Asia Multi Country

Welcome to Asia, the most populous, energetic, exotic and contradictory continent on earth. Across one vast landmass you’ll find sci-fi skyscrapers and whitewashed mountain monasteries, honking moped shoals and silent Taoist temples, neon cityscapes and saffron-clad monks bent in prayer. If you’ve come for the familiar, you’re in for a surprise. When you’re munching deep-fried grasshoppers with white pepper in Thailand, exploring the rice paddy fields in Bali and swimming with Burmese sea-gypsies.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.



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From USD $1,490.00 per person

Why fly or bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap and miss the scenery and the friendly folk in between? Give a bike ride a try instead, and discover a unique patch of SouthEast Asia.

From USD $2,100.00 per person

Cycle Angkor to Saigon - A journey in the truest sense of the word from the most significant archaeological site in Cambodia to the most important commercial city in Vietnam.

From USD $2,500.00 per person

Discover Angkor & Luang Prabang by Bike. Ride the hidden trails of Angkor National Park by bike after witnessing the sunrise over Angkor Wat and a private breakfast in the forest.

 



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From $2,999.00 per person

Combine the best of Cambodia & Vietnam. Gain insights into the region's past in Phnom Penh, venture to Siem Reap and witness the sun rising over magnificent Angkor Wat.

From $3,249.00 per person

A journey through Vietnam and Laos will leave you energised and inspired. Encounter welcoming people throughout, including Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang.

From USD $3,350.00 per person

This Cycle Angkor to Hoi An adventure links two of the region's famous locations, the Angkor temples of the Khmer Empire with the historic UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An.

 



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From $3,895.00 per person

Glimpse past and present on this in-depth encounter with the glittering cityscapes, youthful verve, and centuries-old culture, heritage and traditions of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.

From USD $4,000.00 per person

Cycle from Bangkok to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The essential discovery trip of Thailand, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

From $4,029.00 per person

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos & Cambodia hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane.

 



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From $4,299.00 per person

This comprehensive journey takes in the history, culture and natural beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In historic Cambodia, uncover the museums and monuments of the capital, Phnom Penh, before witnessing the incredible temples of Angkor.

From $4,549.00 per person

On this fascinating Vietnam and Cambodia tour you’ll explore several of the world’s greatest treasures, behold spectacular scenery, learn about different cultures, and experience the warmth and hospitality bestowed by the locals.

From $5,095.00 per person

Explore the colonial heritage of Singapore and Malaysia and discover the diverse culture of the region. A melting pot of religion and cultures, from Buddhism to Catholicism, the Dutch to the Chinese and the British, explore the colonial heritage of the region.

 



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From $6,325.00 per person

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip. A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai.

From $6,495.00 per person

Experience Vietnam & Cambodia Uncovered. Journey from the beauty of Halong Bay to a spine-tingling encounter with the abandoned capital of Angkor Thom.

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Colonial Singapore & Malaysia

Explore the colonial heritage of Singapore and Malaysia and discover the diverse culture of the region. A melting pot of religion and cultures, from Buddhism to Catholicism, the Dutch to the Chinese and the British, explore the colonial heritage of the region. Explore the bustling streets of Chinatown and Little India in Singapore and Malacca’s Dutch Square in Malaysia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Singapore

A feast for the senses awaits in Singapore – a fantasyland of skyscrapers, lush gardens and an intoxicating mix of cultures and cuisines, from India to China. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Later meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with local appetisers.

Hotel: Parkroyal on Beach Road, 3 nights

Day 2: Singapore

Tread in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles, launching your city tour on the spot where it all began for colonial Singapore – Raffles Landing Site. Stroll along the Singapore River through the Colonial District and see the landmarks that remain to this day, including the former Parliament House, the Victoria Theatre and the Old Supreme Court Building. ‘Dive into Culture’ and explore the contrasts of Singapore, from the red and gold façades of Chinatown to the intoxicating spice and vibrant flower garland vendors in Little India. Later, visit the UNESCO-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens and enjoy a leisurely stroll through its exquisite National Orchid Garden before spending the afternoon at leisure. This evening, a ‘Local Specialist’ demonstrates the delicate craft of Chinese Calligraphy before dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. Stroll through the narrow lanes of the Night Market and take a trishaw ride before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Singapore

