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Overview

  • from $2,957 PP
  • 12 Nights
  • Private
  • Dec - Apr
  • Easy
  • 12 hrs from London / 18 hrs from NYC

Highlights

This classic trip through Malaysia takes you from the sci-fi city of Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, delving into history, culture and more as you explore the best both destinations have to offer, including a day trip to discover the rich heritage of Malacca. Spend two nights in Taman Negara National Park, home to Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, enjoying a canopy walk through the jungle and a boat ride along the cascades of the Tahan River. You’ll travel into the cool Cameron Highlights, blanketed in green with endless tea plantations, and spend your final nights enjoying the pristine beaches of Langkawi.

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What's Included

Dayang Bunting Island
  • 12 nights 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation, staying on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Domestic transfers
  • Private guided tour in Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur city tour
  • Malacca day tour
  • Taman Negara National Park canopy walk
  • Taman Negara National Park river boat trip
  • George Town guided tour
  • Expert trip planning advice
  • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
  • Flexible, fully personalized itinerary

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Singapore: Arrival into Singapore

Singapore

Your classic 12-nights our begins with your arrival into Singapore’s airport where you’ll be met by your drive for private transfer to your accommodation in the Lion City. Its high-rise cityscape looks as if it came from the pages of a sci-fi book, but it offers a mix of modern along with Chinese, British, Tamil and Malay influences. After checking into your hotel, you might want to relax with a drink in one of the rooftop restaurants overlooking the Singapore River. When it comes time to dine, the incredible cuisine reflects the melding of cultures, with a wide range of delicious options.

Day 2 Singapore: Private Guided Tour

Singapore

Join your guide this morning for a private tour of Singapore’s history, starting in Merlion Park along the waterfront where the nation’s iconic symbol, a half-fish and half-lion, resides. It represents its humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was known as Tamasek. Visit the huge Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest and most boldly colourful Chinese shrines, and then take a stroll through the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Inside is the National Orchid Garden, featuring around 600 species and hybrids spectacularly displayed in four separate colour zones as one of the world’s greatest collections of plants.

Day 3 Kuala Lumpur: Transfer from Singapore

Kuala Lumbour

Departing Singapore, you’ll spend your next three nights in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. After checking into your hotel near the iconic Petronas Towers, you might want to stretch your legs with a stroll to take in the view from the skyway that connects the two. Just around the corner is the Golden Triangle shopping and entertainment hub, the place to go for fashions and accessories, designer brands and electronic goods. At night, Bukit Bintang Street turns into a walk where you can enjoy wining and dining al fresco in restaurants and cafes. Head west to enjoy the delights of Little India and Chinatown.

Day 4 Kuala Lumpur: City Tour

Kuala Lumpur

Join your local guide for a tour of the key monuments, from historic to modern, in Kuala Lumpur this morning. Visit the old King’s Palace for an interesting glimpse of past royalty and the impressive modernist Parliament House. This is a fairly new city, founded in 1857, and you’ll be able to learn more about its dramatic if short history at the National Museum. There will be an opportunity to take a refreshing break at the Lake Gardens, a 227-acre park in the middle of the city, before exploring the colonial buildings around Dataran Merdeka Square and strolling through colourful Chinatown.

Day 5 Kuala Lumpur: Malacca Day Tour

Malacca

Look forward to a fascinating day tour to historic Malacca, just under two hours from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca has a rich cultural heritage, that includes Sumatran Hindus, Ming-era Chinese, Portuguese traders, Portugal and Britain colonials. Explore A Famosa, a former Portuguese fortress that’s among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Southeast Asia, built in 1511, and see the ruins of St. Paul’s church, the oldest in Malaysia, originally built in 1521. You’ll visit Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, the antique shops along Jonker Street and the Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. There will be time for you to sample the Nonya cuisine too.

Day 6 Taman Negara National Park: Transfer from Kuala Lumpur

Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Your next two nights will be spent inside Taman Negara National Park, heading deep inside the rainforest, including a boat ride that cruises through the jungle to your lodge. The jungle is as ancient as the age of the dinosaurs, home to the rare Malayan tigers, Asian elephants and some 3,000 species of flowers and plants. Visitors come to enjoy everything from wildlife spotting and trekking to whitewater rafting, fishing, birdwatching, canopy walks, cave exploring and visiting the indigenous people in the Orang Asli villages. This evening you’ll enjoy a night walk through the foliage-filled jungle among the calls of the wildlife.

