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Classic Peninsular Malaysia

Experience the best of Malaysia on with luxury 10-day Classic Peninsular Malaysia itinerary. Explore the bustling, modern city of Kuala Lumpur, home to diverse cultures, ethnicities and lifestyles.  Enjoy luxurious crystal waters on sparkling white sand beaches, thick green jungles, sky-high mountains, unique landmarks as well as traditional cultures thriving alongside modern times. Adventure and relaxation are yours as you embark on your journey through Malaysia. 

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  • Trek through the beautiful Cameron Highlands and see where tea is grown and produced
  • Explore the world’s largest butterfly park at Lake Garden’s Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur
  • Experience a cultural Mecca as you wander from Lover’s Lane and into Little India in Penang
  • Relax next to turquoise waters in Langkawi, a small island off the coast of Malaysia
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Day 1

Begin your holiday in the colorful capital of Kuala Lumpur. Gain a sense of Malaysia’s patriotism as you visit Merdeka Square or “Independence Square.” You will also see the Sultan Abdul Samad Building where the office of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture is located. See a traditional-style Malay neighborhood in Kampung Baru, an area that’s maintained it’s modest original build. Visit the Central Market and continue onto the ancient Sze Ya Temple - Kuala Lumpur's oldest Chinese temple. Peruse the Petaling Street Market and make your way to Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, affectionately and appropriately referred to as “the Green Temple” for it’s vibrant decor. Visit the world’s largest butterfly park, covering over 80,000 square feet.  Lake Gardens Butterfly Park is home to over 5,000 vivacious butterflies. After your full day touring, relax in luxury in your executive suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where you will have every modern convenience at your disposal.

Day 2

The second day of your adventure kicks off with a stop at Kuala Lumpur’s National Visual Arts Gallery. With over 4,000 pieces of work collected from all over Asia, you will leave feeling artistically diversified. Next, continue your cultural experience by stopping by the National Museum and viewing several Malay treasures displayed for the public. End the day by heading underground and observing marine wildlife at Aquaria KLCC, a 60,000-square-foot aquarium. 

Day 3

Enjoy the lush, natural countryside on a 3.5-hour drive to the Cameron Highlands. Here, you’ll check into the Cameron Highlands Resort which has been named one of the “five best tea plantation hotels in the world.” Take a private tour of the nearby Boh Tea Plantations’ grounds and facilities. Savor a cup of perfectly-made tea as you learn about the process of producing the popular beverage. That afternoon, enjoy a leisurely hike through the Highland’s rainforest.

Day 4

Depart the Cameron Highlands and fly to Penang via Kuala Lumpur, or drive directly to Penang from the Cameron Highlands. Arrive in the cultural Mecca of Malaysia and enjoy an authentic Indian meal served hot on banana leaves in Little India. Take a stroll down Lover’s Lane and snap a picture of the street art the city is so famous for. Lover’s Lane is so charmingly coined from once being a prostitution street. Marvel at the clan jetties built on Weld Quay dating back to the 9th-century. After your stroll, unwind at the historical, elegant Eastern and Oriental Hotel in your premier suite. 

Day 5

Check out some low-key Indie art galleries featuring undiscovered Malay artists with options of seeing the State Art Gallery, the Alpha Utara Gallery, Galeri Seni Mutiara, Galeri Art Point and the Penang Malay Art Gallery. The Kapitan Keling Mosque exemplifies Muslim heritage within the city and is a site to behold with it’s red, onion-shaped domes. Pay the Snake Temple a visit where snakes slither freely - but not to worry - their venom has been removed. 

Day 6

Tour the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion, a beautiful cobalt house once home to the Chinese merchant Cheong Fatt Tze. The building won UNESCO’s “Most Excellent Project” preservation award in 2000. Take a short hike up Penang Hill and enjoy the view below - you may even cross paths with a wild boar, civet, monkey, tree shrew, bat or a flying lemur! 

Day 7

Fly to Langkawi, part of a cluster of 99 islands off the mainland of Malaysia. Spend a blissful day in paradise as you lounge seaside and soak up the sun’s warm rays. After a busy week exploring Peninsular Malaysia, this is the perfect ending to your holiday. The Four Seasons Langkawi is the ideal hotel for ultimate pampering and unwinding.