There are few things more important to the local Singaporeans than food and you’ll discover this as you ‘Dive into Culture’ and spend the morning sampling the city’s culinary delights that reflect its multi-cultural influences, including Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan. Rub shoulders with the locals at Geylang Serai market, which lies at the heart of the Malay community. Here you can indulge in all-time Singaporean favourites like Roti Prata and Thosai taken with a frothy glass of Teh Tarik. Continue to the Joo Chiat and Katong enclave, strolling past its pastel-hued pre-war shophouses. With a bit of luck, you may come across the popiah masters who stand over hot griddles twirling dollops of dough in mid-air to make paper-thin wrappers for fresh spring rolls. Enjoy an evening at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

Day 4: Singapore – Malacca

Leave the cityscape of Singapore behind bound for Malaysia, where your journey begins with a visit to Kampung Cantik village. Here you’ll ‘Connect with Locals’ and join a family for a Be My Guest lunch before a walk around the village with a ‘Local Specialist’. Admire the distinct Malacca kampong stilt houses and discover the scents and flavours of local fruits, herbs and spices that infuse the delicious regional cuisine. Immerse yourself in the local culture and participate in some of the villagers’ favourite pastimes such as top spinning and silat, a Malaysian art of self-defence. Then, continue to your hotel in Malacca and check-in for a relaxing evening.

Hotel: Casa del Rio, 2 nights

Day 5: Malacca

This morning, your ‘Local Specialist’ reveals the seamless fusion of Portuguese, Dutch, British and Malay influences that have shaped the UNESCO-listed historic city of Malacca. Embark on an informative walking tour past Dutch Square with its Stadhuys and clock tower, reflecting the multi-cultural heritage of this once vibrant trading port. Ascend to the top of Malacca Hill, then stroll along the river to Kampung Kuli where you’ll discover colourful shopfronts displaying traditional crafts. This afternoon, board a leisurely cruise along the Malacca River, sailing past historic buildings, old godowns (warehouses), churches and villages. After a day of exploration enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Day 6: Malacca – Kuala Lumpur

The commercial and culinary hub of Malaysia awaits – its skyscrapers and colourful street vendors yours to explore over the next two days. You’ll visit Independent Square and the grand 19th century Sultan Abdul Samad Building, with a final stop to see the city’s landmarks from the Sky Bridge perched between the imposing 88-storey-high Petronas Twin Towers that tower over Kuala Lumpur. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore Kuala Lumpur on your terms.

Hotel: Melia Kuala Lumpur, 2 nights

Day 7: Kuala Lumpur

We venture into the countryside this morning to visit a village inhabited by the Orang Asli, an ethnic group widely regarded as being Malaysia’s original inhabitants. We’ll delve into their history and traditions during a visit to the Orang Asli Museum, then stroll around the village with a ‘Local Specialist’, observing first-hand local traditions such as bamboo cooking and weaving. We return to Kuala Lumpur, where we’ll visit Chow Kit Market and watch how the locals haggle to get the best deals. Our next stop is the central Kuala Lumpur enclave of Kampung Baru, where the ethnic Malay lifestyle has been preserved. Sample traditional Malay sweets and cakes at the local food stalls before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves – Cameron Highlands

Journey deep into the Malaysian countryside, stopping briefly at the Selangor Pewter factory before continuing to Batu Caves, one of Malaysia’s most iconic sights and a popular Hindu shrine. En route to the Cameron Highlands, enjoy a quick photo stop at the Lata Iskandar Waterfall, then continue to Tanah Rata for a Trafalgar highlight – afternoon tea and scones with cream and locally produced jam. Discover the region’s strawberry farming heritage during a visit to a strawberry farm, then continue to your hotel for dinner.

Hotel: Strawberry Resort Park

Day 9: Cameron Highlands – Ipoh

Lush valleys and tea plantations provide a tranquil backdrop for today’s drive through the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most extensive hill station. Snap a photo of the area’s emerald landscape before driving to Perak Cave Temple, an extensive cave complex in Ipoh. Venture into the cave temple and see its beautifully painted murals and golden sitting Buddha statue, which dominates the temple. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the charasmatic town of Ipoh and admire the colonial-style buildings which were once home to wealthy tin miners and today house trendy cafés and shops. Walk through the old town’s narrow laneways and admire the street art that adorn its façades. Spend the rest of your evening relaxing or consider visiting the night bazaar for some retail therapy.