Day 7 Taman Negara Natiaonal Park: Canopy Walk and River Boat Trip

Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

The park’s canopy walk is its most popular attraction. It holds the title as the longest ropewalk in the world, stretching 1,640 feet and soaring 148 feet above the forest floor. You’ll be able to admire the views and spy on wildlife from canopy observation huts. Monkeys scurry through the trees, and if luck is on your side, you might see an elephant, leopard, tiger or a Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world. Information boards explain the fauna and flora you’re seeing. Afterwards, cool off with a boat trip along the Lata Berkoh, a series of magnificent cascades on the Tahan River.

Day 8 Cameron Highlands: Transfer from Taman Negara

Cameron Highlands

Leaving the national park today, you’ll journey to the Cameron Highlands, the country’s largest hill-station area, set along a mountain plateau high above the river valley at an elevation of 4,921 feet. You’ll notice the tropical humidity fading into a more pleasant, cool climate while the stunning landscapes are brilliant emerald with verdant hills and tea plantations.  There’s no better place in Malaysia to find fresh produce, although the farms and plantations not only make for delicious eats, and drink, but amazing sights and scents, like the sweet-smelling strawberry farms where you can sample strawberry jam and ice cream.

Day 9 Penang: Morning Market Visit in Cameron Highlands/transfer to Penang

Penang

Before departing for Penang, you’ll get to explore more of the Cameron Highlands with a visit to the morning market, rose gardens, vegetable farms and tea plantations. From there you’ll journey to the coast, visiting the royal town of Kuala Kangsar along the way, famous for its exceptional Ubudiah Mosque. Once you’ve crossed the Penang Bridge, you’ll enter George Town, the island’s colourful, multicultural capital know for its Chinese shop houses, British colonial buildings and mosques. After checking into your accommodation, relax or head out to do some wandering. You might ride the funicular railway up Penang Hill, which overlooks it all.

Day 10 Penang: Guided tour of George Town

George Town, Malaysia

Today you’ll get to discover George Town’s heritage through the eyes of a local guide, with plenty of historical treasures to be found, the result of its unique ethnic blend. Visit Fort Cornwallis, Malaysia’s largest standing fort and one of the oldest structures in Penang. Built in 1786, it was intended as a defensive structure against invading Kedah forces, pirates, and the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Marvel at the colonial architecture, explore the old Chinese waterfront settlement and visit the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion before relaxing in the shade at the Botanic Gardens, with its beautiful flora including slipper orchids and black lilies.

Day 11 Langkawi: Transfer from Penang

Langkawi

The final portion of your trip brings you to one of Asia’s most spectacular islands. The jewel of Malaysia, Langkawi boasts some of the world’s finest sands, framed by crystal-clear turquoise water, with Datai Bay one of the top spots. Sometimes referred to as “Waterfall Island,” Langkawi offers magnificent cascades like Telaga Tujuh, known as the home of fairies, and Seven Wells Waterfalls which feeds a series of seven interconnected natural pools. Wildlife abounds too, with the pristine rainforest inhabited by monkeys and colourful hornbills. Settle in, relax and enjoy the scenery before dining at one of the tasty gourmet restaurants.

Day 12 Langkawi: Day of Leisure

Langkawi

On your last full day in Malaysia, you can do as you please. We recommend joining the nature walk led by a naturalist through the rainforest and its 10 million-year history, with opportunities to spot monkeys, flying lemur, lizards and more. The rest of the day you might spend lounging on the sand by those surreal blue waters, sip cocktails in one of the beach shacks and indulge in a spa treatment. You’ll have shops for picking up last-minute gifts and souvenirs along with plenty of restaurants for sampling some of the Malaysian cuisine you haven’t tried yet.

Day 13 Langkawi: Departure Day

Langkawi

After 12 amazing nights, your Classic Malaysia adventures comes to an end. It’s never easy to leave this island paradise, so if you want to extend your trip a few more days we can easily make it happen for you. Otherwise, get your bags packed and ready for transfer to the airport and your return flight home.

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 purchase comprehensive travel insurance
  • Visas if required

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