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Beautiful Malaysia: From Coast to Highlands

Travel from coast to coast and see all the scenic wonders Malaysia has to offer with this spectacular 10-day tour. Start your journey in Penang, a unique region that blends East and West influences together. Here, you’ll take a stroll through Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of colonial buildings and century-old churches. Next, make your way to the Cameron Highlands and admire the endless view of lush green tea plantations. Continue to Taman Negara National Park, where you’ll walk across suspension bridges high above the ground. Finish your adventure in Kuala Terengganu and visit the tropical island of Pulau Tenggol. Here, you’ll snorkel under the sea and witness alluring coral reefs and exotic fish.

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  • Snorkel on the island of Pulau Tenggol and be spellbound by beautiful coral gardens 
  • Discover the Cameron Highlands and enjoy a scenic picnic lunch in rich tea plantations
  • Witness spectacular flora and fauna from canopy tops in Taman Negara National Park
  • Tour the historic city of Georgetown and see sacred temples and colonial houses
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Begin your journey by arriving in the exciting Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. In the afternoon, take a guided tour through the bustling city or explore your surroundings on your own. After a day of sightseeing, check into your hotel and rest up for the exciting day ahead. We recommend staying at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental.

Day 2
Kuala Lumpur to Penang

In the morning, head to the airport and fly to Penang. In the afternoon learn about the many cultures that make up Penang with a tour of the city's notable ethnic enclaves. You'll visit religious sites, such as the Chinese Kwan Yin Temple, the Malay Mosque and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Afterwards, tour the houses of the Khoo and Yap clan, preserved in their with their original antique Chinese architecture and appointments. Next, walk to the Tengku Syed Hussain Mausoleum, down Armenian Street and onward to an exhibition on Dr. Sun Yat Sen, regarded as the father of the modern Chinese state. Afer touring, head to your hotel of choice.  We recommend staying at the elegant Eastern & Oriental Hotel or the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

Day 3

Today, you’ll have the opportunity to discover Penang on your own. The region is a unique fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences and embraces modernity while keeping its old world charm. We recommend going back in time and walking through historic Chinatown. Here, you can visit ancient clan houses, charming shops and sacred temples.

Day 4
Penang to Cameron Highlands

After breakfast, depart Penang and take a scenic 4-hour drive to the Cameron Highlands, one of the largest hill stations in the country. After your arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. We recommend staying at the wonderful Cameron Highlands Resort.

Day 5

Today will be spent hiking through lush green tea plantations in the gorgeous Cameron Highlands. Stop for a lunch break and enjoy an unforgettable picnic experience at the Boh Tea Centre. In the afternoon, enjoy trekking through the rich jungles and keep your eyes open for tropical birds and other wildlife.

Day 6
Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara National Park

Leave the Cameron Highlands after breakfast and make your way to Taman Negara National Park, a 4-hour drive. Here, you’ll trek through the serene forest and admire the natural beauty that surrounds you. In the evening, rest at your hotel and prepare for an exciting day ahead. We recommend staying at the comfortable Mutiara Taman Negara.

Day 7
Taman Negara National Park

Start the day with a thrilling boat cruise through the largest national park in the region. In the afternoon, take a stroll across suspension bridges high above in the trees. From the summit, you’ll witness a plethora of rare flora and fauna.

Day 8
Taman Negara National Park to Kuala Terengganu - Pulau Tenggol

Depart Taman Negara National Park in the morning and travel 5 hours to Kuala Terengganu. Here, you’ll visit local villages in the rustic countryside and witness traditional Malaysian life. Next, head to the idyllic island of Pulau Tenggol for an afternoon of snorkeling. Prepare to be captivated by tropical fish and beautiful coral reefs.

Day 9
Kuala Terengganu

Spend the day in Kuala Terengganu at your leisure. We recommend taking a stroll through Pasar Besar Kedai Payang, a local bazaar full of ripe fruits and traditional handicrafts. In the afternoon, consider taking a short boat ride to Seberang Takir, a traditional fishing village near Kuala Terengganu.

Day 10
Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur (Departure)

On your final day, depart Kuala Terengganu and fly back to Kuala Lumpur. Here, we say farewell and are more than happy to assist you with your next travel plans. Transfer for your flight home or to your next exciting travel destination.


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).

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.
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.
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

Uniquely situated in a lush rainforest sanctuary, Mutiara Taman Negara Resort offers guests a unique window into a pristine tropical ecosystem and the opportunity to discover the wonders of an ancient forest. An eco-tourism destination, Mutiara offers a wide variety of accommodations and modern yet rustic comforts while maintaining its ecologically responsible mandate. Guests may wake to the hum of the cicada or the song of a foreign bird, as well as enjoying wildlife sightings from the comfort and safety of your room or balcony, all beneath the towering green canopy. A number of activities are available to guests, including night safaris, a suspended canopy walk and waterfall excursions. Guestrooms are fitted with tiled or wooden flooring; most rooms and chalets are made of natural timber. With a selection of different accommodation styles from tent to bungalow guests can expect a view either over looking the Tembeling River or a window into the lush green jungle. The Seri Mutiara Restaurant serves Malaysian delicacies and international favorites. 

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