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
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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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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Kuala Lumpur: Price on ApplicationPrice on Application
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 Dim Sum Lunch
Transport:Airport Transfers & Private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:7 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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