Your 3-night tour takes you by comfortable coach from Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands. Stay overnight at Strawberry Park Resort, situated on a 7-acre (2-hectare) hill and offering elegant sophistication amid a mountain-rustic atmosphere. Charming single, twin and triple-share suites include a large private balcony overlooking beautiful gardens. Classic contemporary-designed rooms are furnished with polished wood flooring and teak furniture, including modern bathrooms with black granite flooring.
Travel onward to Penang and enjoy two nights’ accommodation at the Bayview Beach Resort. Located on the northwest coast of Penang Island, the hotel has a beachfront setting at the quieter end of lovely Batu Ferringhi. This resort overlooks the tranquil and scenic bay of Foreigner's Rock, and spacious rooms include a private balcony. Enjoy entertainment and recreational amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, spa and fitness center.
An American-style breakfast is included with each accommodation.
Day 1: Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands
Departing around 8:30am with pickup from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur, board your comfortable coach for the 135-mile (220-km) drive to the Cameron Highlands, one of Malaysia’s largest hill stations. Stop along the way to see a cottage industry of local basket weaving, followed by a visit to Lata Iskandar Waterfall and a native settlement — all accompanied by commentary from your knowledgeable guide.
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.