Malaysia & Borneo

Malaysia & Borneo has the best of both worlds, a country geographically divided in two; the peninsula and Borneo hosting sights so diverse this country has become a travellers dream. The Peninsula offers you a multicultural buffet with Malay, Chinese and Indian influencing the food, culture, traditions and religions.

Borneo is home to untamed jungle, exotic creatures, sharp peaks and diverse tribes. From the fast-moving capital of Kuala Lumpur, the white sand beaches on the island of Langkawi, historic cities at Penang and Melaka to the natural setting of Borneo, there is a holiday in Malaysia & Borneo waiting for you.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Escorted TourTaman Negara Jungle Experience3 Contact usFrom $465.00
Escorted TourCameron Highlands & Mt Brinchang3 Contact usFrom $571.00
Independent TourHandpicked Borneo11 Contact usFrom $3,185.00
Independent TourLuxury Malaysia12 Contact usFrom $5,835.00

Taman Negara Jungle Experience

Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling from where you will take a longboat to Kuala Tahan, headquarters of Taman Negara. On route, you will be passing through local villages and lush tropical rainforest. Birds, monkeys, monitor lizards or water buffaloes may be seen along the river. Spend two nights in Taman Negara exploring the Rainforest.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur - Taman NegraYou will be met in your hotel lobby in the city centre between 0730hrs to 0745hrs to be transferred to the shuttle coach departing point to embark on a 4 hours journey to Kuala Tembeling jetty. Please proceed to register yourself with the National Park and Wildlife Department. At 1330 hrs, board a motorized longboat for 3 hours ride to Kuala Tahan, the headquarters of Taman Negara. On route you will be passing by local villages and lush tropical rainforest. Birds, monkeys, monitor lizards or water buffaloes may be seen along the river. Expected arrival at Kuala Tahan at 1700 hours. You will be dropped off at the opposite site of the river from Mutiara Taman Negara Resort where you will be greeted by a representative who will then assist you to take a water taxi to cross the river to the resort. Check in at the reception of Taman Negara Resorts. At own leisure to soak in the jungle atmosphere at the Resort. At 2030 hrs meet your guide at the Resorts reception who will give you a brief orientation introduction. Your first adventure will be a night jungle walk in the 130 million years old tropical rainforest. Take the boardwalk on a lookout for nocturnal insects amidst the chorus of the rainforest. Do note however, sighting of wildlife in the tropical forest due to its density, is a bonus.
Hotel: Mutiara Taman Negara Resort, 2 nights
Day 2: Cameron HighlandsAt 0930 hours meet your guide and start with a jungle walk for 1.5 hours up Teresik Hill. Walking along the boardwalk will reward you with a panoramic view of the tropical rainforest at the top of Teresek Hill. The guide will highlight to you the rich flora found enroute. On a clear day, you can see Mount Tahan, the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia. Before returning to the base, we will go on a canopy walkway, built 40 meters above the ground and 530 meters in length. You will experience the rainforest from a different perspective, as you will be closer to the top of the trees! This afternoon, you will take a motorized boat to the cataracts of Lata Berkoh. There is a deep pool delightful for swimming, resting or reading on the rocky area overlooking the river. We will stop over at Lubok Tenor Fish Sanctuary where a fascinating fish feeding experience awaits. Lubok Tenor, blessed with clear water (unless there is recent heavy rain) and many fish is the result of a successful ecotourism project involving local villagers and the government to create fish sanctuaries. Return to the resort. The boat will drift along the river quietly in search of wild birds and animals. However, sighting of wildlife is not
guaranteed
Day 3: Cameron Highlands - Kuala LumpurAfter breakfast, take a water taxi to cross the river to board the boat back to Kuala Tembeling. The boat will depart at 0900hrs. This journey will take about 2 to 3 hours, depending on water level of the river. The transfer to Kuala Lumpur will depart by 1230 hours, expected arrival time at your hotel in Kuala Lumpur city centre is between 1530hrs to 1600hrs.
Inclusions 
Meals: 2 breakfasts,
Transport:Seat in coach air-conditioned vehicle & Boat
Accommodation:2 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Cameron Highlands & Mt Brinchang

Cameron Highlands is a perfect getaway for those who wish to retreat into the highlands to enjoy the cool fresh mountain air and the green hills. Named after the British Surveyor, William Cameron discovered the place in 1885.

