- 3-night tour of Cameron Highlands and Penang from Kuala Lumpur
- Tour a tea plantation and butterfly farm with an informative guide
- Visit the cave temple of Sam Poh Tong and the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas — Kek Lok Si
- See Lata Iskandar Waterfall, Fort Cornwallis and the Clan Jetties of Weld Quay
- Stop at Khoo Kongsi, a historical Chinese clan house in Penang’s Chinatown
- Ride a trishaw through Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Hotel pickup and airport drop-off included
What You Can Expect
In Penang, you’ll enjoy two night’s at the Bayview Beach Resort, just north of Penang Island. The beachfront locale on Batu Ferringhi offers a dramatic departure from the rolling hills of Strawberry Park Resort. Enjoy views of Foreigner’s Rock, as well as luxe rooms with private balconies. Accommodation includes tennis courts, fitness center, spa and swimming pool to enjoy at your leisure.
The gentle slopes of the Cameron Highlands, nestled in the northeast side of the Pahang Mountains, boast wonderful scenery amid crisp air and cool temperatures. Situated 5,060 feet (1,542 meters) above sea level, the tableland or plateau is well noted for its tea estates, farmlands, rivers, lakes and orchards. Your day tour here includes a visit to a local tea plantation, tea factory, market and butterfly farm.
In the evening, settle in at the luxurious hill resort, enjoying views from the balcony as you sip your tea.
Overnight: Strawberry Park Resort in the Cameron Highlands
Day 2: Cameron Highlands – Penang (B)In the early morning, set off after breakfast for Penang aboard the coach and enjoy the scenic 205-mile (330-km) drive. En route, visit Sam Poh Tong, an impressive cave temple in Gunung Rapat, said to be the largest in Malaysia. Once you’ve climbed the 246 steps to the top, your guide will point out beautifully carved statues of the Buddha interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites. Hear the legend of the 19th-century Chinese monk who discovered the cave and learn how the temple was later constructed.
Make another coach stop at the royal town of Kuala Kangsar for the opportunity to photograph the stunning golden-domed exteriors of Ubudiah Mosque and Iskandariah Palace. View the former royal residence of Istana Kenangan, which today houses the Royal Museum of Perak.
Proceed further to the Kuala Sepetang mangrove forest, the best-managed mangrove forest in Malaysia, serving an important ecological role in protecting the coastline from erosion. Delight in the novelty of walking with your guide through the natural mangrove forest along a boardwalk. As Kuala Sepetang produces the bulk of the nation’s top quality mangrove charcoal, you’ll also visit a charcoal kiln where charcoals are produced.
In the late afternoon, you’ll cross over into Penang via Penang Bridge. Spanning eight miles (13.5 km) across, it’s one of the longest bridges in the world! After checking in to your hotel, feel free to relax or explore the nightlife along Batu Ferringhi.
Overnight: Bayview Beach Resort in Penang
Day 3: Georgetown, Penang (B)After breakfast, depart by coach from your hotel and embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of historical Georgetown, located just 25 minutes away. Your guide will lead you to top cultural attractions in Georgetown, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
View the third longest reclining Buddha figure in the world, followed by a visit to Kek Lok Si Temple, also known as Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Built in 1904, it is the largest Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia. Climb the steps to the temple, which includes a magnificent bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and a seven-story pagoda featuring 10,000 alabaster and bronze Buddha statues.
Continue by coach to Fort Cornwallis, the landing site of Captain Francis Light when he arrived in 1786 to start the first British colony in Penang. Inside the fort walls there are original structures like the chapel, prison cells, munitions storage, bronze canons and flagstaff belonging to the English East India Company.
Then head to the waterfront village of the Weld Quay Clan Jetties, one of the last remaining old Chinese settlements on the island, where you’ll find houses built on stilts along the planks.
Driving along Pitt Street, also known as the ‘Street of Harmony,’ view the churches, Chinese temples, mosques and Hindu temples that have stood side by side for centuries in harmonious existence. Visit the intricate Khoo Kongsi clan house — part of a closely-knit network of Chinese clan associations established in Malaysia since the mid-19th century.
Finally, enjoy a breezy trishaw ride, still a popular mode of transport in Georgetown. Pass charming colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers before returning to your hotel to spend the rest of your day at your leisure.
Overnight: Bayview Beach Resort in Penang
Day 4: Penang (B)After checking out of your accommodation, you’ll be transferred to Penang International Airport, located approximately 50 minutes away.
We enjoyed our tour. We especially liked the tea plantation, butterfly gardens and the Kek Lok Si Temple. Some of the other sites, though nice, weren't great and seemed to mostly just break up the long drive. Our tour guide, Morgan, was excellent. He is very knowledgeable and gave us an excellent understanding of Malaysian culture and people. We very much enjoyed getting to know him. I had read horror stories about unsafe tour drivers in the Cameron Highlands. Morgan was an excellent, courteous and very safe driver. Bayview hotel had a nice pool and superb breakfast buffet. The Strawberry Park Resort was fully booked, so we stayed at the Heritage Hotel. Our room was spacious and comfortable and an easy walk from restaurants in the town.
The Cameron Highlands were the highlight! Our guide Arif was very knowledgable and always smiling! Lots to see on the way to Penang.
Our guide wasn't very good - more the type to send you off in the direction of something and wait for you in the car. The Cameron Highlands were good to see but you are sort of stranded at the resort which is lovely! as the town is a bit of hike away and more of a hike uphill back. We did actually get out at Karingsar which was good as the buildings were lovely. Overall it was worth doing as it was easier and cheaper than trying to cover the same ground yourself.
I get travel sick so was not good for me. A lot of time on the bus bad roads going uphill. 2 day option should be provided as well.Penang was quite boring with lots of traffic and beaches weren't nice.I'm at Langkawi now and wish I had not gone on that tour. Felt like a waste. Hotels all smelt musty