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... Malay, Indian and Indo-Chinese cultures have combined to give the nation its unique flavour.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Soak up the modernity of Kuala Lumpur
- Follow the footsteps of old-world traders in Melaka
- Relish the serenity of Pulau Langkawi's beaches
- Peer into the past in old Penang
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- Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), Resort (3 nights)
- Transport: Public bus, Trishaw
- Activities: Kuala Lumpur - City tour, Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower, Langkawi - Cable Car, Langkawi - Island Tour, Melaka - Trishaw Tour, Penang - Fort Cornwallis, Penang - Malaysian Cooking Class
Need to know
- Group size: Min 1, Max 16
- Ages: Min 15
With flourishing retail hot spots, a booming, cross-cultural culinary scene and one of the world's best airports, it's not hard to see why Singapore acts as a launching (and finishing) point for many of our Asian odysseys. From the traditions and heritage of Chinatown to the aromatic delights of Little India and the modernity of glitzy hotels, a few days in sizzling Singapore is the perfect bookend to any Intrepid adventure. Singapore has few areas untouched by modernisation, but wandering the streets of Little India and Chinatown is a great way to see the old parts of the city. To explore further, check out the renowned shopping precinct of Orchard Road, or stop by Raffles to experience the old world charm of a Singapore Sling. An evening in Singapore is not complete without an evening stroll along Clarke Quay or take a river cruise to learn more about the fascinating history of this city.
A public bus journey (approx. 5.5 hrs) takes us to the World Heritage-listed 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.
Transfer from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur by minivan (approx. 2 hours). 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. Take a half-day tour and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives it such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. Visit some of the city's most impressive architecture such as the National Monument, National Mosque, Istana Negara (National Palace), Batu Caves and Royal Selangor Pewter. Enjoy an included dinner at the Old China Cafe in KL.
Transfer by private minivan from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. Penang Island was the first destination of the colonial British in 1786. They invited Chinese, as well as others from all over Asia, to live on this island in the tropics. Today, this exotic blend of cultures still exists and the World Heritage site of Georgetown contains a fascinating blend of religious places of worship. Discover Penang's Chinese and British colonial history around Georgetown. Explore Little India taking a glimpse of the ancient Hindu traditions in its decorative temples and tasting freshly made delicious Indian snacks. Don't miss a visit to the Chinese stilt houses or the chance to have high tea at the legendary Eastern and Oriental Hotel. A tour of Penang takes in Fort Cornwallis, the site of the original British settlement. You also take a drive to Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia. Discover the flavours of Malay cuisine with a cooking class in Penang.
Fly from Penang to the island of Langkawi. Pulau Langkawi is only 487.5 sq km in area but it's one of Malaysia's premier tourist destinations, featuring stunning beaches and some of the best sunsets you'll find in the country. It's essential to treat yourself to a swim, snorkel or sunbake on the sultry exotic white sand beaches or perhaps unwind in a boutique spa. Take a day trip to explore some of the smaller islands. Please note, if the weather is too wet we'll do a day tour of the main island instead. Not to be missed is a trip on the cable car with spectacular views over the Andaman Sea and some of the 99 tropical islands of Langkawi. Enjoy a delicious seafood barbecue dinner. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.