Hotel: Weil

Day 10: Ipoh – Georgetown

This morning’s historical tour of Georgetown starts with a photo stop at Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light, the founder of the British colony in Penang, first landed in 1786. Continue to a local coffee shop where a Local Specialist will explain the traditional process of roasting the perfect coffee bean. Next visit Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house which is a building where Chinese families of the same surname gather together to worship their ancestors. It is a magnificent building embellished with intricate carvings and woodwork. Later enjoy a trishaw ride around the town to view the many colonial buildings followed by a visit to the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion with a Local Specialist. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure or take part in an Optional Experience.

Hotel: Penaga, 2 nights

Day 11: Georgetown

Immerse yourself in the Asia of yesteryear as you embark on a historical tour of Georgetown. Begin your journey back in time with a quick photo stop at Fort Cornwallis, where Captain Francis Light, the founder of the British colony in Penang, first landed in 1786. Continue with a visit to the small home of the local joss stick maker, a ‘Local Specialist’ who will demonstrate the almost-forgotten craft of making handmade joss sticks. Your next stop is to the intricately carved Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi, where Chinese families of the same surname gather together to worship their ancestors. Later, see the city’s splendid colonial architecture and famous street art from the comfort of a traditional trishaw, followed by an afternoon at leisure. Your epic journey across Singapore and Malaysia almost at its end, you’ll join your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the highlights of your trip.

Day 12: Depart Georgetown

Say farewell to newfound friends before taking a transfer to Penang International Airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
February: 23$5,095.00$6,915.00
March: 15$5,095.00$6,915.00
April: 05, 26$5,095.00$6,915.00
May: 17$5,095.00$6,915.00
June: 07, 28$5,095.00$6,915.00
July: 19$5,095.00$6,915.00
August: 09, 30$5,095.00$6,915.00
October: 11$5,095.00$6,915.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and Separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur – Taman Negra

You 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: Taman Negra

At 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: Taman Negra – Kuala Lumpur

After 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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Kuala Lumpur: Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 2 breakfasts
Transport:Private air-conditioned vehicle & Boat
Accommodation:2 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands

Depart 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 Highlands

After 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 Lumpur

After breakfast your morning is free at leisure. At 1pm depart the Cameron Highlands and return to Kuala Lumpur where your tour will end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Kuala Lumpur:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

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

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Kuala Lumpur

Guests 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 Lumpur

Today’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 – Raub

This 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: Raub

After 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 Springs

After 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 Springs

On 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: Ipoh

The 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: Penang

This 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: Penang

This 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 – Langkawi

This 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: Langkawi

Take advantage of the hotel facilities or laze on the deck chairs on the white sandy beach.

Day 12: Depart Langkawi

This morning guests are at leisure until they transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Kuala Lumpur: Price on ApplicationPrice on Application
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

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of Malaysia

Discover the natural beauty, vibrant culture and flavoursome cuisine of Malaysia. Explore Kuala Lumpur on foot. Be in awe at Malacca’s stunning architecture. Discover forests and tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands, ending in Penang.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur

On arrival in Kuala Lumpur, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, venture over to one of the busiest areas of Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy a range of freshly prepared dishes from the street vendors (meal on own account). The guide will be on hand 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 via a photo stop at the Petronas towers – best viewed at night.

Day 2: Kuala Lumpur

Exploring Kuala Lumpur by foot is a great way to interact with this vibrant, multiethnic city. Today’s half day walking tour will take you through the progression of Kuala Lumpur – in its architecture, food and people. Visit Masjid Jamek, or Friday Mosque, is one of the oldest buildings in KL (1909). This graceful structure sits on the banks of two rivers, and was formally the site of KL’s first cemetery. As you wander the mosque grounds, learn more about Islam in Malaysia and the arabesque influences in design. Like any place of worship, dress standard needs to be adhered to, with robes and headscarves provided (not available for visit on a Friday). Continue to the bustling, colourful laneways surrounding the mosque for a contrasting experience to the serene mosque. The area surrounding India Mosque (Masjid India) is a vibrant assault of heady incense, flowing embroidered saris, the lull of the sitar and of course, a treasure trove of spices, breads and curries. Take a Teh Tarik. Named due to the elaborate action in producing this sweet tea, best accompanied by Indian snacks. Winding around the laneways to the architectural colonial heart of old KL to learn about the influences, past and present uses of these iconic buildings ranging from the late 1800’s to the mid 1930’s. Take a photo stop looking back on Masjid Jamek for a great view of the old and new, flanked by palm trees. Delve into the Arts and Crafts of the Central Market, built in 1888 and once operating as a Wet Market – integral to the emerging KL life. Nowadays it is a hub of local designers and unique craft items. Head back out onto the streets and walk towards the Chinatown area to taste a range of dishes that have put KL on the map. Enjoy authentic Hokkein Mee at a local restaurant using the same recipe for over 100 years and learn about the benefits of Chinese tea from engaging merchants – operating since the early 1940’s. Afternoon, free at own leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 3: Malacca