Day 8

Spend the day snorkeling, swimming and sunning. If you’re feeling active, explore one of the island’s many lovely beaches. Take a ride along the coast - the island is only 193-square-miles and is easily-navigated. Kick off your shoes and dive into island living, where time and obligation are foreign concepts.

Day 9

Revel in the last day of your beach oasis before returning to the rest of the world.  Those looking for adventure can choose from several treks, a hike to the Telaga Tujuh Waterfall and dolphin swimming excursions. But if you don’t care to move from your novel or the pristine cushion of white sand, we won’t force you to. 

Day 10

Thus ends your cultural experience and time in paradise. It’s time to fly home - we hope to host your next getaway!


Suggested Accommodations

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

The Mandarin Oriental is ideally situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur between the Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Center Park. The hotel has 643 rooms, including 41 suites, Mandarin Oriental Club floors, and 51 fully serviced apartments. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, including Casbah, an Arabesque-style lounge, Lai Po Heen, a Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine, and Wasabi Bistro, a contemporary Californian-Japanese inspired restaurant. Amenities include two ballrooms and 16 function rooms, a business center, high-speed or wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, a spa with nine treatment rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor infinity pool, tennis courts and squash courts. The hotel is only approximately a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur international airport (KUL).

Cameron Highlands Resort

Cameron Highlands Resort

The Cameron Highlands Resort is situated amid the lush environs of Malaysia’s largest hill station, named after William Cameron, a British Government surveyor who discovered the area in 1885 while on a mapping expedition. The resort, which looks out on the Cameron Highlands golf course, has won numerous awards from the travel industry and consumers alike, including recognition as one of the five best tea plantation hotels in the world by the U.K.’s Independent.

Its 56 rooms and suites are appointed with bespoke teak furniture in both traditional Malay and colonial styles, as well as silk accoutrements by the house of Jim Thompson, the American ex-C.I.A. officer who revitalized the Thai silk industry (and mysteriously disappeared in the highlands in 1967). All rooms have flat-screen TV with satellite channels and Internet. The Spa Village offers a customary variety of pampering health and beauty treatments, while guests can avail themselves of a modern fitness center as well as the aforementioned 18-hole professional golf course. Dining options include The Dining Room, offering a variety of all-day dining options with ingredients sourced from nearby farms; Gonbei, the only Japanese restaurant in the Highlands, which serves sashimi, soba, tempura and more and has an adjoining Sake Bar; and the Jim Thompson Tea Room. The Cameron Highlands Resort is a 3.5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, or a 90-minute drive from Sultan Azlan Shah airport.
Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

A historical property, the Eastern & Oriental Hotel is reminiscent of British elegance during the colonial era while representing present-day Penang. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, the hotel boasts a stellar location, close to downtown Georgetown and the cultural, financial and historical districts are located. With 100 suites, the E&O boasts a 750-foot seafront promenade and facilities including a swimming pool, 24-hour room service, a fitness center, sauna, meeting rooms, a business center and fitness center. Dining options include The Starkles Corner, a casual restaurant serving international cuisine and 1885, a Western-style restaurant serving dinner and traditional English tea. The E&O Hotel is located approximately 20 minutes from the Penang International Airport.
Four Seasons Langkawi

Four Seasons Langkawi

Set on blissful Tanjung Rhu, one of the island’s finest beaches, the Four Seasons Langkawi brings the brand’s trademark luxury to the island. The resort comprises ninety pavilions and villas incorporating Malay aesthetics with Western design principles; all feature DVD/CD players, satellite televisions, Internet access, tea/coffee maker, in-room safe, and telephones. The Four Seasons hosts a series of first-class restaurants, including Serai, an open-air restaurant which serves Italian delicacies made from fresh, local produce; Ikan-Ikan, a Malay restaurant modeled after a traditional Malaysian home; and Kelapa Grill, an eclectic, beach-side eatery serving wood-fired pizza, stir-fries, and barbecue. Amenities include an all-day business center, a fitness center, two outdoor swimming pools, and a comprehensive spa offering an assortment of treatments. The Four Seasons lies twenty-two minutes from Kuah, the main town of Langkawi, and approximately twenty-five minutes from Langkawi International Airport (LGK).

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