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Look for orangutan and pygmy elephants in Kinabatangan
Includes return economy airfares

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Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Explore the cobbled streets of colonial Penang and Malacca
  • Discover Kuala Lumpur's culinary and cultural diversity
  • Look for orangutan and pygmy elephants in Kinabatangan
  • Chill out on Langkawi’s gorgeous beaches

Holiday Type

Wildlife & Nature
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Culture
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What's included
  • International & internal flights
  • Small group Journey max group size 16
  • 2 nights River Lodge, 1 night Longhouse, 8 nights comfortable hotel and 2 nights guesthouses
  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All transfers
Need to know
  • Arrives: Sandakan Airport (SDK)
  • Time difference: GMT+8
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require visa for stays of less than 90 days
  • Language: Standard Malay
  • Currency: Malaysian ringgit (MYR)
  • Flying time from UK: around 17 hours
  • Plug type: Same as UK
  • Voltage: 220V
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Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Sepilok

Fly from the UK to Sepilok

Fly from the UK to Sepilok

Days 2-3
Sepilok

Sepilok

The next day visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, which rescues orphaned and captured orangutans, rehabilitates them and releases them back into the wild. You’ll visit at feeding time for the best chance of spotting one. Later, visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre, where you can walk along the canopy for a birds’ eye view of the jungle. You’ll also have the option to visit the Sunbear Conservation Centre.

Sepilok Jungle Resort

Orangutan sheltering from rain
Days 4-5
Kinabatangan

Kinabatangan

Here you can watch the workers as the harvest the swift nests from high up in the caves (in season). Once in Kinabatangan, keep an eye out for pygmy elephants, orangutans, gibbons, proboscis monkeys and birds, as well as the vast array of trees and flowers that live here. The next day, take a wildlife cruise on the river (look out for crocodiles!) and explore an oxbow lake, before learning more about forest conservation efforts.

Bilit Adventure Lodge

Kinabatangan River
Day 6
Kinabalu National Park

Kinabalu National Park

Take a walk along the lower slopes and admire the diverse plant life. Later, continue to Sabah Tea Plantation, where you’ll spend the night in a traditional longhouse made from bamboo. The next morning, watch the sunrise over Mount Kinabalu and learn more about tea harvesting and processing before continuing on to Kota Kinabalu.

Sabah Tea Longhouse

Mount Kinabalu from Kinabalu National Park
Days 7-8
Malacca

Malacca

The town is stuffed with antiques shops and restaurants, as well as various temples and a mosque, as well as Malaysia’s oldest functioning church. Explore the city by rickshaw and then try out some of the local Nyonya cuisine, a spicy and sour mixture of flavours.

Hotel Mimosa

Malacca, Malaysia
Days 9-10
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Take a look around the Batu Caves, just outside the city, the National Monument, the National Mosque and the National Palace. Take the rest of the day to explore at your own pace – perhaps visit the Petronas Towers. The next day, enjoy a tasty food tour of the city.

Metro Bukit Bintang

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Days 11-12
Penang

Penang

Georgetown is filled with tempting food to try, so spend your time sampling the different dishes. The next day, head for Fort Cornwallis, the site of the original British settlement, and Kek Lok Si, one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Your afternoon is free to explore Penang Hill and the Botanical Gardens, or to enjoy a G&T at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel.

Glow Hotel

Houses in George Town, Penang
Days 13-14
Langkawi

Langkawi

The next day, you’re free to laze on the beach or try any of the myriad activities on offer. Choose from cycling, touring the mangroves, or taking part in a cooking class. Langkawi is actually about 100 islands surrounded by warm turquoise waters and pristine beaches, so there’s plenty here to enjoy and end your Malaysia adventure in style.

Tropical Resort

Sunny Langkawi beach
Days 15-16
Depart Langkawi and return to the UK

Depart Langkawi and return to the UK

Depart Langkawi and return to the UK

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