The tea cultivated is among one of the best in the Country. Those who wish to partake in some activities can enjoy drinking tea in quaint English style tea houses or take a drive to the top of the mountain for a breathtaking view of the hills. You can also visit the many flower plantations, as exporting flowers is an increasingly important economic activity.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur - Cameron HighlandsDepart by 0830 hrs for Cameron Highlands which is located 1542 meters above sea level, famed for its tea plantations and cool temperatures. On the way, we will visit Batu Caves, the sacred cave temple for the Hindus, a cottage industry of basket weaving, a native settlement and Lata Iskandar Waterfall. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Hotel. At leisure on arrival.
Hotel: Lakehouse Cameron Highlands, 2 nights
Day 2: Cameron HighlandsAfter breakfast depart for an exploratory tour of Cameron Highlands, used as a highland retreat station for the British during the colonial days. Proceed to Gunung or Mount Brinchang, the highest peak (6,666ft.) in Cameron Highlands. Climb up the viewing tower where you will be amazed with magnificent view of the surrounding area with fresh and cool air. Experienced the tropical and mossy rainforest through a boardwalk for about 30 minutes, an interpretive walk into the Mossy Forest will reveal some of the most unique forest flora of this mountain like the carnivorous Pitcher Plant, primitive Ferns, wild Orchids, Ti trees and Rhododendrons. Cruise down the hill to view the most scenic tea plantation, the Sungei Palas Boh Estate which is regarded as the largest and best known tea station in the region. Take a tea break (own account) after the brief guided tour of the factory. After that, continue to visit to one of the strawberry farms where you can pay a small fee to pick fresh succulent strawberries by hand. From the farm, you will visit a Butterfly and Reptile Farm (include entrance fees) to view the many beautiful butterfly species including the renowned Raja Brooke. Next stop is at day market where most of the local produce can be found. Spend some time here exploring the many delightful finds. Thereafter, proceed to Tanah Rata town for lunch break (lunch on own). Tanah Rata is the largest town in Cameron Highlands region, where many local cafes and restaurants are located. After lunch, walk around town before return to hotel.

Please note: Tea factory is closed on Monday and public holidays. Lunch, Tea break at the tea factory is not inclusive in tour price. Please wear comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent and raincoat/disposable poncho (in-case of rain).
Day 3: Cameron Highlands - Kuala LumpurAfter breakfast your morning is free at leisure. At 1pm depart the Cameron Highlands and return to Kuala Lumpur where your tour will end.

Inclusions 
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea
Transport:Seat in coach air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:2 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Handpicked Borneo

