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16 Nights Best of Malaysia

Destinations Covered
Kuala Lumpur-Taman Negara-Kuantan-Tasik Kenyir- Kota Bharu- Penang –
Cameron Highlands- Pangkor Island

Day 1 Arrival in Kuala Lumpur

On arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you.

Transfer and check-in at selected hotel.

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is a busy city with ordered skyscrapers, six-lane highways, colonial architecture and lots of greenery. Home to the Petronas Twin Towers, it is a shopping paradise with some of Southeast Asia’s largest shopping malls, housing the world’s top brands, and street markets where you can get one-of-a-kind items.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 2 In Kuala Lumpur

Post breakfast, set off at 9:00 hrs for a half-day sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur.

This tour gives you a colourful spectrum of Malaysian architecture, history, culture, heritage, crafts and lifestyle.

Visit the National Mosque (Masjid Negara Malay), one of the most distinguished mosques in Kuala Lumpur. Another must-see is the Tugu Negara, or War Memorial,  where we honour those who perished in war. Drive past the Moorish-styled  Federal Court, the old Railway Station, which is a striking piece of Mohammedan architecture, the Tudor-styled Cricket Club, and the King’s Palace.

Continue to  Thean Hou Temple, situated in Robson Heights, which is home to the patron goddess  of the Hainanese community: Thean Hou. This striking six-tiered temple is one of the largest Chinese temples in South East Asia.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Tembeling/Taman Negara (200km/8hrs)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart at  9:00 hrs for Jerantut via Karak Highway.

Upon arrival in Jerantut at  12:00 hrs, fill in a Park Entrance permit, collect a travel voucher and enjoy lunch.

Shuttle departs to Kuala Tembeling Jetty at  13:30 hrs for a boat ride to Taman Negara.

Embark on a shuttle boat to Taman Negara, departing at 14:00 hrs (3 hrs boat ride).

The slow boat ride is quite an experience, as you have the chance to watch the wonders of nature enfold: the lush greens surroundings, exotic fish, and even the occasional monitor lizards swimming up and down.

On arrival, check-into Taman Negara Resort.

20:30 hrs : Be taken on a mysterious night jungle walk.

Dinner and overnight stay in the resort.

Day 4 In Taman Negara

Post breakfast, depart at  9:00 hrs for trekking through the  Canopy Walk  and  Bukit Teresek, where you ’ll be greeted by picturesque trails, beautiful skies and a symphony of sounds: insects, animals, and trees whispering in the wind.

Lunch break (own expense) before taking another excursion at Lata Berkoh, via boat. It’s time to enjoy the water; take a dip in the clear waters or relax by the riverbank.

Afterwards, return to the resort for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 Taman Negara/Kuala Tembeling – Kuala Lumpur (200km/6hrs)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart at  9:00 hrs for  Kuala Lumpur.

On arrival, check-in at selected hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6 Kuala Lumpur – Malacca (150km/2hrs)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart at 9:00 hrs for the historical city of Malacca.

On arrival, check-in at selected hotel.

Afterwards, go on a sightseeing tour of Malacca. Explore the Harmony Street, which is divided into three sections/roads. It is called Harmony Street because of the harmonious coexistence of three major ethnic groups there: the Malays, the Chinese and the Hindus. Visit Cheng Hoon Teng, the oldest Chinese temple in the country, built in 1646 with materials shipped from China. Then visit the Kampung Kling Mosque, the oldest museum of a house of worship in the state, with Sumatran architectural features. See Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, one of the first Hindu temples built in the country, at the turn of the Century. It was built on a plot given by the Dutch. Continue to the historical Square of Malacca; the bright red stadhuys (townhouse) there was built in 1650 as the official residence of the Dutch governor and his officers. Next to the Stadhuys  is Christ Church, which was completed in 1753. It is an excellent example of Dutch architecture. Further up the road is the St. Fancies Xavier’s Church, which was built in 1849 by a French priest, the Reverend Frave. On the hilltop site of the former Melakan Sultan’s palace is the ruin of St. Paul’s Church. From the church, a number of steps lead down to the massive fortress built by the Portuguese in 1511.

Continue to Bukit China, the hill dominating Malacca. Covering 42 hectares, this hill has the oldest and largest Chinese graveyard outside China. Proceed to the Portuguese Settlement, which was founded in the late 1920s. Situated nearby this settlement is the Portuguese Square, which is similar to a square in Lisbon, Portugal. The square is well-known for its restaurant, which serves cold beer, and dishes such as fragrantly spiced baked fish wrapped in banana leaves.

Enjoy a Peranakan lunch.

After lunch, begin walking the Heritage Trail and walk along Tun Tan Cheng Lok (known as “Millionaire’s Row”, and formerly called Heereen Street), a narrow street lined with ancient shop-houses that still evoke the good old days of the wealthy Baba/Nyonya community. Most of these town houses are decorated with beautiful tile motifs and delicate carvings of flowers and birds.