Malacca is steeped in trading history, not surprising given its unique location along the vital Malacca Strait. The melting pot of a variety of cultures culminates in a history different to other parts of Malaysia. The most noteworthy being the Portuguese and Dutch influences in this area. Just like other cities in Malaysia, Malacca‘s history is best explored on foot (a trishaw can be used for this tour at an additional cost). Meander through the centuries of history starting at the oldest remaining example of European architecture in South East Asia, A Famosa, before climbing St Paul’s Hill to visit St Paul’s Church and descending to one of the best examples of Dutch colonial architecture, the Stadthuys – the former Dutch City Hall which is flanked by flamboyantly decorated trishaws. Why not try one the renowned ‘Teochew’ style restaurants in Malacca, which are influenced by the Cantonese and often favored for their light, healthy ingredients and little spice. Follow this with a delicious warm Portuguese tart from one of the many nearby vendors. Visit one of the best examples in the area of the harmony of the area’s ethnic groups, Temple Street, so named because of the multicultural range of temples and mosques that have stood since the early 18th Century. Continue to view restored Peranakan buildings (a cultural mix of Han Chinese and Malay that forged its own style, known as the Baba-Nyonya, from the 15thCentury).  Visit one of the excellent Baba-Nyonya museums along the way to learn more about the culture before enjoying the antiques and cafes of the famous Jonkers Street. End of the tour with an interesting river cruise along the straits of Melaka River before returning back to Kuala Lumpur and drop off to your hotel.

Day 4: Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves – Cameron Highlands

Morning at leisure before departing the hotel to travel to 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 the icons and paintings dedicated to Lord Rama. Two smaller caves can be visited at the base of the stairs. TakeaTali (Indian-style) lunch at one of the local restaurants (own expenses). Continue another three hours to the largest tea plantation area in Malaysia, in the Cameron Highlands. Guests will arrive in the mid-afternoon and check in to their hotel before spending the afternoon at leisure. Visit one of the original organic farms in the area and meet the gregarious Mr Lee who will be happy to share his experiences. This evening, sample produce from the Mr Lee’s farm with a “steamboat” -A must-have meal when in the highlands.

Day 5: Cameron Highlands – Ipoh – Penang

Start early to enjoy the crisp morning air and light streaming across the Mossy Forest. Guests will access this area via boardwalks which can be slippery in the rain. There are longer treks available, and guests can speak to their travel consultant if they wish to organize one. This is a stunning location for photography and is set at the highest point in Cameron Highlands. Creating an ecosystem of pitcher plants, lizards, creeping vines and deep green mossy trees. After around an hour, depart the forest to visit the BOH tea plantation. Established in 1929 by a British merchant. Here, guests will enjoy a tour of the plantation. Learn about the processes of tea production before sampling the produce from an outdoor café with extensive views across the plantation. Travel down the winding range and onwards to Penang. A journey of around 4-4.5 hours, stopping enroute at the historical mining town of Ipoh. Take a local lunch (own expenses) beforetravelling to the Perak Tong Cave Temple. Created in 1926 by a local Chinese couple, this beautiful temple features brightly coloured murals as well as a large standing Buddha – a serene experience. Travel a further two hours to Georgetown, Penang. Arrive to Penang mid-afternoon and check in to the hotel. Penang has long been recorded on traders’ maps as a place of refuge to rest and restock when traversing the long route from India to China. Blessed with a natural harbor and bountiful fresh water, it came under British control in the mid-1700s. Today, UNESCO-listed Penang is still calling visitors to its shores, promising a distinctive cuisine and colonial charm. After freshening up at their hotel, guests head out to Little India. Enjoy a sensory explosion of flavorsome curries, burning incense, Bollywood beats and akaleidoscope of colour. The aptly named “Street of Harmony” meanders from Hindu and Muslim to Chinese and Christian influences. In a short but vibrant walk, and provides a great introduction to Penang. There is a range of local choices for dinner tonight. Your guide will be able to offer many suggestions depending on guests’ requirements.