This journey is the ultimate Borneo experience. Witness the orangutans in Semenggoh and Sandakan. Trek around Bako and Kinabalu National Parks, interact with indigenous tribes and visit their homes and local villages. Learn how to cook local foods with an interactive cooking experience, enjoy high tea at Sabah Tea House and cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive KuchingOn arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon visit Semenggoh. Established in 1975 just outside Kuching, Semenggoh Wildlife Conservation Centre is the home of many orang-utans. Today it is a centre for the study of orang-utan biology and behaviour. The centre offers a rare opportunity to view orang-utans in their natural habitat. After your visit, enjoy a river cruise on a traditional boat where you can savour the enchanting sunset over the Borneo skies.
Day 2: KuchingVisit the well-preserved National Park at the mouth of the Bako River. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rural countryside to the riverbank and trek along one of the many nature trails in the park. See exotic vegetation and observe wildlife like silver-leaf monkeys, giant monitor lizards and long-tailed macaques.
Day 3: KuchingDepart Kuching for your drive to Annah Rais, a Bidayuh Longhouse housing around 120 families. The journey passes through scenic countryside filled with rice fields, rubber, cocoa and pepper plantations which intermingle with tropical forest, rivers and mountain ranges. Visit the longhouse and observe the lifestyle of the natives. This afternoon walk to the nearby market for an interactive cooking class. Learn how to cook real Sarawak food in a traditional setting.
Day 4: KuchingToday, head to Santubong Peninsular to take a boat tour of the mangroves and get the chance to look for the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin. In the afternoon, visit the Sarawak Cultural Village and return to Kuching for the night.
Day 5: Kuching - Kota KinabaluTransfer to Kuching airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. This afternoon spend some time sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu.
Day 6: Kota KinabaluVisit Sabah Wetland Mangrove Forest and enjoy a walk through the mangroves. Help reduce CO2 by planting mangrove seeds at Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve. This afternoon, discover the local tribes at Mari Mari Cultural Village. The village operates as a museum preserving Borneo’s ethnic culture and features five different ethnic tribes in one village; the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunting and fishing Lundayeh, the sea gypsy Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.
Day 7: Kota KinabaluToday you will head to Kinabalu Park. The first stop is Kundasang War Memorial. Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. After your visit, head to Poring Hotspring. At the hot springs, a Japanese-style bath awaits you. Take a dip in the pools of hot water which are known to have therapeutic effects and curative properties. Visit the nearby Kipungit Waterfall or trek on a nature trail that leads to a canopy walk. After lunch, journey to Sabah Tea Plantation where you will have the opportunity to learn how tea is harvested and processed in the tea factory. Proceed to Sabah Tea House for high tea.
Day 8: Kota Kinabalu - SandrakanContinue your journey to Sandakan. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the English Tea House, a colonial restaurant located on top of a hill with panoramic views of Sandakan city. In the afternoon, proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
Day 9: Sandrakan - SukauToday visit the world’s largest Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok. At the centre, witness the orang-utan feeding. Depart for Kinabatangan River, passing by local villages. Enjoy a late afternoon cruise up the Kinabatangan River to search for wildlife including elephants, hornbills, gibbons, and many birds.
Day 10: SukauWake up to the calls of hornbills and other exotic birds and proceed to Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river. After breakfast embark on a trek in the surrounding jungle. This afternoon take another river cruise upstream of the Kinatabagan River to search for more wildlife. After dinner enjoy a Kinabatangan River Night Cruise, one of the most exciting and adventurous trips you will take while staying here.
Day 11: Sukau - SandakanHead back to Sandakan and transfer to the airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers, air-conditioned vehicle, bus & boat
Accommodation:10 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Luxury Malaysia

A combination of colour, spice and culture, Malaysia has shifted into the sophisticated luxury market, providing added comfort and style steeped with local interactions. Explore the city of Kuala Lumpur discovering the city’s heritage, food and culture. Venture further to discover the Batu Caves, Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, Penang and Langkawi.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Kuala LumpurGuests will be picked up by their private guide and driver and transferred to their hotel. On arrival, guests are free at leisure. This evening, venture over to one of the busiest areas of Kuala Lumpur and enjoy a range of freshly prepared dishes from the street vendors (meal on own account). The guide will be there to talk guests through the range and diversity of options available. This really is a great introduction to the city, and the start of a cultural culinary experience. Return to the hotel at leisure after a photo stop at the PETRONAS Towers – an architectural icon and best seen at night.
Day 2: Kuala LumpurToday’s walking tour can be adjusted to suit guests’ needs and interests. KL, as it is affectionately known, is a harmonious blend of cultures and history, brimming with a modern sophistication. Influenced by the Malay, Indian and Chinese people, today’s tour will weave through these influences exhibited in its food, architecture and people. An early start is recommended to get the best of the cultural activities that occur. Start with a visit to a local morning market, which is a riot of color, sounds and smells as the locals bargain for their day’s food. The guide will explain the various spices, fruit, vegetables and snacks that can be found in the market. Stop by a local coffee house to sample a Chow Kit favorite, curry laksa! There’s 65 years of experience in this recipe and its appearance belies the subtlety of the dish’s flavors and texture. Continue by local transport to the old centre of KL, which is rich in architecture and cultural interactions and provides a sublime range of cuisines to try. Wander amongst the garland makers surrounded by brightly colored marigolds en route to seeking out another specialty – ‘teh tarik’, a sweet tea which is named after the elaborate action used in producing it, and commonly found in the area surrounding the Indian Mosque. Sample local Indian snacks with the tea. Continue to the architectural colonial heart of old KL to learn about the influences and past and present uses of these iconic buildings, which date back as far as the late 1800s. The tour then winds its way to the eclectic Chinatown area and the birthplace of a range of dishes that have put KL on the map. Enjoy authentic Hokkien ‘mee’ at a local restaurant which has used the same recipe for more than 100 years, and learn about the benefits of Chinese tea from engaging merchants that have operated since the early 1940s.