Stop at the Baba Nyonya Museum. This museum provides an informative tour of a large mansion owned by the Chan family.

Later in the evening, return to hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7 Malacca – Kuantan (276km/5hrs, Including Sightseeing)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart at 9:00 hrs for Kuantan, en-route visiting Kuala Gandah: an elephant sanctuary. Established in 1989 by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks, it is a base for the Elephant Relocation Team. Since 1974 this team has been rescuing Asian elephants, whose habitats are being lost due to cultivation or other developmental activities, and then relocating them to suitable habitats such as Taman Negara. The centre also works to raise public awareness and support research, and has become an increasingly popular tourist attraction. Visitors to the centre are shown a video, and can watch the elephants being washed and fed.

Over the past 25 years, the centre has helped prevent the further decline of the elephant population by relocating more than 300 wild elephants.

Afterwards, continue your journey to Kuantan, passing through villages, plantations, and breath-taking scenery with mountains and valleys.

On arrival, check-in at selected hotel.

Kuantan is the state capital of Pahang, Malaysia, and the ninth largest city in Malaysia. The National Physical Plan, in 2005, identified Kuantan as one of the future growth centres and a hub for trade, commerce, transportation and tourism. Kuantan is considered the social, economic and commercial hub for the East coast of Peninsular Malaysia, due to its strategic location.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8 Kuantan - Kuala Terengganu - Lake Kenyir/Tasik Kenyir (240km/7hrs, Including Sightseeing)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart at 9:00 hrs for Tasik Kenyir, en-route visiting Pandanus Weaving Centre to see beautiful mats, hats, bags and handicraft items being made.

Resuming the journey, pass by Kerteh, the centre of Malaysia's petroleum industry, while enjoying the pristine scenery of rustic fishing villages and languid palm-fringed beaches. The islands of Redang, Gem, Kapas and Lang Tengah, to name a few, lie just off its coast.

Arrive at Lake Kenyir, or Tasik Kenyir, the largest manmade lake in Asia. Covering an area of 369sq. km, it is the site of Malaysia’s largest hydroelectric dam. Surrounded by a lush tropical jungle, Lake Kenyir is a popular retreat for nature lovers, anglers, photo enthusiasts and fun-seekers.

The lake has a wide variety of freshwater fish such as baung, toman, kelisa and lampan.

Check-in at selected hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 In Tasik Kenyir

Post breakfast, proceed at  7:00 hrs for a bird watching tour.

Bird watchinghere is amazing because  Lake Kenyir  has the largest number of hornbill species, such as rhinoceros hornbills, great hornbills, oriental pied hornbills, black hornbills, white crown hornbills, wreathe hornbills, wrinkle hornbills, bushy crested hornbills, helmeted hornbills, as well as raptors such as crested serpent eagles, bat hawks, changeable hawk eagles, lesser fish eagles and more. It also hosts garden birds such as magpie robins, pigeons, doves, minas, woodpeckers, bulbuls, and many others (subject to weather conditions).

Return to the hotel around 10:00 hrs.

After lunch at the resort, proceed at 15:00 hrs for a lake cruise to the Herbal Island and Saok Waterfall. It is believed that the Lake Kenyir area is home to more than 8,000 species of flowers, 2,500 species of plants and trees, 800 species of orchids, and 300 species of fungi.

The  Herbal Park is 10 minute boat-ride away, and is home to more than 200 types of traditional and indigenous herbal plants. Witness the rare collection of traditional Malay herbs like tongkat ali, kacip fatimah, mas cotek, haji samad or misai kucing.

Try the warm drinks Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah  (traditional aphrodisiacs for men and women respectively), that are free for visitors. A warning here though: the drinks taste a little bitter, as do many medicines.

Afterwards proceed to Soak Waterfall, where the waters cascading over rocky terraces and boulders. There’s a flat sandy area at ground level, where you can feel the freshness and let the sound of the water make you calm and relaxed.

Lean back on the rocks, experience a waterfall massage and have fun.

Later in the evening, return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10 Lake Kenyir - Kota Bharu (170km/2hrs)

Post breakfast, check-out and continue North to  Kota Bahru, the capital of the Northernmost state of Kelantan, bordering Thailand. The beautiful resort islands of  Redang, Perhentian, Kapas and Lang Tengah, to name a few, lie just off its coast.

On arrival, check-in at selected hotel.

Later in the afternoon, proceed for a guided sightseeing tour of  Kota Bahru. You'll visit the Central Market, where you’ll find a riot of colours with the lively atmosphere of a bazaar. Here, local women folk do commerce amidst a neatly arranged mosaic of farm produce, seafood and groceries. Afterwards, drive past the town’s historical zone, which consists of a delightful collection of heritage buildings and former Sultan’s palacesnow converted into a variety of museums. Visit two of its famed cottage industries, operated by traditional Malay handicraftsmen (and women). These include a silversmith,  where you can see what they make out of sliver, and weavers of "songkek", a silk fabric interwoven with gold or silver threadsthat is worn as a wrap for special occasions by the Malays.

