structures and seeing modern, whimsical street art. Keep an eye out for small workshops where craftsmen may be making items such as joss sticks or weaving rattan items. 

Next up is a visit to Khoo Kongsi to learn about the practice of ancestor worship that is so embedded in the local culture. Continue down the so-called ‘Street of Harmony’ where various spiritual shrines and houses of worship can be found then step into vibrant Little India. Mingle with the locals as they shop for colorful flower garland offerings and enjoy the smells emanating from the street hawker stalls. Finish with a visit to a 150-year-old wet market, still abuzz with local life today, before returning to your hotel to relax.

Day 6 Langkawi: Short domestic flight from Penang to Langkawi

Pantai Cenang beach, Langkawi

It’s time to say farewell to Penang with your private driver/guide meeting you at your hotel for transfer back to the airport this morning. A 40-minute flight will bring you to Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, one of the 99 islands in the Langkawi archipelago in the Andaman Sea, known for its lush rainforest and pristine beaches, Tanjung Rhu, Pantai Cenang and Datai Bay have even been named among the world’s most beautiful. It’s perfect place to relax and do nothing but gaze out at the scenery, enjoy the facilities at your hotel, explore attractions or take part in all sorts of activities.

Days 7-8 Langkawi: Days at leisure

Cable car across mountainside, Langkawi

Langkawi is an island paradise and an idyllic setting to relax and unwind at the end of your tour. The obvious thing to do is sit back and enjoy the beach or the facilities at your hotel. If you have itchy feet though the island boasts a huge list of activities: visitors can enjoy all sorts of thrilling watersports from all island resorts, including sea kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and diving; you’ll also find mangrove boat tours on Kilim River, hikes to waterfalls and look-out points in the interior, various museums, galleries, and an aquarium, and a dramatic cable car ride over Cinang Mountain which offers views as far as Sumatra. 

Day 9 Langkawi: Departure day

Plane taking off in Langkawi

Sadly your adventures in Malaysia must come to an end. At the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred privately from your beach resort to Langkawi International Airport, arriving in good time to check-in for your onward flight.

What's not Included

  • As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
  • Gratuities for local guides
  • We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
  • Visas if required

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