Please note: All dishes mentioned are offered on a shared basis. The routing of this program may be changed subject to the location of the hotel, but all experiences will be enjoyed.
Day 3: Kuala Lumpur - RaubThis morning depart overland to Raub. En route, visit the Batu Caves - a limestone outcrop just outside of the city. Hindu worshippers from across the world come to pay their respects at this unique site which features three main caves. Ascend the 272 stairs to view paintings and the 42-meter-high golden statue honoring Lord Murugan. Two smaller caves can be visited at the base of the stairs. Continue across the Titiwangsa ranges into the state of Pahang, known for its thick ancient jungle, bountiful waterfalls and a host of flora and fauna. Make a stop at the highland enclave known as Fraser’s Hill, which was once a colonial summer retreat and is now home to a charming village. Guests will arrive to their luxury villa. This stunning location, where the ancient jungle and modern comfort unite, provides a luxurious base for the next two nights. There is a range of optional activities for guests to enjoy, from walking the surrounding trails to white water rafting, or simply relaxing in the Balinese-style opulence. Evening at leisure.
Day 4: RaubAfter breakfast, partake in a range of optional local activities such as trekking (the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, can be found seasonally in this area), rafting, 4WD trips, or simply relax at the in-house spa.
Day 5: Raub - Banjaran Hot SpringsAfter breakfast, depart on one the most beautiful drives in Malaysia, across the verdant ranges of jungle and plantations. Stop at the Cameron Highlands for an organic lunch before continuing down the range to the State of Perak to an exclusive wellness retreat. Guests will be accommodated in a private garden villa complete with plunge pool and butler. A range of complimentary and optional services will be offered to guests during their two-night stay.
Day 6: Banjaran Hot SpringsOn day six, guests can do as much or as little as they like. There are complimentary yoga classes each morning as well as a host of wellness treatments, and guests should not miss the steam cave, meditation cave and hot dipping pools.
Day 7: IpohThe capital city of Perak state, Ipoh is a town that rose on the back of the tin mining industry and consequently attracted people from across the globe in search of their fortunes. Surrounded by limestone caves and set on the banks of the Kinta River, Ipoh is a charming location in which to wander. During the early 20th Century, the wealth of this town forged a spate of building, from grand municipal commercial buildings to private dwellings, many of which remain today and form the basis of this two-hour walking tour that traces the development of the city. The diversity of inhabitants has also led to the development of a cuisine that is particular to Ipoh, which guests will also have the pleasure of sampling. This journey of discovery starts with a visit to a series of 3000-year-old paintings on the side of limestone cliffs - a unique and often-missed site. There is a steep climb to view the paintings but it’s well worth the effort, with around 30 forms of paintings depicting a variety of animals and scenes of daily life. After a short drive, visit one of the oldest coffee shops in Ipoh, started by two Hainanese brothers in 1937. The shop serves the bitter white coffee for which Ipoh is renowned, and guests can try this Ipoh icon accompanied by ‘kava’ (Coconut jam) spread toast to balance the bitterness. Today’s two-hour walking tour starts at the former railway station, which was built from 1914–1917 by the famous English architect AB Hubback (many colonial buildings in Kuala Lumpur were designed by Hubback). Taking in the most famous of the city’s remaining buildings, the guide will recall some of the more interesting stories of Ipoh, from the heyday of its prosperous tin mining days. The old and the new mingle as guests wander through the streets, courtesy of Malaysian-based Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic.