Return to hotel after sightseeing.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 Kota Bharu – Banding – Penang (350km/6hrs)

Post breakfast, check-out and drive East to Penang, passing through rice fields and villages in Kedah State–the "rice bowl" of Malaysia. Stop at Banding–an island in the middle of a huge man-made lake–to soak in a panoramic view of the lake’s serene blue water, against the back backdrop of primary rain forest.

Cross the Penang Bridge, a super-structure 13.5 km long – making it the 3rd longest bridge in Asia–to Penang, the "Pearl of the Orient”.

Penang is a fascinating fusion of East and West. It embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old-world charm. It boasts a harmonious, multiracial population,as well as well-preserved heritage buildings which led to George Town being recently listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang entices visitors with its beautiful coasts and scrumptious cuisine.

On arrival, check-in at selected beach resort.

Overnight stay at beach resort.

Day 12 In Penang

Post breakfast, depart at  9:00 hrs for a full-day, guided sightseeing tour of Penang Island. You'll pass vistas at every turn on the Western part of the island, and experience all the sights and sounds of this quaint city.

Drive past the popular  Batu Ferringhi beach, which is  lined with beach-front international hotels, and visit a  batik factory  to learn how the popular fabrics are made. Afterwards, drive past Telok Bahang Dam, fruit orchards, and clove and nutmeg plantations. Visit a Malay house for a glimpse of how the local villagers live.

After a lunch break (lunch at own expense), visit the  Snake Temple  and learn why these poisonous pit vipers coil around the pillars, beams and potted plants within the temple. Proceed to  Wat Chayamangkalaram,  within which lies the world’s third-longest statue of the reclining Buddha, and  Dharmmikarama Temple, an elaborately-decorated Burmese temple. Visit Fort Cornwallis, a stark remnant of colonial Penang, and drive past Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, which includes vistas of a mosque, a church, a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple–all on the same street. Continue to Pewter Showroom to view Malaysia’s most famous crafts, and its exquisite figurines.

Finally, observe abundant flora and monkeys at the Botanical Gardens.

Overnight stay at beach resort.

Day 13 Penang - Kuala Kangsar - Ipoh - Cameron Highlands (260km/8hrs Including Sightseeing)

Post breakfast, check-out and set off South to Ipoh for the Cameron Highlands, en-route visiting cave temples and royal palaces. Then, take a short stop at Bukit Merah Lake Town to witness the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Continue journey to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar and see the enchanting Ubudiah Mosque, with its fairy-tale architecture that seems to have emerged from the fables of the Arabian nights. Farther, visit the Perak Cave and Sam Poh Thong Temple, before proceeding uphill to Cameron Highlands; situated 1542 metres above sea level, this is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations.

Because of its high altitude it is cooler here (about 25 °C, but sometimes below 20 °C) than in the rest of Malaysia. The highlands are named after William Cameron, a British expedition leader. He discovered the location during an expedition in 1885. From that moment on, the Cameron Highlands grew increasingly interesting for the British. Its climate makes it perfectly suitable for cultivating tea; the Cameron Highlands soon became the biggest tea-producing region of Malaysia.

On arrival, check-in at selected hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 14 In Cameron Highlands

Post breakfast, visit the Hillside Market to sample the many kinds of vegetables and flowers that flow in the Cameron Highlands. A visit to the Boh Tea Plantation will give you insight into the tried-and-tested methods of tea making in the region. Enjoy BOH’s best teas, savouring their exquisite flavours.

Note

  • The Tea Factory is closed on every Monday and on Malaysian public holidays. The tea plantation closes at 17:00 hrs.

Return to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 15 Cameron Highlands – Lumut/Pangkor Island (170km/4hrs, Including Sightseeing)

Post breakfast, check-out and proceed downhill to Lumut, en-route visiting Kellie’s Castle.

The ruins of Kellie’s Castle, once an amazing mansion from the early 19th Century, has an impressive story. They are surrounded by mystery, and there is much speculation among locals about hidden rooms and secret tunnels. A wealthy British plantation owner, William Kellie Smith, commissioned the building of the castle, which was to be the home of his son. The amazing castle was then a conversation piece both locally and overseas, but William Kellie Smith died before the castle could be completed. Today it is nicely restored and accessible to all.

Resume journey to Lumut, the nearest town on the mainland, on the way to Pangkor Island.

Lumut is a coastal town in the Manjung District, Perak, Malaysia, and is a gateway to Pangkor Island. It is noted for seashell and coral handicrafts. This once little-known fishing town is now the home base of the Royal Malaysian Navy, and hasthe largest naval shipbuilder site in Malaysia, Boustead Naval Shipyard.

On arrival in Lumut, transfer by ferry to Pangkor Island.

Afterwards, check-in at selected hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16: In Pangkor Island

Post breakfast, free day to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 17 Pangkor Island/Lumut – Kuala Lumpur (280km/5hrs)

Post breakfast, free morning until check-out.

Transfer to Lumut by noon ferry for drive back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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