Train ride will be replaced by coach during major festivals of Hari Raya and Chinese Lunar New Year:
July 9th, 2015
July 16th, 2015
July 23rd, 2015
February 4th, 2016
February 11th, 2016
February 18th, 2016
- 7-day tour from Singapore to Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Penang
- Discover Malacca’s history, culture and heritage on a walking tour of Malacca City
- Tour Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, to see the National Palace, the National Museum, the Petronas Twin Towers and more
- Explore Batu Caves, a fascinating Hindu shrine and cave complex
- Learn about Malaysian tea production and get a unique look at an aboriginal tribe in Cameron Highlands
- Take a coach and walking tour of Penang’s highlights, including Fort Cornwallis, Old City Hall, Kuan Yin Temple, Little India and the Khoo Kongsi clan house
- Six nights of accommodation in 4-star hotels included
What You Can Expect
You’ll be taken to the train station for a relaxing train ride (ticket included) across the causeway and into the state of Johor, passing through the rural countryside along the way.
Disembark in the city of Kluang and continue the rest of your journey by coach to the state of Malacca. You’ll arrive in time for lunch, followed by a historical walking tour of Malacca City, whose city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Learn about Malacca’s history, culture, heritage and Dutch influences as you visit sites such as St Paul’s Hill, Porta De Santiago, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Jonkers Street, also known as Antique Street. Your knowledgeable guide will provide interesting information about the sites you visit.
Overnight: 4-Star Hotel Equatorial or similar in Malacca
Day 2: Malacca -- Kuala Lumpur (B,L)
After breakfast, you’ll drive 2 hours north to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Your city tour will cover sites such as the National Palace, the National Museum, the National Monument (sculpted by the creator of the Iwo Jima monument in Washington, DC), the National Mosque, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Royal Selangor Club. You’ll also pass the Petronas Twin Towers, the two second-tallest buildings in the world!
You’ll be served an authentic Malaysian lunch at midday, and then enjoy free time for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Overnight: 4-Star Hotel Istana or similar in Kuala Lumpur
Day 3: Kuala Lumpur (B,L)
Start your morning with breakfast and then embark on a guided morning tour to Batu Caves, a limestone hill featuring a series of caves and cave shrines. The 272 steps up the hill are fronted by a majestic statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity. Standing at 138 feet (42 meters) in height, this is the tallest statue of the Hindu deity in Malaysia!
Climb up the steps with your guide and reach the Temple Cave (also known as the Cathedral Cave), featuring extremely high ceilings and ornate Hindu shrines. Explore the cave complex and learn about the history of Hinduism in Malaysia; you can also see how Malaysian handicrafts such as batiks (dyed cloth) and pewter wares are made, giving you a glimpse into local culture.
Afterward, you’ll be taken back to Kuala Lumpur for lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax, shop or continue exploring Kuala Lumpur on your own.
Overnight: Same hotel in Kuala Lumpur
Day 4: Kuala Lumpur -- Cameron Highlands (B,L)
After breakfast at your hotel, head north through Perak to the neighboring state of Pahang to visit Cameron Highlands, the center of tea production in Malaysia.
Here, you'll visit BOH Tea Plantation, which produces approximately 70 percent of all tea in Malaysia. Reaching an altitude of more than 4,921 feet (1,500 meters) above sea level, this plantation's abundant vegetable gardens and flowers thrive in the cool climate. On your tour of the plantation, learn about the process of producing tea, from picking the leaves to creating the final product in the factory.
Afterward, venture farther into the forests of Cameron Highlands until you reach the settlement of an aboriginal tribe called Orang Asli. Your guide will teach you about the lifestyle of these indigenous people and show you their traditional huts built with bamboo, wood and palm leaves, as well as their tools, medicine, food and musical instruments. You will also be given a demonstration of how they hunt with blowpipes – you can even try doing it yourself!
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant either before or after your visit to Orang Asli, depending on time constraints and at the discretion of the guide. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.
Overnight: 4-Star Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands or similar
Day 5: Cameron Highlands -- Penang (B,L)
After breakfast, your day begins with a pleasant drive down through the highlands and north to Ipoh. Capital of Perak, this city flourished at the turn of the 19th century due to the booming tin mining industry.
Along the way, you’ll visit Kellie’s Castle, an unfinished mansion built by a Scottish rubber tycoon in 1915. You'll learn that this castle was used as a setting for the film Anna and the King.
Get a taste of the region’s cuisine during lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll then make your way to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, where you'll visit Ubudiah Mosque, a unique, magnificent building with golden domes.
Then, head to Bukit Candan to visit Istana Iskandariah (Palace of the Sultan of Perak), where you'll marvel at the palace’s pointed arches and onion-shaped domes, which reflect styles characteristic of West Asia.
Continue north across the Penang River and arrive on the island of Penang.
Overnight: 4-Star Bayview Beach Resort or similar in Penang
Day 6: Penang (B,L)
Start your morning with breakfast and then embark on a coach tour of Penang, the oldest British Settlement in Malaysia. Your guide will take you to Fort Cornwallis, Malaysia’s largest standing fort and, interestingly, one that has never been used in battle. Explore the grounds and see old cannons that are sprinkled throughout.
Hop off the coach for a walking tour of the Old City Hall, St George’s Church -- the oldest Anglican church in Malaysia -- and diverse places of worship including Kuan Yin Temple, a Hindu temple and Kapitan Keling Mosque.
You’ll also stop by Little India and the Khoo Kongsi, a large Chinese clan house with elaborate architecture marking the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang. This historic site is an association of the Leong San Tong (Dragon Mountain Hall) clan.
Lastly, visit the Chowrasta market to browse local foods and spices such as nutmeg. You’ll have lunch at midday and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.
Overnight: Same hotel in Penang
Day 7: Penang (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then spend the morning as you please. You’ll be taken to the airport in the afternoon to conclude your tour.
I was impressed with how well organized this tour was. I liked how we were helped through customs from Singapore in Malaysia by a staff member. I liked the mix up information and tours in the morning with free time in the end. Very few shopping trips were organized, but we were pointed out where we could shop on our own. The hotels were very nice and the included lunches were quite tasty. I recommend eating a full breakfast as lunch was often at 1pm.
An excellent and very enjoyable tour, supported by our knowledgeable and affable tour guide, "Chan". A very well organised and supported tour. All hotels were to a very good standard, plentiful quality food and centrally located. A good choice of locations which gave us the opportunity to explore. We were sad to leave this tour and the country!! A very suitable "taster" of Malaysia and would consider going back. Many thanks to all involved.