Visit the Concubine’s Alley, where shop houses were fronts for illegal gambling, opium dens and prostitution. A revival of this area is taking place with the addition of stylish cafes and handicraft shops, and it is also a favorite for photographers. Craftsman still ply their trades on the street and form part of the living heritage of Ipoh. Basket weavers, sign engravers and tin makers can still be found as guests stroll through the city streets. Guests then return to the train station to meet their driver and continue to sample one of the area’s traditional favorites – bean sprouts chicken. It is said that the limestone in the area ensures the crunchiest and most succulent bean sprouts, which are accompanied by free range chickens to produce this age-old recipe. Guests will be able to sample it for lunch at a local haunt with shared tables. After lunch, travel to the Perak Tong Cave Temple. Created in 1926 by a local Chinese couple, this beautiful temple features brightly colored murals as well as a large standing Buddha - a serene experience. Travel a further two hours before arriving to Georgetown, Penang. Check into the boutique hotel and spend an evening at leisure.
Day 8: PenangThis morning, guests will be picked up from their hotel and transferred to a local wet market, where a local chef will explain the range of fruit, vegetables and snacks that are housed within the market and form part of Penang cuisine. Guests will sample seasonal fruit and morning snacks as they wander through the market. Continue to a private garden, learning about the variety of herbs and plants that form the basis of many of the local dishes that guests will be cooking today. (This is a joint tour, maximum eight people – private tours are available at additional cost). In their cooking class guests will create three traditional meals much loved by the ‘Penangites’, which are a must-try for any visit to Penang. After lunch, guests return to their hotel to freshen before embarking on a three-hour tour of the local Georgetown area – perfect for walking off that lunch! This insightful tour takes in the must-see sights of the city, fusing the modern and the colonial, the religious and the cultural. Wander the eclectic streets of Chinese, Indian and Malay heritage, learning about the harmonious development of these enclaves throughout Penang’s colorful history. Return to the hotel late in the afternoon for an evening at leisure.
Day 9: PenangThis morning is at leisure for guests to further explore under their own steam, or take an optional tour to the world’s smallest national park, around 45 minutes’ drive from Georgetown. The hiking in this park is easy-to-moderate and there are private beaches and a canopy walk to explore. Late this afternoon, guests will meet their driver and guide and travel to Penang Hill. Sunset is a fabulous time to visit this former hill station area, which affords views across the island. Take the funicular railway to the top to enjoy the coolness of the mountains, before visiting the subtropical gardens and exotic bird aviaries near the Penang Hill Hotel. At leisure, guests will return to the base of the 833-meter-high hill and visit the nearby Kek Lok Sii Temple. Best viewed at night, this temple dates back to 1883 and the unique ‘Pagoda of the 10,000 Buddhas’ traces the connection of Buddhism through China, Myanmar and Thailand. Travel around 30 minutes from Kek Lok Sii to visit a Penang staple – a night market. Here, the guide will take guests on a journey through Penang’s culinary heritage, allowing guests to dine under the stars with shared tables, shoulder to shoulder, and sample an immense array of food. Return to the hotel.
Day 10: Penang - LangkawiThis morning, guests check out of their accommodation and transfer around one hour to Penang International Airport for the flight to Langkawi - a stunning island of luxury hotels, white sandy beaches and thick jungle. The time in Langkawi can be spent doing as much or as little as guests wish. Take a day trip to the freshwater bathing location of Pregnant Maiden Lake or an island tour that crises-crosses Langkawi from wetlands to local markets and sunset beaches.
Day 11: LangkawiTake advantage of the hotel facilities or laze on the deck chairs on the white sandy beach.
Day 12: Depart LangkawiThis morning guests are at leisure until they transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport:Airport transfers, Luxury air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:11 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary