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Explore historic Melaka in a trishaw
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Travel to South-East Asia and experience the very best of Malaysia.

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Discover a cultural melting pot in Kuala Lumpur
  • Explore historic Melaka in a trishaw
  • Trek through an ancient rainforest
  • Feast on traditional Malay cuisine
  • Swim in the sparkling waters of the Perhentian Islands
  • Tiptoe through the treetops on a rainforest canopy walk

Holiday Type

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Culture
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Wildlife & Nature
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What's included
  • International flights
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse (3 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (8 nights)
  • Transport: Boat, Bus, Ferry, Longtail boat, Public bus, Speed boat, Taxi, Trishaw, Van
  • Activities: Canopy Walk - Taman Negara, Half-day snorkelling trip, Jungle waterfall walk and village tour, Kuala Kangsar - Royal Town Tour, Longtail boat trip, Melaka - Trishaw Tour
Need to know
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12
  • Ages: Min 15
Your route
Intrepid: Best of Malaysia Map Penang Kuala Lumpur Taman Negara National Park Perhentian Islands Kota Bharu Melaka Malay Homestay

Itinerary

Day 1
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

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.

Day 2
Melaka

Melaka

Transfer by local bus to the old port town of Melaka. 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, Chinese Buddhist Temples and a traditional Muslim house-museum.

Days 3-5
Taman Negara National Park

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 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. We 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. Arrive at the crystal-clear waters of the Tahan River where there's time for a refreshing swim. 

Days 6-8
Perhentian Islands

Perhentian Islands

A long drive by private bus to Kuala Besut where we take a boat over crystal-clear waters to the sun-kissed beaches of the Perhentian Islands. 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.

Day 9
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

A speed boat to Kuala Besut and then a minibus takes us on 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.

Days 10-11
Malay Homestay

Malay Homestay

A long bus journey and a short minibus ride 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. 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. 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. Along the way, pass by jackfruit, pineapples, longans, rambutans and other tropical fruits growing wild on the roadside. When you get back, go kayaking or simply relax.

Days 12-14
Penang

Penang

Located on the banks of the Perak River, Kuala Kangsar is a well-preserved historic royal town and the seat of a sultan. On an hour-long Royal Town tour, we view the royal palaces as well as the Ubudiah Mosque, with its impressive golden dome. After taking a public bus to Butterworth, we then walk a short distance to the ferry terminal to catch a ferry over to Penang island. Penang - Malaysia's prized island - has a beautiful coastline, wonderful cuisine, with colonial heritage present in amongst modern skyscrapers. With an exotic blend of cultures, the World Heritage site of Georgetown contains a fascinating collection of religious places of worship. Visit Clan Jetty, Goddess of Mercy Chinese temple, Sri Mahamariamman Hindu temple, Kapitan Kling Mosque, Fort Cornwallis, and Kek Lok Si Temple. 

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