Day 6: Penang

Penang is renowned for its food and the variety and specialties of this island seem never-ending. Join this Half day early morning tour to get amongst the locals whilst enjoying the best Dim Sum Penang has to offer. The crowds of Penangites are a testament to the quality of the Dim Sum. The clunking of chopsticks, din of conversation and the swirling of Chinese Green tea make for a tasty start to the day. After your fill of Dim Sum in this frenetic environment visit Chow Rasta morning Wet Market with the housewives who are haggling to get their fresh food for the day. This market has been in operation since the early 1800’s and provides a unique view of morning life in Malaysia. Since Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic’s first Solo exhibition of Murals at the Hin Bus Depot Art Space. Penang has commissioned 16 international Artists to further enhance the UNESCO landscape with a series of interactive murals inspired by daily life. Important Heritage & religious sites such as the Street of Harmony are fused with street art discovery as you delve deeper into the personality of Georgetown. After the tour, return to the hotel and the rest of yuor day is free at own leisure

Day 7: Penang

Today is free at your own leisure.

Day 8: Penang

After breakfast, day at leisure until your departure transfer to the airport for your onwards flight to next destination.

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Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 Dim Sum Lunch
Transport:Airport Transfers & Private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:7 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
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Penang Food & Beach

Experience an explosion of flavours in Penang as you enjoy a morning Dim Sum feast with the locals and have the chance to explore Little India. Sample local produce as you cycle the countryside of Penang, finishing up with some time to relax on the beach.

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Day 1: Arrive Penang

Upon arrival guests will be met by their guide and transferred to the hotel for check-in. After freshening up at their hotel, guests head out to Little India to enjoy a sensory explosion of flavorsome curries, burning incense, Bollywood beats and akaleidoscope of colour. The aptly named “Street of Harmony” meanders from Hindu and Muslim to Chinese and Christian influences in a short but vibrant walk, and provides a great introduction to Penang. There is a range of local choices for dinner tonight and the guide will be able to offer many suggestions depending on guests’ requirements.

Hotel: Parkroyal Penang Resort, 5 nights

Day 2: Penang

Whole day, free at own leisure relaxing on the beach or work around the city.

Day 5: Departure Penang

After breakfast, day at leisure till departure transfer to the airport for your onward flight to next destination.

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Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 Dim Sum lunches
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:5 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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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.

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Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling from where you will take a longboat to Kuala Tahan, headquarters of Taman Negara.

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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.

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Mulu Cave National Park is one of Sarawak’s principal National Parks. With one of the most spectacular limestone cave systems in the world.

 



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Take an unforgettable journey to Mount Kinabalu and hike above the clouds to reach the 4,095 metre summit of Low’s Peak, the world’s 20th-mostprominent peak.

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Located on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, Borneo Nature Lodge is nestled among tropical surroundings and abundant wildlife.

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Explore the incredible Sarawak scenery, cultural diversity and nature’s most intriguing wildlife on this whirlwind adventure. View orang-utans at Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

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Discover the natural beauty, vibrant culture and flavoursome cuisine of Malaysia. Explore Kuala Lumpur on foot. Be in awe at Malacca’s stunning architecture.

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Discover the magical tropical rainforest which is home to the Orang-utan, and watch along the banks of the Kinabatangan River for Proboscis monkeys and other wildlife.

 



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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.

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A combination of colour, spice and culture, Malaysia has shifted into the sophisticated luxury market, providing added comfort and style steeped with local interactions.

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The great rainforests of Borneo present a multitude of exciting activities, from the ancient equatorial rainforest in Mulu National Park to the lovable orang-utans in Sabah.

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Asia

Steeped in culture, history and colourful traditions, Asia is an explorer’s paradise, with abundant wildlife and exotic, tropical landcapes to be discovered. Discover street food to inspire your palate in Vietnam. Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and travel the length of the mighty Mekong onboard a river cruise in Cambodia and Laos. Turn back the clock in Burma and witness the beauty of the temples of Bagan. Go beyond Bali and explore the magnificent islands of Indonesia, from the remote jungles of Sumatra to the bustling cities of Java. Witness the spectacular wildlife and stunning ocean sanctuaries of Borneo and Malaysia. Your adventure awaits!

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